June 23, 2024

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High Tech Gifts That Don’t Need a Micro-Chip

The world is in a micro-chip shortage.  Many of the things we rely on to get us through the day need micro-chips, from your coffee maker to that nifty device on which you’re reading this amazing prose.

There are many items that will be hard to find this holiday season including toys, gaming consoles, appliances and phones. So, hold on before you bull rush a Wal-Mart to get your discount flatscreen, we have a list of high tech gifts you can get that don’t need a micro-chip.

Smithey Ironware Cookware

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While many things need a micro-chip to be manufactured, Smithey Ironwear is born from American steel, fire, and artistry to create cook wear that is durable, reliable and meant to last a lifetime.

Founder Isaac Morton took his expertise in restoring old cookware pieces and started creating and sharing a cast iron cookware line that honored the classic style of vintage pieces, but also harnessed modern technology and processes. From that idea – that a lost art might be restored into a modern icon – Smithey Ironware was born.

From pancakes to fried chicken Smithey has a griddles, skillets and Dutch ovens that meet the needs of the most discerning chef and the most difficult recipes.  Made in America, from the kitchen to the camp fire, ranging in price from $80 to $300, the Smithey line of cast iron cook wear is a high tech, great looking and a gift that can last as long as you do.

Toja Grid

Sticking with the solid steel and fire theme, Toja Grid is a Canadian Company that sells kits to help you build anything from a hammock stand to a hockey rink.  The best part is you don’t need to be all that handy to transform your backyard living space into something creative and comfortable. 

You can pick from dozens of design ideas on their website, from a simple pergola to an outdoor living room.

They send you the steel brackets, screws and plans.  You buy the wood, slide them into the brackets, secure the wood and the base and you are done.

Toja Grid has a simple approach to style and design, their DIY Modular Pergola and Bracket system accommodates any size, space, or budget with endless possibilities.

These are built to last, with high-quality steel covered in weather-resistant coatings.

Toja Grid connects in many ways, and because of its modularity, it allows you to add-on or replace wood and maintain brackets instead of replacing the entire system.

If you’re in a warm climate, a new pergola or hammock stand makes a great gift, in the colder parts of the country, grab a hockey rink kit and get your game on.

Yeti Hopper M20 Backpack Cooler

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Why would you spend $325 on a backpack cooler? Because the Yeti M20 backpack cooler is everything you will need to control the temperature of your food and drinks.  Yeti doesn’t mess around when it comes to technology and something that would seem as simple as a backpack cooler, but it’s that thought and innovation that makes the M20  a standout amongst the rest.

The bag is made to be waterproof both inside and out, so users can expect zero condensation or leakage. YETI claims that it is built to withstand UV rays and punctures and so far after a lot of testing, traveling and general kicking it around, we tend to believe them.

Unlike other backpack coolers, the Hopper M20 keeps ice cold for more than 24 hours without any leaking or mess. It’s a great design and easy to fill, seal and carry, plenty of fun colors and as we mentioned is extremely durable.

This is the top of the line, best in class, backpack cooler and won’t fall apart without a micro-chip.  To learn more click here

Specialized Jett

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If you are a parent, you are painfully aware of the correlation between your kids outgrowing their bikes, and the ever-increasing expense of a new bike as they get bigger.  It can lead to expense as well as a bunch of smaller bikes sitting around taking up space.

The right bike for a young rider is a delicate balance between too small, too big, and a short-lived very rare just right. Specialized looked at the need for a bike that grows with your kid and they filled it with the Jett Series of kid’s bikes.

It’s more than raising the seat and adjusting the handlebars. 

The features that make the Jett is uniquely adjustable are as follows.

  • Different Pedal Positions- The pedals can be adjusted to the crank arms in two different spots for additional fit adjustability. 
  • Longer Seat Post– By making significant changes to the bottom bracket, each Jett can house a taller seat post, giving you more options to adjust the seat as your kids grow. It equates to almost twice as much seat height than a similar Trek model.
  • Rotating U- Shaped Handlebar-The handlebars rotate toward the rider to decrease the reach for shorter kids and can be rotated back away from them as they grow and their reach increases.

Prices for the Jett range from $450 for the smaller Jett 16 to $600 for the larger Jett 24. Unlike many adult-sized bikes, the Jett is in stock and can be delivered straight to your door, they come mostly assembled with simple to follow instructions for you to assemble them yourselves, or if that seems too daunting, most local bike shops can do it quickly and for a reasonable cost.

iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe 


Believe it or not, Apple makes stuff that doesn’t have a micro-chip in it! The iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe is a convenient way to keep your ID and credit cards close at hand, because it attaches to the back of your phone. It now supports Find My, so you can be notified of your wallet’s last known location if it gets separated from your phone.

The wallet features strong built-in magnets that allow it to effortlessly snap into place and keep it secure. on the back of your iPhone. The leather wallet supports up to three cards and is shielded so it’s safe for credit cards. 

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