The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts For The Technophile

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As we move toward the promised land of automated workers, systems, and devices, the infatuation with technological endeavors has never seemed as prominent. Our consumerist ways have been on the rise, and with them, the innovation of handheld, audio, visual, and automotive platforms has established itself as one of the most emergent industries in recent years.

The truth is, we all love a good piece of technology. It makes our lives easier, it removes the need for time-consuming nuances that used to plague our society and gives us a reason to look forward to our favorite companies’ upcoming releases. Without cutting-edge devices like the smartphone, tablet, laptop, and television who knows where society would be. While you might have your own opinion on the necessity of technology, there’s no denying that there are some interesting devices out there. Below, we’ll outline a few of our favorites and, hopefully, enlighten you about the best gifts for your most adored technophile this holiday season.

GoPro HERO8 Black

GoPro has been a leader in the action camera space for almost two decades now, and with the introduction of HERO8 Black, they’ve reinforced their right to the throne. This tiny, form-fitting camera is GoPro’s most advanced offering and features innovative upgrades like HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization, enhanced 4K video capabilities, a built-in mounting system that is compatible with more than 30 cutting-edge GoPro mounts, and an intuitive user interface with up to 10 custom capture preset modes and customizable on-screen shortcuts.

Purchase: $400

Nomad Ultra Rugged Lightning Cable

If you’re obsessed with keeping your devices charged at all times, the Nomad Ultra Rugged Lightning Cable might just be your new best friend. This robust charging cable is crafted from military-grade 1000D ballistic weave nylon, helping it to perform well past 10,000 flexions. It’s even coupled with a 2,350 mAh portable battery to keep your most important devices charged and ready to go no matter the situation.

Purchase: $50

PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer

The thought of putting your cellular device into a sanitizing casket might seem a little outlandish, but PhoneSoap’s 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer is one gift that will always win a bid for originality. This interesting device helps to kill 99.9% of the bacteria on your handheld device thanks to its scientifically-engineered germicidal UV-C bulbs. Pop your phone in, close the lid, and never worry about phone-borne bacteria again.

Purchase: $80

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Keeping your coffee at just the right temperature is an everyday struggle, but thanks to Ember’s Temperature Control Smart Mug, your battle with cold fluids has come to an end. This adaptable device helps to keep your favorite beverages at a precise temperature, allowing you to keep them anywhere between 120 and 145-degrees Fahrenheit. It operates on a one-hour battery and can even pair with a proprietary Ember app so you can dial in your preferred temperature from afar.

Purchase: $104

Lacie Rugged 2TB Hard Drive

If you’re a stickler for backing up your important data, information, and files, there’s no better investment than a secondary harddrive. Luckily, Lacie has been in the game for some time, and the company’s Rugged 2TB offering has proven to be one of the industry’s finest storage options. This well-rounded device is drop-, crush-, and rain-resistant, making it perfect for those who want to keep their important files safe and private, while also protecting from physical inhibitors.

Purchase: $120

Courant Catch:3

Courant’s Catch:3 Accessory Tray is a quintessential desktop companion for the fashion-forward guy. Aside from its reputation as one of the most attractive charging stations on the market, the Catch:3 also boasts a powerful three-coil layout, a premium pebble-grain Italian leather exterior, and an additional Qi-certified USB-A port for versatile adaptability.

Purchase: $175

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Anova’s Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker is the perfect accessory to take your cooking to an entirely different level. Whether you’re preparing for many, or few, this great-looking precision cooker will make prep a breeze, thanks to its 1000-watt power, and eight-liter-per-minute capacity. In effect, you’ll revel in heated water faster than ever, while keeping temperature accurate throughout the cooking process. Better yet, this Sous Vide is splash, steam, and water-resistant, giving you peace-of-mind when it comes to hectic cooking encounters.

Purchase: $200

Apple TV 4K

The Apple TV 4K is ready to take your streaming obsession in an entirely new direction, thanks to its High Dynamic Range Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture quality, Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound, and powerful A10X Fusion chip. You’ll be treated to cutting-edge graphics, video, and performance, all while utilizing the device’s Siri Remote voice search to keep things intuitive and hands-free.

Purchase: $200

Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

Being healthy is more than a trend, and thanks to innovative companions like the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch, plotting your path to success has become that much easier. This simplistic device operates under Alexa’s built-in smart technology and responds to the sound of your voice to retrieve information on your heart rate, sleeping cycles, and REM stages, as well as giving you access to traditional smartwatch apps like Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer.

Purchase: $200

Nintendo Switch Lite

Dominate the competition this holiday season with Nintendo’s popular Switch Lite. This handheld gaming device is ultra-portable, optimized for personal use, and comes with a great-looking unibody design that’s been lauded as one of the generation’s finest. It features a built-in +Control Pad and can play all of the original Switch titles, without the bulk of its predecessor.

Purchase: $200

Kindle Oasis

Take your favorite books, magazines, and publications with you wherever you go with the Kindle Oasis. This sleek handheld device boasts a 7″, 300 PPI flush-front Paperwhite display, a waterproof IPX8 designation, and an ergonomic design to make reading a breeze. You’ll even be able to transition from text to audio at the touch of a button, thanks to the device’s Audible capabilities, allowing you to pair with your favorite set of wireless headphones via Bluetooth.

Purchase: $249

Apple AirPods Pro

This year’s audio world was dominated by the introduction of the Apple AirPod, and now the company has introduced the premium version of its flagship wireless headphone with the AirPods Pro. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite songs, podcasts, and programs, thanks to the device’s Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and customizable fit, bringing personalized qualities to the already-revered flagship.

Purchase: $250

Bose Noise-Cancelling 700 Headphones

While truly-wireless earbuds are certainly cool, there’s nothing like a pair of heavy-hitting over-ear headphones. Bose’s Noise-Cancelling 700 is the perfect variant for audio aficionados who are looking to hear a difference in audio quality, regardless of where they listen. Aside from the headphone’s adaptive four-microphone system to block out sound and isolate voice, you’ll be able to operate the device with audible commands, thanks to Alexa integration, 20-hours of battery life, and access to a range of music, navigation, and weather apps, all within a single device.

Purchase: $400

DJI Mavic Mini Drone

The DJI Mavic Mini Drone is the perfect aerial filmer to take with you on your upcoming trip, thanks to its compact, 250-gram silhouette, 30-minute flight time, 2.7K video capabilities, and a crystal-clear 12-megapixel camera. The best part? This dependable device is so small that it doesn’t have to be registered with the FAA, helping you to capture the shot without worrying about overarching regulations and guidelines.

Purchase: $400

Oculus Quest VR Headset

Oculus’ Quest VR Headset is an innovative device that makes in-game immersion more accessible than ever. This all-in-one headset brings powerful Insight tracking, touch controllers, and environmental adaptability to the table for interested parties, ensuring that movements, gestures, and facial expressions are reflected accurately in the digital world.

Purchase: $400

Sonos Move Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re looking for the quintessential portable Bluetooth speaker to take with you on your upcoming adventures, the Sonos Move is ready to raise the bar when it comes to audio-oriented standards. It’s weatherproof, drop-resistant, and operates via Sonos’ intuitive voice control system, allowing you to start, pause, and skip songs with an audible command. Aside from the device’s user-friendly layout, it’s no slouch in the sound department; perfectly-balanced bass, Trueplay tuning, and dynamic soundscapes make the Move’s listening experience a joyous one.

Purchase: $400

Loupedeck CT

If you’re an editor/content creator, you know that having shortcuts and keybinds to keep everything simple, intuitive, and to-the-point is often your saving grace. Now, thanks to the Loupedeck CT, you’ll be able to map all of your favorite tuning shortcuts to one device, allowing you to dial-in edits on Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Ableton Live. Better yet, you’re able to save presets for each of your customized workspaces, giving you the freedom to swap between different software with ease.

Purchase: $549

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple’s iPhone has been a dominant device in the smartphone industry since its release, and this year, the tech giant has reinforced its lineup with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. This sleek, attractive mobile device boasts the company’s latest 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, giving you access to enhanced colors, clarity, and illumination, while an innovative triple-camera system on the phone’s rear panel allows for 12-megapixel Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto captures. Quality-of-life features like Face ID and Apple Pay return to the device, making use of its performance-oriented A13 Bionic chip and third-generation Neural Engine to provide buyers with one of the most advanced smartphones on the market.

Purchase: $1,100

Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera

A compact camera system is never a bad thing to keep on your person, and thanks to Sony’s a6500 Mirrorless platform, it’s never been easier to take professional photos at the drop of a dime. This 24.2-megapixel APS-C offering calls upon a powerful Exmore sensor, 425 phase-detection autofocus points, and industry-leading 5-Axis in-body stabilization to gift shooters with an intuitive, well-rounded photo experience, while a sleek, compact silhouette makes stowing the camera for immediate access a breeze.

Purchase: $1,400

Desktop Metal Fiber 3D Printer

The innovation of the 3D printer has made a number of design applications far more accessible, and thanks to devices like the Desktop Metal Fiber 3D Printer, everyone can create to their heart’s content. This nylon-based installment boasts both carbon fiber and fiberglass reinforcement and calls upon a four-tool Kinematic motion system to bring your designs to life, right on your desktop.

Purchase: $3,495+

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