With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time once again to start brainstorming gift ideas. Easier said than done? Not necessarily – especially given all the latest tech products to hit the market. These days, there really is something for everyone, with options that cover all budgets and for recipients who range from newbie to tech-savvy and everything in between. If you’ve been wracking your brain trying to think of the perfect gift for all the loved ones on your shopping list, here are a few of the top trends to consider.
Smart Watch – When the concept of smart watches first arose, it was Apple that led the pack. Unfortunately for those on a budget, actually owning one of these seemed almost out of reach. As usual with technology, however, several other brands have entered and essentially leveled the playing field, including Samsung, Motorola and Fitbit, just to name a few, and with prices starting at an affordable $60.
Wireless Headphones – With Apple’s latest changes to its iPhones, removing the headphone jack, there’s never been a better time to invest in wireless earbuds, and the options as well as the available features are many. Bose offers superior noise-cancelling sound while Jaybird earbuds come with a special coating to wick away moisture. Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel Buds have the ability to translate 40 different languages in real time. Pretty cool!
Automatic Vacuum – Want to give someone a break from the never-ending chore of housework? An automatic vacuum is the ideal gift. And since more competition has entered the market, there are plenty of different options to choose from, with prices that range from $200 for an iRobot to $1,000 for a Dyson.
Smart Speaker/Virtual Assistant – Know someone who could use a hand managing their day-to-day life? Smart speakers, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, combine the ability to listen to music on-demand with the option of a virtual assistant who can do everything from compiling a grocery list and pulling up a recipe to sharing the news, weather, emails and more. Best of all, you can snag one of these for under $100!
Streaming Media Player – More and more people today are “cutting the cord” and getting rid of expensive cable service. Streaming media players – like Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Firestick – offer a more affordable and flexible alternative and can turn almost any television into a smart TV. Stream favorite series, watch movies and even tune into local channels. Prices range from $40 to $200.
Regardless of the hobbies, interests or tech know-how of your recipients, this year there’s something shiny, new and innovative for everyone on your list. The five gadgets listed above should make your holiday gift giving a little bit easier (and who knows – you may just want to hold onto a few of these for yourself).
Over to you… What tech gadgets top your holiday wish list? Do you plan to purchase any of the items listed above and if so, which ones and why? Tell us in the comments below.