Each year we like to put together a Holiday gift ideas page with both new and slightly older products, which are ideal for men, women and kids. In 2013 our Holiday gift guide will feature a lot of personal technology we have published news on over the last year, and even some products that might be a little older thanks to their low price to cater for those with smaller budgets looking for a great gift this shopping season.
Take a look below to see some of the best gifts for 2013, although this page will be updated with more gift ideas leading up to Christmas day, so feel free to bookmark it and come back to see what we’ve added.
Tablets make the perfect Holiday gift in 2013 – If you are looking for something really popular that a loved one will enjoy everyday, then we recommend purchasing a tablet. This will certainly be one of the most popular options for Holiday shopping this year and thanks to a massive range of prices, you can count on finding the perfect tablet PC for almost everyone.
The Apple iPad mini, iPad 2 and latest iPad Air might cost a little more than other tablets but for some people Apple is the only way to go. You can see prices for the iPad Air on Best Buy, although feel free to see this article on Product Reviews that looks at the iPad Air specs in more detail thanks to a number of official videos.
Nabi 2 tablet – If you want to find a good tablet for children, then you really will find it hard to beat what the Nabi 2 tablet offers kids. The iPad mini might do just about everything, but it is not designed from the ground up with kids in-mind although the Nabi 2 tablet is. You can see full specs and features on Best Buy USA, although we recently published some review videos taking a closer look at both the tablet and Wings Learning System.
You can take a look at those review videos below this Nabi 2 tablet article. In a nutshell, the tablet is based on Android ICS but comes with a lot of tailored software and hardware with kids in-mind. For example, the time controls app and good morning song alone reveal how amazing this product is for kids, so take a look at one video showcasing these features on YouTube. The Nabi 2 tablet price starts at just below $180, so it is much cheaper than the iPads.
Microsoft Surface 2 – There has been a lot of TV advertisements focused on explaining how much better the Surface 2 is when compared to the iPad, and you might even remember the “this will not end well commercial”. Microsoft want to show how much better their Surface 2 is in terms of specs and usability for a lower price point, but at the time of writing Apple still hold top spot for tablet popularity.
We will leave our readers to debate what is the better tablet, but in terms of features and that great keyboard cover, you cannot deny the Surface 2 will appeal to a lot of people that don’t like the iPad. The Surface 2 retails from around $450, so take a look at this benchmark analysis and a comparison between the Surface 2, Lumia 2520 and iPad Air.
Google Nexus 7 2013 Edition – One of the most popular Android tablets received an update in 2013, and this was the Nexus 7 with a very reasonable price tag and specs that put most other tablets to shame. The prices currently range from $229.99 to $349.99 on Best Buy, but this depends on storage size and if the tablet is unlocked.
If you want to understand a bit more about the Nexus 7 2 and if it would be the ideal tablet for a special gift, then you should see our article comparing the iPad Air vs. 2013 Nexus 7, or see a first look and unboxing as well.
Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet – This 10.1 inch tablet does things a little differently and certainly supports our claim that there’s a “tablet for everyone”. The Lenovo Yoga 10 tablet features a very competitive price at around $300, but comes with some high-end specs and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box at the time of writing.
You will find 16GB of storage, 1GB LPDDR memory, an impressive 10.1-inch 5-point multitouch display, front facing 1.6MP webcam along with a 5MP camera, microSD support, Bluetooth, weighs just 1.3lbs and measures 0.3-inches thick. You can learn a lot more about the Lenovo Yoga 10 in an article we published in November along with a hands-on video.
Headphones for all ages – One product that comes in all shapes and sizes, while appealing to kids, teens and adults is headphones. Music is life for some people and as such they want their favorite tunes everywhere they go.
We have covered news and reviews about many types of headphones over the years, so in this holiday gift guide we want to feature what we feel are some of the best headphones for gifts in 2013.
If only Bluetooth headphones will do as a gift and the sound quality must be the best, then you will want to consider the Wireless headphones from Beats by Dr. Dre. These high definition headphones retail at just under $100 on Best Buy with free shipping, although we have covered some of the finer details in an article here along with a hands-on review below that article.
Best Headphones for kids – If you need to find the ideal headphones for a child, then one choice we highly recommend is the Nabi headphones. Nabi is a brand all about creating great products with kids in-mind and it’s Fuhu behind them, so if you haven’t heard this name before then you need to read more here and why they’re “dedicated to the intellectual development of children”.
The Nabi headphones retail at just under $100 and you can watch the official TV commercial and see a review in this article on Product Reviews. There are many smart features designed to appeal to kids and deliver safe audio listening.
Recent headphones Product Reviews went hands-on with – These photos highlight some recent hands-on reviews we published with headphones that should be considered for holiday gifts.
Hottest Cell Phones Right Now – If you are generous enough to purchase a cell phone for a loved one this holiday season, then one of the best gifts you could give someone would certainly be either the iPhone 5S or Nexus 5. These are two of the most popular smartphones to purchase in 2013 and will be separated by the software more than hardware.
The Nexus 5 runs the latest Android v4.4 KitKat and only released in November, so when it comes to Android smartphones you can count on this being one of the latest and most sought-after.
There’s a massive range of Android phones available from many different brands, but for some people there’s only one brand they want and that’s Apple. If this is the case for the person you want to purchase a smartphone gift for, then it has to be iPhone 5C or 5S if you want the latest.
Apple’s 5C might be cheaper and have a fun design, but when it comes to specs and price you should really consider the iPhone 5S. The small price increase on the 5S delivers a lot of extra features, so much so that the 5C should be retailing for a lot less than it is really. You can see some benchmark results for Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5S, or read about the finer details of Nexus 5 here and watch a full iPhone 5S review on YouTube.
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