What’s more challenging to you, buying gifts for people who like to have all the cool stuff or shopping for those with more practical tastes? We all know people on either side of the spectrum, though most are somewhere in the middle. How do you get the right gift for each of them?

To make your shopping a little easier, we’ve rated five trending holiday tech gifts by how cool they are. We’ve even created a coolness scale for them, from one ice cube for the most practical gifts to five ice cubes for the ultra-cool. Regardless of their coolness rating, each of these gifts is hot right now, and that’s a good thing.

 

One Ice Cube

Nest Learning Thermostat

By programming your thermostat for you without any instructions, the Nest Learning Thermostat makes your life so much easier it’s actually a little bit cool – and that’s saying a lot for a thermostat. Nest pays attention to when you raise and lower the temperature, so it can take over the task of programming itself for you. For all the practical people you know, Nest is a very smart gift.

 

Two Ice Cubes

Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi

You know that moment when you make yourself nice and comfy with your laptop or tablet and then realize that you have no WiFi in that part of the house or yard? Give someone on your list the Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi and they will never have that experience again. Each node covers 2,000 square feet. Additional nodes can be daisy chained together to achieve 100 percent WiFi coverage.

 

Three Ice Cubes

Amazon Echo Show

The second-generation Echo Show raises the coolness factor with a 10.1-inch HD screen, premium speakers and video call capability. Alexa awaits every command, from turning lights on and off to playing your music to showing you recipes, photos, movies and much more. Eight microphones allow Alexa to hear you even when music is playing. Echo Show is a gift many people don’t realize how much they’ll love it until they have it, and that’s pretty cool.

 

Four Ice Cubes

Xbox or PS4

Sure, these gaming systems have been around for a long time, but so many people play games on other devices that when they finally get a chance to play on an Xbox or PS4, the first words out of their mouths are usually, “This is cool!” Playing Fortnite on a big screen Full HD or 4K TV is eminently cooler than playing on a phone or laptop. Plus, the gaming system doubles as a streaming device for the TV. Everyone wins.

 

Five Ice Cubes

iPhone XS

How do you make the coolest phone even cooler? Leave it to Apple. Upgrades to face recognition security and speaker sound quality top the list, along with new color choices. Those inclined to having phone accidents will appreciate that the iPhone XS can handle a deeper and longer fall into water. On screen, the dynamic range has been boosted 60 percent, which means the darks are darker and the lights are lighter. Still the ultra-coolest.

 

Our Gift to You

We also have one very cool and extremely practical gift, just for your business. We will come to your office to evaluate and report on how well your current technology is serving your business. No fee, no obligation – it’s on us. Contact us today.