OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Americans will spend more than $36 billion on tech toys this holiday season, breaking many previous records for gadget-gifts as nearly 70% of us plan to put electronics at the top of our lists.
Consumer tech columnist Jennifer Jolly gives her must-have gadgets:
1 Yoga Book: $500
"Perfect for tweens, teens, on-the-go moms, and digital dads: this is the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 hybrid notebook computer on the planet - and it comes packed with mad-skills. It's like the Ginsu knife of PC's: it bends, it folds, it flips, it types, it draws, it plays, it glows. This is the future of laptops!"
2. Galaxy Gear Virtual Reality: $100
"You'll own a pair of the geeked-out goggles sooner rather than later. Yes, even you Mom, and you'll like them. A lot. For the first time ever, this year's holiday shopping lists will be packed with requests for VR headsets from kids and adults alike who want to give virtual reality a spin. These are my top pick"
3. Navdy HUD: $71/month or $800
"This gadget can make any ole' car feel like a fighter jet - minus the missiles. The Navdy heads-up display for cars projects messages, maps and apps from a smartphone into the driver's line of sight. I have a bold prediction: this emerging technology is the next "smartphone or tablet." There will be a day soon where you'll never know how you drove without it."
4. Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat: $150
"Crazy smart. Super simple. This new Lyric T5 thermostat is an awesome addition - or great first step - toward a true smart home. It works with Siri, Alexa, and adds geo-fences - so that you can program it based on your schedule, or let it adapt to your life as plans change. (And it looks really retro cool...)"
5. Tile Slim & Mate Trackers: $30-$100
"This gadget is the saving grace for anyone who's ever lost anything - like their wallet, keys, purse, laptop, smartphone, glasses, even kids and pets! These are brand new, super slim and These are brand new, super slim and more powerful than ever. I love these!"
6. Robot Companion Pet Pup: $120
"Rounding out the best gadget list ever - a robot puppy. Sure, it looks like a toy, but this realistic "Joy for All Pup" has a big job: to bring companionship to anyone and everyone who needs it -- minus the mess. Hi-tech built-in sensors and speakers this little rascal responds to motion, touch, the sounds of your voice, and feels super real!"
Read more about these and all of Jennifer's top gadget gift guides here.