NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As the holidays roll around, electronics are increasingly becoming one of the more popular gift ideas, though it can be tough to differentiate between the latest devices and what everyone can afford or really needs.
In New York City, tech journalists were offered a look at some of this year's most intriguing holiday gift ideas at Pepcom's Wine, Dine and Demo! event.
According to the latest National Retail Federation, statistics the average American shopper will spend $804.42 on holiday gifts this year up nearly 5% over 2013's average of $767.27. Many of those surveyed said they are doing their shopping online using smartphones and tablets and nearly 35% hope they'll find electronic goodies under the tree. The Consumer Electronics Association predicts in addition to laptops, tablets and cell phones holiday shoppers plan to give gifts such as 3D printers, health and fitness devices, smart watches, Ultra HD televisions and even smart thermostats.
E-FUN, based in West Covina, Calif., is one of the top manufacturers of tablet computers in the country, according to a company spokesperson. Last night, E-FUN showed off two new Intel (INTC) -branded products of note: the Nextbook 2-in-1 tablet with a snap-on, Microsoft (MSFT) Surface-like keyboard and a 10.1-inch screen plus very portable Nextbook 8-inch tablet. Both run on a full version of the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Focusing on the smaller device (left side of the photo), the 8-inch touch display delivers 1280 by 800 pixels. It runs on a quad-core, Intel Atom Z3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for expansion). There's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, microUSB and mini HD ports as well as front and back Web cameras. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and an hour of international Skype calling per month.
As part of it's Black Friday sales, WalMart (WMT) will be selling the Nextbook 8-inch Windows tablet for $99. If you prefer avoiding the day-after-Thanksgiving rush Nextbook's 8-inch is available now at the non-Black Friday price of $149.
Here are four more gift ideas from the event for the tech enthusiast in your life.