If you’re a layman (or woman) when it comes to everything high-tech, shopping for the people who are always in the know on the hottest electronics can be daunting. We’ve rounded up some tech gifts that are guaranteed to be a big hit with everyday electronics users and technophiles alike.
For a Smarter Home:
There will be quite a few wish lists this holiday season with the Amazon Echo on it. Access information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports and more with this hands-free, voice-controlled device. Echo boasts 7 microphones so it can easily hear you from across the room, even when playing music. Alexa – the brain behind Echo – is built into the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patters, vocabulary and personal preferences. Think of it as the personal assistant you always wanted!
Does your mom ever leave the house without turning off the lights? Maybe your brother prefers to have the lights on when he gets home late? The WeMo Home Automation Switch and Motion Sensor Bundle is the perfect gift for anyone in your life. Set up your electronics to turn on or off from anywhere using your existing Wi-Fi router and any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Receive notifications when someone enters or leaves, leaving your home safe and secure. It even helps save energy by powering down frequently used appliances when no motion is detected.
Gone are the days of following and picking up after kids, boyfriends and pets. The SmartClean Robotic Vacuum delivers automatic and effortless cleaning whenever you want. This vacuum gets it all too! Its powerful suction and unique brush roll design will gather all the dust, debris and hair so you don’t have to. Schedule your cleanings when its convenient for you and always return to a clean and happy home.
Set the perfect tone and enhance a moment with the Philips Hue. This personal wireless lighting system allows you to create and control light using your smartphone or tablet. Dim the lights after a long day to relax or celebrate on game day by synching the lights to match your team’s favorite colors. And don’t worry about leaving the house without turning off the lights ever again. Simply switch them off wherever you may be.
For the Gamer:
One of the most anticipated games of the year just hit the shelves and it is gracing the wish lists of children and adults alike. Star Wars Battlefront lets you fight as the Rebellion or the Empire in a variety of action-packed multiplayer modes. This limited edition PlayStation 4 bundle gets you console and wireless controller inspired by none other than Darth Vader himself. Want even more Star Wars action? This bundle also comes with a voucher containing four Star Wars Classics – Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter. The force is strong with this bundle.
It’s been seven years since Bethesda gave the gaming world Fallout 3. Fallout 4 brings us the next generation of open-world gaming. A fantastic RPG for old fans and new ones alike, Fallout 4 will give players countless hours of entertainment. This Xbox One bundle gives you everything you need to enjoy Fallout 4 as well as a full download of Fallout 3. Grab your Pipboy and set out for a new adventure with this console bundle.
Live-streaming video games via Twitch and YouTube has become increasingly popular. If someone in your life like to stream their games, the Elgato Game Capture HD60 is a must have. Stream in 1080p quality with 60 fps from your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and WiiU. Built in live-streaming makes setup easy and ready to go out of the box.
Just as a movie wouldn’t be complete without a great soundtrack, the video game experience isn’t complete without amazing surround sound. The HyperX Cloud II will enhance your gaming, movie or music experience with a newly designed USB sound card audio control box that amplifies audio and voice for the optimal gaming experience. Perfect for horror games late at night or team communication in-game, these headphones will take you to the next level.
For Tech Fun:
One of the hottest tech gifts of the season happens to come from one of the most anticipated movies of the year. BB-8 is the perfect droid for any Jedi in your life. Kids and adults alike will love controlling BB-8 with their smartphone or tablet. Featuring voice controls, an adaptive personality, holographic communication and more, BB-8 will quickly capture the heart of many this holiday season.
The GoPro Hero+ LCD is the perfect gift for anyone hitting the slopes, catching air, or surfing a wave this holiday season. With built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, touch display and easy sharing to social media sites, the Hero+ LCD delivers 1080p60 video with ease. Capture all the incredibly moments of life and relive them time and time again.
If someone in your life is interest in playing instruments, singing or creating podcasts, then the gift of this microphone will change their life. The Yeti captures studio-quality records and features four different pattern settings to record audio that normally would require a setup with multiple microphones. Simple controls and plug and play setup makes it easy to use for the youngest and oldest of creative minds.
Take to the skies with the Parrot MiniDrone. Customize your MiniDrone before twisting, turning and zooming through the air. Pilots of all ages will enjoy taking control of the MiniDrone with a smartphone or tablet. Take aerial photos in flight with the built-in VGA camera and share with all your family and friends.
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