The world of tech offers a wide range of compelling and cool gift ideas, but there are so many options that it can be a overwhelming. Fortunately, the staff of Best Buy — colloquially known as “Blue Shirts” due to, well, you can probably figure it out — have curated a list of gift ideas that will help you start shopping this holiday season. Let’s dive in.
If I’m on your “nice list” this year, please get me this drone. I’ve always wanted to explore the skies with one of these robot pals but haven’t taken the plunge yet. This one has a bunch of intelligent pre-set flying modes, and you can control it with hand gestures. Imagine me standing in a field, gracefully sculpting the air with open palms, the DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter weaving and coasting far above me. If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, all I can say is “Bah, humbug.”
This starter kit is the perfect way to help someone get into these Philips Hue LED bulbs that change to any color the user specifies. You can even sync them to music! Maybe you should let your gift recipient open this one a little early, so they can use the bulbs at a holiday party.
Help your loved ones upgrade their cleaning game with this next-level vacuum. This baby has multiple attachments for hard-to-reach cleaning and offers up to 60 minutes of run time. I guarantee it’s better than whatever busted vacuum I’ve got at home. This is a perfect holiday gift, because holiday festivities always leave holiday messes.
The soundbar is one of my favorite inventions of the late 20th/early 21st century. Soundbars provide high-quality audio in a sleek package with a small footprint. This soundbar iterates on the concept by putting everyone’s favorite robotic persona, Alexa, inside. Now you don’t have to swipe through your phone in order to play your pre-New-Year breakup song as you cry alone on the couch — you can ask your speakers to play it through your sobs! Okay, maybe I’m getting a little too specific to my own life here.
After a holiday season of gorging themselves on figgy pudding, roasted parsnips, and a fatted goose, your friends and family will want to burn off a few calories. The Fitbit Versa is a great way to encourage them to do that. Plus, it will help them stay connected, with smart notifications for calls, texts, and calendar alerts. Now they’ll have no excuse not to reply to your text asking how much they like that Fitbit!
So, there are a few of the hot tech gifts this year, as suggested by Best Buy’s own “Blue Shirts.” For more ideas, check out Best Buy’s site, or go to a store in person and have an IRL chat. And Mom, if you’re reading, please get me that drone.
Tony Carnevale is a senior writer for Studio@Gizmodo.