Mike and I love our tech gadgets! But something I’ve come to realize over the last few years is that we tend to purchase tech online these days without trying it, testing it, feeling it, in person first.
It’s like the feeling you get when you’re holding and reading from a physical book. It’s a nice feeling, right? But I’ve been missing that feeling for certain things like that—including physical tech.
Why wouldn’t you want to hold, click, touch, test before you commit to buying something like tech? And in an increasingly digital world, it’s sort of nice to go back to how we used to shop.
That’s something I got to do this month as a Team TELUS ambassador, when I visited the TELUS Connected Experience store in Southgate Mall.
Note: as a Team TELUS ambassador, I write about different ways TELUS makes my connected life easier and fun throughout the year. This is a sponsored blog post.
TELUS’ Connected Experience concept stores are like a playground where customers can touch, test and play with more than 1,000 curated tech and gadgets meant to help enhance our digitally connected life.
The Connected Experience stores showcase the latest phones, headphones, health/fitness tech, speakers, tech toys, smart home devices, and other gadgets that often integrate with one another (connected!) and ultimately enhance our lives.
Honestly, it had been a long time since I had touched and tested products in a physical store. It was really nice!
Below, I’m recommending a few tech/gadgets you can get a TELUS Connected Experience Store this holiday season (gift it, or get it for yourself). You can also keep scrolling for details on how to enter my giveaway for some fun tech too: a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9!
5 TELUS Tech Gifts to Get & Give This Holiday Season
Who knew experiencing virtual reality could be so affordable? I was excited to see that the Merge VR 360 Googles and Merge Cube come in at under $30 each (the goggles are $29.99, the cube is $19.99—both currently on sale). The goggles themselves include hundreds of apps and virtual reality experiences so you can experience literally almost anything, while the cube is a really neat device that combines VR with augmented reality—games, holograms and other puzzles. It was really fun to play with in store!
Where are my Harry Potter fans at? This cool piece of tech is currently out of stock online so you should definitely head in store to grab it—build a wand, learn to code, MAKE MAGIC! Mike and I spent some time in the store trying to figure out different magic spells based on different computer coding language. It’s a cool way to marry magic with science/tech. And obviously you’ll look sweet waving a wand around lol. Cost: $109.99 (on sale form $129.99)
Okay, you can also enter to win one of these beauties below, but if you want to guarantee owning a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera, you should just buy it yourself! This isn’t new tech, but it’s so awesome that I’d include it on any gift giving guide, anytime. These compact cameras come in multiple colours (I have white but also want the pink one lol), is super easy to use and is really a nod to the olden days of polaroids. Point, shoot, and immediately get a photo print. These Instax cameras are so great for events, travel, you name it! Currently on sale for $79.99, and if you did want a newer version, there’s an SQ6 model that’s currently only in available in stores.
Mike and I were pretty torn on whether we should have gotten Amazon’s Echo (Alexa) or the Google Home. If there had been a deal like this when we were in our smart home assistant search, we may have gone for Google lol. This holiday, TELUS is offering Google Home Minis at a Buy One, Get One Free special! They’re also on sale from $79.99 down to just $39.99! We love our smart home assistant. If you haven’t gotten one yourself, this is a great time to try it!
Similar to the Harry Potter coding wand, here’s another popular item that is not only magical and fun, but also teaches you really awesome coding skills. (I’m jealous of the kind of connected gadgets people have access to these days!!) With the UnicornBot you build and code your own mythical robot then customize its actions. Learn to code and introduce kids to STEM tech (science, tech, engineering, math) at a young age. Cost: $129.99 (on sale from $149.99)
That’s not all though, TELUS is offering a few pretty sweet holiday deals like ‘Double the Data’ (pay half for double the data, inquire in-store), get an Amazon Echo for free if you buy a Samsung S9 or S9 Plus, all Beats headphone products are 30% and they’re offering 20% off a 3-pack of any phone case, screen protector and charger. Thanks to Ajay from the Southgate Mall TELUS Connected Experience store for talking about the store concept and the popular tech/gadgets + TELUS deals! And if you can’t make it to the Southgate Connected Experience store, the TELUS retail stores in the area Edmonton area including West Edmonton Mall, St. Albert and 34th Avenue will have you covered, too. Alright, now for the freebies!
*** GIVEAWAY ***
Now that you’re all excited about tech gadgets, enter to win one! I have a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and I love it and I’m excited to be giving away one for you this holiday season. I whip out my Fujifilm Instax for a lot of occasions, and when we’re talking about that ‘feeling’ of physical touch, the Instax camera really satisfies that too with its instant print-out polaroid.
To enter, do the following:
- Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite tech in your life is and why!
- Note: the blog comment is a mandatory entry. You must leave a comment in order to qualify to win.
For additional entries, you can do the following:
- Leave a comment on my Instagram post tagging a friend!
- Leave a comment on my Facebook post
- Tweet this message:
- Check out 5 @TELUS Tech Gifts to Gift & Get This Holiday Season & enter to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 coutesy of #TELUS and @lindork! https://bit.ly/2AbW6Ni #yeg #yyc #AB
I will randomly select a winner from all entries received by Jan. 2.
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Disclaimer: This blog was posted as part of my #TeamTELUS brand ambassador partnership. I’m a proud member of #TeamTELUS! This has no impact on opinions stated in this post. I love tech, and I love the connected tech that TELUS offers! Also, I really love my Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and can’t wait to give it away for one of you!