It’s officially time to tech the halls! Rather than taking this as a hint to start decorating your home with boughs of various cables, connections, and ports — although that might be interesting — might we instead suggest to start fervently hunting down all of the best tech gifts of 2016 so that you can shower your best friends and family members with some of the year’s most exciting things. Here are our picks for the best tech gifts this holiday season!
For the Gotta-Have-It-All Fitness Techie
The Fitbit Blaze (Starting at $199) is a “fitness watch that’s as stylish as it is smart.” While clearly stylish and modifiable — thanks to swappable wrist bands and frames — it’s clearly one of Fitbit’s smartest, most versatile fitness watches yet. Features include: heart rate monitoring, smartphone notifications (call, text, social media notifications, and calendar alerts), all-day activity and sleep monitoring, music control, reminders to move, a long battery life, on-screen workouts, a color touchscreen, connected GPS, and thank goodness — multi-sport tracking! Another great multi-sport tracking device — at a smaller spend — is the the Fitbit Charge 2 (Starting at $149).
For the Web Developing, Artistic Techie
The new MacBook Pro (prices vary based on size and features) is hot off the press and ready to make visual aficionados giddy with excitement. Touting 130% faster graphics, a 67% brighter display, a 17% thinner body, 100% faster flash storage, up to 10 hours of battery life, and up to 3.8GHz Turbo Boost processing, the new MacBook Pro is ready to take graphic designers, web developers, artists, photographers, marketers, and digital marketers (ahem) to a whole new level! More power, more colorful retina displays, and a groundbreaking Touch Bar feature that almost instantly allows users to access tools, based on what they’re working on, makes the new MacBook Pro one of this holiday’s most coveted wish list gifts.
For the Virtual Reality Enthusiast
We all occasionally need an escape from our everyday lives, or we wish to travel somewhere that we can’t go, right? Mars, anyone? Why not make it a reality — a virtual reality, that is — with a virtual reality (VR) headset. These new VR headsets are set to revolutionize the way we play games and watch movies, thanks to an immersive experience that tracks the wearer’s head movements. Want a good one that doesn’t break the bank? Check out Samsung’s Gear VR (2016) for $99. This new model has several upgrades from its predecessor, but it only works with compatible Samsung smartphones. If money’s no object in your search for the perfect virtual reality experience, check out the reviews on the HTC Vive ($799) or the Oculus Rift ($599). For more information on the best VR headsets, including those above, check out Wareable’s top virtual reality headsets list.
For the Techie Parents with Kids
Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition tablet ($99) is a parent’s dream come true; with a warranty that says, “If they break it, we’ll replace it. No questions asked,” how could it not be? The Fire Kids Edition tablet is a real tablet (not a toy) that features a 7” display, wi-fi, up to 16 GB of storage, a kid-proof case, parental controls, a 2-year “no questions asked” warranty, and free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. Give this gift this holiday season and you’ll be the gift-giving god or goddess to your friends and family members with kids.
For the Home Theater (aka Binge Watcher) Fanatic Techie
We’ll admit it, we all love a good night (or weekend) of binge watching. But if you have someone on your holiday gift list that requires the ultimate home theater, couch surfing, binge-tv watching experience, here are our suggestions:
The All-New Fire TV Stick — with Alexa Voice Remote — is finally here! For $40 you can now share the binge-TV-watching-love with friends and family. We suggest watching with them, because with this system in place, you’ll have access to over 250,000 shows and over 7,000 apps and games, so it’s likely you’ll slowly start to grow into your couch and never see them again. How, you ask? With the most powerful, fastest, and most accurate streaming device on the market, all you need to do to watch your favorite shows on Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, Amazon, YouTube and more is to quickly connect to your TVs HDMI port to get to watching.
For $20 more you can supplement the binge-watching addiction with the Binge-Watching Survival Kit from Pinch Provisions. It contains 18 marathon watching essentials, including: coasters, emergency socks, a snack clip, face cleansing towelettes, floss, breath drops, and a sofa yoga guide. You will regret nothing when you buy this essential holiday gift for your favorite couch potato.
For the Adventurous Techie
While we still love a good GoPro camera for many of life’s adventures, we couldn’t help but share this cute little thing (Instagram, anyone?): the Polaroid Cube+ Wi-Fi Lifestyle Action Camera ($150). Said to make capturing and enjoying photos and videos faster and easier and than ever, the Cube+ is a waterproof, shockproof, and mountable camera that pairs with any smart device for real-time viewing controls and framing. While it’s smaller than the palm of your hand (it’s just a little over 1-1/4” squared cube!), this little camera doesn’t skimp on quality. In fact, it offers stunning 1440P HD playback capabilities at 30 frames per second, 124˚ wide angle lens settings, a built in mic, an optional waterproof case that can go 33’ down, low-light settings, still frame image settings (at 8 megapixels) for when you want that perfect still photograph, and more.
More Tech Gift Ideas Coming Your Way!
And there you have it — our short but sweet guide to our favorite tech gifts this holiday season. We’re all about all things digital and tech, and now we hope you and your loved ones can be too. Let us know if you have any other favorite tech gifts this holiday season, and if you have or plan to get one of the items above, we’d love for you to tell us what you think in the comments! For more ideas on great tech gifts, visit our 2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide for the Tech-Lover in Your Life, as well as Brostrick’s Techies Gift Guide: Best Selling Tech Gifts in 2016.