Rakhi is an Indian festival that celebrates the bond of love between a brother and sister. And while the tying of the Rakhi is the most symbolic gesture of the festival, gift exchanges come a close second. If you’re at a loss for what to gift this Rakhi, we’ve curated some of the best tech options across price ranges.
Below Rs 2,000
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a budget fitness tracker that offers a plethora of features like a step counter, calorie indicator, heart rate sensor and sleep monitor. The Mi Band 2 is available for Rs 1,799 on Flipkart, Amazon and Mi.com.
Reliance Jio disrupted the wireless internet scene in India, and was the first to offer 4G internet at affordable prices. The JioFi is a portable hotspot that offers up to 150Mbps speeds and can connect up to eight devices simultaneously. The JioFi JMR815 is retailing at Rs 999 on Flipkart.
Sennheiser CX 275 S
TheSennheiser CX 275 S In-Ear headphones come baked with a high powered dynamic speaker system for enhanced bass. It also features a mic and a smart remote for controlling your playback. The in-ear headphones are priced at Rs 1,649.
Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the best ways to convert your regular TV to a smart one. The nifty device will allow you to stream movies, TV shows and music from Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, Gaana and other video streaming services. The voice search feature will let you search for content using voice commands. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is retailing at Rs 3,999, and makes for a great gift for the entire family.
Google Home Mini
Google and Amazon are at the forefront of home automation and a part of this effort is the Google Home Mini voice-controlled smart speaker. The Google Home Mini works in tandem with Google Assistant and lets you ask questions, set daily reminders and also get news updates. Additionally, the Google Home Mini can also be used to control other smart devices and stream music from popular streaming services. The Google Home Mini supports up to six users and retails at Rs 4,099.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
In today’s age of digital photography, the Fujifilm Instax adds a dash of nostalgia. The polaroid camera offers a selfie mirror, manual switching system and a shutter speed of 1/60. The Instamax Mini 9 is powered by 2 AA-size alkaline batteries that are rated to last for 100 shots. So the next time you are at a party or in a mood for retro pictures, all you need to do is click the picture and get the same printed instantly. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant camera is priced at Rs 4,385.
Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000
All-new Kindle e-reader
If your sibling is a bookworm, the entry-level Kindle e-reader is the perfect gift for this festive season. The latest iteration of Kindle is thinner and lighter. The e-ink display protects your eyes from screen glare and offers great visibility even in direct sunlight. Another highlight of the Kindle is the impressive battery that lasts for weeks on a single charge. It is priced at Rs 5,999 and is available in both white and black color options.
The Amazfit Bip is a compelling choice if you are a first-time smartwatch user. The Bip has borrowed inspiration from the Pebble series and thus offers a comprehensive set of features packed into a budget. It offers a heart rate monitor, pedometer, sedentary reminder, sleep monitor and a battery that is rated to last for 30 – 45 days. Furthermore, the Amazfit Bip also comes with GPS and pop-up notifications. It is priced at Rs 5,499 and comes bundled with one year manufacturer warranty.
While digital photography has made physical photographs all but obsolete, it’s still nice to have prints of your favourite photos. The HP Sprocket eliminates the need to head out to a photo studio to get a printout by offering a compact sized photo printer that can be tucked into your pocket and used to print photos instantly. Moreover, the HP Sprocket can be integrated with your social media accounts so that you can print the pictures directly. It can also be connected to multiple devices via Bluetooth. It is currently retailing at Rs 7,999 on Amazon.
Above Rs 10,000
Bose SoundLink Revolve+
The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a fabric handle for easy portability. It offers up to 16 hours of playback on a single charge and supports Siri and Google Now voice commands. You can pick it up for Rs 24,500.
Well, the OnePlus 6 needs no introduction. It is one of the most powerful Android devices that offers good value for money. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and sports a 6.28-inch display along with dual cameras. The base variant of OnePlus 6 (6GB +64GB) is priced at Rs 34,999 while the top of the line variant (8GB+128GB) is priced at Rs 39,999.