Holidays

Not-So-Techie Gift Guide

November 30, 2021

We love technology and the incredible value it brings to our day-to-day lives, but that doesn’t mean we have to know how to code. Most people on our holiday shopping list will appreciate these techie, but not TOO techie, gifts. Here’s what’s new. —Catherine Dunwoody

Have a serious gamer on your list? The Asus ROG Strix XG27AQM ($905 at Canada Computers) is a gaming 27-inch monitor with elevated technology that brings new meaning to the words sharp and fast.

Eat your leafy greens all winter with no excuses. Rise Gardens’ indoor vertical smart-farming system has a Personal Garden ($449), that fits right on a countertop, takes up little space and means less trips to the grocery store or farm market.

Apple wireless AirPods (from $239 at Apple) are now in their third generation, with sweat and water resistance and a battery life of six hours of listening time. Dolby Atmos, dynamic head tracking and a new contoured design means tech and comfort.

At-home holiday movie night without a TV screen? Project the new Epson’s EpiqVision Mini EF12 Smart Streaming Laser Projector ($1,300) on a blank wall and watch wirelessly with access to your favourite streaming services and Yamaha sound.

Safe to say that Zoom calls are here to stay while we continue to WFH or just catch up with farflung friends and family over the holidays. The Dell 24 Video Conferencing Monitor ($380) has a built-in pop-up camera, noise-cancelling microphones, dual 5W speakers, and just one cord so clutter-free is a reality.

“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” got a whole lot safer with weBoost’s Drive Reach ($700)—a device that boosts cell signal in your vehicle so there is a strong consistent signal. Safety in case of emergency in remote areas. Bonus? Keeps kids occupied with fast data speed, too.

Fans of retro-style cameras with techie features will love the Instax Mini 40, with its automatic exposure, shutter speed, brightness and built-in selfie lens. A great price of $140 includes the camera andone pack of the new mini contact sheet film.

The Cricut Maker 3 ($550 at Indigo and other retailers) is the ultimate smart crafting/cutting machine, sheering through the most delicate fabric and paper to leather, balsa wood and more. Make a pretty wreath for the holidays, plus a multitude of crafty ideas.

Tero ($600) is a new food-recycling device that offers an alternative to composting by turning almost all food waste into natural fertilizer instead. The brand was recently recognized at The Grand Prix du Design Awards.

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