Gift Ideas for the Hard to Buy For

by TechLinz The Captain on ‎11-27-2012 12:29 PM - last edited on ‎11-06-2013 09:14 AM by Community Manager

As much as I love the holidays, there are always a few sleepless nights tossing and turning trying to figure out what to get those “P” people on my shopping list.  The “P” people are the picky, practical and the probably-got- it.       


Let's Start with Picky

These are the teenagers in my life.  It seems no matter what, I can’t seem to find the right size, colour or style to meet their demands.  Almost every year, my hours of wandering through the mall are pointless as my gift selections are returned the week after Christmas.  This year I have a return-proof gift that is sure to bring a genuine smile to their face. Plus, it will keep one less person out of the return line. My answer...wireless headphones. 


Wireless headphones are now a must have electronic accessory for any teenager who wants to stay connected to their tunes without the hassles of a wire.  My top picks for wireless headphones are below. I have a feeling no matter what choice I make, I can’t go wrong.


First up is Dr. Dre’s Beats Wireless headphones. The good doctor has taken over the luxury headphone industry for the past few years. These headphones utilize Bluetooth technology that syncs with most devices and will free you from pesky wires. The frame is built from heavy-duty lightweight aluminum, so durability will not be an issue. Just to put you at ease, it includes a one year warranty. 


Up next is Sony’s Wireless Stereo Headphones. Value is the name of the game, for sixty bucks you’re getting a bargain. Sony is known for the reliability of their products and I can attest to this personally. These headphones let you rock out to your music from up to 150 feet! Another pleasant tidbit, you get up to fifteen hours of battery life.


Let’s move away from the bulk and get to the sleek. Creative’s WP-250 In-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones are in ear headphones! You get to motor around without wires and the weight of full sized headphones...why didn’t I know about this innovation before? The Bluetooth connected headphones feature an invisible microphone for making phone calls and come with easy adjustment volume controls. If you’re an active person, this is what you need.



Now for the Practical Ones

These gift recipients should be easy to buy for, but pose a challenge as they tend to re-gift what you give them.  Generally, the practical ones prefer a gift that they can get plenty of use out of and prefer something that can save them time and/or money.  For them I like to stock-up their home office.


A supply of printer ink, paper supplies and batteries may seem boring to you and I, but for the practical minded they just saved themselves a few trips to the store.  I’ve found that these items can make great stocking stuffers or be packaged together for one big gift. With that in mind, I've found the ultimate gift for my practical friend…


The Swingline Stack and Shred Shredder will take your personal documents and turn them into confetti. All you have to do is stack, shut and go. The shredder can automatically shred 100 sheets so you don’t have to sit around hand feeding it paper. This little beast won’t turn away credit cards, or even paper clips, think of it as your own mini wood chipper. Quiet operation and a waste bin capacity of 7 gallons are added convenient features. 



 And Finally the "Probably-Got-It"


These people are always the biggest pain, and usually are the last to be crossed off my list. Too many last minute shopping panics have been caused by this troublesome bunch, it is time to make a stand!


My suggestion for these people is not an actual product, but a service.  Enrolling them into Best Buy’s Cinema Now and offering them a prepaid membership will definitely be a welcome surprise.  Who wouldn’t enjoy a year or even a month of free media downloads? Plus, you can always sneak a few downloads for yourself when they’re not around. Smiley Wink  


But for any of the three “P” people, if you’re not 100% convinced that you can find something they'll like then you can’t go wrong with a Best Buy gift card.  Purchasing and sending an E-Gift Card is only a point and click away.  They can be purchased in any increment from $5 to $500. 



I hope this helps your gift purchasing journey this season, good luck!


Author: By day, Lindsay Smith is the CEO of Massive Media, a marketing agency in  Canada. By, night she is the Michael Jordan of Christmas shopping. Lindsay loves technology, gadgets, and exploring life's little wonders. You can also catch Lindsay on Global TV's Morning and Noon News Hour talking tech with Lynn Collier, Steve Darling, and Sophie Lui. Follow Lindsay on Twitter (@TechLinz) and on Google + for tech news.