Just in time for the holiday shopping madness we teamed up with Future Shop to bring you the ultimate electronics gift guide. Both Future Shop and ourselves know that finding the perfect gifts for loved ones can be challenging. So Future Shop shared with us their Holidays’ Most Must-Haves list, offering the most desired gifts of the year to help the decision-making easy.
Furthermore, Future Shop’s provided us with these tips and tricks for gift giving success:
- Get easy gifts out of the way early: Gifts for the out of town nephews and babysitter can be as easy as a gift card from Future Shop or new Angry Birds plush toys for the app lover. Future Shop’s lowest price guarantee during the holidays makes buying presents early hassle-free.
- Research before purchasing: Research is key when purchasing big ticket items. Visit futureshop.ca or use Future Shop’s App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from anywhere to check out customer ratings on construction, quality, value and ease of use for nearly every product sold online.
- Get a gift receipt: Even with guaranteed-to-please gifts like those on Future Shop’s most must-haves list, a gift receipt is always a smart decision. This will help the recipient with any exchanges or price changes, and it doesn’t even include the price details.
- Shop online: If avoiding stores and line-ups is what is easiest, make sure to check the shipping section of futureshop.ca to ensure all gifts arrive on time. Another plus for shopping online or through Future Shop’s mobile app: free shipping on almost every order over $20.
- Keep an eye out for deals: Follow Future Shop on Twitter (@FS_Deals) or sign-up for Future Shop’s weekly newsletter by visiting futureshop.ca and learn about technology and cool promotions, new product and entertainment releases and exclusive offers and contests.
- Ask Santa’s elves for assistance: To help customers become Canada’s best gift givers, Future Shop Product Experts are always available in-store and even online through the Tech Yeah online community and blogs.
To further engage customers, Future Shop is encouraging Canadians to share their Holiday shopping experience. Customers are invited to Tweet using #FSMustHaves and share with followers, their thoughts on the most exciting holiday gifts.
Now, without further ado we present to you the Future Shop’s 2011 “Holidays’ Most Must Haves” list:
Games to entertain
Nintendo 3DS – Flame Red $169.99
Looking for a portable gaming experience like no other? The Nintendo 3DS system is here, offering truly 3-dimensional gaming with unprecedented depth and interactivity, so users see and feel games in an entirely new way. With all the features gamers love about the Nintendo DS, and a host of new ones, the 3DS creates a truly lasting impression.
PlayStation 3 160GB Entertainment System $249.99
A must-have for the gamer in the family, the PlayStation3 160GB systems, is more than just a gaming console, it’s a media powerhouse. It gives gamers the power to enjoy the hottest games, the latest Blu-ray movies, and the best high-definition viewing experience possible. With a 160GB hard drive built-in, users have the space to store movies, games, music and so much more. Please Note: PS3 vertical stand not included.
Cameras to capture memories
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2MP DSLR Camera With 18-55mm IS Lens Kit $549.99
Whether snapping shots out on the town or at family festivities, the Canon Rebel T3 is designed to make every moment memorable. Its 12.2MP CMOS sensor, Live View mode, and a variety of image-enhancing functions ensure every shot looks brilliant. Better yet, with HD movie recording, the T3 is all users need for photos or videos.
GoPro HD HERO2 Outdoor Helmet Camcorder $349.99
Just in time for snow-sport season, the GoPro HD Hero2 lets outdoor enthusiasts capture the spirit of adventure in amazing Full HD. The GoPro HD Hero 2 improves on the game changing GoPro with an array of enhancements and features that make capturing adventure easier, with amazing video and still image results. New features include vastly-improved low-light shooting, and LCD Interface Mini-HDMI Port, Live streaming, and easy preview and playback on a smartphone.
Electronics to stay connected
Toshiba L755 DS i3 Laptop $699.99
The perfect present for the person who loves to be connected for both work and play. Toshiba’s L755 DS i3 Laptop offers a powerful second-generation Intel Core i3 processor paired with 6GB of RAM, providing plenty of power under the hood. It is also equipped with a 15.6” LED-backlit HD display, a massive 750GB hard drive and HDMI output for easy connectivity to the HDTV. Available in silver, red or brown.
Samsung 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Wi-Fi $499.99
For the family member on the go, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers a better tablet experience, combining its ultra light and thin design with the powerful Android 3.1 Honeycomb platform. It brilliantly handles web browsing, multitasking, customization, and entertainment. So no matter what users want to do with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it does it really well.
Bell Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Smartphone (HSI910BR) – 3 Year Agreement $24.99
For the family member who’s always out of reach – the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is a slim, sleek and super-fast cellular solution. It features a dual core application processor so it works at lightning fast speeds, and is home to an 8MP camera with HD recording, an ultra-vibrant 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus touch screen, and smart Samsung features that will keep users entertained no matter where they are.
Relax and enjoy
LG 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED 3D HDTV (55LW5000) $1,599.99
For the sport loving family, a television is more than just a screen with images, its front row tickets to the season’s hottest games in top notch seats.Why not upgrade those tickets and bring the game to life with a new 3DTV. Featuring 3D capabilities, a Full HD 1080p resolution, and TruMotion 120Hz technology, the LG 5LW5000 lets viewers enjoy movies, games, and shows like never before. LED Plus Technology locally dims the screen for better colour, contrast, and shade detail. This model includes 4 pairs of 3D glasses.
Apple TV $119.99
This holidays’ must have for the Apple lover, the Apple TV is different – inside and out. At a mere fraction of the size, it will change the way users enjoy content on their television. It’s equipped with great connectivity options including HDMI, USB, Ethernet, and even 802.11n wireless LAN, so users can access and stream content the way they want to.
Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker (KUB40) $104.99
This single serve brewer allows java lovers to make always fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate and offers a wide variety of brands and flavours. Perfect for those cold winters by the fire, the Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker, allows users to make a cup at a time, thanks to innovative K-Cups (sold separately). It lets users choose from 8 or 10 oz brew sizes.
There you have it. That list just scratches the surface as to all the electronic goodness that Future Shop offers. Go in and check them out.
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