As the year winds down, it’s time to think about getting gifts for the people on your list for the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but some of the best gifts I’ve gotten are electronics and tech things (to be fair, I’m a bit of a tech-head) because they’re so useful! Nevertheless, tech products are great as they’re practical and that’s why they’re thoughtful gifts!
In order to organize this post, I have pared down this list into different “types” of gifts!
(P.S. This isn’t just for the holidays — these gifts are great for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation gifts, “congrats on your new job” gifts, or whatever the special occasion!)
Tech for Music Lovers
Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earphones – If you are someone who likes to cancel out distracting noises around you (such as when you work in a noisy cafe, or when you are at home surrounded by distracting housemates), then the Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling earphones are for you. They fit comfortably in the ear, and they sound great!
ENACFIRE Bluetooth Wireless Earphones – If you’re looking for earphones on a budget, with no wires that are an Airpods alternative, these are great. They come with a charging case so when the Bluetooth runs out, you can charge them right away and all you’ll have to do is charge the case which is small enough to carry around in your pocket.
Tech for Content Creators
* For the YouTubers, podcasters, bloggers, and creative makers in your life
Blue Yeti Microphone – It’s great for recording podcasts, music, and video voiceovers with excellent sound, with functional options to block out background noise and mute as needed. Many bloggers, podcasters, gamers and YouTubers swear by it. Perfect for hobbyists and pros.
Final Cut Pro X – Perfect for the aspiring (or current) YouTuber or movie maker in your life, Final Cut Pro X is a fan favourite amongst YouTubers and online content creators alike. Easy to use, and it’s certainly an upgrade from iMovie.
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Subscription – This one is a digital gift, but any creative in your life will definitely appreciate Adobe CC’s suite subscription.
For gaming enthusiasts
Nintendo Switch – This is perfect for the gamer in your life, and this gift is a good option because you can build upon it: You can do follow up gifts such as accessories and games.
Logitech Driving Wheel for gaming – A nice realistic addition to racing games, and you can also use it for driving simulations (such as teaching teens to drive … from home!).
* Works with XBox, PS3-4.
For the on-the-go guy/gal
Perfect for significant others, parents, or really good bosses haha
Fitbit – The fitness band to track daily fitness patterns such as your steps.
Apple Watch – The smartphone watch that tracks workouts and syncs with your phone. It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters (so you can shower or swim with it on) with a speaker to take calls. The cool thing is that it can sync by Wifi and not just Bluetooth, so you can even leave your phone at home and still pick up calls by wearing the watch. You can be hands-free (this is perfect for those who are hands-on in their work) and never worry about losing your phone.
FOSSIL Watch – Watch that does more than watch time… It also tracks heart rate, exercise patterns, and sleep. It even has a built-in GPS (should you get lost while running) and syncs with your phone to notify you when you have incoming calls or texts and you also have control over your music and apps within the watch. Similar functionality to the Apple watch, but the FOSSIL watches supposedly tend to pair better with Android phones.
For those who love convenience!
MacBook Keyboard Cover with Shortcuts – For anyone who is new to Mac, or loves using shortcuts and can’t remember them, this keyboard is SUPER convenient because they’re laid out in front of you. I got this a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop trying out the shortcuts! ^_^
Amazon Alexa Speaker – the 3rd Generation of the Echo Dot brings Alexa into your home to set alarms, check the weather, play music and more by the command of voice. It also tells the time so it works like a tabletop analog clock. It comes in a simplistic design and many colour choices. It’s a good gift for parents, or for anyone who likes to be hands-free.
Amazon Fire Stick – Consider it the “Ultimate Remote”; it works with Alexa voice command to stream media for you like Netflix, Disney+, YouTube videos, etc., on your TV.
For safety/car tech
Dash Cam – If you live somewhere with busy traffic like I do (I live in Toronto… Which is basically the New York City of Canada), then you need a dashcam because people tend to drive pretty aggressively and sometimes, recklessly. Should you ever be involved in any accidents (hopefully not), you’ll have visual proof to capture who was involved and where.
Car phone mount – For those who use their phone to run Google Maps for GPS, this phone mount is very convenient because it works with a magnet at the back of your phone that then sticks onto a magnetic mount that’s positioned in your car air vent. Minimal set-up required. I personally use this for driving, and I know many others do the same thing! Very useful. Let 2020 be the year that you stop looking down to look at your phone in your cup holder.