Smart Gifts For Festive Season

We bring you some of the finest gifts you can purchase this festive season for yourself and also for your loved ones.
twitter-logo Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: October 2014
Best Diwali gift options, festive schemes for you
With plenty of gadgets in the market, it is a big task to think what's new and innovative or a value-for-money product worth gifting.

The festive season is a good time to buy gifts for your loved ones and even for yourself. With plenty of gadgets in the market, it is a big task to think what's new and innovative or a value-for-money product worth gifting. While we have shortlisted some products for you, we also bring you some of the best festive schemes for you.

Under Rs 2,000

Mini Alarm Clock

This is a utility gift for someone who travels a lot. When travelling, the personal possessions one carries are often at risk of being stolen. The Lock Alarm Mini safeguards these possessions. The Lock Alarm Mini weighs just 100g and has a retractable high-tensile steel cable that can extend up to 60cm in length. Simply pull out as much of the steel cable as required, lock the cable around the bags and an immovable object such as a post or railing. Using the computer slot adapter, the Lock Alarm Mini can also be used to secure a laptop, notebook or netbook computer from theft.

Price: Rs 1,299

Object locator

Know someone who often complains about forgetting where they placed the objects? Get them this little gadget that will help them in finding missing objects. The kit comes with three receivers. All that the user will have to do is attach a receiver to the object such as, for instance, a remote or keys or wallet. With a simple press of a button on the control unit, it will be easy to locate the object.

Price: Rs 1,250

Automatic Wine Preserve Pump

Wine lovers often face the challenge of either finishing the whole bottle of wine or end up losing its flavour when exposed to the air. If you know a wine lover, you can present them the Automatic Wine Vacuum Pump that will pump the air out of the wine bottle and seal the flavour inside.

Price: Rs 1,999

Gadget cleaning kit

We all use gadgets and often end up cleaning the display with wet cloth, without realising it isn't the best way to clean the gadget. A gadget cleaning kit comes handy for cleaning and increasing the life of your gadget. But you don't realise the importance of this one until you have it. Whosoever you gift this one to, will thank you for the kit. The Lapcare 3-in-1 Screen Cleaning Kit with Blower can be used to clean most gadgets including phones, laptops and tablets.

Price: Rs 599

Teewee

It is a simple way of streaming HD videos from the phone or the laptop to your TV. Plugging in the Teewe to the TV and installing an app does the job. The app lets you access all the downloaded content over the local WiFi network. Content on YouTube can also be accessed on the TV.

Price: Rs 1,999

From Rs 2,001 to Rs 5,000

Micromax 440W Router with Power Bank

Smartphones struggle to last a day on a single charge. Soa portable power bank is a necessity. But instead of gifting just a plain vanilla power bank, opt for something innovative. The Micromax 440W is a router as well where one can plug in a 3G dongle and convert its signal into WiFi, a handy tool. One can connect up to five devices on the WiFi network created by the device.

Price: Rs 2,350

Go Travel Cup Boiler

If you know someone who travels a lot and loves hot beverages, the Go Travel Cup Boiler is a perfect companion. It is more convenient than a travel kettle, and provides a cup of boiling water for tea or coffee or to warm a baby's bottle. It has an innovative protective guard and other 10 safety features.

Price: Rs 2,720

JBL Flip

This isn't the latest portable speaker in the market but it is the best in terms of sound in this price category. Anybody who loves music is going to love the JBL Flip, too. The sound of this portable speaker is loud and clear. It even sounds better than the most stereo systems installed in cars. It comes with an inbuilt battery that can last close to five hours. While it pairs over Bluetooth, it can also be connected to any gadget using the auxiliary cable.

Price: Rs 4,999

Nikon Sport Lite 8x25 DCF

This is one gift everyone would love to have. The Nikon Sport Lite Binoculars is compact and lightweight. It has rubber coating for a comfortable grip and multi-layered coating on the lenses for bright images.

Price: Rs 4,950

Plug Hub

Workstations often have wires running below the desk. This calls for under-desk cord management, which can be done using the Plug Hub. Made of rigid plastic and a rubber base, the Hub hides your power strip and cords in one discreet unit. It has three integrated cord anchors, so you can wrap the excess cords. It can be mounted on the wall or placed at the bottom of the desk.

Price: Rs 2,199

From Rs 5,001 to Rs 10,000

Oster Wine Chiller

This stainless steel single bottle electric wine chiller has an opener as well as a recharging base. It removes the cork at the touch of a button and can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge. It keep bottles chilled for a couple of hours. The base helps recharge the bottle opener.

Price: Rs 5,874

Samsung Gear Fit

Wearable gadgets are the next big thing in technology. There are a plenty of fitness trackers and smartwatches in the market. The Samsung Galaxy Fit made it to our list only after the price drop. Compatible with only a few selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the Fit has a curved screen and a heart rate monitor. It also has a pedometer and a few smartwatch features, too.

Price: Rs 8,150

GOQii

There are plenty of fitness bands in the market but the GOQii stands out from the crowd. Besides the band that will track the step count, there is also a coach that keeps one motivated to work out and adopt healthy eating habits.

Price: Rs 6,999


Micromax Canvas A1

A good looking Android smartphone with the Google support defines the Micromax Canvas A1. Being a part of Google's Android One ecosystem, it has quality hardware and runs on Android KitKat. It has a 5MP camera, 4.5-inch display, guaranteed OS update for two years, 1.3GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM.

Price: Rs 6,599

Amazon Kindle (new)

Amazon's Kindle ebook reader is ideal for those who love reading books. Just before the festive season, Amazon has introduced a new Kindle, too. The most affordable Kindle ebook reader supports touch and offers 6-inch Carta e-paper technology display. Weighing 191 grams, it comes with 4 GB of internal storage that can store more than 1,000 books.

Price: Rs 5,999

From Rs 10,001 to Rs 25,000

Apple iPod Touch

The iPod can be described as the iPhone minus the calling facility. Jokes apart, the iPod is a complete personal entertainment device. One can enjoy quality videos, favourite music and even download apps to stay connected to the world. The innards on the iPod Touch are powerful, making it a personal gaming device too. Rs 16,900 for 16GB

Dell Inspiron 14

Designed for both youth and young professionals who are constantly on the move, the 14-inch Dell Inspiron has HD resolution with 1366x768 pixel resolution. It comes with a four-cell battery and 500GB hard disk. This Windows 8 machine weighs 1.99 kg.

Price: Rs 24,990

LG Song Star

Designed with the Indian market in mind, the LG Song Star is not just another Karaoke device. In fact, this microphone set comes preloaded with more than 4,000 songs, including regional language ones. There is echo and tempo control as well as real-time song rating. You can also queue up to 45 songs in one go. There is a two-mic version, too, at Rs 20,000.

Price: Rs 14,000

Philips Air Fryer

Those following a healthy diet will thank you for the Philips Air Fryer. It eliminates the need of frying food in oil and cooks the same food using Rapid Air Technology without any oil in less than 15 minutes. From French fries to samosas, everything can be cooked in the Air Fryer.

Price: Rs 10,675

Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Camera

Although smartphones are getting powerful cameras but they cannot match the images captured by a dedicated camera in terms of quality, sharpness and details. This Canon device has a CMOS sensor, 18MP resolution, full HD recording, and a three-inch Clear View II TFT LCD. An 18-55mm lens comes with the camera at this price.

Price: Rs 19,247

Rs 25,001 and Above

MacBook Air 11inch

Do you have a good budget and planning to gift a laptop? Well, no other laptop can match Apple's MacBook Air. Once addicted to this slim machine and Apple's proprietary operating system, no one would like anything else. The one with the 11-inch display starts at Rs 65,900 with 128GB flash storage, 1.4GHz dual core Intel i5 processor and 4GB of RAM.

Apple iPhone 6

We don't need to give any reasons for recommending this one. The iPhone 6 is expected to hit Indian shores just in time for Diwali and makes a perfect gift for any Apple follower. The bigger 4.7-inch display packed in a beautiful device also features an 8MP camera and a lasting battery

VU 50-inch 4k TV

4k TVs were never affordable but Sony had brought down the cost to a six-digit figure from a seven-digit price tag previously. But this year, VU has crossed a milestone by pricing a 50-inch 4k TV for `89,900. This TV has a 4k Graphics engine, 3D display, WiFi, and 20 watts audio output. It is priced much lower in comparison to the Samsung and Sony 4k TVs available in the market.

Price: Rs 89,900

Portronics iLume

This is a portable projector that is praiseworthy in every aspect. This short-throw projector is compact and can project anywhere between 19 inches to 110 inches. It is loaded with a host of connectivity options and is accompanied with a remote control. The 500 lumens lamp is good enough for setting up a personal home theatre in almost any room of the house.

Price: Rs 45,000

Festive Offers

The perfect time to buy a gadget is to wait till Diwali as most companies come up with festive discounts. With only a few days to Diwali, here are some cool offers worth grabbing.


Panasonic TVs

Panasonic is offering a wide range of freebies with the purchase of its LED, LCD and Plasma TVs. The company is offering a Blu-ray player and a microwave oven, along with other freebies, with the purchases. It is also offering a five-year warranty on Panasonic air-conditioners.

Apple iPhone 5S 16GB

Were you planning to buy an iPhone for long but the high price stopped you from buying one? Consider the iPhone 5S. Launched in India last year at Rs 53,500 for 16GB, the phone is now retailing at Rs 35,000 on online retailers such as Flipkart. This makes it a good buy. as it isn't really an old phone and can be upgraded to the iOS 8 without any issues.

Asus FonePad 7-inch dual SIM

Asus is offering a free cover worth Rs 1,599 with its FonePad 7-inch dual-SIM tablet. It comes with Intel Atom Z2520 1.2GHz dual core processor for lightning-fast web surfing and application loading, and is priced at Rs 12,999.

Dell Inspiron Laptops

For those planning to buy a laptop, consider Dell as the company is offering a two-year extended warranty and vouchers worth Rs 3,000 on the purchase of a Dell Inspiron laptop. This includes machines running on Intel i3, i5, i7 and AMD A6 processors.

Amazon.in

E-retailer Amazon.in is offering discounts on online purchases. The website is offering Gift Cards worth Rs 4,000 for free with every purchase of Xbox One. It is also offering 25 per cent off on backpacks, wallets, and luggage; 60 per cent off on more than 4,000 best-selling books; 50 per cent off on music; and 30 per cent off on special sports combos.

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