Families are made up of a diverse set of likes, dislikes and interests. This diversity is amplified each holiday season as we try to make figure out which family member will appreciate which of the season’s hottest gadgets and gizmos. It’s not an easy task — by any means — but it’s something we want to help you get through.
Follow along as we cover gifts for family members ranging from your adorable niece to that uncle who has to have everything, but understands none of it.
A DIY Computer for Dad
Have a dad who loves tinkering and trying to impress with his tech-savviness? Let him impress himself with a computer he has to build and code all on his own. Kano is a small computer that you bring to life by assembling it, then by creating apps and games through its interactive interface. Included in each Kano kit is everything dad will need to get started with his homemade computer, save for a monitor. Don’t let it intimidate you; Kano is meant for fun and teaching.
Computerized Flower Power for Mom
For mom, who has the best of intentions when it comes to keeping her plants alive but often fails, the Parrot Flower Power can help her save face. This smartphone accessory was developed to help those with a bum green thumb take care of plants. It automatically measures the health of soil and sends alerts to her phone when attention is required.
While it won’t water or fertilize the plants for her, Flower Power will ensure Mom is giving her plants what they need, based on its library of over 7,000 various plants.
A Fitness Monitor for Grandpa
The doctors tell Grandpa to stay active, and he claims he does, but no one ever actually sees him take his daily walk. The solution? A fitness monitor from Misfit, called the Shine.
This quarter-shaped device counts steps, tracks activities and monitors quality of sleep. It can be worn on a wrist, in a pocket, or as a necklace
While other fitness trackers require the user to recharge it every few days, the Shine’s battery will last up to six months before it needs to be replaced.