'Tis (almost) the season of hustle, bustle, parties and presents. If you are anything like me, you like to get an early start on all things holiday related, especially buying gifts. I know that gifts are not what is important this season, but if you are going to be giving any, then they ought to be thoughtful.
Giving a gift is pointless if you just grab something last minute because you almost couldn't be bothered to get the person something. Instead, giving presents is supposed to be a way to show how much you care for someone. I am not saying that not exchanging gifts is bad or means you don't care, I am saying that a thoughtless gift is WORSE than no gift.
Whenever I get a gift, I get it with a specific person in mind. I know some people shop sales and then just decide who gets what later, but I think that is far less personal, and I like my gifts to be special. I would rather a doodle on a torn piece of paper that actually and thought behind it than a diamond necklace that didn't.
Of course a thoughtful gift that is also fun, exciting, and useful is even better. I feel bad for my husband most of the time, because he is not the best at knowing what to get me. Not to say that I have ever disliked anything he gets, only that I don't even know what I could need/want half of the time, and he pretty much has to come up with ideas himself.
He does a great job, he gets me things I did not even know I wanted, but he likes it much better when I tell him what to get. This year, he has it a bit easier. He knows that as a blogger and just as a photography lover that I need a very good camera. He also knows that the camera I loved broke early this year and I had to replace it with a used one, that was supposed to be great, that I ended up hating.
He has already let it slip that he will be getting me a camera this year, which is just about the sweetest thing ever. The problem is, he does not know much about cameras, and he wants me to pick the one I want. Sounds easy enough, I tell him what I want, and he gets it.
Therein lies the problem, I don't know what camera I want. I mean if money was no object, I am sure I could choose easily, but it is. It's not tight, but I hate wasting money on my presents, and I want a great camera at a great price. I have researched cameras 'till my eyes shut down from exhaustion and I thought I knew what I wanted. A DSLR, like I had before, but a different model.
The thing about me though, is I am very fickle. So when I found out about the new GoPro Hero Cameras from Best Buy, I started rethinking things. These GoPro cameras look amazing. There are 3 different models, and any one of them would be fantastic:
GoPro Hero4 Black is the most advanced GoPro EVER! It boasts improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor and 2x faster video frame rates.
The GoPro Hero4 Silver is the first ever GoPro to feature a touch-screen display. This means that controlling the camera, adjusting the settings and playing back video is super convenient. The Hero4 Silver is 1080p60 and 720p120 video and 12MP(photos) at a remarkable 30 frames per second, so you never miss the action.
The GoPro Hero Features high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 frames per second. Combined with the fact that it's waterproof, that is pretty astounding, especially for the value. Best Buy has the for am amazing price.
So now, I have to choose between the DSLR I was already considering and all three of these incredible cameras. One thing is for sure, no matter which camera I choose, I know where hubby will be going. Best Buy is the home of all the latest cameras, including the new GoPro. Plus they have a huge selection of accessories.
The more I think about it, the more I am really leaning toward a new GoPro over a DSLR. I mean they are so much lighter and easier to hold, and with the attachments, I could even use it hands free, which is a huge benefit for active events. Not to mention it is waterproof. I don't know how many great pool/beach, etc shots I have missed out on because I was too afraid to even bring my camera NEAR the water for fear of splashing or even rain.
Once a moment is gone you can NEVER get it back, and I do not want to let the chance to capture them pass me by because my camera isn't up for it. The new GoPro cameras are up for anything and then some. That is why they would be the perfect gift, for myself or ANYONE else.
As I mentioned, I want everything I give to be thoughtful, and I can think of a legitimate thoughtful reason that the GoPro would be perfect for almost everyone on my list, a real, personal, unique reason for each person. That's how versatile and useful the GoPro line is.
I mean, my kids would love their own camera, but kids ones are awful. They take horrible pictures and are still not as durable(IE: waterproof) as the GoPro. My teenage nieces and nephews would love this. My niece surfs, being able to capture incredible shots with the camera attached to her surfboard would be incredible to her.
My Father-in-law has been looking fr a great digital video camera and wants something easy to use. They travel a lot, even out of the country, and there is so much to photograph. Something easy to use, compact and versatile to be attached many places is perfect for him.
My sister is always saying how she hates the camera on her cell phone and she wants a better camera but hates to carry around too much, and that it would get bumped around and broken. GoPro is small, high quality and durable, fitting all her needs.
I could go on and on really, but I am sure you don't care how much my loved ones would adore the GoPro. Instead, think about all the people in your life for whom you are buying gifts, and I bet you will find that the GoPro is perfect for almost everyone. Who wouldn't love to be able to take incredible action selfies/groupies like this?
I don't mean to sound pushy, but I suggest you head over to Best Buy.com or visit your local Best Buy to check out the GoPro cameras more thoroughly and get the knowledgeable associates at Best Buy to answer any questions you may have.
I wish you all a very healthy and happy holiday season. I hope you find all the great gifts you are looking for, and if you visit Best Buy, I am confidant that you will. I would love to hear what items are at the top of your wishlist and what you are planking for your loved ones. I always love holiday inspiration.
*Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.*