Think beyond the conventional choices this Raksha Bandhan.
Gift your brother/sister something smart, useful and trendy, says Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com.
Raksha Bandhan is the best time to surprise your sibling.
If you are tired of the conventional and boring list of gifting options, here are a few gadgets you can consider for your brother/sister.
>> For the bookworm
Amazon Kindle (8th Gen) e-book reader
Price: Rs 5,999
If your sibling is a bookworm, chances are s/he has already hijacked most of your shared living space.
How about gifting him/her an e-book reader this year?
You can get a 6" inch Amazon Kindle (8th Gen) e-book reader where s/he can store thousands of books in 4 GB of inbuilt space.
All you'll need is an internet connection to download and save books that you can read on the go.
>> A smartphone that won't burn a hole in your pocket
Xiaomi's Redmi7A and Realme C2
Price: Both cost approx Rs 5,999 approx.
If you are introducing your teen brother/sister to a smartphone, you can consider buying something that is not too pricey.
Xiaomi's Redmi7A and Realme C2 both come with 2 GB RAM +16 GB ROM with long battery of 4000 mAh, which should last for more than a day.
They both pack in great hardware to watch movies, listen to music, play popular lite version games and click pictures.
>> A gift to shut your noisy sibling
- Skullcandy Riff S5PXW-L672 wireless headphones
Price: Rs 4,775 approx.
If your rock star sibling is driving you nuts with his/her high pitch music, this wireless over-the-ear headphones are the perfect solution.
You can pick from the list, below, based on your liking of the brand, heavy bass or long battery life.
Skullcandy Riff S5PXW-L672 wireless on-ear headphone is available in gray, speckle and miami colour.
It has a 12-hour battery life and supports rapid charge, 10 minutes of charge gives you two hours of music listening pleasure.
- Audio-Technica ATH-S200BTGBL wireless headphones
Price: Rs 5,391 approx.
Audio-Technica ATH-S200BTGBL a Bluetooth wireless on-ear headphones with built-in mic and controls.
A well-know brand name to audiophiles, it brings ATH-S200BTGBL at a budget price.
This headphone will last up to 40 hours with a single charge.
- Sony Extra Bass MDR-XB650BT wireless headphones
Price: Rs 5,240 approx.
This one has a powerful bass and can play music for 30 hours on a single charge.
Portable music for everyone
If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that fits in your budget, there are two options for you:
- Sony SRS-XB10 EXTRA BASS portable splash-proof wireless speaker
- Mi Pocket 5 W Bluetooth speaker
- Sony SRS-XB10 EXTRA BASS
Price: Rs 3,249 approx.
This wireless speaker has a battery life of 16 hours on full charge.
It is built to withstand water splashes so that there's no stress when you are listening to music in the bathroom.
- Mi Pocket 5 W Bluetooth speaker
Price: Rs 1,299 approx.
Don't go by the small size, this mini 5 W speaker is good enough to give a room full of sound.
The battery can last up to 7 hours in a single charge.
For the vlogger
Polaroid Cube HD Action video camera
Price: Rs 4,799 approx.
If your brother/sister likes adventure or has a blog, this Polaroid Cube HD Action video camera can be a good gift for him/her.
The action camera may not have the features you will see in expensive ones, but it lets you capture good videos and photographs when compared with other cameras available at the same price.
For the hoarder
Seagate Expansion Portable
Price: Rs 5,299 approx.
Gone are those days when you relied on your PC and laptop storage to save your movies, photographs and important files.
A portable hard drive can be always handy.
It has USB 3.0 port for faster data transfer and is supported by PC and Mac.
For the movie buff
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Price: Rs 3,999 approx.
If your sibling watches a lot of movies on his/her mobile, it's time you gifted them something more useful.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick will help them watch the same on the big screen (television).
It will even make your old television smart as it comes with Alexa assistant voice remote that will help you access media easily.
For the smart one
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) and the Google Home Mini
Price: Both cost Rs 3,999 approx.
Gift your ever inquisitive sibling a device with smart assistant.
Both Echo Dot (3rd Gen) and the Google Home Mini are supported by voice assistant Alexa for Echo and Google for Google Home Mini.
Besides answering your queries, you can listen to songs, read a book, book a cab or a movie ticket, control your smart home light and devices.
For the fitness freak
Mi Band 3
Price: Rs 1,998 approx.
The best way to inspire your brother/sister to stay healthy is by gifting a fitness tracker.
The Mi Band 3 by Xiaomi is affordable and comes with multiple functions.
Other than tracking your fitness activity with a step count, it is also loaded with important features like idle alert to push you to get going, heart rate monitor, call alert, show weather forecast, sleep tracking, smart unlocking and many more.
You can wear it while you swim, because it is water resistant up to 50 m. The battery can easily last up-to 20 days.
For your old-fashioned sibling
Price: Rs 3,199 approx.
If your sibling likes a touch of vintage, the latest avatar of the durable and once popular Nokia 3310 maybe a good choice.
It may not be a smartphone, but it comes with all the essential features for basic communication and entertainment in a beautiful design.
Being just a feature phone, the removable 1200 mAh battery should last for days.
Saregama Carvan Go
Price: Rs 3,990 approx.
Does your sibiling loves listening to old songs and artistes? You can gift him/her an album of 3,000 pre-loaded Hindi songs.
The Saregama Carvan Go is a personal digital audio player with a built in AM/FM radio.
It offers 7 hours of playtime on full charge.
The player also supports micro SD card up-to 32 GB to load your collection.
A gift from a protective sister/brother
Mi Home Security Camera 360 degree
Price: Rs 2,699 approx.
If you are concerned about your sibling's security at home, you can gift him/her the Mi Home Security Camera 360 degree.
The camera can capture Full HD video (1080p) and also supports night vision.
It can be controlled and monitored via a mobile phone.
The AI powered motion detection alerts on the connected mobile when motion is detected.