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The best cheap tech: Low-cost treats for the holidays

No matter where you are for the holidays indulge yourself -- or your family -- with these luxurious affordable tech gifts
Written by Eileen Brown, Contributor on

If you plan to spend Thanksgiving with the family, and you feel your stress levels rising, there are some things you can take with you to make your visit less anxiety-inducing.

Have a look at these gifts, which will help to bring down your cortisol levels and help to relax you during your stay away.

And if you have the hoards of family descending on you for the Holidays, you can treat yourself to these stress-busting items to keep you calm and zen-like throughout their visit.

Keep calm and treat yourself.

No matter where you are make superb coffee with the Pipamoka pressure brewer. Fill the filter with coffee and place into the cup, fill with hot water and twist the orange screw thread slowly. This forces hot water through the filters to give you a superb cup of coffee wherever you are. The insulated cup will keep the coffee hot too.

The NanoFoamer spins milk bubbles through 'NanoScreen' mesh at ultra-high speed, breaking the bubbles down into a microscopic mist called micro-foam which has a velvety texture and ads perceived sweetness to your coffee. Battery operated and waterproof, you can take it anywhere.

This laptop stand has four adjustable angles and 5 ports: HDMI, two x USB  with maximum transmission speeds at 5Gbps, an SD and TF card slot. At 282.9 grams, the X-Kit is made of aircraft-grade aluminium material, 65% lighter than the industry standard steel alloy. The X-shaped skeleton design makes it foldable, portable, and easy to carry around.

NightBuds are soft and tiny earbuds  that sit deep within the ear, are really secure and comfortable, not moving as you lie in bed. Sleep sensors detect as you fall asleep, bookmarking your place and fading out your audio. The NightBuds monitor your sleep and the app can provide coaching, insights and tips to help improve your sleep. Music is clear and good across all ranges, and phone calls are crystal clear.

Use your fingertip across the entire touch panel to slide either forward or rewind to last or next track, slide up or down to increase or reduce the volume. Switch ANC on or off, or use transparency mode to hear ambient noise whilst listening to calls and music. Superbly comfortable headphones.

this temperature-regulating travel mug will bring your coffee to a drinkable temperature within minutes, and then keeps it there at optimum temperature for hours. It uses a synthetic beeswax material called Heatzorb and three layers of stainless steel to cool over-hot coffee and maintain its temperature.

Chill out with a neck or shoulder massage that will deliver kneading massages to your stressed muscles. Add heat and adjust the speed and direction of the massage to give a personalised experience -- wherever you are.

Fall asleep to a set of sleep sounds with this white noise machine to help you relax properly. This is a rechargeable device that does not need a power supply to work so you can take it anywhere.

This portable sous vide cooker means that you can make fabulous steaks, or cook fish to perfection no matter where you happen to stay at Thanksgiving. Give your family a treat and take this sous vide cooker with you for the holidays and impress them with your cooking ability.

The ultimate stress relaxing blanket, this heavy blanket relaxes you and keeps you calm in the most stressful situations.

Need more gift ideas?

Check out our ZDNet Recommends directory or Holiday Gifts hub for some more inspiration. 

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