These fun gadgets will help you through the post-holiday blues

When the holidays are over, it's easy to get a little blue. There's all this buildup for family and fun and food, and then it's just over. If you're struggling now that the new year is here, check out these fun gadgets to help you find some post-holiday cheer.

These fun gadgets will help you through the post-holiday blues
Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Gaming Console in Yellow/Gray

Once you’re back to work and the holiday decorations are put away, everything feels a bit…blah. Instead of snow being pretty for the holidays and making you feel festive, it turns into something that’s just a hassle to drive in. And after a couple of months of looking forward to holiday events, they’re all over with. What’s next? Because there’s a long stretch until the next major holiday and summer vacation. But with these fun gadgets, you can chase away that slump you’re in.

From redecorating your walls over and over, to finding a new TV show to binge, or beating that game you’ve had your eye on, there’s something for everyone on this list. Don’t worry if you can’t find your own joy right now. We’ll spark some for you.

Amazon All-New Fire HD 10 Alexa-Enabled Tablet

Boredom will absolutely fuel your post-holiday blues, and a new Fire will help alleviate that boredom. An upgrade from the previous Fire 10, the Amazon All-New Fire HD 10 Alexa-Enabled Tablet now gives you better battery performance with up to twelve hours of juice. And it has all the games and movies and books and magazines you need to keep you busy. Additionally, according to Amazon, this new tablet is now 30% faster as well.


Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Gaming Console

No matter where you want to level up, the Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Gaming Console will let you. Designed specifically for handheld play, this device is great for on-the-go gaming. Plus, this console is as compact and lightweight as many smartphones, so it’s easy to take it with you anywhere. With yellow, gray, and turquoise color options, you can choose a fun look for this handheld gaming console. And just because you choose a portable gaming device doesn’t mean you can’t play with others: it can connect with up to seven other Switch devices for multiplayer games. This is definitely a fun gadget to cheer you up a bit.

Atari Retro Handheld Console

Remember that Atari you used to have when you were little? Now you can play your favorite classic games on the go with the Atari Retro Handheld Console. This device features the traditional Atari wood effect with a re-imagined design. It comes with 50 iconic games ready to go, such as Centipede, Missile Command, Asteroids, and Breakout. The console has a 2.4-inch screen along with an A/V output so you can play on the big screen if you want rather than playing on the go.


eX-Mars Intelligent Robot Cube

If you’re into solving cubes, the eX-Mars Intelligent Robot Cube will take your hobby to the next level. This robotic cube basically acts as your assistant by scrambling itself and keeping a timer for you. So you can stop asking your roommate to twist your Rubik’s Cube before you get started unscrambling. Additionally, this means you’ll get an accurate time because you won’t have to start and stop the clock yourself. It also teaches you how to unscramble it in Learning Mode. If you’re a beginner, you can follow eX-Mars as it moves on its own, showing you how to unscramble the cube.


Scribit Write & Erase Robot

Reinvent your space every day with the Scribit Write & Erase Robot. This little device draws designs on any vertical surface—and it can erase them too. You can use it on your shop’s glass window, your classroom whiteboard, or your office wall. That way, you can decide on a new type of atmosphere whenever you want. In fact, this wall-drawing robot can make designs from any image sourced from the internet. Just use the connected app to decide on an image and tell your handy robot what to draw. And, surprisingly, this wall-writing robot needs minimal setup with just two nails and a plug.

Oculus Go Wireless VR Headset

If you really want to escape from it all for a bit, you need the Oculus Go Wireless VR Headset. Totally comfortable and wire-free, this system lets you move and interact with scenes like never before. The Oculus Go is an all-in-one system. Once in place, you have access to over 1000 games, apps, 360° experiences and more, all in stunning virtual reality. Whether you’re a gamer or a sports fan, it will truly blow you away.


Beatbox by rhythmo DIY Music Production Tool

The Beatbox by rhythmo DIY Music Production Tool is a great entry point into the world of creating your own music. And if you’re in a slump, creativity is a great way to break through it. Rather than dropping hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars on expensive devices, this DIY device gives you similar abilities. And, this music creation tool even lets you customize its look. Because it’s a cardboard music producer, you can paint it, color on it, and truly do anything to the exterior look.


Square Off’s NEO & SWAP Automated AI Board Games

It stinks when you want to play a game, and there’s no one around to play with you. Now, you can play whenever you want with Square Off’s NEO & SWAP Automated AI Board Games. NEO is the ultimate chess partner and includes personalized chess coaching. SWAP combines multiple board games in one for never-ending fun, including chess, Halma, checkers, and Connect 4. Both of these board games use adaptive AI to help you play that automatically adjusts its gameplay based on your skill level, with 30 levels to choose from. Even cooler? The game pieces are automated and move on their own.


Hopefully, these fun gadgets will help you get through your slump. I know I’m in a bit of one now, and I’ll be busting out some video games to get me through and distract me. Is there something you like to do?

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Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.
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