30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

by Adeel Younas
Best Tech Gifts for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, many stores are open for business and ready to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. If you have a tech-savvy friend or family member on your gift list, you may be wondering what the best technology gifts are for 2022. To help you find the perfect present, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top tech gifts to consider this year. Whether you’re in search of headphones, an e-reader, or the latest smartphone, there are plenty of options to choose from. So start planning early and give the gift of technology to the special people in your life.

1. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

The Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Generation is a great earbud that operates entirely wirelessly. The Pro version of the AirPods is a significant upgrade, offering superior comfort, improved audio, and excellent noise cancellation. While we had some reservations about the comfort and audio quality of the original AirPods, we are very impressed with the Pro version. The end product is a fantastic set of truly wireless earbuds, which we wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in purchasing such a product.

2. Keychron K4 V2

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

Do you know anyone dying to get their hands on a genuine mechanical keyboard? The Keychron K4 V2 is ideal for those just starting out in music production. The aluminum construction, improved typing experience, and stylish design of the keyboards are all above and beyond what you’d expect at this price point. The RGB Lights distinguish themselves and improve the user experience. It is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and the keycaps can be swapped out for a more personalized look if desired, or you can give the recipient the option. In fact, I use it for day-to-day operations.

3. Valve Steam Deck

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

One of the most impressive products we saw this year was the Valve Steam Deck. Farhan Yousaf, Senior Editor, praised it as “one of the finest pieces of technology built in 2022” because of its ease of use, comfortable design, and impressive game emulation support. If you want to give a gaming enthusiast a gift, the Valve Steam Deck is a great option.

4. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids 11th Gen

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

It turns out that the best option is a kid-friendly ebook reader. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids (11th generation) is compact and lightweight, with the same screen size and quality as the regular Kindle but a two-year warranty (rather than one) and a price tag that is approximately $25 less (at the time of publication). The Kids Kindle lacks a few minor features found on the regular Kindle, but these aren’t required to enjoy everything Kindle offers. And Kindle has a lot to offer a reader, from Bluetooth for streaming audiobooks to library partnerships that allow you to check out and read ebooks to Amazon’s vast selection of books.

5. Roku Ultra

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

For a good reason, Roku’s fancy Ultra 4802R media streaming device has been our favorite for a few years now. Thanks to its quick processing and pleasant, intuitive user interface, it’s simple to settle in for a night of Netflix. If 4K/HDR streaming is your thing, you’ll be glad to know that this box has an ethernet cable input, as well as a great voice remote and headphones that plug right into it for private listening.

6. Sony WH-1000XM5

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

In our opinion, the Sony WH-1000XM5 is currently the best noise-canceling headphones on the market. These headphones not only have excellent sound quality but also all of the most desirable qualities of high-quality headphones, including excellent noise cancellation (which constantly monitors and adjusts to your surroundings), wireless/Bluetooth connectivity, and a plush, comfortable design that allows for extended use. If the recipient is a music purist and listens to nothing else, these pricey headphones will make their day.

7. MacBook Air (M1/2020/256GB)

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

The 2020 MacBook Air M1 is now $799 at Amazon, which is sooner than I expected to offer another MacBook Air sale. That is, to the best of our knowledge, the lowest price it has ever been offered for sale. Even though it lacks Apple’s most recent CPU and has a dated design, the M1-based model is quite powerful, has outstanding battery life, and is now the least-priced way to enter the MacBook ecosystem without purchasing a used machine. This is a wonderful laptop if you don’t need a lot of processing power for things like photo or video editing or gaming.

8. Oculus Quest 2

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

For the gamer in your life who has yet to try virtual reality, the Oculus Quest 2 could be an excellent entry point. Not only is the Oculus Quest 2 one of the best virtual reality headsets we’ve tested, but it can also be ordered from some retailers in time for Christmas, which is more than can be said for many gaming consoles this year.

9. Apple MacBook Air M2

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

It makes no difference whether the person receiving the gift is working on their next creative project, pursuing an online degree, or working from home; they require a reliable laptop. We discovered that the Apple MacBook M2, with its lightning-fast processor and significant improvement over the M1 model, was the best MacBook we tested all year.

10. Acer Predator XB253Q 

30 Best Tech Gifts: Last-minute ideas for this Christmas

The 24.5-inch Acer Predator XB253Q is a must-have tool for anyone looking to dominate the competition. This may appear to be an unnecessary luxury for those who do not play computer games, but for those who do, it is one of the best gaming monitors available. During testing, it was discovered that the performance was absurdly smooth, with high refresh rates, an excellent response time, and a thin bezel design. You even have an adjustable stand, so your video game-playing friend can set it up however they want.

Next 10 Tech Picks for Holiday Season 2022

It’s never too early to start thinking about the best tech gifts for the holiday season. Here are next 10 picks for 2022 that will make the perfect present for anyone on your list.

11. Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

12. BenQ GS50 Full HD Portable Outdoor Projector

13. SereneLife Smart Electric Folding Treadmill

14. Withings Body+ Smart Wi-Fi bathroom scale

15. Apple Watch Series 8

16. Equa Smart Water Bottle

16. Samsung Galaxy Watch5

17. Samsung S22 Ultra is $225 off now

18. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (256 GB)

19. Apple iPad Mini (64 GB), $400 (reduced from $499)

20. Sony PlayStation 5 God of War Ragnarok bundle, $559

Next 10 Tech Picks for Holiday Season 2022

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means it’s time to start thinking about what gifts to give your loved ones at discount. If you have a tech-savvy friend or family member, we’ve got some great gift ideas for you.

21. Razer Huntsman Elite gaming keyboard, $95 (reduced from $200)

22. JBL Tune 130NC noise-canceling wireless earbuds, $70 (reduced from $100)

23. Sony SRS-XB43 waterproof speaker, $148 (reduced from $280)

24. Sony InZone wireless gaming headset, $78 (reduced from $100)

25. Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop, $1,000 (reduced from $1,500)

26. LG OLED C1 4K smart TV, $1,500 (reduced from $2,500)

27. Fitbit Versa 2, $99 (reduced from $150)

28. Sony Bravia XR 4K smart TV, $1,300 (reduced from $1,900)

29. Canon Pixma all-in-one wireless printer for home use, $59 (reduced from $99)

30. iRobot Roomba j7+ robot vacuum, $599 (reduced from $800)

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