Tech Trifecta 2014 Holiday Gifts, Something Fabulous For Everyone

Monsters and Critics’ 2014 Holiday Gift guide continues: Tech Trifecta 2014 For Holiday Gifts, Something For Everyone!

We loved testing and trying the new tech gifts that make life a little cleaner, brighter and more fit and fabulous this holiday season.

Whether you’re upgrading a home, needing a great addition to your daily beauty regimen or improving yourself and simply want to get into shape quickly, our holiday tech gift guide has three excellent selections that work beautifully and are affordable, thoughtful and useful gifts to make your gift recipient very happy.

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Lutron’s Caséta Wireless System


A wireless dimmer and remote for Christmas? Oh Yes!

The updated Caséta Wireless dimmer system is so much fun-especially if you have kids, as mom or dad can install the Lutron App and control the lights wherever you are outside of the home- and if they don’t know about this feature, you can freak them out a bit! Lutron is style, elegant design and quality, as they were THE inventor of the light dimmer, and a major player and industry leader in home automation and light management with their range of affordable to luxe products.


Easy to install, this might very well be your first foray into home automation products.  Lutron’s connected home solution, Caséta Wireless, is an affordable, easy-to-install connected home collection of wireless dimmers, controlled via the Lutron Smart Bridge and the free app. Download for free from the App Store or Google play.


Caséta Wireless dimmers work with dimmable LED light bulbs and dimmable compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, as well as incandescent, and halogen, giving you flexibility when it comes to bulb choices.  the remotes are slim and easy to pair with the actual device.

These dimmers also help dimmable LEDs and CFLs perform better than when used with standard dimmers.  Installation note: No neutral wire required – we installed in less than 15 minutes.

When dimming LEDs and CFLs with Caséta Wireless dimmers:
•lights will always turn on
•lights will stay on as you dim them
•lights won’t flicker (or will flicker less than with a standard dimmer)

Again, if those in the house are unaware you can control the lights from your cell phone, it’s a fun harmless prank to pull. My husband works far away during the week and lets me know when he is thinking of me by dimming and brightening the light. If we travel, we can randomly turn lights on, off and dim or brighten at will.

Instead of WiFi, ZigBee and Z-Wave, the bridge uses Lutron’s reliable, patented radio frequency technology, Clear Connect Wireless, that can be easily installed in your home’s WiFi router.  Prices range from $40-$300.

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My Lutron Bridge connected to my router, easy to install Photo By April Neale for M&C 2014

Caseta is compatible with Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats, Wink and Staples Connect.  Lutron’s Caseta is synching up with Apple by soon allowing consumers to control the lighting in their homes through the Apple Watch.

The Soniclear Face Brush


Teenagers, moms, dads, anyone with skin will benefit from this well crafted face brush. When “The Doctors” (on CBS) rave about an item, it’s time to take notice. The Doctors are serious about healthcare and preserving looks, and one newcomer they raved about – Soniclear – is a relative newcomer in a market dominated by the expensive Clarisonic.

Soniclear, by organic skincare brand Michael Todd, is the first ever balanced in weight sonic skin cleansing brush with built-in antimicrobial protection. This easy-to-hold baby is super powerful and really sweeps away debris and dead skin, leaving your face feeling like a baby bottom.

Brush heads can become a breeding ground for bacteria, especially when you start cleaning a face with makeup. Michael Todd has incorporated their LIFE Anti-Microbial Technology into every Soniclear brush head will obliterate the germ filled residue and bacteria that builds up after each use. With brush speeds in excess of 300 rotations per second, the sonic-wave powered skin cleansing brush is powerful, but gentle enough to use on super sensitive skin. The Soniclear thoroughly deep cleanses the skin while ending the threat of microbial contamination which can spread complexion breakouts.

The Soniclear boasts all the complexion-boosting benefits as other popular sonic cleansing brushes and then some, at a fraction of the price.

  • $150 (30% less than other top-of-the-line models)
  • 6 speeds
  • face and body brushes included too!
  • antimicrobial protection for a cleaner brush head and healthier skin

WeGo Fitness Motivator Products


Another gift for kids, mom, dad, anyone who wants to seamlessly track fitness progress and goals!  WeGo is an affordable, easy to use fitness tracker and integrated with a user-friendly smartphone app which is backed by MapMyFitness.

Two feature products from WeGo, the HYBRID and the CLIP, headline a family of products, which includes two other fitness trackers, as well as a micro-sized passive monitor in a variety of colors.

Goodlooking and functional, the WeGo HYBRID fitness band blends functionality and style in one clever wrist-worn fitness bracelet,  integrated with an on-demand OLED display. The WeGo HYBRID also monitors the users’ time in motion, and tracks sleep, all while doubling as a watch. Additionally, the WeGo Hybrid is Bluetooth enabled and tracks your all-day data: calories and fat grams burned, distance traveled and steps taken. Includes a rechargeable battery which lasts up to 7 days

WeGo users can view daily activity data either on the devices or by uploading it to the smartphone app. Users are able to customize their profile within the app in a few short steps, and easily track activity all day to gain insight into how much they move, how much they sleep, and more.

WeGo is available online and at Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more, with prices ranging from $30 to $80.