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From smart speakers to smartphones, today's gadgets are incredibly high-tech and make for perfect gifts. Image Credit: Stock photo/Unsplash, Amazon

Tired of giving a different version of the same old vase or bowl to your loved ones, as a gift? Whether you're attending a wedding, a housewarming or something else, the struggle to get a great gift is real. Have you considered a tech gift instead? Nowadays, new technological devices have top-of-the-range features and an uncanny ability to get life more organised, or efficient. With the rise of smart homes, wearable tech and work-from-home options, every part of our lives is linked to technology, and there’s no sign that’s going to change any time soon.

Here is a handpicked list of our favourite gadgets to give as gifts for any occasion! And by the way, if you or your loved one are looking to repair a broken phone screen or a tablet, book this service on Amazon to let the pros do it for you, at home. Make sure to order through Amazon Prime to enjoy free one-day delivery for your new gadget.

1. Best Smartphone: New Apple iPhone 13 (256 GB) - Green

Pros

  • Latest, fast-selling iPhone on the market
  • 12MP front camera with Night mode
  • 19 hours of video playback on a single charge
  • Weighs only 174g
  • Six colour options

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Comes with charging cable but without power adapter

The newest iteration of the iPhone is still a great gift, this side of 2022. Despite not including any flashy changes, nearly every aspect of the iPhone has been improved. With an improved dual-camera system, a faster chip and a better battery life, the smartphone also has 5G capabilities, wireless charging and Apple’s MagSafe technology, which uses in-built magnets to attach accessories to the phone. It’s the perfect gift for a loved one! View other iPhone options.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh301.58 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers 1-year extended warranty for Dh227, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh380, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh484.

2. Best Smart Speaker: Echo Dot (4th generation), Blue 

Pros

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Four microphones for distant voice commands
  • Compatible with smart home devices
  • Understands both English and Arabic

Cons

  • Wired
  • Plays music from Spotify on subscription

Give the gift of organisation – the Echo Dot is a smart speaker, which sets alarms and timers, reads out the news, answers questions, plays music, controls compatible smart home devices, and lots more. Keep the household connected through its intercom facility and enjoy using both its English and Arabic voice services. It’s a great gift for any home! See other smart speakers and Alexa devices.

3. Best Smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 7 (GPS, 41mm), Midnight

Pros

  • Screen 20 per cent bigger and bezels 40 per cent thinner than Series 6
  • Swimproof - survives in 50 metres of depth
  • Health insights from ECG to sleep monitoring
  • GPS and e-wallet payments possible
  • Call and text feature

Cons

  • Comes without the USB power adapter
  • Needs an iPhone to set it up

The Series 7 has the most advanced Apple Watch display ever, with a bigger screen, and softer corners that blend together seamlessly. With five new aluminium case finishes and a whole new range of band colours and styles, you can customise it to suit the style of your gift recipient. Enjoy the Apple Watch 7’s 70 per cent brighter screen display, its crack-resistant front crystal and its dust- and water-resistant features. See other Apple Watch 7 options. Or check out the Fire-Boltt smartwatch series.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh111.25 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers 1-year extended warranty for Dh80, and 2-year extended warranty for Dh132.

4. Best Robot Vacuum: Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mop

Pros

  • Twin-Turbine technology, each with 2,000 Pa of suction power
  • Runtime of three hours per charge
  • Vacuums and mops simultaneously
  • Mop tank of 250ml that lasts 140 minutes
  • Google Assistant and Alexa compatible

Cons

  • Doesn't work with 5GHz frequency band
  • Mopping is subpar

Give your loved one the gift of a clean home without them having to lift a finger. The eufy RoboVac X8 has excellent suction power, a slim design, and goes about cleaning the house with minimal noise. It even syncs to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant so it can be powered with just a voice command. With up to 180 minutes of vacuuming capability at a time, and a large, upgraded dustbin and a 250ml water reservoir, it gets the vacuuming and mopping done for you in a jiffy. It’s a great gift for families with kids, and pets, or the busy worker bee who never has enough time to clean. See other robot vacuum options.

Bonus: Save an extra Dh250 by applying a coupon.

5. Best Console: Nintendo Switch, UAE Version 

Pros

  • 32GB storage
  • Allows two-player gaming
  • Up to nine hours of play time
  • Play on TV

Cons

  • Two-pin charger plug

With built-in motion sensing, and “HD Rumble” technology, the Nintendo Switch makes for a great gift for anyone who loves gaming on the go. With up to nine hours of battery life, it provides a full home console experience any time, anywhere. Its Joy-Con controllers even offer multiplayer gameplay flexibility for double the fun! Check out other handheld video game consoles.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh92.50 for 12 months with select banks.

6. Best Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Pros

  • Value for money
  • 32GB space, accepts up to 11TB microSD card
  • Book-sized, portable device
  • One-handed user experience
  • Front and rear cameras

Cons

  • Not built for heavy computing tasks
  • Does not support the S Pen

A budget-friendly Android tablet, this Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 ensures powerful performance and plenty of storage. Light and portable, it doesn’t skimp on screen size. The 8.7-inch screen is big enough to enjoy watching favourite TV shows and films, and it’s perfect for on-the-go work or entertainment. There’s up to 11TB of expandable storage, and a long battery life that means you’ll have plenty of power to keep up with content.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent instalments and pay Dh42.80 for 12 months with select banks.

7. Best Streaming Media Player: Roku Express 4K+ 2021

Pros

  • 4K, HD, and HDR streaming at a reasonable price
  • Smooth performance
  • Excellent remote with voice control
  • HDMI cable included
  • Value for money

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • No Dolby support

No more juggling remotes for your loved one – they just have to power up the TV, and enjoy brilliant 4K picture quality with Roku Express. This media player provides smooth wireless streaming, syncing to popular channels like HBO Max, Prime Video, and Netflix. The Roku Channel itself provides over 150 live TV channels and a selection of free content. Sync it up with Alexa or Google Home and control it with voice commands. Check out other smart TV boxes.

8. Best Headphones: JBL Tune 510BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Blue

Pros

  • Features JBL Pure Bass sound
  • Hands-free, wireless calls
  • Forty-hour battery life, two hours of play time on five-minute charge
  • Google and Apple voice assistants
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Some reviewers found them too tight a fit

High-quality sound in a wireless headphone set – it’s a gift that can bring a smile to anyone’s face. With JBL Pure Bass technology, this headset is lightweight and has soft ear cushions and a padded headband that makes it extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Its foldable design means it’s convenient to carry, and its 40-hour battery can be recharged within 2 hours. There are four great colours to choose from! Check out other wireless headphones.

Warranty: Amazon offers 1-year extended warranty for Dh12, and 2-year extended warranty for Dh19.

9. Best Speaker: Sony SRS-XB33 Wireless Extra Bass 

Pros

  • Four colours to choose from
  • Protected against dust and one metre of water with IP67 ratings
  • Battery life of up to 24 hours
  • Google and Apple voice assistants
  • Party connect with up to 100 bluetooth speakers for more volume

Cons

  • No AUX port

It's a party in a box! Give the gift of deep, punchy sound wherever your loved one goes, with this Extra Bass speaker that’s dustproof, waterproof and even washable! The speaker can work for up to 24 hours without a charge, and it even has a mic function for conference calls, once the party’s over. It supports Google Assistant and other voice assistants, and can connect to other compatible wireless speakers to amplify and spread out its incredible sound. See other bluetooth speakers.

Warranty: Amazon offers 1-year extended warranty for Dh29, and 2-year extended warranty for Dh41.

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