Our Top Tech Picks from Microsoft Our Top Tech Picks from Microsoft

Each and every year we vow, this is the year we will buy the right presents. The gifts that elicit screams of joys. Kisses filled with happiness. And every present hope and dream achieved. We try, every single year Laura and I try. There have been successes (the Xbox One was a huge win back in the day) and there have been some failures (who knew he didn’t want to learn to make sushi). Because in all honesty, husbands and kids love to have the latest and greatest gadget. Either way, you can use it for everyday activities or have it set up for afterschool homework or learning activities.

The Perfect Gift for the Family

Please don’t yell at me and say why does a family need a shared laptop. I will tell you why – it saves you a lot of trouble. The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a dream come true. It is perfect for office work or for researching school projects. Kids love the touch screen and the versatility of it being a tablet. We personally like the kickstand and keyboard for the more traditional laptop option. And don’t get us started on the redesigned Surface Pro Signature Type Cover in next-generation cobalt blue Alcantara material—a perfect blend of sophisticated style, comfort, and technology.

Surface Pro 6 starts at $1,179.00

Surface Pro Signature Type Cover $199

 

The Perfect Gift for the Teen in Your House

Whether you are going on a family trip, or hanging out at home, you know the kids are going to be having screen time this holiday season. Rather than squinting at the phone screen, why not have them use the new Surface Go. With up to 9 hours of battery life, the Surface Go is perfect for low-key daily tasks, providing laptop performance with tablet portability and a stunning touchscreen with the power of Windows 10. Whether they are binge watching Netflix or skyping with their pals, this gift has it all. For an extra little bit, be sure to add the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, available in 5 different colours.

Surface Go starts at $529.00

Surface Pro Signature Type Cover $129.00

The Perfect I Need This Gift (for you!)

Let’s face it moms, for most of us, unless we drop hints, we rarely get the gift we truly want. I like to leave little cutout pictures taped to his razor or hairbrush so every morning he is reminded of what to get me. Laura likes to put hints in his wallet. Either way, be sure to let him know you want the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2. Not only is this laptop thin and light to carry, but it comes with the Alcantara material-covered keyboard. It also has over 14 hours of battery life, is 85% faster than the original Surface Laptop, has boosted performance from the new Quad Core 8th generation Intel processor and is meticulously crafted with a beautiful touch display. This is the laptop that screams, I am ready to work and have fun!

 

Surface Laptop 2 starting at $1,299.00

 

The Perfect Gift for that Someone Really Really Really Special

 

This is not the type of gift you get someone every year. This is the gift for that special occasion. That creative genius who needs a top of the line computer. The Surface Studio 2 is the most powerful Surface build to date. It’s designed for creators who need vibrancy, high graphics performance, and fast processing. It is 38% brighter, with 22% more contrast, ensuring each and every creation looks remarkable! This electronic canvas has 4,096 levels of pressure, tilt sensitivity for drawing and sketching, and best-in-class ink latency. When used with the Surface Pen, your creativity will be unbounded. Precision ink combined with a rubber eraser, 4 different colours and tilt for shading means greater sensitivity and no lag when you the creative spirit hits. Using the Surface Studio 2 and the pen together will create the feeling of the “old school” sketch pad and pencil. This is the perfect gift for the next generation of creators!

 

Surface Studio 2 starting at $4,599.00

Surface Pen $129.00

 

The Perfect Stocking Stuffers

 

Forget about underwear, socks and tooth brushes, fill the stockings up with the Microsoft products. How about the Surface Mobile Mouse. This light, cordless mouse comes in four colours – Platinum, Black, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.

 

Surface Mobile Mouse $49.99

 

Needing more stocking stuffer ideas? Why not add in an Xbox Game Pass. For one low monthly price, the gamers in your family will enjoy unlimited access to over 100 great Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. Not only will they have loads to discover, the Game Pass will also allow you to play exclusives the day they launch – including the most recent addition: Forza Horizon 4

 

Xbox Game Pass $11.99/month

 

The Perfect Gift for Kids of All Ages

 

Every kid in your family will be jumping for joy when the Xbox One X is unwrapped! This is the world’s most powerful console giving you sharper details and smoother interactions. The increase in graphic memory means your experience is faster and richer, with quicker load times and more realistic characters and scenery. It’s an experience everyone will love.

 

Xbox X One $599.99

 

Another great option is the Xbox One S, a great console for gamers and non-gamers alike who like to play the latest action, racing, and role playing games, plus all Xbox One and backward compatible games. This console offers great visuals and animation for games like Forza Horizon 4, State of Decay 2 and Gears of War 4 plus blockbusters like Madden 19, Monster Hunter World and FIFA 19.

 

Xbox One S $299.99

 

No gaming gift would be complete without a game! Add in Forza Horizon 4 and make it the perfect present. This game will let you experience a shared world with dynamic seasons. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain.

 

Rated E for everyone, starting at $79.99

 

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