Need some last-minute gifts? Here are some hot gadgets for all ages

GizmoGadget from LG gives parents a way to stay connected with kids. (Image Credit: lg.com)

Looking for some last-minute gifts this holiday season? WHNT News 19 technology reporter Michelle Stark is taking action for you and checked-in with Verizon for some ideas. Scroll down to check ’em out!

Teenagers

Teens can be some of the hardest people to shop for. It’s hard to know what they’ll like, let alone what the “hot” gifts are for the season. Managers at the Verizon on University Dr. in Huntsville tell us parents really can’t go wrong with anything that “connects to a smartphone.”

Drones, smartwatches and speakers are all good options.

General manager Cleo Smith recommends the UE Boom speaker in particular, “It’s a huge speaker; great sound quality. It allows you to play music through your phone for your holiday party or even if you’re tailgating in football season.”

Definitely something to consider if you have a child heading off to college or to live on their own. The UE Boom starts at around $130.

Children

Many parents feel smartphones are inappropriate for younger children. That’s where a device like LG’s GizmoGadget can be a good alternative. The wearable allows you to call up to 10 people and receive calls from them. You can also send text messages.

It costs about $150 and also features a GPS tracker, which Smith feels is “really good for small children.”

Virtual Reality

According to Smith, Virtual Reality or VR accessories are a big hit with all ages this holiday season.

Google’s new Daydream View headset is on sale at Verizon right now for $39.99, with the purchase of a Google Pixel phone. (Google’s new phone is available with two screen options and exclusive to Verizon’s NextGen network.)

Virtual reality glasses like the Samsung Gear VR or Daydream utilize a smartphone to open up a virtual experience. You can watch live videos, stream sports and movies; even take a trip around the world.

The Samsung Gear VR costs $100 and the Daydream View (at full price) will set you back at least $80.

Fitness

Know someone who has fitness goals for the new year? You might want to check out the Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge 2. These devices start at around $99 and go up from there.

As Smith explained, both devices offer a range of features designed to keep the user engaged with their fitness goals. “This is going to allow you to track your fitness, it’s also going to give you a heart rate monitor,” she said.