The Wishlist: 15 Best Gifts for the Technophile

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Staying up to date with the newest gadgets can be as great a challenge as any, and you don’t need annual keynotes from every significant tech manufacturer to remind you of that. Alas, we are constantly greeted with these highly-anticipated conferences, finding ourselves perusing through headlines that analyze the newest products on a phone or tablet that have become outdated by default. Regardless, this shouldn’t get you down because staying up to date with the latest gadgets on a year-to-year basis is too hard to keep up with — but we all have that one friend or relative who has to have the next big thing. And so, our guide to the best tech gifts goes out to those who can’t go without the latest and greatest.

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ECOFLOW RIVER 2 PORTABLE POWER STATION

EcoFlow’s highly functioning RIVER 2 delivers all the power your giftee will need for years to come. It offers an eye-popping total of over 3,000+ full-charging cycles and weighs a mere 7.7 pounds, allowing it to be taken on road trips, hiking retreats, and much more. Plus, the USB-C-ready gadget charges up to 5 times faster than other options on the market. There is also a promo code that offers an additional 8% off: EFBF8OFF, valid until Dec 31.

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bellroy tech kit

Keeping your gadgets in order on the go can be a nuisance, so a handy organizer is bound to come in handy through any holiday guests’ road trips or flight layovers. This option from Bellroy is crafted from recycled, water-resistant woven fabric.

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2022 apple tv 4k

Streaming isn’t the way of the future as much as it is simply the way of the present. Whether it’s seamless Apple Music connectivity, service-exclusive movies, hit TV shows, or trending YouTube videos, the latest Apple TV has all this to offer and then some, deeming it the perfect choice for the entertainment buff in your life.

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therabody smart goggles

Therabody’s innovative eye mask is one of the biggest advancements in sleep tech and serves as a great way to wind down with all the holiday planning-based stress.

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Nintendo switch oled

The ever-so-versatile Switch is undoubtedly the gaming market’s most user-friendly portable product, as it’s fit for anyone from retro gamers who still love running the original Mario Bros. to new-age players who make their way through the plumber’s lengthy Odyssey.

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google pixel watch

Like any other year, a bevy of new smartwatches hit the market in 2022, but none of the other notable options are the first of their kind. That said, Google Pixel’s first-ever technological timepiece boasts a sleek rounded face, 24 hours of battery life, and optimized FitBit-powered tracking capabilities.

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bang & Olufsen beoplay ex earbuds

Bang & Olufsen is adept at bridging the gap between premium design and high-quality technology, a pair of elements every giftee can appreciate. The audio manufacturer’s Beoplay EX buds boast 9.2mm neodymium drivers and a sleek water-resistant composition, deeming them ideal for tackling winter rainfall.

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DJI mini 2 drone

With 4K 30fps video-capturing functions and rapid-fire footage-transferring abilities, the DJI Mini 2 is far more capable than its more diminutive size suggests, making it the perfect starter drone for anyone trying to get in on the action.

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nothing phone 1

Sure, the iPhone is cool, but the first model came out over 15 years ago. With this in mind, it might be time to make a change, and Nothing’s game-changing, eye-catching smartphone has been the talk of the tech world for months thanks to its futuristic design and rapid-fire functions.

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airpods max

While Apple may not be the first brand that comes to mind as far as audio equipment goes, it’s managed to make its way into the conversation’s upper echelon with its line of AirPods. In this case, there are no more coveted options than the remarkably sleek Max silhouette, boasting industry-leading noise-cancellation and well-balanced audio quality.

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dyson pure + hot cool wi-fi enabled purifier

Keeping dust out of the house doesn’t have to look as rudimentary as the average ‘As Seen on TV’ air purifier dictates. Dyson’s iconic dual fan/heater is the perfect gift for any smart home enthusiast, as it’s fully operable using the accompanying app or Amazon Echo. So, they can bask in pollen-and-dust-free air all allergy season long.

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roomba s9+

No one wants to clean after holiday dinners, and that’s self-explanatory. Luckily, the most advanced Roomba mode maps your home in order to capture dust and dirt with precision and 40 times more power-lifting suction than the average robot vacuum.

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2022 MacBook pro

The latest MacBook Pro is undoubtedly the mother of all laptops, boasting the Cupertino-based manufacturer’s proprietary M2 chip that paves the way for remarkable performance highlighted by a gorgeous Retina display with 500 bits of brightness.

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meta quest pro

The concept of virtual reality may be hard to wrap your head around, but someone in your life is sure to appreciate immersing in Meta’s state-of-the-art Quest Pro headset (no pun intended). The latest device delivers a versatile array of features across the board and is ideal for anyone from content creators to graphic designers.

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samsung neo qled 8K TV

Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K TV has no room for error, as it’s powered by an AI-assisted processor, delivering a transcendently immersive viewing experience. Above all else, it has a razor-thin bezel that should make wrapping it up and gifting a breeze.

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LEICA Q2

Leica’s Q was one of its most impressive models to date, which says a lot accounting for the camera maker’s esteemed history. Somehow, it improved upon itself with the release of the Q2, equipped with a 47.3-megapixel full-frame sensor and an extraordinarily crisp OLED viewfinder.