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Yeah, Apple goodies are cool and everything, but is it really worth the hefty price tag? No, since it turns out you can get all the cool gadgets you want or need without paying their outrageous prices. These are our 4 favorite Apple alternatives that will make awesome gifts and won’t break the bank.
1. A Tablet
The Excite series tablets from Toshiba make the perfect tech gift. They’re small, flashy, and deliver the full Android experience. You can download new apps, use the internet, get some work done, watch a quick episode of your favorite show, snap photos, or listen to your music. Or rather, the lucky recipient of your gift will be able to do all that! The best part about the Excite series tablets is that, even though they pack a lot of power, the price tag is still very affordable – they start at just $59.99. Make sure to grab fun tablet accessories like covers, cases, and keyboards that also make great stocking stuffers.
2. A Laptop
If you feel like giving a more extravagant gift this holiday, but you don’t want to spend all your life savings, a Toshiba Satellite series laptop is just the thing to give. These are the best everyday laptops that Toshiba has to offer, that feature fast processing so you can use several programs at once (or have 15 tabs open in Google Chrome at once, like me). Their crystal clear graphics make Netflix binges that much more enjoyable, and of course there's plenty of memory in them so you can actually get some work done, too. Starting at just $199, there’s no reason not to gift a laptop – plus you can use a coupon code to bring the price down even more.
3. New Headphones
Anyone who truly loves music knows that the quality of your sound equipment really matters when you’re listening to music. With bad headphones, you won’t be able to appreciate the true depth of the music. That’s why a nice pair of headphones are the perfect gift for a music lover. Toshiba offers a variety of quality headphones that will make great stocking stuffers no matter what your budget is – from Skullcandy earbuds under $20 to top-of-the-line Phiaton noise-cancelling headphones.
4. A Smart TV
When it comes to gift giving, if you’re going to go big, why not go huge? Watching the big game, a movie, or your favorite show on a laptop screen just isn’t quite the same as watching it on a big TV screen. On the larger screen in sharp HD, the images just come to life in a way that a laptop screen can’t compete with. Toshiba’s Smart TVs let you watch all the TV your heart desires in stunning HD, plus access key media apps like Netflix and Youtube. For your favorite movie buff, sports fanatic, or video game addict, a Smart TV might be just the gift they’ve been waiting for. With prices starting at only $349, giving a Smart TV won’t lighten your wallet too much.
Don’t get fooled by those shiny Apple toys – as you can see, there are plenty of flashy tech gifts you can give without using up all your rent money.