Who doesn’t love a new gadget for Christmas? Whether it’s the latest phone or gimmicky toy, getting your loved one something shiny and electronic is often a great gift option. And while they don’t always come cheap, they’ll often hit the mark.
So we chatted to our expert tech and telco friends at WhistleOut for a shortlist of gadget ideas for him this Christmas. Hopefully there’s something there to suit your loved one.
For the love of coffee
Smartphones can do almost anything, and these days that includes keeping your coffee warm at precisely the temperature you want it.
That’s right, Ember’s Ceramic Mug will keep your drink at the perfect temperature for as long as you like, so you can sit back and savour a morning coffee all the way through the afternoon if you want to.
At $130 it’s a bit of a luxury, but could be just the thing for the friend who has everything.
For weekends away
Portable speakers keep getting better and better, and if the great outdoors is where you and your beau like spending time then Bose has a gift idea for you.
Their Soundlink Micro is a small, rugged and waterproof speaker that kicks out great quality sound. For $149 it’ll cover your music needs for any beach or country escape.
For the sports lover
Okay, technically it might not be a gadget, but Kayo is a gift any sports fan will love.
It’s the new streaming TV service from Foxtel, which only shows sports. For $25 per month (or $35 for premium), Kayo lets you stream over 50 sports live on demand, including all the AFL and NRL you can take.
This really is a gift that keeps giving, but if you find it starts giving too much then you can cancel anytime.
For the music man
Now we know the name isn’t memorable, but Sony’s WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones truly are.
They’re amongst the best headphones you can get. Period. If your significant other loves to lose himself in music then this is the gift for him.
With an RRP of $499 they’re not cheap, but we’ve seen them offered as low as $350, so it’s worth shopping around.
For the trendsetter
If your fella is into gadgets and is an Apple guy then the Apple Watch Series 4 could be for him.
Costing upwards of $599 depending on the model, he’ll cherish having some expensive hitech bling like this on his wrist.
And he’ll never be able to say he missed that message you sent him.
For when money’s no object
Finally, if your pockets or purse are straining from all the cash wedged in them, then consider going the whole hog and getting your man the most sought after toy around, a new iPhone.
Starting from $1,629 the iPhone XS (and iPhone XS Max) are the top of the range and the best phones Apple has ever made. Enough said.
However, if your significant prefers Android phones then the Huawei P20 Pro is a great alternative. It’s a flagship phone that probably takes better pictures than the new iPhones and is a whole lot cheaper at $1,099.