It’s that time of year once again. The holiday shopping season is upon us. This year’s TTJ Holiday Gift Guide is our best one yet. It’s packed full of great tech and other gift ideas for your loved ones, your friends, your coworkers, and yourself. All of the items in this guide are personal favorites that my family and I use every single day. We do not receive any kickbacks or incentives from any company, and we are not partners with any company, so as always, we only recommend products we know and love. In this way, we are also able to help you purchase, set up, and use your new products.
Continuing in our tradition, we’ve created a podcast episode where we briefly discuss many of the items on our guide, but we’ll share them with you here as well.
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Top Pick: Apple iPad Eighth Generation:
Once again the top spot in our gift guide goes to an iPad. This year, the iPad Eighth Generation with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi Plus Cellular Connectivity is the winner. We love it in gold, but you can also get it in space gray or silver. Our preferred configuration normally costs $559, but we expect to see it discounted significantly this year, at Bestbuy and other locations, so ask us for a quote today.
Along with your new iPad, consider an Apple Smart Cover, Smart Keyboard, iPad Leather Sleeve, Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon, as well as any adapters you might need, such as the Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adaptor, Lightning Digital AV Adaptor, and Lightning to SD Card Reader.
Top Smart Phones – iPhone 11 or iPhone 12:
Once again, Apple offers iPhone options that will give you the most bang for your buck, with the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12. For the latest models, complete with 5G, MagSafe, and more, shop iPhone 12. To save a few bucks and still receive top features, great performance and cameras, and so much more, try the iPhone 11. Need something larger, or need even more awesome cameras? Go Pro or Pro Max.
Add great protection and style to your purchase with the iPhone 11 or 12 Clear Cases. And don’t forget about MagSafe Chargers, Power Adaptors, and more.
TV Like Never Before:
Bring your living room into the 21st century with an AppleTV 4K set top box. Available in either 32 or 64GB, the AppleTV will provide access to all of your entertainment needs. Rent and purchase movies and TV shows directly from Apple’s iTunes Store. Access your favorite services, including Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock, Netflix, Hulu, and more. Subscribe to Apple TV Channels, for direct access to premium channels like CBS All Access, Showtime, STARZ, Tastemaid, Smithsonian Channel Plus, Nick Hits, PBS Living, Hallmark Movies Now, and many more – even Apple TV Plus! Add a live TV streaming service option, and enjoy hundreds of popular live channels – including locals, thousands of On Demand titles, cloud-based DVR systems, and more. Enjoy all this and more on AppleTV, iPad, iPhone, Mac, and select other devices, and do it all for a fraction of the cost of traditional cable or satellite services. Make the popcorn, and ask us about AppleTV today. Not sure you’re ready to buy an AppleTV? Ask us how you can try an AppleTV in your own home risk free for seven days.
Audio Has Never Sounded So Good:
Apple’s HomePod is the absolute best sounding consumer speaker system we have ever heard – even beating out professionally installed, wired home theater systems. Plus, it’s packed with great features, like Siri, access to Apple Music, and so much more. Purchase two full-sized HomePods for stereo sound. Combine them with an AppleTV 4K for an incredible Dolby Atmos home theater experience like never before. Want to fill the kitchen, bedrooms, or other small spaces with sound? Consider a few HomePod Mini devices. Need portable Bluetooth sound? Apple’s got you covered there too, with the Beats Pill Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker.
Personal Sound That’s Simply Unheard-Of:
Apple’s AirPods provide convenience, style, and great sound. With the included charging case, you can listen unplugged for up to 24 hours. Plus, we’re expecting great discounts here as well.
On the Eighty-eights:
This year we are including two digital pianos in our list of favorite products – the Alesis Virtue 88 Key Digital Home Piano, and the Casio CDP-S350. Both offer great features for everyone, from beginners and families to professionals. The Alesis Virtue is particularly interesting, as it’s just $399, but still includes 360 sounds, 200 rhythms, 80 demo songs, USB connectivity, and much, much more – even three months of free online piano lessons, a complete furniture stand, petals, a dust cover with music rest, and a bench.
See, and Hear, Who’s There:
The Logitech Circle View is our hands-down pick for security cameras this year. It’s designed exclusively for use with Apple HomeKit, supports Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video system, and requires absolutely no additional apps or logins. It features two-way audio, night vision, weather proofing for outdoor use, and much more. It is available for just $159. If you’re looking for a lower-cost start option that includes pan and tilt capability, try the Eufy Security 2K In Door Pand and Tilt camera for around $50.
supplement your security offerings with the Honeywell Home 9 Series Doorbell for just under $25. It includes a wireless button with a five year battery, a battery-operated indoor bell with a wireless range of up to 400 feet, multiple doorbell tones to choose from, halo lighting, a night mode, and the ability to use your own music as the bell tones.
Even More On Security and the Smart Home:
We are suggesting the Onvis Smart Home Security Alarm Sensor. It features a contact sensor with chime, multiple alarm tones, a temperature and humidity sensor, simple battery operation, and best of all, compatibility with Apple HomeKit. Need something for the whole house? Try the Abode Iota or the Abode Gateway, in one of several expandable starter kits with Homekit.
We are also suggesting the Wemo Mini Smart Plug, the Honeywell Lyric T5 or T5 Plus Thermostat, the Amazon Basics Microwave, the Amazon Echo Show 5, and the Friday Home Lock.
Where Am I Gonna Put It?
If you take our advice and purchase the iPad with all those awesome accessories, you may find yourself wanting a convenient way to store and carry it all. For that, we recommend that men check out the Men’s Messenger Bag 15.6 Inch Water Proof Vintage Genuine Leather Waxed Canvas Briefcase large satchel shoulder bag. It’s got enough compartments for all those accessories. Ladies, we’re not excluding you, so give us a call or send us an iMessage for special options for women. Want to carry that Apple Card in style and protect it according to Apple’s recommendations? Sorry ladies, but this one’s for the guys as well, because purses do a fantastic job of keeping the Apple Card safe, but we men shouldn’t use a standard wallet. So, give the Carbon Fiber Wallet RFID Blocking Credit Card Case with Black Metal Slim Money Clip a try.
Fresh Brewed Is Always Best:
Try Necessary Coffee. We think once you do, you’ll never want any other kind. It’s ground fresh or provided as a fresh whole bean, your choice. We prefer the Blend variety around here, but there are other options as well. Necessary Coffee will make the perfect stocking stuffer, if you can wait that long to drink it.
Numerous Other Gift Ideas:
Need further gift-giving inspiration? Consider some of these personal and family favs, such as:
- Vocolink Flower Bud Defuser and Vaporizer with Apple HomeKit
- GoWISE USA Digital Air Frier
- Vizio Smartcast TV
- HP Deskjet 3570 All-In-One Printer with Apple AirPrint, HP Instant Ink, and more
- Gift cards for Grubhub/Doordash/other grocery and food delivery services
- Beasts of Balance Interactive Family Board Game for AppleTV and other devices
- Gourmet popcorn or homemade chocolates and sweet treats from our favorite candy company
- Flavored tea gourmet variety set
- Home Spa Kit
Listen to the Podcast:
Don’t forget to also check out our Podcast, where you can hear about most of these items and more. God bless you and take care.:)