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2016 Holiday Tech Gift Guide - Part 2

by Jessica Baker on

Welcome back! If you missed part 1 of this tech gift guide you can check it out here.
This expansive list came about from our tech obsessed team, so let’s just dive on in with part 2!

Bluetooth Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35: $349.99
It’s no secret that in the world of noise-cancelling, travel-friendly headphones, Bose is among the best. Their superior noise canceling abilities, comfort, and lifespan make them the top choice for most. While they are a little pricey, if you’re looking for headphones that are going to fulfill all your wildest noise-cancelling headphone dreams and last, then this is the only choice.bose-headphones

LG Tone Platinum: $199.99
These wireless headphones are actually earbuds and fall in the midrange for price when it comes to quality wireless earbuds. With consumers raving about the range (how far the headphones can be from the connected device), sound quality, and battery life, these are sure to be a hit.lg-tone-platinum-2

CB3 Fit Sport: $49.99
Now, if you’re looking for something cheaper, and durable for your next workout, the CB3 Fit Sport earbuds are great. Finding earbuds that actually stay in at the gym or on a run can be extremely hard, but with a sweat proof design and hooks that wrap around your ear comfortably, these are going to fulfill all your workout needs, while looking good, and providing a quality listening experience.screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-2-44-24-pm


Beats Pill+: $229.95
If you’re willing to spend more for a Bluetooth speaker, the Beats Pill+ is really the way to go. The 12 hour battery life, and crystal clear sound, ensure that this speaker is going to fill whatever room you put it in with all your favorite beats...get it?screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-2-46-13-pm

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3: $149.99
A bit smaller, and with a shorter battery life than the pill the Onyx Studio 3 falls in the midrange of Bluetooth speakers. Although some features are lacking, Harman Kardon makes up for it with an exceptional dual speaker feature and a built in Microphone system, allowing the speaker to be used for more than just playing music.


Aukey SoundTank: $39.99
For those that want to do more with their speaker the Aukey SoundTank is the right choice. For an affordable price the SoundTank is waterproof, portable, and has the ability to be mounted on tripods. For the price and features that other portable speakers lack, this is the right choice for the adventurer on your list.



GoPro Hero5 Black: $399.99
Unveiled in September, the Hero5 is the ultimate in cameras for adventuring. The advanced video stabilization allows you to mount the camera anywhere (helmet, bike, etc.) and not make you feel like you’re watching the “Blair Witch Project” when you watch the footage. It’s waterproof, has a 2 inch touch display, and produces beautiful photographs. While it’s a little more expensive, it’s definitely worth the price.


Canon PowerShot SX410 IS: $179.99
Is someone on your list an aspiring photographer? The Canon Powershot is a great starter camera that will give them all the features and benefits they need to learn, without the crazy price of more professional cameras. Its smaller size lends to a comfortable feeling while shooting, and the camera itself produces amazing photographs, as one would expect from a Canon.


Fujifilm instax mini 8: $59.99
As they say, everything that’s old is new again. Recently Polaroid cameras have been making a comeback. They aren’t quite the same as the original cameras, but they work pretty well and are surprisingly affordable, as are the film packs. The automatic exposure adjustment makes it easy to use indoors and out.

While I don’t personally have one, I have used one before, and can attest that they are simple to use and produce quality Polaroids. This would make a fun gift for anyone who loves capturing the moment and reminiscing with the prints.


*Honorable Mention - DJi Mavic Pro Drone - $999

Unfortunately the Mavic Pro won’t be back on the market until after the holiday season is over...but that doesn’t stop you from pre-ordering it for when it’s back in stock. As one of the most portable drones on the market, that doesn’t force you to give up important features like range, battery, stability and more, this is a dream for videographers and photographers everywhere. Check out this video for more information on the Mavic Pro, how it works, and a glimpse into just what the videos it produces look like.


The "Just For Fun" Tech Gift Guide

XYZPrinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0: $249
Now, I don’t know much about 3D printers, but when this suggestion came up in the office I set out to find an affordable, but useful home 3D printer. After scouring reviews, I came along the daVinci Jr. 1.0. While it’s may seem a little pricey, it’s definitely on the cheap side of 3D printers and still receives great reviews. This is a great printer for the home or even classroom because of it’s ease of use and smaller size.


MergeVR: $59.99
So many virtual reality headsets are either for Android, iPhone, and now even specifically for the new Google phone. The Merge VR, is affordable, and can be used with an iPhone or an Android.


National Geographic Quadcopter Drone: $49.99
For those looking to get into flying drones, the Quadcopter Drone seems to be a solid option, it’s not as expensive as the more serious drones but still offers a lot of features, and is built to withstand the inevitable crashes.


As with part 1 - many of these items are linked to the website directly, but you can find them on Amazon and other retailers!

While we’ve definitely had fun looking at all the new tech gadgets, it’s important to remember that, while fun, the holidays aren’t just about the gifts. It’s a time to enjoy time with family and friends and make new holiday memories. We at IT Freedom wish you and your family a happy holidays and happy shopping!

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