It’s that time of year again when Halloween is over and the mad rush towards the holiday gift-giving seasons begins.
In 2019, 74% of U.S. adults planned to purchase technology for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa gifts during the holiday season. Some of the top categories of technology gifts included:
- Headphones/earbuds (58%)
- Portable wireless speakers (43%)
- Smartphones (41%)
- Televisions (39%)
- Smart speaker/voice assistants (38%)
- Digital media streaming devices (38%)
- Laptops or tablets (37%)
- Smartwatches (36%)
This year has definitely been one where technology has ruled as people have depended on it to stay connected, stay working, stay in school, and stay entertained. The pandemic impact on our lives will most likely cause even more technology-related gifts to be given and received this year.
We’ve taken a look at the technology landscape to find the coolest new technology gifts out there. Don’t forget that for any new computers or laptops, you can get Cloud Care from Pro Tech Guy to keep them protected!
Hot New Technology Gifts for 2020
PlayStation®5 Game Console
One of the most exciting game consoles coming out this holiday season is the PlayStation®5. It’s launching November 12, 2020 and promises tons of great games along with it.
Some of the promoted benefits are a lightning-fast SSD, deeper immersion with haptic feedback, and 3D audio.
Echo Dot (4th Gen) Kids Edition
Last holiday season, Amazon came out with an Echo glowing lamp designed for kids. This year, they have a cute animal themed Echo Dot that looks like a panda or tiger.
The device is expected to be in stock on November 22, 2020. It includes features such as parental controls, kid-friendly content, and multiple layers of privacy protection.
Apple Watch Series 6
Wearables are always a popular technology gift, and Apple just keeps giving the Apple Watch more capabilities to turn it into a little computer on your wrist.
The Series 6 version allows you to take an ECG anytime, no matter where you are. And another timely feature that’s helpful for a virus that attacks blood oxygen is the ability to take your blood oxygen level with the watch and a special app.
Smartphone UV Sanitizer
If you’re looking for COVID-19 safe gifts, this next one might be just what you’ve been wanting to give someone. The PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer neutralizes bacteria on your smart phone while charging it at the same time.
A timely gift in 2020 and one that sanitizes “99.99% of germs,” will fit all smartphones and most case sizes, and still allows you to hear calls and notifications.
Furbo Dog Camera
Do you have a pet lover on your holiday gift list? Then you may want to look into the Furbo Dog Camera. This interactive web cam is designed specially for dogs and even allows you to remotely give them a treat.
Some of the alert features include a dog selfie alert, dog activity alert, and person alert. The camera is designed to be both fun and a security tool.
Yeti by Blue Microphones
With video conferencing use hitting an all-time high this year due to the pandemic, many people are looking at ways they can sound better when on video calls or when doing other recording activities.
One of the top-rated USB microphones is Yeti. The mic promises studio-quality sound, and can be used for a variety of activities such as online meetings, podcasting, music recording, Twitch streaming, and more.
Earbuds are another popular tech gift. No one wants to have to wear a heavy headset on their head for a long Zoom call when earbuds are much more sleek and stylish.
One of the most popular brands is Apple’s AirPods Pro. They have Active Noise Cancellation, a transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings, and are designed for all-day comfort.
ViewSonic M1+ Wireless Projector
Many people have been missing going to the movies this year due to the pandemic, which makes the perfect family gift a projector that allows families to show movies in their backyards.
The ViewSonic M1+ wireless projector is portable and works with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to easily stream movies from a computer to the projector. The device has a smart stand for 360-degree projection and dual integrated Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers.
For any budding artists on your gift list that have an iPad, a great gift, that’s just become more useful due to Adobe, is the Apple Pencil. It’s got more precision than other stylus devices, including tilt and pressure sensitivity.
The reason it has become more useful to any artists is that Adobe recently unveiled Photoshop for iPad and Fresco, an iPad painting application that allows you to use realistic oil and watercolor brush looks digitally. Apple Pencil gives illustrators and other digital artists the control they need to use these apps to the fullest.
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