The Wishlist: 15 Best Gifts for the Media Junkie

Between the advent of online streaming services for movies, TV shows, and music, and the rise of photo and video-focused social media sites like YouTube, Tiktok, and Instagram, there’s an absolutely enormous wealth of content currently available online. Couple this with the fact that technology in general has increasingly permeated just about every aspect of modern life, and it’s not hard to see why mobile devices, cameras, tablets, and other tech-related items make such great choices when each year’s holiday season rolls around. Well aware of this reality, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest tech-leaning movie, gaming, and music-related presents for this guide to the best gifts for the media junkie.

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Twelve South AirFly

Equipped with 20 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and a 33’ range, the Twelve South AirFly is a wireless transmitter that allows you to use your own headphones or true wireless earbuds to enjoy in-flight entertainment. 

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Chromecast 4K with Google TV

Sold with an included remote, the Chromecast 4K with Google TV is an ultra-compact streaming stick that connects to a TV’s HDMI port to offer more than 700,000 movies and episodes of TV shows as well as several million songs. 

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Backbone One for iPhone

Turing Apple’s flagship smartphone into a mobile gaming powerhouse, the latest generation of the Backbone One for iPhone boasts pass-through charging, a collapsible design, a super low-latency connection, and the ability to record game clips and screenshots.

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Vinyl Me, Please Monthly Record Subscription

Offered in three-month, six-month, or 12-month subscriptions, Vinyl Me, Please membership affords the ability to gift a curated selection of records from a variety of different categories ranging from country to hip-hop to classics to essentials. 

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Google Nest Wifi Pro

The Google Nest Wifi Pro is a next-gen home Wi-Fi 6E mesh network system with three separate bands that have the ability to collectively deliver lightning-fast speeds of up to 5.4 gigabytes per second.

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Marshall Acton III Speaker

Offering booming sound in a compact package, the Marshall Acton III is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a vintage-inspired design, brass control knobs, a 30’ range, and separate tweeters and woofers that come backed by 15-watt and 30-watt class D amplifiers. 

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Nothing Phone (1)

A legitimately viable iPhone alternative, the all-new Nothing Phone (1) is a state-of-the-art dual-sim 5G smartphone with a cutting-edge camera area and display, and a 4,500-mAh Li-Po battery. Equipped with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, this particular item also comes factory unlocked. 

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Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Headphones

The Bowers & Wilkins PX8 is a top-shelf pair of wireless ANC headphones that sport a cast aluminum and Nappa leather construction, a six-microphone array, adaptive wireless technology, angled carbon cones, B&W’s proprietary noise cancellation tech, and 30 hours of battery life.

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Apple 10th-Gen iPad Pro

Apple’s 10th-generation iPad Pro comes loaded with a myriad of impressive specs and features including up to 2TB of storage, Face ID, Apple’s latest three-lens TrueDepth camera system, and the tech giant’s mighty M2 chip. .

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Insta360 ONE RS 1-Inch 360 Edition

Co-developed by Leica, the Insta360 ONE RS 1-Inch 360 Edition is an ultra-advanced action camera that boasts AI-powered imaging, an IPX3 rating, proprietary FlowState stabilization, dual 1” sensors, and the ability to shoot both digital third-person views and 6K 360-degree video.

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Technics SL-100C Turntable

The Technics SL-100C is a full-torque, direct-drive hi-fi turntable that borrows many of the features and components of its more expensive counterparts in the SL lineup while boasting a more accessible price — and without compromising on performance or audio quality. 

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Meta Quest Pro Headset

The tech behemoth’s most advanced VR headset to date, the Meta Quest Pro benefits from numerous advancements including Meta’s patented “pancake” lens and optics technology along with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2+ platform. 

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SAMSUNG Freestyle Smart Portable Projector

Despite its incredibly compact footprint, the SAMSUNG Freestyle Smart Portable Projector affords the ability to beam a 100” projection from practically anywhere, while also featuring 360-degree sound, a built-in Alexa, and automatic smart calibration. 

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FUJIFILM X-H2 Mirrorless Camera

The FUJIFILM X-H2 is a flagship mirrorless digital camera that’s been outfitted with a laundry list of noteworthy features such as a 40.2-megapixel X-Trans sensor, a maximum shutter speed of 1/180,000, and 8K/30P recording capabilities in Apple ProRes. 

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Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000

Made for the world’s most discerning audiophiles, the Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 is not only the world’s first DAP with complete separation of digital and analog signal processing, but it also sports the first-ever use of a stainless steel 904L body construction on this type of mobile hi-fi music player