It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in more ways than one. Whatever your faith, denomination or political persuasion, one of the best things about the holiday season is the excuse to go on a guilt-free tech splurge for yourself and/or that special someone. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that all major tech companies launch their new flagships just a few months before the holiday season kicks off, either!
In this post, we take a quick look at some of the best tech purchases you can make in 2019; be it for you or your loved ones and in no particular order.
The Tile Pro: For the Scatterbrains Among Us
The Tile Pro is the perfect little stocking stuffer for that loved one who’s always losing their keys or manages to misplace their bag or coat on the regular. These slick little 4cm tiles will help locate lost items via a phone app. The best things about them are that they’re durable, water-resistant and have a range of 400ft. That’s quite a lot of peace of mind for less than $35 per tile. They can be purchased individually or in packs of 2 or 4. Their site is offering a free pouch with the Pro Combo 4-pack (2 white and 2 black), “while supplies last.”
Sony WF-1000XM3: For the On-the-Go Audiophile
The Sony WF-1000XM3 boasts up to 8-hours of continuous playback with noise cancelling turned off. That person in your life who’s constantly on-the-move will appreciate the 3 charges you get from the accompanying charging case and that’s nearly 32 hours of possible play time away from home. It also comes packed with nifty features like Adaptive Sound Control, customizable touch controls and the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) for high-res audio. They can also be used individually or as a pair. It’s a lot of bang-for-your-buck at less than $250 for the set.
UWELL NUNCHAKU 2 100W Starter Kit: For the Less-discreet Vaper
With the rapid progression of vaping devices throughout the years, I’m sure we’ve all wondered “what can they possibly come up with next?” Well, UWell has recently released the eye-catching, fun to use Nunchaku 2. With all the large HD-touchscreens now in the market, they did the smart thing and went in a completely new direction for settings customizations. The key is a 6-axis Motion Sensor. Not only are the available designs flashy, but users will stand out from the vaping crowd as they flick their devices to set them, like nunchaku, rather than fumbling with buttons and knobs. It’s a perfect vape set-up for beginners or seasoned vapers alike. For just under $90, set your vaper-pal up with one of the latest pen mod + tank combos out there.
LIFEACTÍV Power Pack 20: For the Tech-obsessed Adventurer
LifeProof has rolled out a waterproof, drop-proof, dustproof, and snowproof 20mAh portable charger that’s perfect for anyone hooked on both the outdoors and their tech. With its slim profile and being only about 7-inches by 3-inches, this powerhouse easily slips into the exterior pocket of any bag or even a purse. It even has flashlight capabilities, automatically detect when to stop changing, and can quick charge for speeding refilling.You’ll be able to grab one of these bad-boys for between $75 to $100.
Nintendo Switch Lite: For the Gamer In Your Group
Though the Nintendo Switch is extremely popular and versatile, some people might prefer a more compact, lighter, purely personal gaming-optimized device – enter the Nintendo Switch Lite. Sometimes cellphone games just won’t cut it, so wow the gamer in your family by dropping one of these in their stocking this year. It’s about $100 less than its full-featured counterpart, but fully optimized for use during those long commutes or traveling. Averaging at about $200, it’s a steal for the portability and versatility this brightly colored gaming gadget provides.
Pro-tip: Exercise Good Buying Practices Online!
It’s been true since antediluvian times: every marketplace has a seedy corner with suspiciously cut-rate deals. Today is no different, and with some online retailers (and their poor vetting practices) things are arguably worse. Everything from knockoff Prada bags to counterfeit vapes bubble up to the surface every holiday season, and many consumers wind up getting stuck with inferior products.
If you must make online purchases, be sure to only order from the seller’s website or verified Amazon seller’s account to keep your secret Santa game on point. Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!