Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Gift Guide 2016
Part 1

By Barry Donnelly

Buying presents, attending office parties, dinners with friends, and grocery shopping are just some of the factors which can cause extra stress over the holiday period. Having enough time to participate in all of the above is also a major headache over the holiday period. In order to help you save some valuable time when shopping for gifts, the team at Simply Computing have put together our Gift Ideas which will make the perfect gift for your loved ones.


tile-app If you have ever lost your wallet or purse or if you know somebody who has a habit of losing things (wallet, keys , TV remote or phone) then this is the gift you or they need. The Tile is the easiest way of locating your phone, wallet or keys.

Tile have carried out some research with their customers and have discovered that 70% of people who use Tile lose their wallet at least once a year. However, those people are also able to locate their misplaced wallet within 30 seconds of ringing it with their Tile App.

There are two different Tile devices that are available, Tile Mate and Tile Slim. Tile Mate is great if you are always losing your keys. It can attach to your key ring. With a couple of easy steps you can pair the device with your smartphone using the Tile App. If you are running late and cannot find your keys all you need to do is open the app and hit Find. Your Tile will then start ringing which will help locate your item. Your phone must be within Bluetooth range of whatever you have lost however if you are out of range you can check the last known location on the map. If you have misplaced your phone you can use Tile Mate to help locate it. Press the button twice and your phone will ring, even if it is in silent mode.

The Tile Slim is for that relative that is always misplacing their wallet. At just 2.4mm thick it will easily fit into your wallet or purse. This is also useful if you have issues locating your backpack or briefcase and it is a good way to ensure your valuables are easily locate should you misplace them. Given that it is the slimmest Bluetooth tracker on the market it can be used to track a wide range of items such as laptops, jackets, passports and even tablets (You will need to purchase the Adhesive for Tile Slim separately should you wish to attach to laptops and tablets).

Both the Tile Mate and Slim are maintenance free and will run up to a full year without the need to replace or recharge your battery. Once your year is up Tile will notify you and provide details regarding their reTile program. I have never had the experience of losing a wallet but I am always forgetting where I put down my keys. So this is definitely on my wish list this year.

UE Roll 2

UE Roll 2 The UE Roll 2 is a great portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker that offers great sound for its size. It also has an integrated bungee cord which means you can attach it to your bike or backpack for on-the-go listening. There are a number of cool features which make this an ideal gift.

It has an IPX7 rating which means it can be immersed in water up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. This is a perfect gift for somebody if they love singing in the shower, plus the Roll 2 is 15% louder than its predecessor so it is definitely a gift to consider given that it will most likely drown out any bad shower singers.

It also has a rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery which provides up to 9 hours of battery life and it can be paired with up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices. It also has a longer wireless range and it will connect with devices up to 30 metres away. One other cool feature is that it can be paired with other UE Roll 2 speakers which will allow you to double up your sound.

OtterBox Commuter iPhone 7 / 7 Plus

apl4-iph16-20-2 If you have that friend or relative who is always dropping their iPhone the Otterbox Commuter case is the ideal gift. While it may not be the most stylish and fashionable case it certainly offers great protection against drops, scratches and dust. It consists of a polycarbonate shell on the outside and has a synthetic rubber slipcover which means that it has dual layer protection. The soft inner case and hard outer layers are designed to absorb and deflect impacts. This case offers a streamlined fit, some cases that offer protection from impacts can be big and bulky. You do not need to worry about that with the Otterbox Commuter Series. While we have focused on the Commuter case for iPhone 7 it is also available for the iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus.

If you are still unsure what gifts to purchase for family or friends another option would be to give them a Simply Computing Gift Card. That way you let them decide and you take the stress out of trying to decide what to get them. Plus for every $50 value loaded onto a gift card you will get a BONUS $10 Gift Card for you. This offer runs until December 24th, 2016.

We hope that these gifts will help with your gift selection during the holiday season. If you are still undecided don’t worry we will have some more gift ideas featured in next weeks blog. All of the gifts featured are available in store and online. All online orders over $50 have free shipping.

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