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All electric!

If we asked you who you might purchase a gift of a gadget for, you might jump straight to thinking about millennials. After all, they grew up with new technology, form the ubiquitous mobiles and kindles through to the use of new voice assistants at home.

However, if your workforce, affiliates or partners that you need to buy gifts for don’t fit into that demographic, don’t write off gadgets as something you don’t need to consider and revert back to standard rewards! We think that there’s a meaningful, useful gadget for everybody and every generation.

it might be true that someone in their 40’s might not be that keen on discussing the latest Snapchat update – but you can be sure that anyone in their 30’s, 40’s, 50 or even at retirement age will have a soft spot for pop culture references and a hit of nostalgia with a modern twist – something that can be captured with the right gadget.

Our case in point is the stunning Roberts Revival RD70 A FM/DAB/DAB+ Digital Radio with Bluetooth. It doesn’t matter the age or gender of the recipient when it comes to a slice of vintage nostalgia with modern sound quality, a Roberts radio really comes into its own. At £199.99 it’s a considered purchase, but something that will really last. Roberts are celebrating 85 years in business, and state themselves that “the huge resurgence of turntables and the ever-increasing popularity of vinyl records is one of the most exciting audio trends we’ve experienced since starting our journey 85 years ago”.

The new Roberts RD70 Revival has the same classic design that older colleagues will love, but with the addition of DAB+, DAB and FM stations you have the added benefit of Bluetooth so that the radio becomes a stylish speaker through which listeners can stream your music from your smartphone, iPod or MP3 player.

If you’re not sure if the radio is right, another gadget to look at that will have universal appeal is a Fitbit. We have a large range, and one of our favourites is the Fitbit Charge 2 in Gunmetal. At £159.99 this is at the higher end of the spec range, but when you think ‘watch’ you think of a classic employee gift for years of service. There’s no reason that because we don’t always give gold that we should compromise on the value and quality!

if you’re worried about whether it’s going to be a hit, we think this is an easy choice. With 25 million active users as of February 2018, it’s clear to see that Fitbits have conquered the marketplace for devices, and it’s not just young, active people who are interested in staying fit.

It’s also a perfect employee gadget to use as a prize for a health and wellbeing incentive – the nifty gadget can track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes & hourly activity with up to 5-day battery lie and sends reminders to move and take 250 steps each hour.

Our other big top tip when it comes to employee gifting with gadgets is to look to the future – precisely, VR!

Aon Employee Benefits, has said that its Benefits and Trends Survey 2018 showed that 32% of employers believe new technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, will play a part in benefits communications.

While only 3% of people use VR right now, around a third of people think that it will transform their work environments in the coming decade. The headsets allow you to enjoy up to 32 sensors, and 2160×1200 graphics, making an immersive experience where anything is possible. Holiday tours may be shown within a VR headset. Surgeries may be ‘pre-run’ in the safety of VR. Car sales, promotional wear – there is no limit to what could be shown within the VR space in the future. Already, “Wild Within” is a VR experience that promotes tourism in Canada’s British Columbia allowing viewers to travel through a rainforest via the coastline or mountain, and according to Forbes, 50% of customers in the first year of London dealership’s Audi VR experience pilot ordered vehicles without a physical test drive, basing their purchase decision upon their virtual experience.

It’s the ultimate hybrid gift for a work appropriate gadget and something that’s also a bit of fun as well. We stock the Bitmore VR Eye 3D Virtual Reality Headset for under £20, which is compatible with Android and iPhones from 4” to 6.5”.

With more than 300 Virtual Reality apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store – this is a great gift for some immersive fun that shows you’re interested in giving a gift that’s all about the future – a reassuring message for any business recipient!

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