Tech, glorious tech! Top last-minute gear gifts for every budget
(BPT) – If you’re still not done with your holiday shopping, you’re not alone; the vast majority of shoppers are still buying gifts in December, according to the National Retail Federation. The top reason they’re not done yet? The majority say they’re still trying to figure out what to buy, NRF surveys reveal.
Among those who do know what they want to buy, personal electronics, video games and other technology gifts rank in the top 10 choices. If you’re still shopping and not sure what to buy, tech gifts can be life-savers, with options to fit virtually every taste, need and budget.
From high-value to downright thrifty, here are some ideas for top technology gifts for any budget:
Less than $100
* Virtual reality headset – The gamers on your list might love a headset that makes them feel like they’re living the game. The Homido Virtual Reality Headset provides 360-degree viewing, settings for people with both farsightedness or nearsightedness, and wireless connectivity. It’s compatible with most newer smartphones and sells for about $74.
Less than $200
* Streaming portable speaker — What better way to spice up a party than with an expertly curated playlist from your favorite music app? The LG Music Flow H4 Wi-Fi Streaming Portable Speaker delivers premium sound at home or wherever you go for just $199. Like all the LG Music Flow products, the portable speaker is wireless and Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to stream songs from a mobile device or computer directly to the speaker. It has a built-in, long-lasting rechargeable battery and pairs with other LG Music Flow speakers for true stereo streaming Plus, it features Google Cast for streaming from popular music services, including Pandora and Google Play Music and more.
* Wireless scanner pen — A student may greatly appreciate a scanner pen as he or she pours over textbooks and takes notes. These devices allow users to swipe them over printed text on a page and store the information in the device. IRISPen Air 7 is a wireless version that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit the data directly to your computer or tablet (Mac or PC), or mobile device (iOS or Android). You can pick one up for around $150.
Less than $500
* 3D printer — The whole concept of 3D printing is amazing — it’s like making something out of thin air! Even more amazing, 3D printing is now available for home use. Products like the Micro 3D Printer mean anyone can have the power of this technology in their home or office. It may be difficult to find, but the Micro sells for around $349.
Less than $1,000
* Smart glasses — Long gone are the days when wearing glasses wasn’t cool. Smart glasses allow wearers to enjoy all the capabilities of a smartphone in a hands-free device they can wear. Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses use Bluetooth to pair with Android devices, or you can connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi. Its integrated camera captures stills and video, and you can either store images and video on the glasses’ built-in memory or stream it live to another device. You can pick them up for around $1,000.
Less than $2,000
* OLED TV — Back in 2013, when OLED TVs first appeared, tech review website CNET called them “the most important advancement in TV technology in more than a decade.” OLED TVs deliver phenomenal picture quality, wide viewing angles and a slim, sleek design aesthetic that elevates any room. The LG Curved OLED TV (EG9100) takes the tech to the next level, with breathtaking picture, perfect blacks and amazing color no matter where you sit. It’s also a smart TV, capable of streaming content like Netflix and Hulu, and LG’s webOS Smart TV platform makes it simple and fast to switch between content options like broadcast TV, streaming services and external devices. The EG9100 is available at major retailers for $1,799 this holiday season.