Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus

Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus
Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus 04:09

Techno Claus, who looks suspiciously like "Sunday Morning" contributor David Pogue (but sounds like no one else), is reading from a Christmas storybook by a crackling fire.

"And what, to our wondering eyes should appear,
But Techno Claus! Guru of gadgets and gear!
We knew in a flash by his beard and his clothes …
And as for that accent – well, who even knows?

"I'm happy to be here. I live to assist
With gifting ideas for all on your list."


Quartet Glass Dry-Erase Desktop Computer Pads ($27)

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Note to self: Glass Dry-Erase Desktop Computer Pads are a way to do away with proliferations of Post-It Notes. Quartet

He plucks Post-It notes off of his monitor as he speaks. 

My desk at the Pole has become a collage
Of Post-Its and brainstorms and other gar-bage.
But now, for reminders I don't want to miss,
I uncap my marker and write 'em on this.

Erasing is clean, 'cause the surface is glass
In white or in black – or in marble, for class!
      


The MiniPump, from The Distinguished Nerd ($95)

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No need to get "tired" with the MiniPump. The Distinguished Nerd

He's pumping hard by a flat tire, outdoors:

This portable pump is exhausting in use
And this one is worthless if you don't have juice.

But this one's electric and also compact
It's got a rechargeable battery, in fact.
You dial up the pressure,
then savor the show
It stops when it's finished, and then off you go!
      


JackonLux Rechargeable Emergency LED Bulbs ($18 for two)

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These rechargeable LED bulbs have got the power. JackonLux

This LED light bulb, if you can believe,
Has a magical trick up its 60-watt sleeve.
When the weather gets bad, and the power is gone,
A battery backup brings this light bulb back on!

It charges all day when the power is fine
So it's always prepared for emergency shine.
      


KIZIK Handsfree Shoes ($100-$170)

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This "hands-free" shoe practically puts on itself. KIZIK

My elves say they're busy, there's no time to kneel
To put on their shoes, so they mash in the heels!
And that's why these Kizik shoes have, of all things,
A heel reinforced by titanium springs!

You're meant to step into 'em – Look ma, no hands!
Your elves and your children are gonna be fans!
      


SnapPower GuideLights ($17)

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GuideLights end bulky nightlights.  SnapPower

With age comes perspective and wisdom, all right,
But also the need to get up in the night.

A nightlight's so bulky! It covers the plate
But this light's built into the cover! So great!
Just turn off the circuit, install with a snap
It guides you onwards on your long winter's nap!
      


Samsung The Frame TV 55" Smart 4K UHD TV ($1,400)

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The Frame TV comes in sizes 43", 49", 55" and 65". Samsung

Your TV looks good when it's on, I assume,
But off, it's a big ugly void in the room!

But this television is subtle and smart
When not showing shows, it impersonates art!
The painting, the matte, and the frame's up to you
There's only one cable to shelter from view.

A sensor detects if there's folks in the room,
If not, it shuts off to save power: And, boom!
      


So that about does it for this techno guy.
The reindeer are texting me, "We gotta fly!"
I hope all the gifts that you give are a hit
And now I must leave you all …

He eyes the fireplace warily

… If I can fit!

Story produced by Aria Shavelson.