Over the past decade, technological advances have come along in leaps and bounds and, today, we rely on the latest gadgets for everything from our shopping to our social lives. It feels almost impossible to imagine life without our smartphones, but they aren’t the only handy devices available to make our lives easier – not to mention more enjoyable. From reading or listening to music to streaming your favourite series, these days there’s a gadget for just about everything, so if you’re shopping for that special someone in your life, then there’s a tech device for them.
Here, we take a look at some of the best gift ideas for every type of tech enthusiast.
Buying for a fitness junkie? Then gifts don’t get much better than the Apple Watch 7 – the perfect gadget for those who are always on the go and need a high-quality tech device to stay connected. Featuring a bright screen and a clear display, this Apple Watch offers many advanced fitness tracking features, including an ECG app, blood oxygen monitoring, and fitness tracking.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Featuring a 6.8-inch display, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect luxury gift for the bookworm in your life, and can store thousands of books that are all available to read at the click of a button. So, if they also happen to be a jet-setter and are always off on their travels, then they’ll almost certainly be grateful for this modern, space-saving alternative to traditional books, which can take up considerable space – and use up valuable weight – in their suitcases.
Whether they’re killing time on the plane journey or relaxing at the beach, this handy e-reader will ensure that they always have their latest read on hand – and the best part is that the paperwhite Kindle looks like a real book. This water-proof device has a battery life that lasts for days, too, which means there’s no need to waste time waiting for it to charge every night when they could be out enjoying themselves, or catching up on that next page-turning chapter.
Echo Show 8
Any tech lover would love to receive the Echo Show 8 as a gift. With a smart display and the ability to understand voice commands and respond accordingly, this smart tech device offers hands-free help to make their busy lifestyle easier and allows for multi-tasking with ease. So, if they’re doing the washing and suddenly remember they haven’t responded to an important work email, all they must do is instruct ‘Alexa’ to do the latter for them, simply by speaking the instructions aloud – no need to stop what they’re doing and log onto their laptop themselves.
Also handy for checking the news, weather and latest traffic reports, or for finding their favourite song, it’s the ultimate in-home virtual assistant they never knew they needed.
Gone are the days of untangling headphone wires and having to carry our smartphones in our hands to stay connected, and thank goodness, because who has time for that? With a set of Apple AirPods, they’ll be able to take calls, listen to their favourite songs, and get directions to wherever they’re going, all completely hands-free. These wireless Bluetooth earphones will even allow them to block outside noise to enjoy a great listening experience – perfect for busy places whilst on the go.
A smart hairdryer
A professional hairdryer is a gift that will almost certainly go down a treat with anyone who likes to spend time perfecting their mane. The latest and greatest of the bunch is the Dyson Supersonic smart hairdryer, which promises the ultimate salon blow-out without the heat damage and comes with various attachments to cater to different hair types and textures. Whether they have curly tresses or fine and straight hair, this smart hairdryer is just the ticket.
A small, compact espresso machine is the caffeine addict’s dream, and is certain to wake them up with a smile each morning. Convenient and easy to use, treat them to a luxurious model to match their high-end designer kitchen, and you’ll win yourself extra brownie points.
A good espresso machine will save them time on grinding coffee beans manually and cleaning up the mess – all they’ll need to do is put the coffee grounds into the machine, press the start button, and their barista-quality coffee will be ready in no time.
Are you gift shopping for someone who runs a small business? Whether it’s a small retail store, an ecommerce site, or a service such as mobile hairdressing, they’ll need a safe and secure way to receive payments, and gifting them a contactless payment device will allow them to enjoy the convenience of being able to accept secure payments in just a few clicks. A portable card machine can accept credit/debit cards, Apple and Google Pay, and other contactless payment methods, making it handy for just about any type of customer.
Instant Pot Duo Plus
For the keen cook or budding chef, an Instant Pot Duo Plus is a great gift idea that is certain to feed their passions. This all-in-one cooking appliance works as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and sauté pan, and with so many functions, will save on kitchen space. Whether they’re a great cook or they simply enjoy making easy meals, they’ll love to try out this handy appliance – and it might even win you a regular dinner invitation, too.
For the person who is always losing their car and house keys, an Apple AirTag is a life-saver. This handy tech device can be easily paired with their iPhone via Bluetooth – and by attaching the AirTag to the accessory they keep misplacing, they’ll be able to track them down with ease in just seconds.