Gadget Gifts You Can Give to Friends and Family Who Aren’t Tech-Savvy


It might be the age of information, but not everyone is expected to be fluent in the language of technology. Undoubtedly, you have a handful of people in your life that don’t understand much about technology, and they like to keep it that way. Guess what? That’s okay. Whether it is a birthday, celebration, holiday, or just a generous gift, there are great choices out there for those who don’t have a lot of tech expertise.

giftsRoku Streaming Stick

There’s a good chance that you know someone who loves to spend their free time watching Netflix and Hulu. Who doesn’t enjoy a good Netflix original show these days? The Roku Streaming Stick+ is available on Amazon for $42 and is a stick that plugs right into your TV. It’s easy to set up and has integrated Wi-Fi; all that’s needed is an HDMI port on the TV. Applications such as Netflix, Amazon Video, Spotify, YouTube, Hulu, Showtime, and others get included in the Roku interface. Now your loved ones won’t need to stream from their laptop, they can do it from their television.

Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera

Polaroid-style photos were all the rage before digital cameras and smartphones came into the picture. If you know someone who prefers the simpler methods of taking photos, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera is the best bet. The pictures pop-up Polaroid-style, and turning it on is easy. Photo paper is available for purchase on Amazon and photography stores, and the camera is available in bright and fun colors.

Tile-Mate Tracker

Everyone has someone in their life that seems to be losing their keys, phone, or wallet every chance that they get. The Tile Mate tracker is a small waterproof and dustproof tile that you can attach to anything you don’t want to lose. With Bluetooth technology and the app, your phone can show the last known location and it beeps when it’s activated from your device. Another benefit is with over five million in the tile community; you can ask others to help you find your tile if you lose it.

Roomba 890

Maybe you didn’t think that technology would also seep into the world of cleaning, but it has. The iRobot Roomba 890 maps out the floor of your house on its own and roams freely to vacuum your floor. It’s smart, too, and teaches itself to go back and recharge when it’s running low on energy. The model has a triple-cleaning system and advanced sensors that automatically adjust power settings according to how much dirt and grime is on the floor. It’s easy to set up, and you can program a clean from your smartphone app while out of the home.

roku-streaming-stickNew and revolutionary items don’t have to be super high-tech and challenging to figure out. The examples above show that you can buy cool gadgets for your friends and family that don’t understand technology. There’s a good chance that they might ask you to help them set it up, even though it’s easy, but that’s okay. Think about how great they’re going to feel when they can stream their favorite show from their chair or program a cleaning while at the office.

What gifts would you give to your non-tech savvy family members? Leave a comment.


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