Last week we featured five of the best tech gifts for the 2016 holiday season. This week we’ve got five more last minute tech gifts for that special someone – or maybe even for yourself.
- Custom device skins – Got a friend or family member that likes to mark their territory? Or maybe one of those friends who just likes everything they own to look extra cool? If so, a custom device skin might be just the ticket. These skins are simply vinyl decals made from the same materials as the skins you sometimes see on cars or busses that are custom cut to fit any kind of device. Skins aren’t just a gift that beautifies your devices, the rubberized surface of the skin is also protective. At a price of around $15 to $20, skins are tech gifts that are very reasonably priced, and can be customized in just about any color or texture you like. You can even create your own skin design using a photo of you or the gift recipient, or any other design of your choosing. Vendors that make custom vinyl skins include SkinIt and Slickwraps.
- Tile – Got one of those friends who’d lose their head if it wasn’t attached? Then Tile might just be one of the best techs gift ever. Tile is a system that places a tiny Bluetooth tracking device – keyfob size or the size of a credit card – on the items you don’t want to lose, such as keyrings, wallets, or even your car or bicycle. There is also an app that can be downloaded to your mobile devices that helps you find those devices and lost items. Tile is a very affordable gift, starting at under $30 for an entry level Tile pack that includes a keyfob or wallet card.
- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa - Plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa into the HDMI port of any television, connect to the Internet and immediately begin streaming movies, TV shows, music and more via streaming WiFi. Use it to access your Amazon Prime, Netflix, Sling accounts and more to watch pre-recorded or live television or other media. Better still, the new Fire Stick with Alexa is voice controlled – also comes with a handheld remote – so you can simply say, “Alexa, launch Netflix,” and the system responds instantly. This is a great gift for college students, people who travel frequently or who own multiple televisions, but may not have cable boxes or DVD players for all of them. It is portable and can be used anywhere – in your home, dorm room, hotel room or even in your office conference room. And at just $39, it’s also a very reasonably priced tech gift.
- View-Master Virtual Reality Deluxe Starter Pack – Kids from the 1970s remember the View-Master as the toy that brought images to life in stereoscopic vision. Now, the View-Master brand is bringing the world of virtual reality to the masses with its View-Master Virtual Reality Deluxe Starter Pack. Unlike other VR viewers that can cost thousands of dollars, the ViewMaster Virtual Reality Deluxe Starter Pack costs just $29. Simply insert your mobile device into the starter pack set, download the app, and be enveloped in the VR experience. A great tech gift for kids or adults.
Let us know if you decide to purchase any of these tech gifts, whether for yourself or a friend. We’d love to hear what you think!