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The holidays are here which means it’s time to stress out about what to buy for family and friends. Save yourself endless hours of searching online and check out our handy tech gift guide, which includes new, weird and wonderful tech gifts that include something for everyone, including kids, beauty lovers, music fans, gamers, readers, photographers and more. You’ll even find something for yourself. You deserve it.
Check out our list of tech gifts below.
FOR SOUND QUALITY SNOBS
A lot of speakers advertise themselves as portable but sacrifice sound quality for size. That’s not the case with the new Sonos Move, which features Trueplay tuning for perfectly balanced sound. Stream WiFi, listen to your music on Bluetooth, connect to other Sonos products and access Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Plus, it’s waterproof and made to withstand bumps and drops thanks to its shock-resistant case.
Sonos Move, $499 at Sonos
FOR THE SKINCARE OBSESSED
If your skincare needs some high-tech help, this is the product for you (we’re big fans of buying gifts for ourselves around the holidays). The Pore Cleansing System unclogs pores and removes blackheads in seconds without scarring and helps to reduce the appearance of future blackheads and breakouts. Beat that, Santa.
Pore Cleansing MD System, $303 at Rodan and Fields
FOR THE PERSON WHO WORKS FROM HOME
If you’re ready to upgrade your computer, check out the new Surface Laptop 3. Available in 13.5” and 15” options, the new Surface has a battery life up to 11.5 hours, large trackpad for easy navigation, USB-C port for connection, an interactive touchscreen, enhanced studio mics that are perfect for dictation and video messaging, and it comes in cool new colours like Sandstone. Plus, it weighs less than 3 lbs. Take note, travellers.
Surface Laptop 3, $1,349 from Microsoft
FOR THE UNDER SERVED
With over 4000 reviews, it’s the number one best selling Amazon vibrator for a reason. Designed for your clitoris and G-spot, this “tech” gift (waterproof, USB chargeable, has 10 vibration patterns) will have you ho-ho-ho-ing–make that OH OH OHing–all through the holidays and beyond.
Tracy’s Dog Vibrator, $57 at Amazon
FOR THE GAMER
For the gamer in your life, the Stadia Premiere is the ultimate tool that can turn any screen into a gaming console, including laptops, desktops, and tablets with Chrome browsers and Pixel smartphones. Take your gaming anywhere, including grandma’s house, the backseat on long road trips and more with the first three months of a subscription to Stadia Pro included with each purchase.
Stadia Premiere Edition, $169 at Google
FOR THE BEAUTY FIEND
Your hair never looks as good as it does when you leave the salon. Until now. With the Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete, you can get professional-quality curls, waves and smooth, silky hair without damaging your tresses with high heat. Plus, you don’t have to make small talk.
Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete, $700 at Dyson
FOR THE ULTIMATE MULTI-TASKER
There are several mini options of the Nest, but for the big Kahuna that can do it all, look to the Nest Hub Max. The 10” touchscreen display has a 6.5MP camera and built-in speaks and woofer to give a clear picture and sound for everything from video chatting with family, to streaming YouTube videos, to checking security cameras around the home, to controlling other smart devices in the home, to asking Google Assistant how many ounces in a cup. It’s eight. We asked.
Google Nest Hub Max, $299 at Google
FOR YOUR FURRY FRIEND
Keep track of how far you’ve walked with Max with this bluetooth enabled smart leash that tracks where you go and how far you’ve travelled. It even tells you when you’re receiving incoming calls or texts and vibrates when you’ve reached your walking goals.
Bluetooth Enabled Smart Leash, $22 in store at Winners
FOR THE SENTIMENTAL
If you keep saying you’re going to print the photos on your phone and never get around to it, this printer is for you. The HP Sprocket is the same size as your smartphone and instantly prints your pics on 2” x 3” sticky photo paper that’s ready to be added to your favourite mural, frame, or fridge. Connect multiple devices at once, share albums with friends on the HP app and more using the ultra-small, ultra-cool HP Sprocket.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, $100 at Amazon
FOR THE TECHIE KID
Take back your smartphone and give kids their own kid-proof tablet that comes in a heavy-duty case with a two-year worry-free guarantee. The newly updated Fire HD 10 tablet is loaded with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, givng kids access to thousands of games, apps, books, videos, educational content and more, with 32 GB of internal storage and up to 12 hours of streaming time on one charge. Parents can set limits on screen time, add search filters, and more.
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet, $260 at Amazon
FOR THE MUSIC HEADS
There are small, discrete earbuds that are easy to take on the go and there are large, noise-cancelling over the ear headphones that take up space in your bag. You can finally have small and noise-canceling in one with the Jabra Elite 75t In-Ear Passive Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Headphones. Just remember to be aware of your surroundings. They really are noise-cancelling.
Jabra Elite 75t In-Ear Passive Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Headphones, $240 at Amazon
FOR A MINDFULNESS MOMENT
Buying a gift for someone who needs help chilling out? Try the Muse 2 Brain-Sensing Headband. The ultimate in meditation tech, the headband provides real-time feedback on mental activity, heart rate, breathing, body movements and more using EEG sensors and provides instructions to help users relax and enter a meditative state. Ommmmmmakesureyouchargeitmmmmm.
Muse 2 Brain-Sensing Headband, $250 at Best Buy
FOR THE BOOK FIEND
This lightweight, waterproof, blue light minimizing eReader does it all. Its awesome design lets you read in landscape or portrait, customize your favourite text display and is completely glare-proof. The best part? Unlike Kindle’s offerings, the Kobo is fully compatible with Canadian libraries, so you can borrow as many books as you like.
Kobo Libra H20, $200 at Indigo
FOR THE MEMORY MAKER
We take pictures almost every day with our smartphones, but when was the last time you actually printed a pic? Now you can snap a picture and print it instantly with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay, which can also print photos from smartphones or tablets using Bluetooth. You can apply filters and frames and use your smartphone as a shutter button for group photos or great shots when traveling alone.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid Instant Camera/Printer, $200 at Amazon
FOR YOUR COOL UNCLE
Love to listen to music on the go but hate wearing headphones? There’s a product for that and it’s the Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses. The Wayfarer-style sunglasses (which look good on everyone) now come with built-in Bose speakers that create a stunning audio experience for the wearer, while those around them hear almost nothing. One charge lasts up to 3.5 hours of streaming, the glasses block 99% of all UVA/UVB rays, and users can enjoy their audio while still being aware of their surroundings, making the Bose a safe way to listen on the go.
Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses, $249 at Amazon
FOR SOMEONE WHO DESERVES A BREAK
The market on robot vacuums is pretty saturated, but you know what’s dry? Our floors. That’s why we would love to be gifted the iRobot Braava, which arrives after the robot vacuum to robot mop the floor. Some people are offended when gifted cleaning products. We’re not those people.
iRobot Braava jet 240 Superior Robot Mop, $250 at Amazon
FOR THE CRAFTY
The Cricut is one of those machines that is a crafter’s dream and a non-crafters motivation to be crafty. The DIY cutting machine lets users choose from Cricut’s huge library of designs or upload their own design straight from their laptop, smartphone or tablet. Make cards, stationary, iron-on shirt patches and about 1,000 other things.
Cricut Explore Air 2, $262 at Amazon
FOR THE NEXT CONTESTANT ON THE VOICE
Need a gift from someone who loves throwing parties or singing in their bedroom for a concert of one? Same. Also, they’re gonna love the Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone from Canadian company Common Craft. Once the mic is synced to the user’s phone, they can download a Karaoke app and give their best Adele. Or, maybe work up to Adele.
Common Craft Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, $24 at Indigo
FOR SOMEONE WHO DESERVES TO BE WRINKLE FREE
Do you have a friend who likes to keep their clothes looking fresh and wrinkle-free but hates ironing? So, in other words, are you friends with any living human? Gift them the Steamery Cirrus Steamer, a lightweight and compact clothes steamer that is ideal for travel, heats up in 25 seconds, can be used on almost any fabric, and avoids the dreaded screech that every ironing board makes. Like a million nails on a chalkboard at once…
Steamery Cirrus Steamer, $180 at Indigo