It’s that time of year again, with a frantic few weeks left of 2016, we bring you the top 6 technology gifts for Christmas 2016!

It feels like yesterday that we wrote our Ultimate Tech Christmas Gift Guide for 2015. As rapid technology developments occur, there are now plenty of new entrants to the market deserving of a spot on our 2016 list.


1. Chipolo  


Replacing lost keys can be a logistical nightmare. Not to mention the cost. Replacing a car key, garage remote control and access fob can all cost up to $700! Chipolo solves this, costing just $40 for complete peace of mind for those you care about. Chipolo is a smart little plastic disc that attaches to your keys or slips inside your wallet. The next time you misplace your keys or wallet, simple – just open up the Chipolo app on your smart phone and your keys will ring. It evens works in reverse – too. You can use your keys to ring your lost phone, even if it’s on silent.


2. Ring Video Doorbell and Camera


The ability to keep an eye on your home gives you extra piece of mind, which is priceless. Ring is smart. The Ring security camera alerts you proactively when there is movement detected. If you set up Ring to watch the outside of your house, you can tell it when to alert you and how often. Then, it’s as simple as viewing your camera footage from your smart phone. With the Ring Video Doorbell, you can even speak to whoever is outside your home through the built-in speaker and microphone. Expecting that package to be delivered during the day, but dreading being left that ‘attempted delivery’ card which will inevitably see you lining up at the Post Office early on Saturday morning? Authorise the delivery of your package without leaving your office.




3. Nintendo Mini NES Classic


People lining up outside electronics stores overnight and near brawls breaking out to secure a new product – these scenes would make anyone think it’s a new iPhone release. But no – this is what happened when Nintendo released the NES Mini earlier in 2016. Bring back the gaming nostalgia that we enjoyed in the 80s and 90s, with 30 original Nintendo games built into this compact mini version of the original best-selling gaming console, which connects to any TV through HDMI and USB powered. Included games include favourites like Mario and Donkey Kong. These are currently sold out nationwide, but if you can get hold of one (at just $99!) your loved ones won’t stop thanking you.


4. B+O portable speaker 


Style and power are combined in the Beoplay A2 portable speaker. We have access to so many songs these days, yet when we want to play it somewhere other than our homes, car or headphones, the sound quality is lost. Portable Bluetooth speakers are all the rage and now B+ O have taken this even further, producing a beautiful looking and sounding portable speaker with True360 omnidirectional sound and up to 24 hours of battery life.


5. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer  


We predict that this will be at the top of many Christmas lists this year. Dyson have used their intelligent air technology, currently used in the top vacuum, cooling and heating products on the market, and created a unique, powerful and stylish hair dryer. The Supersonic dryer features intelligent heat control, guarding against extreme heat conditions, protecting against heat damage. Airflow is controlled, high velocity and allows fast and even hair drying, smoothing hair at the same time. At $599, this is top of the range and sure to impress.



6. HP Sprocket Portable Printer 


There’s been a definite shift to photographs. With selfies, social media filters and more, often these memories get lost in your phone’s memory. With the HP Sprocket Printer, which is about the size of a mobile phone and weighing less than 200g, printing memories is quicker and easier than ever. The printer connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth and printing photos is as easy as posting photos to social media. The Sprocket printer is rechargeable through USB and requires no ink. To use it, all you need is HP photo paper, which uses technology that makes colour show up on paper when heated up. This is a definite winner at $129.


Now it’s over to you. What have we missed? What’s at the top of your list? Leave a comment below and tell us what we’re missing.