Holiday gift ideas for every techie in your life

Holiday gift ideas for every techie in your life

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With the final stretch of the holiday shopping season here, if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the techie in your life, here are some of our favourites. From the connected home to Canadian explorers, phones to fitness, there’s something for everyone! 

For the smart home

Google Nest Hub

Google Nest Hub

The Google Nest Hub is great for every connected mom or dad. Perfect for the kitchen and so much more than a smart photo frame, easily program the profiles of everyone in your household. 

Google intelligent smart assistant will serve you everything you need to know before you head out the door from your day’s calendar, traffic, news, weather, and anything else you’d ask Google, while you can easily find recipes, video chat with loved ones, and broadcast announcements to other parts of your home when dinner is ready! Come mealtime, you can also ask Google Assistant to put on some music, and of course it connects with all of your favourite smart home accessories. 

SHOP IT: Amazon, $175

WiZ 

Philips WiZ Smart LED Light Bulb

As a new player in Canada, WiZ is the perfect stocking stuffer for people looking to expand their smart home or try out smart lightbulbs for the first time. WiZ’ collection of A19 lightbulbs feature a wide array of options including filament style, while an easy-to-setup WiZ app will allow users to create the perfect atmosphere. 

WiZ works with smart assistants from Amazon Alexa to Google Home, and a seamless connection to Wi-Fi means no bridge or hub is required. Delegate multiple users and locations and easily automate your home wherever you happen to be!  

SHOP IT: Home Depot, $16-$30


For the the active and connected techies

Canon IVY Rec

Canon Ivy REC Outdoor Camera Riptide

Canon IVY Rec is the camera company’s new portable and clippable outdoor camera. Perfect for the active techie in your life, this camera is ideal for anywhere you might not necessarily bright your smartphone. 

With a 13.0 megapixel camera sensor, full HD 1080p video shooting capability at up to 60 frames-per-second, and an easy-to-use Canon Mini Cam app, the Canon IVY REC will help any outdoorsy traveller capture every moment to share on social media. 

SHOP IT: Amazon, $129

iPhone 11 

iPhone 11

For the Apple-obsessed techie in your life who might be in the market for a new smartphone, the new flagship iPhone 11 is the pick for them. With improved battery life, speed, and two new rear cameras to capture clear and crisp images even in low-light and wide-angle situations, this smartphone will help unleash the inner creativity when capturing every memory. 

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models add a third telephoto lens to suit the needs of the professional users in the market. In my opinion, this trifecta of smartphones offer every user an option to fit their needs.

SHOP IT: Apple, $979+ 

Google Pixel 4 

Google Pixel 4

For the Android users, the latest Google smartphone, Pixel 4, adds to three previous generations of smartphones without the bloatware and extras that other Android manufacturers often load up in their offerings. These often slow down the devices, and because Google has engineered their hardware to work with their software, this is a great pick for the Google user in your life. 

Featuring super fast charging through USB-C, next generation camera technology that also allows you to shoot in low-light situations, improved night mode and portrait mode, this smartphone’s entrance into the market is perfectly timed for the holidays. Google Pixel 4 comes in a variety of colours and two sizes - Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL. 

SHOP IT: Best Buy Canada, $999 


For the fitness-obsessed techie

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

If you’re looking to set some healthier new year’s resolutions, Apple Watch Series 5 can help you keep track and monitor your fitness goals. The new watch this year has an always-on screen, meaning you can pick what pertinent information is always displayed on the watch face, while still tapping you for important notifications throughout the day, start and stop fitness activities, cycle tracking, monitor noise levels around you, and a handy walkie talkie function so you can stay in touch with friends and family. 

Through Apple Watch Studio, a variety of styles and bands can be mixed and matched to personalize the gift, while previous bands purchased will continue to be compatible on Series 5. 

SHOP IT:  Apple, $529+


For the kid techie

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet 

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

For the kids, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, is a great way to encourage the techie kids in your life to read. Through Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service, you can have access to a plethora of kid-friendly books to download off Wi-Fi for offline reading, while handy controls allow parents to limit on a very granular level what features kids have access to, how much screen time they get, and the sites they’re allowed to visit. 

With a 10-hour battery, 8” HD display, and a kid-proof case, this is a great way for parents to have control over what kids are browsing on their tablet.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $129.99

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