It’s that time again! That’s right, time to frantically search for the perfect, high-tech and downright impressive tech gifts for the loved ones in your life. Don’t let shopping get you down this year. 2017 has been an excellent year for product launches, making your holiday shopping easier than ever before. Here are the best tech gifts you should be giving this year:
The newly-released Apple Watch 3 may look like the first and second models, but this little device packs a punch. Now, those with cellular enabled watches can leave their phones at home. The Apple Watch 3 with GPS and cellular enables users to track their workouts, text message, make and accept calls, and stream music from any location with a cellular connection – no phones attached.
Do you know someone who’s too lazy to get out of bed and turn off the lamp downstairs? Or someone who hates coming home to a dark house but doesn’t want to leave lights on all day? Smart outlets are the perfect solution for a multitude of electronic-related inconveniences. Simply plug them into the wall, plug in your appliance and have Alexa, Google Assistant or the Wemo app handle the rest.
A new era of backpacks has arrived, and for high-school and college students, as well as traveling business professionals, they’re a lifesaver. This backpack from Mark Ryden is water resistant, carries up to a 15.6” laptop, and contains multiple pockets and straps for optimal organization. It even comes with a USB charging port for charging mobile devices on the run.
The Apple AirPods are finally available for purchase, and users apparently love them. They boast a 4.5 out of 5-star rating with more than 700 reviews on the Apple website. With AirPods, there are no wires, making them the most discreet, quality earbud option available. When using AirPods, audio automatically plays when they’re placed in your ears and pauses when they’re taken out. Thanks to Siri, a double tap on one earbud allows users to adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, and even get directions.
Although this wine is inexpensive, it is insanely cool. 19 Crimes Wine bottles feature a photo of a real English convict sentenced to live on the uninhabited continent we now call Australia. As if that wasn’t interesting enough, the 19 Crimes team created an augmented reality app to accompany their bottles. This app allows you to point your phone’s camera toward the convicts to watch them move about as they tell you about their crime.
These 3D printed moon lamps make beautiful night lights and talking pieces for amateur astronomers. The lunar globe can be set to one of three different colors and features a realistic design sprinkled with craters. These lamps are portable, rechargeable and mesmerizing.
Want to be sure your kid stays at the top of his technological game? The Lego Creative Toolbox allows kids to build their very own interactive robot from the ground up. Once the robot is built, kids then learn how to code certain actions into the robot’s capabilities by using a tablet and the robot’s color, distance and tilt sensors.
Last year, the Super NES was nearly impossible to track down. This year, you can scoop one up from your local Best Buy for only $79. This gift is great for kids and nostalgic adults, alike. While it looks exactly like the original Nintendo Super NES, it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The system comes with two classic controllers and 21 pre-loaded games, including Mario Kart, Super Mario World, the Legend of Zelda and the first release of Star Fox 2.
The Furbo dog camera is an unbeatable gift for the dog-lover in your life. Furbo offers a full HD camera, two-way audio for talking to pets from anywhere, bark-sensing and treat tossing. Furbo can also be controlled by Amazon Alexa. For example, users can say things like, “Alexa, have Furbo toss a treat to Murphy every hour.”
These Skullcandy wireless headphones are some of the most reasonably-priced Bluetooth headphones on the market. While they may not sound as nice as the Apple Beats X, they certainly get the job done! These earbuds feature 6 hours of rechargeable battery life and the ability to take phone calls – no strings attached. Awesome for people who tend to lose things and kids who can’t be trusted with expensive gadgets.
If you want to be the most cutting-edge gift-giver around, surprise your loved one with the newly released iPhone X. The iPhone X features an edge-to-edge display, facial recognition unlocking, wireless charging, an impressively capable dual-lens camera and a beautiful UI. For the iOS user in your life, this is definitely the best tech gift 2017!
The Google Pixel 2 is a stunning phone for Android users, featuring a 12.2 mp camera, 6” pOLED screen and enhanced security to protect users from malware attacks. It can be purchased unlocked or for use with Verizon.
For those who already use previous Amazon Echo devices, the Echo Show is a great home addition. With the Echo Show, users can enjoy videos, browse Audible audiobooks, view weather forecasts and monitor video cameras, all hands-free. The Echo Show also features Dolby room-filling speakers for excellent sound quality.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the Best Tech Gifts 2017!
This list of the best tech gifts 2017 was carefully curated by the SevenTablets team and informed by our own wishlists. With all these gadgets in mind, shop on, and rest assured that your love-ones will love any of the high-tech gifts you choose!
Lacey earned a B.A. from Baylor University. Sic'em!
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