7 Gadget Gift Ideas For The Holidays
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The holidays are rapidly approaching, and what’s that? You haven’t yet completed your shopping?
No worries, as you’re certainly not alone.
Perhaps you’re unsure what to buy that special someone? Or you’re stuck on that friend who has it all? Or maybe you want to surprise the kids or grandkids with some cool technology, but you just need a few ideas?
Regardless, we can help. The following is a look at some great gadgets and gear, ranging in price from $59 to $1249.
1. Kitchen companion
Why own a “smart speaker” when you can have a “smart screen”? The new Amazon Echo Show ($299.99) is an ideal device for a kitchen, bedroom or family room. Along with its microphone that can hear you say “Alexa” to wake her up from across the room, and a speaker to give you human-like answers to your queries, this second-generation product also boasts a 10.1-inch HD screen allowing you to see info, too. Ask your assistant to set a timer or show you recipes, play cat videos on YouTube, display weather forecasts, or even start movies and TV shows via Prime Video – all by using your voice. Because it also has a camera, you can also make free video calls.
2. Screen dream
Is it a TV or fancy artwork? The answer is both if you’re talking about the aptly-named The Frame, by Samsung (from $1,199 for 43-inches). Sure, it’s a stunning 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, which can display content with up to four times the resolution of high-definition, but when you’re not watching shows, movies or sports, it displays more than 850 pieces of exceptional artwork (or you can import your own images). Optional bezels add wooden borders and other materials and colours to the artsy television. Included in the purchase of the television is one bezel and a six-month subscription to the Art Store.
3. Watch this
Gift a wearable that does it all. As long as the recipient has an iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular watch (from $519) features everything found in its predecessor – a gorgeous waterproof screen, Siri voice support, fitness detection, and optional cellular connectivity for an extra $10/month with your carrier—but for the first time there’s a built-in ECG (electrocardiogram) to detect a dangerously high or low heart rate, or irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmias), when this feature is unlocked in the coming months via a software update.
What’s more, Apple Watch now offers fall detection and an Emergency SOS feature, which can call 911 and notify your emergency contacts if it detects a sudden drop.
4. For the little ones
Fun meets learning with Leapfrog’s Leapstart 3D ($59), an interactive book system for kids ages 2 through 7. With 25 books in the library ($10 apiece) and the comprehensive sampler book (included), kids can turn pages to read words and look at pictures and then use the connected stylus pen to touch content. Not only will they hear words spoken aloud to learn how to say them, there are sound effects, activities, games, and even 3D-like hologram animations that appear on a small screen to add extra magic to these books.