“A handy gifting guide to help you decide what to give your loved ones this Diwali”
Although money can’t buy happiness, it can buy gifts which are a sure shot way to bring a smile to someone’s face. While a dry fruit box or an envelope with cash won’t go unappreciated, a little extra thought put into the gift makes it that more special. If you have run out of ideas as to what to gift your loved ones this Diwali, fret not as we have compiled a list of some great techie gifts under Rs 5,000 which should give you some more options to explore. So get ready to add some quirky items to your cart to liven up this festival of lights.
Everyone loves listening to music, so how about a pair of headphones which allow you to groove to the tunes of your favourite artist? The Jabra Move Wireless are your best bet at a Bluetooth headset under Rs 5K, offering unparalleled performance at a budget price point without compromising on the sound quality. Offering a standby time of 288 hours and a talk-time of 8 hours, the Jabra Move Wireless should get you through the longest of flights. And if you do manage to drain them out, the headphones come with a 3.5mm cable which allow you to listen to music even when the battery is low. The headsets are currently retailing for Rs 4,480.
The budget-oriented XOLO Era 1X is a great smartphone which retails for Rs 4,999 to introduce your parents or grandparents to the world of Android. Running a near-stock UI on top of Android Marshmallow, the device supports 4G VoLTE, which paired with a Reliance JIO SIM will ensure that you get lightning fast internet speeds without having to spend a whole lot. The 8MP rear facing camera of the smartphone will come in handy for capturing some great moments this Diwali.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 fitness tracker
If you know someone who abides by the ‘eat, sleep, gym, repeat’ philosophy, then he/she would greatly appreciate this fitness tracker from Xiaomi. The Mi Band 2 (review) comes with an OLED display and is loaded with fitness features such as a heart rate monitor and an improved pedometer which can give you an accurate count of steps taken in a day. The tracker is IP67 certified and can also alert you for calls, SMS and several other third-party apps. Interested buyers can pick the fitness tracker from Mi.com for Rs 1,999 via flash sales.
While smartphones and tablets have become a great way to consume media, not a lot of them come equipped with good speakers. Fortunately, buying a Bluetooth speaker is no longer a premium affair with top audio accessory brands like JBL offering several products in the sub-Rs 5K category. The JBL Flip 2 is one such product which comes with a stylish design and NFC support allowing you to instantly pair with a device that supports NFC, all for a mouth watering price tag of Rs 4,599 . The 2,000mAh battery paired with the noise cancellation technology of the speaker will provide you with hours of distortion-less music playback.
The Instax Mini 8 Polaroid camera from Fujifilm brings back the nostalgia of printed photographs while coupling it with instant processing of a digital camera, thereby giving users the best of both worlds. The camera comes with an intelligent exposure measurement which gives users the best aperture settings for bright and colourful portraits. Fujifilm has also worked on the viewfinder and the body of the polaroid which not only offers a clearer picture of the subject but is also 10 percent smaller than its predecessor, the Mini 7S. However, Buyers will have to stretch their budget a bit as the camera currently retails for Rs 5,190.
Who said the only way to enjoy the festival of lights was with candles and earthen lamps? India-based technology firm Cube26’s Reos lite is a smart bulb which can be controlled via a smartphone app and add a flair of tech to your Diwali celebrations. The bulb comes with adjustable colour temperatures allowing you to light up your space in two different tones of white – warm and cool, along with all the other hues that fall in between the spectrum. The bulb can also sync with music bringing disco to your living rooms and will set you back just Rs 1,699.
Buying a gift for a gamer is fairly simple. Just go to the store and purchase the latest game. As of now, Fifa 17 or NBA 2K17 will make for a great gift for someone who likes to play sports games. Mafia 3 also makes a great option and is available for the PS4, Xbox One and PC and can be picked up from either Flipkart or Amazon.
Note: the prices mentioned are as on the day of publishing and are subject to change