Awesome High Tech Holiday Gifts
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially when it comes to giving tech as gifts. The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that approximately 160 million people will buy tech gifts this season, amounting to a whopping $34.2 billion. That’s a lot of gadgets!
But where to begin? There are so many tech options out there, for everyone in your family. Here are some great gift ideas to consider this holiday season.
For Kids: Anki OVERDRIVE
Part car racing, part app, all awesome. This high-speed racing gives kids ultimate control of the super-fast cars through an app on their (or your) iOS or Android devices. ($149.99)
For Teens/College Students: JBL Pulse 2
This portable Bluetooth speaker offers incredible sound, a splash-proof exterior and a whopping 10 hours of battery life. What’s the most fun though is the built-in light show that dances to the beat of the music. A surefire hit for kids in your household.
For Bargain Hunters: Cricket Wireless
Just because you’re frugal doesn’t mean you can’t have a top-of-the-line smartphone. Cricket Wireless offers premium cell phones at affordable prices – all without monthly contracts. You can get this Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for just $29.99 with a $50 rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card and instant $20 savings. Did I mention no monthly contracts?
For City Dwellers: JBL Everest Elite 700
Drowning out the sounds of the city can be a welcome respite. But thanks to NXTGen Active Noise Cancelling Technology in these sleek wireless headphones, audiophiles can choose when they want ambient sounds in and when they just want to envelop themselves in music. ($299.95)
For Stylish Techies: Hedgren Adela Tote
Trying to find a fashionable, yet sturdy laptop bag can be a challenge, but the Judy Tote combines form and function into a stellar carryall. The bag is classy and stylish, and comes with enough pockets and compartments to fit all your tech gadgets, including a 15” laptop.
For TV Watchers and Movie Lovers: singlecue
TV and movie watchers will be blown away by singlecue, a device that enables them to control their TVs through gestures. Ditch the remote and hook up your TV, streaming media box, even your home automation system to singlecue. Then sit back, lift up your hand and enjoy. ($199)
For Frequent Fliers: Bluesmart
Yes, there is such a thing as smart luggage. Bluesmart is a high-tech suitcase that lets you do everything from track location, remotely lock and unlock, weigh your goods, log miles and more. Plus, it has a built-in charger for those long layovers.
For Pro Golfer Wannabes: Blast Motion Golf Replay
Figuring out a golf swing is never an easy thing. With the help of a grip attachment, 3D motion sensors and an analytical app, you can fine-tune your mechanics to improve your handicap. And straighten that arm at the same time. ($149.95)
For Aspiring Musicians: Jamstik+
Whether you’re just learning guitar or have been playing for years, Jamstik+ is a high-tech way to make practicing fun. This portable guitar connects to your iOS device or Mac via Bluetooth and lets you learn chords, play along and receive instruction. Back-up singers optional. ($299.99)
For Filmmakers/Videographers: 3DR Solo
This bad boy is made for one thing: getting pro video. It’s the only drone powered by two built-in computers, which means it controls the flight and the camera at the same time. Get Hollywood-style effects with your GoPro Hero 4 to capture aerial motion and sweeping video with the push of a button. ($999)