Practical presents for tech enthusiasts: 5 ideas to spark joy

(BPT) - Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for your tech-savvy loved one? Don't worry. Tech-Life expert Jennifer Jolly knows the best gadgets and tech-ish tools for all the tech lovers in your life. Here are a handful of her top picks to help spark joy this holiday season.

1. Smartwatch with fitness tracker

For your health-conscious loved one who's always on the go, Jennifer says a smartwatch with fitness-tracking features 'hits the target every time.' On its own, a smartwatch is an invaluable gift your friend or family member will use every day with useful features like notifications, voice commands and music playback. However, smartwatches that track steps, heart rate, sleep patterns and sports activity can help users push their limits to reach (and even exceed) their fitness goals in the new year.

2. Smartphone

Do you have a preteen who has been begging for their first smartphone? Or has your spouse hinted that they'd like to upgrade their current model? The holidays are a great time to give your loved ones a gift that keeps on giving, and a smartphone is exactly that.

Jennifer says there are some great deals if you know where to look and cautions people of those 'free' device offers that actually lock you into a two-year contract and end up costing $150-$300 more than the upfront price of the phone.

For a better option, take a look at Total by Verizon's Holiday Deal: Now through the end of the year, people who switch to one of Total by Verizon's Unlimited plans will get a free Samsung Galaxy A13 5G phone, for free, no strings attached. The Galaxy A13 offers quick, virtually lag-free downloading and streaming with awesome connectivity and a long-lasting battery that charges up fast. Your loved ones can use their new smartphone to capture holiday memories on video or photo using the high-res triple camera. Best of all, you can add four lines for $25 per line with Auto Pay. For more information, visit

3. Bluetooth Speaker

Audiophiles, rejoice! With a portable Bluetooth speaker, music lovers can enjoy their favorite beats while relaxing at home, out with their buddies, or anywhere they want to get their groove on. Make sure to look for dustproof and water-resistant models so your loved one doesn't have to worry about using their new favorite gadget in the great outdoors.

4. VR glasses

For those in your life who value a truly immersive experience, virtual reality (VR) glasses are a must. You can choose from high-end options for at-home use or mobile options that work with a user's smartphone so they can slip into the virtual world wherever, whenever. Whether they choose to explore virtual worlds, visit exotic locations or play immersive games, they can do it all with this handy gift.

5. Portable power bank

Make sure your loved ones can stay connected by gifting them a power bank. A powerful portable power bank is one of the most practical tech items you can gift a friend or family member this season. A power bank allows them to charge nearly any electronic product at home, in the office or when traveling by car, train or plane.

Jolly Holidays!

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