The holiday season is all about gift-giving. Finding the right present for friends and family can be a daunting but rewarding task. Given so many options between brick-and-mortar and online shopping, one thing is for sure, technology gifts have become some of the most gifted items during the holiday season.
Technology has reshaped the holidays beyond just the most popular gifts. Consumer shopping behavior has shifted more each year to online shopping, making it easier to avoid crowds and have instant access to Christmas gifts.
These are some of the most gifted technology items of 2022.
Since the release of the original Apple AirPods back in 2019, they have been one of the best-selling Christmas gift items of the last 3 years. The wireless earbud landscape has become highly competitive, with Beats and JBL among the best-selling brands of 2022. Apple is looking to maintain its edge in this space with the release of the AirPods Pro 2nd generation, which boasts noise-canceling qualities and better battery life.
Virtual reality has now become more accessible, with multiple options and a big range in price and quality. This has made VR headsets one of the most requested gifts of 2022, and there’s plenty to choose from. Destek offers an Android-compatible VR headset for under $60, making it a great entry-level headset for beginners. The Oculus Quest offers a more advanced option with wireless controllers and a virtual store.
Smartwatches have been a popular gift idea for adults, and now there are some affordable smartwatch options for all ages. Apple and Samsung both have new smartwatches this year that are excellent extensions of your phone, but there are also standalone options for fitness buffs and children who just need the basics.
Given the versatility of tablets, they have also become one of the most gifted tech items in recent years. Apple’s iPad Pro features the M2 chip, which brings incredible processing power and better battery life. Most modern tablets have a keyboard attachment, which allows them to double as a laptop, making them a great gift for students. Tablets also have a range of manufacturers and prices, with some as low as $100.
Video game consoles
Video games have dominated as Christmas gifts for decades, and this year is no exception. The Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles are recovering this year from product shortages and have been selling incredibly well during the holiday season. The Nintendo Switch is approaching its 6th year in production and is still a top seller during Christmas. There’s no shortage of excellent software to match the hardware sales this year, with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and God of War Ragnarök topping the charts.
Technology has changed how we buy gifts and remains the most gifted holiday item each year. Technology helps bring people together for the holidays and makes it easy to shop for loved ones.
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