Is there an entertainment lover on your list this holiday season? If so, you might want to get them a gift that helps foster their love of television, movies, sports, music, the great outdoors, or whatever their hobby or passion involves. Here, we have put together a gift guide with great options for your family member, friend, or co-worker with a particular hobby or passion.
For The TV Lover
For someone who loves to unwind on the couch with popcorn, wine, beer, or hot cocoa and catch a movie, binge-watch a TV show, or see the latest game, a streaming stick is a good option. Consider the newest version of the Amazon Fire Stick 4K Max. It plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, whether it’s smart or not, and permits access to all your favourite streaming services (subscriptions required). Control everything using the Alexa Voice Remote (yes, you can use buttons or voice commands), and enjoy full 4K quality with a compatible TV and service subscription. The best part is that this new version comes with the Ambient Experience: it can display portraits or works of art from a library of thousands of options when you’re not watching. Thus, the TV becomes a picture frame on the wall. At just $80, it’s a steal; and chances are during peak sales times (like Black Friday and the holiday season, overall), you’ll find it on sale for less.
Go the extra mile with a media player like the Apple TV 4K, which offers all the same functionality and seamlessly pairs with your Apple devices and services like Apple TV+ streaming, Apple Fitness+, Apple Arcade for gaming, and even FaceTime for bringing video calls to the big screen. Pricing starts at $179 for the Wi-Fi version with 64GB storage.
For the Music Lover
Vinyl is back in with music lovers of all ages: yes, even Gen-Zers are loving the benefits of going vintage and spinning a record versus streaming music. Get them a turntable like the House of Marley Stir it Up Lux turntable, which combines both vintage and modern tech via the inclusion of Bluetooth as well. Made of bamboo, aluminum, glass, and cork, it can play both 33 and 45 rpm records. Thanks to Bluetooth 5.3, you can also stream from a mobile device. At just $400, it’s a decently priced turntable that any user will enjoy. Don’t forget to pick up a few records to get them started. They’ll amass a collection going in no time.
You could also get them a good pair of headphones so they can sit back and immerse themselves in a wonderful playlist. The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 headphones excel when it comes to Active Noise Canceling (ANC), plus they can run for up to 60 hours per charge. With customizable EQ modes, your friend or family member can tailor the sound to their personal liking and favourite music types. Leverage the Skull-iQ Smart Feature Technology to further tune the ‘phones to their personal hearing preferences. With Skullcandy’s adjustable sensory bass, they can truly feel the music. Enter our contest for your chance to WIN a pair!
For the Fitness Buff
If the form of entertainment they love involves physical activity, consider a good pair of sports earbuds. Whether working out at home, at the gym, running, cycling, or hiking, they will appreciate having a good playlist or a favourite podcast to keep them company. It not only makes the time pass much more quickly during a 5K run, it can also help you de-stress, even keep cadence. They’ll need something that’s water- and sweat-resistant, offers a secure fit in the ears, great noise cancellation if their activity of choice takes place outdoors or in noisy environments, and offers good battery life. Naturally, audio quality is crucial as well. A good choice? Check out the new limited edition Skullcandy Acid Snow Camo Dime 3 true wireless earbuds, which are launching in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary. Designed to appeal to the skateboarding crowd, others might also appreciate the bright colours and retro ‘90s design. At $55, they won’t break the bank and look super cool in various vibrant colours. You’ll get up to 20 hours of battery life per charge with rapid charging capability (eight hours in the buds and 12 more with the included charging case), along with IPX4 sweat and water resistance and ergonomically designed ear gels. Use the Stay Aware mode when you need to hear your surroundings. They also have preset EQ modes. Built-in Tile finding technology helps should they become lost or misplaced, but the integrated lanyard loop helps ensure that doesn’t happen.
If you want something higher end, look at the JBL Endurance Peak 3 wireless earbuds. They are only $90 (on sale) but boast impressive specs like Ambient Award and Talk Thru, four mics for crisp, clear phone calls, customization through the JBL app, and an amazing up to 50 hours of playback with the charging case. Plus, they are IP68 water and dust resistant which means you can use them at the beach, in the rain, or even while doing a sweaty cardio session. What truly sets them apart, however, is the Powerhook design for a comfortable fit, which consists of a bendable TwistLock ear hook that also provides a secure fit, no matter how rigorous the activity.
For the Outdoorsy Adventurer
Outdoor adventures are fun to partake in and can be fun to relive as well. This is possible with tech like point-of-view cameras. The new DJI Osmo Pocket 3 gimbal camera can accomplish the same when used with accessories like the handle, wrist strap, expansion adapter, and mini tripod. The camera comes with a two-inch rotatable touchscreen and can capture video at 4K and up to 120 fps. It excels at night shooting as well and comes with tons of creative tools to help you turn outdoor adventures into masterpieces that bring you right back to the action. The Product Showcase mode, for example, offers smooth live streaming while there’s also face auto-detect, SpinShot 180° smooth camera, and more. The Creator Combo bundle ($899) comes with tons of accessories, including a DJI Mic 2 windscreen for recording audio outdoors. The camera on its own with basic accessories is $699. Keep in mind that this model is not waterproof and isn’t designed for high-action activities. If your adventurer partakes in intense activities, like surfing or water sports, consider the Osmo Action 3 instead.
For The Avid Photographer
Photography is a hobby and passion for many people who love to compose, create, share, and print. If you know an avid photographer, particularly someone who’s just getting into the craft, they might appreciate a new camera to try out. Those who love photography, after all, often have multiple cameras they switch among for different situations and shooting scenarios. You can get the Fujifilm X-S20 mirrorless digital camera for $1,750, or with a lens kit for $1,900 to $2,300, depending on lens. It can record video up to 6.2K video and images at up to 26.1MP. Along with AI subject detection that can distinguish among all types of subjects, from animals and birds to cars, insects, and drones, there’s an Auto Mode when they need assistance (don’t worry, they’ll get the hang of it and be using manual mode in no time). It works with the Fujifilm XApp smartphone app for easily transferring and viewing images. When connected via Bluetooth, you can use your phone to control the camera remotely, even adjusting settings.
No matter if they find their entertainment in front of the TV, listening to tunes, working out at the gym, enjoys outdoor adventures, or taking stunning scenic photos, these gift ideas have you covered.
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