Technology spending during the 2018 holiday season may reach a record-setting $96.1 billion in revenue in the United States according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
The group’s 25th Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Patterns Study says that 164 million U.S. adults (66 percent) plan to purchase a tech product as a gift this year. Consumers will spend a record amount on key categories this season such as smart speakers, smart home devices, smartwatches, and more.
15 Great Gifts on the IBS Wish List
Are you looking for a unique, functional, affordable, or fun gift for the tech-lovers on your shopping list?
You’ll find plenty of inspiring ideas on our tech wish list. The 15 items curated by the Integrated Building Systems team are great gifts for home, work, and play.
Amplifi High Density Home Wifi System, recommended by Project Manager Kraig Pritchett, includes a router base station and two wireless super mesh points for maximum WiFi coverage throughout your home. The router includes a smart LCD screen, and the mesh points display wireless signal performance. A mobile app is available for iOS and Android.
Facebook Portal is tops on Operations Manager Jason Lawrence’s list. This device offers hands-free video calling with built-in Alexa that Jason thinks will be great for communicating with family and friends. Whether you’re moving around the kitchen or chasing the kids through the living room, Portal’s Smart Camera adjusts to follow the action.
Wyze Cameras offer great bang for the buck, also on Kraig’s list. They are 1080p, with free cloud storage, motion tagging, and live streaming. The Pan, Tilt, Zoom version is under $40.
Amazon Echo Auto lets you connect to Alexa via your phone. Use your voice to listen to your music, ask for directions, or open your garage door. It’s another great pick from Kraig for $25.
Robot Grill Cleaner (need we say more?) is a $90 wish come true for President Chip Chapman.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro is also on Chip’s wish list. This sleek tech offers 1080HD video, two-way audio, night vision, 160-degree views, and customizable motion sensors.
Nuheara IQbuds Intelligent wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are Kraig’s pick for being completely wireless and providing dynamic noise control. Use the app to blend your digital world and real world sounds around you for just under $200.
Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds feature advanced wireless connectivity, superior sound, and combined 13.5 hours of play time. Communications Coordinator Colleen McLain likes the headset’s waterproof design, built-in heart rate monitor, fitness analyzer, and integrated app.
Microsoft Surface Go 10" Touch-Screen tablet is the communication tool of choice for Account Executive Anita Rymer. The Surface is perfect to use in meetings, at home, or on the road.
Logitech Washable Keyboard is the answer to dusty crevices and water-unfriendly typing pads of old. No need to worry about spilling coffee or water onto this keyboard, suggested by Chip.
JBL Nebula Mars Portable Home Theater Cinema, with 3000 lumens, produces a display up to 150 inches and offers ultra-crisp images at 800p. The Nebula Mars even gives you a detailed display in bright daytime light and the option of 3D to really make your movies come to life. Colleen says yes, please!
HUE’s Animation Studio is perfect for budding filmmakers and speaks to the creative mind of Permit Coordinator Jena Evans. HUE contains everything needed to create stop-motion animation videos. Easy-to-use software encourages creativity and imagination, and lets you bring anything to life in minutes.
Oculus Rift headset completely immerses you inside virtual worlds. Besides being just plain fun, Marketing Manager Rebecca Chapman says VR brings a little magic to the holiday.
Wacom’s Intuos Pro creative pen tablet, another creative tool recommended by Jena, works on Windows and MacOS with most popular art programs. Recommended for exceptional sensitivity and responsiveness, the Pro Pen 2 offers outstanding pressure sensitivity, natural tilt support, virtually no lag, and no batteries or recharging.
SONY WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones are on Jena’s list for their superior sound quality and design. This set has touch controls on the right earcup and the latest version boosts battery life to a whopping 30 hours.