Whether it’s basic or hi-tech, technology is just plain cool. It makes our everyday lives easier and adds new dimensions to fun and entertainment. Hi-tech doesn’t mean impossible to figure out, either, which makes tech a great gift for nearly anyone.
Here are some of our favorite tech gifts for home, for play, and for the kitchen, to help you complete your holiday shopping and give the gift of unexpected, awesome new experiences.
Whether it’s the GoPro Hero+ or another GoPro model, both kids and adults will quickly become addicted to the different view of the world you get with this mountable camera you can wear. Its compact size, video quality, LCD screen and features won’t let you down, especially the waterproof models. From a simpler model to the Pro versions, there’s a GoPro suited for everyone on your list.
May the force be with you this holiday season with the Star Wars-inspired, app-enabled BB-8 Droid. BB-8 is a toy, but one that’s pretty fun for all ages. This robot is controlled by your smartphone or tablet, and has an “adaptive personality” that changes the more you use it. For that innovation and feature alone, it’s a gift worth giving and having roam the floors of your house.
Nest is a company that makes programmable, important products for your home. Currently their line includes thermostats, smoke detectors, and cameras. Imagine having a futuristic "smart home" today. Nest, which was quickly bought by Google, makes having a smart home affordable, and their innovation and product line will only grow from here.
The Smoking Gun is a compact smoker for your kitchen that infuses a smoky flavor into your food, opening the possibilities beyond meat to everyone. This could be big for BBQ fans who want their fix without having to wait for the grill or smoker to heat up. Hickory? Apple? We haven’t tested this yet, but the idea of it is making us hungry enough to give it a try.
Camera quality by smartphone manufacturers is debatable and subjective, but one thing’s for sure - it’s easier than ever before to capture professional-quality photos with our phones. The Olloclip 4-in-1 lens is lightweight, stable, and enhances the field of view of the iPhone camera which is a game changer when taking selfies, scenic and group shots. Teenagers will especially like this because its lenses are easy to change out, it integrates well with other apps, and works with both the front-facing and rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 6 series.
Polaroid Pic-300 Instant Film Camera
Polaroid has dusted off its cameras and is en vogue among kids, teens, college students and adults with its Polaroid Pic-300 camera. The Pic-300 gives you instant fun with its instant photographs. You can now pass these unforgettable photos from your childhood down to our kids, complete with plain or decorative borders. (Discover more options with Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Film, which is compatible with the Pic-300.) Polaroid’s camera also comes in fun colors. You pay a price for immediate and fun, however. The good news is it doesn’t drain batteries quickly, but the film for the Pic-300 is not cheap. Photo paper equates to about $2 per photo on average, however you can find a good price break when you buy bulk-packs like these on Amazon.