Gifts for The Not-So-Tech Savvy


Great piece in Popular Science on best gadgets for your friends who might be a bit anti-tech or just not terribly tech-savvy.

Here are 3 items that especially caught my attention:

Amazon Echo Spot

This newest Echo device (just launched this month) has it all and will be a big hit this Holiday Season. One of my friends told me recently how his mom absolutely LOVES her Echo Dot (an earlier generation) and uses it constantly. Apparently, she even refers to it as her personal assistant. The Echo Spot is a definite upgrade.

  •  The smart speaker, video caller, and alarm clock makes a solid gift for someone who doesn’t already have a stack of gadgets at home.
  • That voice control system pioneered by the Echo means your friend or relative won’t have to fumble around with keyboards, or a mouse, and there’s no complicated setup procedure. As long as they can install the Alexa app on a phone, they can use the Echo Spot.

Amazon Echo Spot, now $130 on Amazon


Read on below for two more gift ideas.


Tile Mate Tracker


I have so many friends (and neighbors) who are constantly misplacing their keys. This will be excellent for them.

The Tile Mate tracker attaches to your keys, wallet, bag, or anything else you don’t want to lose, and emits a beep when activated from your phone. Your phone can also show the last known location of the Tile Mate on a map.

Tile Mate tracker, now $21 on Amazon


Roku Streaming Stick+


I’m intrigued by this for myself. The Roku Streaming Stick+ plugs right into your TV and is ready to rumble with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, YouTube, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Spotify, and much more.

Thanks to the remote that comes with the Streaming Stick+, and the easy Roku interface, getting the device up and running is easy even for complete beginners—all that’s needed is an HDMI port on the TV.

Roku Streaming Stick+, now $69.99 on Amazon

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