The 2016 holiday shopping season is in full swing. That means people want to know which tech products they should be giving this season. The list of best tech gadgets gets more impressive every year -- and this year is full of options that will make any person on your list happy.
We’ve compiled a list of the most popular gift ideas for the tech lover in your life. It includes drones, cameras, Smarthome products, smartphones, wearables and other game-changing products that hit shelves in 2016.
1.Bose QuietComfort QC35 wireless headphones.
Bose is a leader in noise-cancelation headphones. The QuietComfort QC35 over-ear headphones include a new twist: they’re wireless. They’re a bit on the pricey end with a cost of $349, yet they’re the best option in this category. They look great too.
2. GoPro Hero5 Black camera.
GoPro overhauled their successful family of action-cameras with this new Hero5 Black model. Adventurers can enjoy better waterproofing (down to 33 feet/10 meters) without requiring an additional camera housing. With a price of $399, it also loses some buttons with the new two-inch touch display.
3. SkyBell HD Video doorbell.
The SkyBell HD for $199 is a smart doorbell that sends live video to your smartphone so you can see, hear and speak to the person at your door. With SkyBell, you can know when a package arrives, monitor your home while you’re away, and see unwanted visitors at your doorstep. It’s the best video doorbell available and a great gift for the parent, homeowner or senior on your list.
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4. Apple Watch Series 2
Apple raised the bar with the Apple Watch Series 2, adding built-in GPS and water-resistance up to 50 meters. The watch, which starts at $369, features a heart rate sensor, native activity tracker and the nicest display of any smartwatch.
5. Samsung Gear VR
This 2016 tech gadget list would not be complete without a virtual reality headset. The Samsung Gear VR allows you to turn a Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a VR headset for $99 and enjoy the immersive world of virtual reality without the cost of a dedicated VR headset.
6. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID
This latest version of the Macbook pro includes a dynamic Touch Bar that changes states to provide you with the shortcuts you need at that time. It’s also thinner, lighter and more powerful than ever. Those features are added to a laptop that boasts great battery life, a beautiful display and efficient keyboard and trackpad. The laptop starts at $1,799.
7. DJI Phantom 4 drone
Despite the hefty price tag of $1,199, the DJI Phantom 4 drone will put a smile on the face of any adventurer, photographer or videographer on your list. It can shoot 4K video and even capture slow-motion video in full HD format. It also has great battery life, allowing you to fly the drone up to 28 minutes.
8. Logitech Harmony Elite
There are few things in a home that can’t be connected to the Logitech Harmony Elite Wi-Fi remote. In addition to controlling your TV and game consoles, this remote can also control other smarthome products in your home -- making it the centerpiece of the connected home. The remote retails for $285.
9. Google Pixel and Pixel XL
These all-new smartphones are the perfect gift for any Android user. These phones are unique from other Android options in that they are actually made by Google. This allows a deeper native experience with the Google Assistant and your Google account. You’ll also enjoy an outstanding camera, a beautiful display and solid battery life. The phones have a cost of about $650.
10. Panasonic Lumix ZS100
The Lumix ZS100 is a perfect option for a photographer who wants more than the camera on their phone, but less than a DSLR. It takes great photos and also offers 4k video capturing. The camera has a price tag of about $699.