Gadgets can be interesting gifts but something like a smartphone or a tablet can be a bit too boring. Surprise your loved ones with these offbeat gadgets which will remind them of you, everytime they use it.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe
Aim, shoot and pull the trigger of fun. Nerf has a variety of toy guns in India. Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe, with a range of 50 feet, comes as a single-piece blaster with loaded ammo clip inserted. It works on a flywheel-based motor, has a semi-automatic clip-fed blaster and is powered by four AA batteries. The best part - you don't need a licence for it. Price: Rs 2,483
Syska Smart Bulb
What better way to revel in the festivities than with lights! Instead of expensive lamps, you could gift smart LED bulbs that offer a choice of up to three million colours. Syska offers a 'mood lighting' range, letting you choose colours from a palette within the Syska Rainbow LED app. Colours can be picked from the images on your phone camera, and you can also adjust the brightness of the bulb. It can be synced with music, too. Made in India, a Syska smart bulb can be installed easily as it comes with a retro fit screw to plug in into any standard light socket. Price: Rs 1,999
Aquaguard On The Go
A must-have for trekkers and backpackers. Aquaguard On The Go is a bottle, made from non-toxic plastic, and equipped with a filter that makes tap water potable by removing microbiological impurities such as bacteria and virus, claims the company. The water goes through a 'gravity-based' purification system when passed through the filter. It claims to be able to purify river or stream water as well. There is a double cover that prevents dust from settling on the bottle's water dispenser. Price: Rs 595
DJI Osmo Mobile
This is a much-treasured possession of photographers and selfie lovers for perfect captures. While smartphones are equipped with powerful cameras and enable 4k video capture, even with the optical image stabilisation feature, hands end up shaking. DJI's Osmo Mobile is a motorised gimbal that provides stabilisation and helps in capturing non-shaky images and videos. The DJI app also has a tracking feature that can follow the subject automatically. It is operated using the Osmo Go mobile app for Android and iPhone, and offers YouTube live streaming option, too. Price: Rs 19,999
A book lover's delight, this Kindle ebook reader is the best from Amazon so far, both in terms of build quality and performance. Boasting a 300-ppi, 6-inch E Ink display, it has an adaptive front light that provides brightness during the day as well as night. Text appears sharper (like in print) and pages can be turned by pressing the thumb against PagePress, a custom-designed force sensor. The Voyage is lighter and easier to hold. It has a 4-GB internal storage, good enough to store a thousand books. Weighing 188 gm, its battery lasts close to a week. Price: Rs 16,499
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2
With the high level of pollution these days, the gift of pure air will be much appreciated. If you plan on buying one without burning a hole in your pocket, the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 is a great option. It is a good looking air purifier that doesn't consume much space. Equipped with a 360-degree cylindrical filter, it takes in air more efficiently from every direction and claims to remove PM2.5 particles, dust, indoor plant pollen, pet fur and more. With its 310m3/h CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate), Mi Air Purifier 2 takes just 10 minutes to circulate purified air in a 21 sq. metre room. Connected and controlled through a smartphone via an app, it also shows the air quality and the number of days required for the filter to be changed. Price: Rs 9,999.
DJI Phantom 4
DJI is a big name in the drone space. Drone flying is banned by the DGCA and permission has to be sought to fly them in the Indian civil air space. This hi-tech toy is a perfect gift for the thrill-seeker. The Phantom 4 has features such as Vision Positioning System to help keep the drone stable when flying outdoors; obstacle avoidance to detect and manoeuvre around obstacles in its path; TapFly mode using which you can simply tap on the live view to tell the drone where to go; and ActiveTrack that locks onto the subject you select and keeps it in the centre of the frame. Price: Rs 1,21,000 + taxes