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Raksha Bandhan 2020: Best gifting ideas for your siblings

From smartwatches to ANC headphones, here is a perfect list of gifting options that you can give your sibling this festive season

Being one of the most auspicious and celebrated festivals in India, Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and it brings with it the excitement of gifts. While we are all adjusting to the new normal this year, celebrations will be a little different, and gifting your sibling and cousins the perfect gift will be extremely important. So if you are worrying about gifting your sibling something unique, below are some amazing gift ideas that will surely prove your love for them and will make this rakhi even more special.

Being one of the most auspicious and celebrated festivals in India, Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and it brings with it the excitement of gifts. While we are all adjusting to the new normal this year, celebrations will be a little different, and gifting your sibling and cousins the perfect gift will be extremely important. So if you are worrying about gifting your sibling something unique, below are some amazing gift ideas that will surely prove your love for them and will make this rakhi even more special.

Smartwatches are a hot trend in 2020. There are multiple options across budgets available with different styles. For example, in the budget segment, Amazfit has a range of options starting from the recently-launched Bip S Lite starting at Rs 3,799. The budget smartwatch's USP is 30-day battery life. For a more premium experience, you could go ahead with an Apple Watch which has been the best-selling smartwatch in the world. The watch requires you to pair it with an iPhone to sync all your data.

Smartwatches are a hot trend in 2020. There are multiple options across budgets available with different styles. For example, in the budget segment, Amazfit has a range of options starting from the recently-launched Bip S Lite starting at Rs 3,799. The budget smartwatch's USP is 30-day battery life. For a more premium experience, you could go ahead with an Apple Watch which has been the best-selling smartwatch in the world. The watch requires you to pair it with an iPhone to sync all your data.

Oppo Enco M31

The shift to a work-from-home lifestyle has witnessed a rise in video calls and content consumption. Wireless neckband earphones like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z and the Oppo Enco M31, priced under Rs 2,500, are among the best Bluetooth earphones that give value for your money. Not just for work calls, these wireless earphones can also come in handy while listening to music during workouts as they will not fall off due to the neckband-style design.

If your sibling or cousins own multiple gadgets, you must invest in multiport fast charging adapters. India's AMX Labs offers dual, triple, and even a quad-port fast charging adapter with a combination of USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports starting at Rs 319. We have tried the company's XP60 v2 with a 3-Type A and a USB Type-C PD multiport charging adapter to charge our work laptop, smartphones and camera batteries. In case you prefer wireless chargers that double-up as a stand, try the AMX Beam X that comes with 10W charging support for Rs 1,599.

If your sibling or cousins own multiple gadgets, you must invest in multiport fast charging adapters. India's AMX Labs offers dual, triple, and even a quad-port fast charging adapter with a combination of USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports starting at Rs 319. We have tried the company's XP60 v2 with a 3-Type A and a USB Type-C PD multiport charging adapter to charge our work laptop, smartphones and camera batteries. In case you prefer wireless chargers that double-up as a stand, try the AMX Beam X that comes with 10W charging support for Rs 1,599.

Smart speakers have evolved over the years. Their use case is no more limited to asking the time and getting weather updates but for complex tasks like scheduling a task, working with other connected devices, etc. Amazon Echo Dot and Google Nest Mini are among the two such smart speakers that aim to make lives easier. You can ask these assistants to perform tasks like booking a cab, ordering food, playing games, and more.

Smart speakers have evolved over the years. Their use case is no more limited to asking the time and getting weather updates but for complex tasks like scheduling a task, working with other connected devices, etc. Amazon Echo Dot and Google Nest Mini are among the two such smart speakers that aim to make lives easier. You can ask these assistants to perform tasks like booking a cab, ordering food, playing games, and more.

While we are staying at home during the pandemic, consuming content together on a smart TV with all kinds of OTT platforms adds to the viewing experience. If your sibling or cousin loves their daily dose of TV shows and movies, a smart TV from the likes of OnePlus Y Series is a good gifting idea. The OnePlus Y Series comes in two sizes 32-inch and 43-inch and start at Rs 13,999. Keep in mind that the 32-inch model comes with HD+ resolution and we recommend opting for the bigger model with an FHD+ resolution if space and budget is not an issue. You can also pick TVs from the stables of Realme and Xiaomi.

While we are staying at home during the pandemic, consuming content together on a smart TV with all kinds of OTT platforms adds to the viewing experience. If your sibling or cousin loves their daily dose of TV shows and movies, a smart TV from the likes of OnePlus Y Series is a good gifting idea. The OnePlus Y Series comes in two sizes 32-inch and 43-inch and start at Rs 13,999. Keep in mind that the 32-inch model comes with HD+ resolution and we recommend opting for the bigger model with an FHD+ resolution if space and budget is not an issue. You can also pick TVs from the stables of Realme and Xiaomi.

Coronavirus has led people to work from home and convertible laptops that offer efficient performance while being light in weight are the need of the hour. To get the best of Windows experience, Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 7 starting at Rs 72,999. Microsoft calls the Surface Pro 7 the 'Ideal everyday companion' for a 'power-packed performance'. Surface Pro 7 also supports the Signature Type Cover and the Arc Mouse for a tablet-to-laptop experience. You can also opt for the new iPad Pro 2020 that comes with a separate Magic Keyboard, making it a tablet that performs more-or-less like a laptop. Apple also promotes the iPad Pro with the tagline 'Your next computer is not a computer'. The iPad Pro is not cheap by any means and starts at Rs 71,990 in India. You can always opt for the more-affordable iPad Mini (Rs 34,900) or the 10.2-inch iPad (Rs 29,900).

Coronavirus has led people to work from home and convertible laptops that offer efficient performance while being light in weight are the need of the hour. To get the best of Windows experience, Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 7 starting at Rs 72,999. Microsoft calls the Surface Pro 7 the 'Ideal everyday companion' for a 'power-packed performance'. Surface Pro 7 also supports the Signature Type Cover and the Arc Mouse for a tablet-to-laptop experience. You can also opt for the new iPad Pro 2020 that comes with a separate Magic Keyboard, making it a tablet that performs more-or-less like a laptop. Apple also promotes the iPad Pro with the tagline 'Your next computer is not a computer'. The iPad Pro is not cheap by any means and starts at Rs 71,990 in India. You can always opt for the more-affordable iPad Mini (Rs 34,900) or the 10.2-inch iPad (Rs 29,900).

Rakshabandhan, more than anything, is a promise of protection. And one of the best ways to protect your siblings and ensure their safety in the online world is to use antivirus software. You can use a software like Norton 360, which come with features like an integrated VPN, up to 100 GB of cloud storage, Security: Protection for multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, smartphones, or tablets against ransomware, viruses, spyware, malware, and other online threats, etc.

Rakshabandhan, more than anything, is a promise of protection. And one of the best ways to protect your siblings and ensure their safety in the online world is to use antivirus software. You can use a software like Norton 360, which come with features like an integrated VPN, up to 100 GB of cloud storage, Security: Protection for multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, smartphones, or tablets against ransomware, viruses, spyware, malware, and other online threats, etc.

COVID-19 has forced many of us to stay at home. If you are working remotely, video-calling apps can come to the rescue to help you be in touch virtually with your siblings and cousins during the festive occasion. Microsoft Teams is one such video-calling app that comes with a feature called Live reaction that allows users to react using emojis. While it is unlikely to have such a huge family, Teams has support for up to 250 participants in a single call, just in case. You can also use other apps like Google Meet, Zoom, or WhatsApp video for a small-sized group video call.

COVID-19 has forced many of us to stay at home. If you are working remotely, video-calling apps can come to the rescue to help you be in touch virtually with your siblings and cousins during the festive occasion. Microsoft Teams is one such video-calling app that comes with a feature called Live reaction that allows users to react using emojis. While it is unlikely to have such a huge family, Teams has support for up to 250 participants in a single call, just in case. You can also use other apps like Google Meet, Zoom, or WhatsApp video for a small-sized group video call.

While we are stuck at home due to the pandemic, things are likely to get better very soon. To ensure that you and your siblings do not miss out on capturing the best of moments, boh indoors and outdoors,  a camera can be a perfect gift this Rakshabandhan. You can go for an entry-level camera like the Canon EOS 1500D that fits best for beginners. For the shutterbugs who want to take it to the next-level, Nikon Z50 can be your pick for a lightweight and compact mirrorless camera.

While we are stuck at home due to the pandemic, things are likely to get better very soon. To ensure that you and your siblings do not miss out on capturing the best of moments, boh indoors and outdoors,  a camera can be a perfect gift this Rakshabandhan. You can go for an entry-level camera like the Canon EOS 1500D that fits best for beginners. For the shutterbugs who want to take it to the next-level, Nikon Z50 can be your pick for a lightweight and compact mirrorless camera.

Have a sibling who loves to tune out and enjoys a true audio experience. The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless-2, which supports active Noise Cancellation, is the perfect gifting options you can look at this Rakhi. Don't like TWS? You can go for something affordable as the Sennheiser HD 350BT or the premium Bose QC 35 II, which are among our favourites.

Have a sibling who loves to tune out and enjoys a true audio experience. The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless-2, which supports active Noise Cancellation, is the perfect gifting options you can look at this Rakhi. Don't like TWS? You can go for something affordable as the Sennheiser HD 350BT or the premium Bose QC 35 II, which are among our favourites.

The digital era had led to us consuming and creating a lot of content. If your sibling is someone who downloads movies, photos, videos, 1000s of songs, then a portable hard drive or any compact storage device can be a good gifting idea. WD's My Passport has been a popular pick among consumers. We have the 2TB storage drive that comes with 256-bit AES hardware encryption and would highly recommend the HDD. if you want something even more compact, SanDisk's recently-launched Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C can be among your options. The device is available in the following variants- 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

The digital era had led to us consuming and creating a lot of content. If your sibling is someone who downloads movies, photos, videos, 1000s of songs, then a portable hard drive or any compact storage device can be a good gifting idea. WD's My Passport has been a popular pick among consumers. We have the 2TB storage drive that comes with 256-bit AES hardware encryption and would highly recommend the HDD. if you want something even more compact, SanDisk's recently-launched Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C can be among your options. The device is available in the following variants- 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

First Published on Aug 1, 2020 02:56 pm
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