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The best tech gifts for Christmas 2020

2020 was a strange year, wasn't it?

With Christmas just around the corner, we want to be a little closer to our loved ones. More than ever, technology is playing a key role in keeping in touch with friends and family and making everyday life as convenient as possible.

To add a little joy, we checked out some of the most innovative and practical tech gadgets on the market so you can find the perfect Christmas present for your family and friends.

Gifts for the small budget

Streaming stick

If you're on a budget, streaming sticks are a great gift for friends and family who want to turn their TV into a smart device. Who only watches classic television these days? Streaming is the new “smart” way to watch TV.

There are several interesting options on the market like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast with Google TV, which provide access to over 5,000 channels, apps and games in super clear 4K HD resolution. This is a simple, inexpensive, and fun way to relax at home. Christmas with the parents? Make your old TV smart and treat yourself to your favorite Christmas movies.

Smart speaker

If you're looking for a simple, affordable gift that is suitable for all ages, a smart speaker is a good idea. The big three smart home companies - Amazon, Google, and Apple - have incredible speakers that let you control your music playlist, lights, heating, and more with voice commands.

The Google Nest Mini and Apple HomePod mini are great speakers, but the Amazon Echo Dot is the best choice as a “Smart” gift for an older adult. You can connect it to the Care Hub - a free feature available in the Alexa app - and report to your loved ones remotely to make sure everything is okay. Alexa will send you notifications when your relative uses their Echo device in the morning, when they ask for help, or when they haven't used it for a long time. If you are looking for a device that will make you feel closer to an older loved one, it is the product for you.

Gadgets for your home office

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of European companies with employees working from home has increased from 4% to 88%. And while we all hope for a quick return to normal, it seems that many of us will continue to work from home.

If you're looking for a practical, tailor-made Christmas present, then you should take a closer look at gadgets for the home office. An adjustable laptop desk from Mind Reader is a good place to start - sturdy, flexible (a must to avoid annoying reflections on the screen), with great heat protection and comfortable for left-handers.

With the increasing focus on health in the workplace, standing desks are becoming increasingly popular. The studies show that they improve focus and increase productivity, as well as improve spine health. The Deskmate Standing Desk is an absolute bargain if you're on a budget.

For those who want to make their working day more efficient, the TimeFlip 2 is just the thing. It's a simple pomodoro timer that looks like a 12-sided dice and helps you break down your tasks into short chunks. To avoid distraction when working at home, divide your day into short periods of time where you work with high focus and small breaks where you can relax quickly. With an integrated app and a user-friendly interface, you can analyze and optimize your performance based on the data collected by the TimeFlip.

Gifts from the medium price segment

Smartwatch

We all have a friend or family member who is a fitness freak. Regardless of whether the recipient wants to jog or lose weight every day, a smartwatch is a great gift idea!

However, smartwatches are so much more than just fitness trackers. They show statistics on speed, distance traveled, calories burned and much more. The best known, like the Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense, are geared towards holistic health and wellness, with blood oxygen monitoring and built-in sleep apps. So these ingenious little gadgets can keep an eye on the overall condition of the body. These little lifesavers even have - in the truest sense of the word - trip detection and warnings of increased heart rate, which automatically notify the rescue service in an emergency.

Smart door lock

If a friend or family member keeps forgetting their keys, this gift will make them especially happy. Intelligent locks are the ultimate technology device for everyone who values ​​security.

One of the best smart door locks is the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0. You will get notifications when your door is locked and unlocked or when it is ajar. You can also set it to automatically lock when you close it and unlock it a few meters away, and to grant other guest access at certain times. The Schlage Encode is another interesting option - this door lock has a built-in alarm and keypad.

Wireless headphones

In terms of design, functionality and sound quality, modern headphones are spectacular compared to the headphones a few years ago. Whether you're relaxing on the sofa listening to classical music or running up a hill with techno in your ears, good headphones are important to any music lover

Apple Airpods are one of the best options out there in terms of ease of use and functionality. They have a perfect fit, noise canceling for extra focus and optimize the frequencies to the shape of your ear. You can even personalize your case. What more do you need?

Maybe you need some rest instead. Bose Sleepbuds 2 are new to the market and don't play any music at all. They emit soothing ambient sounds so you can relax or fall asleep.

Premium gifts

Vacuum robot

Modern vacuum robots rock your apartment! They are practical, quiet and compact. When you buy a robot hoover for a friend or family member, you are also giving them valuable time

The LG CordZero is very impressive. It has a built-in sensor that records every dusty corner of your home. He learns continuously and adapts to the conditions to achieve better and deeper cleansing every time. You can also control the vacuum robot with voice commands and start, stop or reprogram it remotely to keep your home nice and clean while you are away.

The iRobot Roomba s9 + is another amazing vacuum cleaner. This super-intelligent vacuum robot can map multiple floors of your house, skip clean areas and clean dirty ones thoroughly, and can even be programmed to only clean certain rooms on certain days. It's expensive - but at the same time it saves you money on cleaning services and your time.

Virtual reality

The Playstation 5 and Xbox Series S and Series X have just come out, and there's still the popular Nintendo Switch around. For your gamer friends, however, VR is THE gift. Not just for gamers, actually ...

HTC Vive has everything from swimming with whales to browsing iconic art galleries to attending virtual conferences and traveling the world from the comfort of your sofa. In the time of the coronavirus with “social distancing” and limited travel options, the device offers an exciting experience.

Do not forget…

If you, your friends or family members need help setting up or hooking up their tech during the holidays, just book a TechBuddy! We're flying right behind Santa Claus to make sure you get the most out of your tech gifts.