Trending Tech Items You Should Gift This Year

Published On December 16, 2015 | Electronics

If you’re still trying to find the perfect gift for that tough to shop for person, you’ve come to the right place. Tech items have something to offer everyone and these top trending tech items are sure to make tech junkies and non-tech-heads alike happy this holiday season.

Tech Toys for the Young and Young at Heart

The great thing about tech toys is they appeal to all ages. Hoverboards are one of the “must have” tech items this year, but shop with caution. Lower quality, cheaper models run the risk of exploding and catching on fire due to faulty batteries. Amazon has stopped selling these lower end models over safety concerns but you can still find hoverboards from reputable companies through the online retailer, like the Razor Hovertrax Electric Self-Balancing Scooter.

Drones are another great option for young and old alike. Drones are available in a variety of sizes, price points, and camera quality. You may want to consider a basic model for those who are most interested in the flying aspect of playing with drones, like the Parrot Rolling Spider Mini Robot Insect Drone which sells for about $99.99, while springing for a more expensive model with a higher quality camera would be better for those who want to film awesome aerial shots, like the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Flying Camera for $999.99.

Wireless Speakers for Music and Podcast Lovers

Wireless Bluetooth speakers let people stream their favorite music and podcasts straight from their smartphone. The Beats Pill+ wireless speaker is portable, easy to use, and provides rich sound in a tiny package. You can even sync two Beats Pill+ speakers for stereo sound. Beats Pill+ speakers work with any Bluetooth enabled device.

Amazon Echo is probably the most futuristic speaker available, going beyond a basic wireless speaker and adding a Siri-like voice command system called Alexa. Amazon Echo is essentially a speaker with a brain. You can ask Alexa to play music, read the news, or ask any number of questions and Alexa will do the work for you. The Amazon Echo can even be linked with home automation systems, like Philips Hue, so users can control lights and switches with a simple voice command.

Streaming Devices for TV and Movie Lovers

Streaming devices make a great gift for TV and movie lovers and people who are considering getting rid of cable TV. The newest Apple TV and Roku are the leaders of the streaming devices pack. Both devices can be used to stream movies and TV shows using your favorite streaming service, like Netflix or Hulu.

Wearable Tech for All

There are so many different types of wearable tech available that you’re sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list. The Apple Watch is one of the most coveted wearable tech pieces this holiday season, allowing users to keep track of email, texts, and other notifications fashionably on their wrists. The Fitbit is another top tech item and is perfect for those looking to improve their physical health in the new year and can be had for a fraction of the price of an Apple Watch.

The Gear VR is another piece of wearable tech but rather than being a fashionable addition to your wardrobe, the Gear VR is worn over the eyes to completely immerse you into a 360-degree video viewing experience. Play video games, watch movies, or take a vacation all in virtual reality by simply slipping your Galaxy smartphone into the Gear VR headset. Compatible with Galaxy Note5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge, the Gear VR can be had for about $100.

So which of these techy gifts are going to be under your tree this holiday?

– By Jennifer Thayer

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