10 Perfect Gift Ideas for Holiday 2021

It’s time to start shopping for the 2021 holiday season! This year, it’s especially important to get an early start on that holiday buying due to persistent supply chain issues. Analysts expect many typical gift items to go out of stock well before December.
Of course, if you’re not quite feeling the holiday spirit this early, it can be hard to know what to get for everyone on your list. Luckily, this list of holiday gift ideas should help you get started.

1. New Headphones

Many headphones go through serious wear, so a new pair is one of the best holiday gift ideas for some friends or loved ones. Sony just released two new models, the $249 noise-canceling WH-XB910N wireless headphones and the $99 in-ear WF-C500 wireless earbuds. Either would make a lovely gift, depending on the recipient’s listening preferences.
If you’re purchasing new headphones, don’t forget the extended warranty for that new set of headphones.

2. Digital Experiences

Supply chain issues can’t stop the holiday spirit when the gifts aren’t physical objects. Consider giving a digital experience this year instead of a physical item. Gift a virtual live class or show, or pick up a new video game for a console or device the person already owns.
Digital experiences are getting creative, too, thanks to the pandemic: virtual escape rooms are now a thing, for example.

3. Digital Subscriptions

Along the same lines as the previous idea, a digital subscription is a great way to sidestep supply chain bottlenecks. Is there a streaming service your loved one wants but can’t justify paying for? Why not give a six-month subscription as a gift?
The same approach works for add-on or niche streaming services, Audible subscriptions, Twitch, and so forth.

4. A New iPad

What better way to spark joy around the holidays than a new iPad? Apple released two new models, both of which are relatively kid-friendly. The new iPad starts at $329 and is perfect for kids and families, with a Center Stage selfie cam that can automatically adjust the frame during video calls.
The new iPad Mini is small but mighty, with a powerful processor and Center Stage camera. It’s perfect for smaller hands, too.
Don’t pick up an iPad without getting an extended iPad warranty. You’ll thank yourself in a couple of years (as will the recipient holding a broken iPad).

5. GoPro

Does someone in your family love the outdoors, extreme sports, or some combination of the two? A GoPro could be the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast or daredevil in your family, allowing them to capture footage of their antics and exploits with an ultra-rugged, ultraportable camera.

6. Apple Watch

Apple Watch remains the undisputed leader in the smartwatch market, and Apple recently released the Apple Watch Series 7. It has a bigger and better display, plus better durability, faster charging, and an array of new colors and finishes. The Apple Watch SE is still in the lineup as well if you’re looking for a more affordable model.
Upsie also provides extended warranty protection for all smartwatch models and includes Genius Bar repairs for Apple devices.

7. Nintendo Switch

The latest consoles from Microsoft and Sony have been out for almost a year and are still very hard to track down. Nintendo is faring much better with its four-year-old Switch console, though. An all-new OLED model is the best choice if you’re buying a Switch, but any version offers tremendous fun for kids (and kids at heart).
Just watch out for the Switch Lite: It’s a great device, but it can only be used as a handheld console. The other Switch models can, well, switch between handheld mode and docked (TV) mode.

8. Power Tools

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, but for most dads, it’s not actually that complicated. If your dad already has too many ties and coffee mugs, consider purchasing a power tool. Chances are, if you get a dad in your life a power tool that he doesn’t already have, you’ve made a solid choice.
Power tools are one of the best holiday gift ideas for those who love working outside or in the garage.

9. Portable Smart Speaker

A portable smart speaker is the kind of gift that can get lots of use for many years. However, many people don’t know how much benefit a portable speaker brings and might not buy it for themselves. But once they have it, they’ll wonder how they lived without it all these years.
Buying a portable speaker? Here’s the extended warranty you need.

10. An Upsie Warranty

For the right person on your list, an Upsie warranty itself can be a heartfelt gift. An Upsie warranty pairs perfectly with new electronics. After buying a smartphone, smartwatch, or tablet, purchase an Upsie warranty to protect it from harm.
Upsie offers affordable extended warranties for a wide range of electronics and other goods, including many of the gift ideas listed above. Upsie’s warranties are affordable and often cost up to 70 percent less than competitors’ warranties.
To explore more of what Upsie has to offer, check out their range of extended warranty plans. Upsie also protects power tools, appliances, and more.

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