Gift Guide: Stress-Free Tech Essentials (and Not-So-Essentials)

Here are the most giftable devices for everyone from fitness buffs to globetrotters.
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Gift Guide: Stress-Free Tech Essentials (and Not-So-Essentials)

Here are the most giftable devices for everyone from fitness buffs to globetrotters.
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Giftable Gadgets

Digital technology is now firmly at the forefront of our everyday lives (how many times have you checked your smartphone today? Be honest), but distinguishing which devices are necessary (see previous comment) and which just add to our stress levels (again, see previous comment) can be a chore. On this gift list, we’ve weeded out the clutter to find devices that actually deliver on the promise to make our lives better. Ranging from practical picks to can’t-remember-how-you-lived-without-it extras, we’ve found a gift-worthy gadget for everyone on your list (and from nearly every store in the mall).


In partnership with Cadillac Fairview

The latest iPad release from Apple turned heads thanks to its new face recognition, operating speed and gorgeous graphics. Add-ons like the brand new Apple pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio make it the perfect gift for the apple of your eye.

Apple iPad Pro, from $999, plus Smart Keyboard, from $239, and Pencil, $169

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Apple’s Air Pods got a lot of hype in 2018, but Google’s Pixel Buds offer an awesome function for the globetrotter in your life. Google’s wireless headphones can translate up to 40 languages in real time!

Google Pixel In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones, $219 at Best Buy

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This handy little speaker marries brains and beauty. It has Wifi and Bluetooth functionality, and has Amazon’s Alexa built right in. Alexa, hit the holiday playlist.

FABRIQ Riff Smart Speaker, $70 

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Give your friends and family a gentle nudge towards their 2019 fitness goals with the new Fitbit Alta HR. The sleek band allows you to set wellness goals (for steps, diet, sleep, activity and weight) and can even send reminders through the day to get up and move.

Fitbit Alta HR, $190 at Chapters Indigo

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• The night owl (read: insomniac) in your life is sure to appreciate this sleep aid device, which combines an internal metronome with a specialized lighting system to help you fall asleep in 25 minutes or less.

Dodow Sleep Aid Device, $80 at Walmart

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For the germaphobe in your life, there’s nothing more thoughtful than this smartphone sanitizer and charger. The UV light sanitizes 99.99% of bacteria.

Phonesoap 3, US $60

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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is the ideal gift for those friends committing to a #digitaldetox in 2019. The new instant camera has some pretty impressive features too, like a selfie mirror, brightness adjustment and close-up shooting.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, $70 at Best Buy

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For the person who has everything, but can’t find anything, this electronic key finder is bound to be a hit.

Black Series Electronic Key Finder, $30 at The Bay

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• Most airports haven’t quite caught up with our modern travel needs. Save your favourite jetsetter the frustration of searching out the sole electrical outlet in the boarding area (someone else is probably using it already anyway) by gifting them a suitcase with a built-in battery pack. Away’s hard-sided carry-on includes an ejectable TSA-compliant battery with two USB ports under the handle for stress-free charging.

Away The Carry On with Ejectable Battery, $325

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• Know a fitness fanatic who’s always on the go? Free them from their gym rat rut with this two-in-one bluetooth speaker and water bottle, perfect for hotel room workouts, hikes and beach days alike.

Aquio Bluetooth Water Bottle Speaker, $84 at Urban Outfitters

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Make someone’s day (OK, more like year) with the much-hyped Peloton. It’s more than just an exercise bike, its access to world-class spin instructors and classes, any time of day, from the comfort of your own home. (Bike out of your budget? Gift a subscription to the Peloton Digital training app, which delivers unlimited streaming of fitness classes including cycling, running, bootcamp, walking, yoga, and outdoor workouts.)

Peloton Exercise Bike, $2950, plus Peloton Digital subscription, $20/month

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Imagine having an aesthetician washing your face each and every night. That’s essentially what Foreo’s new LUNA Fofo Device achieves. This app-controlled cleansing tool uses real-time data to analyze skin (evaluating for skin type and moisture) for a truly customized scrub each day.

Foreo LUNA Fofo Device, $119 at The Bay

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The simplehuman sensor mirror is one of those “I never knew I needed it until I had it” gifts. Using sophisticated tru-lux technology, this makeup mirror can simulate over 50,000 colour variations, so you can test how your makeup will look in your office, at the gym, or the cafe where that cute barista works.

simplehuman 8-inch Sensor Mirror Pro, $300 at Bed Bath & Beyond


WHERE TO BUY
Look for these and other great gifts at your local Cadillac Fairview shopping centre. (Plus, leave the wrapping to the pros with their Gift Wrap Valet from December 1st to 24th.)
1. Apple iPad Pro with Keyboard and Pencil
2. Google Pixel In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
3. FABRIQ Riff Smart Speaker
4. Fitbit Alta HR
5. Dodow Sleep Aid Device
6. Phonesoap 3
7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
8. Black Series Electronic Key Finder
9. Away The Carry On
10. Aquio Bluetooth Water Bottle Speaker
11. Peloton Exercise Bike
12. Foreo LUNA Fofo Device
13. Simplehuman 8-inch Sensor Mirror Pro

 


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