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The age-old question of what to buy for someone who seems to have everything becomes further complicated when that someone is into the latest tech. You want wonderful gifts for the special people on your list, and you want them to be enjoyed, valued, and unexpected. Something they wouldn’t buy for themselves, and maybe even a total surprise. That takes a bit of research.
We did some of the work for you, and we present a list of ideas we hope will be helpful. Some are practical, such as the travel adapters, portable keyboard, Dell monitor, and phone sanitizer/charger. Something to make life more convenient is always appreciated. We also came up with a few suggestions to make hobbies more enjoyable, like a top of the line golf rangefinder, GoPro, drone, and the latest Nikon camera.
Toys for all ages include the Nintendo Switch and Oculus VR headset, and for music lovers, we suggest a high-quality portable speaker and comfortable neck speaker. The latest iPhone and iPad are there as welcome upgrades for those who haven’t taken that step yet. Fitness fans will appreciate the Peloton Tread for a home gym and the new Fitbit watch. The Furbo Dog Nanny will make it easier for pet parents to leave their dogs at home alone.
For someone who hasn’t yet discovered the convenience of an e-reader, we included the latest Kindle from Amazon. We describe a digital frame with quality that goes beyond the usual and also displays works of art along with photos. A splurge perhaps, but one that will be appreciated, is the Sony OLED TV, demonstrating the amazing progress that has been made in television displays.
As you browse this list of gift ideas, we hope you’ll find some that fit the style of the special people you’ll be shopping for. It’s time to get a head start so you’ll be relaxed and serene when the holidays arrive.
World Travel Adapter Plug Kit by Ceptics
Travelers will appreciate having an electrical plug adapter for every country without having to research and buy a separate one for each trip. This kit contains interchangeable adapters that snap easily into the unit with two U.S. standard 2 or 3-prong outlets, 2 USB ports, and one micro USB cable, creating a convenient charging center. With built-in surge protection, it’s compatible with dual voltage devices including iPad, iPhone, and laptop chargers. (It is not a voltage converter)
To buy: ceptics.com, $28
Bose Soundwear Companion Wireless Wearable Speaker
These Bluetooth speakers rest comfortably on your shoulders, so the sound is easy to hear even at low volumes, while you’re still aware of your surroundings. For cyclists, runners, and even streetwear, it’s important for maximum safety. For many, the wearable speaker is simply more comfortable than headphones and easier to keep track of than wireless earbuds. Take phone calls, ask Siri a question, or listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. The unit is weather resistant, and covers come in a choice of colors.
To buy: bose.com, $300
Smartphone UV Sanitizer/Charger by PhoneSoap
You don’t have to be a germaphobe to think about the bacteria and viruses our phones gather all day. The PhoneSoap 3 uses UVC technology to kill germs while charging. An extra USB port allows you to charge an additional device at the same time. PhoneSoap 3 comes in a range of attractive colors, and a rechargeable battery-powered version, PhoneSoap Go, is available for travel. It also serves as a power bank for device charging on the go.
To buy: phonesoap.com, $80
Portable Bluetooth Speaker by Bang & Olufsen
The beautifully designed lunchbox-shaped Beolit 17 is made of anodized aluminum with a full-grain leather handle and rubber coating on top and bottom for great looks and durability. It delivers clean, authentic sound with 240 watts of power and 360 degree sound dispersion with up to 24 hours of wireless play. Weighing in at around six pounds, the speaker comes in natural, pink, or stone gray. For great sound quality and easy setup with the Bang & Olufsen app, this portable speaker is a hit.
To buy: bang-olufsen.com, $500
iPhone 11 Pro by Apple
For someone who always keeps up with the latest, this new iPhone is in that category—at least for a good while. In two sizes and four finishes (gold, space gray, silver, and midnight green), this phone boasts an all-screen OLED multi-touch display. Its three cameras provide for telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra-wide-angle lenses with night mode and special portrait options. 4K video and advanced editing options create unparalleled action shots.
To buy: apple.com, $600 (trade-in discount)
Yes, it’s a machine designed for exercise, but it’s on the tech gift list because it’s not your ordinary treadmill. There’s a 32” 1080 pixel HD touchscreen, a 20-watt soundbar with digital signal processing, USB charging for wireless headphones, WiFi connectivity, and Bluetooth audio ready for external devices. Users can participate in live walking, running, cardio, and strength training classes as well as track their performance with in-depth metrics for motivation.
To buy: onepeloton.com, $4,295
Folding Bluetooth Keyboard and Case by Plugable
This full-size keyboard is the perfect accessory when you want to travel light, but you still need to answer emails, create documents, or browse the internet. Compatible with Android, IOS, and Windows, the keyboard pairs easily, and its USB-charged battery lasts for weeks of normal use. The keyboard folds and comes in a case that transforms into a stand for phone or tablet creating a convenient mini work center.
To buy: plugable.com, $75
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader by Amazon
Sure, we know that holding an actual book is a tactile pleasure and an honorable tradition, but for traveling or reading in bed, a lightweight e-reader with adjustable text sizing and backlighting is a major convenience. This new model is even waterproof for safe reading in a bathtub or pool, and you can’t say that about a book. The new Kindle is the thinnest one yet, with glare-free display and twice the storage. Pair with an Audible book and either read or listen as you seamlessly switch back and forth.
To buy: amazon.com, $180
Oculus Quest All-in-One Gaming Headset
Completely portable, with no PC required, this system is easy to set up and play anywhere. Built-in sensors translate your movements and gestures into VR, and you can play sitting or standing in large or small spaces. The Oculus Guardian System remembers the boundaries of your space for safety. Get into the middle of action games, competitions, movement, travel, sports, and more with realistic sights, sounds, and a variety of apps and games.
To buy: oculus.com, $499.00 (128 GB)
GoPro Hero 7 Black
Create super smooth videos with image stabilization on this new GoPro and gorgeous still shots with SuperPhoto. It’s waterproof down to a depth of 33 feet for great underwater shots. GoPro responds to voice commands or records tags. Stream to Facebook Live, YouTube, or share with friends as you record. Get creative with time lapse, and enjoy improved sound with Advanced Wind Noise Reduction and the available professional microphone accessory.
To buy: gopro.com, $329
Nikon Z-7 Mirrorless Camera
This is the top of the line in the new Z Series, with lightweight mirrorless design, full-frame lens mount, and advanced auto focus capability that includes eye detection auto focus for portrait shots. Electronic viewfinder, deep grip for handling, comfortable ergonomic button placement, WiFi, Bluetooth, and intuitive touch screen make picture taking and sharing easy. EXPEED 6, advanced Nikon image processing, provides exceptional image quality, even in low-light. Enjoy full-frame 4K HD videos, time lapse, or slow motion effects.
To buy: nikonusa.com, $2,699-$3,400 (camera body)
Furbo Dog Nanny
The newest addition to the Furbo line of dog cameras adds 24-hour event based cloud recording, “doggie diary,” and additional alerts to the features of the basic Furbo Dog Camera. Listen to and speak to your pup, toss treats, and watch via the 160 degree wide HD camera with night vision via WiFi and convenient smartphone app. Owners get alerts when the dog is barking, an opportunity to control the behavior and a plus for home security.
To buy: shopus.furbo.com, $249
Leonora Digital Canvas by Meural
More than just a digital picture frame, this 27” HD 1080 pixel display is a showpiece for your vacation memories, family shots, or any photos that are too beautiful to just stay on your phone or your camera’s SD card. Upload, crop, filter, and show your photos at their best on the anti-glare screen with TrueArt technology that renders images textured and lifelike. Compatible with iOS, Android, and Alexa, its WiFi connectivity also supports video. Unlimited access to more than 40,000 works of art is available with separately purchased Meural membership.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $595
EVO Aerial Drone by Autel
Lots of fun, but more than a toy, this drone is a compact folding unit equipped with a powerful camera that records 4K video up to 60 frames per second and wide range photos at 12 megapixels. Advanced computer vision systems and sensors ensure obstacle avoidance and accurate landings. Flight times up to 30 minutes and a range of 4.3 miles make it versatile for recording your adventures. Its remote controller features a 3.3 inch OLED screen for flight information or video feed.
To buy: autledrones.com, $1,049
77” OLED Master Series Smart TV by Sony
Surprise someone with the latest in smart TV’s. OLED is one of the newest technologies in the ever-evolving world of televisions, offering lifelike colors, brightness, sharp detail, and absolute black. Sony’s powerful video processor creates natural-looking pictures, and its unique Acoustic Surface Audio ensures precise, clear sound. Log in to Google for access to apps, games, content, and Google Assistant. Use Apple AirPlay to stream wirelessly from your phone, iPad, or Mac to the big screen.
To buy: crutchfield.com, $4,998
Approach Z80 Golf Rangefinder by Garmin
If a golf enthusiast is on your gift list, be sure to consider this accurate laser rangefinder with full-color 2-D CourseView mapping. Image stabilization reduces shakiness, and the Green View feature shows the front and back distance. PlaysLike Distance feature makes adjustments based on uphill or downhill slope. It’s pre-loaded with more than 41,000 courses worldwide and weighs only eight ounces. It has a 15-hour battery life and recharges via USB cable.
To buy: buy.garmin.com, $600
Fitbit Versa 2, Health & Fitness Smartwatch
This new addition to the Fitbit line includes Amazon Alexa, 24/7 heart rate tracking, Sleep Score, guided breathing sessions, and over 15 exercise modes, in addition to tracking steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, and more. Receive call, text, and calendar notifications when your smartphone is nearby. It’s swimproof for pool workouts, and its screen is bright and durable.
To buy: fitbit.com, $180
This game console is for players who want to take it with them—it’s completely portable, transforming from home console to portable system. Its three modes make it flexible, with TV mode for at home, tabletop for a multiplayer game, or handheld, with its controllers attached. Use it with one controller or two, vertical or horizontal, controllers attached or detached. Choose Switch games from a huge and growing collection.
To buy: nintendo.com, $300
iPad 10.2 inch by Apple
Surprise an Apple product fan with the newest iPad, available 9/30/19, featuring a larger 10.2-inch Retina display and amazing capabilities. Use the onscreen keyboard or full-size Smart Keyboard and have fun with Apple Pencil for writing, drawing, signing, and more. With its A10 Fusion chip, edit 4K video or play graphics-intensive games. Its built-in FaceTime HD camera and 8 MP back camera provide great photos, videos, document scanning, and AR experiences.
To buy: apple.com, from $329
UltraSharp 32” 4K USB Monitor by Dell
For someone who sits at a desktop computer most of the day, a new monitor would be a great treat. This one provides realistic colors, sharp images, and clear details with reduced blue light emissions for eye comfort. With borderless display, this monitor swivels, pivots, tilts, and adjusts easily to the desired height. Picture in Picture (PIP) and Picture by Picture (PBP) make it easy to view input from two sources for convenient multitasking.
To buy: dell.com, $840