The shopping season is here, and some of the best gifts that you can give are electronics. Most people love getting something in this category, and you can find such a wide range of items.
It is possible to find something for everyone on your shopping list all at the same time. Electronics are the category of gift that is popular, often because of the technological advances made every year. People want the latest and greatest gadget. While there are plenty of different things to choose from, we have put together this Electronics Gift Guide with a few options for you to consider.
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TVs are always a big hit. You’ll find something that will fit both large and small budgets.
One of the favorite kinds of televisions is the 4K Ultra like the Sony 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD. This tv makes an excellent gift for those you’re shopping for who enjoy watching sports or movies. This TV works with Amazon Alexa.
There are still many good TVs that are not 4K Ultra. A popular one is the TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV. With direct-lit LEDs, it produces a great picture quality. And it has Roku built in!
For those on your list who already have a decent television, you’ll want to look at accessories. Or you’ll want to bundle these with the purchase of a newer TV.
Projectors are one of the hottest selling items in electronics. You can find gaming projectors, ones for use with home theaters, portable ones, some for business or education, and more. Projectors can be used by people who like to share photos or for use playing games, for people who enjoy showing films and more.
You can give these projectors as gifts to teachers, to gamers, for business colleagues or family and friends. One of the hottest right now is the DBPOWER GP15 Mini Portable Projector, which works with an array of multimedia connections including PCs, laptops, USB drives, tablets, and smartphones. And it comes in 3 colors: black, blue, and white.
Of course whatever kind of projector you get, you’ll want to get a screen to use, and the most popular ones are those that you use outdoors like the VIVO 100″ Portable Indoor Outdoor Projector Screen or the Foldable Portable Outdoor Front Movie Screen by Vamvo.
Projector screens make great gifts for people who like a better viewing experience or for those who enjoy entertaining – like getting together with friends to watch a movie or the latest game.
Streaming media players are pretty hot right now, such as the Roku Express and the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. It’s an excellent gift for those who don’t want to pay a monthly fee for a streaming device.
Headphones are one of the hottest items you can buy in home audio and theater, and it’s high on everyone’s wish list – because not only are these used for movies and gaming, but they’re also used for music and things like streaming content.
The most sought-after set of headphones is the Beats brand because they offer superior quality. They’re also very comfortable for long-term use. The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones come in a variety of colors including rose gold, black, silver, asphalt gray, break blue, brick red, citrus red, gloss white, gloss black, gold, matte gold, matte silver, turf green, and ultra violet.
Another great option is the Amazon’s Choice Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones. These come in the choice of silver or black. This style has a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear calls and a 20-hour battery life.
Turntables are enjoying a comeback in popularity, and many stores now carry both records and CDs. People who enjoy turntables say these stereos have a more pure sound quality. The Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Wood 8-in-1 Bluetooth Turntable Entertainment Center is an Amazon Bestseller. It includes a 3-speed turntable, built-in Bluetooth, recording capability onto USB from vinyl, CD, or cassette, and built-in CD player, cassette player, and AM/FM radio with an old-fashioned rotary tuner.
Cameras and Accessories
Even with the introduction of cameras on smartphones and cell phone camera lenses, digital cameras continue to be one of the hottest items to buy in electronics. That’s because cameras suit a wide variety of people and you can get more features with a digital camera than you can with a smartphone camera.
Kids and college students love the nod to the past with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera. It comes in Flamingo Pink, Cobalt Blue, Ice Blue, Lime Green, and Smokey White.
Moms love digital cameras. You don’t get features like quality zoom lens in anything but top of the line cameras like the Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera. As well as the 18-megapixel camera, this kit comes with EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm zoom lenses and has built-in wi-fi.
Men usually prefer the GoPro HERO6. This version offers 4K60 and 1080p240 video; it’s waterproof, has a 5 GHz wi-fi, and a touch zoom.
Another option for someone that may already have a camera is a small portable printer. The Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology prints 2″x3″ photos and is available in blue, black, red, and white.
If you’re looking to give someone the gift of peace of mind, you can get them a GPS tracker, which is handy for a multitude of reasons. It can be used to keep track of young drivers, but it can also help recover the vehicle if an authorized driver or thief takes it. An Amazon’s Choice option is the Spy Tec STI GL300 Mini Portable Real Time Personal and Vehicle GPS Tracker. The compact design can go anywhere and can attach to a vehicle or a belt.
One gift that fits almost everyone is a mobile WI-FI hotspot device. The hot spot helps people not only stay connected, but it can be used as a safety feature as well when someone is traveling in an area where they can’t get coverage. These usually vary based on the phone carrier, so you need to research to find the best one.
Young drivers should always have access to either cell phones or other devices so that they can reach a family member or friend in the event of an emergency. They can’t do that if their cell phone goes dead. You can give them the gift of a USB car charger for this purpose. The Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger is an Amazon’s Choice product.
Another gift that you can give is the gift of a radar detector. An Amazon bestseller is the Cobra ESD7570 9-Band Performance Radar/Laser Detector. It offers 360-degree detection. The detector can help save the receiver the high cost of a ticket as well as getting points taken off his license.
Of course, some items are the most popular and on everyone’s Christmas list. Two items are topping the list this year, and they’re GPS systems and subwoofer packages.
The good thing about a GPS system is that it’s a great gift for any driver, especially for new drivers or for drivers who do a lot of traveling. The Garmin DriveSmart 50 USA LM GPS Navigator System is one of the best in GPS gadgets as well as one of the most reliable when it comes to directions. You can find others in the same line but make sure you get the one that offers lifetime maps.
Speakers for cars are another hot item on everyone’s list, but not just any speakers. Consider those that offer surround sound like the AOMAIS Ball Bluetooth Speakers, Wireless Portable Bluetooth 4.2. These speakers come in a variety of colors including blue, black, red, gray, and turquoise. This is a gift that’s more popular with men and teenage boys in most cases.
Laptops and PCs
Laptops and PCs are high on everyone’s want-list because they can be used for work, school, play, gaming, video making and an endless list of ideas. Desktops are still just as popular as laptops, but you don’t hear about them as often. Desktops are particularly popular and high on the wish list among those who are older. But they’re also still hugely popular among gamers. Many people who work from home prefer desktops in addition to laptops. So they’ll want both.
An Amazon Bestseller desktop is the Acer Aspire Desktop, 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100. It comes with 8GB DDR4 2400MHz memory, 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive, and Intel HD Graphics 630.
A popular monitor to go with the desktop is the HP Pavilion 21.5-inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor. This monitor is full HD (1920×1080) IPS, it has 2 million pixels for crystal-clear visuals, and includes VGA, HDMI, and HDCP ports.
With laptops, there are plenty of choices that you can choose from – but if you’re looking for both the hottest as well as the newest, then you’ll want to check out the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 12.5-Inch Touchscreen Intel Core. This one is trendy and loaded with features like plenty of RAM. What users love about it is the 360-degree hinge and the touchscreen. Both of those make it high on college students’ wish lists. They like the versatility of it plus it’s pretty sturdy.
Tablets are also very popular. One of these is the All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa. This one is high on the wish list for everything it has to offer, but also because of Alexa. With that, people can not only ask questions, but they can instruct the device to play music or do tasks like check to see what the weather is like.
There is also the Apple iPad with WiFi (2017 Model). This one linked has 32GB and is space gray. It has a 9.7-inch Retina display and the A9 third-generation chip with 64-bit architecture, as well as M9 motion coprocessor.
Cell Phones and Accessories
Cell phones can do so much more today than they used to be able to do. It used to be that they were good for making phone calls or using them to set calendar reminders or alarms, but that was about it.
Now, a good cell phone with a decent operating system can do what a tablet can do and then some. Anyone can use a cell phone. Many people on your list might want to upgrade, but can’t necessarily afford to do that.
A cell phone would make a great gift for teens, college kids, moms, dads, and friends. When you’re looking at them, though, you have to pay attention to whether or not they’re locked or unlocked.
You want to get an unlocked phone if possible. If you get one that’s locked, it means that it can only be used with a certain carrier. So if you buy it for someone and they can’t use it with their carrier, then they’ll either have to switch cell phone providers or return the gift.
If you prefer the Android platform, then you may want to choose a Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB continues to be a top seller for its high customer approval thanks to its performance. Also, there is the Samsung Galaxy Note8 that is unlocked and has 64GB.
With cell phones, there are plenty of accessories. Some of these are considered extras while some of them are must-haves like screen protectors. With all the oils on your fingers, the phone can quickly become smeared. Make sure to find one that is the specific phone you bought.
And since it is such an expensive item, you might want to consider a case. One of the toughest cases you can buy is the OtterBox Case. There are options for many different iPhones and Samsungs.
Earbuds are another good option. Bose has been a leader in speakers and sound systems for years. The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones for Apple come in charcoal, energy green, frost, neon blue, and power red colors. There is also an option of the Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones that are audio only that comes in charcoal and frost colors.
You might also consider a selfie stick. The Mpow Selfie Stick is an Amazon bestseller. It is compatible with most phones (see the description).
It the one you love is active, you may want to choose the Garmin vivoactive. This GPS-enabled device has built-in apps for running, biking, swimming, golfing, walking, and an activity tracker. The option linked includes a heart monitor strap.
Gift Card or Money
There might be that special someone in your family that is saving up for something. You might consider buying a gift card to their favorite store or just giving them cash. This can be popular with teens. (We know ours prefer that now so they can save up to buy a big item themselves.)
We hope this Electronics Gift Guide has been helpful. Be careful while out shopping. It gets crazy this time of year.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Fred & Kim.
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