Tech Gifts for the Holidays


Written by Whitney Troxel   •   Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Tech Gifts for the Holidays
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner. It’s time to put the finishing touches on your shopping list.

The holiday season is here! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great opportunities to get discounts on the top tech gifts of the year. Be sure to keep an eye out for discounts on these awesome gifts this weekend.

Gaming Consoles

Video games have been extremely popular since Pong was released in the early 1970s. Their popularity continues to grow as technology advances. You may want to consider getting one of these consoles for the gamer in your life.

  • Nintendo Switch – The Nintendo Switch is designed be played at home or on the go. A tablet like screen detaches from the main console and allows controls to be attached. It makes it easy to keep playing no matter where you are.
  • Xbox One X – The One X is the latest console from Xbox. It features 4K graphics, increased memory to store more games, and faster downloading times.
  • PlayStation 4 Pro – The PlayStation 4 Pro features are similar to the Xbox One X. It also has 4K graphics and ample memory to store games.

Smart Watches

Smart watches connect to your smartphone to show you who’s calling, if you received a text message, and more. Many watches also include health and fitness features to help you stay in shape.

  • Apple Watch Series 3 – Apple recently released the latest version of their smart watch. The Series 3 is waterproof, monitors your heart rate, and can make phone calls without your phone. It’s a great gift for any Apple lover. 
  • FitBit Ionic – The FitBit Ionic is the perfect smart watch for any fitness nut. It includes several features that track and improve workouts. It is also compatible with several popular mobile apps. 
  • Huawei Watch 2 – If you’re interested in a more traditional look, the Huawei Watch is a great option. It looks like a normal watch but has all the advantages of a smart watch including phones calls, fitness tracking, and app compatibility.

Virtual Reality Headsets

Virtual reality headsets have created a new way to play games and experience life. As the latest trend in technology, they make a great gift for tech lovers.

  • Google Daydream – The Google Daydream headset works with most Android phones. It also allows you to broadcast what you see to a TV so friends and family can play along.
  • Samsung Gear VR – Compatible with several Galaxy smartphones, the Samsung Gear VR headset has more than 800 virtual reality apps. You can even play games with your friends in a virtual room.
  • Oculus Rift – The Oculus Rift headset connects to your computer to power its virtual reality experience. It offers higher quality games than the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream headsets.

Home Assistants

Home assistants are the perfect gift for anyone wanting to create a smart home. Home assistants control connected smart devices with simple voice commands. They can browse the internet and even order pizza!

  • Amazon Echo – The Amazon Echo uses Alexa to complete voice commands. There are several available devices that sync together. It connects to your Amazon account to make ordering easy.  
  • Google Home– Google Home syncs to your Google account. You can use it to stream music, or even broadcast to your TV (if you have Chromecast). It also has multiple devices that sync together for your convenience.

Toys

As technology advances, so do toys. Many toys now have companion apps that can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. These toys are perfect not only for kids, but for kids at heart as well.

  • Star Wars Droids – Sphero created small versions of the droids from the Star Wars films. The droids are controlled by the Sphero Star Wars app that you download to a mobile device.
  • Anki Overdrive – Anki Overdrive is the modern version of slot cars. Simply build the racing track, download the app, and let the games begin.
  • Meccanoid Personal Robots – Meccanoid robots allow you to build your own robot and teach it how to move. You can program the robot to mimic your movements. It connects to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth for even more ways to play.

 

Not all these items will be discounted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, however, many stores lists their discounts so you plan your purchases in advanced. If you need help searching online, our friendly Tech Advisors are available 24/7 to answer all your questions.

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