The holiday season is in full swing. Christmas will be here in just a few days and like many others I am still out picking up a few gifts for those sometimes challenging to shop for people in my life. When it was time to grab a few for my boys who love all best tech gifts, I went shopping for cool gifts at Best Buy.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Why I Opt To Shop IN the Showroom
While I enjoy being able to shop from the comfort of my home, there are times when you just need to use your senses in the store to find just the right gift. Sometimes the product information on the online listing is a bit lacking. Other times, I need to see the physical product to determine if it will work for the particular individual I have in mind. Also, the Best Buy associates are well trained and ready to answer your questions. On my recent trip, I was helped by multiple associates on my quest for the perfect gift.
That’s not to say that I shunned the Best Buy website altogether. Instead, I did a little pre-shopping research which included visiting the What’s Trending page. This gave me an idea of what I wanted to look for IN the store.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Seeking Out Audio Accessories
One helped me while looking at ear buds and headphones for the younger boys. I knew that my 4 year old needed headphones and I wanted to see what my options were in the store. The highly recommended ones were out of stock for now, but I found a few other options floating around the store. He also shared that the Skullcandy brand of ear buds get the best recommendations compared to some of the less expensive ones.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Exploring Tablet Options
While we have a variety of ‘tablets’ in the home already, it seems like everyone wants to use them at the same time. With one each of the iPad and Kindle Fire, it is easy to get into that predicament. So, I took a peek at what is available at Best Buy. There’s really an option for anyone out there, including ones specifically made for young children. You can also find a great selection of cases to help protect your investment, including the durable Lifeproof cases.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Discovering Must Have Smartphone Accessories
My husband and I just upgraded to smartphones this fall and are now in the market for accessories to make our experience more enjoyable. Especially important for me is a way to charge my phone while driving as I’ve already experienced getting into the car and discovering my phone is nearly dead. Given the cold winter weather we have here in Alaska, I can’t afford to go out without a way to call for help. I was so glad to have one of the associates show me the best car charging option for my needs. I also checked out the Bluetooth headset options for the future.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Raising the Bar for Gaming Enthusiasts
I’ve shared before that the boys LOVE to play video games. They have favorites for the computer as well as the Wii and XBOX 360 we have in the house. I found that some of their ‘dream gifts’ showed up on the trending list on the Best Buy website. The XBOX One is something they would love, but won’t be entering the house during this holiday season. However, Santa just might be bringing Disney Infinity for the XBOX this year. Good thing I know that Best Buy stocks a lot of the individual figurines that expand the play so they can visit our local store in the days following Christmas to expand the collection.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Bringing Incredible Entertainment Viewing into Your Home
While we are not currently in the market for a new Smart TV, I was curious about what they provide and how you might reap those benefits without buying a brand new television. Best Buy offers many options to do that including the popular Roku, TiVo, and Apple TV products that bring streaming video more easily to your existing TV. After chatting with an associate, I learned that our current Blu-ray player offers most of the options a smart TV would have. She also was quite helpful with ideas for keeping our internet usage under control with teens who use it with reckless abandon.
I did spend a little time scoping out the DVD and Blu-ray movie selection. Santa tends to bring a few movies for the family to enjoy and this year will not be any different. I spied some great deals on movie 2 packs while I was there. However, it was a movie with a certain ‘super hero’ with sharp claws that came home with me. (Shh..don’t tell the teens!)
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Small Appliances for the Household
While Best Buy is known by many for their computers and home entertainment options, they also have a rather diverse selection of small appliances. Looking for a Keurig, Soda Stream, electric shavers, or other fun kitchen appliances. Our family loves our Soda Stream and Keurig. If we had the space, I’d seriously consider the table top popcorn machine for an experience closer to the movie theater.
Shopping for Cool Gifts at Best Buy: Give it to Win It Gift Card Promotion
Sometimes you have someone who you need to buy a gift, but the perfect gift just eludes you. That’s when I go for the gift card option! My teens especially like having the ability to purchase just what they want at their favorite stores.
Until December 24th, Best Buy is rewarding the Gift-Giver. Every time you purchase a $25 or more Best Buy gift card, either in-store or online, yoy can scan/enter the gift card number for a chance to win one of the daily prizes. You can enter via the Best Buy app by scanning the card or by going to the Give it to Win It page and entering the card number.
Here’s what Best Buy is giving away: (1) Grand Prize: $10,000 Best Buy gift card, (5) First Prizes: $500 Best Buy gift card, (10) Second Prizes: $100 Best Buy gift card, (40) Third Prizes: $50 Best Buy gift card
What a great thing that would be to receive your own ‘gift’ for gifting a Best Buy gift card!
Have you finished your shopping for this holiday season?
Did you have any people on your list who are difficult when it comes to finding the right gift?
What are some of your favorite products found at Best Buy?