Words by Tina Del Villar
Smack in the middle of the Christmas rush, and still looking for meaningful gifts? Got a flexible budget, but worried about how traffic and mall-hopping will bring it all down?
This Christmas, you have the option to scour for good finds online instead of in brick-and-mortar stores and unbox your would-be gifts in the comforts of your own home. For starters, you’ve got a slew of good choices available in online marketplaces like Lazada, Shoppee, and the Facebook Marketplace, and these include numerous options on gadgets and tech products. However, if you want to make sure that you are buying authentic and warranty-backed products, consider purchasing from tech e-commerce hub Poundit, which specializes in a wide variety of tech and consumer electronics.
Indeed, gadgets are among the most ideal Christmas gifts for family members, good friends, and other recipients you have special relationships with. After all, they can last the whole year round, they’re a boon to everyday living, and giving your loved ones what they need will definitely convey the value they have to you. Set your sights on shopping online, and pick among these electronic and tech products for the ideal stocking stuffer.
A new smartphone
If you have any loved ones who are of teenage and upwards, consider if their tech consumption habits change come to the New Year? Are they starting a new phase of school or work, and will their reliance on apps, data, and open lines of communication increase? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it may be time to stuff a stocking with a new smartphone.
Luckily, the smartphone age is at the cusp of its evolution. Many high-performance yet affordable models are available from your favorite brands, such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Asus, and Xiaomi; choose according to your budget and the features you know your loved ones would benefit from.
If you want to save even more money when purchasing a new smartphone, make sure to take advantage of the sales promotions and discount vouchers that are typically offered by online retailers during the Christmas holidays.
A hardy action camera
Action cameras are among the most popular of high-investment gadget gifts, as they’re specially made to film high-octane footages while taking a beating and being waterproof at the same time. If any of your loved ones are avid trekkers, divers, rock climbers, skydivers, surfers, or would just appreciate an awesome new implement to record their special moments with, then you can pool your funds toward getting a new action camera. Your best bet is to check out models from a respected brand, like GoPro, which recently launched the now very popular GoPro Hero 7 Black.
A USB OTG device for on-the-go data access
Our daily lives are now governed by data, and we can never have too much of it. A highly practical gift option that your recipient will thank you for is a USB OTG (on-the-go) memory device, which can be used directly with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Give them a chance to store and transfer files of all kinds instantaneously, without the worry of not having enough space.
A charging cable or two
You can delve into accessories as gifts, too, and a universally handy option is a charging cable that actually lasts. There’s a chance that your recipient killed off one or two charging cables this year, so they’ll most likely be grateful for a replacement. Observe which smartphone or tablet brand your would-be recipient owns, and pick out a cable with a micro-USB, USB Type-C, or Lightning adapter to match.
A power bank to power through their daily tasks
“My battery will last me through the whole day,” said no one ever. So any of your gift recipients would be pleased to get an extra battery charging device fresh out of the box. Appease their worry of draining their gadget batteries too fast, and not having a socket within reach to plug into. Choose among the different sizes, colors, shapes, and power capacities that are available from brands such as Xiaomi, Asus, and Romoss.
A new pair of in-ear headphones
Your loved ones won’t say no to receiving some new ear candy this Christmas. Stock a stuffing or two with a pair of in-ear headphones for an optimum private listening experience. In particular, you might want to choose a variety that has an active noise-canceling feature. These will be great for travel, for work, or just an interrupted experience of listening to music, movies, and TV shows, and audiobooks.
If you’re looking to add another layer of surprise and excitement to your gift-giving activities this holiday season, you might also want to explore the Christmas mystery box promos offered by some retailers. You can purchase a box at a price tier you want, and leave it up to the retailer to fill it up with items whose collective value is equivalent to the price tier you chose. Naturally, if you’d rather choose the products you want, then purchasing them individually is probably the better option for you.
There you have it—a miniature catalog of gift options that would make great stocking stuffers this Christmas. Good luck on beating the Christmas rush, and have a blast while shopping for the ones you love!
Tina, the author, is an ordinary woman who grew up in a province known to be a culinary capital in the Philippines – Pampanga! She finds joy, comfort, and peace in cooking. She also enjoys seeing other people happy when they are trying her home-cooked meals. Follow her and her journey to providing bursting flavors to ordinary home-cooked meals. Let’s cook!