Do you have tech-lover on your holiday shopping list? Don’t spend a moment more stressing over what to gift to your tech-obsessed friends and family. From tablets to TVs, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular gifts to give (and receive!) this year.
Hottest holiday gift: Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is Apple’s newest and smallest personal computer. Available in two sizes and three different collections with countless personalization options, the Apple Watch is one of the most popular gifts to give and receive this holiday season. Retailers like Target report that Black Friday sales for the Apple Watch were especially popular, and according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, approximately two-thirds of people who already own an Apple Watch plan to give at least one as a present, and 7% of U.S. adults overall say they plan to give an Apple Watch during the holidays.
So what makes the Apple Watch so special and such a popular gift? It’s Apple’s first true wearable device. It tracks the wearer’s physical activity, sends alerts from your email, text messages and calendar, answers phone calls, connects with Apple Pay and so much more. The price tag for the Apple Watch starts at $349 but can go all the way up to $12,000 for the 18K gold edition. (Retail price: starting at $349)
Best gift for a music lover: Bose SoundLink Wireless Around-Ear Headphones II
The Bose SoundLink Wireless headphones combine wireless technology with best-in-class sound and comfort. The latest in Bose’s line of wireless headphones uses exclusive technology to produce a deep and immersive sound experience, as well as noise-blocking technology to help you enjoy clear phone calls, even in windy or noisy environments. These headphones also feature advanced Bluetooth technology so you can wirelessly connect to and switch between two mobile devices at a time, such as your mobile phone and tablet. (Retail price: $279.95)
Gift most likely to impress your friends: Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice command device from Amazon.com. Standing 9.25 inches tall, the Amazon Echo is a cylinder-shaped speaker that plays all your music from Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and more using just your voice and your Wi-Fi connection. Echo features hands-free convenience with voice control — it can hear you from across the room thanks to far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing.
Amazon Echo also connects with Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to answer questions, read audiobooks and news, share traffic and weather updates, provide sports scores and schedules, and more. And finally, Echo connects with other smart home technology, such as the Nest learning thermostat, to control connected devices within the home. (Retail price: $179.99)
Best Budget-Friendly Tablet: Google Nexus 9
Want to gift a tablet this year, but don’t want to spend your entire holiday shopping budget on one item? Check out the Google Nexus 9 tablet, Google’s newest tablet with an Android operating system. Constructed from Gorilla Glass, the Nexus 9 has an LCD display, dual front-facing speakers, a rear camera and a powerful 64-bit processor to easily move between tabs to check email, watch videos and update documents. (Retail price: $399, currently $294.90 on Amazon.com)
Smart Shopping Tip: Save time and money by shopping for your holiday tech gifts using Amazon Prime. Enjoy free two-day shipping on many items and additional perks for Prime members including unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. New Frontier broadband customers can enjoy one year of Amazon Prime with qualifying service!
Now that you’ve learned more about our top tech pick for 2015, what technology-inspired gifts will be at the top of your list?