Kent KZ2600 Mountain Bike

 

Plenty of people around the world every year decide that they’d like to get in shape some more or spend a bit more time outside. Being cooped up indoors all the time isn’t good for you, so you might want to get outside a bit and enjoy nature.

Whether you’re going out on a hiking trail or just around your street, a mountain bike can provide you with a comfortable and stable ride just about anywhere. The Kent KZ2600 is a fantastic introductory mountain bike.

It’s not incredibly expensive, but it is comfortable to ride and comes with an array of features that all contribute to it being a quality choice for just about anyone interested in riding a bike around more often, no matter what they’re interested in doing with it.

This bike is made with an aluminum frame, which helps it be lightweight while still being durable. When you’re having to load it into your car or store it away, you don’t want it to be too heavy because it’ll be a pain to mess with.

However, you also don’t want a material that’s so light and flimsy that it gets damaged easily. Aluminum is both resistant and low-weight, so it makes for a perfect bike material.

One feature of this bike that’s ideal for hilly areas or hiking trails is that it’s a 21-speed bike. This means that it basically has 21 gears that you can shift through depending on your terrain.

It makes things like going uphill easier, and going downhill more controlled so you don’t go too fast. In flat areas this isn’t too important, but if you intend to ride this on sloping streets or steeper trails, it’ll be a lifesaver.

The wheels on the KZ2600 are 26” wheels, and have alloy rims, making for some very strong and durable wheels. Each wheel has 36 spokes in it, giving it plenty of structure, so you don’t have to worry about the wheels getting damaged when running over things like rocks or bumps.

One of the biggest selling points on this bike is its suspension system. It has a floating beam suspension that’s combined with a suspension fork, which makes the ride much smoother than other bikes. It takes off a lot of the harshness of riding over rough or uneven terrain, so that you can continue to ride your bike for hours without becoming severely uncomfortable.

Whole Home Mesh WiFi System

 

There’s nothing worse than having to deal with slow internet. It’s even more of a headache if you work from home – or, if you’re relaxing and want to watch a TV show or movie but your internet issues cause the program to start buffering or freezing.

The reason this happens is because the speed or signal of your WiFi is too weak and it just can’t handle the technology load. Most modems aren’t designed to give coverage to even a small home, much less a large one.

But the Whole Home Mesh WiFi System can fix that and it makes the perfect gift for anyone on your family or friend’s list. Because most homes are wired up with tons of devices, plus multiple people using them to get online, that can also slow the internet capability.

This system can handle many devices. You can use as many as 100 devices in your home easily and still have fast WiFi, thanks to the AC1200 speed ability. The coverage that it offers throughout your home is extensive because the system can handle a range of up to 5,500 square feet.

But if you need more coverage, you can expand the system. That means you’re not going to deal with any more dead zones. It also means you’re not going to have to battle roaming to try to get the signal that you need.

As you take a device from room to room, the system will automatically move from one Deco to another for the best usage speed. It’s compatible with Alexa, so not only do you get great coverage over your regular router, but you also get the convenience of being able to use your voice activated systems easily.

On top of that, you also get parental controls, which can help keep your kids safer. You’ll be able to set limits on what your kids can do online. You’ll also be able to control the length of time they have access to the internet.

This feature lets you set up profiles for the various members of your family. Under these profiles, you can set the system so that it denies access to certain websites as well as keeping inappropriate content away.

You’ll be able to see what’s going on with the account and any time you want or need to, you can block the ability to have internet on your kids’ devices altogether. The system is easy to set up and you only need one username and login password to be able to control all of the access.

You can set it up to have guest WiFi, but can disconnect that using voice control.
You can gain access to 24/7 technical support if you have any questions or issues concerning setup or usage.

Smart Thermostat

 

Turning the thermostat up and down is a waste of energy and can drive up your electric bill. The constant switching from high to low can keep your home’s temperature in a state of change or make your home too hot or too cold.

That’s why you need to invest in a Smart Thermostat as a gift for yourself or someone else this season. This energy star certified thermostat has the ability to know what your preferences are, what your schedule is and can set itself to not only save you money, but help you be as comfortable as you’d like.

The design of the device has a widescreen touch surface and easily fits in with any décor. It’s easy to use. All you have to do is touch the outer edge of the thermostat. When you do that, the main menu will appear and all you have to do is navigate to the option that you want.

Once you find the choice, all you have to do is tap the screen. Here, you can also see what your home’s energy history has been for the prior 10 days. The device relies on temperature sensors to determine how best to keep your home how you like it.

It can determine what the humidity is in your home and it uses motion sensors to be able to tell when someone is home and when they’re not. These sensors are what the device uses to save on your electric bill by not heating or cooling the house when it’s empty.

When you enter the room, the thermostat will light up for easy viewing of the temperature or time as long as you get within the device’s range. The thermostat can handle a variety of heating or cooling features and works with different systems.

It has a furnace feature on it so that it monitors your furnace’s operation. This is a safety feature because, if the device detects that something is wrong – such as a carbon monoxide leak, it’ll alert you to this problem.

Another feature the device has is the Sunblock feature. When direct sunlight warms a room, that can throw off the correct temperature for your home. This device uses the sensors to be able to detect when the sun may interfere with the correct temperature settings.

This will keep your thermostat from reacting to the sunlight. The device will alert users when there’s an error, but it will also notify them when there’s important information to share.

You might receive notifications about your air filter, reminding you to change it or you might be alerted to seasonal changes concerning the temperature. You may receive more serious notifications, too – such as if there’s a problem with the wiring.

If there’s an issue, your device will give you a corresponding code to find out more information. The system works with Alexa or Google Assistant and can be operated even when you’re not home by using a phone or other device.

Smart WiFi Deadbolt

 

Standing in the dark trying to unlock your door can be a safety issue, not to mention the inconvenience of trying to unlock a door when you have your hands loaded down with groceries or other items.

If you have multiple family members going in and out, it can be easy to misplace or lose a key. But with the Smart WiFi deadbolt, you can have an added safety measure as well as convenience with your home life.

No more having to leave the door unlocked for family members and no fumbling for keys to get inside your home. The easy to use keypad will light up when you press it, so that you’re able to see even when it’s dark outside.

The system is designed to be used by an app so that you can set up multiple access codes for the people who you want to have the ability to enter your home. These codes can be set up as either temporary or permanent and you’ll have the option to create up to 100 of these codes.

The system is designed to work with Alexa. That means you can see what’s going on with the lock if someone unlocks your door. As an added plus, whenever the battery in the system reaches a certain point, Alexa will inform you so that you can get more batteries or have this feature set for automatic reorder.

Because the system comes with built-in WiFi, you won’t have to go through the hassle of setting it up with the WiFi that you use in your home. There are no central hubs you need to use or any extra devices you need to have to use the system.

When you set it up with the app, it lets you to allow or deny access to your home, even when you’re not there. Plus, you’ll be able to have access to video of anyone who enters or leaves your home.

If you need to have a professional service done or have a package that’s going to be delivered, you have the option of using your remote unlock feature. The system has the ability to keep a record through the history log of the time and the day whenever someone entered or left your home using a code.

The keypad is durable with an easy touchscreen as well as convenient quick locking. It can also be used hands free if you have a device that gives you that choice. If someone tries to bypass the lock by force, the system has an alarm that will alert you to any break-ins.

It’s made to fit standard sized doors and is simple to install and set up thanks to the Snap ‘n Stay feature. In the event that the power goes out at your home, whatever codes that you’ve previously set up will still be able to be used.

Ring Alarm System

 

Home security is one of the best gifts that you can give to yourself or someone else. Having the right security system, like the Ring Alarm System, can also give you peace of mind.

This system is a total of 8 pieces. You’ll get the base station along with the keypad. This keypad can be used to contact emergency directly such as police or fire. Included in the kit are four of the contact sensors.

These sensors are small so that they won’t detract from the décor of your home. The system also comes with a range extender and the motion detector. One of the reasons that this system is one of the most popular on the market is because you can install this system yourself.

You just plug it in, pull up the Ring app and connect it to your home WiFi. It also gives you the option of choosing professional monitoring without the high costs associated with other systems.

If you choose this system, you can get professional monitoring for only $10 a month on the Ring Protect Plus program. This service covers your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You’ll have access to emergency help when needed as well as have the ability to use video recording and image stills. You have the option to try this service before you sign up by activating the 30 days of monitoring for free option.

The Ring system is designed to work with any home device you have that works with Alexa. This gives you the control to program your Ring for the times that you’re home. It allows you to have control over the interior sensors while you’re home so that they’re not going off.

But you can still leave the outside sensors on. If you need to go in and out of your house, the system gives you the choice to temporarily disarm the system so you’re not triggering it with your movements.

It’s convenient to control. You’ll be able to use Alexa voice control to disengage the alarm system or see what’s going on using only your voice. If you set it up with Alexa Guard, you’ll be able to receive notifications if something goes on in your home while you’re not there.

That means if danger occurs, like a fire breaks out and the smoke alarm goes off, you’ll get notified. You’ll also get notified to any sounds that could signify an intruder such as the sound of your front door getting kicked in or glass breaking.

You can arrange the sensitivity parameters of the system so that if you have a pet inside the home, it’s not going off every time the animal moves. The system can be modified to add more accessories in the future if you desire.

iRobot Roomba

 

There are a lot of gifts that you can give that are meaningful, but none as meaningful as giving the gift of time. When you gift an iRobot Roomba, you give those you care about freedom from doing a mundane chore like vacuuming.

This vacuum is worlds beyond other robotic vacuums. Thanks to the tough suction action, it uses 10x the strength, so that it’s capable of picking up whatever’s on the floor, regardless of whatever type of surface the floor is made of.

One of the features it has is a cleaning system that works using three stages. Because it’s high efficiency, not only will it pick up dirt, but also thick pet hair as well as the dust in your home.

You get to set the Roomba to clean as you like it to clean. You can schedule any or all of your floor cleaning or use Alexa or Google Voice to instruct the device to clean on a moment’s notice.

You can direct it straight to a room and you can do this using your phone if you choose to. A big plus with this machine is that it’s perfect for those who own a lot of pets. With all the shedding that comes along with having a house full of four legged members, the device is able to take care of heavy pet shedding.

If you have multiple pets, the machine will vacuum up the hair and if it gets full, it returns itself to the dock for emptying and then resumes its run. The fact that it has the ability to empty itself is something that sets this vacuum apart.

Not only is it convenient, but it helps to keep your home cleaner, too. With ordinary vacuums that don’t have this self-emptying feature, you’d have to take out the bag, clean out the device and then deal with the dirt and debris from changing out the bag getting on you and on the floor.

The Roomba has the ability to recall what your home’s layout is and it does this by memorizing each of the rooms it vacuums. If you want the machine to stay out of a certain area of the room or even an entire room, you can just set the customization to do that.

The reason this machine can map out your home so well is due to the camera that’s mounted on it. It visualizes the room and identifies a run grid. It notices where your walls are, how your furniture is laid out and more.

You can set up the machine to just start cleaning and it’s intelligent enough to know where you’ve placed it. If something gets in the way and the machine ends up not being able to go around it, it’ll pause. But once you set it to go again, it doesn’t start all over at the beginning. It picks up from the last place it was.

TACKLIFE 5 inch Orbit Sander

 

One of the biggest parts of DIY projects is not only making brand new things, but also restoring old things you have, but don’t want to completely replace. Whether it be old furniture or an appliance that’s been passed down from previous generations, you’re going to need to likely strip down the worn paint to restore it.

Even if it’s a brand new project, it needs to be sanded so that the primer can adhere properly. That’s where an orbital sander comes in handy. There are a few advantages that orbit sanders have over traditional sandpaper.

Obviously the first advantage is that it’s far easier. Using sandpaper by hand is a long and tedious process, especially on things that have a bit of rust built up or have a lot of surface area.

Another great advantage is that orbit sanders provide a more randomized sanding pattern, so that you don’t get horizontal or vertical streaks in the sanding. The TACKLIFE 5 inch orbit sander is a great option for a simple, yet effective orbit sander.

It has a comfortable grip so that long projects won’t hurt your hands, and you’ll be able to keep things precise and steady. It’s important that you don’t have a sander that might run away from you, because then you might start sanding parts that you really didn’t want to.

This sander has an adjustable speed setting, so that you can get it just right. At max speed, this tool runs at 13,000 OPM, or orbits per minute. That is plenty fast, so you can tackle rougher jobs like rusted tools and components with ease.

One of the common issues people face when they’re doing a lot of sanding is the dust it creates. It’s not quite as bad with things like wood dust, but paint dust and rust particles are very bad for you.

This sander is equipped with a high performance dust collector, which helps keep all of that particulate trapped in a little collection box while you work, giving you a safer and cleaner work environment.

It comes with 12 sanding discs right out of the box, in both strong and medium grit strengths, so you have options depending on how delicate the item you’re working on is. The stronger grit works better on fixing up rust or getting the rough shape down, while the finer grit lets you do precise work and doesn’t remove as much material.

Black and Decker 20V Drill

 

Recently, DIY and home improvement has become more and more popular among people, but many don’t have the tools for it. Some handymen with experience have plenty of tools, but if you know someone who’s just starting to get interested in home improvement or DIY projects, then a good quality drill is a great starting point for them.

This Black and Decker 20V drill is a high quality drill with a good kit of accessories, and is simple enough for anyone to pick up and figure out easily. It’s wireless and battery powered, which allows for much greater portability and handiness.

With a comfortable grip and a compact design, this drill won’t take up too much space but it’s still easy and comfortable to use. The drill has an RPM range of 0 to 750, which is plenty to tackle most home projects.

RPM stands for revolutions per minute, which essentially translates to how fast the drill bit spins. 750 isn’t a super high RPM number, but unless you’re taking on industrial projects, it’s going to be plenty.

If you have a keen eye, you might notice that it comes with a 24 position clutch, whereas many drills only come with 20. The clutch on a drill is that spinning circle on the front with all the different numbers on it.

The higher the number, the higher the torque, or rotational force, which will be applied to the bit. So by starting at a lower number and working your way up, you can avoid stripping screws or damaging the thing you’re trying to drill.

This drill comes with a 30 piece accessory kit, which includes everything that someone would need to get started with home improvement. It comes with bits for all of the standard screwdriver sizes, so any screws will be easy enough.

It also comes with socket bits, so nuts and bolts can be taken off as well, something that you’d typically need a socket wrench for. It also comes with full length drill bits, which can be used for drilling actual holes out for mounting bolts or screws in place.

The included 20V battery isn’t just long lasting, it’s actually very multifunctional. An entire line of battery-powered Black and Decker tools can all be powered with these same batteries, so that you don’t have to buy a new one for every single tool, but rather you can simply swap them out with each other.

Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool

 

If you know someone who’s looking to take their DIY skills and home improvement game up to the next level, a Dremel set can be incredibly helpful in allowing them to tackle all sorts of projects that they wouldn’t have been able to before, or even doing things they could already do, but much easier.

A Dremel is a brand of rotary tool, which has tons of available accessories to attach to it for many different purposes. The Dremel 4300 is one of the best ones you can get for the price, providing sturdy construction and many options for just about any home improvement related projects that you can think of.

No matter which attachment you have on, the Dremel’s motors can run it at speeds ranging from 5,000 RPM to 35,000 RPM. These are some insanely high speeds, which helps when you’re trying to do more heavy duty things like cutting metals or grinding down wood.

The motors have been designed so that you can replace the brushes in them, which typically wear out first, prolonging the lifespan. The big drawing point of the Dremel 4300 is the appealing accessories and attachments bundle it comes with.

Dremel has so many different kinds of attachments, that it makes the one tool capable of doing just about anything. For example, if you wanted to carve or engrave some wood or metal, typically you’d need a specialized tool.

However, with the Dremel, you can simply attach the right bit for the material you’re working on and get to work. It has plenty of different wheel attachments for putting those finishing touches on your work.

Wire brush wheels are great for polishing up metals, and can get into all the little nooks and crannies without damaging the metal itself. It also has wheels for cleaning rust off of metals and for grinding down material like wood.

A more complex task you might be faced with is trying to cut through metal. It’s pretty difficult to saw through, and even if you can do it, it takes a long time. However, just by attaching the cutting bit and setting the RPM up, you can cut through metal pretty effortlessly.

All of those tasks can be accomplished easily with a Dremel, and the best part is, it’s all in one simple tool. You only have to keep the included plastic case to store the tool itself and all of the accessories, so it doesn’t take up much space at all.

DeWalt 12 inch Miter Saw

 

Some home improvement projects are really simple. Things like mounting new handles onto cabinets, or moving shelving around, only require a drill and a level. However, there are some big projects out there, such as making a new shed for your backyard, redoing your patio from scratch, and so on.

These projects require a lot more in terms of machinery, but a great start for anyone would be a quality miter saw, like the one from DeWalt. Miter saws are incredibly useful for cutting big pieces of wood, especially when you need them to be cut at certain angles.

The DeWalt miter saw is durable and powerful, allowing you to make tons of cuts without having to worry about quality concerns while getting the cleanest cuts possible. If someone wanted to build a small shed, that’s a lot of wood cutting, particularly for the support beams and the planks that make up the walls.

It could be done by hand, sure, but the cuts wouldn’t be perfectly even and it would take hours. This miter saw can cut through wood extremely quickly, thanks to the powerful 3800 RPM motor.

When you lay down a wooden beam on the guide, there are some adjustments you can make depending on what you want to do. You can angle the saw left to right, making an angled cut on the wood ranging from 90 degrees to 45 degrees.

You can also then angle the saw up and down, changing the angle you’re cutting into it at. Once you have your wood all lined up how you want it, you can use the clamps to keep it steady.

This helps prevent accidents from the wood sliding around and being unstable during the cutting process. One of the nice quality of life features on this saw is that it has a dust collection system attached to it.

Sawdust can get everywhere – all over your shop, your clothes, and even in the air you breathe. With the dust collection system, you have minimal cleanup to do after you’re done working.

DeWalt is known for their quality tools, and their carbide blades are no exception. These blades are long lasting and durable, and cheap to replace when they do start to wear down. If something unexpectedly does go wrong with your machinery, you can rely on their 3-year warranty that allows you to replace the device.