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There are many reasons that a tracking device might make sense for you.  Whether you want to keep track of a person, a pet, or a particular object, there is a tracking device that matches your needs. 

Here's my top 3 Wearable Technology Gift Ideas for Tracking and Safety:

LassoTag iBeacon

If you're constantly losing your phone, your purse, your keys, or other important items, then you need the LassoTag iBeacon. You can actually track up to 6 devices with individual tags and the LassoTag app. 

All you have to do is attach the LassoTag to the item you want to track and then set up the app to connect with it.  It will automatically connect to the app when you place the tag next to your iPhone.

You can create an alarm so that when the tag gets more than 50 feet away from you, it sets off an alert.  You can get an alert through text message, a phone call, or just a phone notification on your screen.

Garmin Delta Dog Training Collar

If you're working on training your four legged friend, the Garmin Delta Dog Training Collar is a high-tech helper that will make it a much easier job to accomplish.  This consists of a collar with a GPS tracking device and stimulator along with a remote control that operates it.

You can set the trainer to have three different actions that signal your dog.  You can have electric stimulation, a specific tone, or even some sort of vibration.  You'll only need one hand to operate this simple three-button remote.

You can use the LCD display on the remote to figure out which settings you want, and you can even program the remote to have different settings for different dogs that you're working to train.

No matter what the breed or coat thickness of your dog, this device can be configured to work well.  And the remote will work from as far away as half a mile.  This collar will help you train your dog for its own health and safety as well as the safety of others.

V.ALRT VSN400 Personal Emergency Response Device

The V.ALRT VSN400 is an emergency device for individuals that is perfect for anyone who wants to be able to send an urgent text or message to someone.  Whether you're a woman who loves to jog in the park, but worries about her personal safety or a senior citizen living alone who fears having a bad fall, this device is a great choice.

This is a very small gadget that can be worn on your wrist the same way that you wear a watch. In fact, it looks a lot like a watch.  But the device can also be worn as a pendant or a belt clip if you prefer. 

It uses Bluetooth technology to send messages from your smartphone.  That means you don't need any type of extra subscription service, but you do have to have a smartphone that operates with iOS or Android technology.

Once you've set up the device, you'll be able to text up to three different contacts.  You can also initiate phone calls so that you make sure the person on the other end notices it - and you can do all of this with the touch of one button.

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Wearable technology is especially interesting when it comes to fun and sports. 

There are many different ways you can use technology to enhance adventures and improve your performance.

Here's My Top 3 Wearable Technology Gift Ideas for Fun and Sports

GAME GOLF Digital Tracking System

The GAME GOLF Digital Tracking System will help you improve your golf game by analyzing your entire round of golf.  Unlike some trackers, this one does more than just provide data about your swing.

This small device will capture a ton of information, but won't get in the way of your game.  You'll simply turn on the power, place the device on your belt and then you're ready to play.

You will also need to install the tags that go with each club.  Then before you take each shot, you'll need to place the tag next to your device.  This takes less than a second and just requires a simple tap.

After that, your GAME GOLF will start tracking information.  It uses the club that you've chosen, combined with where you are on the course to visualize your entire round of golf. 

Rather than analyzing your swing, this device actually helps you get a big picture idea of how you play the entire game.  You'll be able to visualize the entire round and see both your successes and the mistakes you've made.

94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball

If you're a basketball player, the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball is one of the best tools you'll find for improving your game.  This is the tool that the National Association of Basketball Coaches considers its official smart ball - and for good reason.

At first glance, it looks like any basketball you've ever seen.  But upon closer inspection, you'll find that it includes many features that will help track your performance and improve your game.

The ball is activated when it's been bounced four times and will go to sleep if it doesn't have any activity for over five minutes.  This helps extend the battery life and not waste needed energy. 

The battery is designed to provide you with eight hours of life before needing to be recharged. You'll receive a wireless battery charger with the ball, making it easy to charge it up when the battery is drained and it's not in use.  

You can connect the ball to an app on your iOS or Android smart device - and as you play, it will transmit information. You'll learn the statistics about your shot speed, shot arc, and shot spin.

Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Camera

The Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Camera is built for the adventurer in you.  This is a simple camera that's a great value for your budget and will allow you to take high quality video wherever you happen to go.

The camera comes in four different colors - including black, blue, red, and green.  The camera is small enough to operate with just one hand.  And this camera is waterproof - even without an additional case. 

You can use it underwater without having to add any extra bulk to it. When you're ready to record, you can just slide the Instant On-Record switch into the on position and record. 

This makes it easy to turn the recording on and off - even if you're wearing gloves or have other bulky equipment to handle. The quality of this camera is outstanding.  It records 60 frames per second when you're shooting and gives a smooth playback.

The camera comes with a built-in laser level that's perfect for making sure you have the angle you really want.  With other cameras, you have to guess - but this one allows you to have pinpoint accuracy.

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One of the areas where you’ll find the most wearable technology is that of fitness.  Most people want to look and feel their best, but it can be hard to develop healthy habits of exercise, good sleep, and good nutrition.

Wearable technology offers some support to help motivate you to incorporate healthy habits.  You can find personalized coaching, competitions, and trackers that simply help you stay on top of your goals.

Here's my top 3 Wearable Technology Gift Ideas for Fitness

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

Keeping track of your fitness and sleep activity has never been easier now that the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband has arrived.  This tool is a must have for anyone interested in improving their health and fitness.

This wristband has a slim design that will fit in with just about any outfit you're wearing.  You can choose to wear it with a small wristband or a large one - both are included. 

It comes in a variety of colors including black, blue, gray, and tangerine - which allow you to choose how noticeable it is. You can use this little device to track all kinds of information that will help you evaluate your activity. 

You can track the number of steps that you walk, the distance you walk, and the calories that you burn.  You can also learn the total number of minutes you were active during the day.

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band

If you're looking for a way to reach your fitness goals, the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is the perfect addition to your program.  This monitor has built-in motivators, which set it apart from other fitness monitors on the market.

Garmin is a well-known name in GPS technology - and now they've extended their technology to the fitness arena.  The Vivofit band is sleek and modern.  You can get it in a wide variety of colors including black, blue, purple, red, slate, and teal.

You can choose to get the model with a heart rate monitor or one without this feature.  If you get the heart rate monitor version, you'll also get a chest band that has to be worn during activity to accurately measure your heart rate

This monitor can be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it's also water resistant, so you can even keep it on in the shower or while swimming.  It tracks your steps, the distance you've moved, and the calories you've burned.

Misfit Shine Activity and Sleep Monitor

The Misfit Shine Activity and Sleep Monitor is a unique device that helps you track your activity throughout the day.  When you set fitness goals, it's helpful to have a monitor that keeps track of what you're doing so that you can measure your success in an objective way.

This monitor has a wristband with a circular display on top.  It looks a lot like a watch, but without any hands or numbers.  Instead, you have 12 small lights designed in a circle pattern. 

The lights are designed to give you an idea of how active you have been over the course of a day.  Those same lights can be used on the time setting to give a watch. 

Not only will you have a fitness monitor, but you'll also enjoy an elegant timepiece. It can track the steps you walk, but it also measures other activities - such as cycling, swimming, soccer, and basketball. 

You can use this monitor to track the calories you've burned as well as the distance you've traveled. This monitor also tracks the amount of sleep you get in any given night.

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When it comes to your health, technology is a great way to monitor conditions that can become life threatening.  There are many wearable technology devices that can provide you with accurate and consistent monitoring.

Here's my top 3 Wearable Technology Gifts for Health:

BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System

The BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System will help you keep track of your activity and give you the information you need to lose weight and get in great shape. 

This device is worn around your upper arm and measures your activity level all day.  This is the same armband that's featured on the show The Biggest Loser.  It will monitor your calories burned, how many steps you take, and also how much and how well you sleep.

Studies have shown that this is the most accurate fitness and sleep monitor on the market.  You can rest assured that the monitor is giving you accurate information upon which to base your fitness and nutritional choices.

Lark Pro Sleep Monitor Silent Alarm Clock and Personal Sleep Coach

If you struggle with good sleep or you need a personal alarm that doesn't wake your sleep partner, the Lark Pro Sleep Monitor, which acts as a silent alarm clock and also as a personal sleep coach, is the solution for you.

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but most aren't getting anywhere near the amount that they need.  And you may not be getting the quality of sleep that you need, either. 

But how do you know for sure? With this monitor, you'll get accurate information about how much you sleep and the quality of your sleep.  It measures all of your movements throughout the night and records them on an app with your smartphone.

Based on your personal sleep patterns, the sleep coach will then give you tips on how to improve your sleep.  For example, it might suggest you go to bed a little earlier. 

It can also give you insight if you suspect you have a sleep problem.  You can take the data that the monitor records and share it with your doctor who may suggest further sleep studies. 

PEAR Pro Training Intelligence System

The PEAR Pro Training Intelligence System will help you improve your workouts and it uses your heart rate to figure out your optimal training level.  If you've struggled with improving your fitness or you need to carefully monitor your heart while you exercise, then this tool will help you do that.

If you're already an avid runner, this system will work well for you.  But even if you're a beginner, you can use this coach to help you begin walking or running workouts that advance your fitness.

When you open the package, you'll find a Square One device, earphones, a heart rate monitor that straps to your chest, a foot pod, a USB cable, and a nylon storage bag. 

You can quickly connect the Square One device to your computer and install the software. Once you've done this, you can strap on the heart monitor and the foot pod, turn on your Square One device and get moving. 

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Deals on electronics are huge this time of year, and cellphones are at the top of the list for gifting, or for anyone looking to save on a replacement for theirs.

Let's face it, we’re always looking to upgrade and the new iPhone 6 will surely be on most people’s Christmas wish list this year, as well as other smartphones releasing in the weeks leading up to the Holidays.

Second on the list is T.V. sets. Though televisions are costly, with most really good ones priced at several thousands, the bargain deals available around Christmas in 2014 are just too hard to resist. Some of the best brands in televisions offer consumers great discounts at the end of the year.

The first of these brands is Toshiba. Their 55L7400U 55” Smart LED from the L7400 Series is certainly a 'huge’ treat for anyone. Users can customize the setup with a multi-screen and it has a super-fast refresh rate. What’s more, you get free tech support for a month, post-purchase.

Samsung is another excellent brand for televisions, particularly their H series. The models with the best discounts for Christmas, 2014, are the H8000, H7150, H6400, H6350 and the H5500. However, the HU9000 is expected to be a huge hit on sale this year, so keep an eye out for that one.

 

2013 was a good year for laptop deals, and this year will be no different, if not better. Apple did particularly well in sales last year; this year, the MacBook Air is the one you want to look for on sale.

It boasts a 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, 12-hour battery life and an impressive fourth generation processor. The Apple MacBook Pro will also be on sale, so if you’re looking to buy this model, you won’t find a better deal other than this time of the year. Bear in mind there will be a limited stock for this one and the rush will be hard to beat, but totally worth the savings.

 

Apart from laptops, a lot of people are going in for Tablets. The Holiday deals in 2014 will see a jump in the number of tablet users, the best of which seems to be the Apple iPad Air. For a discounted price, it is truly worth every penny with several upgraded features, super-fast speed and it is quite durable.

Not far behind is the latest Google Nexus. However, if you’re for a tablet for the purpose of gaming, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is perfect for you.

Gaming consoles are also big sellers for gifts among youngsters for Christmas. They tend to sell out pretty quick since most parents are looking for the best deals when Christmas shopping for their kids.

Playstation 4, currently the bestselling console on the market, is said to be THE deal to watch out for this festive season. Some of the reasons why it is so popular among youngsters are because it has 500GB memory, the SHAREfactory app and players can show off their noteworthy gaming moments with fellow gamers online in real time.

No Christmas shopping list is complete without toys. Whether for your own kids, nephews or nieces, there is always someone to gift toys to on Christmas. This year, it is every little girl’s dream to have her very own Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll.

Though that is the one you need to rush for, other Frozen toys on sale will also sell out very quickly, so make sure you beat the rush or you’ll be paying a lot more for the same items when all the deals have been grabbed.

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Apple's products, among the most popular electronic devices today, are hot sellers during the holiday season. IPad deals for Christmas of 2014 will mirror those of earlier years. Buyers can find older versions at huge discounts. Retailers will offer limited quantities of newer ones at discounts as well.

Apple constantly updates its IPads with better features. Newer models have the same design, but come with upgraded functions. The company improves the IPad Air, the IPad and the IPad mini, all with eye-catching retina displays, and includes them in yearly Christmas deals. It enhances the IPad Mini as well.

All these IPads have a few common features. Their batteries last for a long time. The device functions for about nine to ten hours before you have to charge it. All of them are Bluetooth enabled, allowing you to share files and media with your friends instantly.

These devices have two cameras, one on the front and the other behind. The front cameras has a Face Detection feature. All IPads can record videos with a high-definition of 1080p. You can upload these on Youtube at once.

IPads come with Siri, a useful knowledge navigator and personal assistant that absolutely thrills consumers. Simply speak your question and the device searches for the answers. This helps you greatly when your hands are full with other tasks.

Each IPad comes with incorporated speakers and microphones. Facetime ability is a unique function of these devices. It allows you to call another person using video, if his device has this feature as well.

IPads work in tandem with other devices, provided both have the same functions. If you have Facetime on your IPad Mini, you can still communicate with someone who has it on his computer. To add, IPads allow you to sync devices. Many social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus work on both IPads and computers. You can connect across IPads and laptops.

Each IPad model uses a different processor chip, making it stand out from its siblings. There are also variations in speed and storage space. The IPad mini only stores up to 16 GB of media and other files, while the IPAD Air has 128 GB of space for you to use.

Apple's famous IOS operating system is different among IPads models as well. The IPad mini and IPad with retina display run on IOS 7. The IPad mini with retina display and the new IPad Air operates using IOS 8.

Apple's reliable, renowned IOS operating system is the reason for the high demand for Apple's products. With the recent introduction of IOS 8, newer IPad models function at greater speed and have updated features. IOS 8 now allows you to edit images after you capture them. It shows users each application's battery usage and allows credit card scanning using Safari. The upgraded operating system allows you to use messages like you never have before. Simply tap on each text message to add your voice.

If the IPad that you choose during a Christmas sale uses the IOS 8 system, make sure that you hold on to it.

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If you are looking for gift ideas for someone who loves The Wolverine character from X Men, here are some great items for consideration.  These would work well for fans of the comic book character as well as fans of the actor who portrays him so convincingly, the ever so talented and very handsome Hugh Jackman.

#1 Buy The Wolverine Movies

The Wolverine is part of the X Men team but if you are looking for films that concentrate on the story of Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman,  you currently have two options.  You can purchase the first film made, called X Men Origins: Wolverine. This was released in 2009 and also features Liev Schrieber, who plays Wolverine's half brother. It also features a rather scary looking Ryan Reynolds.

The other film choice is the 2013 film simply called The Wolverine.  Although this is a standalone movie, it does follow on from the events that occur in a previous X Men movie, (X Men: The Last Stand). Concentrate on just Wolverine's story or invest in the complete X Men series. Either way, fans of the film franchise, the character and Hugh Jackman will be happy to receive one, two or the complete set of films as a gift.

#2 Buy a Wolverine Inspired Leather Jacket

If you are looking for a Wolverine inspired gift that is also very practical, a sturdy leather jacket would be a great choice. This jacket is made from 100% real cow hide so it is not a costume. It could be purchased for that purpose but this can be worn everyday.  A real Wolverine fan will appreciate the detailing that has gone into the design and making of this outfit. 

It is made from soft black leather with a white and orange edging, outlining the X Men symbol. The X Men symbol is also replicated on little buttons that sit on the collar as well as the waist area of the jacket.

A Wolverine superfan will definitely appreciate receiving this as a gift for any special occasion.

#3 – Buy a Wolverine Poster

There are lots of different types of Wolverine posters that you could choose but if you are the fan of black and white images, then this 22x34 inch movie print would be perfect.  It depicts Wolverine with his claws out. The artwork has been created using shadowing techniques which highlight Wolverine's taut torso and muscular arms.

This piece of artwork would be a great gift for both Wolverine and Hugh Jackman fans. 

#4 – Buy a Wolverine Bobble Head

If you are looking for a fun gift item then get a Wolverine Bobble Head figure. There are two versions to choose from. You can get the one where Wolverine is in his yellow and blue suit.  This  would be quite cute for younger X Men fans or those who prefer the comic book version.  Or you can purchase the figure where Logan is bare chested, has his sideburns on display and his claws are fully extended.

Whichever one you choose, they are both fun little items and would make a great gift for any Wolverine fan. 

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Spider-man is a very popular superhero figure for people of all ages. Here are some great gift ideas that would be suitable for any special occasion.

#1 – Buy a Spider-man Action Figure

All fans of Spider-man will love the action figures that are available. This 12 inch doll would be suitable for spidey fans of all ages. Buy this for an older person as a collector's item or buy it for a younger fan and this makes a great play toy.

This particular action figure is made from plastic and is very sturdy so it is excellent for children who are a little rough and ready with their possessions. There aren't too many movable parts which makes it even better for small fingers.

#2 – Buy The Spider-man Trilogy DVD Set

There have been several versions of Spider-man made for the big screen and the small. This trilogy set features the actor Tobey Maguire in the leading role, with Kirsten Dunst as his love interest. 

The DVD collection consists of 5 discs and features each of the full length movies, several documentaries about the origin of Spider-man and also the making of these movies.  Included in this trilogy are blooper reels, a profile of the director and lots of behind the scenes features.

This would make a great gift for anyone who loves superhero memorabilia.  The films are rated PG so it would be great for movie night with older children. Just add popcorn.

#3 – Buy a Spider-man Compression Shirt

A Spider-man compression shirt would be the ideal gift for someone who is both a Spider-man fan and likes to workout a lot.  Compression shirts are worn by sports-people to keep the muscles warm and reduce stiffness, fatigue and chafing.  Buying a Spider-man themed shirt is a fun item that any guy or gal would be happy to wear under their normal clothes or at the gym during a work-out session.

These shirts are very form fitting so anyone who likes to show off their muscles is definitely going to enjoy this fun and functional gift item.

#4 – Buy a Spider-man Onesie Pajama Set

If you are a fan of the onesies, then finding out that there is a Spider-man version is going to send you over the top.  This pajama set can be used as a fun fancy dress costume or it can be worn as  comfortable sleepwear for both men and women.

It is made from 100% flannel fabric so it is thick, warm and easy to clean.  The Spider-man version is bright red and blue and has the image of a black spider embroidered right in the centre of the outfit.  It also has a hood with yellow detailing that represents Spider-man's eyes.

This is such a fun gift idea, you might want to keep it for yourself.  It is available in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

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