Best tech gifts for Christmas 2020: Google Nest Audio, Apple Watch Series 6, Sony wireless headphones and more

Best tech gifts for Christmas 2020: Google Nest Audio, Apple Watch Series 6, Sony wireless headphones and more

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Text: Crystal Lim

There are Christmas gifts, and then there are tech Christmas gifts. The latter might cost a little more than the typical gift exchange budget, but it's also why they're saved for a special someone in your life. This year, we've huddled up the best gadgets to splurge on — and even dissected who could really benefit from this jolly holiday season.

Google Nest Audio (SGD139)

Google Nest Audio

What is it: Weighing just 2.6 pounds and standing sleekly at 6.9", Google's newest smart speaker is well designed to fit into homes seamlessly and play full, clear and natural audio. It can fill the room with a single Nest Audio device or set it up with another for a stereo pair — transporting music from the kitchen to the bedrooms at your command without missing a beat.

Who is it good for: That friend who won't shut up about decibals, range, and all that jazz.

Available in Chalk and Charcoal colours and you can get them here.

Philips' Air Purifier 3000i Series (SGD689)

Philiips Air Purifier 3000i series

What is it: As most of us continue to work from home and into 2021, we are spending more indoors than before. The quality of air we breathe at home is now paramount for healthy living. Philips' latest Air Purifier 3000i Series is an effective device aimed to clean and purity the air in real time. Compatible with Siri and Alexa voice activation, tracking the cleanliness of your homes is made easy with the Clean Home+app. The device cleans rooms within eight minutes — talk about efficient clean-up before and after your home gatherings.

Who is it good for: Someone with kids, a pet, and icky with germs.

Available here.

Apple Watch Series 6 (From $599)

Apple Watch

What is it: The Apple Watch Series 6 redefines what a watch typically does — it tracks your health wherever, whenever. From blood oxygen levels via an advanced algorithm to your daily activity to even how well you're sleeping. The Series 6 offers a full charge in under 1.5 hours and improved battery life for tracking indoor and outdoor activities. There's also a wide variety of straps and customisable watch faces to switch up your smart accessory whether it be for work, sport, or play.

Who is it good for: For anyone looking to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.

Available here.

Sony Industry-Leading Wireless noise cancelling headphones WH-1000XM4 (S$549)

Sony headphones

What is it: The WH-1000XM4 is the 4th generation over ear wireless noise cancelling headphone by Sony's much loved range. The improved noise cancellation and customisable features allow you to personalise your music along with its Adaptive Sound Control, a smart function that adjusts the ambient sound setting for your ideal listening experience. With 30 hours of battery life to spare, one can go and on in another realm — steeped in music, a podcast, or even white noise.

Who is it good for: For any introvert you know with a bangin' Spotify playlist.

Available here.

Native Union Drop Wireless Charger (SGD79)

Native Union Drop wireless charger

What is it: A real aesthetic treat for the eyes with its lovely muted green hue. The Drop Wireless Charger redefines functional effortless charging and doubles up as a statement piece for homes and workplaces. It powers up Apple and Qi-compatible devices while its thermal protection ensures safe charging.

Who is it good for: Anyone who detests dangling cables and is supportive of innovative technology.

Available here or in-store at Takashimaya and Tangs.