Purch’s tech editors are definitely on the nice list. They’ve been working hard all year long, reviewing products and bringing readers the latest updates on today’s most sought-after gadgets. And recently, they’ve created a slew of gift guides to make this shopping season a breeze for every tech enthusiast. But there is one thing they haven’t done…until now.

We asked the editors at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag to finally write down their own tech wishlists. Not surprisingly, some of them got pretty specific in describing the gadgets they’d like to get this holiday season. Santa, if you’re reading this: We hope you have Amazon Prime.

Avram Pilch, Editorial Director at Tom’s Guide & Laptop Mag

I would love to get a ThinkPad 25, because this 14-inch notebook takes everything that’s great about today’s productivity notebooks and combines it with elements of IBM / Lenovo’s storied past. The laptop features a classic 7-row keyboard with great feedback, a luxurious soft-touch palmrest and over 12 hours of battery life.

I particularly like the Thunderbolt 3 port, which would allow me to connect to an external GPU (eGPU) so I could run VR apps or play games at my desk. The integrated 4G modem would make it easy for me to stay connected when I cover trade shows like CES.

And parents shopping for their kids will and should get the Lego Boost robotics set. Everyone wants to teach their young children about STEM, but most STEM toys are either very expensive or very limited in scope. For just $159, hundreds less than some competitors, the Boost kit uses regular Legos to teach children about electronics and programming. It’s so flexible that it can build at least five different types of complex robot, and it’s so simple that children can learn to code before they’ve even learned how to read.

Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief at Tom’s Guide & Laptop Mag

After living with our review unit of the iPhone X for a month, I’m ready to buy one myself. The design is just right, as I get a big screen without the sheer girth of my current iPhone 7 Plus, which digs into my thigh when I walk. The OLED display is so immersive, I actually take time to binge watch on my commute home now versus working the whole time. Yeah, there’s a learning curve with the new gestures, but the combination of the great performance, sleek design and handy Face ID are compelling me to splurge.

Paul Wagenseil, Senior Editor at Tom’s Guide

I’m going to buy myself a Nintendo Switch.  My kids can use it if they’re nice.

Want to hear more from our tech editors? Follow them on Twitter: @mspoonauer, @geekinchief, @snd_wagenseil. And let us know what tech gifts you’re hoping to get this holiday season @Purch!


The rumors are true: We’re really into holiday shopping here at Purch. Our writers and editors have a common mission to help people buy better, every day, and that mission gets kicked into high gear this time of year. But Purchers aren’t just savvy shoppers and deal finders — we’re also volunteers, philanthropists and all around do-gooders.

So in the spirit of giving back, we’ve brainstormed a list of ways that we (and everyone else) can help out in our communities over the busy weeks ahead. These excellent ideas were inspired by two Purchers who make doing good their mission both at work and in their personal lives —  Juli Weber, Purch’s organizational development manager and Jeannie Mitchell, our New York office manager.

1. Donate to a food or clothing drive. You can also help organize a drive at your workplace, school or other community organizations or organize a mini drive among friends and family members.

Pro tip: Gamify your food or clothing drive by asking people to bring in different categories of items each week or create donating “teams” and award the team that donates the most!

2. Donate household items. Want to donate something a little more specific? Or perhaps you have an abundance of something — diapers, toys, toilet paper — that someone else could use? Consider dropping these items off at a local shelter.

Pro tip: It’s always a good idea to call shelters before dropping off donations. Some shelters only accept certain goods, while others may have specific requests for items they need most.

3. Donate toys. Lots of organizations collect toys and games during the holidays for kids in need. And let’s face it: Shopping for toys is fun for grownups, too! So get out there and make a kid’s day.

Pro tip: Some organizations have “wish list” programs that connect people who want to donate gifts with specific individuals in need of gifts for themselves or their children. Participating in these programs is a great way to make personal connections while giving back.

4. Collect cash for food. Sometimes, collecting food or other items can be logistically difficult (Where do you keep all the donations you receive? How do you get a box of canned goods across town on the subway?) Consider collecting money instead. You can decide ahead of time what cause you’d like to make a cash donation to or use the money you collect to buy items to donate.

Pro tip: If you plan on donating food with the money you collect, give your local food pantry a call first. They may have specific requests during the holiday season, says Purch’s Juli Weber — and she should know! Juli recently purchased several frozen turkeys with money donated by employees in our Ogden, Utah, office after hearing on the news that local food pantries were quickly running out of this popular ingredient for holiday meals.

5. Donate your time. Giving your time is one of the most generous things you can do during the busy holiday season. Whether you spend some time stocking shelves at the food pantry or visiting with seniors, you’re guaranteed to connect with people in your community in a meaningful way.

Pro tip: Volunteering is a great thing to do during the holidays, but volunteers play an integral role in communities every day! Try to keep the holiday spirit alive by finding a volunteer role that you can carry out all year long.

6. Practice random acts of kindness! If the prospect of volunteering or organizing a food drive seems a bit daunting to you in these final weeks of the year, don’t worry; every little bit of giving back counts. Whether it’s stopping by a relative’s house for an unexpected visit, shoveling your neighbor’s portion of the sidewalk or giving an unexpected compliment — your smallest acts can make a big difference in someone’s day.

Pro tip: When thinking of small ways to give back, focus on your strengths; Let the simple things you excel at guide your giving!

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The secret to saving big bucks this holiday might be on your phone! The Krazy Coupon Lady Joanie Demer joins The Doctors to share three of her favorite apps that she says will help you save some cash.

ShopSavvy: Joanie says this app will help you never pay more for an item than you should. The app’s barcode scanning technology pulls in competitor prices. She suggests using this when you’re at a store that price-matches in order to get items for the best price.

Watch the full segment from The Doctors here!


by Emma Munbodh

It’s the sale of the year – or so the high street claims – but Marks & Spencer has basically announced it’s bowed out of Black Friday for good.

The annual clear-out, led by mammoth chains Argos, Amazon and Currys PC World, saw firms rack up millions of pounds in sales last year – at its peak Currys took in five orders a second, while Argos reported 18 transactions a second.

And this year consumer appetite is set to hit another record with Brits expected to splurge a mammoth £4.5 billion over the 24 hour event, according to price comparison site Finder. That’s compared to £2 billion last year.

But Marks & Spencer has said it won’t be buying into the retail bonanza.

In a conference speech, M&S chief executive Steve Rowe recently said the chain would not be participating in Black Friday for the second year running, claiming it merely “sucks sales forward”.

He said: “We didn’t do it last year either. When we did do it, we found it sucked sales forward. Customers are more interested in different types of technology, like TVs, which we don’t sell.”

Black Friday has traditionally been about shoppers cashing in on cheap technology – in 2014 it was carnage at Asda over its limited time only cheap TVs.

In fact, a One Poll survey by Purch this month found 41% of people planning to shop this Black Friday will be investing in video games, tablets and TVs, which could shed some light on M&S’s decision to pull-out.

Read the rest of this article on The Mirror.


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