‘Tis the season of giving, and it can be for anyone! Be it your family or friends, even enemies, can receive a gift from you! But no one wants their gift to be unused and collect dust somewhere, so this is the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide that we’ve prepared just for you – the best tech gifts for all walks of life!
Let’s start categorically on product genres, then sub-categorize it according to the user. It will include a little bit of description, and with some list of products.
I’m never gonna include those high-end phones, as they’re all pretty much overpriced phones yet they’re all the same. The most expensive phones we’re gonna include here is the budget high-end phones.
This category is simple – there is no need for the highest end of specs, but performs decently and has all of the basic things done. Suitable as a gift for parents and grandparents who don’t need the fastest and best smartphones out there.
- Alcatel Flash 2 (RM549)
- LEAGOO Elite 4 (RM499)
- ASUS ZenFone Go (RM498, free 100GB Google Drive storage)
Mid-rangers fall into this category. Fits those who wants more than just the basics, but doesn’t need the speed just yet.
Seems to be the one and only phone that fits in this category. Also, it has laser autofocus!
Woah, big budget you have here! Nonetheless, which is where all the best smartphones out there have fall into. They offer the highest end specs within a very reasonable and reachable prices. That being said, the OnePlus One is the main pioneer of this category, so I really have to pay respect to it.
We did do a guide on what laptop to buy NOW, and we think that the article is still valid till now.
Let’s be honest – if we ourselves are not our personal photographers, it’s difficult to get the perfect gift for them. The one and only gift I can think that satisfies all photographers is the WD My Passport Wireless, with the cheapest price being RM699 at Lazada.
That’s an amazing external hard disk. It has SD card slot so that photographers can copy all pictures into the hard disks on the fly, then use the WiFi built into the Passport Wireless and just get all the pictures to any of the smart devices – be it Android or iOS![otw_shortcode_divider margin_top_bottom=”30″ text_position=”otw-text-center”][/otw_shortcode_divider]
For shared storage
Here’s the problem – everyone in the family has their own private sets of photos, music, and videos. Maybe even some important documents too. You can opt to get an external hard disk for everyone in the family whilst thinking about the capacity for each external hard disk.
Or better yet, get a network attached storage, or NAS, instead! I highly recommend the WD My Cloud Mirror, and I specifically opt for dual-drive for extra features. It’s offers a lot more and still cheaper than getting separate 1TB external hard disks too.
I think families should consider getting a NAS with no questions asked. Gift the NAS to the one who maintains it, then ask them to create an account for you so you yourself can use the NAS too. Then, all other family members can use the NAS too. Or you can lease out some storage space (since the you can set specific quota for specific user). Great gift, no?[otw_shortcode_divider margin_top_bottom=”30″ text_position=”otw-text-center”][/otw_shortcode_divider]
For music lovers
Music is absolutely the driver of life – at least for me. I love music, but to enjoy good music these days really need some decent hardware to enjoy good music. With this, I recommend a these speakers and earphones.
For earphones, I would really recommend the NAD Viso HP20! Absolutely the best pair of earphones out there right now. As for headphones, I’m not in a position to recommend any of them right now as I’m still new to those.
Bluetooth speakers however, I did play with a lot of them before – and there are two of them which I can recommend a few that I absolutely love.
- UE Boom; waterproof (RM799; get first at RM599 and second at RM399 promotion valid now until 31st December 2015!)
- Elysium Zeon III (RM499)
Hey – if you do like your current speakers but absolutely need to add wireless audio streaming on it, then the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter is absolutely for you!
There comes peripherals on the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – by peripherals I mean keyboards, mouse, and even some other controllers. And here we do have a few that we absolutely love.
- Logitech K480 Multi-Bluetooth Keyboard (RM179)
- Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Multi-Bluetooth Mouse (RM339)
- Xiaomi Gamepad (review coming up; it’s amazing!)
Yeah yeah, you must be asking – “what’s up with this section for “households”? Seriously?” Yeah. I’m serious.
Household electronics aren’t simple – and the main point that differentiates between household tech and “personal” tech is that these devices will have to be shared among the family, like your TV or the family tablet. Then comes another problem – what if I want to type with my own peripheral on the family devices? That’s where these devices come in!
- Logitech K400+ Bluetooth keyboard + trackpad (RM169)
- Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard + dock (RM154)
- Logitech K300 Bluetooth keyboard (RM126)
I really hope the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide we prepared for you right here, and really hope that the choices we made here will help you make the best choice for your family.
Thanks again for checking this gift guide, and thanks for all of you support all these while!