This Christmas, gift someone special a cool new gadget. Maybe they’re a budding filmmaker eager to show off their latest creation to a captive audience, or a music lover (or maker!) who needs quality sound systems to listen to the latest beats. Perhaps they’re looking for tech that will help them hit their health and wellness goals in 2024, or maybe you simply know someone who has a dated device that is in need of a serious upgrade. Well, these tech Christmas gifts are guaranteed to make them smile – and ensure the giftee spends more than just Christmas morning playing with their new toy.
Best Christmas Gifts for Creative Expression
Have a crafting devotee in your life? There are plenty of thoughtful gift suggestions to help them explore new creative outlets and a Cricut Joy is an ultra-smart choice. It’s a compact machine that cuts, draws and writes bespoke designs that can be used to decorate things such as kids’ walls and phone covers. It can also be used to make professional-looking cards, birthday banners and vinyl templates. It’s the perfect gift for people who want to try something new or start something bigger (think a side hustle in cards sold through Etsy).
While today’s smartphones can help turn anyone into an amateur photographer, old-school enthusiasts who love to get creative will be over the moon to unwrap a camera. The GoPro HERO11 Black Camera is the ideal tech gift for adventurers and holidaymakers alike. It captures photos and video at extremely high resolution and is waterproof up to 10 metres.
For something a little less high-tech and a bit more ‘everything old is new again’, look to the Fujifilm Instax LiPlay. This instant camera lets you print photos immediately after shooting and stores them on a SD card. Great for the young creative who wants spontaneous and instant shots that also look good on the ’gram.
What To Try
- Cricut Joy, $298
- GoPro HERO11 Black Camera, $579
- Fujifilm Instax LiPlay Instant Camera Elegant Black, $239
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Best Christmas Gifts for Travellers
Know someone planning a big trip in the new year? Congratulations! Your Christmas presents are sorted. It’s always a good idea to have a sturdy but lightweight tablet while travelling for last-minute bookings and storing essential documents. For loved ones who are often on the move, the Lenovo 2nd Gen is a handy gift option. With an 11.5-inch screen and a crystal-clear display, they’ll be able to enjoy their content in high definition.
Anyone who has ever been on a long-haul flight will tell you: get noise-cancelling headphones. So, if someone in your family is heading overseas, this is the gift for them. When in ambient mode, these Sony noise-cancelling headphones cancel out aircraft noise, while still allowing the wearer to detect important overhead messages. The Marshall Major IV wireless headphones provide up to 80 hours of wireless use, which makes them a go-to for listening to audiobooks, podcasts and playlists on a long flight. While they aren’t noise cancelling, they are slightly more cost-effective for the budget-conscious gift shopper. A pair of Beats Solo 3 headphones is another great option for everyday use. With 40+ hours battery life and a connection for bluetooth listening, they not only boast a sleek design but also deliver impressive, high-quality sound.
And, finally, a gift for the backpacker: a self-cleaning, reusable water bottle. The LARQ PureVis water bottle has a built-in UV-C LED light that eliminates 99.99% of odour, harmful bacteria and bio-contaminants from your water and the bottle in just 60 seconds. It holds 500mL and can keep water cold for 24 hours or hot for up to 12. Now that’s a seriously high-tech water bottle.
What To Try
- Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones Black WH1000XM4, $438
- Marshall Major IV Wireless Headphones Black, $259
- LARQ PureVis Water Bottle 500mL Granite White, $157
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Rose Gold, $299
- Lenovo Tab P11 2nd Gen 11.5" 6/128GB Tablet + Precision Pen 2, $499
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Best Christmas Gifts for a Smart Home Buff
There are so many options for fully connected homes these days and many of them make unique Christmas presents. One of our favourite gift ideas is the Google Nest Doorbell Battery, which helps the gift recipient see what’s happening on their doorstep. It can tell the difference between people, packages and vehicles, plus sends handy alerts to their phone so they’ll never miss another delivery.
When it comes to cool tech gifts for the home, the Nanoleaf Shapes hexagon starter kit is great for helping the wannabe interior designer experiment with light design. The nine hexagonal-shaped LED panels light up in various colours and can be configured into 16 million different colour combos. The panels can be hung with adhesive tape, so they're great for both homeowners and renters.
And here’s a cute present for kids: start them on the path to good sleep hygiene early with a relaxation and sleep aid. The My Little Morphee has 192 meditative journeys and is fully portable, plus doesn’t require internet connectivity. This is a gift the littlies will love and want to take with them everywhere they go.
What To Try
- Google Nest Doorbell Battery, $289
- Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagon Starter Kit 9 Pack, $317
- My Little Morphee Relaxation & Sleep Aid, $149
Best Christmas Gifts for the Outdoors Lover
Know someone who loves a picnic? Or a friend who exercises outdoors? Or a loved one who likes to sit and fish for hours? A portable bluetooth speaker is the tech gift they need, and is great for listening to everything from music and podcasts to hours-long audiobooks. The JBL Pulse 5 is waterproof and dustproof, making it perfect for friends who camp or fish, while the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 speaker can be controlled by a compatible smartphone or by buttons on the device itself. Not only can it last up to 15 hours on a single charge, but it’s also highly durable, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
The JBL Charge Essential 2 speaker has a sleek design and great sound, and is the most affordable option on this list. It also has a battery life of up to 20 hours.
What To Try
- JBL Pulse 5 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Black, $379
- Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker Unicorn, $229
- JBL Charge Essential 2 Portable Speaker Black, $148