With the holidays upon us and Christmas Day just a few days away, you may think that time has run out to get that perfect toy for that adorable child on your list, or a tech gadget your favorite techie will love. Tech expert Scott Steinberg joined me today to reassure you that you still have enough time to get the kid in your life and the tech enthusiast a great gift they will absolutely adore!
Candace Rose: What are some great holiday gifts for the tech lover in your life, and where should we start?
Scott Steinberg: “Well, right off the bat if you’re looking for players in your family, gamers, I would definitely start with a couple headsets from Turtle Beach, these are pretty awesome. Right off the bat is the Ear Force Sierra, this is the most cutting edge headset optimized for tournament and league play. It’s got programmable DOLBY surround sound. It doesn’t just work on Macs and PCs and PlayStation 3’s, but also mobile devices as well. And what’s nice is it’s got a state of the art control unit so it’s got total control over dozens of great audio presets.
You can also try the Ear Force Kilo, it’s an affordable HIFI experience. You get premium stereo surround sound, crystal clear communication, also bass boost, and it has independent volume controls which is pretty great because you can easily control in-game audio and a variety of titles so that’s a definite one. That works with Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and 360.
Of course if you’re looking for high tech stocking stuffers, you can definitely check out Best Buy. They have the biggest selection of high tech holiday products to choose from. You can go hands on and try before you buy which we always recommend, same day pickup until 3pm on Christmas Eve on top of it. What’s nice about it is they’ve got online and local price match guarantee on top of that, and extended return and exchange policies. They’ve had really great deals at Best Buy and on BestBuy.com lately, for example a 7″ Kindle Fire, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone or the Nikon COOLPIX S9050 has a digital camera, so definitely check them out.
And of course if you’re shopping for toys and you want something for girls, check out Mega Bloks Barbie. This is awesome and girls are going to love it. You can see here they can actually take the Mega Bloks Barbie Luxury Mansion with eight rooms, and they can be customized. This is the first Barbie building playset series and as you can imagine from the look of it, it basically lets kids design and decorate their own world plus you get interchangeable mini fashion figures with their playset. So kids can style them, dress them up. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to be creative, so girls can express themselves.
And of course Mega Bloks has lots of choices for boys and girls, both as well with sets based on First Builders, Skylanders Giants, so a lot of great picks across the board.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any tips for those who’ve waited until the last minute to shop?
Scott Steinberg: “Well, definitely if you’re having trouble making that last minute gift to purchase, you can always go with a gift card or an online gift certificate. And the nice part about that is you’re not just giving the person the chance to choose, and that’s often just fun shopping for the gift as actually getting it, and it’s a great way to make sure you don’t give the wrong gift. But oftentimes what you’re doing there when you give a gift card is giving the chance to spend time together because you can schedule a day to go have lunch, go to the mall and swing by and do that.
But if you want some other toy tips and things like that, I’ve got a blog at Sears Toy Shop, that’s Sears.com/TechToys or you can go to our website at TechSavvyMag.com for lots of tips. And if you want to find out more on all the things we talked about today, that’s MoreAboutThat.info.”