A new phone is one of the most personal gifts you can buy a loved one: you do everything on this thing. The tricky part is picking the right handset, especially if you don’t plan to also pay the monthly phone bill. Luckily, we’re here to help you narrow down the list, even if you’re on a budget.
Some important things to keep in mind:
1. The kind of phone you’re looking for — is it high-end or budget? Android or iPhone? Something a kid can knock around without fear of being grounded for a month?
2. What kind of carrier support your recipient needs — a specific carrier, or are you buying the phone unlocked? If there’s a problem, is your loved one comfortable reaching out for customer support or will you need to intervene?
3. Your final budget — are you also buying a case and other accessories, or just the phone itself? If you’re also buying yourself a new phone in the process, you’ll want to keep a sharp eye on deals like BOGO promotions (buy-one, get-one).