Autumn nights are drawing in so the dreaded Holiday run-up begins. Whether it’s an office or home Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner or just an autumn night outside, here are a collection of gadgets, tools and services that will help you relax and make your pre-Christmas holiday season go with a bang.
 Nanoleaf Light Panels are a must for any party or event that has music. Whether thumping house or subtle ambient background tunes, these beauties pulse and phase in time with the music. ($229 for a pack of 15)
 Cygnett has you covered for backup power, their new 20,000mAh USB-C Power Bank will charge a laptop once or your phone about eight times. No running out of juice on the night. Available in black and blue. ($129.99)
 Microsoft’s Surface GO is a light, powerful 10” tablet with a PixelSense™ Display and 1800 x 1200 resolution. The touchscreen is responsive and starting at 64 GB storage and with a multitude of ports it is suitable for people on the go. Perfect for organising a party, controlling the playlist or even hooking up to a projector or a screen and play a holiday-themed version of Pictionary…’Projectionary’ if you will ($399 and up).
 Whether an outdoor or indoor show, Epson’s TW650 home cinema projects a vivid screen (including deep blacks) thanks to the 3,100 lumens. Whether it’s a scary movie or a family video your picture will be crisp and Full-HD. The built-in wifi means fewer wires (never a bad thing). Lasts 11 years if used every day. ($789)
 Myro is there to make sure you remain calm under pressure whether that’s ghostly scares or the inlaws arriving early. The subscription deodorant service is turning heads thanks to its no-nonsense branding and smart marketing ($10 and up).
 Hands-free calls and alerts when you are putting finishing touches to a party are…handy. The Apple Watch Series 4 lets you stay connected and allows you to set reminders when you’ve got your hands full thanks to Siri. ($399 and up).
 Having a spare air mattress is never a bad idea. Packing away to the size of a shoebox, TOPELEK King Size Air Bed has a 270lb load and de/inflates itself. ($97.33 and up)
 The iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum works with Alexa and is perfect for hard floors. Set it before you go to bed and it’ll avoid the cat and do the hard work while you sleep. ($549)
 Need a photobooth in a hurry? Download the ‘My Photobooth App Photo Booth’ app and use your tablet as a photo booth. Perfect for Halloween ($9.99/iOS only).
 Hue Lights can set the mood whether a cosy night in or an all-night rager. The Hue White and Coloured Starter Kit E26 comes with a bridge (smart hub/controller) and four bulbs. Syncing with your music, TV and games the starter kit is the perfect atmosphere creator ($199.99).
 Tile recently upgraded their best-selling product to have replaceable batteries, increased finder range (300ft) and a sleeker design. Perfect for your keys or phone in case you lose them when out and about during trick or treating ($60, two pack).
 Holidays and events can be stressful – meditation could help calm frayed nerves. Try Breethe, the meditation and wellbeing app that will help you relax when you need to (Free, in-app purchases).
 Google Home Max is a stunning speaker not just in looks but also what the tech inside allows. Whether horizontally or vertically placed, the sound is rich and adapts to the specific acoustics of your room giving you the best sound possible. Google Assistant gives you hands-free access and control over most connected devices. You can also use ‘guest mode’ to allow your guests to collaborate on the perfect playlist. Right now Google is also giving away 3 months of YouTube Red which means you can have music into the New Year for free. ($399)
 Perfect for Halloween, Wintercroft masks have spooky characters (‘Spirit Skull’ pictured), animals and more abstract figures available. Download and make them at home (or the office!), all you need is a bit of time, card and glue ($4.49 and up).
 What party doesn’t need a blender? No party worth going to, that’s right. Blendtec 575 is the best on the market based on the ones I have used. Thick glass and some fierce blades make for a killer combination when making drinks. The 575 makes around 10 cocktails at once based on a 5-ounce serving ($379 and up).
Honourable mentions: Samsung Galaxy Note is the perfect tool to organise and keep things flowing, just don’t lose the stylus ($999 and up). /// If you need a tablet that is light, easy to use and perfect for kids try the Venturer Viking 10L ($99). /// If you want to scare yourself silly try the many zombie and other gory VR content available on the Oculus Go ($199 and up). /// The swiss-army knife of blankets, Kammok’s vibrant Mountain Blanket, is a poncho, a hammock, a sleeping bag, a mat and much more besides. You’ll never be cold again ($135). /// Drink driving is never a good idea. BACtrack C8 is a handy, police grade, breathalyser you can keep on you. ($99). /// Olika have updated their sanitiser collection with a new design. Keep hands (and your tech!) clean from sticky fingers with their new ‘Minnie’ ($12.99 for two). /// The Sky Viper Journey Pro Video GPS Drone is a snap to operate and tracks you as you walk allowing for amazing footage (and safety). The built-in GPS allows the drone to avoid drifting so you get the perfect shot every time. (£98.99).
Enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving.
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