Wondering what best tech gifts to get your favorite techie friend or loved one? We asked the Get Online NOLA team what’s on their holiday wish list for the best in tech 2017, and their answers did not disappoint. From gadgets your grandma could use to the best of toddler distraction devices, we’ve got some great gift finds.
Use this incredibly inexpensive cardboard box to make any smartphone into a VR viewer. Download the free Google Cardboard app and scan the QR code printed on the viewer then open the flap and put your phone inside.
No lie, this works every time.
If you didn’t giggle, you probably don’t use technology much. You can purchase this shirt in pretty much any color (although we are partial to “Steve Jobs” black).
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
With this robot and some handy apps, your kids can learn to program while they play! It’s even compatible with LEGO and LEGO Technic bricks, so it can grow with your child. Dash Robot was winner of the 2015 National Parenting Gold, on the Time to Play Magazine 2015 Holiday Most Wanted List, and Opening Minds Innovation for Schools, ISTE Best of Show for Schools awards.
Belkin Wireless Charging Pad
This is pretty handy for the absent minded techi in your life. Charge your Qi-enabled smartphone or device using Qi-certified transmitting coils to deliver charge to your phone wirelessly by induction. Never look for your charging cable again!
Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard
Compatible with Windows and Apple products, wirelessly connect to your device using Bluetooth. If you’re working on the go or in a coffee shop, you’re covered. The keyboard is water repellant and one charge can last up to 3 months!
Voyager Leather Tech Backpack by Tumi
This is definitely an investment piece, but worth every penny if you travel with your job. Small enough to fit under your seat as a personal item, with pockets for your laptop, charging cords, headphones, and more. The leather construction and 5-year warranty are designed to stand up to your travels.
Bose Wireless Headphones
The EQ-best-in-class performance for wireless headphones uses dual Bluetooth connectivity to let you watch a movie and stay connected to your smartphone. The Microphone system lets you send clear HD audio even in windy conditions!
Raspberry Pi is a powerful credit card-sized computer capable of a vast array of computing projects. Anything from a video game console to solving real-world problems like monitoring air quality. The community-based company provides programming and digital creation resources to children and adults alike.
HEXBUG is a line of micro robotic creatures that help children have an early and positive experience with robots. Some of the bugs are so life-like, they could even fool your pet!
Clocky Moving Alarm Clock
Don’t let time escape you! Wake up to this delightfully annoying alarm clock that takes off as the alarm sounds so you have to get out of bed. Never be late again.
Tile – Anything Finder
Buy this for someone who always loses their keys/wallet/purse/anything. Literally, find anything using the built-in Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone. They’re waterproof, have a range radius of up to 200 ft, and they beep LOUDLY when locating your lost item.
Google Home Mini
Get all of your searchable questions answered just by saying “Hey Google”. If you’re a big fan of Google for Business and Google Apps like us, you’ll find this immensely helpful. Get everything from a detailed schedule of your day to the latest weather predictions, all without glancing at your phone.
Smartphone Camera Lens from Moment
A perfect gift for the avid Instagrammer in your life, this lens from Moment strikes the perfect balance between quality and affordability. Originally designed for iPhone 5, this telephoto lens captures more intimate shots of people, nature, and travel scenes. Its 60mm focal length will get you closer so you don’t have to rely on grainy digital zoom.
Nintendo released their new hybrid gaming console earlier this year in response to the demand for mobility with a nod to the old school. At home, the console is connected to the TV, but the wireless controllers can be used with a tablet or any LCD display to take the game on the road. Games for the Switch are available for all age ranges and interests, with educational kids games, sports games like FIFA, Madden and NBA 2K, and of course, your favorite Super Mario classics.