The holiday shopping season is in full swing right now, meaning everyone is looking for that perfect gift idea. Considering it’s 2017, most of those are going to be some kind of technology. Who doesn’t love to unwrap a gift and find a cool gadget inside? We certainly do.
That said, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out if a particular accessory is going to work with your buddy’s/mom’s/dad’s whatever-they-have. Are those headphones going to work with her phone? Does that smart-something work with his system?
To help make this year’s shopping experience a little easier, we teamed up with Verizon and found four amazing gifts that are compatible with everyone’s smartphone or other tech, no matter who made it.
Plus, spend $200 and get a $50 prepaid MasterCard!*
A smart thermostat is one of the easiest smart home upgrades you can make because it doesn’t require an existing home control system, just Wi-Fi and a smartphone. This also makes one a great gift — no need to ask your friend if they’re a Z-Wave or Zigbee home. How do you start that conversation without sounding strange?
Nest is the clear winner when it comes to smart thermostats, and their newest model, the Nest Thermostat E, has been designed to blend naturally into the room. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s easy to install and even easier to operate, right from your smartphone.
The smartest thing about the Nest Thermostat E is that it actually learns your schedule. After just a few days of adjusting the temperature up and down, it’ll automatically create a schedule that works for you. It can even be programmed to recognize your phone’s location and then automatically adjust the temperature when you leave home.
Fitbits have been extremely popular tech gifts and this year will be no different. If you’re not familiar with them, a Fitbit is a fitness tracker that can count steps, monitor heart rate, and depending on the model, pull off a host of other amazing tricks.
The latest and greatest is the Fitbit Ionic and it does just about everything imaginable. Not only does it continuously track movement, exercise, and heart rate, it also keeps an eye on your sleep, provides step-by-step instruction for your workouts, and does it all without needing a charge for 4+ days!
The Fitbit Ionic goes a step further than previous Fitbit devices by also including a long list of smartwatch features, like call and text alerts, weather updates, music playback, contactless payments, customizable clock faces, and lots more. These features are part of a brand new app ecosystem from Fitbit, a key reason the Ionic is so special.
Considering the long list of new features in the Fitbit Ionic, it’ll make an equally fantastic gift for someone new to fitness trackers as well as the diehard Fitbit user in your life.
Portable Bluetooth® speakers are perfect gift ideas for anyone on your list. They take all that music that’s locked away behind your tiny smartphone or tablet speakers and elevates it to something so much more enjoyable.
The JBL Link 10 Voice-Activated Speaker takes all of those great features of a traditional portable speaker and kicks it up to a whole new level by fully integrating Google Assistant and Chromecast.
Google Assistant is the voice-activated personal assistant that can answer questions, control your connected devices at home, set timers and alarms, get updates on flights and travel times, and everything else you’ve come to expect from Google.
Chromecast is another Google system that allows audio streaming directly from “the cloud” so sound quality is always crystal clear and your phone doesn’t have to be anywhere near the speaker.
As part of the JBL Link 10 Voice Activated Speaker, these features mean you have the latest wonders of modern technology in a high quality, completely portable package. Add to that the fact that it’s waterproof and designed to take on the occasional party foul and you have a gift that’s sure to please.
Earphones are perfect gifts for anyone on your list. They’re portable, compact, and at least with the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, provide amazing sound and are very comfortable.
It’s obvious that Beats was after a real improvement in earphones with the Powerbeats3. A brand new ergonomic design means a much more comfortable listening experience compared to other options out there — no more loose ear tips or loss of volume.
They didn’t stop at those improvements, either. Thanks to being designed with the Apple W1 chip, the Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones have a staggering 12-hour battery life, pair to any device via Class-1 Bluetooth (super-long 300+ foot range), and support Fast Fuel charging which gives an hour of playback after just a 5-minute charge.
You get all of that in a sweat and water resistant design, making these earphones an especially great gift for the active person on your list.
We’re guessing that a good portion of the friends and family on your list this year could use that one gift for a smartphone that makes it feel brand new, all over again.
Of course, we’re talking about a case, and the kate spade new york Flexible Hardshell Case for Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a design that’s as interesting and refined as any we’ve seen. And don’t worry if you’re not buying for a Samsung Galaxy fan — this case is available for other popular phones as well, and in more styles too!
Another case we love is the Under Armour Protect Verge Case for the Google Pixel 2 phone. We’re not exaggerating when we say this is a downright amazing smartphone case. The UA Protect Verge Case has a self-healing exterior coating and passed an 8-foot drop test… onto concrete. That’s some serious protection, something Under Armour pulled off without sacrificing on style. This Under Armour Protect Verge Case for Pixel 2 makes the perfect gift for the active (or clumsy) Android-loving person on your shopping list.
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