If you’re guilty of leaving your silly season shopping to the last minute, the good news is that there’s plenty of tech gifts on offer this Christmas.
If you get sucked into the Christmas consumerism trap every year, you might want to consider whether piles of presents even makes you, your family, your friends or the environment happy. Instead of waiting until the week before Christmas, one effective way to combat this is to actually have the time to put some thought into the types of presents you opt for.
As such, the best tech gifts are unique and actually useful. While nobody is expecting you to fork out for the latest iPhone, buying electronics as a Christmas present is one to ensure that the recipient will actually use it – so what are your options?
Did you know that new research has indicated that two-thirds of Australians planned to complete their Christmas gift purchases by the end of October, amid fears of supply chain disruption?
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales often incentivise Christmas shoppers to grab their presents online, the reality is that there are no guarantees that the gifts will make it in time via postal services. In turn, the alternative is to shop local and physically collect the items in person.
Whatever your preference, people specifically hunting for tech gifts can always benefit from the advice of a professional. As such, we’ve made a quick shopping list of our favourite products on the market just in time for Christmas.
Magsafe Charger – Most of us already have all the gadgets but what about the accessories? If you’re looking for tech gifts for an iPhone lover but don’t want to break the bank, you can’t go past Apple’s Magsafe wireless charger. The perfectly aligned magnets attach to your iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and provide faster wireless charging up to 15W.
Notpods – Speaking of Apple fans, how many of us love the idea of AirPods but aren’t such big fans of the $300 price tag? As a worthy alternative for a fraction of the price, we’ve tried and tested Notpods and have happily issued our tick of approval. As far as wireless headphones go, quality can vary significantly between products – as does the price. Coming in at just $90, it’s a hefty saving when compared to the originals.
GoPro Hero Mini – For shoppers looking for something special for their significant other, family member or extremely good friend, the freshly launched GoPro Hero 11 is having its moment in the spotlight, but there is another alternative that most people aren’t even aware of. With the same video performance in a smaller, lighter, simpler design, the Hero Mini is significantly more affordable and portable than its bigger counterparts.
Ember Mug – Designed for at home or the office, the Ember Mug and its companion app on your iPhone or Apple Watch allows you to set your precise drinking temperature for hot beverages, track caffeine consumption, save presets for your favourite drinks, customise the LED colour and more. Ember also maintains your chosen temperature for approximately 1.5 hours, so your hot beverage stays perfect from the first sip to the last drop.
Fitbit Sense 2 – If you’re after a device that offers basic smartwatch functionality but tracks activity accurately, offers excellent sleep tracking and has a range of health features like superb stress tracking, the Fitbit Sense 2 is fantastic and in a world of its own. As one of the few tech gifts designed to get you moving and live a healthier lifestyle, Sense 2 is considered to be one of the most advanced smart watches on the market today.
The thing about tech gifts is that they need to be working at their best in order to make the most of them. What’s more is that the nature of the item can make them tricky to operate for those unfamiliar with their basic functionality. For advice on choosing the right product or even finding them in the first place, it’s always a good idea to pop into your nearest SOS Phone Repairs store.
SOS Phone Repairs are specialists in high-quality, cost-effective phone repairs, tablet repairs, and PC repairs, all backed with a six month warranty. Founded in 2015 in Coffs Harbour and now with over sixteen outlets located all over Australia, our primary driving factors remain the same: people and phones.
Whether it’s to get a few more years out of your trusted iPhone, to fix one up to sell, or to repurpose an old one as a gift, repairing a smartphone or recycling your old one might just be easier and cheaper than you think. For those in the market for a new smartphone, SOS Phone Repairs also stocks a wide variety of refurbished handsets at a fraction of the cost of a brand new one.
If you are on the hunt for a quote, diagnostic, or even just some good old fashioned, friendly advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or give us a call today at SOS Phone Repairs.