Holiday Gift Guide: part 1

When I was a kid, I looked forward to the arrival of the yearly Christmas catalogs that featured all the cool stuff that every kid wanted to find under the tree. Here at Cyn’s Tech Tips, we have a little wish book of our own, a Holiday Gift Guide compiled by our new tech editor, Michael Siebenaler. This week, we’ll look at all the cool stuff he thinks will be at the top of everyone’s list this year. A great way to find gifts for others or maybe something special for you.  Let’s take a look.

Technology can enhance your holidays, so check out this gift guide to navigate your way to a joyous Christmas gift giving experience.

Before anyone gets their stuff, you need something sturdy to hold everything. Solo backpacks have everyone have everyone covered with a wide variety of lightweight backpacks that are perfect for hauling around your daily essentials – all equipped with padded laptop compartments. The high-quality materials hold up to rough wear and is ideal for students, outdoor adventurers, gamers, professionals, travelers, bikers, hikers, dancers, and many others.


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The A-Champs ROXS 2S, available exclusively at, gets one or more people of all ages moving with a nice mix of new experiences and playground classics. This system connects to a free app (iOS and Android), so there is no need for a screen plus users will get new experiences every month.

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These fun experiences can be enjoyed inside or outdoors thanks to durable components and decent connectivity. The interactive options are numerous and fun for all ages. Accessories for the base include a special band where users can tie it to a tree, other object, or even a person. The ROXS 2S is made from durable, shock resistant material used in fighter jets. The base included a speaker and glowing light, which adds considerable appeal.

Connectivity can be a challenge for outside play, but we did not encounter any issue when keeping the app-activated device within about 30 yards of the base. This system also includes eight bright yellow PEBBs, which resemble a very durable guitar pick and have various animal characters printed on them. The PEBBS also contain an RFID chip and a QR code on the outside.

Our look at the gifts everyone wants to find in their stocking continues tomorrow. Or you can click here to download the gift guide in eMagazine form.

Remember, We are an Amazon associate, so if you purchase from Amazon after clicking on one of our links we receive a few pennies on each purchase. But, please do look around for the best price either online or at a store near you.


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