Gift ideas for Christmas 2016

‘Tis the season to be jolly and to bring joy. Giving gifts is as much fun as receiving gifts.

What to give? Well, we have a few suggestions –

Let’s start with mobile phone accessories. Consider a power bank, Wave cover, phone pouch, screen guard, mobile phone mounting kit for mountain bikes or – everyone’s favourite – a selfie stick.

Bugatti denim cellphone case – only R99 each

More memory

On the subject of mobile phones, more storage memory is always welcome. We wrote a whole article on More storage space on and through your phone, explaining all the options.

This year we’ve seen a host of new, high-performance phones enter the marketplace. They’re faster, their screens have more pixels, their cameras have good frame rates and the pictures and videos they produce are high quality. But when the party gets going, more memory is always a good thing.

Keep an eye on the Flash Memory category for ongoing hot deals during this festive season. There are some really good bargains on flash drives and SD memory cards.

Action cameras

A very popular item is the action camera. People fit them on their helmets – on bicycles and motorcycles – to record their adventure. They also make very nice dash cams. Or you simply use it for handshot action.

Action cameras that will suit your requirements and your pocket

Gifts for geeks

If you don’t quite do geek speak you will have to listen to the key words when your geek friend starts talking excitingly about the latest computer products. Here’s a tip: listen to words like SSD, GTX, RX or anything to do with speed.

SSD is a Solid State Drive. Very fast, very sought after. And you’ll find one in our Hard Drive category.

GTX is a range of nVidia GeForce graphics cards, the most popular graphics cards in the world. Your geek friend might mention “GTX 960,” “GTX 1050,” “GTX 1060” or “GTX 1070.” You’ll find those – in the Expedition, Phoenix and OC varieties – in the nVidia category.

The competitor to nVidia is AMD Radeon with the new range of R and RX graphics cards. The key words would be “R7,” “R9,” “RX460” and “RX470.” Those you will find in the AMD graphics cards category. The new RX range, in particular, is real good value for money, made for the latest DirectX 12 gaming.

Gigabyte RX460 2GB GDDR5 OC with WindForce X2 – a big, beautiful, impressive graphics card

Gaming Gear

Computer gaming is one of the most popular pastimes in the world today. And you might be surprised that the average age of the modern gamer is 31. Thus according to Venture Beat

The average age of someone who plays games is 31 years old. In fact, more gamers are over the age of 36 than between the ages of 18 to 35 or under the age of 18. They are also mostly men, but by a slimming margin. Men make up 52 percent.

People play games on their personal computers, laptops, consoles and mobile phones. For computer gaming gear – gaming keyboards, gaming mouse, gaming headsets, game pads and game controllers – browse the dedicated Gaming Gear category.

In the Controllers sub-section you’ll find game controllers for PCs, XBox and PlayStation. In fact, some of the controllers can also be used on tablets and mobile phones.

3D Virtual Reality gaming on mobile devices has become very popular. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should. It is a whole lotta fun!

VR Box – 3D Virtual Reality gaming headset for mobile devices

The VR Box is an excellent gift to anyone who enjoys 3D gaming on his/her phone.


By the way, when it comes to mobile gadgets, you should also have a look at the range of mobile speakers. The latest portable Bluetooth speakers pack a punch, giving ample bass and volume to the music on your phone or tablet (which you’ll probably store on an extra memory card).

Talking of music… Boston Accoustics Bookshelf speakers. Awesome sound!

We also offer a range of clock radios, some of which feature Bluetooth and a memory card slot.

The PTH-305 clock radio doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker and has a memory card slot. It takes a rechargeable battery, meaning it is portable as well.

The specs are:

Stylish Alarm Clock
Battery percentage indicator
Bluetooth connection
Speaker phone
FM radio
Micro SD card support
Aux jack port
6 watt
Price: R529

Festive Season Low Prices

Wow! OK, there’s a lot to choose from. We suggest you keep an eye on the Essential IT Solutions Facebook page for announcements of hot Christmas deals. Even better, subscribe to our newsletter to get the news first. You’ll be jolly glad you did 🙂

Date: 18 Dec 2016