It’s been another impressive year of technological advancement, from the launch of the latest iPhone 14 to Samsung Folds via gaming, TV and laptops - and that makes our job just a little bit easier when it comes to gifting.
We all have those technophiles in our lives that thrive off the shiniest new launches - so we’re here to help you tick each item off their wish list.
Smart home devices continue to rule the roost, transforming everyday unnoteworthy products and appliances (like fridges and doorbells) into hugely sought-after items that do so much more than they say on the tin.
There’s also a crop of recent drop of iPhones, Google Pixels, electric bikes, cameras, speakers and even pizza ovens - all of which will give the tech lover in your life the chance to discover products that will enhance their day to day.
We have gathered the best state-of-the-art products to nail the unwrapping on birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s or Christmas.
Now on to tech...
Amazon has unveiled its Kindle Scribe that is said to be the best e-reader that the online retailing giants have ever built. Taking your reading experience to the next level, it has a realistic paper feel so is ideal for those who prefer holding on a book in hand, while you can also add handwritten notes. The pen is battery free and it even includes a subscription for four months to Kindle Unlimited.
Buy now £359.99, Amazon
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple’s latest smartwatch - the Apple Watch Series 8 - is unsurprisingly the most advanced to date. The ultimate health companion, it takes monitoring to the next level to include Crash Detection that automatically connects you to emergency services, providing your location and notifying your contacts as well as improving the sensors to monitor your blood oxygen levels, heart rate and ECG sensors. It also records your daily activity for an in-depth analysis of your workouts, all while acting as a satellite phone so you can get calls and texts, ask for help and use Apple Pay.
Buy now £419.00, John Lewis
Bowers & Wilkins Px8
British audio label Bowers & Wilkins has launched a new addition to its headphone collection with its most premium model to date. The audio label takes sound to the next level and puts an emphasis on the design elements with a quality diecast aluminium construction with diamond cut metal detailing and a luxury Napa leather trim, the latter of which comes in black or tan.
Buy now £599.00, Bowers & Wilkins
Enhance their viewing experience with Sky’s new streaming TV. Every channel, show and app is offered directly on the device on WiFi without the need for a satellite or box. You can control via voice command and maximise the experience with the whopping six powerful speakers and 360 degree Dolby Atmos sound. Picture quality is front and centre with Quantum Dot – taking contrast to the next level with crystal clear Ultra HD. It also come in a range of colours; white, pink, green, blue and black.
Buy now £649.00, Sky
Roberts Revival Petite DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Portable Digital Radio
While we admit that this may not be the most hi-tech item on this list, the Roberts radio has a nostalgic feel with enduring appeal. It has an attractive vintage 50s design and yet combines DAB, Aux and Bluetooth capabilities to combine fun and function. The radio is compact inside yet packs a powerful sound with a 40mm speaker.
Buy now £99.99, John Lewis
Nintendo Switch OLED Console
The successor to the hugely popular original Nintendo Switch is the OLED – a new system with a bigger and better screen than before. It’s slimmer and yet the picture is more vivid with greater contrast. The device still offers the Joy-Con controllers attached so you can play against your friends and family no matter where you are.
Buy now £309.99, Argos
Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light
By investing in a sunrise alarm clocks, you are transforming their morning routine. Instead of being jarred awake by an unpleasant sound, this device will allow them to gently rise by mimicking natural sunlight. With both sunrise and sunset simulation, it can change colour - becoming increasingly light for 30 minutes ahead of the time they need to wake up. There’s also the choice of five natural sounds including Forest Birds, Buddha, Yoga, Ocean Waves and Nepal Bowls and FM radio.
Buy now £139.99, Philips
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Wireless Speaker
The perfect speaker for every occasion, this UE speaker has deceptively loud sound for its small size. Its 13-hour battery life makes it perfect for day trips and its waterproof feature means you can use it everywhere from the pool to your shower.
The best part? A new outdoor boost mode increases clarity in sound and volume so you can bask in the sun and enjoy your tunes at top volume. Pair multiple UE speakers together for a truly unique wireless music experience.
Buy now £70.73, Amazon
Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy
If you’re a fan of snazzy kitchen gadgets, you’ll love the Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy. It’s the first coffee machine that comes with Alexa technology out-of-the-box, enabling you to make a cup of coffee using your voice. All you need to say is “Alexa, make me a coffee”, and Voicy will pour your coffee of choice. And when you run out of coffee capsules, you can purchase more just by speaking.
As a fully-functioning Alexa speaker, Voicy will also let you play music, ring people, send messages, update your calendar, manage smart devices and perform many other commands. Overall, Voicy is simple to set up and use, and it’ll look great in any modern kitchen.
Buy now £199.00, Lavazza
Ninja Foodi Air Fryer
Combining the functionality of an air-fryer with the tech of a dehydrator, this glossy grey number from Ninja is a steal at just £99, offering unrivalled versatility in the market.
Despite its neat proportions, it has a surprisingly capacity of 3.8g, complete with easy-to-use touch controls and a simple timer.
But the best bit? A simple flick of the switch is all it takes to go from air-frying to dehydrating. Great for small-space living.
Buy now £99.00, AO
Garmin Venu Sq 2
Garmin’s Venu Sq 2 combines the GPS tracking tech specialist’s extensive expertise to create a smart watch with some serious style points. It is also brimming with cutting-edge fitness features to record your exercise at hand as well as your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and stress, while also reminding you to relax and giving greater insight into your slumber. There’s also Garmin Coach for a PT you can wear on your wrist.
Buy now £229.00, Currys
HYPERX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset - Black & Red
These noise-cancelling gaming headphones will allow you to get fully immersed into the action - and let’s face it, they look good too. The HyperX model has a sleek aluminium frame that is adaptable to all head sizes and comes in this black and red finish. The microphone is also noise-cancelling to provide crystal clear communication between teammates in the likes of Warzone.
Buy now £74.99, Currys
The benefits of rowing are seemingly endless, from an intense calorie burn to, sculpting, toning and every muscle group feeling the pulling power. Hydrow’s rower has become a cult piece of equipment with access to over 3,000 workouts that brings the feeling of being out on the water to the comfort of their own home.
Buy now £2.00, Hydrow
One of the original “find my keys” devices also has a use for wandering pets. You can buy collar attachments to add the Tile to a collar or harness to keep it secure.
For an additional price, you can upgrade to Tile Premium which gives a 30-day location history, so you can see where your pets have been and can help to learn your pet’s route. You can also share the Tile with an unlimited number of friends and family who also have the app, allowing you to cover more ground.
Some genius dog owners have even taught their dog to recall and return when the tile rings if they reach a boundary. It’s small and unobtrusive, and one of the lightest on the list.
Buy now £19.99, Amazon
Cruzaa E Bike Gunmetal
There’s been somewhat of a smart bike revolution in recent years with electric models overtaking traditional two-wheelers. Cruzaa is making the switch simple with its compact, lightweight model that is entirely electric.
It has integrated a 240W motor with a range of 50 to 60km. Charging up takes around three to four hours and there’s even an LCD display, Bluetooth enabled speakers and a 12 month warranty.
Buy now £2499.99, Selfridges
Sony ZV-1 Compact Vlogging Camera
Whether your friend, family member or loved one wants to try their hand at vlogging or just film on the go with ease, Sony has designed this compact camera that is packed with handy specs. First and foremost, it features a 20.1 megapixel camera, 4k Ultra HD video capabilities, 2.7x optical zoom and a touch LCD screen that can be flipped out to make selfie shooting a breeze. The camera will help them capture professional-looking images and videos where colours are brighter, and more natural. There’s image stabilsation, a three-capsule microphone with windshield for high quality audio and there’s an instant background blur button.
Shop mirrorless cameras here.
Buy now £699.99, Argos
Elevate their sound experience by introducing Sonos and in particular the brand’s Roam model into their lives. This is the audio aficionado’s latest battery-powered wireless speaker that’s weatherproof, drop resistant and connects via the app to your phone or through voice assistant. It is quick and easy to charge through the provided charging base and gives over 10 hours of playback per charge.
Shop more portable, wireless speakers here.
Buy now £179.00, Sonos
Ooni Pizza Oven
What could be better than their very own pizzeria in the comfort of their own garden? Bring the ability to craft authentic Italian-style wood fire oven pizzas with the much sought-after Ooni pizza ovens, a new era in food tech. A leader in the at-home devices, there are many sizes and souped-up specs to choose from with wood-flame, gas and pellet varieties.
Shop more home pizza ovens here.
Buy now £299.00, John Lewis
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Powerful Bluetooth Speaker
All new from expert sound label Bang & Olufsen, the Beolit 20 has an impressive 240 watts of power to take the audio experience to the next level. While B&O are known for its sound, it is also the brand’s ability to house it in attractive and art-like casings that fit seamlessly among any decor.
It is crafted from premium and durable materials with a contemporary look. The speaker also features eight hours of playback and can be powered up through a wireless Qi charging surface.
Buy now £450.00, Very
Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case
AirPods revolutionised the wireless listening game, removing the time and effort it took to untangle headphone wires. While the original models will always have a place in our heart, the Pros are designed to have a more customised fit with three tip sizes to ensure security and all-day comfort, while also featuring noise cancellation.
If safety is a concern with the latter, pop the headphones in Transparency mode to bring you back into the world around you. They are also sweat and water resistant and have a 24 hour battery life.
Buy now £199.00, Currys
Kokoon Sleep Headphones
For those of us who have long struggled with the essential task of sleep, it can get more and more frustrating every single night. Whether it’s stress, the inability to relax or the sound around them causing the insomnia, this gadget from Kokoon may be able to help.
These are headphones with noise-cancelling technology but are also kitted out with a monitor and a whole host of other handy features. There’s adaptive audio that fades out your music or audiobook, soundproofing to rid you of all external noise, an app with sleep techniques and meditation and most importantly of all, impressive comfort with a durable, natural fibre composition so you can wear throughout the night.
Buy now £369.00, Selfridges
Coravin Model Three Wine Preservation Opener
Is there anything worse than opening a delicious bottle of wine, finding yourself unable to finish it and then pouring the rest down the drain several days later once it’s turned. This innovative device will ensure there’s no more weeping over lost wine.
When you just want a glass or a sip, Coravin means you won’t even need to pull the cork. Simply attach this device and you can pour however much you like through the fine needle, leaving the cork in place and keeping the wine preserved and fresh for your next drink. It is ideal for wine tastings or pairings.
Buy now £219.99, Amazon
Segway Drift skates
Heard of segways? Well Segway-Ninebot, the brand behind the electric personal transportation, is back with the next innovative way of getting around that will make you feel like you are in 3020.
The skates are relatively easy to master and will then take you where you need to go in a fraction of the time. They are lightweight and portable so work well for commuting.
Buy now £244.99, Amazon
By connecting this Roku Streambar to their TV, you will gift your loved one the power to stream just about any TV show or film at the touch of the button, while also providing superior room-filling sound.
It has HD, 4k Ultra HD and HDR built-in as well as a huge roster of entertainment, web and streaming apps like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV and many, many more.
Buy now £129.99, Argos