Best new gadgets for grandparents
There are some people that are easy to buy for and there are others that you leave to the end, hoping that you’ll have miraculously thought of an amazing gift somewhere along the way.
Grandparents can be notoriously difficult to buy for. Sure, they’ve seemed to love the scarves and ties you’ve bought them in previous years, but what if you want to get them something a bit more special?
We live in a digital age and it’s only fair that our grandparents feel the benefits of technology in their lives, so why not get them one of these great gadgets?
There are many grandparents who are tech-savvy and have got texting down to a tee, but for some the smartphone is uncharted territory.
To help them keep up-to-date with all the latest family news, consider buying them a user-friendly smartphone.
The Doro 8030 is a great Android smartphone choice offering users guidance around the operating system and with on-screen prompts and instructions.
Winter and mobile phones are a bad combination as both are notorious breeding grounds for germs.
Help keep your grandparents as fit as a fiddle by giving them the PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer. This handy device uses UV lights to clean smartphones in less than five minutes.
It also doubles up as a charger and has an acoustic audio amplifier so they can hear when they get a notification. The latest version now fits the iPhone 7 Plus and large Android phones so your grandparents can clean and charge their phone, no matter the size.
Mobile phone screens may have grown in size in recent years, but they can often still be too small for the older generation.
If your grandparent is constantly trying to zoom in when you show them things on your phone, a tablet could be the ideal Christmas present.
They’ll still be able to use it to keep in touch with the family, but with the bigger screen it will be easier for them to Skype, email, or even do a bit of online shopping.
But what tablet should you get them? If they’re used to iOS, go for the iPad Pro 9.7; if they normally use Android, opt for the Google Pixel C; or if Windows is what they are most familiar with, treat them to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Losing your keys can be one of the most stressful situations. While older people aren’t the only ones who do it, you can certainly make their lives easier by giving them a Tile Mate for Christmas.
This tracker uses Bluetooth to find lost items, so your grandparents will need to already have a smartphone, or perhaps this could accompany one you buy them for Christmas.
The small tracker can be attached to keys so if they get lost, they can be relocated by using the smartphone to ring the Tile Mate. Or, if your grandparents have lost their phone but have their keys, they can ring their smartphone by pressing the button on the Tile Mate, even if it’s on silent.
You might just be tempted to buy another tracker for yourself.