It’s finally that time of the year again when the sleigh bells are “ring-ting-tingaling”. It’s the time when the omnipresent fat man in the red suit is coming to town. The time when the carolers are demanding figgy pudding. It’s the holidays. Yes, it is certainly a time of cheer and merriment, but nothing can bring that feeling to a screeching halt more than not know what gift to get someone.
“Perhaps they would like a new chair massager, or an electric flyswatter,” you think to yourself sheepishly. Unfortunately, the overwhelming factors of uncertainty and procrastination leaves you to make a last minute trip to the drugstore to purchase a Magic Bullet Blender from the as seen on TV section. All of these events culminate into one catastrophic letdown of a gift, leaving the recipient with the same reaction that Macaulay Culkin had when he first laid eyes on Buzz’s girlfriend. Woof.
But fret not! Your friends at Myriad Mobile have put together a guide to make sure that you avoid all of the pitfalls of holiday gift giving with the Myriad Mobile Holiday Gift Guide!
iPad Air 2
Let’s talk tablets. Specifically the iPad. Since its launch in 2010, people have never looked at mobile in the same way. This year Apple has released their best iteration of the beloved classic. The iPad Air 2 is a convenient .24 inches featuring Apple’s best retina screen yet in a tablet. Its small size makes it easy to sneak into that awkward family gathering, providing you with an escape from all of the “why are you still single?” type questions. In addition to the iPad Air 2’s size, it features Apple’s newest processor, the A8X, ensuring that Clash of Clans will run without fail. With a starting price of $499, it is on the steep side, but you are getting the best tablet on the market.
By far the best smartwatch to hit the market in 2014, the Moto 360 is the perfect gift for your tech savvy uncle. The Moto 360 is the first smartwatch to come out that does not look like the Nintendo Power Glove. This smartwatch alerts users to notifications from their phone, upcoming meetings, and travel information. And on top of all that, Google released their Android Wear appstore for Android wearable devices earlier this fall. The store features thousands of new apps that are smartwatch friendly. The Moto 360 is only limited to the Android operating system, so if the person you are buying for uses an iPhone, you are going to be out of luck. The Moto 360 is priced starting at $250.
Most people would be thoroughly unimpressed if they got a thermostat for Christmas. They would probably rank it on par with the traditional lump of coal. But the Nest thermostat is not your traditional heat controlling device. Nest easily integrates with your home heating and cooling system and gives the user mobile control of atmospheric conditions of their house. Nest’s app allows users to remotely control and monitor the temperature of their home, with nothing more than a smartphone and an internet connection, making this a gift to rival the three wisemen. All of the features are available to you at a price tag of $250.
If you don’t have a Chromacast or some sort of smart TV device, you are moving slower than molasses running uphill in the winter. Since its launch over a year ago, Chromecasts have disrupted the smart-tv industry. Simply plug the Chromecast into an HDMI input on your TV and connect the device to the internet. Now you are all set to stream Netflix, Youtube, and Songza right to your TV! So please, if someone you know doesn’t own a Chromecast (cue Wings of an Angel playing), consider spending the $35 to help the technologically underprivileged.
Jawbone Big Jambox Speaker
For the music lover in the family, the Jawbone Big Jambox is the way to go. Featuring industry leading sound projection mixed with the portability of a mobile device. This box of sound can be placed anywhere in a home or office and will look stylish due to its modern design. The bluetooth capabilities allow users to play their music from a distance, no strings attached. The Jawbone Big Jambox is available for $250.
With this master list of top notch gifts, you will be sure to amaze even the pickiest of people.
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