This post is sponsored by TELUS.  All of these items can be found online at or the TELUS stores. 

The holidays are quickly coming up. And let’s just say it: The tech that normally gets you through the other  51 weeks of the year isn’t going to cut it with the barrage of family and friends who are heading over to your house to celebrate the season. They’re bringing with them their kids, their pets, and their cameras, cell phones, tablets and so much more. Are you ready for it?

So with that in mind, I gathered some tech tips to help make your holidays as blissful and fun as possible, without breaking the bank. And if you’re looking for even more idea, check out TELUS’ super helpful Holiday Gift Guide!  There’s ideas for every person on your list, and it includes some gift ideas that I guarantee that you’ll never thought of. 

TELUS Boost Wifi ($120)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…unless you have a weak wifi signal.  Of all the things to worry about over the holiday season, whether it’s learning how to not over-cook a turkey, or finding that hard to find gift for your second-cousin’s girlfriend, a weak wifi signal should not be one of them. And with family and friends no-doubt packing your house like a bowl full of jelly, your wifi’s signal is going to have to be tough to endure a barrage of streaming, gaming and last minute-shopping. TELUS Boost Wifi is a super handy device that helps you get a full wifi-signal in every nook and cranny and the house.

Nest Thermostat E ($189.99)

If your house was anything like mine growing up, the winter months meant daily fights over the thermostat.  You know how you’ve heard of houses that had a thermostat behind a lock and key?  Yeah, that was my house. But now that we’re grown ups, the Nest Thermostat E is a much more civilized choice.  It makes sure that your house warming up at all the right times, and keeps track of your energy use, so not only are you and your family going to stay warm, it helps with efficiency. 

Native Union SMART Charger ($39.99)

Between tablets and cell phones, outlets are always a hot commodity around the holidays, especially with the new tech that is surely hiding under the tree.  So double up your USB capability with this stylish charger that features two USB-A ports, so you can charge up to two devices at the same time. It’s a simple rule: The more charge, the less fighting. 

Nokia Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor ($119)

The holidays can be stressful. Between making sure dinner is cooked, let alone worrying about everyone’s dietary concerns, the weather, the gifts, and the complicated relationships that intertwine any family, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re not getting too stressed out. Because there’s nothing worse than a big fight to ruin the holidays. That’s why it’s good to keep the Nokia Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor in a drawer nearby. It’s a medically-approved self-measurement tool that monitors both your blood pressure and heart rate. If you’re prone to stress, it’s good to keep this handy.  Plus if you’re mom is like my mom, before she gets up and actually helps, she’s going to need to see medical proof that you need a break.

FUJFIILM Instax Mini Film Prop Pack ($29.99)

Nothing breaks the stress of the holidays like a good laugh, and that’s exactly what’s guaranteed with the FujiFilm Instax Mini Film Prop. Plus this is a fun way of adding a little comic flare to the boring ol’ family Christmas photo.


Mike Morrison