35 Tech Gifts Everyone Will Be Asking For This Holiday Season
Tech the halls this holiday season with these cutting-edge gadgets.
BY Stefan Vazharov | Dec 1, 2016 | Technology
2016 was a BIG year for tech! Google launched their new AI-powered Home speaker, Apple released their updated Series 2 smartwatch, Microsoft's new Surface Book has conquered the 2-in-1 notebook scene, and the kid-friendly Anki Cozmo robot stole our hearts. It truly couldn't be a better time to gift someone you love a tech device they're going to quickly become obsessed with. Whether you want to splurge (helloooo, Audeze titanium headphones... ) or you're looking to spend under USD50, we have a gift for everyone on your list no matter their level of tech know-how.
Bose QuietComfort QC35 Wireless Headphones
USD349 BUY NOW
The QuietComfort product series by Bose is the gold standard for noise-canceling headphones, and its latest iteration is finally wireless. The QuietComfort 35 over-ear headphones feature a superb fit, sleek design, long battery life, the best noise cancellation in the business, and a finely tuned sound signature that makes them suitable for any type of content. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but they're also the best of their kind.
USD129 BUY NOW
A great gift for every home, the stylish Google Home smart speaker is a hot new rival to the Amazon Echo. It features the tech giant's AI-powered Google Assistant, which responds to voice prompts by tapping into an ultra-advanced neural network. It can play music, answer questions, set timers, and control connected appliances, among many other things.
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID
from USD1,799 BUY NOW
The all-new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID is sleeker, lighter, and more powerful than the model it replaces. Available with 13-inch and 15-inch display, the notebook features an innovative Touch Bar, which delivers relevant shortcuts and tools for the apps that are in use. The Touch ID on the other hand, not only makes the notebook secure, but also enables Apple Pay. As expected from a MacBook, the new Pro models feature excellent keyboard, the best trackpad on any laptop, display with exceptional quality, and great battery life. A splurge-worthy gift for your favourite people who need a new laptop.
USD180 BUY NOW
The Anki Cozmo is a cute little robot with a ton of personality. Powered by a sophisticated artificial intelligence, Cozmo is self-aware, capable of recognising its owner and expressing feelings, and always ready to play games. Those who like to dig further into robotics, can utilise a developer platform and add more features to Cozmo. Overall, this is one of the coolest gifts for techies of all ages to give this holiday season.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
USD130 BUY NOW
The brand new HP Sprocket is a cool portable photo printer, which will enable your favourite social media aficionados to get physical copies of their best mobile photos. Designed to work with Apple iPhone and Android smartphones via a free app, the Bluetooth gadget utilizes zero ink photo paper.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet
from USD90 BUY NOW
Amazon's recently refreshed Fire HD 8 Android slate is a great gift for friends or relatives who haven't experienced the joy of tablet ownership. The colorful device has colourful design, lightweight body, 8-inch HD display, and snappy processor which makes quick work from most common tasks. Amazon Prime account is necessary to fully experience the capabilities of the Fire HD.
Skullcandy Ink'd Wireless Earbuds
from USD38 BUY NOW
Lightweight and comfy, the Skullcandy Ink'd wireless earbuds are a great gift for active personalities, as well as users of the latest iPhone. The headphones' battery can deliver up to eight hours of playback on a single charge. There are many colours to choose from.
Apple Watch Series 2
from USD369 BUY NOW
Apple iPhone users in your life will love the latest Apple Watch Series 2. Yes, it looks like its predecessor, but it's a whole lot better. It is fully waterproof, equipped with GPS, and it packs a bright display that's visible even under direct sunlight. There are many variants to choose from, including Apple collaborations with Nike and the fashion house Hermes.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL
from USD650 BUY NOW
A great gift for fans of Android phones, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the most advanced smartphones running the OS today. Both phones feature an all-new Google Assistant that'a powered by artificial intelligence, one of the best cameras in the business, top-notch display, and excellent battery life. The Pixel and Pixel XL will receive their Android updates directly from Google, ensuring that its owners are always on the cutting edge of the mobile platform.
Mass Fidelity Core Wireless Speaker System
USD599 BUY NOW
The Mass Fidelity Core speaker delivers sounds quality that's simply unbelievable for a device of its size (it measures 6 by 6 by 4 inches). Mass Fidelity has achieved the feat by utilising clever acoustic rendering technology, which creates the illusion of two speakers. The Core has Wi-Fi connectivity, thus allowing multiple devices to be connected for larger sound or in multi-room setup. Bluetooth support is also among the key features of the device, as is the ability to deliver tunes for 12 hours when away from a power outlet. Because of its innovative audio setup, the Core is also great when used as a sound bar. Overall, a great gift for your favourite audiophiles.
Wacom Bamboo Notepad
from USD130 BUY NOW
If there are any avid sketch artists or notetakers you care about in your life, consider gifting them the Wacom Bamboo Notepad. The nifty gadget uses regular paper and instantly send notes or drawings to the user's smartphone or tablet. There's even an option to search for sketched words via a mobile device.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
from USD649 BUY NOW
An excellent gift option for any family member, Apple's latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus offer an appealing blend of powerful hardware, exceptional cameras, and stereo speakers, all tucked into a familiar looking, fully waterproof body. These two will be the smartphones to have until the next generation debuts.
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base
from USD2,399 BUY NOW
The refreshed Microsoft Surface Book with a Performance Base packs powerful hardware into a sleek magnesium body with detachable display. Battery life is also excellent, thus making it a great gift for your favourite road warrior. Pricey, but also the best 2-in-1 notebook out there.
Tile Slim Tracker
USD30 BUY NOW
Does your mom, dad, brother, or whoever you're gifting this year forget the whereabouts of their iPhone often? This small and nifty gadget by Tile will help them find it, so long as the phone is within its Bluetooth range. Barely thicker than a credit card, the tracker is as easy to carry around as it gets. Its non-removable battery lasts for a year.
USD29 BUY NOW
The all-new, ultra-compact Roku Express is a perfect gift for those who have not yet experienced the joy of owning a smart TV. The gadget supports all major streaming services, as well as multitude of content channels. It remote control is also one of the best in the business.
Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds
USD200 BUY NOW
The latest iteration of the popular Beats wireless earbuds for workout deliver great sound and a whopping 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. Lightweight and comfortable, the Powerbeats3 are perfect for workout warriors. Choose from several colours for gifting.
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse
USD140 BUY NOW
Gamers you care about will love Logitech's high-end G900 Chaos Spectrum gaming mouse. A solid contender for being the best of its kind, it features pro-grade performance in wireless and wired mode, ambidextrous design with customisable buttons and lighting (via a software suite), and excellent battery life.
Microsoft Xbox One S Gaming Console
from USD300 BUY NOW
The latest Xbox One S by Microsoft is a solid gift for both gamers and people who like high-quality home entertainment. In addition to being slimmer and better-looking than the Xbox One, the gaming console also has upgraded hardware. The latter allows it to play 4K video, as well as display HDR content.
360fly 4K Action Camera
USD420 BUY NOW
A great option for outdoorsy personalities, the 360fly 4K camera can capture crisp 360-degree footage with a resolution of 2,880 by 2,880 pixels. Because it sports a single 240-degree fisheye lens, the 360fly 4K doesn't require any content stitching. The gadget comes with 64GB of built-in memory, as well as a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, smartphone app controls, and a GPS antenna, all tucked into a water-resistant and shockproof body. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Nomad Key for iPhone
USD20 BUY NOW
The Nomad Key for iPhone will forever eliminate the stress of leaving a Lightning cable behind, so it is a nice gift for owners of Apple hardware. Designed to attach to a keychain, the accessory is solidly made and compatible with all Apple devices with a Lightning port.
MEE audio Pinnacle P1 In-Ear Headphones
USD199 BUY NOW
The MEE audio Pinnacle P1 in-ear headphones have sound quality and finish that are worth of much higher price tag. The earbuds have gorgeous zinc alloy housings, removable cables (there are two in the box), a leather carrying case, and a large selection of bundled ear tips to help users find a perfect fit. A retail package with cool design adds a sense occasion when unboxing the headset, this making it a great gift for audiophiles.
SteelSeries Arctis Gaming Headset
from USD80 BUY NOW
The newly launched Arctis gaming headphones by SteelSeries are the perfect gift for gamers of all ages—or anyone who enjoys listening to their music on high blast. They deliver excellent sound, supreme comfort, and have an ultra-sensitive microphone that's great for both in-game trash talk and making Skype calls. There are three distinct variants to choose from.
Fitbit Charge 2
USD150 BUY NOW
The hot new Fitbit Charge 2 is a user-friendly fitness tracker that's a great gift for any friend or family member. It replaces two devices in the company's product range—the Charge and the Charge HR. Designed like a larger Alta, the gadget features continuous heart-rate tracking, GPS, handy OLED touchscreen, and swappable wristbands. In addition to tracking health data and delivering smartphone notifications, the tracker can also help users unwind via personalised breathing exercises.
TP-Link Smart Light Bulb
USD35 BUY NOW
This Wi-Fi-enabled LED bulb by TP-Link doesn't require a connectivity hub, so it is incredibly easy to use. Compatible with Amazon Alexa devices, the gadget offers smartphone controls and real-time usage tracking.
Amazon Echo Dot
USD50 BUY NOW
The latest Amazon Echo Dot is a great gift to friends and family who have not yet experienced smart home products. Compact and incredibly smart (it is powered by the retail giant's excellent Alexa smart home platform), the gadget is designed to connect to your favorite speakers, and take voice commands, ranging from ordering more detergent, playing music, or even calling Uber.
UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker
from USD160 BUY NOW
Available in a number of eye-grabbing color combinations, the UE BOOM 2 delivers excellent 360-degree sound, IPX7 rating for water resistance, and clever gesture controls. The first generation was a gold standard for compact Bluetooth speakers, and this one continues the tradition. One of the best picks in its price range and small enough to make it easy to travel with.
Native Union Key USB Cable
USD30 BUY NOW
If a friend, family member, or coworker keeps asking to borrow a charger from you, consider gifting them this Native Union Key USB cable. It combines a cool-looking keychain with a USB cable for Apple iPhone or Android smartphones. The connectors are covered, so they will stay out of your way unless you need them. A cool pick for people who forget their phone charger often, as the gadget can be connected to anything with a full USB port.
Logitech Harmony Elite
from USD285 BUY NOW
The Logitech Harmony Elite is arguably the best universal remote control available on the market today. It can control just about every piece of electronics (it supports over 270,000 devices) in every room of a house or apartment, including TVs, gaming consoles, streaming devices, and sound systems, among others. The remote has Wi-Fi connectivity and a colour touch screen, and there's also a free app that can turn a smartphone into a remote.
Apple TV (4th Generation)
from USD149 BUY NOW
The latest Apple TV features speedy hardware, sleek remote with touch and voice control, and support for Siri. In addition to giving access to Apple's vast catalogue of movies and TV shows, the Apple TV is also a powerful gaming device that can connect to optional wireless controllers. It does not support 4K content just yet, but it is easy to set up and use, so any of your tech-challenged relatives will love it.
Samsung T3 Portable SSD
from USD100 (250GB) BUY NOW
Samsung's compact portable SSD has a sleek metal body and a USB Type-C port that makes it fast and future-proof. Available with up to 2TB of storage, the gadget features a shock-resistant build and powerful encryption, as well as password protection. In addition to connecting to either a PC or Mac, the device can also connect to USB Type-C compatible smartphones or tablets. A must-have for on-the-go personalities in your life.
Audeze EL-8 Titanium Headphones
USD799 BUY NOW
You favourite audiophiles will surely appreciate these top-shelf Audeze headphones with a Lightning cable. The EL-8 Titanium cans feature