So many people are returning unwanted holiday gifts in the upcoming weeks, in hopes to using the money to purchase useful things on their wish list. Returning gifts without receipts never did run smoothly. Thanks to a retailers like Target and e-commerce such as eBay, everyone without gift receipts can trade in excess presents to buy something useful.
Target’s regular return policy applies for holiday purchases, where unopened items can be returned within 90 days for a refund or exchange. Electronics have a 30 day policy for gifts purchased between November 1 to December 25, 2015. Target currently has a Trade in Program, which accepts more than 20,000 items and unused gift cards in exchange for a Target gift card. There are hundreds of gift cards that are eligible for exchange for a new Target gift card.
eBay Valet is offering a free postage paid mailing label at ebay.com/valet between December 26, 2015 and January 10, 2016. Simply put all unwanted gifts in a box and return it to eBay Valet to do all the selling. eBay users can keep 100% of the profits and pay no fees for all their unwanted holiday gifts that eBay Valet sells. Examples of items that eBay Valet sells are electronics, high end kitchen appliances, antiques, collectibles, toys, musical instruments, new and like-new designer clothing, shoes, handbags, sporting goods and accessories.
When it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts and not how little it costs. However, if someone ends up receiving four shavers, five blenders or mixers, and a dozen pairs of shoes, then something must be done. Instead of hurting a loved one’s feelings by returning the gifts or letting collect dust in the attic, turn to Target or eBay Valet to transform excess stuff into cash. Use the funds to buy useful items on that secret wish list and treat yourself to the most sought after must-have items such as these below.
BeyondCloud by Synology keeps everyone connected and there’s no need to spend so much money on a Network Attached Storage system or more hard drives, as users can access and share files from a central location. It comes with pre-configured multimedia packages, DiskStation Manager (Synology’s operating system) and pre-installed Seagate NAS drives. Users can also upload images to Facebook, Google+, Twitter and YouTube with Photo Station. To make it even easier, there are functions to tag people, objects, locations and even geographic coordinates for interactive maps. Photo Station also has a feature to create blogs directly from the app.
Canary is an all-in-one home security device (6 x 3 x 3 inches, 2.26 pounds) that includes free secure cloud storage and supports both iOS and Android. Users can enjoy a vacation or even a short weekend getaway with a piece of mind with the Canary. It’s much less expensive than paying an external professional security company, and it can lower homeowners or rental insurance. The Canary is more than just a security camera, as it combines motion sensing technology (can remote turn on or off), a wide angle HD camera (147 degree wide angle, automatic night vision), amazing video quality and temperature, humidity and air quality sensors into a one good looking security device (looks like an air freshener or small book stand, so intruders won’t even know they’re being watched). Canary has three modes which is a plus — armed, disarmed and privacy and an auto-arm/disarm feature. For example, when in privacy as the default mode when at home, Canary automatically switches from armed to privacy mode when any location member arrives. When all members leave that location, Canary automatically switches from privacy to armed mode. Users can change the default mode when home, thanks to an option to turn off auto mode switching if users prefer to only switch modes manually. Four Canary devices can be synchronized together. It’s available in black, silver or white, and is super easy to install and use — simply plug in Canary, connect to the Internet and that’s it!
Caseta Wirless Smart Lighting Dimmer Kit by Lutron controls lights, shades and temperature at home from a mobile device. The Lutron Smart Bridge is super easy to install (thanks to simple to follow instructions). It allows for setup, control and monitoring of Caseta Wireless dimmers and Serena Remote Controlled Shades from a smartphone, tablet and even a smartwatch. The Lutron Smart Bridge also works with Apple Home Kit, Nest and select Honeywell Thermostats and Logitech Harmony remotes. The Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting In Wall Dimmer Kit schedules lights to adjust automatically based on the time of day, or create scenes that adjust multiple lights and shades. It enables geofencing to automatically turn lights on and off when when leaving or coming home, or alert users that the lights are inadvertently left on. When used to turn lights on and off in various rooms, it helps deter burglars by making it seem like people are home. Caseta Wirless Smart Lighting Dimmer Kit is so smart, as it also connects to the thermostat.
Cobra JumPack Jump Starter Power Pack is a savior, especially for those who are always on the road or doing family trips. The Cobra JumPack powers up both phone and car batteries. It’s small and portable, easily fits in a briefcase, handbag or pocket, and weighs less than ten ounces. Cobra’s super compact and portable power packs offers dual capabilities of mobile device charging and vehicle jump starting, for cars, SUVs, motorcycles or outboard boat engines multiple times. It holds approximately 85 to 90 percent of its charge for up to eight months, so this is definitely a must-have for all those who use a phone and drive, which is practically every household. The winter season is here, so the Cobra JumPack Jump Starter Power Pack is especially useful for family road trips with young children who use smartphones or tablets to play games and watch movies.
D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit really does work and it makes the internet much faster! It transforms existing electrical outlets into a powerful gigabit wired network. This extends the home network with speeds of up to 2000Mbps. The kit includes two adapters that easily extend a network connection to a hard to reach location via an existing router. The DHP-701AV powerline extender creates a more reliable connection for use in hard-to-reach areas where wi-fi is too slow or not available. This is also ideal to stream HD media, connect game consoles or connect the smart TV for reliable connection to bandwidth intensive devices.
Dyson AM09 Hot and Cool Machine enables users to stay cool in summer and warm in winter, so this works all year round! This luxurious, top of the line hot and cool machine has Jet Focus control to heat the whole room or emit focused personal heat. Air channels offer minimized airflow turbulence to reduce operational sounds, so it’s very quiet. It looks great in any room, because it’s compact, modern and stylish. The Dyson AM09 Hot and Cool Machine is so easy to operate. The small remote control is magnetic and attaches onto the body. It even has a timer for both fan and heat modes, and it doesn’t get too hot when in heat mode. This is safe for the children’s room, so it’s definitely a must-have for every home.
Encore 2 Write by Toshiba has an ultra responsive screen and precision pen. It’s super thin (6.9 x 10.2 x .3 inches) and light (1.2 pounds) with long battery life (11 hours), a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 2 GB RAM and runs on Windows 8.1. It’s such s a breeze to switch from tablet to notepad, thanks to its innovative sensor technology that supports sharp pen strokes, so users can write naturally on its surface. The TruPen is a digital pen with a fine tip, to allow for sharp strokes while minimizing lag for precision and accuracy. The two high-resolution cameras make it easy to capture and record photos and video, even when in low light. The Encore 2 Write has a built-in HDMI port, plus support for wireless screen casting technologies, so the screen can be shared with a larger TV or display, while a full range of sensor technologies (including GPS) support a broad range of apps. The TruNote is an easy to use note taking app is great for taking notes, keeping a diary, managing multiple notebooks, sending colorful hand drawings or sketching ideas. The TruCapture is a high-resolution built-in camera that captures notes from textbooks, blackboards, whiteboards and chalkboards from every angle and automatically straightens and sharpens the text. TruRecorder allows for recording a multiparty conversation and create voice memos with clarity. Users can utilize visual markers to playback and transcribe conversations one voice at a time.
Fable Tablet for Kids is wireless and browser free, so little ones are protected and safe from inappropriate content. It includes parents and teachers approved content that include thousands of fun activities, books and games for kids between three to ten years old. It’s password protected via a four digit pin code, measures seven inches and runs on Android. Content can be purchased from VizitMe.com, a digital content store for kids that has some of the best children’s titles from renowned authors and publishers, app developers and handpicked selection of reviewed and approved content that’s free of in-app purchases and advertisements. The Fable omes with 8 GB of storage, runs of Android 4.4, has a rear facing 3 megapixel camera, and battery lasts for six to eight hours.
Fagor Innova Six Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is a top quality pressure cooker with sleek ergonomic handles for easy opening and closing. It makes delicious homemade meals super quick and is a much greener way to cook in the kitchen. It works on all stove tops, and is easy and safe to use thanks to its two pressure settings and safety system that keeps tabs on pressure. With the winter weather here, this is perfect for cooking healthy, hearty and yummy soups, juicy and tender chicken and many other mouth watering dishes. It comes with automatic locking mechanism which securely locks the pressure cooker, two pressure settings, High (15 psi) and Low ( 8 psi), an automatic pressure release setting and a Maximum Level Indicator. It includes a tempered glass lid that converts the pressure cooker pot into a traditional stock pot, a versatile Stainless Steel steamer basket that can be used to create endless dishes and a full color cookbook with 50 delicious recipes. The visual pressure indicator on the handle shows when all pressure has been released. For those with hungry kids, this is a must-have because it really does work to produce healthy and satisfying home cooked meals in minutes.
HTC One A9 is HTC’s latest and greatest smartphone with impressive speakers that launched recently over the fall. It has sleek design and functionality, and the display has softly rounded edges that’s very durable, thanks to the scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 4 display. The gorgeous aluminum uni-body feels great to hold and looks very attractrive. Like top of the line Android flagships that are out in the market today, the HTC One A9 has a fingerprint sensor that can store up to four fingers and even recognizes them from different angles. It has the newest features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense, a 13MP rear camera featuring Optical Image Stabilization (on the front, there’s a 4 MP shooter), an optional Pro mode, and a Hyperlapse editing tool for speeding up videos to 12 times as fast for a dramatic time lapse effect. The main camera is impressive, as it can shoot images with a maximum of 13 MP in 4:3 format and record video in Full HD. The manual mode of the app can adjust color temperature, shutter speed, ISO speed and exposure. The HTC One A9 doesn’t have pre-installed apps like many other high end smartphones do. Instead many of the unwanted apps are removed so users can choose from the Play Store.
LeapFrog Epic is an Android tablet for kids with access to the web. It keeps children interested while they create, explore, imagine and play with it for years. Epic offers parental control and is kid safe like its former tablets. It has many educational apps that encourage children use their analytical and creative thinking skills in a fun and interactive way. The reason why many kids love the Epic tablet more than an iPad, because it offers a customized experience that grows with each child (three to nine year olds). It comes complete with access to the web, educational and fun Android apps with no third party ads and super cool features. Parents can add new websites for kids to access via the LeapSearch browser, which offers kid friendly web surfing with more than 5,000 videos, images, websites, e-books and games. Parents can also set how long their children can use the tablet by hours and app category for up to three different user profiles. It runs on the Android 4.4 operating system, has a quad-core processor, seven inch multi-touch LCD screen, front and back camera, video recorder, 16 GB of memory and a battery that lasts for up to six hours.
Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is a must have for every passionate coffee lover. Its evolutionary technology offers Thermal Flavor Extraction, so coffee mavens can enjoy a whole variety of sizes and coffee styles, from hot to iced to specialty, all while getting that perfect brew richness level every time at home. It has an intelligent warming plate that automatically changes temperature so that coffee can be at the perfect drinking temperature based on how much coffee is in the carafe. The Ninja Coffee Bar is so smart that it knows how to choose any size and any type of brew, so that it gets just the right amount of water needed to deliver full flavor required for the perfect cup of coffee. When there’s an urge for a special cup of magic, such as coffee, espresso, cappuccino, frappuccino, iced coffee, mochaccino, latte, Thai or Vienamese style coffee and what ever a coffee lover’s heart desires, Ninja Coffee Bar can deliver it any time of the day or night right.
Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System is one of the best products ever made for quick delicious and healthy meals. includes Smooth Boost Technology, allowing users to truly customize drinks using Nutrient Extraction or High Performance Blending. It makes incredibly delicious and healthy juices or ultra creamy frozen smoothies, all at a simple touch of a button. It includes a 40 ounce blend and prep bowl to create healthy meals and drinks with ease. The precision processing offers even chopping, smooth purees and perfect dough consistencies. It also includes a double walled stainless steel cup that keeps your favorite frozen smoothies colder for up to four hours. The regular and jumbo multi serve Tritan Nutri Ninja Cups with sip and seal lids is convenient for taking delicious smoothies on the go. Nutri Ninja Auto -iQ is definitely a must-have for busy parents, because it makes meals with the touch of a button, so parents can take care of the baby and multi-task, all while the Auto-iQ is processing. It’s durable and so easy to clean too, as there’s no need to take it apart and it’s top shelf dishwasher safe.
Piper Home Security, an all-in-one home security device with an HD camera (1920 x 1080 HD video), panoramic video, Z-Wave home automation, two-way audio and environmental sensors that works with both Android and iOS devices. It’s also available with night vision and enhanced video for about $80 more. Piper (available in black or white, measures 5.5 x 7 x 8.8 inches) looks great everywhere. Its wide 180 degree camera (3.4 mega pixels, 180 degree fisheye lens that users can tilt and zoom) enables users to zoom or look around a room via a smartphone. It comes with sensors that detect door, window, motion, sound, speaker, microphone, super loud siren, and temperature and humidity. Users can connect up to five Pipers and make them detect sound or motion. It’s Z-Wave compatible, which allows users to add “smart switches,” so if the temperature gets too low, the Piper can be set up to turn up the temperature (or vice versa). For those coming home from a late night out, the Piper can turn on the lights, and it also has a pet mode. It’s smart, as it can call, email, text or send push alerts. It has battery backup, enables download of unlimited amount of video, has sound chimes and audio queues and comes with additional accessories such as Z-Wave Door Window Sensor. This notifies when a door or window is opened and Z-Wave Smart Switch can remotely turn on appliances and lights. The Piper classic is $199 and the Piper with NV is $279 (with additional bundles at special rates).
Ring Video Doorbell is ideal for families with kids and pets, especially dogs. It makes receiving deliveries easier, as it sends alerts via the smartphone which is a relief for those with dogs who get excited every time the doorbell rings. This good looking battery operated, wi-fi enabled, HD video doorbell allows homeowners to see and speak with visitors from anywhere in the world. It can be done via streaming live audio and video of a the front doorstep directly with the free iOS or Android app. The doorbell’s built-in motion sensors detect movement up to 30 feet, and HD video recording stores all footage to the cloud which can be accessed via the Ring app. The motion is adjustable, so users can get more or less alerts. Notifications, sound quality and video quality are great. The Ring Doorbell is easy to set up, as it mounts and syncs in minutes, and can also be powered through existing doorbell wires. The battery is long lasting, motion detection is clear and it really does makes life more organized. There’s also a Ring Chime that works great with the Ring Video Doorbell. It’s a wi-fi indoor chime that offers instant audio whenever there’s someone at the door.
Samsung 6 Edge Plus is a super sexy, sophisticated high end smartphone that delivers results and really does impress. It has an amazing big screen (5.7 inch bright Super AMOLED multi-touchscreen with protective corning gorilla glass 4) that offers crystal clear detail for fun entertainment that includes playing games and live video sharing (very fast and hardly any lag at all). The unique curve screen is impressive, and the body of the 6 Edge Plus is made of top quality materials (not cheap plastic materials like many other smartphones are made of). It has Gorilla Glass 4 panels for both front and back of the phone, so it’s quite sturdy, especially since Gorilla glass is scratch resistant and super tough. For those who attend concerts, sports events or conferences, the built-in wireless charging is a treat, as it enables recharging any time and any where. The 5mp front facing, wide angle camera and 16mp rear facing camera are amazing and captures precious moments every time. The Samsung 6 Edge Plus’s 1080p full HD video recording enables users to shoot like a pro. This high end luxurious phone is for those who want the best of the best, and don’t mind paying extra for additional perks such as wireless charging pad, that’s sold separately.
Vicks Sweet Dreams Humidifer, available in pink or blue colors, is a must-have for families with young children. It brings a dose of magic to bed time with themed “dreamscapes” that are projected on the bedroom ceiling to comfort and entertain children. It offers three interchangeable themes, so kids can choose to fall asleep under a safari, sea or star filled sky. The humidifier also provides essential, restorative moisture to help temporarily relieve the most dreaded cold and flu symptoms. The images projected on the ceiling can be played on their own as a nightlight to help calm children’s nighttime fears, or used with the humidifier’s cool moisture output. The cool mist is quietly released into the air to counteract the effects of harsh, dry air and help ease congestion, stuffy noses, dry skin and chapped lips for a better night’s sleep. It’s perfect for medium sized rooms, and can run up to 24 hours on the lowest output setting. Its filter free operation makes maintenance super easy, thanks to a variable humidity control that allows simple customization of the output of moisture. The Vicks Dream Humidifier displays nine total images, can be used with two Vicks scent pads slots and is just want every little one needs this winter season.
Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer comes with free downloadable app, which make it easy to take and track temperature readings for the entire family. It’s super easy to set up reminders to recall last reading time or medicine dosage. It has a fever insight feature that changes the smartphone screen from green to uellow to red, depending on the temperature readout. Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Vivitek Qumi Q6 is Vivitek’s latest and greatest innovative and powerful LED pocket projectors and is a must-have for all tech enthusiasts. The Qumi Q6 measures 6.5 x 4 x 1.3 inches and uses a lithium metal battery, comes with all digital connections, and built-in Wi-Fi display capability. Featuring DLP Pico and Brilliant Color technologies from Texas Instruments, the ultra-slim Q6 features 800 lumens, 30,000:1 contrast, embedded wireless, media and document viewer and MHL mobile device functionality into a super lightweight projector that weighs only 1.1 pounds. With all digital connections, the Qumi Q6 capability allows it to be used with a variety of other portable devices, such as smart phones, laptops, netbooks and tablets, digital and video cameras. It’s versatile and portable, and is perfect for sharing digital content at work and play.
Withings Home Video and Air Quality Monitor is sharp looking HD security video camera (5 megapixel lens up to 1080p, advanced night vision and night light, 135 degree wide angle) with enhanced two way audio that monitors the home in a very wide angle. This home device (measures 3.43 x 3.95 x 2.95 inches) has a contemporary design and the gorgeous wood looks great anywhere in the home. Unlike other home security cameras, Withings Home is very discreet on wifi, with no visible red lights and no cables attached to it. It also has environmental sensors to make the home healthier and safer with unlimited access to the home from anywhere with the free Home iOS and Android app that are very easy to set up. Withings Home will gives out notifications when noice or movement is detected, monitors indoor air quality and gives notifications of pollution spikes. It offers flexibility, thanks to its 24 hours time lapse, two day diary of events, and optional cloud video recording will automatically save up to 30 days of continuous footage and let users review them from any device at any time. Whether you have seniors, babies (baby monitor mode includes soothing sound, light and recorded lullabies), pets in the home or just want to watch the home while away, Withings Home offers everyone a peace of mind. It’s also great for those who are not tech experts, because it’s so quick to set up and simple to use.