So what happened to last year’s hatchimals? And what is going to replace those this year? What do your parents want as gifts, really? It is that time of the year when there are only two questions on everyone’s mind: what do I buy? And how much is it going to cost? Why not leave behind the clichés this year and go the tech route? Here is a list of the coolest gadgets you can lay your hands on right now without breaking the bank.
If you don’t own a streaming device yet, wait no further! There are now a wide range of devices available on this platform though Amazon Fire Stick with its voice controlled remote and Google Chromecast are best known. But the fact is almost all streaming devices are under $100, most are under $50 and all are known to do their job effectively. Catch your favourite shows and movies on your favourite platforms – be it Amazon, Netflix or Hulu and also many more smaller and lesser known apps exclusive to each device.
Forget the days when you dismissed fitness trackers as an expensive indulgence. Now you can get most of the advanced features like sleep analysis and heart rate monitoring on trackers under $100. They can also monitor different movements including gym repetitions and swimming strokes. You can even get one with LED lights that indicate your progress towards your daily fitness goal. You can snag a cool tracker from $20 upwards.
Object tracker tiles
This is one of our favourite gadgets of the season – those cool sleek tiles that help you solve the mystery of where you forgot your keys – or your mobile phone! The tile is attached to the key ring (or whatever object you most frequently misplace) and long range Bluetooth tracking allows you to locate the item which lets out a loud beep if you are within range of it. And the reverse – if it is your mobile you can’t locate, pressing a button on the tile makes your mobile ring. Get relief from the stress of misplaced items at less than $50.
Virtual Reality is the entertainment of the future! Sure there are limited options in content right now but you know that is a field that is going to explode. So why not take that first step and get your hands on a virtual reality headset? Ditch the DIYs and invest in one of mid-range headsets that offer a great entry level experience for before you venture into higher end models at a later date. For now you can try out various models from $70 upwards.
Is there anyone out there who hasn’t run out of battery power on their phone at a critical juncture? Our lives have been taken over by devices that run on battery power – from our phones to our tablets, Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Multi USB port chargers can save you from the bother of lining up gadgets to be charged one after the other. You can get yourself a six-pronged USB charger for under $30.
Think of someone whose life could be better with these cool and affordable gadgets. They will not only thank you for the gift, you will also gain brownie points for the most thoughtful and useful gifts this season!