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Gadget gifts for techies

You can cross the techie off your gift list after this segment.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Gadget Nation author and tech guru Steve Greenberg is back with some great gift ideas.

Flappy Ugly Christmas Sweater— Why wear the same ugly Christmas sweater again this year to your ugly sweater party, when you can upgrade to the Flappy Ugly Christmas Sweater! Invented by brothers Fred and Mark Hajjar, the Flappy ugly Christmas sweaters feature secret airbags that create an animated moving effect. Patent-pending, the Flappy Ugly Christmas sweater features such designs as a Christmas Llama sticking out its tongue, a Christmas dog with flapping up and down ears, a little drummer boy beating on his drum and Santa in his iconic hat that waves back and forth as he scales down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Flappy Sweaters are available now at UglyChristmasSweater.com. Each design retails for $59.99.

hand2mind’s Moving Creations with K’Nex— Learn to apply STEM principles just like an engineer! Moving Creations from hand2mind, a leading developer of classroom learning tools for over 50 years, is created using K’NEX®. The step-by-step illustrated guide contains 9 different builds, educational science content, 18 STEM experiments and “Think Bigger” challenges to practice the scientific method. Includes a 98 pg. book with storage box attached. A great screen-free option, Moving Creations is available now and is intended for kids ages 8 to 14 with an MSRP of $39.99. Moving Creations can be purchased on Amazon or hand2mind website.

Rizmo™— is the first-ever “evolving toy” that listens, learns, remembers and actually grows—both in play value and physical form. Rizmo combines the best attributes from some of the most popular toys of all time including its interactive appeal, surprise reveal and nurturing qualities. Rizmo is a high-tech creature featuring many sensors that feel and respond to motion encouraging nurturing play that embraces tech and relies on classic play patterns. Rizmo, whose name comes from “Rhythm Monster,” is ready to play immediately out of the box. Over time, as kids interact, cuddle, sing and play with Rizmo, they’ll experience its magical evolution – growing and evolving from adorable baby to playful kid to the fun, music-loving Rizmo. Once Rizmo fully evolves, additional play modes and more advanced interactive features guarantee never-ending play. Rizmo has a suggested retail price of $59.99 and is available at Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble and others. For more info go to: Rizmo.com

Pelican Go G40 Charge Case— For more than 40 years Pelican has been an industry leader in rugged, protective cases for the military and movie industry, now they are making products for consumers. The Pelican Go™ G40 Charge Case is the world’s first personal utility case with QI-Certified wireless charging. This rugged case will protect your phone from water, dust, snow, or dirt and will charge it simultaneously You place your phone on the tray and the QI-certified wireless technology starts charging. Pelican products are made in the USA and this case has a lifetime guarantee. It is available on Pelican.com and Amazon.com $99.95

SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect— has integrated scales enabling you to accurately weigh out the right amount of food for your pet; ideal for pets on weight management diets. Used with the Sure Petcare app, monitor how much, how often and when a pet eats, as well as understanding how much is left in their bowl. The app allows pet owners access to pet data 24/7 from anywhere, from their smartphone or device enabling pet owners to build a comprehensive understanding of their pet’s unique feeding patterns, making it easier to spot changes in their pet’s health and well-being. Using their existing veterinarian implanted identification microchip or a SureFeed RFID collar tag, the pet can access the food and only the registered pet will be able to eat from the bowl. When the pet has been recognized, the lid over the bowl opens and remains open until the pet leaves. The Microchip Pet Feeder Connect enables owners to personalize their pet’s feeding regime to suit their pet’s unique needs, whether that is to address a specific health concern, such as obesity, or to establish a consistent and appropriate feeding routine. Once connected to the SURE PETCARE app via the SURE PETCARE® Hub ($65 sold separately) owners can specify the weight of a food serving for their pet. Once completed, every time they add food to the bowl, the integrated scales will weigh the food and LEDs on the front of the feeder will indicate when the correct portion weight has been reached. To purchase your SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect go to www.surepetcare.com. SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect $179.99 (without Hub); SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect with hub $252.79; Sure Petcare hub $72.80. Sure Petcare hub connected up to 10 Sure Petcare connected devices including SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect and SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect to one Sure Petcare app.

K9 Sport Sack — any trip or adventure isn’t complete unless your pup can tag along for the ride. Our motto, “No Dog Left Behind” has truly come to life with the addition of two new models. The newest is called The Trainer. This carrier was made to for more casual strolls, a fun bike ride, or a puppy that needs a break after a little while. It comes in sizes XS-L (see our Sizing Guide hereto get the best fit) and runs for $54.95. Our other newest model, The Rover, is the biggest dog carrier on the market! This carrier works great for older dogs, more strenuous adventures, or using public transportation. The Rover holds up to 80 pounds, coming in sizes Large-XXL, has 20 amazing features, and starts at $189.95. It’s no wonder people are calling the Rover a “game changer for big dogs” and “the coolest dog bag around”. Learn more about these two carriers and the other dog carrier models currently available for sale by going on www.k9sportsack.com Also found on Amazon, Chewy.com, and at local pet stores across the country.

*All information provided by Steve Greenberg

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