Best Electronics Gifts 2017 – Top Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

Best Electronics Gifts 2017 are here! The shopping season is right around the corner and some of the best gifts that you can give are electronics. Most people love getting something in this category and you can find such a wide range of items – including accessories.

You can find something for everyone on your shopping list all at the same time. Electronics are the category of gift that is popular, often because of the technological advances made each and every year – so people want the latest, greatest gadget.

TVs and Accessories

Sony XBR55A1E 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart

TVs and accessories are always a big hit. You’ll find something that will fit both large and small budgets. One of the popular kinds of televisions is the 4K Ultras like the Sony XBR55A1E 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD.

This makes a great gift for those you’re shopping for who enjoy watching sports or movies. This is an OLED TV and that stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. The difference between this kind of television and an LED one is that the OLED uses organic molecules.

The pixels in the TV are self-illuminating rather than like LCD ones which use LED for the backlight. Both ULTRA and OLED TVs are the hottest items among televisions and at the top of peoples’ wish list and with the Sony, you get both that in one.

TCL 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

The popularity stems from the fact that it gives one of the best picture images you can buy. But LED TVS are still popular, especially if they’re a smart TV like the TCL 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV.

For those on your list who already have a decent television, you’ll want to look at accessories. Or you’ll want to bundle these with the purchase of a newer TV. Projectors are one of the hottest selling items in electronics.

You can find gaming projectors, ones for use with home theaters, portable ones, some for business or education, and more. Projectors can be used by people who like to share photos or for use playing games, for people who enjoy showing films and more.

iCODIS G1 Mini Projector

You can give these projectors as gifts to teachers, to gamers, for business colleagues or for family and friends. One of the hottest right now is the iCODIS G1 Mini Projector, which is so small it can fit in your pocket and it works with your smartphone.

VIVO 100″ Portable Indoor Outdoor Projector Screen

Of course whatever kind of projector you get, you’ll want to get a screen to use and the most popular ones are those that you use outdoors like the VIVO 100″ Portable Indoor Outdoor Projector Screen or the Foldable Portable Outdoor Front Movie Screen by Vamvo.

Projector screens make great gifts for people who like a better viewing experience or for those who like to entertain – like getting together with friends to watch a movie or the latest game.

Foldable Portable Outdoor Front Movie Screen

One of the accessories that you want to get for those you plan to buy electronics for could be a Blu-Ray or a DVD player. These are perfect gifts for people who enjoy watching things that you can’t get on cable or Netflix.

Roku Express – HD Streaming Player

The hottest selling ones are the ones that can play the 4K Ultra movies. Streaming media players are pretty hot right now too such as the Roku Express. It’s a great gift for those who don’t want to pay a monthly fee for a streaming device.

Home Audio and Theater

A hot category in electronics is home audio and theater. These gadgets have changed the way the way families get their entertainment. Now, you can stream music and entertainment faster than ever and for a much lower price than when home theaters first hit the market.

In this category, you’ll find items like the system bundle, stereo and turntables, speakers, wireless and streaming audio, radios, headphones and more. These items are great gifts for people who like equipment that gives them a better sound and higher quality.

Home audio is hot because it can make listeners feel like they’re in the middle of the concert or in the center of the scene. Many of the home audio and theater systems that you can get will have a couple of different choices when it comes to speakers.

You can get them with surround sound or with the front speakers. The difference is found in the amount of speakers that you get as well as sound quality. Surround sound is more like the theater speaker experience than front speakers are.

AXESS Bluetooth Mini System 2.1-Channel Home Theater

You can get both audio and theater systems bundled or buy them as separate pieces and build a good theater or sound system over time. Topping many wish lists this year is the AXESS Bluetooth Mini System 2.1-Channel Home TheaterSpeaker System.

This is the perfect gift for any of the music lovers that you know who like to listen to radio stations and enjoy wireless streaming. What people like about this system is that you can use it with the Bluetooth to control the system.

You can enrich the home theater and audio experience by adding one of the many sound bars. These can have an optical or analog connection and they can also have a wireless subwoofer.

With speakers, you’ll want to look at the kinds. You can get ones that will fit on a bookshelf and those are good for people who live in apartments or maybe a college dorm.

You can get the floor-standing kind or the ones that mount in a ceiling or in the wall. For those who are new to home theaters, you’ll want to buy the ones on your list with the whole system that includes speakers rather than giving them something like a soundbar or separate speakers since they’ll need to build their system from scratch.

They can upgrade speakers and other accessories later as they become more familiar with the technology and what they prefer. Headphones are one of the hottest items you can buy in home audio and theater and it’s high on everyone’s wish list- because not only are these used for movies and gaming, but they’re also used for music and things like streaming content.

The most sought after one in headphones are the Beats brand because they offer superior quality. They’re also very comfortable for long term use. The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones come in a variety of colors.

People love that these are wireless because they can pair them with an iPhone or a TV or other device. For the person who’s heavily into music, look for stereo systems as well as turntables.

Turntables are enjoying a comeback in popularity and many stores now carry both records and CDs. People who enjoy turntables say these stereos have a more pure sound quality.

Cameras and Accessories

With cameras and accessories, you’ll find an assortment of cameras from digital to video cameras to spy cameras, security cameras and even the ones that will give you Instax film with the instant cameras like the Polaroids, which were so popular back in the 70s and again today.

The point and shoot cameras are easy for kids to use. You can get mirrorless cameras which is a lighter camera that can give you a better contrast and focus. You’ll find an assortment of gift ideas here – from cameras to tripods to shotgun mics and even underwater cameras and gear.

Even with the introduction of cameras on smart phones and cell phone camera lenses, digital cameras continue to be one of the hottest items to buy in electronics. That’s because cameras suit a wide variety of people and you can get more features with a digital camera than you can with a smart phone camera.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera

You don’t get features like quality zoom lens in anything but top of the line cameras like the Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera. When you’re looking at digital cameras, you can find ones like rechargeable HDs or kits.

You can also find MP digitals or SLR cameras. Each camera will vary in features like the wide range of zoom they’ll offer. Cameras and the related accessories make the perfect gifts for almost anyone.

Kids and college students love the nod to the past with the instant film style cameras while moms love the digital cameras. Men usually prefer the video cameras or the cameras that are made to fit with drones.

They love the idea of being able to play and shoot. Look for ones that say photography drones to match the camera. They also like the sports and action cameras.If you’re planning to give a camera as a gift for someone who loves photography or they’d like to pursue it as a serious endeavor, you really do need to go top of the line and look for something in the Nikon brand that’s suggested by most professionals.

But keep in mind that these cameras aren’t exactly budget friendly for some people – and many of them have hefty price tags of $1,000 to $3,000 or more. This will be in the FX series.

Nikon COOLPIX L340 Digital Camera

Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find one that’s suitable like the Nikon COOLPIX L340 Digital Camera with 28x Zoom & Full HD Video and best of all, it comes with a nice accessory kit.

You can find binoculars and scopes as well as flashes, lenses and lightning gear to make sure the photos turn out great. If someone that you’re buying the gift for doesn’t plan to take it professional, then you probably don’t need the lighting gear, which consists of items like background screens and light stands.

But odds are good that you might want to give a tripod to someone who’s a camera enthusiast. Most people who love photography enjoy camera lenses and you can find a variety of these and most of them are budget friendly.

Car Electronics

In this category, you’ll find many amazing things that you can buy for gifts that are not only fun but can also make driving safer and easier. You can find things like portable wireless speakers, backup cameras, car diagnostic devices and cables for things like iPods, phones, tablets and laptops to use in the car.

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker

You can also get some great gifts like smartphone holders and mounts. These make a phone easily accessible while allowing the driver to keep his or her hands-free. It’s the perfect gift for someone who travels a lot, has a busy lifestyle and is often in the car, commuters, and teen drivers.

Dash cameras are a great gift idea for any driver. Not only can these handy devices record the local or long distance drive, but they also will record in the event of a car wreck so that you’ll be protected from other drivers who might try to say that the accident isn’t their fault when it is.

If you’re looking to give someone the gift of peace of mind, you can get them a GPS tracker, which is handy for a multitude of reasons. It can be used to keep track of young drivers, but it can also help recover the vehicle if an authorized driver or thief takes it.

AT&T Velocity 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot

One gift that fits almost everyone is a mobile WI-FI hotspot device. This helps people not only stay connected, but it can be used as a safety feature as well when someone is traveling in an area where they can’t get coverage.

Young drivers should always have access to either cell phones or other devices, so they can reach a family member or friend in the event of an emergency. They can’t do that if their cell phone goes dead.

You can give them the gift of a USB car charger for this purpose. Another gift that you can give is the gift of a radar detector. This can help save the receiver the high cost of a ticket as well as getting points taken off his license.

Of course, there are some items that are the most popular and on everyone’s Christmas list. There are two items topping the list this year and they’re GPS systems and subwoofer packages.

Garmin DriveSmart 60 NA LMT GPS Navigator System

The good thing about a GPS system is that it’s a great gift for any driver, especially for new drivers or for drivers who do a lot of traveling. The Garmin DriveSmart 60 NA LMT GPS Navigator System is one of the best in GPS gadgets as well as one of the most reliable when it comes to directions.

You can find others in the same line but make sure you get the one that offers lifetime maps. Speakers for cars are another hot item on everyone’s list, but not just any speakers.

AOMAIS Ball Bluetooth Speakers

Consider those that offer surround sound like the AOMAIS Ball Bluetooth Speakers,Wireless Portable Bluetooth 4.2. This is a gift that’s more popular with men and teenage boys in most cases.

Laptops and PCs

Laptops and PCs are high on everyone’s want-list because they can be used for work, school, play, gaming, video making and an endless list of ideas. You can find laptops that are lower cost that make great first gadgets for younger kids.

These can perform simple all the way up to complex commands.When it comes to technology, you’ll find that there’s a good portion of the demographic that prefer laptops over desktops.

However, desktops are still just as popular but you don’t hear about them as often as you do laptops. Desktops are particularly popular and high on the wish list among those who are older.

But they’re also still hugely popular among gamers. Many people who work from home prefer desktops in addition to laptops. So they’ll want both. Tablets are also very popular.

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

One of these is the All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa. This one is high on the wish list for everything it has to offer, but also because of Alexa. With that, people can not only ask questions, but they can instruct the device to play music or do tasks like check to see what the weather is like.

You’ll want to do the person on your list a huge favor if you do buy that tablet or any other. Make sure that you also get one of the many cases that the person can use to protect the device.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4 12.5-Inch Touchscreen Intel Core

If you’re buying a tablet for a child, then you’ll want to look for a case that specifically says that it’s shock proof. Those are usually the toughest cases that you can buy. In laptops, there are plenty of choices that you can choose from – but if you’re looking for both the hottest as well as the newest, then you’ll want to check out the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4 12.5-Inch TouchscreenIntel Core.

This one is very popular and loaded with features like plenty of ram. What users love about it is the 360 degree hinge and the touchscreen. Both of those make it high on college students’ wish lists. They like the versatility of it plus it’s pretty sturdy.

With desktops, the kind that you’ll want to get matters according to the main purpose of use. So if you were buying a desktop for someone who was really into gaming, especially ones like live action virtual reality, then you’d look for a desktop that was known for VR play.

Many of those types of desktops can also be used for purposes like graphic design or different types of computer art. You can also get an all-in-one which are great space savers.

These computers can have the larger screens – including the popular and trendy curved ones. They offer a lot of power, storage and function in touch screens – including the 4K models.

Cell Phones and Accessories

Cell phones can do so much more today than they used to be able to do. It used to be that they were good for making phone calls or using them to set calendar reminders or alarms, but that was about it.

Now, a good cell phone with a decent operating system can do what a tablet can do and then some. Anyone can use a cell phone. Many people on your list might want to upgrade, but can’t necessarily afford to do that.

A cell phone would make a great gift for teens, college kids, moms, dads, and friends. When you’re looking at them, though, you have to pay attention to whether or not they’re locked or unlocked.

Apple Iphone 8 64gb GSM Unlocked

You want to get an unlocked phone if possible. If you get one that’s locked, it means that it can only be used with a certain carrier. So if you buy it for someone and they can’t use it with their carrier, then they’ll either have to switch cell phone providers or return the gift.

There are some new iPhones coming up for release in the fall of 2017 and those are the iPhone 8, the 7S and the 7S Plus. The most popular phones today are the iPhone 6 as well as the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Galaxy S5 is on the top of the wish lists as is the Galaxy Note 3 and 4.  The Blackberry KEYone is an unlocked phone that uses the android system that’s also done fairly well as far as features and satisfaction goes.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB continues to be a top seller for its high customer approval thanks to its performance. With cell phones, there are plenty of accessories to go along with them.

Some of these are considered extras while some of them are must haves like screen protectors. You don’t want to buy an expensive phone for someone only to turn around have them drop it and shatter the screen.

OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 6

You’ll want to get the screen protector or case that’s specific for the type of phone that you bought because many of them can’t be used among the different brands. One of these, which is for the iPhone 6, is the OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 6/6s.

While you can’t use this one for the PLUS version of the phone, it’s well known as one of the toughest cases that you can buy. When you’re buying cases, many them will already come with the screen as well – but you can buy these separately in the event a phone was dropped and the protective screen broke.

Look for screens that say they’re explosion or shatter proof, tempered glass and anti scratch for the best bet. You’ll want to also consider accessories like a selfie stick, headsets, and chargers.

Best Tech Gifts 2017 – Top Tech Gift Ideas for Christmas 2017

Best Tech Gifts 2017 are here! Many people are starting to tie everything in their house to their smartphones, so they can easily access anything at any time – even when they’re not home. Smart technology enables you to use an app or website on your phone, tablet, or computer to get information from or control the gadget remotely.

They’re soaring in popularity, as convenience is becoming more and more important to consumers. But some people aren’t aware of what all is available, or it’s out of their budget – so they make a perfect gift for someone you love.

Smart Wearable Gifts

One of the most common, useful, and basic pieces of smart technology is the tech you can wear and they make wonderful gifts this Christmas season. The most common type of wearable tech is the smart watch. Smart watches are often geared towards fitness tracking, but also do a fine job of keeping track of time and performing a few other duties.

Apple 42mm Smart Watch

Possibly the most well-known smart watch is the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or later to work with it, and it allows you to access most of the information on your phone from your wrist.

For example, you can read and respond to text messages by using the touch screen interface, or by using Siri. You can also see your calendar events, the weather, and even some basic health information like your heart rate and walking speed.

Like most smart watches, you can also change the face of the watch depending on your style and preference and this is a great additional gift to give someone. While Apple is very popular, the Fitbit watches have certainly made their mark on the wearable technology market.

Fitbit has a wide variety of devices, from sleek smart watches to discreet little wearables that you can attach to your sock. The cheapest and most basic Fitbit is the Fitbit Zip. The Zip is a very small device that you can attach to your shoe or sock, and it tracks your steps, calories burned, and distance moved.

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate

It automatically syncs with your phone using Bluetooth, and you can view all of the information through a free app. One of the most popular Fitbit devices is the Charge HR.

It’s fairly discreet, and goes around your wrist. The seamless display shows you everything you need to know from the time to your heart rate to how many minutes you’ve been active.

It can also wake you up with a silent alarm and track your sleep schedule. Just like the Zip, you can view all of this information on the Fitbit app, which works for both Androids and iPhones.

Smart Home Gifts

Home based smart technology is becoming very popular very quickly, especially because it’s so easy to set up and use – and this is a great gift for your parents or other loved ones who live on their own.

Smart home technology makes it easier to control many of the aspects of your house such as the temperature, and allows you to seamlessly connect your home to many internet services.

All-new Echo

Most smart home devices allow you to use your phone or even your voice to control these features. Possibly the most popular smart home device is the Amazon Echo, and for good reason.

The Echo is compatible with tons of different services, from Amazon Music, to Spotify, to Uber, and even Domino’s Pizza – so teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this as a gift.

You can access all of these services by using voice commands directed at Amazon’s AI, Alexa. For example, if you wanted to play a certain song from your Spotify playlist, you’d say, “Alexa, play” and then say the name of the song.

You can also use an app on your phone to connect to the Echo if you’re not a fan of voice commands. One of the most important parts about the Echo is that it’s compatible with many other smart home devices.

If you have smart technology in your lamps, garage, locks, TVs, or anything else, you can turn them on and off using the Echo. Alexa will also answer any basic questions that you might ask Apple’s Siri, such as the weather, the news, traffic, and more.

Echo Dot

There are a few different versions of the Echo available. The most common version is the full sized original one. Amazon has also released a smaller, compact Echo called the Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot has all of the same features, but due to its smaller size and lower price, the range on it isn’t as good. You can pair Dots together as range extenders, however. Currently, their most expensive variation of the Echo is the Echo Show, which has a screen and a webcam, allowing you to make video calls straight from the device and watch YouTube videos.

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation

Another wildly popular smart home device is the Nest thermostat and this is a great higher end gift for someone on your list. Instead of getting up and setting the temperature on your thermostat manually, you can now do it from your phone with the Nest.

The front features a screen that shows you a variety of information, from outside weather to current inside temperatures and settings. It’s fully compatible with the Amazon Echo, so if you have them connected, you can simply say “Alexa, set the temperature to 68 degrees.”

The Nest also helps you save energy by adjusting the temperature accordingly when nobody’s home. So if it’s a hot day, you can have it set low while you’re home, but when you leave for work, it will raise the temperature, so the AC system uses less power.

You can even control the temperature while you’re at work remotely, so you can have the house cooled off by the time you get home. This makes it a fantastic gift for anyone who is trying to control electricity costs.

August Smart Lock 2nd Generation

One increasingly popular smart device is the smart door lock – a perfect gift for someone who you feel needs extra protection and security. They’re very easy to install, and your original key will still work with them, but it has the added functionality of being able to be remotely unlocked.

For example, if you were out and about and you needed to let your friend into your house to let them get something, you could unlock the front door from your phone and lock it again when they leave.

If you got locked out accidentally, but still had your phone, you could unlock the door and get your keys from inside. It will also automatically lock your door if you forget to as you leave.

Smart Car Gifts

While many cars today are starting to include more smart technology already integrated in them, not every car has it. Does someone on your list drive? This may make the perfect gift this holiday season!

You can get someone you love the smart technology they need to use in their car, even if it wasn’t originally made with smart tech. Smart car gadgets are extremely useful, and also provide a wide range of safety features.

Many smart devices for cars plug into the OBD-II port, which is typically down between the pedals and the steering wheel. All vehicles made from 1996 on have an OBD-II port in them, as it’s a requirement for the car to even be able to be produced.

Hum By Verizon – No Contract

The OBD-II port allows devices to read important information about the car, and OBD-II readers allow you to read this information on your phone. One of the most common OBD scanners available is the Hum from Verizon.

Once you plug the Hum in, you can use an app on your phone to view information such as top speed, fuel mileage, and health reports about your car. The Hum is especially good for protective parents who want to monitor their child’s car, because you can set speed and distance boundaries that, if broken, will alert you on your phone.

For example, if your child goes over 65 on the highway, you’ll know exactly when and how fast they went at their highest speed. The Hum will also alert you if your child is in an accident or other collision.

nonda ZUS Connected Car App Suite & Smart Car Charger

You can even see where the car has driven, as it maps each drive. Another great car monitor to give as a gift is the Nonda ZUS. The ZUS plugs into the cigarette lighter rather than the OBD-II port, and has a different variety of functions.

The ZUS’s main use is helping you find where you parked your car. When you turn off the engine, the ZUS transmits and logs the location using the app on your phone. So when you come back to find your car, you’ll see an arrow on your phone pointing you in the right direction.

This also tells you how far away the car is. The ZUS also acts as a USB port, so you can plug in and charge your phone. The ZUS will give you updates on car health reports, such as current battery life. It makes a great gift for car owners!

Car statistics and safety reports aren’t the only purposes of smart devices for cars. Entertainment is also very important to most people. There are plenty of different stereo and entertainment systems available, and with proper mounts and installation procedures, they can be installed on just about any car.

For example, Xshop sells stereos that allow you to hook up your phone through the AUX cord or Bluetooth, so you can stream your favorite songs. This is especially useful for cars that don’t have these features already built in, like most modern cars do.

Smart Entertainment Gifts

While smart technology definitely has its practical uses, we always find a way to put an entertaining spin on new technology. To nobody’s surprise, many major companies have found ways to incorporate smart technology into common entertainment devices and these options can help you check off your Christmas gift buying list quickly!

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

One of the most popular smart entertainment devices that you might want to buy for someone is the Amazon Fire TV stick. The Fire TV stick has a wide range of functions and uses, all focused on entertainment.

It plugs in to the HDMI port on your TV, and by connecting to WiFi, allows you to stream your favorite shows from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and more. This is especially useful if someone doesn’t have a cable box satellite dish, because you can get a subscription that allows you to do the same thing cable or satellite would do without any complex installation.

Much like Amazon’s Echo product, the Fire TV comes with a remote that has Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s smart voice recognition software, which allows you to control your TV hands free, so someone with mobility issues or who is always multitasking might love this gift.

For example, if you say “Alexa, turn the volume up,” then she will automatically adjust the volume. You can also ask Alexa to turn on certain TV shows or certain channels. The Fire TV can also play you music from Spotify, Amazon Music, and more.

Roku Streaming Stick (3600R)

If you have someone on your list who isn’t a big fan of Amazon products, you canget them the Roku Streaming Stick instead. It provides a very similar service to the one that the Fire TV stick offers, but with a few minor changes.

Instead of using voice commands through the remote, you use an app on your phone. This makes it a bit more secure. It you want to watch TV but not have everyone hear it, you can stream the audio to your phone and connect headphones, so you can listen quietly and everyone else can focus on what they need to do.

Sony XBR55A1E 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED TV (2017 Model)

While those smart TV sticks are very useful for adding smart functionality to your TV, it might be better for you to get them a TV with smart functionality already in it. For example, Smart TVs from Sony allow you to use online services like YouTube and Hulu from the built in menus, and it connects to the same WiFi you use for your phone, computers, and laptops.

It also allows you to hook up just about any device via USB to play videos or music from it, such as your phone. You can also share the image directly to your TV using mirroring, so you don’t have to fumble around with cables.

Smart Kitchen Gifts

Smart technology has managed to find its way into the kitchen, where it’s making cooking way easier and more enjoyable for people all the time and it makes a fantastic gift for the home chef in your family.

By using simple interfaces and smartphones, more people than ever are able to be self-reliant and cook for themselves. This new technology has made cooking more efficient and less likely to turn out wrong, so smart kitchen gadgets make great gifts for anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen.

One of the most increasingly popular styles of cooking is called sous vide. Sous vide is when you heat up water, which has meat in a plastic bag in it. The meat gets cooked perfectly, so when you take it out, you only have to sear it and then it will be ready to serve. Of course, this presents an excellent opportunity for a smart device to come into play.

Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker

One of the most popular sous vide devices available is the Anova Culinary SousVide cooker. The Anova doesn’t require any special equipment outside of a pot, some water, a plastic baggy, and the device itself.

By using either the app that connects to it or the device itself, set the appropriate temperature and watch it go to work. You can see on your phone what the temperature is at, so you don’t have to keep walking over and checking on it.

Because the Anova circulates the heat evenly, you will get even results and no overcooking. Once the food is done, you can make any last adjustments outside of the pot, such as searing the meat, and then serve it.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

However, the Anova has a fairly popular competitor: the ChefSteps Joule. The Joule works in a very similar way, and also has its own app. However, the Joule app is a bit more in depth, allowing you to compare exactly how your food should look for the level of cooked you want it to be.

For example, it can show you what a medium rare steak should look like on the inside. The Joule also has the Anova beat in power, utilizing 1100 Watts to heat up the water, whereas the Anova uses 800.

It’s also very compact, coming in at a mere 11 inches long. Both products can easily make some of the best dishes you’ve ever made, using a simple but effective cooking method and your gift recipient will love it.

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Another great smart kitchen device people will want this Christmas is the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Smart Cooker. This pot acts as seven different pots, including a rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, and more.

You can control it easily using your phone or the simple interface on the front. The app allows you to view user submitted and preloaded recipes, and set your pot’s settings according to the recipe.

Smart Parenting Gifts

One of the most practical applications of smart technology is making parenting a bit easier, and anyone who has a child on your list will enjoy one of these great gifts. Parenting is a very tough job, especially when you’re looking after a baby.

You have to be on call 24/7, checking in on your baby every chance you get to make sure it’s okay. However, with developments in smart technology, your job can be a lot easier.

Owlet Smart Sock 2 – Baby Monitor

One of the most useful smart parenting devices is the Owlet Smart Sock. The Owlet allows you to monitor your infant’s vital signs at all times from your phone, specifically heart rate and oxygen levels.

With the Owlet you can always be sure your baby is healthy, and the simple interface of the Owlet app lets you see what the heart rate and oxygen levels are supposed to be at, so you don’t have to guess what the appropriate heart rate is.

Fisher-Price Smart Connect 2-in-1 Projection Mobile

A simple yet effective way of helping your baby relax and fall asleep is by using the Fisher-Price Smart Projection Mobile. This smart mobile allows you to play lullabies, light shows, and night lights to calm your baby down.

The mobile also records and alerts you to any unusual sounds your baby makes while it’s asleep, or if there are any other strange sounds in the room. It can connect to just about any crib very easily.

A particularly useful device for babies is a humidifier. Humidifiers keep the humidity in the room at a good level, which is good because if the air gets too dry, your baby will get sick easier.

You can find humidifiers varying in noise level, so if you like having the white noise you can get a louder one, or you can get a quieter one for the baby. You can also set them to automatically shut off after a certain point.

Nest Cam Indoor security camera

Another great gift for parents is the Nest indoor security camera. The Nest indoor camera is fully functional with your smartphone, using the Nest app. You can see live feeds through the camera, hear audio, and even speak through the camera.

For example, if you see your toddler doing something dangerous, you can tell them to stop through the app and then go help them. The Nest camera also works with the Amazon Echo if you have one.

The Nest doesn’t just work during the day. It has proper night vision, which allows you to see your baby at night or catch intruders in your home. For example, if you think one of your teenagers is trying to sneak out, you can check the camera and see if they’re making a break for it.

You can set up the Nest camera to alert you on your phone when it detects activity around a certain time. This kind of electronic gadget makes a great gift for parents of any age group.

Top 15 Best Tech Gifts for Christmas 2017

Don’t know what to get the techie who has everything? Take a look at the newest and best tech gifts for 2017. From health and fitness to sound and video, there’s the perfect Christmas gift for everyone.

Electronic Gift Guide: Best Tech Gifts 2017

  1. Fitbit Alta

The Fitbit Alta is this year’s best gift for the fitness enthusiast. The Fitbit Alta is customizable and keeps track of health statistics such as steps, calories burned, distance, and active minutes. You can even wear it in your sleep and use the silent alarm to wake up feeling well rested. It’s even compatible with computers and mobile devices; you can sync your devices and receive call and text notifications.


  1. All-New Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a voice-activated device that can play music, give information such as news or weather, and even voice control your home. Echo Dot can sync to speakers via Bluetooth to get stereo sound by voice command. To use Echo Dot, simply say “Alexa”, and the compact device responds!


  1. Samsung Gear VR Headset

Experience virtual reality on the go with the Samsung Gear VR. The newest generation of the Gear VR is lighter, featuring an improved fit and an upgraded touchpad, and grants you full immersion into games, movies, and 360-degree panoramic photos. Compatible with newer generations of Samsung mobile devices.


  1. Anki Cozmo

Cozmo is an expressive, interactive robot that shows increasing emotion and personality the more you hang out. Use your mobile device to enhance its robotics functions. Makers and hobbyists will also be interested in the connected Cozmo SDK Beta robotics platform.


  1. All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote

The newest generation of the Amazon Fire TV Stick features voice control. All you have to do is tell Alexa to “Launch Hulu,” or, “Play Game of Thrones,” and the device responds instantly! Don’t know what you want to watch? Tell Alexa to “find action movies,” and Alexa will search all of your aps to find results.


  1. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

These wireless headphones are the perfect tech gift for the fitness lover. The Bose SoundSport features 6 hours of battery life and sweat and weather resistance for reliability and comfort during your workout. The headphones have an exclusive design that keeps headphones in place while you move.


  1. Tile Slim Bluetooth Tracker

The Tile Slim Bluetooth tracker is a unique device perfect for the person who loses things! Tile Slim is as thin as two credit cards, and can be attached to items like a purse or wallet. Use your phone to call Tile Slim to find where you placed it. Tile Slim also includes an app that remembers the last location you saw your Tile.


  1. Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo fills the room with sound from 360-degree audio, and can play music from apps such as Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio and more. The Echo is capable of answering questions and giving information with Alexa Voice Service, and is voice-activated. Echo can hear you across the room, even while music is playing.


  1. SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

The newest edition of the iXpand flash drive provides up to 128GB of storage for items like photos and videos in order to free up space on your iPhone or iPad. The high-speed USB 3.0 transfers items quickly and automatically backs up photos and videos. The flash drive also allows you to password protect documents to keeps your files secure.


  1. Wacom Intuos Draw

The Wacom Intuos Draw is a digital drawing pad perfect for the beginner digital artist. The tablet includes a pressure-sensitive pen that allows you to have variation in line drawing. Your tablet also includes sketching and drawing software and is compatible for both left and right-handed artists.


  1. iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

The Roomba 980 has the capacity to clean an entire level of a house, automatically charging itself and continuing until the job is done. The Roomba can go for up to 120 minutes on one charge, works on all floor types, and is designed to fit under most furniture. The Roomba 980 also uses the iAdapt camera to learn and update the map of your home.


  1. Starry Station Touchscreen WiFi Router

If you’re frustrated with your current WiFi router, look no further. The Starry Station router is easy to understand and a breeze to set up. The touchscreen allows for easy navigation, and the screen shows notifications that quickly identify device, Internet, or WiFi problems. Parents can block usage of specific devices with just a tap of the touchscreen.


  1. Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

Feel secure when you’re away from home with the Nest Cam indoor security camera. The camera syncs to your mobile devices and sends a photo of the event to your phone or email. Nest Cam also has a built-in speaker, microphone, and night vision.


  1. Segway miniPRO

The Segway miniPRO is the latest in two-wheeled personal transporters, and is perfect for indoor and outdoor use on a variety of terrains, and the knee control bar allows for precise and easy maneuvering. The Segway miniPRO is UL 2272 Certified for electrical and fire safety– the industry’s highest standard.


  1. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electric Toothbrush

If you thought they couldn’t revolutionize a toothbrush, think again. The Genius Pro 8000 features a pressure sensor and brushing timer with Bluetooth connection that allows you to see where and how you’re brushing your teeth, giving you recommendations for an improved routine. Position Detection technology allows you to see where you’re brushing so you don’t miss a zone.

Don’t miss out on the hottest tech gifts for the 2017 Christmas season. Tech gifts are perfect for anyone in your life, techie or not. For every interest or need, you’ll be sure to give a great tech gift this year.

Best Electronics Gift Ideas 2017 – Top Christmas Gifts 2017

The holidays can be a time of fun and celebrating as you spend time with friends and loved ones. But for some people, the holidays are a time of stress and running around trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their list until they feel like they’re about to drop.

The key to a stress-free holiday shopping season is found in knowing what you’re going to buy before the time arrives. When you know what you’re going to buy someone ahead of time, it removes the stress as well as cuts down on the time that you’ll spend picking out a gift.

TVs

One of the nicest gifts that you can buy someone is a television. Some years ago, it used to be that a television was only good for one thing – watching whatever shows or free movies the basic channels provided.

But TVs can do so much more than that now. These electronics are the perfect gift for anyone, but especially with those who have a family because everyone can use this gift.

Samsung Electronics QN55Q7F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV

You can open a world of possible, inexpensive entertainment that the receiver will never grow tired of. And there’s always something new to discover when you have the right television.

Finding the right television can baffle even the savviest shopper – and that’s because there are more features than ever before on televisions. In addition to using one to watch your favorite shows or movies, you can now access you’re the Internet.

You can watch music videos, catch the news, chat with friends or family or even Skype or Facetime with someone you want to talk to. Depending on whether the receiver has cable, Internet viewing or Netflix, there’s so much informative programming available.

There are shows about cooking, sports, children’s education, and those that can show you how to do home projects – and more. How well someone can view what they want to see depends on the type of television you plan to buy.

Sony KD60X690E 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

Since a TV is an investment, you want to buy the best that you can afford to give, yet still maintain your budget. What you want to do when shopping for a TV is compare the cost of the set versus the type of features that it has.

Certain features will make the television more useful for a variety of entertainment choices. You want models that have a good refresh rate and you want good clarity. Look for a good quality core processor when selecting a TV.

One thing that a lot of people don’t think about when buying a TV as a gift are the number of HDMI ports on one. But these are must haves and the more you can get on a television, the better it is.

TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

Because the many devices that people use need a way to connect to the television so that you’re not constantly having to unplug different connections. After awhile, that can get extremely annoying.

You’ll want HDMI ports for your Blu Ray or regular DVD player. You also need one for your gaming console. Then, if you have a television device such as the Apple or Amazon Echo box, you’ll need a port for those as well.

Samsung UN50KU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

For a good, feature loaded, latest model television, look at one like the Samsung UN50KU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV or their other model, the Samsung UN49KS8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. Some of the other Samsung models are the curved edition types and a lot of people really like those.

Samsung UN49KS8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

If you’re looking for a television that has OLED pixels and is one of the latest models, then you can look at one like the LG Electronics OLED65B6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV.

LG Electronics OLED65B6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2016 Model)

When purchasing a TV as a gift, you’ll always get offered some kind of extended warranty coverage, in addition to what’s already provided by the manufacturer. Read what’s covered by the manufacturer and see if the extended warranty covers any gaps left by the manufacturer.

Home Theater

If you have friends or family who love to spend time on home entertainment, one of the most loved gifts that you get for them is a home theater. Not only can this give the receiver top of the line entertainment viewing ability, but the sound quality in a home theater simply can’t be beat.

With the right home theater system, you truly can have the same experience that you do if you were actually at the movies. That’s how great both the clarity and sound can be with a home system.

If you’re thinking that you’d love to buy this for someone you have in mind, but you’re worried about the possible high cost, don’t be. These systems are more affordable than ever before.

KEF KHT3005BL (SE) 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

Plus, they’ve been streamlined – so that they’re easy to install and there’s not a lot of cable clutter. Since there are a lot of choices involving different brands of home theaters and even more models under the same brand, you might not be sure which one would be the best one to get.

Usually, when most people have a home theater, they add components to the television they have that include a sound bar, the receiver, some solid speakers and the subwoofer.

You can find all of that in one system or you can pay and buy each piece separately – depending on how you want to give the gift. What most people look for are the home theater systems that pretty much include everything that’s needed to get started.

One of the most highly recommended systems in home theater is the Onkyo HT-S3700 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver-Speaker Package. This one has everything that’s needed to set up a system and also has 6 HDMI inputs.

Onkyo HT-S3700 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package

One of the most important pieces of a home theater system will always be the sound system. You want that surround sound ability, but how good that surround system is will depend on the quality of the speakers that come with the system.

This is why people will sometimes buy the sound system separately rather than bundling everything up. If you’re looking for top quality speakers that are popular, then you’re going to want the Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Speaker System.

Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Speaker System

You might be familiar with the term subwoofer when it comes to home theaters. This is the speaker that handles the low bass frequencies. It’s what gives you that deep sound that can rattle the windows and bring the movie to life.

Not every home theater system has top quality subwoofers. But one that does is the Yamaha YHT-4920UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth.

Yamaha YHT-4920UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater in a Box System with Bluetooth

The prices for any of the systems that you’ll look at can vary from hundreds of dollars to thousands. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have to shell out thousands of dollars to get a system that would make a nice gift – because you don’t.

Anything from a couple of hundred to five hundred dollars for the cost of a home theater can still deliver the same great theater experience as the systems that cost multiple thousands.

Car Electronics

People spend thousands of hours of their lives in their vehicles running errands or traveling from one city to the next. Most people don’t think of having certain helpful electronic items in their car until they need it. Of course, by then, it’s too late.

Then there are other electronic items for cars that can really enhance the driving experience. If you’re thinking of getting someone a gift for their car, but you’re not exactly sure of what to get, this guide can help you with that decision.

Since almost everyone travels, one of the best gifts that you can give is a navigating system. This is not only a wise gift for someone, but is also thoughtful as well as practical.

A navigating system does so much more than simply direct the driver from the shortest route between two points of travel. It can also lookup directions to places of entertainment such as restaurants or places to shop and tell you about traffic situations up ahead.

If you look up navigating systems, you’ll see that there are a lot of them. However, not all of them are known for their precise instructions and correct destinations.

Garmin Nuvi 57LM

You need to make sure that the one you buy offers continual map updates so that the destinations are never out of date. For that, you’d want to look at the 57LM GPS Navigator System by Garmin Nuvi that comes with spoken directions on a turn by turn basis, map updates for a lifetime, Direct Access, and Speed Limit Displays.

Garmin nüvi 55LMT

There’s also the 55 GPS Navigators System made by the same company – with maps that are preloaded, spoken directions, and speed limit displays as well. Garmin is one of the most trusted names in navigating systems, but there are also other brands that are good quality, too.

A great gift to buy any driver would also be a dashboard camera recorder. Not only can the driver capture some great scenery and use it as a video memory if they’d like, but it also has a practical side to it.

Some of these cameras can be extremely helpful in the event of an accident. It cuts out the he said-she said debate and can be used to protect the driver in the event of an accusation dealing with their driving.

Rexing wide angle Dashboard Camera with V1 2.4 inch LCD FHD 1080p and a G-Sensor, WDR, with Loop Recording

One of the most popular ones to get is the Rexing wide angle Dashboard Camera with V1 2.4 inch LCD FHD 1080p and a G-Sensor, WDR, with Loop Recording. This one has a feature called the Accident Auto Detection Feature which can hold onto memory if you’re involved in a crash.

Smart Home Gadgets

There are gadgets that can make life easier for people when they’re at home and add to overall safety as well. These items range from entertainment to security and more.

If you’re planning on buying a smart home gadget for someone as a gift, then you want to consider what their needs are. Sometimes what you can do is just get a gift that everyone can use – such as a home alarm system.

Giving someone the gift of home security is a thoughtful gift that will continue to give for years to come. Some of the systems are relatively inexpensive, while others that have more features can cost a little more.

Schlage Connect BE469NX CAM 619 Touchscreen Deadbolt with alarm with Camelot Trim

If you do choose to go with giving a home security system as a gift, then choose the one that has the most options. The S02-B do it yourself kit that’s a wireless home and business security alarm system by Fortress Security Store has a lot of features like passive motion sensors and an alarm that can be heard outside.

The same brand also has the S02-A, which is another do it yourself home and business security kit that comes with a panic button. Like the other model, it can automatically make phone calls if someone breaks in.

If you’re looking for a gift to give new parents, then check out the variety of baby smart gadgets you can buy such as the DXR-8 model of the Infant Optics video baby monitor that comes with an interchangeable lens.

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

This video monitor can give parents peace of mind when they’re not in the room with the baby. It’s sound activated, so parents will get a notice when the baby is stirring.

Not all smart gadgets are for security or safety. Some are for just plain having fun with as well as making life run smoother. One of the most wanted gifts is the Amazon Echo.

Amazon Echo

This handy device is known as Alexa and is a hands-free device that pays attention to the sound of your voice and does exactly what you tell it to once you have it hooked up to your WiFi.

The device can give you the morning news. Or if you’re not a news person, it can read you an audio book. It can turn the lights in your home on or off. You can tell it that you want to listen to music and it will play it for you. Or you can have it call for take out food. It can even turn the thermostat up or down for you. It’s one of the hottest gifts that you can give to someone who enjoys home gadgets.

Best Gaming and Computer Gift Ideas 2017

The holidays are such an exciting time, but they can also be times of stress – especially when it comes to gift giving. It’s easier when you know exactly what to choose from in computers and gaming, but it can get tough once you realize there are so many choices.

How can you tell which one is right? It’s easier when you have a guide that can help you out. So, if you’re looking in this category for your gift buying this Christmas season, there are many options available.

Gaming Consoles

You want to get the gift that’s just right for everyone you love and gaming consoles are always at the top of a lot of lists. They’re fun for individual play as well as for entire families to use.

Gaming consoles are always a good idea because playing video games has many benefits. You might assume that kids who play video games are less likely to be physically active, but the opposite is true.

Kids who play games in a virtual world often develop an interest in joining sports teams to play those games that they play online. And some of the games require you to get up off the couch and move in a virtual type setting.

Using a game console to play games is good for adults, too. Studies have shown that people who play video games experience a reduction in their stress levels. They also develop the ability to think faster.

Even senior citizens can take advantage of the benefits found in playing video games. Not only does it help with dexterity, but the games also help boost memory function and improve cognitive function all around.

It’s a good idea to give a gaming console as a gift to family or friends. And you really can find a selection that can suit your budget. The cost of gaming consoles isn’t nearly what it used to be.

Plus, you can find many of these consoles in bundles so you get a lot of extra goodies and accessories along with the console. One of the newest gaming consoles you’ll like is the Xbox One S 2TB.

Xbox One S 2TB

This console has a lot of high quality features like 4K Blu-Ray and the higher TB than many of the competing systems. Plus, it’s a smaller console so it’s less bulky than the older models.

If you want to get a console that’s just for your kids but one that adults can still enjoy, then you want to check out the Nintendo Wii U. But you want to make sure that you get the bundled one because you get more for your money.

This way, when your kids open their gift, once you set it up, they can start playing right away. Look for the Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set: Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land Bundle because this one comes with not one, but two games.

Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set: Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land Bundle

The Super Mario game has remained the hottest selling Nintendo game since its original release and your kids will have hours of fun playing it. Whatever gaming console you decide to buy, it’s sure to be the gift that will thrill the whole family for years to come.

Hot Game Releases 2017

Of course, with any gaming console, you want to make sure that you have plenty of games on hand to play. If you’re thinking of buying new games for your kids but you’re worried about too much time spent playing them, you can rest easy.

Studies have shown that kids who play video games excel in many areas over their peers who don’t play video games. Video games that call for players to make quick moves can improve hand-eye coordination and the brain’s ability to learn things.

This is a definite help to school aged kids and teenagers. Video games boost a child’s ability to be able to focus in school, which in turn helps them retain what they’re being taught.

Some parents worry that video games might make their children less likely to be sociable, but the opposite is actually true. Kids can get involved in multi player games and become part of an online community with supportive peers.

This helps improve a child’s social skills, which translates to the ability to communicate easier with their real life friends and when interacting with others. Video games are also a great way for couples to spend time together and can improve communication between them.

There are a literally hundreds of different video games you can buy but if you’re planning on giving some as gifts, you want to look at what’s popular but you also want to check out the newest and hottest game releases.

If you’re looking for games for the Xbox One, then you want to look at the latest release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game won over 200 awards and is a big hit with both teens and adults alike.

The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is part of the Call of Duty lineage of video games and only gets more popular with each passing year. This video game will be the newest release in this line.

If you’re looking for something for younger kids and you have the Wii U, then get the Paper Mario: Color Splash. This game is perfect for younger children and is rated for everyone. Even little ones can enjoy the game and learn their colors at the same time.

The Zelda game is back with the Nintendo Selects: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and is suitable for kids or adults, plus the cost is very budget friendly.

If you’re looking for the hottest releases that can double as a health and fitness tool, then you want to get the Just Dance 2017 Gold Edition. This one is the newest and hottest release in this gaming line and is the top selling world-wide dance game.

PCs and Laptops

You’ll find some of the top selling gifts in PCs and laptops. One of the reasons for this is because these devices are multi-functional so they make friends and family extremely happy to get one.

These devices can be used for personal or professional use and even for gaming. You can find a variety of the models that are suitable for anyone, but if you’re buying one for someone who’s really into gaming, then you want to make sure that your choice will work for that use.

If you’re planning to buy a PC as a gift for someone who’s into graphic design or does video creations, then you’re going to want to get the kind of computer that has a lot of speed and power so that it can handle the load.

One of the top selling PCs is the Lenovo Ideacentre 300 Desktop Computer. The reason it’s so popular is because it has 3.7 GHz IntelCore i3 as well as 8 GB of RAM and can be upgraded to more RAM if you need it.

Lenovo Ideacentre 300 Desktop Computer

This model has 5.1 channel surround sound and a DVD R/W drive, so users can listen to music, watch movies or game. It’s already Bluetooth ready. If you’re looking for a PC that’s low in cost but high in features, then this one is a good choice.

For those friends and family who are heavily into gaming, you probably want to look at something like the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A Gaming Desktop. This is also one of the top selling PCs.

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A Gaming Desktop

It has 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5 and has better resolution for gaming as well as a high quality graphics card. There’s enough storage on this one to hold all of your games and plenty more.

Most users report that the system can store hundreds of games. Because it’s DirectX 12 Gaming optimized, it’s the number one choice among gamers when choosing their own system to buy. You can expect to pay more for this one, but it’s worth it.

When it comes to laptops, hybrid ones are becoming popular. These are laptops that can convert into tablets, too. So basically, you get a device that can function as a laptop or a tablet depending on your needs.

Want to do a presentation at school or work? Flip it into a tablet. Need to write a report for your teacher or boss? Flip it into a laptop. The advantage of a hybrid is that you have fewer devices to manage and you don’t have to shell out for a keyboard for your tablet. Basically, you get the power of a laptop with the portability of a tablet.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA-DBM2T 13.3 – inch

There are two top contenders that combine affordability with features. The first one is the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA-DBM2T 13.3 – inch and the second one is the ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen.

Smart Phones

With so many things connected to smart phones today, these devices are often the top, most asked for holiday gift. Smartphones do more than keep family and friends connected.

They’re used for social media interacting, documenting the things people want to share and with the swipe of a finger, you can find a location, or look up information that you need to have.

Many people use them the same way that they would use a tablet. If you’re thinking about buying a smart phone as a gift, there are plenty of different brands and models you can choose from.

Thankfully, with the introduction of newer models, the cost of smart phones has dropped drastically. You can find a lot of great deals on contract as well as no contract phones.

There are also unlocked phones that are available. It just depends on the brand that you choose and it does make a difference in how much you’ll end up paying for it.

For phones where you choose not to get a contract, you’re going to end up paying the full cost of the phone. Depending on which one you choose, you can pay a few hundred to several hundred dollars.

LG Stylo 2 Prepaid Carrier

For friends or family who you’re not sure would be able to handle the continuing cost of having a smart phone, you can get something like the LG Stylo 2 Prepaid Carrier.

This phone has the popular rear facing as well as the front facing camera and those who already own this model often mention its high performance capability. It can be used for music, to watch movies or to play games.

Samsung Galaxy J7

Or, if you’re not looking for phone that has a prepaid carrier, there’s the Samsung Galaxy J7. This phone doesn’t require buyers to have a contract, which – for the price of this phone, is a really great deal.

It uses Boost and has the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. It also comes with front and rear cameras. For people who want to purchase an unlocked phone, make sure you check out all of the benefits of the Moto G Play (4th gen.). This is a stylish black phone that boasts 16 GB.

Moto G Play (4th gen.)

When choosing a phone to give as a gift, make sure that you don’t forget to add those all important accessories – such as a smart phone case or one of those handy armbands for people who like to take their phone with them when they’re jogging.

Tablets

Tablets are one of the most popular devices among kids and adults because of how easy they are to take anywhere, how lightweight they are and because they’re loaded with features.

There are some tablets that offer only the basics and they’re pretty cheap, but still durable. They’ll last you just as long as the more expensive ones. But not every tablet will have the same multitude of features and some of them aren’t kid-friendly.

When you’re searching for a tablet to give as a gift, you’ll want to look for ones that have a decent amount of storage. For those of you who are specifically looking for a tablet for children, you’ll want to consider getting the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

Fire Kids Edition Tablet

The reason you’ll want to consider this one is because Amazon specifically designed this one for little kids. It comes with a ton of parental controls. You or the child’s parent can put the kid as a user on their Amazon account so that you can monitor what apps are being downloaded.

It will also allow you to see what books a child is reading. This extra level of security can help keep a child safer when online. Plus, this purchase comes with a kid-proof case to protect the device if it’s dropped.

For a teen or adult, you’ll want to check out the other Fire, which is the Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, that has 8 GB of storage. It’s capable of storage expansion up to 200 GB.

Fire Tablet, 7″ Display

One thing that makes this choice so popular is that you’ll have access to Amazon Underground. This is where you can find countless games or apps that won’t cost the user anything to download. For those people who are Prime members, they get access to even more content for their device.

You can find some tablets that are crossovers into laptops if you’re looking to spend a little more. The 2016 Newest Dell Inspiron i7568 Series 2-in-1 would be a good choice for that.

2016 Newest Dell Inspiron i7568 Series 2-in-1

The key to choosing a tablet for someone else is found in knowing what they’d use the device for. If they’ll want to use it for gaming, or downloading music or anything that requires a bigger GB, then you’ll want to make sure you either choose the highest GB you can or that you buy extra memory for that device.