This holiday season, technology is more important than ever. For some, it’s a chance to get creative and dive into a hobby, and for others, new gadgets and gear can help while they’re working from home.
Whether it’s for fun, or work, I’ve put together a list of ten of the top gadgets for the holidays, from the DJI Pocket 2, Google Nest Audio, and HP Chromebook x360 14″, to the incredible Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Fitbit Sense, Sennheiser HD 450BT, and more. Take a look, and get inspired!
DJI Pocket 2 | $469
For the vlogger in your life, or the person who wants to capture everything, the DJI Pocket 2 is an amazing, light, and handy stabilized camera that’s great in low-light conditions, and records in 4K. Whether they’re sharing on YouTube, at home on the TV, or on social media, the Pocket 2 is an excellent all-around camera for video and photos, it has an advanced microphone array, and it supports extras that are perfect for content creators.
Paired with a cell phone for extra controls and a big display, it’s easy to get into the spirit of filmmaking, or on its own, the camera is ultra-light and portable to go almost anywhere. Features like ActiveTrack 3.0, HDR, 64MP images, and up to 8x zoom also give creators the tools they need to capture the way they want.
You can order the DJI Pocket 2 from the DJI website, but for last-minute shopping you may want to consider curbside pickup from Vistek, The Source, Best Buy, or Apple stores.
Google Nest Audio | $129
Google Nest Audio is the latest and greatest audio innovation in the Nest family that makes a fantastic gift for the audiophile in your life. The new smart speakers are the perfect size, with room-filling sound, rich bass, and all the features you expect with Google Assistant.
Available in Chalk, Charcoal, Sage, Sand, and Sky, Nest Audio features a 75 mm woofer and 19 mm tweeter for beautiful sound, and it tunes itself for your space, so there’s no need to think about settings or equalizers.
The smart speaker works with YouTube Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and SiriusXM, as well as dozens of other apps and services, and with more than one supported Nest speaker, they can be stereo paired for an exceptional audio experience. Plus, for incredible music on the new Nest Audio, check out Nest Audio Sessions with artists Ella Mai, Jessie Reyez, Mabel, Shizuku (Polkadot Stingray), BENEE, and more.
Order Google Nest Audio online, or pick them up from The Source and Best Buy.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra | $1,179
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is my favourite phone of 2020. The powerful phone, in gorgeous Mystic Bronze, includes the S Pen for notes and remote control, a 50x Super Resolution Zoom, a 108 MP wide-angle camera, 8K video recording, 120Hz display, and a whopping 12GB of RAM.
My Note 20 Ultra goes with me everywhere, and it’s the first device I turn to for photos, and video. Without pulling out a laptop, it’s also easy to jump right into work, or take a break and game, share on social media, connect with my family, and multitask.
Samsung’s Galaxy of devices also pair beautifully with the phone, so I can tune into my favourite music on Spotify with Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, check my step count from the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, and easily share video from my phone to a Samsung TV. Paired with a controller and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, there’s also an incredible lineup of more than 100 Xbox titles playable right on the phone.
Order the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra from Bell, pick it up from The Source, or directly from Samsung.
HP Chromebook x360 14 | $799
The HP Chromebook x360 14 is an excellent all-around laptop for students or professionals, with the always dependable Chrome operating system that’s simple and well-balanced.
The laptop has a great looking 14″ touchscreen display, with an Intel Core i3 processor, and 8 GB of RAM. It’s fast and reliable, and because it’s powered by Google’s Chrome OS, there are thousands of free apps, software, and games available with just a couple of clicks. The slim design also makes it easy to take it anywhere, and the battery will last for more than 11 hours before you need to charge it.
The laptop has 64 GB of storage space, and you can add on more memory thanks to the SD and MicroSD card reader.
The HP Chromebook x360 14 laptop is available to order from HP, or pick it up from Best Buy.
Sennheiser HD 450BT | $199
Sennheiser is the name in personal audio, and while they have some incredible high-end headphones, the affordable Sennheiser HD 450BT over-ear headphones are a great gift for anyone.
Featuring active noise cancellation with aptX Low Latency, the HD 450BT headphones deliver incredible bass with 30 hours of battery life, access to the phone’s voice assistant, and through the Sennheiser Smart Control App they can customize the sound to match their style.
For the price, Sennheiser is unbeatable, with the best audio, performance, and features, and the HD 450BT headphones are excellent for every type of user, whether they’re gaming, watching TV or movies, or listening to music.
Order the Sennheiser HD 450BT headphones online, or pick them up from Best Buy, The Source, and Staples.
Fitbit Sense | $359
Staying active and getting exercise has never been more important, and having a fitness tracker like the Fitbit Sense goes a long way to not only seeing how well you’re doing, but hitting new goals.
The advanced smart watch offers loads of features in one clever little package. Use the stress management tool to track signs of stress, or track heart health, SpO2 levels, skin temperature, and even sleep. The Sense’s extended battery life will keep it going for days, and it also charges up quickly for a battery top-up to get through the day.
The Sense’s design is simple and stylish, there are hundreds of clock faces to customize the look of the watch, and it also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Order the Fitbit Sense online, or order it for pickup from Best Buy, Sport Chek, and Staples.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | $769
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is the ultimate Android tablet, with an incredible display, sound, and a battery that will keep going through work, games, music, and movies.
The 11″ tablet offers 128 GB of storage, or more, with a powerful Snapdragon processor, 6GB of RAM, and the S Pen for drawing, doodling, notes, or easy on-screen navigation. The quad AKG speakers make movies, TV, and gaming a real experience, while the stunning display delivers bright, deep, and crisp video and images.
Like the Note 20 Ultra, it’s also easy to connect a game controller to the tablet for epic gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, or to jump into some of the Android play store titles.
Samsung has packed the Tab S7 with everything you could want, which is why it’s the perfect all-around tablet. Order it from Samsung, or pick it up from The Source, Best Buy, and Staples.
DJI Mini 2 | $749
Give your loved one the gift of flight with the incredible DJI Mini 2, one of the only professional-quality drones that doesn’t require a drone licence in Canada, and still captures gorgeous 4K video while soaring above it all.
Weighing just 249 grams, the DJI Mini 2 folds down to about the size of a small bag of chips, so it’s easy to take in any camera bag. And unfolding it and getting it into the air only takes a few moments.
For beginners, or drone enthusiasts who want an ultra-portable device, the Mini 2 is very impressive, and beyond video it captures panoramas, enhanced photos, and it can fly for up to 31 minutes. The Mini 2 controller is also exceptional, comfortable, and makes flying a breeze.
Order the DJI Mini 2 from the DJI website, or from Vistek, The Source, Best Buy, and Apple stores.
Shark IQ XL Robot Self-Empty vacuum | $699
There are very few gifts as wonderful as a robot vacuum. Until you have one in your home, it’s hard to explain the joy of a little robot that cleans up the dust and dirt you normally only get to once a week. Instead, with the Shark IQ XL Robot Self-Empty vacuum, you can schedule the robot to clean up every two or three days, if you like.
The smart vacuum maps the home, and then can be sent out to clean specific rooms, or clean the whole floor at once. Paired with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, it’s also easy to ask the robot to go clean any time, rather than opening up the app.
The vacuum base, where the robot docks and charges, can store up to about 30 days of dirt too, so you only need to empty it once every few weeks, and the suction will pick up a wide range of debris over different surfaces, like tiles or carpeting.
You may just decide you need a robot vacuum of your own, once you buy a Shark IQ XL as a gift. Order or pick one up at Canadian Tire.
Nextbase 622GW 4K Dash Cam | $499
For the driver, traveller, or constant road tripper, it’s time they had a dash cam, and none are better than the new Nextbase 622GW 4K Dash Cam.
The Nextbase 622GW is easy to setup, and attached under the rearview mirror so it doesn’t block the driver’s view. With resolution up to 4K 30 FPS, the dash cam captures vivid details that are useful for accident claims, or for anyone who wants to share the view from their latest drive.
Using the Nextbase app, drivers can easily download video from the dash cam, and it works with Amazon Alexa so they can take control, starting or stopping recording, as well as other smart features.
Order or pick up the Nextbase 622GW 4K Dash Cam at Best Buy.