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It’s that time again! If you’re needing a little help with what to get the tech obsessed individuals on your list, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the top tech gifts this holiday season.
For the Home
Amazon Echo – $79.99
The 2nd generation Amazon Echo comes in a variety of different finishes and a new design. The Echo has seven microphones to ensure it can hear you from all the way across the room and new speakers making sure you can hear it as well. With the Echo you can control your entire home with just your voice, whether it’s playing music, changing the channel, or making a phone call, the Echo can do it all. Google Home Mini – $29
The new Google Home Mini is powered by the Google Assistant and has the ability to communicate with your chromecast to stream all your favorite TV shows and music. The Mini comes in red, gray, and black and has new activities built in specifically for family fun.
Nest Thermostat E – $169
This is the newest version of the Nest home thermostat for the individual on your list that has to have the newest gadget for their home. Other than the obvious benefit to helping save money on electric bills the Nest E can be controlled from anywhere and the new design helps it remain unnoticed in your home.
Chromecast – $35
The Chromecast device plugs right into your tv to stream movies, shows, and music and can even turn your TV into a picture frame with its ability to stream your images. Paired with any google home device (like the Google Home Mini) it can be controlled with your voice or you can use your mobile device as a remote.
For the Gamer
Nintendo Switch – $299.99
Take your games on the go. The Nintendo switch allows you to stay mobile, without losing your place. Connect to your TV to play on a bigger screen when you’re home, and when it’s time to go, pick up the device and continue your game on the smaller screen.
Sony PS4 Pro – $399
With an upgraded hard drive, new controller and 4K capabilities, the Sony PS4 Pro is perfect for any gamer on your list. Let the new “Boost Mode” blow them away by unlocking more power for select PS4 games.
Xbox One X – $499.99
Touted as the “Most powerful console in the world” the Xbox One X is a new level for gaming systems. With 4K capabilities, a faster processor, increased memory and its compatibility with everything Xbox One, this is the gift of choice if you’re looking for an upgrade.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Gaming Headphones – $149.99
Ultimate gamers need the best of the best when it comes to headphones. The Arctis 7 headphones fit that bill. The pros of these headphones include the fact that they are wireless, lag-free, built with a ClearCast microphone (perfect for trash talk) and adjustable fabric to contour to your head for comfort no matter how long you wear them.
For the Fitness Fanatic
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones – $249.95
The new SoundSport headphones are completely wireless earbuds designed to stay in your ears without becoming uncomfortable during any type of workout. When you’re not using them keep them charging inside their new wireless charging case. Take them on a run in the rain or listen to music during your sweatiest workout as they are designed to be water repellent.
Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless – $199.95
For the fitness fanatic that with a preference for products that work well with Apple devices the Powerbeats3 are the way to go. These headphones are built to easily sync with apple devices, have 12 hours of battery life (with a 5 minute fast charge), are water and sweat resistant, and though they are small they produce the sound quality we’ve come to associate with Beats products.
Fitbit Iconic Smartwatch – $299.95
Fitbit has come a long way and with the new Iconic Smartwatch they’ve taken things to a whole new level. Featuring a multi-day battery life, built in GPS, music storage, water resistance, and personal coaching and health tracking this smartwatch is perfect for anyone working toward a goal in the new year.
For the Phone Obsessed
Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL – $649; Monthly options available
Squeeze the sides of the new Google Pixel 2 and your personal Google assistant is there to help. The new Google Pixel 2 comes in two sizes, four colors, is water resistant, and offers unlimited photo storage. With high definition speakers and a high resolution display, if a new phone is on one of your lists you can go wrong with this one.
Iphone X – $999; Monthly options available
The iPhone X. We’ve all heard about it and if there’s an Apple lover on your list this is the way to go. The FaceID, battery life, wireless charging and improved performance make it a highly sought after gift this season.
Samsung Wireless Charging Pad – $28.93
As we move toward all phones being built with wireless charging capabilities, having a solid wireless charger can only be a good thing. The Samsung wireless charging pad is an affordable option that is compatible with all QI certified devices and can charge phones through their cases.
For Everyone in Between
Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader – $249.99
For the avid reader on your list the new Amazon Oasis Kindle is a perfect choice. The new edition is wifi and audio enabled allowing it to be used both regular books and audiobooks. The Oasis features a larger screen than previous versions, two options for storage size, and is waterproof…perfect for those Texas summers out by the pool or on the beach.
Tile – Starting at $25
We all have that one person on our list that loses everything. What makes a better gift than the ability to find what they’ve lost? That’s what Tile is here for. Perfect for keys, wallets, and phones, Tile is easy to setup and use and comes with a built in “lost and found community.” Their website offers the ability to compare the different Tile types to find the perfect one.
Mac Scented Candle – $30
We’ve blogged about this before but this holiday season there is a new Mac scented candle for the Apple obsessed individuals in your life. This year’s limited edition cable features “strong notes of bergamot and armoise with hints of lemon, tarragon, amber and musk.”
We hope this guide helps with everyone on your list this holiday season! All of us at IT Freedom also want to wish you a happy holiday and a wonderful start to the new year!
Happy shopping, and if you receive (or purchase!) any of these awesome tech gifts make sure to reach out and let us know your thoughts on our Facebook and Twitter!