Christmas is just around the corner, and for a lot of people the last-minute gift-buying panic has set in. What can you get at this late stage that seems thoughtful and personal but will still get delivered on time? Very often, the answer is tech gifts!
There are lots of small, practical gifts you can buy to help your loved ones manage and use their technology better, such as specially-designed cloth screen wipes and styluses that will work on any touchscreen. For the enthusiastic mobile gambler in your family, a car phone charger such as the Anker Ultra-Compact 24W 2-Port Car Charger that will work perfectly for any device. Don’t forget to treat your online casino game-loving self to one too!
Of course, you can’t give everyone the same tech-inspired gifts, so we’ve rounded up a few more suggestions for you. If you’re still looking for any Christmas presents that are sure to be appreciated and not re-gifted, read on!
The Amazon Echo Plus
The Echo Plus has a built-in smart home hub, the first Amazon speaker to have this feature. The built-in hub allows the Echo Plus to control all smart devices, such as appliances, plugs and lights. This nerve centre for the smart home can be bought in white, black and silver from Amazon, so it will go with everyone’s décor.
The MekaMon Robot
The best way to describe the MekaMon might be the first dedicated gaming robot in the world; a connected battle bot that comes with augmented reality capabilities that are controlled by an app on iPhones or iPads. Purchase the multifunctional MekaMon from the iStore, but make sure you do it for someone special; the price tag is quite steep.
The Sonos PlayBase
If you have a friend who prioritises aesthetics as much as good tech and you are prepared to lay out a good amount of cash, the Sonos PlayBase is the perfect present to give. The two-in-one speaker is thin, powerful and designed to look like a slab of granite. The PlayBase can stream music and deliver full-cinema sound to televisions.
The Google Pixelbook
As stylish as its processing speeds are fast, the Google Pixelbook retains the familiar Chrome interface which means it is very easy to use. There are flawlessly functional laptop and tablet modes, so it can be used in any situation. To make life even easier, Google Assistant is built in; a first for laptops.
Give someone the gift of reliving their youth with the Nintendo Switch console. The nostalgia-filled device combines home game consoles and a host of old titles with the portability and convenience of a handheld device. Choose from a variety of configurations and game bundles,
The Microsoft Xbox One X
Microsoft claims that the Xbox One X is the “world’s most powerful console”. This is a very bold statement, but the device does seem to have the goods to back it up. Aimed at the most hard core of gamers, the console has a 12.3 GHz processor, 12 GB of RAM and a 1 terabyte hard drive. Games load faster and frame rates are better than ever, allowing perfectly smooth functionality. Like the Switch, players can choose from a wide selection of gaming bundles.
The Ring Video Doorbell
Whenever a house buzzer is pressed, the Ring Video Doorbell sends an alert to a connected smartphone or tablet. The device features a camera of HD quality and a 2-way microphone, and is available from Ring in silver, gold, black or brown. The convenience of being able to deal with unexpected callers even when out will soon be obvious to whoever you give this to.
The Anki Cozmo
Cozmo is a robot from the Anki studio with a sense of mischief that will delight anyone who is lucky enough to receive it! Give your loved ones a glimpse of the future with a robot that can recognise faces, move around autonomously, play games and even express emotions perfectly in its digital eyes. Built-in artificial intelligence means that Cozmo’s personality evolves more as people interact with it more.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis
Say hello to Amazon’s newest e-reader, which is of course also its most advanced. The bookworm in your life is going to love the 7-inch display with a high resolution, as well as built-in Audible for listening to their favourite books when they don’t actually feel like reading. The first waterproof Kindle, the Oasis, is perfect for finding your own place of calm by the sea or in the bath.
The Apple iPad Pro
Let’s finish up with what is arguably the crème-de-la-crème of tablets. The most recent incarnation of the celebrated iPad, the Pro has a 10.5-inch screen and the best screen-to-body-ratio seen yet in an Apple tablet. Add an A10X10 chip for laptop-quality performance, and you start to see what all the fuss is about! The tablet comes in 4 stylish colours; rose gold, space grey, silver and gold, and is sure to score you major points with any hipster you want to impress.