According to the Consumer Technology Association, more than 60% of Americans – about 191 million people – plan to give someone a tech-present this year. But finding the right tech gifts – and staying within your budget – can be a challenge. Recently, Tech and Lifestyle Expert Stephanie Humphrey participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the hottest tech gifts this holiday season.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/XW8HKAWu0Wk
Home Office Must-Haves
With more Americans working from home than ever before, there has been increased demand for productivity tools and technologies that can help make us more efficient. So, whether you’re shopping for someone working remotely full-time, or someone on a hybrid schedule, it’s important to look for devices and gadgets that can help them stay organized.
Stephanie really likes the smart and ultra-compact ScanSnap iX1300 Scanner, which helps users digitize, organize and share documents with the press of a button. With its compact size, the scanner fits on any size desk or remote office space and it’s WiFi enabled to help you stay organized wherever you need it. It’s a great resource for managing work or tax documents, and also comes in handy as way to digitize kids’ artwork when they bring their latest masterpieces home from school.
Managing Your Holiday Budget
Budgeting and finding the best tech gifts for your friends and family can be challenging – but by planning ahead and knowing what payment options are available to you, you can avoid the unnecessary stress of holiday shopping.
To help give yourself more flexibility, turn to PayPal Pay Later, which lets you spread out payments over time to better suit your budget. PayPal Pay Later provides options to break purchases into four payments every two weeks or monthly payments for larger purchases, so you can select the option that works best for your budget and enjoy the holiday season.
Experience Over Things
Over the last few years, it seems more and more people are leaning toward gifts that provide a meaningful and memorable experience. Whether you’re are buying tickets to a show, booking a vacation, or picking up a gift card to someone’s favorite restaurant, these types of gifts truly keep on giving.
And here’s one you probably didn’t think of – Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is a unique and meaningful gift for anyone who wants to learn a language, connect with loved ones on a deeper level, or learn some helpful phrases before their next international trip. Rosetta Stone teaches you through bite-sized lessons that feature interactive activities and real-life scenarios to get you ready for conversation with real people. It’s available on Apple and Android devices, so you can learn anytime, anywhere.
Gadgets for Kids
When it comes to gadgets for kids, it’s a good idea to always looking for something that will stimulate brains and develop healthy habits.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids is the perfect option for kids and is purpose-built for reading, which means there are no distractions from other apps, games, or videos. When a child sits down with their Kindle, they read on average more than an hour a day and with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, kids can gain access to thousands of books at their fingertips, from timeless classics to the most recent popular titles. Give the gift of reading and help establish healthy reading habits no matter where you are this holiday season.
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About Stephanie Humphrey
Technology and Lifestyle Expert Stephanie Humphrey is a former engineer who merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how empowering, enriching and fun technology can be. Stephanie is currently a technology contributor for ABC News where she works as part of the nationally-syndicated Strahan Sara & Keke team.Her expertise is built upon more than a decade as a Senior Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin.