Aren’t gadgets great? Not only do their coffee-making, smart-speaking, beard-trimming ways make our lives immeasurably easier — but they also change every year. That means, when faced with finding Christmas presents for those tricky-to-buy-for relatives and friends, we’ve got a ready supply of new and updated options.
There’s no way that they’ll already have the latest smart speaker, or the newest virtual reality headset to hit the market — so you can swoop in, scoop them up and present your presents with peace of mind. Here are the best tech gifts for Christmas 2021…
For the coffee enthusiasts, Joy Resolve Barisieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock
Actually, strike ‘enthusiasts’. This one’s for the coffee obsessives. A very clever, unconventional invention, this caffeine machine sits on bedside tables and rumbles to life every morning — and will wake up your friends and family members with a cheerful chirrup and a steaming cup of freshly-brewed coffee.
Joy Resolve Barisieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock
For men-on-the-go: Oakywood QI Wireless Charging Pad
If you’ve got a thoroughly modern man in your life — someone who never sits still and is always switched-on — there’s no better present than this hand-hewn chunk of solid walnut from Oakywood. And, under those chiselled, handsome edges sits an eerily-quick wireless charger which will juice up their gadgets in minutes.
Oakywood QI Wireless Charging Pad
For the content creators: Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer Glasses
Gadgets aren’t just pastimes or passions anymore; many people today use cutting-edge tech to make a living. From influencers to vloggers, content creation is big business — and there are few better pieces of video-recording kit than these new Ray-Ban ‘Stories’ Wayfarers, with dual five-megapixel cameras, touch control and discreet speakers.
Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer Glasses
For the forgetful: Apple Airtag
We recently rounded up the very best Apple products for festive season gifting — and this is possibly our favourite. By far the cheapest, but perhaps the most useful, the newfangled, ergonomic AirTags are the ideal present for any forgetful friends and family members — and can keep track of your belongings through the Find My app.
For the escapists: HTC Vive Flow VR Glasses
The VR industry has seen a boom during lockdown. From mindfulness to the ‘Metaverse’, we’re all digitally escaping. This latest headset from HTC would make a great gift — a pair of gold-toned goggles that are perfect for on-the-go immersion. Giftees can use them to meditate, game or enjoy entertainment.
HTC Vive Flow VR Glasses
For music enthusiasts: Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Speaker
Turn it up! If you’ve got friends or family members who are at their happiest when scrolling through Spotify, the best gift is one with Bluetooth connectivity, deep bass and punchy, True360 omnidirectional sound. This speaker is also waterproof and completely resistant to dust and sand.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Speaker
For the audiophiles: Astell & Kern AKZERO1 Headphones
While we’re on the sweet-sounding subject, how about this pair of high-flying headphones? Angular and aluminium, Astell & Kern’s headphones are beautifully made. The best part? That silver-coated cable, which maximises the quality of sound and harmonises the characteristics of each driver to deliver the most natural sound to your ears.
Astell & Kern AKZERO1 Headphones
For the adventurers: Fliteboard PRO eFoil
If you’re looking for a gift for a globe-trotter or extreme sportsman this Christmas, allow us to nudge you gently and smoothly in the wave-slicing direction of the Fliteboard PRO. An eFoil that can ride high above the chop, it’s a neat bit of kit for surf enthusiasts who want to take their wave-riding to the next level (literally).
Fliteboard PRO eFoil
For fitness fanatics: Hydrow Rower
This sleek, sophisticated fitness machine is fitted with a patented drag mechanism, industrial-grade webbed strap and 22-inch touchscreen that’ll blow any other options out of the water. It’ll make the perfect gift for those people already worrying about shifting the weight of an over-indulgent Christmas dinner.
For the foodies: Gozney Roccbox Pizza Oven
Got any friends who are more adventurous than turkey and stuffing? This restaurant-grade portable pizza oven will make the perfect present for foodies this Christmas. With dual-fuel capabilities (gas or wood) it’ll give you the best of both cheese-melting, crust-cooking worlds.
For cocktail aficionados: SodaStream Crystal
Another gastronomic gadget; the SodaStream has seen something of a renaissance in recent years. We’d recommend investing in this gorgeous glass version, the ‘Crystal’, when gifting. It’ll make an ideal present for cocktail aficionados — and allow them to add a sparkling spin to traditional mixed drinks.
For the high-flyers: DJI Mavic 3 Drone
The new flagship drone from the flagship drone-makers-in-chief, the DJI Mavic 3 is a serious bit of kit. Boasting a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera, 46 minutes of flight time and 15 kilometres transmission range, any photographers or videographers in your life will be in your debt til next December.
DJI Mavic 3 Drone
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