Tech is one of the hottest gifting trends for this Christmas.
Almost half of Aussie kids are clamouring for a smartphone for the festive season, more than a quarter are after a tablet and edgy new accessories are set to make an appearance on wish lists around the country.
So, if it’s tech you’re turning to as the solution to your gift-giving dilemmas, here are our top tech stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank.
Looking for your child’s debut device? Need something to get the grandparents connected? Or just after a budget-friendly option for that person who’s forever smashing fancy versions to smithereens? Whoever you’re buying for, the Telstra 4GX Plus is a phone that combines functionality and affordability, with its large 5-inch screen, 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP selfie camera.
Perfect for: Device novices and disasters
We all know someone who’s constantly uploading envy-inducing Instagram posts from amazing locations. Help them take their snaps where a smartphone can’t, by gifting this 3SIXT camera. It’s able to record 1080p Full HD video and take 12MP still pics – even up to 30 metres underwater. Plus, with 90 minutes of recording time and a 140-degree wide-angle lens, they’ll never miss a moment. And neither will you, given the 3SIXT’s Wi-Fi functionality means budding photographers can transfer their shots to their smart device – and get them on social media, quick sharp – via the handy app.
Perfect for: Action-addicted adventurers
When it comes to the best in next generation tech, it’s usually what’s on the inside the counts. But why not help smartphone owners make their device equally as cool on the outside with a case that’s smart and looks like a piece of art? Reinforced with anti-scratch technology, these bespoke designs are created from real flower petals and shards of metallic to help turn phones into a fashion accessories.
Perfect for: Fashion-forward smartphone owners
If we’re on the go, so are our smartphones, helping us with directions, providing entertainment for the journey and helping us stay connected to the people who matter most while we’re apart. So, if you know someone who frequently finds their phone’s out of juice when they’re out and about, this portable charger is the perfect stocking filler. A fully charged PocketPower is able to charge a smartphone up to two times over, meaning your loved one can stay up and running, even when there isn’t a power point in sight.
Perfect for: Busy smartphone dependents
A gift for the whole family, this pre-paid mobile Wi-Fi hotspot can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, meaning that if you’re heading away from home for the holidays, everyone can carry on with their favourite online activities. Even video streaming isn’t a problem, thanks to the 4GX Wi-Fi Pro’s enhanced performance, reliability and quality network connection.
Perfect for: Families holidaying away from home
Price: $99 pre-paid
Let younger members of the family plug into their devices and play dress up at the same time, with these super cute costume headphones. Available in princess, kitten and tiger designs, they come with a built-in volume limiter to help protect little ones’ hearing. The sound is still clear as a bell, but, this way, you won’t have to listen to the same Wiggles’ song on repeat for hours on end. A win for the entire family.
Perfect for: Young digital natives with a passion for fashion