Next up in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, a uniquely fun board game - Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents. You control a start-up company in the early days of the U.S. electric industry. In the beginning you only have your lead inventor, some shares of preferred stock, and some money. Over the course of the game you will be hiring other famous technicians and business people to work for you. Each luminary in the game has their own unique ratings, and the inventors also have their own special abilities. The actions that you allocate this team of exceptional historical figures to take will determine the fate of your company. The path you take is up to you.
You can pick up Tesla vs. Edison now.
Now for something that is both usable and fun in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Built for the realities of work and play, the Seek Reveal handheld thermal imager combines powerful thermal insight and a high-performance LED spotlight in one durable device. With a detectable range of -40° to 626° F, Reveal lets you pinpoint specific sources of heat—and heat loss—up to 500 feet away, all at just the touch of a button. It’s a fantastic tool to have in your home, allowing you to diagnose drain clogs, heat/cold leaks, locating your pet, checking tires for wear, or even playing an awesome game of hide and seek in the dark.
You can pick up the Seek Reveal now.
The Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer reads your body's stats and also finds out how healthy your living environment is - perfect for the holidays as well as year round - and great for our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. The scale automatically syncs your weight, fat composition, heart rate and environment data to your personalized online dashboard accessible on the free health mate app. The wireless connectivity of the scale makes setting up an effortless process. The scale interface is designed to help users center on the product to obtain accurate readings. Users who attempt to avoid accurate readings by rocking on their heels or toes will see values fluctuate. It's $149 and is available in either black or blue.
Yes, Sonos is back in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, and for good reason. That reason is the absolutely incredible redesigned Sonos PLAY:5. The Sonos PLAY:5 houses six high-quality digital amps individually paired with six speakers to deliver fantastic sound in any room, and it does it with clarity and no distortion. This means that every voice and instrument shines through in detail, even when turned up to the max. You really can’t go wrong with any Sonos products, but the Sonos PLAY:5 is the new kid on the block getting all the attention, which it deserves. As soon as I opened it up and started playing music through it, the quality and attention to detail was apparent. This is a real home run from Sonos, and would be the perfect gift for any music lover.
You can pick up the Sonos PLAY:5 now. It also goes nicely with the other Sonos components:
You can use a pair of Play:1, Play:3, or Play:5 units to create a wide stereo pair as well!
TiVo has been around for a long time, and in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, it’s released the TiVo Bolt - going from just DVR to Unified Entertainment System--and it's good enough to be included in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. The standout feature is SkipMode, which allows you to skip commercials when watching your favorite shows with the press of a single button. QuickMode is also cool, playing shows at 1.3x speed with pitch correction, so you can get through those binge-watching sessions even quicker. It’s 4K-compatible, and supports a bunch of streaming video services (although Amazon Prime Instant Video seems to be absent for some odd reason.) TiVo still sports the best DVR interface in the business, and the Bolt includes one year of TiVo service with purchase.
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Here’s an inexpensive gift you can give to just about anyone while having it be a success, which is why we are including it in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Exploding Kittens describes itself as a "game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” It’s a family-friendly party game for 2-5 players (or you can combine it with another deck for up to 9 players - and it has a NSFW edition as well!) If you’re still unsure of how well it might go over, just know that it is the most-backed project in Kickstarter history, and only costs $20.
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iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will be big holiday gifts this year, make no mistake about it. The Apple TV is actually a fantastic complement to Apple's handhelds, worthy of being featured in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Having recently been completely revamped for the release of the fourth generation model, the new Apple TV is a nice little device in its own right. At the center of it all is the App Store, which now lets you download TV-optimized apps and games, all playable using the new Siri Remote, as well as favorites like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, sports networks, and plenty of other entertainment options. The best part, though, is AirPlay. You can beam audio and video content right to the Apple TV with ease from your iOS device, or your Mac. You can also mirror the display of these devices as well, all wireless over your home network.
Honorable Mention: Amazon Fire TV
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Sonos has earned two spots in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, because the Playbar is just so fantastic. Soundbars are typically designed to replace your HDTV's anemic speakers. The Sonos Playbar does that, but but also has a much cooler additional function: It integrates with all the rest of the Sonos multiroom audio system lineup (some of which has already appeared in our Holiday Gift Guide!), streaming music from your Mac, PC, smartphone, and subscription online services. Pair it up with a Sonos SUB and a couple of Play:1 units and you've got a bonafide wireless surround sound system.
You can pick up the Sonos Playbar now from Amazon for $699, and they'll even throw in a free Sonos BRIDGE accessory as well.
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We're not leaving the cool kitchen gadgets out of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, and as proof, we present the Joseph Joseph Nest 100. Joseph Joseph's nested set of 9 kitchen tools includes a large stainless steel mixing bowl with non-slip base, a small stainless steel mixing bowl with non-slip base, a fine mesh stainless steel strainer, a stainless steel colander, and a set of 5 black measuring cups--all engineered to fit together as compactly as possible. It's the perfect gift for the Top Chef wannabe in your life.
You can pick up the Joseph Joseph Nest 100 now from Amazon for $99.99.
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iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will be big holiday gifts this year, make no mistake about it. The Apple TV is actually a fantastic complement to Apple's handhelds, worthy of being featured in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. A nice little device in its own right, the Apple TV gives you access to Apple's iTunes Store entertainment content right on your television. In addition, you get Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, sports networks, and plenty of other entertainment options. Connect it to your iTunes Home Share, and you can use your iOS devices as remote controls for the Apple TV. The best part, though, is AirPlay. You can beam audio and video content right to the Apple TV with ease from your iOS device, or your Mac. You can also mirror the display of these devices as well, all wireless over your home network.
Honorable Mention: Roku 3 Streaming Player
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