Chuck Holliday’s Top Picks This Season [Holiday Guide 2015]

Shopping Season is officially here, and whatever kids are in your life may soon get the gimmies and start making feverish requests to add to their vault. With grown-ups it’s different, of course: There are no Christmas lists for twenty-somethings or Santas for grandparents. Which means, of course, no one has any idea what to get anyone else for the holidays.

Whether it’s a girlfriend obsessed with good coffee or a nephew preparing for the zombie apocalypse, some of our favorite suggestions for the gadget guru in your life are not the usual everyday offerings.

Mr. Coffee Smart WiFi-Enabled 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker

MrCoffee Any coffee maker that allows for logging on via Wi-Fi on Android and iOS devices should be included in any holiday list for a significant other, boss, or relative.  Schedule or adjust brew time and setup reminders so coffee is fresh and hot when you want it using the WeMo App, and Optimal Brew Technology allows for brewing of coffee faster in under 7 minutes and heats up water to the ideal brewing temperature to optimize flavor from the grounds so that your Kimbo Coffee tastes even better!. You can pick one up at Amazon for $105

I also saw that some new small models have entered the market. For example, the ones found here: https://coffee-channel.com/best-4-cup-coffee-makers/ or on various YouTube videos.

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard for Computers, Tablets, & Smartphones

2015guide-03This bluetooth keyboard works on any tablet or device, and can connect to three wireless devices, and is mobile enough to carry in any bag on any trip. The multi-device option gives the keyboard longevity beyond any device’s average of 2 year run. And it won’t break the bank, coming in at around $38.00

Berchirly British Retro Unisex Canvas Laptop Backpack (can hold up to a 15.6 inch laptop)

2015guide-04This lifestyle bag can be used in any combination, whether for weekend travel, gym workout, or strategy meeting. With multiple pockets, any tablet is secure from scratching, and even a 17-inch laptop is safe from potential crunching (Note: I own 2 of these bags). They range in price from $40-$129.99

WD 1TB My Passport Wireless Hard Drive with Card Reader

2015guide-05A hard drive for someone in the visual arts or multimedia industry (TV producer, photographer, graphic designer) is always a valued item. What makes this hard drive even better is the ability to accept memory cards, which then transfers all info from the card to the drive without the need for a computer or in between device. Throw in Wireless ability and this becomes an important drive that eliminates the need for carrying a notebook. Starting at $160 for 1TB

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug (16 ounce)

http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SM-KHE48AG-Stainless-Steel-16-Ounce/dp/B005PO9T44
2015guide-06Stainless Steel means everything, and this portable 16 ounce mug is just small enough for travel, but not small enough to only enjoy one drop of any contained beverage. But a pairing of the mug with the Wi-Fi enabled Coffee Maker makes for a better day from the morning perspective. Get a two pack for around $50.00!