As 2015 draws to a close, you may be wondering if there’s anything you could possibly buy for the geek in your life who always seems to carry the latest in tech. Fortunately, there’s more to the holiday season than buying gifts—it’s about spending time with the people you love. Looking for something fun to do with the technophile in your life? Here are 4 techy ways to celebrate the holidays.
#1 Binge Watch Holiday Classics with the Cloud
One of the most memorable experiences of childhood is tuning into the local television station to see which set of holiday classics will the cable networks decide you should be forced to watch whether you want to or not. Fortunately the year is 2015, and if you’re looking for the same taste of nostalgia, but on your terms—consider one of the many streaming options available to those with an internet connection. Ditch old fashioned cable and impress your tech-forward loved ones by gathering family and friends to binge watch holiday classics on your Smart TV. Netflix is the current gold standard, however depending on your price point, app ecosystem, or brand loyalty; there are now a plethora of devices on the market to help boost streaming quality and give you access to digital media on your big screen TV. If the techie in your life is in love with all things Apple, the Apple TV, will come with the added bonus of transporting all their apps, music and videos onto the big screen. For Droid lovers, Chromecast is Google’s solution to the streamable media. There’s never been more ways to spend the holidays binge watching classics with the people you love!
#2 Host a Holiday LAN Party
These days technology seems to have supplanted face to face interaction in almost every facet of life, from the daily commute to the sanctity of the dinner table, it seems that everyone is always buried in their smartphones. This is especially true of online gaming, which is now more massive than ever before, supplanting the days of four player split-screen on a dusty old TV screen. Fortunately with the increase in processing power of mobile devices and the packing of ever more powerful graphics cards into laptop pcs, it can actually be easier to throw a LAN party in the year 2015 than ever before. Bring your fellow techies under one roof this holiday season with a holiday LAN party. Whether you’re rocking a Lenovo Y50, an Asus ROG, or an MSI Apache, everyone will be grateful that they no longer have to lug a bulky desktop computer tower and monitor to your house for a round of Warcraft.
#3 Get Fit with Wearable Tech
If there’s one thing that can make a tech lover brave the frigid December air, it’s a new toy—and what better way is there to get them outside than with the latest in wearable tech? The Garmin vivosmart Bluetooth Activity Tracker with HRM is the perfect way to encourage the techie in your life to get outdoors and get in shape. It monitors their heart rate, tracks steps, calories and distance and can even alert its bearer when they’ve been inactive for too long so that they can meet their fitness goals. This particular model comes with a sleek, invisible display, doubles as a watch, and can sync with a smartphone to vibrate in response to texts and email. Help your favorite gadget lover get ahead of their New Year’s resolution this holiday season with the latest in wearable technology.
#4 Go See Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered movie ticket pre-sale records, generating 8 times more revenue on first day sales than the previous record holder, The Hunger Games, at Fandango and more than 10 times the revenue at AMC Theaters. With tales of site servers crashing and the emergence of a secondary economy in exorbitant ticket resales, you’d be forgiven for thinking that seeing the movie on December 18, opening day was no longer possible. Fortunately, tales of tickets being sold out were mostly only true of premium options like IMAX and 3D. Once theaters acclimated to the unprecedented levels in demand, new show times were made available for even these premium viewing options. Of course there’s a high chance the geek in your life has already acquired one of those coveted opening day tickets—which is why BuyDig recommends this Limited Edition Star Wars Notebook from HP. With over 1,100 images of concept art, storyboards and behind-the-scenes photos and the first issue of the Marvel Star Wars Comic among other goodies, there’s of Star Wars fandom to help tide them over until the film hits theaters this December.