Do you have a friend or a relative that’s into tech? Well, this holiday season, you have a chance to get them something really exciting. Nowadays, it’s easy to find the perfect tech gift without having to spend hours lining up at a store or driving around a shopping mall trying to find parking.
If you’re not tech-savvy and are unsure about which product to get, don’t worry. In this blog, we’ve listed five different gift ideas that will surely be appreciated by any tech fan. We’ll discuss all kinds of tech from electric bikes all the way to the latest gaming consoles. Whatever the recipient is into, there’s bound to be something on this list that’ll suit them.
1. Electric bikes and scooters
If you’re getting a gift for someone who is a city worker or a university student, it may be a good idea to give them something that’ll help them get around town. With e-bikes and e-scooters, they can easily get to their destination without having to bring a car or punish their legs through endless walking.
Since most e-scooters are light and portable, you can easily bring them with you on public transport. On the other hand, some e-bikes are foldable, making them compact and easy to carry. Since e-bikes and e-scooters are powered by electricity, substituting them for your car is also a good way to reduce or offset carbon emissions.
Before you buy an electric bike or an Electric Scooter, make sure that you (and the recipient) are familiar with the relevant laws and regulations in your state or territory. For example, in Victoria, you cannot legally operate an e-scooter that has a petrol motor, an electric motor with a power greater than 200 watts, or has a maximum speed more than 10km/h.
Please refer to the VicRoads website (or your state’s equivalent), if you have further questions about the legality of e-bikes and e-scooters.
2. Gaming console
During the peak of the pandemic, a lot of people turned to gaming for entertainment. Months of staying home have certainly turned a good number of people into video game enthusiasts. So, this holiday season, it may be a good idea to make a gamer’s wish come true by getting them a new gaming console.
Unfortunately, due to the chip shortage caused by the pandemic, certain consoles have become quite tough to get. You’re likely going to find it difficult to get a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X for a fair retail price.
If you look hard enough, you might find a few consoles being sold on the secondary market. However, there are a couple of good reasons why you shouldn’t buy these. The first reason is simply the price itself. Due to the high demand, new consoles on the secondary market will likely be marked up to unreasonable prices. The second reason is that buying marked up consoles will likely encourage more scalping in the future, making the consoles even more difficult to buy for regular consumers.
The Nintendo Switch has also been affected by chip shortage but it’s a little bit more accessible than the previously mentioned consoles. Because of this, the Switch may be the best option to go with. If the recipient loves their Nintendo IPs like Super Mario, Zelda or Pokémon, this gift is perfect for them.
3. Bluetooth headphones
Nowadays, wireless earphones are becoming more and more popular. And for good reason. With Bluetooth earphones, you won’t have to worry about the wires getting all tangled up in your pocket. You also won’t have to worry about your earphones getting caught on something and getting ripped from your ears.
Getting wireless earphones is an easy and convenient way to listen to your songs and podcasts while you’re commuting, exercising or working at the office.
If you have a friend or a relative that seems to always be listening to music, consider giving them a pair of high-quality Bluetooth earphones. Apple’s AirPods are quite popular, but they’re also quite pricey. If you look around the online market, however, you should be able to find good products for a fair price. Sennheiser and Jabra are two brands that we recommended looking into.
Tablets can be used by school kids, university students, and full-time professionals. Through a tablet, you can create documents, create PowerPoint presentations and start video calls. Basically, anything that your computer does, a tablet can do as well. You can even buy a wireless keyboard so that you can use your tablet as a laptop.
The tablet’s portability and versatility make it the perfect device for attending lectures, working at coffee shops or traveling overseas. So, if you’re getting a gift for someone who likes to get around while working, consider getting them a tablet.
Certain tablets, like the iPad Pro, also come with a stylus. If you’re getting a gift for someone who works in graphic design or visual development, these tablets will almost certainly improve their workflow. They can take their creative work to a cafe or even out in the park. A tablet will allow them to change up the scenery and get their creative juices flowing.
5. Action camera
If you have a friend or family member that loves the outdoors, you might want to consider getting them an action camera. Quality action cameras like GoPros are waterproof and are protected with rugged casing. This makes them the perfect device to record adventures in the snow, the seas, or the mountains.
Most action cameras also come with video-editing software, allowing you to create montages or time-lapse videos of your outdoor endeavours. So, if the gift recipient loves sharing their outdoor activities on social media, a GoPro could be the perfect gift for them.
There you have it, five tech gift ideas for the holiday season. Regardless of what the recipient is into, they’ll surely have a use for the items listed above. Of course, if you’re really not sure what to get them, there’s nothing wrong with asking the recipient directly.