What type of tech gift-giver are you?
In 2018, it’s a safe bet that several items on your loved ones’ holiday wish lists come in telltale rectangular boxes and include chargers. If you want to be remembered as a thoughtful gift-giver, you simply can’t go wrong with the digital device route. Thankfully, Best Buy is here to lend a hand when it comes to selecting the perfect tech accessory for that special someone.
This year, instead of fretting over the various “buckets” of recipients — “the golf aficionado” or “the frequent traveler” — take a moment to consider your own style of gift-giving. Selecting a present that’s uniquely “you” is a surefire way to stand out from the crowd this season.
Which of the below gift-giving buckets do you fit into?
The Early Adopter Evangelist
You jumped on the smart home and “quantified self” bandwagon when the concepts were little more than fodder for niche Reddit threads. You had a fitness tracker on your wrist months before anybody else in your gym. Naturally, you’re set on encouraging everyone from the next-door neighbors to grandma and grandpa to get on your early adopter wavelength. After all, somebody has to inspire the Luddites to keep up with the times. Here are a few gifts you’re likely to give this year.
The Bose Soundbar 700 is an ideal gift for any audiophile or smart home enthusiast. A stunning combination of elegant design and exceptional sound means you can experience every twist and turn of your favorite bingeable show or live music playlist as if you were part of the action. This model comes with Amazon’s Alexa built-in for easy, voice-activated access to your favorite music, movies, and more.
Anything below 4K quality is so 2017. The Samsung QLED 4K is the latest in the line of simply exquisite displays from the brand. Ambient Mode on this model also seamlessly turns the TV into a piece of wall décor when you’re not actively watching anything. With gripping 4K picture, incredible color, and detail you won’t believe until you see, this is a gift that's sure to awe and delight the whole family.
Samsung’s newest device comes equipped with a slew of fancy features, not to mention a larger edge-to-edge display than any of its predecessors. The device is compatible with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and it’s also available in an unlocked version. The Note9 steals the show when it comes to sound quality, storage capacity, and battery life: All-day power means those days of scrambling for an outlet at the coffee shop or airport are over. Pssst: The Cloud Silver edition of the Note9 is only available at Best Buy, so be sure to stop by and snag one of these beauties ASAP.
The Gift-Giver Who “Wins” The Holidays
To you, giving isn’t just a way to show appreciation for your friends and family — it’s a competitive sport. You’ve perfected the art of gifting items that your loved ones would never splurge on for themselves, but are always thrilled to unwrap. Your gifts are highly anticipated items — you’ve set the bar high in previous years. This year, choose from one of the below options to keep your spotless reputation intact.
The DJI Mavic Air quadcopter is an ideal first drone. The device can practically fly itself with a range of intelligent, pre-set modes, and can be controlled easily with a series of intuitive hand gestures. A collapsible design and 4K quality video makes this drone a wonderful addition to any frequent traveler’s carry-on or amateur photographer’s kit.
When it comes to home ambiance, lighting is everything. With the Philips Hue starter kit, your home can become a stage for just about any activity. Play around with white and colored lights, ambiance effects, and more to create the ideal environment for a home theater, game room, or get-together. You can control everything conveniently from your phone, and the starter kit contains three bulbs, a bridge, and a dimmer switch.
Hipster coffee shops, eat your heart out. This special edition brewer from Keurig makes it easy to create café-quality concoctions from the comfort of home. Choose from your favorite selection of K-Cup pods and navigate the machine’s simple controls to make cappuccinos, lattes, iced coffee, and more. This model’s attractive design will complement any kitchen aesthetic, and comes with a dishwasher-safe milk-frother for adding oomph to your caffeinated creations.
The Pragmatist Gift-Giver
You give gifts with the long-game in mind. Your gifts may not be the flashiest, but they’re the ones that your friends and family call you months later gushing about. From practical home items to wearables and more, here are a few devices that will become staples in the homes and lives of the lucky recipients on your list.
Versatility is a key part any practical gift — and the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has it in spades. This device fits seamlessly into every element of your life, from the daily commute to vacation. And, with Windows Ink capabilities, you can write yourself notes, doodle, sketch, and more, tapping into your creative and productive sides. That’s enough to keep anyone inspired and streamlined.
You never knew it was possible to fall in love with a vacuum before your first Dyson. Now, the Cyclone V10 Absolute will take your relationship to new heights. This cord-free vacuum is powerful enough to tackle dust and debris on any floor surface that needs a little love. The design has multiple attachments for hard-to-reach cleaning. It also transforms to a handheld for stairs or even your car!
Fitness trackers have come a long way in the past few years, and the Fitbit Versa proves just how attractive these handy devices have become. The black aluminum body complements any wearer’s style — and you can even swap out the watch face, lending versatility to this exceptionally practical wearable. The watch is water-resistant and comes equipped with all the Fitbit features you know and love, including a heart-rate monitor.
If you’re a smart home aficionado on a first-name basis with your devices, you already understand the practicality of home helpers like Alexa, Google, and Siri. A few of this year’s most popular models include Google’s Home Hub and Amazon’s Echo Spot, as well as Facebook’s recent foray into the arena with Portal. The Google Home Mini and the full-sized Amazon Echo also make excellent options for those seeking a little virtual help around the house. Peruse Best Buy’s extensive selection of voice assistant devices to find the right fit for anyone on your list.
If you’re stuck on what to give your loved ones this year, look no further: Best Buy is your one-stop shop for all things gizmos, gadgets, and gifts this holiday season. Browse through hundreds of home-run gift ideas online, or stop by your local Best Buy store today.