I know its Thanksgiving when my business partner starts playing Christmas music throughout the office. But that has nothing to do with this post. It just means its time to start shopping for that tech geek in your life. Whether you're looking for something special for that friend or family member, here are 16 tech gifts you can put on your list.
1. Amazon Echo-Dot ($49.99 at Amazon)
The little sister of Amazon Echo, this gadget is essentially the next coming of Siri. With the help of Alexa, you're able "to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more," per Amazon.
2. NES Classic Edition ($59.99 at Best Buy)
One of the greatest gift finds for the gamer on your list. This plug-and-play version of the Nintendo Entertainment System comes with a controller and HDMI cable to connect to your modern TV. Once set up, you can play Super Mario Bros. and other classic games included with the system. The drawback? It's sold out pretty much everywhere. You will need good luck and timing to score this gift.
For the PC gamer on your list, this gaming mouse will suit their needs. According to PCMag, this mouse "offers an ergonomic design, seven customizable buttons, and a smooth gaming experience."
4. Fitbit Charge 2 ($149.45 at Amazon)
This new Fitbit has everything a workout enthusiast could ever need, including activity, heart rate, calorie tracking and much more, per Amazon.
5. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones ($349.00 at Amazon)
I have been using these for years and they are a must-have for anyone looking for some headphones that actually cancel outside noise. These headphones work both wired and wirelessly according to Amazon, with up to 20 hours of battery power wirelessly and 40 hours wired. Happy listening!
6. PlayStation VR ($399.00 at Amazon)
I tried this system a few weeks ago and love it. Virtual reality is making a comeback so give someone a video gaming experience they won't forget. To play, just plug the headset and PlayStation Camera into a PS4 system, and its ready to play.
7. Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player ($127.00 at Amazon)
Give someone the chance to watch YouTube, Netflix, and more in their living room with this streaming device from Roku. Per Amazon, it has "stunning 4K and HDR picture quality, along with advanced technology and features."
8. Apple Watch Series 2 ($369.00 on Apple's website)
This update to the Apple Watch has "faster performance, a brighter display, longer battery life and a new water-resistant design that you can take swimming," according to an article on Tom's Guide by Mark Spoonauer titled the 15 Hottest Gadget Gifts of the Year.
9. Acer Chromebook R 13 ($399.00 at Amazon)
This tablet/laptop combo is in such demand that Amazon has only a few in stock. It runs on the Google Chrome OS, with up to 12 hours of battery power.
10. Google Chromecast Audio ($35.00 at Best Buy)
With Google Chromecast Audio, you "can turn any speaker (with 3.5mm audio jack) into a smart wireless speaker," per PCMag. A simple, yet useful gift for anyone on your list.
11. Netflix Gift Card (starting from $25.00 at Amazon)
A gift card alone isn't technology, but it is when it gives someone the opportunity to experience Netflix. Order one on Amazon, where you can customize the gift card and give it a value between $25-$100. iTunes is also another option for your Apple lover.
12. iPhone 7 Plus ($769.00 on the Apple website)
According to Tom's Guide, the iPhone7 Plus sports a "5.5 inch screen." It also "gives you a dual-lens camera that provides true optical zoom and a mesmerizing Portrait mode."
13. Samsung Galaxy S7 Keyboard Cover ($17.99 at Amazon)
This one shows my age. If you know of anyone missing the phones of old that came with keyboards, this keyboard cover works specifically for the Galaxy S7. Once attached, just type away like it's 2005.
14. Olloclip's 4-in-1 Lens ($79.99 at Olloclip)
For the photographer on your list, these lens clip to both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and turn it into a real camera. According to PopSugar, "the lens includes fish-eye, wide-angle, and 10x and 15x macro options."
15. Xbox One S ($334.12 on Amazon)
According to Tom's Guide, this video game system is small but packs a lot of power. The Xbox One S "plays 4K video and supports games in high dynamic range." It also "doubles as [a] 4K Blu-ray player."
16. Jabra SPEAK 510 ($179.95 on Amazon)
I used one of these for the first time a few months on a business trip. I loved it. If you make lots of conference calls from your cell phone you will like this product.