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So it’s officially three weeks ’til Christmas and you haven’t made a dent in your gift-giving list.

With the clock winding down, conventional wisdom might suggest doing a bit of holiday triage and cutting down your list, but don’t be the Grinch who gives gift cards — we made your shopping list for you.

Here are eight grab-and-go gifts that will make you look like a gift giving genius and keep your shopping merry and bright.

My Burberry Festive Edition


Buying perfume is always tricky. If you know her scent and what goes with it you can hit it out of the park. If not… disaster. We say go with Burberry’s Festive Edition. The perfume is amber colored with a hint of gold glitter, so it doubles as a snow globe. With this price tag, she won’t be disappointed.


Nintendo Classic Edition


Nintendo releases a miniaturized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System for the nostalgia hounds. No cartridge blowing here, though — it comes with 30 pre-loaded games.


VIZIO SmartCast™ M-Series™ Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™

Starts at MSRP $849.99 (50”) – MSRP $3,999.99 (80”)

Nothing makes me sadder than seeing someone who still has the “big-butt” TV. Gift your less tech savvy brethren with high-end TV features at a mid-range price. The M-Series gives good visual quality, comes with built-in Chromecast, so you have access to tons of apps — all controlled by a 6” tablet in lieu of a remote control. It will take a while to get used to the interface, but given the show-off factor of this TV, they’ll deal with it.

Mophie Powerstation Plus


Everyone’s always on the go, so portable power is essential. The Mophie Powerstation Plus is a 6,000 mAh portable charging unit that charges both iOS and Android devices. It also has a 2nd USB slot, so you can charge two units at once.


Samsung Fit 2


Know someone who is always in the gym? Samsung’s Fit 2 improves on the previous model with a beautiful curved display. The curved design feels light and fits well around your wrist. Track heartbeat, sleeping, automatic activity detection, and hold 4 gigs of music all while receiving phone notifications. Only drawback: you’re going to need to charge it pretty often, and you also can’t wear it in the rain, pool, shower, etc.


Roku Ultra


You know the friend/family member who left Thanksgiving dinner early to run and get on line for the Black Friday TV sales. Well, If they just dropped a grand on a 4K TV, odds are they are ready to cut the cord — but they’re not going to attach just any streaming device to it, are they? The Roku Ultra has the best array of apps and features, more 4K content, and the best 4K quality streams than any of the others on the market. And it has voice search and a remote finder, so no more looking around for your remote.



Yuneec Breeze


Been trying to slide into your Instacrush’s DMs or have a girl who is an aspiring instagram model? Got ya covered. While drones get a lot of press, they are still seen as a niche item, but Yuneec may have just created the drone that you’d potentially see following a Kardashian. The Breeze — dubbed “the ultimate flying camera” — is controlled by your mobile device, takes amazing pictures, has five easy-to-use flights modes, and is able to seamlessly share to social media channels. Watch her selfie game get upgraded, and imagine the Instagram videos she can make now. Flying Thirst Trap.



Monster Fatal1ty FXM 200


Do you have that friend that uses their regular headphones to game with and you can barely hear them or they don’t use headphones at all and always mess up the plan?  Monster has been in the audio game for a long time, and their collaboration with professional gamer Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel has produced a headset that can serve double duty under the tree. The FXM 200 is lightweight and durable. It also gives an impressive audio experience for gaming with great spatial awareness, allowing you to almost hear where steps are coming from. The mic works well enough to pick up your voice clearly while cancelling excess noise. It’s also stylish enough and gives a solid audio performance for listening to music.

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