The 7 hottest high-tech gifts this holiday season

Nov 28 2018, 4:01 am

It’s the holiday season and it’s time to get¬†economical with your gifting. This season, you have the opportunity to invest in gifts that your favourite tech-loving person will adore.

Buying gadgets and tech for those on your list means they’ll have endless joy with the items not just at Christmas, but for years to come. Plus, they’ll think of you every time they use them (cuteness overload).

To help make your holiday shopping easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best tech gifts this season.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro/Huawei Canada

Does your favourite person need a new smartphone? You don’t need to waste any time searching online, because the Huawei Mate 20 Pro already has everything they could ask for. It includes the world’s first 7nm mobile AI chipset called Kirin 980 which delivers incredibly fast performance for all their apps. Then there’s the¬†4200mAh battery ‚ÄĒ one of the largest and strongest in the world, which can charge up to 70% in 30 minutes.

The Mate 20 Pro is a game changer as it supports reverse wireless charging (for the first time in Canada) and literally acts as a power bank for other smartphones. Anyone who loves to take photos will fall in love with this device and its triple Leica-lens camera system (hello Instagram!), including the Leica Ultra Wide Lens to capture stunning landscapes. The camera also has a new macro photography feature for those close up shots, and it can shoot as close as 2.5cm from the lenses.

Price: $1,199 (can vary by carrier)
Where to buy: The Mate 20 Pro is available at Bell Mobility, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile, or directly via Huawei Canada.

VR Headset

VR Headset/eBay Canada

Anyone who follows the cutting edge of tech will be absolutely thrilled to have their own VR headset. This handy device links up with your smartphone so you can travel back to the Mesozoic era or hop across the pond to the streets of Rome, all from any location around the world (as long as you have WiFi). The super-affordable headset transforms a smartphone into a virtual reality viewer, and that’s pretty awesome. Consider it their first brave step into the future.

Price: $18
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Wireless Phone Charging Pad

You can probably think of at least two friends who refresh their Insta-feed every hour (or less) to make sure they’re in the know of everything Instagram. This wireless phone charging pad guarantees that they’ll never miss a ‘Gram again. Plus, it’s small and compact so they can easily pop it in their bag and use it on the go to ensure connectivity. Did we mention that it costs less than $50? #bargain.

Price: $25
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Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike/OnePeloton

Okay, this one’s for the fitness enthusiast in your life. It’s not always easy to make it to the gym after work or your favourite studio class, which is why it’s awesome if you can work out at home. But where does one find the motivation? The answer: Peloton. It has created a new category of fitness by bringing live and on-demand boutique studio classes to the comfort of your own home. Already a runaway hit in America, Peloton recently launched in Canada, so you’ll be ahead of the curve. It’s basically the perfect gift for your other half (and yourself!).

All content is produced in the brand’s state-of-the-art NYC studio, run by award-winning television producers with world-class instructors leading the pack. Peloton very well may be the future of fitness, and it’s the ultimate empowering holiday gift that lets users feel like the best version of themselves.

Price: $2,950 for the Bike; $49/month for the digital subscription
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Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3

Both music and tech lovers will be ecstatic to receive a pair of¬†Beats¬†by none other than¬†Dr.¬†Dre (and Apple). When fully charged, these beauties have up to 40 hours of battery life, meaning they might only need to be charged once every two weeks, depending on how much they’re used. With built-in dual beam-forming mics that deliver clear audio, these headphones are perfect for everyday use on the train, at work, working out, and anywhere else the wearer chooses to rock them.

Price: $249.99
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Amazfit Smartwatch

Amazfit Smartwatch/eBay Canada

Ever notice how your workout buddy frequently asks you what time it is? Yes, this is normal, but it’s because they don’t have their own smartwatch. This stylish wearable will let them track and monitor their optical heart rate. Additionally, a built-in GPS allows the user to track their steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and even their quality of sleep. This is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Price: $107
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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speaker

Anyone who appreciates music will fall in love with the compact WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speaker. It’s portable, waterproof, and delivers a big sound that’s clear, crisp, and full of beautiful bass ‚ÄĒ think of your favourite Drake song on repeat.¬†When fully charged, it can play for up to 10 hours. It’s the perfect accessory for the shower, the beach, travelling, and everywhere in between.

Price: $64.99
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We partnered with Huawei Canada, eBay Canada, and Peloton, to bring you these great holiday gift ideas for the tech-loving human in your life.

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