Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for a gift for someone, take a look at this list.
We’ve included a list of technology oriented gifts that would suit anyone, and we’ve also created a “for him” and a “for her” list so you know exactly what to get for that special someone.
Throughout 2021 we’ve tried and tested these products. Each of them would be a great Christmas gift.
The items we’ve included range in price, so there’s bound to be something that suits your budget.
Here are our Christmas Gift Ideas 2021.
Christmas Gift Ideas 2021
The Citation 200 is one of the best-looking portable/home speakers on the market. Its Scandinavian style looks great at home and will turn eyes when used in portable mode.
It has a fantastic sound that can be customised to how you like it and has incredibly easy-to-use smart home features.
The lack of smart features offline is the one opportunity missed – however when using the speaker in its portable mode, nine times out of ten you will have connected your phone to it through Bluetooth so you can use the smart features on your phone instead.
It has a decent battery life off a single charge and is great value at NZ$530.
See our full review of the Citation 200 here.
The NuraTrue earbuds are worth purchasing for the sound they produce alone.
It’s the best audio quality I’ve ever heard in earbuds, and I imagine we’ll start seeing Personalised Sound features more prominently in the market because the results are fantastic.
Combine that with the impressive Immersion Mode slider, and you’ll hear new details in your music that you’ve never heard before. Simply put, the person you buy these for is going to be wowed by these earbuds.
Add to this the ability to use the NuraTrue earbuds while exercising, effective ANC capabilities, and responsive touch controls, all for only $300, and these are easily some of the best earbuds you can get. The gift receiver is going to love them.
See our full review of the NuraTrue Wireless Earbuds here.
JBL’s Clip 4’s carabiner design makes it easy to take anywhere, and it has a solid build which means you’ll never be worried about damaging it.
The sound quality is impressive for a small speaker that fits in the palm of your hand and only costs $100.
For bass-heavy songs, you’ll notice distortion, but for everything else, it sounds fine.
If you’re outdoors often and you want an affordable, no-frills speaker that’s waterproof and tough, then the JBL Clip 4 will do a great job.
See our full review of the Clip 4 here.
This is a hybrid gaming headset designed for all-day use. It’s versatile, compatible with wired and wireless usage, and most importantly, it makes games sound incredible.
The planar magnetic drives in each cup generate a clear sound that works when listening to music and playing games. 7.1 surround sound is well balanced and effective, and while 3D audio is a bit pointless when gaming, it’s great when listening to music.
Overall, Audeze’s Mobius is a headset for those who want the very best audio when gaming. And as a bonus, it works as a headset away from your PC (or console) as well.
See our full review of the Mobius here.
The iPhone 13 Pro represents the best of the best of what Apple can put in a smartphone.
The performance of the onboard camera rigs is way ahead of the competition.
Stir in the boost to battery life and Apple finally bringing 120Hz displays to its smartphones, and it’s impossible to ignore just how good these smartphones are.
See our full review of the 13 Pro here.
Sony’s WH-1000XM4s are some of the best headphones on the market. They deliver top-quality balanced sound that makes your music sound incredible. And they support higher-end codecs like LDAC while also being compatible with lossy codecs like AAC.
The ANC with these headphones is impressive, and the ambient sound works well. Phone calls and voice activation are flawless. It all just works as it should.
The WH-1000XM4s have nailed the design too. They’re light, comfortable, and have a premium finish with touch controls that are responsive and easy to use. The massive 30-hour battery life means you can use them all day, and trust me, you’re going to want to.
In short, the WH-1000XM4s get everything right at a lower price than their competitors.
See our full review of the WH-1000XM4 here.
The Logitech MX Master 3 mouse combines the latest in Bluetooth technology with an ergonomic design to create a wireless, high-performance mouse designed to maximize your productivity.
You can create customized profiles for specific applications so you can instantly switch between tasks or use one of Logitech’s crafted workspaces that are pre-configured for popular software titles like Excel and Chrome.
Offering up to 70 days on just one charge it also includes features such as Darkfield 4000 DPI sensor which helps capture movements quickly with unrivaled responsiveness from around any surface.
This mouse supports Logitech flow allowing you to seamlessly switch between computers whether they be Mac or Windows, and it will easily increase productivity for a busy computer worker.
The best thing about Google’s Nest Doorbell is you don’t need a subscription to get the most out of it.
It has smart alerts, sent to your phone, 3-hours worth of stored recording, activity zones you can setup and a 3:4 aspect ratio. All this makes it a smart doorbell that works really well.
And if you need more from the doorbell, there’s always an option of a Nest Aware subscription that costs the same as other subscriptions out there.
See our full review of the Nest Doorbell here.
Made for iPhones that have magnets inside, and Apple’s AirPods, the Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Charger is a great looking way to charge your devices wirelessly.
It allows you to charge your iPhone and your AirPods with the same single device, at the same time.
The magnet is strong enough to hold your phone so you can use it comfortably while charging. And it also supports iPhone cases with MagSafe compatibility.
The Surface Pro 8 is the best Surface device on the market.
With the release of Windows 11, it feels more like a proper 2-in-1 rather than a laptop that you can fudge as a bad tablet too.
The 120hz display is brilliant, vibrant and clear, the touch functionality is accurate and responsive, it looks great and it can handle anything you throw at it.
See our full review of the Surface Pro 8 here.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro is a lot of laptop.
It offers a lot of things a lot of people will find useful too: its screen, speakers, webcam, battery life, a smattering of ports – these are all good things normal folk will like.
However, the single most important thing inside is its M1 Pro chip. It’s a power-hungry lunatic. In a good way.
See our full review of the MacBook Pro here.
Christmas Gift Ideas 2021 For Him
The Hero 10 Black is easily the best GoPro to date and you’ll love it.
The improvements in the touch responsiveness, the speed of the processor, the quality of the footage you can capture, and the new ways to transfer your footage are all great improvements over previous GoPros.
Once you use the Hero 10 Black, you won’t want to go back to any model before it. This is the best action camera on the market.
See our full review of the GoPro Hero 10 Black here.
The Garmin Tandem is the perfect dual-lens dash cam for capturing footage in front of and inside your vehicle.
The NightGlo technology ensures that you’ll never miss a moment, even in darkness.
This model is lightweight and easy to use, making it perfect for any driver.
This powerful little massager is perfect for on-the-go use, delivering the same therapeutic muscle treatment as its bigger counterparts.
With Quiet Force Technology for near-silent operation, it’s easy to melt away tension any time, anywhere.
Compact and lightweight, the Theragun mini is a must-have for anyone who travels or struggles with tension, headaches or cramps.
Panasonic’s 5-blade Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foil Shaver is perfect for getting a close, clean shave every time.
Featuring a flexible head that moves in 5 directions, this shaver ensures that even the most contoured areas of the face are easily accessible and able to be shaved smoothly.
With 5 arched blades that are designed to capture and cut all kinds of hair – including long hairs and those lying flat against the skin – you can trust this shaver to provide a close, comfortable shave no matter what type of beard your man has.
The PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is a great PS5 headset. It’s significantly cheaper than its competitors which in some cases, can reflect a lower performance, but not here; the PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset has an excellent sound.
It’s comfortable for long periods of play and the controls optimised for the PlayStation on the left cup are handy and easy to use.
It’s also compatible with other devices, not just the PS5, and using this headset with a game that supports Sony’s new Tempest 3D Audiotech is incredibly immersive, making you never want to go back.
If you’re looking for a gift for a PS5 owner, you can’t go wrong with the Pulse 3D headset.
See our full review of the Pulse 3D Headset here.
Christmas Gift Ideas 2021 For Her
If you’re looking for a small but sturdy portable wireless keyboard then Logitech’s MX Keys Mini is one of the best on the market.
This keyboard comes into its own when being used with multiple devices. This is because of its effective Easy-Switch features and its compatibility with Logitech Flow.
It has useful function keys like dictation, system mute, and emojis, it has a decent battery, it’s wonderful to type on, and most importantly it will speed up your workflow.
If you’re buying for someone who wants to increase their workflow – and who has a multi-device setup – they’ll love Logitech’s MX Keys Mini.
See our full review of the MX Keys Mini here.
Although Twelve South’s Curve is specifically designed for MacBooks, it’ll work with any laptop.
It makes it easier to work at your desk. With its modern design, it looks great in any office.
The purpose of the Curve is to raise your laptop so the screen is more in line with your eyes. This helps with desk posture and helps to reduce neck and back pains from working in the office for long periods.
The Curve will raise your laptop 16.5cm above your desk and provide a 25-degree angle. It’s easy to use and a helpful accessory for anyone using their laptop for long periods.
The Ecovacs N8 PRO is a good robot vacuum cleaner for a very good price. To get the most out of it you’ll want a more conventional one-story or a two-story house, and the $400 Auto-Empty station. However, its multi-floor function means it also works well in less conventional houses and you can always easily empty it yourself.
It’s easy to set up, it does a great job of picking up dust and dirt, it accurately maps your house and it’s hassle-free. You can leave the N8 PRO to its own devices and never have to worry about vacuuming again.
It is relatively expensive, but by its fifth clean, you’ll wonder why you never invested in a robot vacuum before. The Ecovacs Deebot N8 PRO is great.
See our full review of the Deebot N8 Pro 200 here.
The Braun Silk-epil 9 Flex Epilator is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an epilator that’s easy to use.
The fully flexible head makes it easier to remove hair in difficult areas, and the SensoSmart technology applies just the right amount of pressure so you don’t have to worry about skin irritation.
Plus, the Micro-Grip tweezer technology ensures smooth skin every time.
The all-new Apple Watch Series 6 is packed with advanced health features to help you stay on top of your game.
With a new sensor to measure blood oxygen levels, the ECG app2 and other health features, you can be sure that Apple Watch Series 6 is looking out for your wellbeing.
So whether you’re at the office or on the go, you can always stay one step ahead of your health.
Christmas Gift Ideas 2021 For Kids
If you didn’t think the Rubiks Cube would interest a technology lover, think again.
The GoCube is a “smart” cube that has sensors inside. Connect the cube with your phone and you can track your moves and play mini-games and challenges.
For hardcore cube enthusiasts it can help increase solve times. For everyone else, it’s a great way to learn how to solve the famous cube puzzle and provides some fun at the same time.
The Happybe 8 inch Kids Tablet is the perfect device for kids!
It comes pre-installed with popular kid’s apps like KIDOZ, as well as a parental control password protection system.
There are also thousands of movies, TV episodes, books, games and educational apps available for download.
The age filtering function in KIDOZ ensures that children will only see filtered content – providing them with a safe and clean online environment for having fun.
Plus, the tablet runs on Android 10.0 which is safer and faster than previous versions.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is the perfect gaming system for on-the-go play.
Its sleek, lightweight design and built-in controllers make it easy to take with you wherever you go.
Compatible with the massive library of Nintendo Switch games the kids will never run out of games to play.
If your kids are looking for a gaming console they can take away with them, and play at home when they’re bored, the Nintendo Switch Lite is the best option on the market.
The Kidizoom Smart Watch DX2 is a great smart watch for kids.
With two cameras, kids can take pictures, videos and selfies that can be customized and turned into new watch faces.
The watch also includes 55 digital and analog watch faces that kids can customize to their liking.
Additionally, there’s the Monster Catcher game which creates an augmented reality gaming experience in which you capture monsters in the real world.
Plus, there are fun sound effects, active play challenges with a motion sensor, and a parental controls setting to limit play time.