The time of year has come around again where we scratch our heads, rummage through shop aisles and try to work out what gifts best suit those close to us. This year, by taking the technological route, you can get presents that will be appreciated by others without too much stress or bother.
From iTunes vouchers, battery chargers, headphones, car chargers, hands-free headsets and more, there’s a techno-gadget out there to suit the needs of pretty much everyone. By getting the affordable gizmos this Christmas, you’ll be remembered for your thoughtfulness and your gifts will be appreciated.
You can never go wrong with a gift voucher. For years, people unsure of what to get others have doled out book and music vouchers at Christmas gatherings around the world. So in short, a voucher is always a great idea if you’re stumped for ideas, and what’s better than a standard voucher is a voucher for the eponymous iTunes music, movie, podcast, TV-show and all-round digital media store. With literally countless amounts of songs available for download, from the chart breakers to hard to find songs, well known movies and TV shows most have never heard of, you can open the doors for a friend to get any digital media they may want. And it’s all done with a card, a password and a budget of whatever you can afford.
Dr. Dre Beats Headphones
If you want to get someone some techy hardware this Christmas, it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre. With exceptional audio quality and the ability to be used on computers, iPhones, iPods and other musical devices, you can expect that whoever gets your gift will spend hour upon hour getting lost in the music of their choice. The headphones also act to block out the sound of any loud music they might be playing, so that’s a plus for the people around them too! The headphones retail at most places at prices starting at $130, but on eBay it’s possible to get them for significantly cheaper prices.
The great thing about a car charger is that, while it seems a pretty strange choice of gift, it’s almost certain to come in handy at some point for the person you give it to, provided they have a car of course. With a range of chargers that can be used for everything from charging phones, iPods, iPads and even computers, there’s going to be a time sooner or later when someone really needs a device charged. That’s when the value of your relatively inexpensive gift will really become apparent, and the Christmas party when you gave it as a gift will become a cherished memory in your gift-receivers’ mind!
New Mouse or Keyboard
Again, while it may seem a little strange to gift someone a new mouse or keyboard unless they specifically ask for it, it makes perfect sense for people to be buying gifts like this more often. Everyone knows that keyboard keys break and mice lose sensitivity; and that accident spills can happen at computer desks. It follows that people are more likely than not replacing their keyboards and mouse’s at least a couple of times every few years, and even if they have a working keyboard and mouse when you give them the gift, it can always be used as backup for when the inevitable need to replace these items arrives. The price of computer mouse’s and keyboards vary, but you can snap up some cheap but quality models on websites like Amazon.
With the new range of next generation consoles coming soon, the popularity of console gaming is stronger than ever before. Even if your friend, relative or partner isn’t much known for gaming, there’s almost certain to be a console out there that will get them interested in gaming activities. After all, the Nintendo Wii got many non-gamers into sensor-based sports and adventure video games, so think of your gift as giving your receiver a push in the direction of a hobby they won’t regret! The current generation of gaming consoles did start out expensive, but you can get them in shops now for a little over hundred in some places, or possibly even less with an online purchase.
Now we all know that this has been around for a while, but the real beauty of hands-free headsets are that they take many forms and are all extremely useful. For example, in Australia it’s currently an offence to drive while talking on the phone – unless of course you’re using a hands-free headset, which allows you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands firmly on the wheel. The other benefit to a hands-free is that it can save you the inconvenience of having your arm cocked upwards for long periods of time during phone calls, and whoever you give this gift too is sure to appreciate that. It’s also worth noting that the basic range of hands-frees retail at pretty cheap prices.
Now how’s this for an idea: you take a photo on Instagram, upload it and visit the Instagram watch website. Then, you pick out what colour you want the wrist-link to be and voila! At the Christmas gathering, you’ll have not only a $40 watch to give your receiver but also one that has an Instagram picture as its face. Think carefully about what picture you want to use, and make a good choice so that the person wearing the watch will remember the uniqueness of the gift whenever they go to check the time. Now that’s pretty cool.
Tom Phelps is an Arts student who loves computers and his technology. For Christmas he’s saving up to get a swish laptop for himself through the flexible loans site Flexirent, and he plans to shower friends with tech gifts this Christmas!