Consumer electronics sales are hot this season. Going into Black Friday, a record 116 million Americans, representing 47 percent of the adult population, planned to purchase technology or tech accessories during the holiday shopping weekend, a Consumer Technology Association survey found. In fact, consumer electronics are the most popular e-commerce item throughout the year, accounting for 21.8 percent of all web sales, according to eMarketer. If you’re looking for a gift for the tech lover in your life, here’s a look at some electronics items to consider adding to your shopping list.
TVs are the most popular electronics item of the holiday season, CTA’s research shows. Depending on who you’re buying for and what your budget is, there’s a wide variety of options to choose from when selecting a TV. Ultra HD 4K TVs represent the cutting edge of today’s picture quality. For the true entertainment hobbyist where money is no object, 4K TVs can run as high as $3,000 for the LG OLEDB6P series. But decent 4K TVs can be had for less than one-sixth of that price, or even lower if you find the right sale. If your gift recipient is a video gamer, there is a similar range of options, ranging from the LG E6 OLED on the high end to the Vizio D Series 4K 2016 on the budget end.
After TVs, laptops rank as the most popular holiday electronics gift. TechRadar ranks the $800 Dell XPS 13 as today’s best laptop for features such as its borderless Infinity display, which manages to fit a 13.3-inch screen on an 11-inch frame. Of course the latest MacBook is another option, or if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the $1,200 MacBook, the Asus ZenBook UX305 delivers quality on a Windows operating system for about half the price at $684. If you want a Windows laptop on a budget, try the Surface Pro 3.
Smartphones are today’s next most-popular Christmas electronics gift. Today’s leading smartphones are led by the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. With the Galaxy Note 7 sidelined by battery issues, the Pixel has emerged as the hot Android phone of the season, with a 112 percent increase in activations on Black Friday, though the iPhone 7 still had more sales.
All these phones come with cutting-edge camera features that will satisfy photography fans. If your gift recipient is a gamer, the S7 and S7 edge include features specially designed with gamers in mind.
Video Game Consoles
Of course, video game consoles also make a great gift idea for gamers. Digital Trends ranks the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro on top as the best version of today’s most popular console, standing out for its large number of lauded games, 4K and HDR 10 compatibility and powerful components. Other leading options include the PlayStation 4 Slim, Microsoft Xbox One S, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo NES Classic Edition and Nintendo 2DS.
Electronic gifts aren’t just for sitting indoors in front of a TV screen. For outdoor enthusiasts, consider gifts such as the GoPro Hero5 Black Action camera or the Hummingbird Helix 5 or Helix 7 sonar for fishing, both of which can be gifted using one of Cabela’s promotions. Other good outdoor gift ideas include long-lasting GPS systems and portable power battery supplies.