Planning on giving a fun tech gift this year for Christmas? I’ve got a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to make sure the person receiving the gift can enjoy it right away.
1: Power! If your item requires batteries, make sure you include a pack. Even if a device says batteries are included, sometimes those batteries can run down while they’re sitting on the shelf. You’ll want to make sure there’s a fresh pack.
If it’s a rechargeable device, are the charging cable and plug included? You may need to include a cord or USB charging plug. A backup charger is also a thoughtful gift to include with a mobile device.
2. Peripherals. Does the device require anything besides batteries to work? Digital camera and recorders may require a microSD card to function, as do some music players. If a device needs a microSD card, you’ll also need to find out what size card that device supports. One that is too large may not work with the card. Even if a device doesn’t require the card, it can be a thoughtful gift to add more storage capacity to a phone or a tablet. Other things to consider are headphones, keyboards, and speakers.
Other things to consider are headphones, keyboards, and speakers. They can make devices easier to use, but make sure you have the right ones. Don’t purchase a Bluetooth keyboard unless the device is Bluetooth compatible.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help selecting a gift. If you aren’t too sure how something works, find out from someone who does. I know of a case where grandparents promised a kid an Xbox for Christmas. They purchased an $80 game, thinking that’s all you needed to do. But they forgot to get the $300 Xbox because they didn’t realize that the game wasn’t a standalone item like a board game.
It works the other way as well. If you buy a game console, make sure to include a game or two. Also, since most game consoles only come with one controller, you’ll want to pick up an extra one if more than one person will be playing. If you’re thinking that a nice music gift card is a good solution for a teen, you’ll want to find out from parents which music service they use.
Thinking ahead a bit can prevent a lot of returns.