Whereas in olden times people were apt to get another bundle of socks or perhaps some other stock gift, today’s Christmas celebrations absolutely must include a few amazing (and hopefully indispensable) gadgets.  These could be anything really, from machines designed to improve the way you experience entertainment to those which help accentuate your lifestyle.   Regardless of what you might enjoy doing, there’s some nifty device out there to make it seem all the more interesting.  Anyway, without further ado, here are 5 tech gadgets that would make “awesome” Christmas gifts…

Roku 3

Roku 3

Certainly most of us are used to streaming services by now.  The likes of Netflix and other net-delivered information pipelines have radically altered the way we see entertainment, in fact.  Well, the Roku 3 is a handy little gadget that takes things a step further.  This fairly small unit can stream no less than 1,000 or more channels encapsulating movies, television programs and more.  It plugs into any HD tv and even offers headphone support for quiet viewing.  If that weren’t enough, the accompanying remote also doubles as a video game controller, meaning that you can pack an entire entertainment complex with you wherever you might go.   You might be wondering “but what about my USB devices?”…not to worry, it has you covered there as well with slots.  Oh yeah, did we mention that it comes in at around $100?

Jawbone Up24

Jawbone Up24

In this day and age of smart-everything it only makes sense to use technology to improve your health as well as your personal lifestyle and so forth – enter the Jawbone Up24.  Basically, this little gadget is a wristband that tracks bio data and sends it to a smartphone via an app.  Why is this important, you ask?  Well, this allows you to completely and accurately track various elements about your physical routines and workouts, including calories burned and the like.  In turn, you can use it to track your long-term progress and even definitive goals whatever they might be.

Jabra SOLEMATE Portable Speaker

Jabra SOLEMATE Portable Speaker

How many times have you been using a small device or a laptop and thought “jeez, I’d really like to be able to make this louder?” …a lot, right?  The Jabra SOLEMATE Portable Speaker is of course the complete solution for this issue, it being a wireless Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker which produces some big sound for its size.

Parrot AR. Drone Quadricopter

Parrot AR. Drone Quadricopter

Drones are becoming ever more present, largely because the technology is there and well, they work well for multiple applications.  Whether you’re just a hobbyist looking for something interesting to do in your spare time or even intrigued by the notion of using a mini drone for professional / business purposes (like ranchers tracking their herds, for example), the Parrot AR. Drone Quadricopter is a cheap and rather effective unit to buy.

Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air

Lastly, we come to the Apple iPad Air, which is by all accounts one of the coolest devices released in recent memory.  First off, it is incredibly small, light and thin, which means greatly enhanced portability and ease of use.  Secondly, it’s loaded down with a desktop class architecture, meaning it has enough power to do a great number of things you wouldn’t think it was capable of.   It comes with the iOS 8, which according to apple is “the most advanced mobile OS out there”.  Regardless of whether or not that statement is completely and wholly accurate, it certainly IS an amazing piece of software married to an incredible design (form and function brought together, as they say).  This is definitely the best stocking stuffer you’re likely to come across.