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One Savvy Mom!™ Top 2017 Holiday Gift Picks - The Best Useful Tech Gifts To Add To Your List This Year! + A Giveaway

The countdown is on! With the holiday's mere days away now, everyone is undoubtedly searching high and low for the perfect gift ideas for friends and family. I've poured over piles of products over the past few weeks, and have carefully selected 11 top notch products from the bunch,  to help you take the guess-work out of gifting this holiday season. Without further adieu I give you One Savvy Mom's Top 2017 "Useful Tech" Gift Picks. 

Read on for my Top 2017 "Useful Tech" Gift Picks, and for a chance to WIN a {pretty fabulous} prize pack!

These are the items that tipped the scales for me this year:
  1. Dyson Animal Ball 2 Upright Vacuum (MSRP $394.98) If  you're looking for a workhorse of a vacuum, the Dyson Animal Ball 2 Upright Vacuum is definitely it! We have been using this vacuum for the past few weeks, and it's amazing. It tackles all of the messes that my 4 kids and the dog leave behind, with ease.This vacuum has the strongest suction {literally}, currently available on the market! It boasts radial root cyclone technology, which traps more microscopic dust than any other cyclone technology currently on the market, too. I adore the easy release wand, and on-board tools that allow me to reach into every dirty crack and crevice in our home.  Another winning feature? There are easy access points on the vacuum head of the Dyson Ball Animal 2, to remove anything that might get trapped in the roller bar / hoses. With 4 kids, clogged vacuum hoses were an almost daily occurrence in our home - not anymore though!  I can easily snap the housing to the cleaning head apart and snap it back together in a cinch - no tools required! I also love that the Dyson Ball Animal 2 has a simple button release on the bin - so no need to ever touch the dirt. This sturdy built like no-other vacuum also has whole machine HEPA filtration, which ensures that the dust/ dirt gets trapped into the machine, and is not filtered back into the air in our home.  4 kids and a dog can create a tornado of mess, quickly! The Dyson Animal Ball 2 helps me unfurl the mess quickly and easily, each and every day. I don't know what I'd do without it! Just try it, and you'll see what I mean. AMAZING! The Dyson Animal Ball 2 Upright Vacuum would make the perfect holiday gift for parents and pet owners alike!
  2. Dreampad Memory Support Pillow with Dreampad Technology (MSRP $129) A great pillow can make all the difference; it's essential! A good nights sleep is everything, especially when your days are busy tending to little ones, friends. This pillow was originally designed as a relaxation tool for children with high levels of anxiety and other childhood challenges. After months of use with children, parents discovered that they too achieved a better nights sleep with the help of the Dreampad pillow. Dreampad launched a new line of 4 pillows in 2016 with Dreampad Technology, for adults. The built in Dreampad technology allows you to stream 10 songs specifically designed and engineered for deep sleeping, right to your Dreampad pillow (via the app - available for iPhone and android). This selection of peaceful sounds coupled with the unbridled support and comfort of the memory support pillow, equals one of the best nights sleep that I've ever had! I used to struggle with getting to sleep, then staying asleep. Not anymore, with the help of the Dreampad! After my experience with this pillow, I purchased one for my husband and each of my children also. It's the best investment I've made in a long time. A peaceful nights sleep is priceless friends! Everyone deserves the gift of a great nights sleep - Dreampad pillows would make the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season!
  3. Nomad USB Charging Hub in White (MSRP $49.95) Cords, cords EVERYWHERE! The struggle is real friends. As a family of 6, the device charging cords seemed to be taking over every outlet on our first floor. They were flung here, there, and everywhere. Because there wasn't any one designated place for everyone to charge their devices, cords were getting tangled, lost, frequently broken etc. If you know me in real life, you probably know that my phone battery was often nearly drained, if not already completely dead, because my charger was always being pulled out by one of the kids, who {seriously?!}needed the outlet to charge their own devices. Like I said, the struggle is real! Everyone is almost always operating on a fully charged battery these days though, with the help of the Nomad USB Charging Hub. This convenient charging hub offers up 5 USB ports, and only requires one outlet. It also organizes all of the cords via the cord feed on the bottom of the Charging Hub. This is hands-down one of the most useful pieces of tech gear that we have in our home. It has virtually eliminated the war for the outlets, and keeps everything neat and tidy in one spot. It also has a small footprint, and in a house filled with 6 people, every square inch is precious,  folks! The Nomad USB Charging Hub is available in black and white color options, and makes the perfect gift for just about everyone on your list this season {especially busy households like ours, with the need to charge multiple devices!}
  4. Google Home Mini (MSRP $49) Just "Google It!" Gone are the days where you actually need to pull out your computer, phone, or tablet , to get all of the answers to life's most pressing (and not so pressing) questions. A smaller {more cost efficient} version of Google Home, Google Home Mini, offers up allot of bang for your buck, in a new compact design. Next time you have a burning question, simply ask your Google Home Mini, starting with "OK, Google." Yes, it's that simple!  All of the Internet is at your beck-and- call, 24/7, with this voice activated, virtual "helper." With a more than affordable price tag (of just $49) Google Home Mini is at the top of my list to gift to several of my family members, this holiday season. We don't know what we'd do without ours! Oh how very far technology has come, friends.
  5. Nomad Carabiner - Lightning & Nomad Carabiner - Micro USB (MSRP $34.95 & $14.95) I don't know how many times I've left the house with a barely charged phone battery, only to have to heat-seek the nearest convenience store, to buy a spare cord. Way too many times to count, I'm sure! All of those spare cord purchases add up fast, friends! Now, you can ditch the need for cords, and keep your charging cable right on your key ring! Ensuring that you never have to buy a spare cord while en route, again! Nomad Caribiners (available in Lightning and Micro USB) simply clip onto your key ring/backpack, and are at-the-ready whenever and wherever you need them! LOVE the convenience and peace of mind that these handy Nomad Caribiners offer up! Nomad Caribiners make the  perfect holiday gift for all of the tech lovers on your list this season! 
  6. Hiku The Shopping Button (MSRP $49)  I'm busy, friends! So busy, that I find it hard to keep track of everything that we need from the store each week. I make an effort. I write lists out on my phone, email myself reminders on occasion, yet I still almost always forget a few items from the store. Which sends me back to the store, taking up more {precious} time than I have to offer up. Enter the Hiku Shopping button! This handy little device reads bar codes on all of the items in your kitchen/the grocery store! Simply download the app into your phone (available for Android/iPhone) and scan the items that you've run out of/need more of (or scan the items that you frequently put into your cart each week while at the grocery store) and the Hiku will curate your shopping list for you! This handy little device has made my life so much easier! I don't have to trek back to the store nearly as often now for forgotten essentials. The Shopping Button by Hiku would make the perfect gift for busy moms / families on your list this holiday season!
  7. Honeywell Lyric T5 WI-FI Thermostat (MSRP149.99) Making the switch to a smart thermostat, was indeed a smart move for our family.  The Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fri Thermostat allows me to easily set/program our thermostat from anywhere (whether I'm at home or out and about) via my Smartphone. This is such a great money-saving investment. Indeed, a very useful piece of tech! The Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat would make the perfect money-saving gift for families this holiday season. This is literally a gift that will keep giving {in valuable $$$ savings!} year after year, 
  8. 3-in-1 Universal Smart Phone Camera Lens Kit (MSRP $9.99) Don't have the newest phone on the market, with the best camera quality? That's OK! No need to go plunk down hundreds {if not thousands!} of dollars for a new phone! This 3-in-1 Universal Phone Camera Lens Kit transforms your phone camera, instantly. You can start taking  amazing high-quality photos with this super affordable {under $10!} 3-in-1 Universal Smart phone camera lens attachment kit, today. This would make the perfect {more than affordable} present for parents and photo enthusiasts, this holiday season!
  9. Google Wi-Fi (MSRP $124) Ditch your old router for super fast seamless Wi-Fi connections throughout your home. A single Google Wi-Fi router covers up to 1,500 square feet. Google Wi-Fi is also expandable, with a 3 pack  offering a whopping 4,500 square feet of coverage/connection.  Of all the great features offered up with Google Wi-Fi,  the "family Wi-Fi pause" feature is my absolute favorite!  "Family Wi-Fi Pause" allows you to pause access on kids devices in the home, during diner, homework time, and bedtime. I love that I can easily disconnect/reconnect my kids from Internet access at my convenience, and it's not simply a 24/7 free-for-all! Google WiFi would make the perfect gift for families this holiday season!
  10. PodPocket (MSRP 19.99) When you invest in the newest technology for yourself (or your child,) this holiday season, be sure to protect your investment! PodPock offers up a super handy way to stow your AirPods, at home and on the go. This convenient "Pod" easily clips onto your key ring, backpack, purse, belt loop etc. At under $20, Grab a PodPocket as a stocking stuffer, or add-on to that pricey tech gift this holiday season. PodPocket makes the perfect {super affordable} gift, for just about everyone on your list!
  11. Halo Bolt ACDC Portable Charger Car Jumpstarter with AC Outlet (MSRP $224.95) This. Is. AMAZING! Friends, last but certainly not least - we have the Halo Bolt ACDC Portable Charger Car Jumpstarter with AC outlet. This little device is a WORKHORSE! It can  safely jump start your vehicle (with impeccable built-in safety features + included jumper cables) up to 200+ times on just ONE charge! AND it can power up a lamp, a fan, your computer, cellphone etc. in the event of a power outage. It can also act as a back-up power source to charge your cellphone on the go. It can do SO many things, and it has a super small footprint. I think that this is hands-down one of the most useful pieces of tech that you can gift to anyone this holiday season. Piece of mind is completely priceless, and the Halo Bolt offers up just that. This would make the perfect gift for just about everyone on your list this holiday season. Think new drivers, folks who live in areas that frequently experience power outages, friends/family that live in cold-weather areas of the country (that jump start feature is crucial in cold weather areas!)  I absolutely LOVE everything about the Halo Bolt ACDC Portable Charger Car Jumpstarter with AC Outlet! It's at the top of my list to gift to quite a few friends and family members this holiday season. 

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*Disclosure: Media samples were received by some of the featured brands for review/feature/giveaway purpose. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.