Must-have 'tech gifts' of 2017


The holidays are in full swing. If you have a gadget lover on your gift list, Ryan Eldridge, CEO of Squirrel Digital Marketing was here with the hottest tech gifts of the year.

1. Nintendo Switch - $299.99

(And Super Mario Odyssey - $59.99)

Stock is finally at a point where you can find them on the shelf.

Super Mario Odyssey is THE game of the season. Tech Crunch calls it “a masterpiece of twists and turns,” and raves that it’s familiar while feeling brand new.

Don’t forget great party favorites like Just Dance (2018 is out now)

2. Ultimate Ears BLAST Alexa-Enabled Speaker - $229.99

(And Power UP Charging Dock $39.99)

Alexa and the Echo line are great, but sometimes you want to bring your tunes to another room – or outside – without having to invest in multiple Echos (which are $100 each and stationary)


  • Portable
  • Wireless
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker
  • Hands-free voice-control – “anyone can be DJ”
  • 360-degree sound
  • Waterproof and dustproof.

Ultimate Ears app lets BLAST get smarter and better over time.

Battery life of up to 12 hours, then use the Power Up Charging Dock ($40) or just plug it in

3. Apple Products - always a huge holiday hit:

iPhone X – starting at $1000 (about $50/month on your cellphone bill)

(Mention Apple Watch Series 3 + Cellular – starting at $400)

Or, for those of us that can’t afford that:

Inspire mac candle no2 - $24.99

Get that new Mac smell in a candle -- or, as makers describe it, that “new idea smell.” Designed to “clear your mind & stimulate creativity”

Some proceeds go to FIRST, a charity that helps young people pursue education in STEM fields.

4. Wireless Charging Pad

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand - $59.99

The stand charges compatible Galaxy devices up to 1.4 times faster than standard wireless charging transmitters. Devices that don’t support fast charging charge at regular speed. It supports wireless charging on all Qi-enabled devices, and is designed so you can still use your device while charging.

  • Flat pads make it hard to use your device while its charging
  • Stand props to phone so you can watch videos, see notifications, answer calls, etc.

5. Battery Back Up

The gift everyone needs, but no one buys for themselves.

Mophie Powerstation XL - $69.99

Contains Dual charging ports, and enables pass-through charging while connected to a power source. Your device charges first, then the powerstation recharges itself

Smart charging identifies your device & charges at the fastest speed it can support. It can charge a standard smartphone for 48 hours of use