12 days of Christmas gifts: day 2 is a laptop



HP Stream Laptop

Few gifts will ever get as much use as a brand new laptop computer. After all, there’s so much you can do with a top notch laptop, from playing games, to watching videos, to getting some serious work done (whether schoolwork or otherwise).

And it truly doesn’t matter whether the intended recipient is young or old, because everyone loves a computer! Right now at the Plug-In Blog we’re celebrating the 12 days of Christmas gifts, and today is day 2: laptops!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to get someone on your gift list 2 laptop computers (as in the classic song), but you can certainly get them one! Or, maybe you’re thinking of gifting yourself a nice new laptop. Either way, if you’d like a little help determining which computer best suits the occasion, just keep on reading!


If your gift giving budget is a bit modest this Christmas, that doesn’t mean you can’t still give someone the amazing gift of a laptop! For instance, you might add a little colour to your recipient’s life with the HP Stream 13.3″ Laptop – In Blue. This machine may be small, but it’s got some BIG features. Among its most impressive specification are the following:

– 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050

– 32GB HDD


– 13.3-inch diagonal HD WLED-back-lit display with 1366 x 768 of native resolution

– 2 USB 3.0 ports

– Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi

– & Windows 10

As you can see, this laptop is both fast and efficient. Its smaller size and built-in WiFi makes it the perfect travel companion. It’s as easy to carry as it is attractive, and the lucky person that receives it can use it in coffee shops, airports, and anywhere else with a free WiFi hookup. Your recipient can even tether the laptop to their cell phone’s data connection if they like!


If you suspect that a bigger screen might appeal to the person on your Christmas shopping list, the Dell Inspiron 15″ Touchscreen Laptop – In Silver is another great choice, and it has a bigger (15 inch) screen. What’s more, since it’s a Dell, you know it’s a quality machine! Its key specs are as follows:

– Intel Core i3-4030U

– 500GB HDD


– 15.6-inch LED back-lit touchscreen display with Ten-finger Capacitive Touch and brilliant, HD resolution

– Integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi

– USB 3.0 ports

– HDMI output

– & Windows 8.1

But this Dell laptop has a lot more going for it than just great specs. Because of its touchscreen monitor, your lucky loved one will have more tapping, swiping, & scrolling control than ever before! And, as if that wasn’t enough, this Dell Inspiron is ENERGY STAR qualified, so when you give this computer to someone, you won’t also be giving them a scary power bill. Any way you look at it, this laptop is an absolute winner!


Alternatively, if someone on your Christmas giving list is a major Star Wars fan, there’s no better time than this Christmas to give them the new HP 15.6″ Star Wars Special Edition Laptop. This computer features some seriously advanced specs, just in time for the release of Star Wars Episode 7. Among these specs are the following:

– Intel Core Processor (i5-6200U)


– 12GB of RAM

– 15.6-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare WLED back-lit display

– Built-in 1×1 802.11ac WLAN WiFi

– Bluetooth

– 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet port

– & Windows 10

There’s even a SuperMulti DVD burner for watching all of your Star Wars DVDs, playing your favourite CDs, and burning your own cool creations (along with any other content) to convenient, portable discs. But be careful who you give this laptop computer to. With such power and functionality at hand, your loved one may be tempted to try and conquer the universe! And, they might even be able to do it!


Moving slightly higher up the spectrum of great laptop gift ideas, we are lead to the HP Envy 15.6″ Touchscreen Laptop – In Silver. Among the key specs of this machine is the following impressive list:

– 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U 6th Gen


– 16GB RAM

– 15.6-inch Full HD WLED-back-lit touchscreen display

– 802.11ac WiFi

– Bluetooth 4.0

– Gigabit Ethernet

– NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M Graphics Card (with 4GB of dedicated video memory)

– Bang & Olufsen audio (with dual speakers & sub woofer)

– & Windows 10 Home Ed. (Pre-Installed)

As you can see, the specs list on this one is already getting quite long, and I haven’t even listed everything! This computer is truly a high end model. If it’s also within your Christmas gifting budget, then it’s sure to make some lucky person extremely happy. Whether your intended recipient is a hard core gamer, a superstar student, or a total workaholic, they’re sure to get years of productivity and enjoyment from this powerful and attractive laptop!


Finally, at the very high end of our great laptop gifting list, is the Toshiba W50 Laptop – In Black. And this one is absolutely loaded with top notch features and specs. Check out this list:

– 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-4810MQ vPro Processor


– 16GB RAM

– 15.6″ Full HD display screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution

– Built-in WiFi

– Bluetooth 4.0

– 10M/100M/1000M Ethernet port

– NVIDIA Quadro K2100M Graphics Card

– Numerous connectivity options, including RGB, 2 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0, HDMI, & SD Card Slot

– Back-lit (& spill-resistant) keyboard

– Windows 7 Professional (with Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade disc)

When it comes to base specs, not many laptops are as well outfitted as this Toshiba unit. I didn’t even list its integrated microphone and web cam, or its inclusion of the Toshiba EasyGuard Technology, which helps to secure and protect your computer. If you want to include peace of mind with the gift of a high end laptop, then this Toshiba is certainly the way to do it! I am fully confident that virtually anyone would be absolutely thrilled to receive such a gift as this!

There you have it: 5 great laptops that would each make excellent gifts this Christmas season! Of course, if you’d like to keep on looking and considering your options further, your next stop should be Best Buy’s Complete Selection of Laptop Computers.

Be sure to check in tomorrow to see what fun and exciting gift suggestions are offered on day 3 of our 12 days of Christmas gifts series, and don’t forget to pop over to Shelly’s Good luck with your Christmas shopping and have a very Merry Christmas!


Leonard Bond
Leo enjoys writing about everything from secret agents to tech toys and gadgets to professional hockey. Find his reviews and other product related commentary right here on the Best Buy Blog and his latest hockey rants at www.hockeycontroversial.com.