2017 Annual Gift Guide

2017 has proven to be a year of transition for me and it hasn't been a smooth ride. But the one thing we can count on is technologies role in providing us with the cool, the expensive, and the ridiculous. Here are the very best gifts and gadgets you can give your loved one this holiday season.
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As a paper person, I'm obsessive about my pencils and pens.  And I'm a lover of Japanese writing implements. This year, I'm introducing you to the Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil. It uses a rotating spring which moves the pencil lead around so that you always have a sharp point. The artist and engineer in your life with love until the next set of refills come in the mail.

Uni Kuru Toga Roulette Model Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - mm - will rotate the lead for you so you don't get a slanted tip as you wear down the lead

We're including a second device for those in the Seasonal Affective Disorder camp. It's the Beuer Daylight Lamp, and its great for those who need more 5600 kelvin in their life. Spend 20 minutes under the lamp and if you'll feel right as rain.

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People who really know me, know I'm a paper person. I journal everyday and I never leave home without my mini-moleskin. Companies have been trying to figure out a way to bring paper people into tech and this ReMarkable e-ink tablet may be it. I've been dying to try one of these devices, and I'd love to know if they got the implement to surface texture right or the smell.

This $600 tablet for 'paper people' is the best use of E Ink I've ever seen

No matter how useful a tablet can be, for many, nothing can beat the versatility of paper. Well, paper-loving reader, it might be time to re-think those analog.

Once upon a time, your boy wouldn't even entertain recommending an Android product for reals, but in today's climate you can do pretty much whatever you want on either Android or iOS, and I have to admit the Note 8 is a looker. This is probably the top-of-the-line big phone in Android-land you can buy and you won't be disappointed.

The Galaxy Note 8 is here. It's the biggest phone Samsung makes, and expectations for it are just as big to match.

If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know I have an infinity for coffee makers.  And the more expensive, the mo' betta'.  As usual, JURA fails to disappoint and their Z6 is sure to be the world's dominant consumer coffee maker clocking in at $2,900 at Williams Sonoma. The Z6 has a first-ever-a-kind Pulse Extraction Process that will extract every tannin it can from your beans.

If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know I have an infinity for coffee makers. And the more expensive, the mo' betta'. As usual, JURA fails to disappoint and their Z6 is sure to be the world's dominant consumer coffee maker clocking in at $2,900 at Williams Sonoma. The Z6 has a first-ever-a-kind Pulse Extraction Process that will extract every tannin it can from your beans.

WristSociety subscription service is not a bad gift idea at just $29 a month for a new high quality watch each month.

A monthly watch subscription for those wanting to evoke class, luxury and style.

The aWatch is entering the list again this year. The series 3 includes GPS and sports cellular capabilities so you can look hip and know where you are at the same time. I'm desperately lusting after one of these gadgets, but I already wear two wrist devices. A real watch and my FitBit. I already look like a fool and would be more of one wearing two watches. I think it's a little pricy at $500, but it's an Apple product.

The aWatch is entering the list again this year. The series 3 includes GPS and sports cellular capabilities so you can look hip and know where you are at the same time. I'm desperately lusting after one of these gadgets, but I already wear two wrist devices. A real watch and my FitBit. I already look like a fool and would be more of one wearing two watches. I think it's a little pricy at $500, but it's an Apple product.

The older you get, the more you'll realize you have everything, your health, your family, and the means to get whatever material crap you want. And it makes your loved harder to shop for. That's when you have to think differently. We've suggested alternate gifts before, and we're recommending fan favorites. Buy that person a wand. Pictured is Sirius Black's the one I have and used with much success.

The older you get, the more you'll realize you have everything, your health, your family, and the means to get whatever material crap you want. And it makes your loved harder to shop for. That's when you have to think differently. We've suggested alternate gifts before, and we're recommending fan favorites. Buy that person a wand. Pictured is Sirius Black's the one I have and used with much success.

If you're a fan of fruit, then this is probably the top item on your list. I still standby my argument. A Jailbroken iPhone is the most powerful computer you can carry on your person and the iPhoneX is probably the most powerful smart device on the market. It's a great looking device with a super bright screen and powered by AI. There's still not an iOS11 jailbreak yet, but I'm hoping it'll be here by Christmas otherwise, I may never upgrade.

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We've been recommending prosumer grade cameras since the very beginning of the gift guide. Our opinion is that if you're going pro, then you make up your own mind. Cranking out a whopping 24.2 megapixels using Nikon's trusted matrix-metering system with it AI-enhanced algorithms the D5600 is dream of a camera coming in at $800 not-on-sale. Plus, Nikon makes expansion easy because every F-mount lens since the summer of '69 can be mounted on this shooter.

The Nikon is a MP DX format digital SLR featuring SnapBridge connectivity for always connected sharing and more.

I will forever be a Nikon man. Nikon today, Nikon tomorrow, Nikon forever. But there's one series of camera that I'll forever hold a softspot for and that's Canon's G-series of compact cameras. They are small, take fantastic photos, packed with options, hackable, and in the case of the G9x, great looking. You can't go wrong with this.

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Nothing says lovin', more than storage in the oven. Today's SSDs are something to behold. You can buy a terabyte for about a hundred bucks and connect to your machine. I can vouch for Seagate, I have one connected to my machine now with a Win10 image running on it. If your business beau is always on the go and always writing files, get them this. It's the gift that keeps on giving until its full.

Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver

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We travel a lot.  And when we have a chance to travel without kids, there nothing like coming back to the hotel, throwing a red sheet over the lamp, upping the temperature, and playing some smoothness to set the mood. Unfortunately, most phone loud speakers are tinny at best. Don't ruin what could be, and pick up JBL's Xtreme Portable BT speaker.  Don't suffer from limp bass.

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Every day, people are slaving away in their kitchens and sharing their culinary delights with the Internet to only be tagged and gagged on cookingforbae. This holiday season, instead of being ridiculed prepare your meal restaurant style by using the sous vide technique and boiling your food in a bag and searing it later. Anova Sous Vide devices may be this years top kitchen gadget gift.

Anova Precision ® Cooker Sous Vide WiFi - Crate and Barrel

I was sitting at a colleagues desk one day and I noticed he had a full on espresso machine on his desk. He explained, "they make me suffer by drinking dreck every day, so I had to get this."  The nespresso has many fans and is a tenth of the cost of our favorite, JURA, these devices will serve you well when you need a compact bean juice machine with a compact price.

Buy Nespresso Lattissima Pro by De’Longhi, Silver from our View All Coffee Machines range at John Lewis.

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