The bigger the gift, the better to show your love, right? (No, we’re not referring to penis size, so let’s get that out of the way.) Not really. Most Pinoy gift-givers operate under that logic when panic-buying for presents, thinking that little gifts are good only for the office monito-monita. But the truth is, even smaller and more affordable presents would be as appreciated by recipients for their practicality and portability.
If the people you still haven’t bought gifts for are big tech-heads (or if you forgot to get something for yourself), here are several small-gift options to add to your shopping list. All eight are locally available, so you can still make this weekend’s cutoff. Good luck, and happy holidays to you and yours!
If your gift recipient loves to Netflix and chill, a streaming device like the second-generation Google Chromecast is the perfect choice. Tell them to simply plug it into their TV’s HDMI slot and a vacant USB slot (or into a power socket, with the bundled charger), and hook it up with their home Wi-Fi, and they’re ready for long days/nights of binge-watching! Just remember to include in your gift card that they should check in with you occasionally, you know, for proof of life.
Looking for a gift for your sentimental loved ones? Get them a photo printer so they can see their work up close. The HP Sprocket photo printer brings their camera-roll and social-media photos to life; and they can bring and use it anywhere they want. The best part is everyone else can get in on the printing spree and connect with the Sprocket via Bluetooth for their turn at 2x3-sized hard copies.
We predict a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reunion with a long line for sticker-photo printouts and exchanges.
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Is there a professional photographer or videographer in your immediate family? The Sony RX0 compact camera would be a good addition to their gear—and maybe count as an extended Christmas gift for the next year or two. Designed as a rugged camera to be used in “challenging conditions” and as a solo shooter or part of an arsenal of shooters, the RX0 packs in the expected Sony tech (including an Exmor RS CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor) in a really small shockproof/waterproof build. Imagine what your gift recipient could do with their stills and videos!
Buy this little wonder at any Sony Philippines store for P39,999.
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Got a sibling, friend, or partner who loves to entertain at home—or just can’t live without good tunes? The Anker SoundCore Mini Bluetooth speaker makes sure the music never stops. This round black speaker can connect with their phone via Bluetooth, or keep the party going with external storage. They can also use it as a mic/speaker for hands-free calls, and enjoy an amazing 15-hour battery life.
Get this mini-speaker via the Anker website right now for P1,895; they have just three units left! Or you can drop by any of Anker’s official stores and authorized resellers.
Love you long time
When we say tech gifts, we don’t always mean the obvious gadgets. We also include things people use with everyday tech. Need another gift idea for coffee lovers aside from beans, grinders, brewers, scales, and/or kettles? How about a KeepCup LongPlay twin-wall glass cup? It keeps hot and cold brews hotter or colder for longer periods, and enables them coffee guzzlers to hold their drink for as long as they want without any discomfort.
Extraction Coffee still has some colors of the 16oz Long Play on stock, with a P1,500 tag.
That’s exactly how we’ll describe the Kingston 32GB OTG flash drive—fitting for your data-hoarding loved ones, or for those who need a strong reminder to back up their smartphone and tablet files. Do we really need to say anything else?
Buy it at PC Express for only P850.
This one’s for people permanently afflicted with wanderlust, and/or always struggle with figuring out which charging adapter works in which country. Kikkerland’s travel adapter will keep tech toys powered up in “over 150 countries." Plus, it includes a USB port for convenience.
Get that traveler this tiny lifesaver for P1,400 at Quirks Novelties and Curiosities.
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Attention, selfie addicts and VR enthusiasts: the Insta360 One camera is now in town. Not only does it take 24MP still photos and 360º UHD 4K footage, but also lets everyone play with bullet-time and time-lapse modes, erases those damn selfie sticks from photos, and keeps the headaches at bay with six-axis stabilization.
Feed your gift recipient’s vanity fix right now with an Insta360 One unit from any Digital Walker branch, and for P17,090.