Holiday Gifts for your Memory Catcher

I don’t know about you but I’m already thinking about holiday gifts for friends and family. It’s never to early to start, and if I was honest, I’m always thinking about it as finding the perfect gift for each person is so important to me.

THE TOOLS

While I’ll never give up on my DSLR for the best shots, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II [$449.99] has definitely given me pause for consideration. With beauty and style on the outsidem it’s packed with advanced technology inside. The PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera combines an ultra-slim design with high-performing features for incredible image quality and easy portability.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Ultra-slim, Lightweight and Pocket-size Camera featuring a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel High-sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® NFC and Bluetooth®
  • Bright f/2.0 (W) – f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28–84mm)

A stiff competitor, and yet quite a different camera altogether, the Panasonic Lumix ZS70 [$449.99] has a lot to offer. This wifi-enabled pocket-sized camera also shoots in 4K video photography, which is all the rage. 3 Megapixel MOS sensor plus  a gorgeous 30X LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens (24-720mm), plus 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). We particularly love the 180 degree front flip-up touch feature-enabled screen which simplifies selfie photography, and framing for unusual perspectives.

One of my favorite cameras, the Nikon D3400 [$499.99] with it’s amazing NIKKOR lens, is perfect for photographers of any skill level. I’m particularly in love with their innovative Guide Modes, which makes capturing the shot the only priority for you and they figure out everything else.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Shoots incredible pictures in both low light and fast speeds.
  • Create portraits with rich, natural skin tones and beautifully blurred backgrounds.
  • 2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor with no optical low-pass filter for breathtaking image quality
  • Always connected with Nikon SnapBridge and a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • Compact, lightweight and very easy to use, regardless of skill level
  • Learn as you go with Nikon’s innovative Guide Mode

My MUST-HAVE item is the Tiffen Steadicam Volt. I am completely in love with this thing! As a blogger, video is where it’s at and whether it’s a good one or not can depend on how steady your video is. As a parent, I am alway documenting my children’s sports activities. From my son’s baseball games to my daughter’s swim meets or their TKD competitions, as action packed as it is, having a steady video is so important for the many replays they get. No one wants to be nausea from watching them. Having tried several different types of stabilizers, I am incredibly impressed with the Tiffen Steadicam Volt. Tiffen is world-reknown in the film making industry  for their Steadicam rig and they have brought all that technology into a small handheld tool that turns your smart phone into a filmmaking powerhouse. It has a 3-axis gyroscopic stabilizer, allowing you to get extended stable video footage in two modes; “Movie” and “Sport”.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Accomodates most phones, even with a case!
  • Lightweight at under 1lb
  • Compact folding and storage
  • Works with both iPhone and Android
  • even when the long lasting 8-hour battery has run out, it can still work in manual mode
  • Bluetooth ready for the future
  • Works with inertia and still ever so steady!
  • The price, MSRP of $199.99 makes it still cheaper than it’s competitors that don’t even come close to quality and technology.

MAKING MEMORIES

What to do with all those photos you’ve now taken? Check out the Epson Expression ET-2750 EcoTank printer [$499.99]. We’re no strangers to the expensive ink cartridge you need to replace with color printers. If you’ve got the Epson Workforce ET-4750 EcoTank, you won’t have to page count or ration printing.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks with up to two years of ink in the box
  • Up to 14,000 black/11,200 color pages of documents and images without running out of ink, equivalent to about 30 ink cartridge sets
  • High-capacity 250-sheet paper tray, to load paper less often
  • Easy setup and navigation with a 2.4″ color touchscreen and auto-stop ink bottles
  • Borderless printing and auto 2-sided printing

Shutterfly is a company that we have frequently featured as one of our favorite shopping sites for personalized photo gifts. This year I am gushing over the quality of the Shutterfly Watercolor Patterned Frames Coaster [$19.99]. Available in sets of four, each one with a different photo, it’s perfect for every day use and for showing off during a holiday gathering. They have a no-slip cork backing and can handle both hot and cold drinks without any damage. 

Which one of these gifts would be perfect for your memory maker? 

{ disclosure: I attended a lunch & learn sponsored by Techlicious. No compensation was received or exchanged for my review. As an avid memory maker, I loved learning all about the latest and greatest! As always all opinions expressed here are my very own! }