Get smart with your gifting options this Christmas season

Get smart with your gifting options this Christmas season

By Taru Bhatia | | 23 December, 2017
It is that time of the year again when the spirit of Christmas, and of giving and receiving gifts, fills the air. And who doesn’t want new gadgets?
It is that time of the year again when the spirit of Christmas, and of giving and receiving gifts, fills the air. And who doesn’t want new gadgets? From smartphones and headphones to speakers and gaming consoles, the new range of gift-friendly devices is tailor-made to spread some Christmas cheer. More importantly, there are plenty of options available in the market for those looking to buy fancy but affordable gadgets, which get you the biggest bang for your buck. So to help you along this gifting season, Guardian 20 has compiled this rough guide that brings to you fabulous gifting options from the world of technology, all within that attractive pricing segment of Rs 10,000. 


Amazon Echo is a hands free speaker that can be controlled through voice commands. Echo has seven multi- directional microphones and beam forming technology which helps users to listen to music across the room. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, and weather. Sound quality of the Echo is absolute clear and detailed with low to middling volumes. Echo also consists of Mute button which can be used to Mute Alexa and it also consists of physical volume controls which can be used by moving the top ring of the Amazon Echo clockwise and anti-clockwise. Amazon Echo is priced at Rs 6,999.



Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports all-metal body and is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 and is powered by a 4100mAh non removable battery and comes with a 5.5 inch HD display. Note 4 comes packed with 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. On the camera front, Redmi Note 4 supports 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Xiaomi Redmi smartphone starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 2GB RAM, 32GB storage variant. The 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of the Note 4 price is at Rs 8,499, and 3GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs 9,999



The new Kindle E-reader is 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the previous generation Kindle, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand. The new Kindle uses actual ink particles and proprietary, hand-built fonts to create crisp text similar to what we see in a physical book. The blacks and whites on the screen are uniform, improving text and image quality. The E-reader gadget comes without blue light so readers can read without losing sleep and comes without any glare in bright sunlight so that high contrast touchscreen display eliminates glare in any setting. It also features Page Flip which help users skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end for a sneak peek without losing place. The battery backup of the device can go upto for weeks on a single charge. Readers can choose from new releases and bestsellers, including the largest digital selection of bestsellers in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam. Kindle E-reader is priced at Rs 5,999.



The design of Jawbone UP3 is bracelet-like and stretched unlike the common watch-like design. It is lightweight and slim with integrated sensors that automatically track resting and passive heart rate. UP3 comes with a physical button at one end and the 2.5mm headphone-jack shaped charger at the other. The unique feature of the device is the one which records passive heart rate (the heart rate while a person is sitting idle). UP3 also tracks the consumption of food, drink, calories and nutrients. It also uses the UP app’s food score to help the user know if he is eating right. A feature called smart coach gives personalized guidance through an understanding of heart rate and detailed information about sleep stages and other activities. This fitness wearable also connects the user with friends and family so that they can reach their goals together. Jawbone UP3 is priced at Rs 6,130.

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The retro-style Saregama Carvaan is a portable digital audio player which comes with in-built speakers and 5,000 pre-loaded evergreen Hindi songs, by legends like Kishore Kumar, R.D. Burman, Gulzar, Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and many more. The device also gives users the option of tuning into their favourite FM channels, and accessing their personalised playlists via smartphone, USB cables or Bluetooth. The digital radio comes with a rechargeable battery that last for up to five hours. Carvaan is a lightweight gadget, which means it can prove to be an excellent travelling companion. The device comes equipped with a jog-dial that can help you select songs from its vast audio library. There’s also an LCD display at the front, which is another standout feature. Saregama Carvaan is priced at Rs 5,990.



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