It’s finally Black Friday, so it’s now socially acceptable to start talking about Christmas. Those of you on the ball have already made a good dent on their Christmas shopping lists.
But let’s face it, you’re not one of those people.
For the remaining 99 percent, this is your official 28-day warning. If you don’t want to battle the mobs on Christmas Eve, you should probably start thinking about your shopping strategy right now.
Some of the most popular in-demand items nowadays are tech gifts. But with so many gadgets and gizmos on the market, it’s hard to separate the good from the shoddy. If none of our 7 Best Tech Gadgets of 2015 caught your eye, then this handy list will give you even more Christmas inspiration. From smart home technology to sleek wearables, this year’s tech gift guide features items your friends and family will actually love.
Apple Watch Sport
Wearbles are the future, and the best smartwatch on the market is the Apple Watch Sport. This luxury timepiece allows you to make phone calls, check email, listen to music, track your health and of course tell the time. You’ll need to already own an iPhone in order to take advantage of all of the watch’s features, which can be a drawback. While it has a relatively short battery life of 16 hours, its cool features more than make up for its exorbitant price. The Apple Watch starts at $349.00 and is available online or at your local Apple store.
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet is meant for tech savvy children. It’s a fully functioning tablet complete with front/rear cameras, a micro-SD card slot, and a kid-proof rubber case. The device also comes with a one year of Amazon Freetime, which gives you access children’s eBooks, TV shows, movies and games. Best of all, it comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee, meaning if it breaks, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked. Maybe now your kids will leave your iPad alone! You can find it online at Amazon.com for $84.99.
Sphero, BB-8 Star Wars Droid
If you have a Star Wars fanboy on your shopping list, this mini version of the BB-8 Droid will take them into hyperdrive. This fully functioning smartphone operated replica comes with a number of impressive features. It can create holographic recordings, listen and respond to voice commands. and can whiz around the room (so long as you don’t run it on shag carpet). BB-8 will turn any adult into a kid again. Get yours for $149.95 at Amazon.com
Infernal Innovations Magnetic Smartphone Mount
Distracted driving is a growing problem for gadget obsessed commuters. The Infernal Innovations universal car mount works with most smartphones as well as GPS and portable music devices. Unlike other mounts on the market which are awkward to use, this one uses magnets to hold your devices. No more fiddling with complicated attachments. Priced at $20.00 on Amazon.com, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Headset
Virtual reality is going to be huge in 2016, so why not get a sneak peek of the action without breaking the bank. With the Samsung Gear VR, you can watch movies and play games in the comforts of your own home. Powered by Oculus technology, users can also stream Netflix and Vimeo videos for a solo IMAX experience. Sorry iPhone users, this device is only compatible with Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy Note 2 or the Galaxy S6. Priced at $99.00 on the Samsung website.
Montenegro Lomo’instant Mini
A high-end alternative to the classic Polaroid camera, the Montenegro Lomo’instant Mini is the instant camera for photographers. It comes complete with a set of lenses (portrait, fish eye, close-up) and colored gel filters to help you capture quality photos that print instantly. Talk about instant gratification. Users can also shoot long exposures, multiple exposures, selfies, and more. In addition, photographers will love the nostalgic feel of 35mm Lomos design. All this can be yours for $179.00 at the Lomography Store.
Beats by Dre Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
For the music buff in your life, these wireless headphones by Beats by Dre deliver crisp and balanced sound while cancelling outside noise. Pair your favorite player via Bluetooth for wireless freedom up to 30 feet. With 12 hours of battery life, and a nice foldable compact design, these are the perfect companion for any listener on the go. You can find these top shelf headphones at Walmart for $229.95 and save yourself a few bucks in the process.
Fallout 4 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic Boston, as you scavenge and rebuild the Wasteland to a rocking oldies soundtrack. Get lost in this vast open world of gameplay where your decisions determine the outcome of the game. Fallout 4 is already one of the top selling games of 2015, which is pretty impressive considering it only just came out in November. Prepare to kiss your social life goodbye. Available at the Bethesda Store from $59.99 and up.
Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation
Want to save ten to 12 percent on your heating bills and 15 percent on your A/C use? With the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can make your home energy efficient, while stuffing your wallet. The Nest automatically adjusts the temperature based on your schedule, so you’re not heating/cooling your home when you’re not around. You can also control the temperature of your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. The thing pays for itself in two years just in energy savings alone. Available for $249.00 at Amazon.com
What if you could remote start, locate, lock and unlock your car by pushing a button on your smartphone? Enter Viper Smartstart. This nifty device connects you with your car in ways you never thought imaginable. Have you ever locked your keys in your car? Now you can unlock it remotely from anywhere. You can also receive alerts when your car leaves a designated area. Great for tracking your sneaky teenager. On top of that, it’s Apple Watch and Android Wear compatible. Learn more about Viper Smartstart on their website.
(Photo Credit: By Nan Palmero from San Antonio, TX, USA (Woman Using a Samsung VR Headset at SXSW) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)