Great technology holiday gift ideas for friends and family

One of the biggest gift trends is technology. Ranging from the fun and toy category to gifts that are more practical, technology gifts can help you cross off everyone on your list.

According to a recent national Staples survey, 40 percent of gift givers will buy tech or tech accessories this gift giving season.

“If there’s someone who doesn’t want tech for the holidays this year, I can’t find them!” says tech expert Carley Knobloch. “For work or play, whatever their age, there’s a range of tech products out there that would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list.”

When heading out to do your holiday shopping, stop by Staples to check out a broad assortment of tech gifts and accessories:

* Microsoft Surface 2 – Sending emails, storing photos and movies and quick processing speed make this tablet a great choice for a holiday gift. The keyboard is separate and makes for easy typing for those who like to write – or are using the tablet for work.

* Samsung Chromebook – If you have someone on your holiday list who needs to take work on the go, this notebook is a great option. Everything on the notebook will sync with files on Google drives and it has a 10-hour battery life, giving users plenty of work time in between charges. Plus, this notebook will run all the user’s favorite Google apps.

* HP Pavilion Chromebook – Saving photos, using social media and handling more detailed work is where this notebook has found success. The 14-inch screen is big enough for anyone with creative genes to do digital graphics work, but still be able to go mobile with the computer. In addition, it turns on immediately, allowing users to take it to meetings with clients or instantly post the latest picture of the grandchildren for real-time updates to friends and family.

* Beats By Dr. Dre Pill Portable Speaker – The music lover on your holiday shopping list probably already has this on his wish list. This compact speaker produces powerful sound, and connects via Bluetooth to music-holding devices. Because of its compact size, the user can take Beats Pill anywhere, and has a carabiner to attach to a backpack for easy transport.

* Staples Connect – This exclusive, single, multi-platform app and universal “Hub” allows a multitude of devices to talk to each other, letting customers shut down their office by turning off lights, lowering shades and locking doors, while at the same time turning on their lights and heat at home.

With these tech ideas, you’ll be able to get the prefect gifts for everyone on your list. Check out your local store or visit to learn more about each of these devices and to find additional technology holiday gifts.

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