The Best Tech Gifts For Gadget Geeks

18 October 2019
Gear, Gadget, Best Gifts, Accessories, Tech, Mobiles, Apple, Beats, Amazon Kindle, Lego, Google
Looking to surprise the gadget lover in your life this year? Whether it's a new pair of headphones, smartwatch or even a Lego set, you'll want to choose wisely. Luckily, you can't go wrong with our tech gift picks

From the Nintendo Switch Lite to Nike's self-lacing trainers, this collection of geek-friendly essentials covers the whole gamut of amazing inventions from 2019. Some of them work as stocking fillers; others ask that you loosen your purse strings a little further. All of them do the business as fantastic tech gifts.

And if you'd rather broaden your present-giving horizons? Take a look at our grand compendium of gifts for men and gifts for her.

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones

Searching for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones? You are truly spoilt for choice. While both Sony’s WH-1000XM3 and Bowers & Wilkins’ PX7 make an able stab at your cash, Bose’s latest NC 700 rank as our favourite cans right now. Mainly because they nail the 1-2 combo of sounding great while proving comfortable enough to wear for hours on end and they’ve got the battery life to survive any transatlantic commute. $446 at

Nike HyperAdapt Trainers

Nike’s self-lacing trainers. What more do you need to know? $791 at

Apple Watch Series 5

The best kind of presents are a luxury: the kind of thing that you want but probably don’t need. Apple’s latest Watch fits that bill nicely as the best smartwatch around by far. This new addition adds an always-on display to the mix alongside peerless fitness tracking and a vast array of Watch apps. Crucially for Crimbo gifting purposes, the Watch is super-customisable with new ceramic and titanium casing options affording you the chance to truly personalise this ticker. $558.50 at

Supreme/BLU Burner Phone

Maintaining one’s “hypebeast” status at a festival is a nightmare that no amount of dry shampoo and own-brand cider can resolve. Luckily, this Supreme-branded burner phone should do the trick and will have the battery life to call Mum for help when the edibles get a bit much on Sunday morning.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great wireless speakers. From the Sonos’ all-new and portable Move to refurbed and still excellent Naim Muso QB, there truly is a boom box for everyone. Still, none compare to Bowers & Wilkins’ Formation Wedge. The spiritual successor of the ubiquitous Zeppelin iPod speaker, this plays your music as it was meant to be heard and looks damn good while doing so. $1171 at

Nintendo Switch Lite

It’s Nintendo’s Switch but not as you know it. Mainly because the Lite won’t connect to your TV. Nope, this is a handheld-only console in the same storied lineage as the GameBoy and DS. On the upside, it’s about £100 less than a standard Switch and is that little bit more durable should some young tyke take umbrage to a last-minute blue shell in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. $260.50 at

Le Creuset Han Solo Carbonite Signature Roaster

The problem with sight gags is they only tend to work once. That said, this is probably the best Star Wars-related joke since Jason Derulo’s legendary “I’m Han Solo” for Xbox Kinect. Also, it’ll roast a chicken.

Gearbox Automatic MkII

We’re a sucker for see-through tech, but even by our refined standards of vanity the Gearbox Automatic MkII is a handsome machine. Made by the turntable pros at Pro-Ject, this plug-and-play affair does justice to your record collection without demanding a bunch of set-up and calibrations. Plus, it’ll even recognise the LPs you play and add them to your Spotify account if you haven’t done so already. Now that’s synchronicity, baby. $700.36 at

Baume & Mercier Classima 10414

You don’t need to invest in a Rolex or Patek Philippe to gift someone a watch of considerable repute. Especially when the likes of Mondaine, Gucci and Baum & Mercier cater so well to those with eyes around the £1,000 mark. We’ve highlighted this Classima 10414 model for its traditionalist chops – including quartz machinery and a classic black leather strap – that will marry with any occasion you care to suit up for. $1046.07 at

Philips Series 7000

If you want to give your other half a nudge in a better-groomed direction, then a beard trimmer is as good a place as any to start. Better still, this model comes with a wealth of attachments for nasal hair and.... body hair. You know the stuff and that the maxim “bigger is best” doesn’t necessarily apply for those follicles. $63.79 at

The Barisieur Coffee & Tea Alarm Clock

If you’re serious about your tea or coffee then the thought of having an alarm clock concoct your morning brew is probably enough to give you a serious case of the night terrors. Not so with The Barisieur, which makes your morning cuppa from either freshly ground beans or loose leaf tea. You know, so you can wake up to the sound of bubbling water, something hot that tastes great and will save you having to hastily grab a cup of Gold Blend on the way out the door to work. $440.12 at

Google Pixel 3A

Since most folk get their phone on a contract, there’s no point in us putting the iPhone 11 Pro in this list’s telephonic spot. It’s too obvious a choice and too expensive as a one-off gift for most people. Enter Google’s excellent and extremely budget-friendly Pixel 3A: a smartphone that costs under £500 and has a genuinely great camera, even in typically tricky low-light scenarios. $510.28 at

Lego Vestas Wind Turbine

Been convinced by your mate to do the planet a favour and switch to a renewable energy provider, such as Bulb or Ecotricity? Why not thank them in kind with this Lego Vestas Wind Turbine? Not only will this give them a neat trinket to build for their desk, but they’ll have an easy conversation starter to bug everyone in their office to do the same as you. Plus, this is the first ever Lego set to feature a spruce tree made from sustainable plant-based plastic. $255.14 at

Amazon Kindle Oasis (Second Gen)

AKA “the fancy Kindle”, bringing a Kindle to the poolside is akin to wearing a tux to your staff party. Why do it? Because you can. Also, this latest model has an adjustable warm light that’s easier on your eyes. $293.41 at

Beats Powerbeats Pro

Workout earphones are a typically tricky proposition. Or to put things another way, they’re usually utter tosh. Not so with Beats’ new Powerbeats Pro, which master fit and sound quality with surprisingly little compromise. Better still, they connect to both iPhone and Android devices in an instant – so you won’t be stalling around in the rain waiting for Lizzo-induced motivation. $285 at

Oral B Genius X

A toothbrush powered by AI. Yes, the Genius X is more than a little silly but it’ll also clean your pearly whites until they practically glisten. The last laugh will truly be yours. $219 at

Oculus Quest

It’s virtual reality, but not as you know it. Mainly because the Oculus Quest does away with all the faff usually associated with VR headsets. It’s a completely wireless device that doesn’t need to be plugging into anything or connecting to a super-powered PC to work. Just don the thing like you’re Robocop, switch it on and dive into some of the best VR games available, from Beat Saber to Superhot. $510.28 at

Amazon Echo Dot (with clock)

No longer the runt of Amazon’s Echo litter, the Dot has been treated to a welcome refresh so that it better fits the role of a bedside alarm clock. How? Well, it’s got an LED display that actually works as a clock for starters, although you can also use it for temperature and as a thermometer. The Dot will adjust its brightness according to the time of day and does all the usual Alexa gubbins, from playing music on command to ordering takeaway. $79 at

Polaroid Mint 2-In-1

Much like José Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United, reports of Polaroid's demise have been much exaggerated. Combining a 16MP camera with a printer, the Mint 2-In-1 mirrors the way you snap with your smartphone, only you get a physical memento of each shot afterwards. Come on, you know how this deal works by now. It's simple, fun and a great way to document Crimbo. $92.50 at

Via British GQ