Two Techie Ways To Treat Yourself This Holiday

Posted: Dec 13 2018, 1:25am CST | by , in Technology News

 

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Two Techie Ways to Treat Yourself This Holiday

Between decking the halls, raising the tree, and hanging the stockings with care, you have to find the time to go shopping, bake all those cookies, and socialize on top of all your normal day-to-day chores. All this extra work is enough to leave you feeling exhausted well before the big day even arrives.

Tired just reading about your task? A solution’s in sight, and it doesn’t even involve performance enhancing levels of coffee and energy drinks. Check in with this list of goodies before you burn out. These self-directed presents may help give you the boost you need to survive the rest of the holidays with your sanity intact.

1. A virtual assistant

Although the holidays are a magical time of year, there are still only 24 hours in each day that makes up the season. Finding more hours to get through your extensive list of things to do is about as likely as rigging up a sleigh with eight reindeers that fly around the world.

You have two options: either you tone it down this year and manage your expectations (yeah, right) or you seek out some help in an unexpected source. The Amazon Echo provides the perfect support for a busy person during the holidays.

It comes equipped with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, so it’s able to answer hands-free queries. This will come in handy when you’re in the middle of mixing gingerbread dough, and you need to find the conversion rate for milliliters to ounces.

You can also ask it to remind you of your upcoming social calendar or the forecasted weather, preparing you for whatever event or weather awaits. And, if you have any other smart devices in your home, the Echo pairs with them, giving you hands-free control of plugs and appliances through Alexa.

So the next time you feel a little overwhelmed with your holiday to-do list, just ask Alexa for help. You can even ask her to add stuff to your shopping list and buy it through your Amazon profile.

2. A brand new skin

Treating yourself is a side quest from your main task this season — that is, spoiling your loved ones with gifts that make them go, “oh my god, this is perfect!”. In your pursuit for the best present possible, you’ll find yourself at the mall and regretting it. Packed to the brim with desperate shoppers, the mall is a busy and often times ruthless place to be in December. You’ll find yourself weaving around slower walkers while dodging sharp elbows and strollers.

If, like so many people, you use your phone to price check items and follow your list, it’ll be your constant companion throughout the mall. One wrong move and another shopper may bump your phone right out of your hands.

Although you’ll survive, your phone may not escape the mall fully intact. A skin is a great way to enhance the grip of your naturally slippery gadget. Companies like dbrand use genuine 3M vinyl to create textures that cling to your palms. This material puts up a good defense against grime, scratches, and spills, too — meaning you can take a break from the chaos at a café and not have to worry about spilling your latte.

Best of all, Android and iPhone skins are fully customizable. You can create awesome skins for your gadgets, including tablets, wearables, and laptops. From black matrix honeycombs to sophisticated mahogany, there’s a texture that speaks to every style, making an Android or iPhone skin a gift that keeps on giving!

The bottom line: be practical

The holidays are hectic, and they’re also expensive. Between all the socializing, eating, and gift-giving, things add up. Don’t topple your budget by treating yourself to a brand new iPhone XS Max — Apple’s flagship priced at $1,500. Stick to practical and affordable gifts that will help you survive the season with your sanity intact. A virtual assistant and a protective skin are just that. As an added bonus, they’re also fun ways to spoil yourself as you hustle through the holidays. So be kind to yourself and your budget by treating yourself right.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Manfred "Luigi" Lugmayr () is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 25 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets, tech and online shopping. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology news and tech and toy shopping hub.
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