The 7 Best Tech Gifts to Buy for Seniors in 2018

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Buying a tech gift for seniors doesn’t mean something as boring and cliche as a phone with large buttons. New technology is coming out every year that is easier to use and makes life better in meaningful ways, whether it is helping with health or making music more enjoyable. So if you are looking for a present that is fun, practical, or a little bit of both, these gifts for older folks won't disappoint.

Best for Memory: Tile Mate Combo Pack

If the person you’re shopping for regularly misplaces their keys or phone, then this combo pack will be an indispensable aid against forgetfulness. The slender white squares can slide right in a wallet, be clipped to keys or can even be placed in a car’s glove box. If you have your phone and an item is out of sight, your phone will lead you right to it. When you can’t find your phone, you just double tap your Tile to make it ring, even if it’s on silent. The Tile is as simple as can be: no battery to replace, it's easy to attach to anything and very friendly to set up. It can even be used to help find stolen items, making it a great safeguard against theft, as well as forgetfulness.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best key finders

Best Wearable: Garmin Forerunner 230

Garmin simplifies the digital experience with the Forerunner 230. The device reads audio prompts that connect to your smartphone, keeping track of calls, text messages, calendar reminders and more, even if your phone is not around. This is a great organizing tool that unites the disparate elements of life in the digital age in a simple device. The 44 percent larger screen size shows the notifications in easy-to-read LED, featuring text that is larger than the average smartphone. The Garmin Forerunner 230 also functions as a health monitor, showing heart rate, keeping track of activity and counting steps throughout the day. The reminders to exercise and progress on movement make it easier to step into a consistent exercise routine.

Best Phone Accessory: Veckle Car Mount Cell Phone Holder

The rise of smartphone GPS has revolutionized the way people travel, allowing them to explore further from their home without unfolding maps or stopping for directions. But it can be hard to keep track of directions when your phone is on the seat next to you. That’s where car mounts come in handy, propping your phone up and keeping the map open in a safe viewing space.

Veckle makes a variety of effective models that are suited to fit your specific needs. One option plugs directly into the CD player and grips the phone, holding it in place. Another uses powerful magnets and connects to an air vent, keeping your CD player free and making the phone easy to disconnect. All models have universal compatibility with all smartphones and have 360 swivel access.

Read more reviews of the best cell phone holders available to purchase online. 

Best Phone: Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The Samsung Galaxy J7 has everything a smartphone needs in 2017 without being loaded down by expensive extras. It is a practical and reliable smartphone that is sure to please even the most skeptical critic. It has a sharp 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with adjustable font size and striking clarity for images and text. 32GB memory plus expandable storage make it easy to store photos of loved ones and apps, while 3GB RAM and a 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 processor reduce annoying load time and lag. The phone also comes with a nice 13MP camera that takes excellent pictures to preserve memories, a fun feature that is easy to learn. The phone comes in an attractive and durable metal body that looks great and is comfortable to hold. 

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best cell phones for seniors

Best Computer Monitor: HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor

It is easy to forget to upgrade your computer monitor once you’ve gotten used to it. But if you know someone who has had the same monitor for over a decade, a new upgrade will be a much-appreciated gift that they didn’t even know they needed. The latest HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor is a great value that will make any desktop computer owner happy. It is full HD with micro-edge IPS, delivering an ultra-wide viewing experience that looks great whether you are watching movies or just checking e-mail. Better yet, the monitor is adjustable to workspaces and makes ergonomics a priority, allowing you to tilt the screen and make height and pivot adjustments.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best computer monitors

Best Camera: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

This camera combines amazing photo quality with easy-to-use functionality that makes it the perfect camera for seniors. It is a point and shoot camera, meaning you just have to turn the camera on, point it in the right direction and press the button. But then the 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor takes over to produce stunning high resolution photos. The high ISO speeds capture low-light shots with minimal noise allowing for freedom to shoot in increased situations, while the bright aperture value of f/1.8 at wide angle and f/2.8 when zoomed to 4.2x gives incredible definition and focus. The camera also records video in 1080p and features Intelligent IS to help automatically adjust for and eliminate any shake or blurriness as a result of the user. It shoots up to continuous 8 fps.

Best Home Audio: Sonos PLAY:1

Sonos is a simple, but elegant home audio solution that will transform any home with the beauty of high fidelity audio. The PLAY:1 is a smaller component of the larger Sonos ecosystem, which is comprised of a variety of different speakers. But the PLAY:1 also acts as a stand-alone device that can fill any room with rich and deep sound. It is easy to set up, too, taking less than five minutes to sync with Wi-Fi and connect to your smart devices. Use any streaming app or digital collection of music to play and Trueplay Speaker Tuning will automatically adjust to perfect acoustics for your setup. Two Class-D amps and custom-built drivers round out the unique acoustic construction of this device, making it a great gift for anyone who appreciates music.

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