Over the coming weeks leading up to Christmas, WiFi HiFi will be publishing a series of holiday tech gift guides, including items to suit everyone on your list. From gadgets and gizmos, to products for audio and videophiles, we have you covered.
Forget air fresheners or candles; Ellia Diffusers (HoMedics Canada) with essential oils provide natural aromas and a calming environment to help relieve stress, and alleviate dry air. The Gather can run for up to 10 hours continuous (20 hours intermittent), is rounded in design, and adds peaceful sounds to the mix to further your Zen. Made from ceramic and wood, each Diffuser in the line, which also includes fittingly-named models like the Soothe, Flourish, Blossom, Thrive, Awaken, Rise, Reflect, and Balance, come with oil samples (orange, pay attention, and fight it), none of which is diluted with carrier oils or synthetic properties, and are bottled in violet glass to protect them from UV rays. The Gather is MSRP $130, and essential oils, including scents like lavender, peppermint, and lemongrass, are $25/15mL bottle or $40 for a three-pack of 10mL bottles. Ellia.com
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Vacuum
Canister vacuums are great cleaning companions, studiously following you as you move about the house. But it's annoying when they meet an obstacle or corner and tip over, requiring that you run back to pick them up again. Dyson hopes to solve this issue with its Cinetic Big Ball, a self-righting vacuum that will actually pick itself back up. The components are designed in a spherical fashion, with the heaviest nearest to the floor to allow for a low centre of gravity. Plus, you can rotate the now-longer wand's articulated handle in three directions for full 360-degree movement. $500-$800 Dysoncanada.ca
Help her get immersed in the latest favourite novel with Amazon's latest Kindle, which is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, plus it boasts more memory, and is the first to include built-in Bluetooth audio support for better accessibility. It has twice the memory of previous-generation models, along with more rounded edges for comfortably holding it in one hand. The high contrast touchscreen eliminates glare, even in direct sunlight. The battery lasts for week, as with previous versions, before it needs recharging. It comes with the latest reading features, including a personalized home screen, and the ability to export notes and highlights from a book to your e-mail as easily-printable PDFs or spreadsheets. All of the standard Kindle features are also included, such as a variety of fonts; Whispersync for saving and synchronizing the last page read, bookmarks, and annotations across all devices and Kindle apps; automatic backups to the cloud; Goodreads integration; X-Ray, the ability to see passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places, or topics of interest; Word Wise word definitions; achievement badges for kids; estimated time to read; vocabulary builder that compiles all of the words you looked up; the ability to share passages via social media; smart lookup with full dictionary definitions; and a custom-built typesetting engine.
Users can access millions of e-books from the Kindle Store, including more than 200,000 French-language titles. Pay per book, or subscribe to unlimited reading of over one-million books (25,000 in French) for $10/mo. $80 Kindle.com