... so what better gift for a friend or loved one than a glitzy gadget? With so many options available, choosing the right present can be overwhelming. To give you a helping hand, here are some of our favourite tech gift ideas.
What better gift for the music lover in your life than some smart new listening devices. For those who like to enjoy their tunes on the go, earphones like Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds allow wireless, hands free playback.
For someone who values optimum sound quality, and perhaps also uses headphones for gaming, the JBL range of headphones offer noise cancelling, high-res sound performance for the discerning audio enthusiast.
Long gone are the days when having a keyboard on the front of your digital watch was considered the height of technical sophistication. These days watches can support your lifestyle in a variety of ways.
From keeping track of your health and wellness to ensuring you’re alerted about that all important business meeting; a quality smart watch will help manage your life and wellbeing. Strong, waterproof, light and comfortable, gifting someone a smart watch could be a life-saver, literally.
Is there an avid gamer in your life? Make their Christmas magical by treating them to a new control pad or headset. Wireless headsets allow the gamer to fully immerse themselves in the gaming world and communicate with their fellow gamers online.
In fact, how about giving the gift of online gaming, and access to a huge library of games, with an Xbox All Access pass. If one of your relatives fancies themselves as the next Lewis Hamilton, driving simulation devices can make their virtual dreams feel like reality.
Why not give the gift of a smarter home? A HomePod can fill a home with music at the drop of a voice command and Apple TV, Google Chromecast and the Amazon Fire Stick will provide your lucky recipient with access to all of their favourite streaming services.
Maybe you want to enhance a loved one’s life by gifting something to enhance their home internet set-up. Mesh WiFi systems help spread the love by boosting the signal around every corner of the home.
Nothing would ruin someone’s Christmas more than a broken device, especially if it was brand new from Santa. Help a near-and-dear to protect their precious with a smart new case or wallet. From bling to a bit more basic, there’ll be something for everyone’s taste.
You could even take the generosity a step further by getting a bundle containing charger, wireless charge station, screen protector, case, and pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.
Help get the festive party started by giving someone some snazzy new speakers. A smart speaker would be perfect for wirelessly streaming a never-ending collection of Christmas sing-a-longs, or get the Christmas karaoke cracking with a JBL Partybox.
If one of your whanau is a film lover, they’ll likely be delighted with a slick new Soundbar to take their home cinema experience to the next level.
If none of the above are suitable gifts for anyone you know, there’s still hope. From the latest tablets to home security cameras and video devices, there should be something for even the trickiest gift receiver. And if you really are stumped for what to get someone, grab them a Spark Gift Card and let them choose for themselves.
Hopefully our festive gadget gift ideas have helped tick some names off your list, getting you closer to having your Christmas gift shopping wrapped up for another year.