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Best holiday gifts for yourself in 2018

If you're in the mood to offset the seasonal stress with a little retail therapy, these are the best offers around still on holiday price drops!
December 19, 2018
Cat hoarding presents

This cat ain’t sharing any of this.

May the yuletide gods have mercy on you if you’re still struggling to get your holiday shopping done. It’s a bit late in the game now bud, but if you want to take advantage of seasonal price drops for your own gain, now is the time to strike.

Forget Aunt Mimi and your deadbeat brother; now’s your chance to grab some gifts for you!

The following are the best deals, as chosen by reader popularity, for the 2018 holiday season. You won’t get these in time for Christmas eve, but you can still them for Christmas rush prices!

Hi-Res Car DashCam

Whether its for road trip documentation, insurance reasons, or sheer entertainment, dashboard cams are rapidly becoming a staple of the modern vehicular setup. Just think of all the crazy video clips we have now that they’ve become so ubiquitous! From meteorites to insane people to wild traffic accidents, things that would have normally vanished into the aether of memory are now preserved forever for our continued bafflement.

This HD DashCam lets you get in on the action without breaking the bank. Sure, the device is normally $119, but since Black Box has been pushing a 79 percent off holiday promotion, you can snag it for a much more stocking-friendly price of $24.99.

Of course, this baby won’t arrive ’til after Christmas, so it’ll be skipping the stocking and going straight to your dash. It’ll be our little secret.

At a glance:

The premium dashcam will maximize your peace of mind on the road, saving you endless trouble in the event of a crash. Simply turn it on when you’re driving, and it’ll record footage of the road on a continuous loop. If you ever find yourself in an accident, you’ll have video evidence to avoid protracted disputes with your insurance provider, in court, and much more. 

  • Captures HD footage
  • Operates as both a recorder & digital camera
  • Ensures any accident is recorded
  • Records over older recordings so you always have the latest footage
  • Continues recording when your car suddenly jerks or shakes, even if the device is turned off
  • Offers up to two hours of recording time w/ 8GB microSD card
  • Includes capacity for microSD card w/ up to 32GB (not included)

Cisco CCNA Training Suite

Now, normally when I think of gifts, I think of fun stuff like toys and gadgets. However, you peculiar readers have shown a marked interest in self-improvement and skill development. 

I’m not here to judge; I’m here to provide! The Cisco CCNA Training Suite has been one of the highest selling learning kits we’ve ever seen. In three simple modules, you get everything you need to pass the new CCNA R/S 200-125 Certification Exam. Become the IT wizard your friends and family already think you are, and start making cash with it!

This bundle encompasses hundreds of lessons and goes for a retail price of $405. However, holiday price drops still have this baby listed at $39. At 90 percent off for a career-launching setup, we’re calling this one hell of a deal, and since so many of you have been hopping on this offer, we’re guessing you think so too!

Zoolz Cloud Storage: Lifetime of 1TB Instant Vault and 1TB of Cold Storage

Storage, storage, storage. For a while there, it seemed like you could get all you needed for free, but now the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox are having more and more people dropping cash monthly to more storage space. Hate monthly payments? Rather pay once and get a lifetime of storage without repeat payments? Yeah, you and everyone else.

Which is why Zoolz cloud storage has been garnering users by the boatload. They offer 2TB of storage for life for the one-time payment of $69.99. However, during the holidays, this price has been slashed to $44.95 so you can a digital closet for your friends and family. Since this is a digital product, you can of course still grab a subscription for your mom, but let’s be honest, wouldn’t you put it to better use?

At a glance:

Let’s face it, cloud storage can get pricey no matter how good the bargain. That’s why Zoolz offers a smarter way to purchase cloud backup based on solutions meant to suit your particular needs. With this lifetime of Cold Storage and Instant Vault, you’ll have an extremely affordable place to safely store massive amounts of data that rarely gets revisited, as well as a home for 1TB of data you need to access regularly. This is an extremely affordable solution for that entire mountain of files. 

  • Store 1TB of Instant Vault data & 1TB of Cold Storage data for life, w/ no additional costs
  • Quickly & easily select the files you want to store w/ Smart Selection
  • Retrieve stored files in approximately 3-5 hours
  • Enjoy great features: bandwidth throttling, icon overlay, file retention & more
  • Preview thumbnails of images
  • Get reliability w/ data stored over multiple facilities & devices

Degoo Premium: Lifetime 2TB Backup Plan

That’s right! Storage again. We were hard-pressed to pick just one for this list, because both of these offers have been equally popular this holiday season.

Degoo is offering a lifetime of their premium 2TB service for a one-time price. So what’s the difference between this and Zoolz?

Well, the feature that causes some users to balk at Zoolz is that half of the storage they offer is what they call “cold storage,” meaning you have to request retrieval of those files, and they can take 3-5 hours to be available. Degoo gives you instant access to both terabytes forever.

The tradeoff? Well, Degoo’s price drop isn’t as dramatic, so you’ll wind up paying $59.99 for it. For users who actively deal with large amounts of data that they might need on the fly, the extra cost is a no-brainer. For hoarders who just want to keep around files and photos ‘just in case,’ Zoolz is a better bargain.

At a glance:

Everyday computer users are juggling huge amounts of data, so it makes sense that you’re taking care of that data responsibly. With Degoo you get 2TB of supremely secured cloud storage from which to manage and share files with awesome simplicity. With high-speed transfers from a database that offers more storage than Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive combined, you’ll love how easy it is to keep tabs on all of your valuable data. 

  • Send files easily to friends via email or link
  • Store up to 2TB of data under ultra-secure 256-bit AES encryption
  • Replicate your backup as you perform it, giving you extra peace of mind
  • Perform backup to all of your devices
  • Get more storage space than Dropbox, OneDrive, & Google Drive combined
  • Keep your backup automatically up to date thanks to automatic file change detection

The Complete Robotics Bundle

Hellbent on welcoming our robot overlords? With automation rapidly sweeping jobs off the table, savvy futurists are hopping aboard the robotics field knowing that, no matter how advanced technology gets, we’re still going to need someone to maintain and optimize the robots quickly making everyone else obsolete. 

The Complete Robotics Bundle has naturally been a hot seller among our readers, many of whom are already riding this brainwave. 5 learning kits give you everything you need to start tinkering and developing, and instead of paying the list price of $199.95 (honestly, still a good deal for the content) you only have to pay $19 for as long as this price cut lasts. 

3-Port Charger with Wireless Charger & Power Bank

It’s a power block! No, it’s a power bank! No, it’s a wireless charger! 

This inventive little gizmo from MobilePower is everything you need on the go or at home (but especially on the go). Plug it into the wall to power up to 3 devices (2x USB, x1 USB-C) while simultaneously topping off the 6,700mAh battery packed inside. Keep it packed while you’re on the go, and pull it out any time to use it as a power bank. The wireless charger built into one side means you can even just set your Qi-compatible phone on top of it for a while to get the juice you need. 

This versatile little companion has a sticker price of $129.99, but a price drop targeting Christmas shoppers has it currently slashed to $34.99. These have been selling like hotcakes, but we expect that not all of them will wind up wrapped and given away.

At a glance:

These days, we carry around more devices than we can possibly keep charged — and who wants to carry around loads of chargers on top of that?! That’s why this all-in-one charger was created: so you can carry one compact gadget and keep all your devices at full power. It features two high-speed USB ports plus one USB-C port. On top of that, you can use it to wirelessly charge any Qi-compatible device — and carry even fewer things! When you’re out-and-about and without an AC outlet in sight, this baby even works as a portable charger so you’re never left powerless on-the-go. 

  • Use the type C outlet to power your USB-C compatible laptop
  • Use the wireless charger w/ Qi-compatible Apple & Samsung phones
  • Plug into any 120/240 VAC outlet & even use in foreign countries
  • View how much power is left w/ built-in LED display
  • Designed w/ a rugged construction & stylish look

Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle

Raspberry Pi has been cited as an excellent starting point for learning a wide variety of skills. Creative uses of the platform abound, from Alexa integrations to robotics and modding, but you don’t have to bruise your wallet to get started. 

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit and Course bundle has all the pieces and intelligence you need to start munching on Pi. The Sensor Pack alone has a $149.99 price tag, so considering that you get it and 3 learning kits for even less is quite the bargain!

Through the holidays, this bundle is available for $139.99. A great gift for little brothers who aspiring to be as tech-savvy as their older sibling, or you could always just… get it for yourself.

uTalk Language Education: Lifetime Subscription (Choose 6 languages)

I don’t know what it is about you guys that’s so keen on getting better as human beings. My idea of self-improvement is just ordering a combo meal from Taco Bell instead of the Party Pack.

Nevertheless, you guys seem determined to become smarter, more sophisticated members of society. Though I can’t understand you, I can at least point you toward the things you like to invest in.

uTalk is a service that’s putting the old guard Rosetta Stone to the test. Their service lets you learn a new language on any device you regularly use. There’s over 130 languages to choose from, and they normally only cost about $50 per language you want to learn.

However, for a limited time, they’re offering six languages of your choice for less than that. $29.99 hooks you up with everything you need to become a legit polyglot. There are other packages too, including the $300 130-language premium access suite, but we figure that’s a little ambitious even for the likes of you. For now, let’s stick to six. 

Of course, if you’re only interested in learning one language, you can always grab it for $20, reduced from the usual $64.99. Click the button below to see all your options.

At a glance:

The world is flattening (figuratively) and it is becoming more and more valuable to learn a second, or third, fourth, or fifth language. uTalk helps you overcome the language barrier challenge by helping you learn real, practical vocabulary in a wide variety of languages from any device that you choose. uTalk’s language programs let you understand how native speakers actually talk and feature independently verified translations so you’ll be able to navigate through your next vacation like a real local. 

  • Choose six of over 130 languages (see Important Details for full list) to learn from any device, any time you want
  • You don’t need to choose all six languages at once – you can pick some now and the rest later
  • There is no time limit on when you must choose your languages
  • Discover real, practical vocabulary that you can use in real-world situations
  • Measure your achievements as you go along
  • Verify your learning by playing speaking games
  • Learn from native voice artists who really know what they’re talking about
  • Access your account from any device so you can pick up where you left off anywhere

Amazon Web Services Certification Training Mega Bundle

Amazon Web Services power so many things we use regularly and often take for granted that it’s nearly unbelievable. Like people interested in robotics, those seeking to become AWS experts are aware of the changing economic and technological landscape, and they want to be on the winning side.

As such, we’ve seen a tremendous up-spike in interest surrounding AWS mastery. You want to get your hands dirty and we’re here to show you where the mud is. Start digging into AWS Certification with this Mega Bundle. You’ll get eight courses that individually retail for nearly $1,300, but if you buy them all at once instead of piecemeal, you only have to pay $69.

Retro Gaming Console with 600+ Classic Games

Those were the good old days. Or maybe you’re a young gun with an affinity for 90’s aesthetic. Or maybe you’re some kind of digital anthropologist.

Whatever your walk of life or quirky bent, having over 600 retro games on-tap makes a welcome addition to just about any living room or game room. Since we can now pack old-school cartridges into plankton, you won’t have to carry around a backpack or case to bring the fun to your friends. The NES-inspired micro design lets you take the fun anywhere. 

The list price for this care-free companion is $299, but we’re guessing that pretty much nobody forked over that much cash for this. However, with a holiday price gouge on top of a more reasonable sticker price adjustment, you can grab the Retro Gaming Console for $44.99. This one is a “while supplies lasts” offering since these have apparently been going into thousands of stockings this year, so grab it before it’s gone.

At a glance:

Relive your gaming glory days with the Retro Entertainment Console! This extremely lightweight console comes preloaded with 600 games and two controllers so you can enjoy hours of fun on your home entertainment system. 

  • Play instantly through an HDMI connection & pre-loaded games
  • Enjoy multiplayer action w/ two controllers included
  • Pack up & take it anywhere w/ ease

Wrap up

So far, these are the hottest sellers we’ve seen for this holiday season. It’s too late to nestle these under your tree, but if you’re in the mood to offset the seasonal stress with a little retail therapy, we won’t tell if you don’t!