Tech Christmas Gift Guide: #YesPleaseSanta!

Tech Christmas Gift Guide - Here's Our Editor's Picks
Bianca Spendlove

Lifestyle Writer

Nov 02, 2016

The count down to Christmas has officially begun. To avoid the festive rush, we have prepared our Christmas tech guide to give you some ideas for the tech lovers in your family, or circle of friends.

Sonos Speaker – For music lovers this wireless speaker is the ultimate Christmas gift

Sonos - Christmas Gift Ideas

Sonos play:1 – $299

Sonos speaker

The SONOS PLAY:1 is the all-in-one smart speaker that packs so much hifi sound into such a compact design. With spiralling highs, thundering lows, and deep, crystal clear sound at any volume, the PLAY:1 lets you stream all the music on earth to any room.

Sonos play:5 – $749

Sonos wireless speaker

The SONOS PLAY:5 is the powerfully smart speaker that fine-tunes its sound to bring you all the energy and emotion the artist packed into the original recording. Music that’s pure, ferocious and true.

Key features:

Sonos’ Trueplay tuning feature delivers sound that’s true to the music and right for the room.

Control all your music and streaming services from a single app (on your smartphone, tablet or computer).

Uses your WiFi. Easy to set up and allows you to expand your system over time.

PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 available in black and white

Available: JB HiFi, Harvey Norman, specialist HiFi stores and sonos.com

The Kindle – For those who love to read and love to travel

Kindle - Christmas gift ideas

Kindle Paperwhite – $179

Kindle Paperwhite

Weighing only 380g, this slim booklover’s friend fits in any bag like a dream. Perfect for those long commutes in and out of the city, or indulging in literature by the pool or beach during the upcoming summer months. It’s also a great device to keep peace in the bedroom: built-in light evenly illuminates the screen for perfect reading anytime, anywhere. No disruptive reading lights required!

Key features:

Weighs only 380g (30% less than an iPad)

Built-in light evenly illuminates the screen for perfect reading anytime, anywhere

High-contrast touch display reads like real paper without glare, even in direct sunlight

Millions of books, the lowest prices and downloads in less than 60 seconds

A single battery charge lasts weeks, not days, even with the front light on

Kindle Oasis – $449

Kindle Oasis

For a book-a-holic who loves beautiful design, there is no better gift this Christmas than the new Kindle Oasis. It is the smallest and lightest Kindle, weighing in at just 131g and 3.4mm at its thinnest point. The reimagined design was created with comfort in mind, shifting the centre of gravity of the device to your palm, resting in your hand like the spine of a book. The Kindle Oasis also has a dual-battery system; when the cover connect to Kindle Oasis the battery in the cover begins recharging Kindle Oasis immediately, delivering months of battery life!

Key features:

Weighs only 131g and 3.4mm at the thinnest point

All new, ergonomic design, shifts the centre of gravity of the device to the palm

Page turn buttons

Leather charging cover which provides months of battery life

Millions of books, the lowest prices and downloads in less than 60 seconds

Available online from Amazon and Officeworks

The Instax Camera and Printer – For the photo and selfie lover

Instax 70 minis

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Printer – RRP $299.00

Instax printer

FUJIFILM’s new instax SHARE SP-2 printer allows users to print their images straight from their smartphone, bringing memories to life. The new and improved printing system allows photos to print in 10 seconds, producing higher image resolution and contrast options with the adoption of a new exposure system.

Instax Mini 70 Stardust Gold – RRP $179.00


Unique to its ‘mini’ counterparts, the mini 70 features a built-in ‘selfie’ mode and self-portrait mirror, ensuring that the user capture that perfect instant photo – every time.

Key features:

Selfie Mode – provides the appropriate brightness and shooting distance for self portraits.

Selfie Mirror – check your framing with the mirror next to the lens

Automatic Exposure Control – The mini70 captures bright backgrounds as well as bright subjects even in dark scenes. The high-performance flash automatically calculates surrounding brightness and adjusts shutter speed accordingly — no need for any special settings.

High key Mode – Allows you to capture bright beautiful skin tones and surfaces.

Macro mode : 0.3m – 0.6m

Landscape mode : 3m – ∞

Self timer mode (1 frame/2 frames continuous shooting)

Tripod socket and Fill-In flash


Under Armour Health Box – For those who are health and fitness conscious.


UA Health Box – RRP $399

Underarmour Health Box

The world’s first connected fitness system, the Under Armour (UA) HealthBox is designed to specifically measure, monitor and manage the factors that determine how you feel. The revolutionary system consists of four key elements; the UA Band, UA Scale, UA Heart Rate and UA Record. Through UA HealthBox, data is automatically sent to UA Record, which provides a holistic view of your health based on four quadrants – sleep, fitness, activity and nutrition – through an intuitive single-view dashboard. This snapshot view of your daily progress is set towards individual goals and calculates insights based on your performance.

Key features:

Band – Your UA Band measures sleep, resting heart rate, steps, and even workout intensity when worn with UA Heart Rate. Wear it ALL THE TIME.

Scale – Track your body weight, body fat percentage, and progress towards your weight goal. Step on it EVERYDAY.

Heart Rate – Train as smart as possible by wearing the chest strap while you work out to track your heart rate. See it in real-time when you wear with UA Band.

Available online on Amazon and The Under Armour Website 

The Lenovo Yoga Book – For the aspiring artist.


Yoga Book from $799 for Android, and $999 for Windows


Whether your proposed recipient is a keen writer or an ardent sketcher, this convertible laptop is the perfect gift for the creative in your life. The exceptional Halo keyboard lets you take creative control by switching to the mode of your choice: use the Real Pen Stylus on the tablet to get your sketches done, and when you’re writing a document, a standard keyboard will be displayed on demand.

Weighing at 690g with a sheerness of 4.55mm, the Yoga Book is superbly crafted and designed to impress. Get into holiday mode and stay unplugged with all day battery life combined with a lightweight form that makes the Yoga Book effortless to carry anywhere. If you’re eyeing to get an elegant, on-the-go creativity tablet for your holiday gift list, then this is the finest tablet out there.

Key features:

Real Pen Stylus works on a multipurpose scale: functions on Halo keyboard, Yoga Book’s screen, physical notes/paper for smooth functioning

360 degree rotating screen allows smooth movement between tablet and laptop style

Halo keyboard changes between keyboard and tablet instantly

All-day battery life ensures creativity throughout the day without plugging in

Weighs 690g, 4.5mm thin

Available online from Lenovo


By Bianca Spendlove

Lifestyle Writer

Bianca is a British actress who has always had an interest beauty, fashion and lifestyle, being surrounded by makeup artists most days inspired her to take note of the top tips and trends used in the industry. She loves to write in her own time and to document her travels.


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