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Digital Christmas – The Coolest Electronics To Gift In 2015

What will be under the Christmas tree this year? If you'd like to give — or get — an electronic gadget or two, keep reading. From streaming media players that let you watch just about every TV show to GPS units so you can get to where you need to go, electronics will be a big hit this year for just about everyone on your shopping list. Take a look at these must-have electronics in a range of price points available for purchase from these Chicago-area independent retailers. Before you purchase an electronic gift, make sure you understand the store's return policy.

Roku 4 Streaming Media Player - 4400R
Film buffs and couch potatoes alike will appreciate a streaming media player that lets them get caught up on favorite TV shows and new releases. Stream movies and channels with the Roku 4 Streaming Media Player - 4400R, available from Abt in the northwest suburb of Glenview. You can also display photos and videos for a personalized experience, and to show off your vacation photos in style with a full 1080P or 4K Ultra HD experience. The player is compact, measuring about 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches by one inch, so you can slide it into your existing home entertainment setup without much of a hassle.

Garmin Edge 500
If your holiday gift list includes a cycling enthusiast, then consider purchasing the Garmin Edge 500, available from Village CycleSport's three locations in the northwest suburbs. The unit will help you take a look at your speed and distance, so you can be assured you're on target for an upcoming road race. You can also add on a heart rate monitor and other features so you can make the most of a training session. If you or your loved one is really serious about racing, then consider that you can download data and analyze your most recent workout.

Garmin nüvi 2797LMT
If you have a friend or family member who seems to get lost just by crossing the street, then consider purchasing the nüvi 2797LMT by Garmin. The navigation unit features includes traffic alerts so you can plan your next trip accordingly and don't get caught in a gridlock on the road. It also has voice-activated navigation, so you won't need to fiddle with the unit while also trying to maneuver through traffic. The unit is available through the company's Chicago store; store directions are available via Garmin's website. Garmin also offers a number of products for marine recreation, fitness and other applications.

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition
Get a new perspective while capturing some memories on your next big adventure with the GoPro Hero4 Black Edition. The camera, which is available through Element Multisport, includes plenty of settings that will help you create the perfect image. Element Multisport also carries other GoPro products and accessories, so you can get just the right gift for someone (or even yourself). The company has locations in Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Oak Park.

iFit Vue Plum Fitness Tracker — IFACT 215
Keep an eye on the number of calories you've burned or how far you've run during your next workout with the iFit Vue Plum Fitness Tracker — IFACT 215. Available through Abt in Glenview, the fitness tracker will help you stay on track as you reach your goals. The tracker, which can be worn even while swimming, is compatible with the iFit app. The iFit also has a touchscreen display so you can make adjustments and check your stats while on the go.

Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in "-er." She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at

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