Must-have gifts for tech lovers
Do you have an appetite for tech or know someone who does?
The latest smart-home devices, tablets, gizmos and gadgets, are all laid out for you to delve into here. Have a read to get a taste of what tech gifts are available…
Who to buy for: Gym goers who want to up their training
The Fitbit Versa is a great combination of smartwatch and classic Fitbit tracker. If you know someone who’s obsessed with tracking their steps, or if they plan to set an active New Year’s resolution – this is a great way to help them stay on top of their fitness progress.
The Versa is a great all-rounder. They can compare workouts, check texts and keep an eye on their heart rate.
Put on the Fitbit Versa for…
- Accurate health monitoring that will help take their workouts to the next level, whether they’re chasing a personal best time or upping their interval training.
- Heart Rate Tracking will help thembetter track their calorie burn, optimise effort during workouts, see their resting heart rate trends and discover their cardio fitness level.
- On-Screen Workouts will coach them through every move and adapt the workout based on their feedback.
Looking for a smartwatch that has a more traditional look? Check out the Samsung Galaxy Watch
Google Home Mini
Who to buy for: Someone who wants more control, but wants to do it all with their voice
Google Home is a voice controlled smart hub that gives them the freedom to control their tech with a simple voice command. It’s the best of Google search’s simplicity and intelligence in a handy mini speaker (so no one will even notice it).
Say “Ok Google” for…
- Upgraded entertainment – They can stream Christmas songs while they bake, then control their Chromecast to put their favourite film on TV
- Staying on top of life – They can see what appointments are coming up this week, set alarms, and check the weather to see if they need to grab an umbrella before heading out the door.
- Complete smart home control – Compatible with a huge number of smart home devices and brands, it’s easy to get started with smart lights, thermostats and more. So they’ll never worry about coming home to a cold house, or having to go round every room switching things off at the end of the day.
Who to buy for: Someone who wants all the information to hand – without reaching for their phone
Amazon Echo is so much more than just a wireless speaker, it’s the hub of all their smart home devices, which means plenty of gadgets around the house can be controlled with a simple voice command.
Just call out “Alexa” to…
- Stream music – They can wirelessly play radio stations and audiobooks, as well as playlists compiled on their phone. Or, by linking a Spotify or Amazon Prime account they’ll have almost unlimited music. Ask Alexa to find a playlist for any occasion and she’ll get the party started, or help wind down after a long day.
- Control their smart tech – Compatible with almost every smart device, the Echo provides easy control over smart plugs, thermostats, sensors and switches (basically all you need to make your house something out of a cool sci-fi film).
- Live life hands-free – Check football scores or cinema showings, order a takeaway and get an Uber – all without reaching for a phone.
Instax mini 9 Instant Camera
Who to buy for: The Instagrammer in love with retro photography
Instant photos are eternally popular, and there’s nothing quite like taking a photo and developing it straight away to share with friends, or to add on a pin board. The Instax mini 9 is a great gift for anyone who loves a vintage filter, or is always putting a scrapbook together.
And with the selfie mirror they can take great group shots with everyone included, or capture unique portrait shots.
Nespresso by Krups VertuoPlus Coffee Machine
Who to buy for: The coffee lover who wants to try every Nespresso flavour
We all know someone who wants to save money on coffee every day without having to give up all together. Get them the VertuoPlus and they’ll be able to try hundreds of different Nespresso capsules to create perfectly blended coffee each and every time. No fuss, no barista skills needed.
Upgrade their coffee with Nespresso for…
- Perfect foam (yes it matters) that makes every coffee taste great.
- Quick drinks that make their mornings less painful. The VertuoPlus has just a 15 second warm-up time.
Ryze Tello Drone
Who to buy for: The relative that loves to take to the skies and get great footage
There’s no denying how fun drones are. Just like a RC helicopter but with the ability to record as you fly, the Tello Drone is a real crowd-pleaser. Whether it’s someone who wants to film their party in a new way, or is curious to see their home from above – this is a fun gift that is sure to please.
Take flight for…
- HD video that will let them see the world in a whole new way.
- Simple app controls that let you pilot it straight from your smartphone, or even from a VR headset (sold separately)
- Fun learning experiences. The Tello can be programmed using Scratch, so they can teach themselves simple coding and play with the drone in a completely new way.
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