TECH & GAMING
Top 10 tech gifts for the festive season
Words by Nathan Irvine and Rob Chilton
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We’re taking the stress out of trying to find a gift for the tech-obsessed person in your life. This handy list – in no particular order – is a guide to the gadgets that will be highly appreciated when they’re unwrapped this year.
Here we go…
The latest iteration of Apple's wonder tablet is not only one of the most powerful, it's also incredibly versatile. Add the Magic Keyboard and you've got yourself a very good laptop alternative. More of an arty type? Then the Apple Pencil will help you make bring your digital images to life on the crystal-clear display. It's an essential item for any tech-savvy person.
From AED 2,499
Treat your loved one to a the feeling of a hot towel shave... in the comfort of their own home. Gillette's proprietary technology mimics the barbershop experience by heating up the blades and delivering a hot, slick shave.
From AED 772
The most advanced Apple Watch is still, arguably, the best fitness tracker around. If you know someone that subtly needs a nudge to help them get on their feet more, then this is the gift for you. It tracks blood oxygen, heart rate and generally gamifies exercise so it feels less of a chore.
From AED 1,599
Right, we're lumping them both together because the difference to a layman is negligible. The best part is seeing new - and old Xbox and PlayStation - games looking absolutely incredible. There's also a short supply of both, so if you do manage to bag one, you'll be the toast of the festive season for sure.
PlayStation 5 from AED 1,679 and Xbox Series X from AED 2,099.
While some earbuds can feel like they’re burrowing inside your ear canal, Sennheiser’s new CX 400BT model is a lightweight piece of kit that slips comfortably into position without the need for an ear-gouging twist. Coming in black or a cool white tone, their matt finish makes them easy to grip, too. The sound, meanwhile, is chunky, thanks to Sennheiser’s 7mm dynamic drivers. Don’t worry about power either: these earbuds will supply your soundtrack for 20 hours with easy-to-learn tap controls.
From AED 799
Combining sunglasses and headphones, this is the 2-in-1 gift for those that enjoy outdoor pursuits. The sound quality is great and delivers clear sound when in use, but also allows in outside noise, which is great if the recipient needs to be aware of road noise and the like. They're also lightweight and, obviously, will protect the eyes thanks to the specially designed lenses.
From AED 1,049
Oart smartphone, part tablet, all hi-tech - the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a serious bit of kit. It's worth getting one just to see the look on the other person's face when they smoothly move from folded to unfolded with a satisfying clunk. The large screen makes watching TV and movies a superb experience. And the dual-screen functionality that appears in several apps is a beautiful touch.
From AED 7,499
This DIY massage tool has become all the rage in 2020. From celebrities and sports stars, to weekend warriors and those that just like to punch out the knots, this pneumatic device is great at making you feel limber. The different attachments on this Therogun will be sure to hit all the tight spots for a relaxing festive season.
From AED 2,400
With this latest camera/printer from Canon you'll be able to capture and print special moments in, well, an instant. Just point, click and wait a few seconds and you'll be treated to a quick keepsake that you can share with your friends or family. It's an old-school approach, but one that we're still very much on board with.
From AED 499
For the cyclist in your life. This computer fits direct onto the handlebars and lets the rider know how fast they're going, how long they've been riding and much more. It can even connect to the athlete's app of choice, Strava, to quickly flash up new records they may set. And best of all? It's aerodynamic so whoever uses it will still fly through the wind with relative ease.
From AED 1,599
Montblanc’s new Summit Lite smartwatch wants to take care of you