The holidays stress the importance of finding the perfect gift, which will be particularly challenging this year due to rising inflation. Americans have felt the rise in prices over the past few months—at the gas pump, grocery stores, and now during the annual holiday shopping season.
Aside from inflation, there is usually a short supply of products around the holidays due to the influx of holiday shoppers, which can make the decision process difficult.
To combat high prices and make your overall shopping experience easier, we put together a list of the best tech gifts you can buy this holiday season.
Google Pixel 7 Pro ($849)
The Google Pixel 7 Pro can be considered the best model of the Google series, as Google improves the basics but equips the device with advanced features. With the Pixel 7 Pro, the Android system is seamless and much easier to use.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a responsive interface and is equipped with LTPD OLED technology, which allows the screen to stay on for long periods of time without draining the battery.
Additionally, the screen has a resolution of 1440 x 3120 with 512 pixels per inch (ppi), which enables the screen to appear sharper than competing devices.
iPhone 14 ($799)
Although it’s part of the newer product line, the standard iPhone 14 has quite a few similarities to the iPhone 13, but all of its internal features have been improved.
The iPhone 14 has wireless charging and 5G capabilities. The iPhone 14 is also more durable, as the body of the device contains aerospace-grade aluminum. The device also has a dual-camera system with larger sensors for better photos.
iPhone 14 Pro Max ($1,099)
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is polished, reliable, and a bit expensive, but it has several features that make it the latest and greatest smartphone. The 14 Pro comes equipped with an A16 chip and a 120Hz screen refresh rate, which allows the device to operate at extremely fast speeds.
The 14 Pro also offers a longer battery life, a third lens for higher picture quality, and has action mode, which reduces shakiness in motion videos.
Amazon Fire Tablet 10 Plus ($179)
The Amazon Fire Tablet 10 Plus comes fully integrated with Amazon Alexa and has a 224 pixels per inch (PPI) screen, allowing everything to be high resolution.
The Amazon Fire Tablet 10 Plus is super lightweight due to its sleek modern design, which makes it easy to pack in a suitcase or backpack.
Users can also purchase a keyboard separately to make the tablet more like a laptop.
iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) ($1,099)
The iPad Pro 12.9 is the perfect gift for those who like superpowered, futuristic technology.
The iPad Pro 12.9 is the ultimate tablet; it has the power of a laptop due to its advanced M2 chip. The 12.9-inch screen uses mini-LED technology to create a picture quality superior to other tablets or iPads.
The iPad Pro 12.9 also comes equipped with hover-detection technology, which is a beneficial feature for artistic users who use iPads to design or draw.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra ($499)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is one of the best tablets in its product line, as it comes with a high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, advancing its overall speed and performance.
The 14.6-inch screen is very useful, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has 2-in-1 tablet and PC capabilities, as Samsung DeX creates a desktop experience, and the Microsoft 365 integration lets users create and edit documents like you would on a PC.
Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022) ($1,199)
The Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022) is the perfect fit for users who use their laptops for business, as it comes equipped with a 1080p webcam and multiple connectivity options—such as a new MagSafe charging port, two Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone jack.
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) comes equipped with a powerful M2 chip, which can handle hefty tasks like editing 4K videos.
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) also has a larger, brighter screen and a fantastic battery life lasting up to 16 hours.
Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) ($1,999)
The Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch is arguably one of the best laptops for productivity, as it comes equipped with next-generation Wi-Fi 6 for faster connectivity.
The MacBook Pro 14-inch also has the option to come with a new powerful M1 Pro or M1 Max chip that can easily handle intensive workloads.
Additionally, the MacBook Pro 14-inch contains up to 8 terabytes (TB) of superfast SSD storage, which allows apps to launch quickly and files to open instantly.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 ($1,399)
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 comes with Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors, Iris Xe graphics, and Intel Evo certification, making it one of the best 2-in-1 devices that can be used as a laptop or tablet.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 also comes with a 16 x 10 touchscreen display, a stylus, and excellent battery life.
Apple Watch Series 8 ($399)
The Apple Watch Series 8 is pre-loaded with all of Apple’s latest watchOS features, which is super beneficial for users as they won’t have to purchase any extra equipment to optimize the device fully.
The Apple Watch Series 8 comes equipped with a new processor that optimizes its overall performance, and has a car crash detection tool that alerts emergency services in the event of an accident.
Additionally, the Apple Watch Series 8 has temperature sensors and is resistant in up to 160 feet of water.
Fitbit Sense 2 ($199)
The Fitbit Sense 2 is a great health tool, as it comes equipped with a health metrics dashboard and has technology to detect changes in mood and stress. The Fitbit Sense 2 also tracks heart rates and irregular heart rhythms 24/7 and can assess atrial fibrillation.
Aside from being a great health tool, the Fitbit Sense 2 is a great gift for active users, as it comes with 40 exercise modes pre-programmed onto the device.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro ($159)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 goes beyond monitoring physical qualities, as it can monitor and improve sleep quality, and create a personalized sleep profile based on its users sleeping patterns.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 can also hold 16 gigabytes (GB) of storage and has a battery life of a full day.
What Should I Look For in Tech Gifts?
When considering electronics as a gift, you’ll want to verify compatibility between the product and the recipient’s device to ensure the recipient can use the gift. For example, the Fitbit Sense 2 on this list will work with Android devices but not with Apple.
If you’re still deciding on a gift to give—and considering giving an electronic device to your family or friend—it’s best to find a tech gift with purpose or practicality. Learning your gift recipient’s hobbies or interests will help narrow down what you should get them.
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