From pet tech to smart toys, the latest headphones and toothbrushes with AI, here are some gift ideas for everyone.
GOCUBE SMART RUBIK’S CUBE
For children of the ‘80s, it’s hard to fathom the popularity that the ole Rubik’s Cube is enjoying again. Equal parts torturous and challenging, if (like us) you never managed to conquer the ruddy thing, help is at hand. The GoCube Smart Rubik’s Cube, in conjunction with an accompanying app, will not only teach you to solve it in an hour, but it will train you to become a competitive speed ‘cuber’. Love a challenge? This is for you.
EUFY SECURITY EUFYCAM 2C PRO 2K WIRELESS HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
A wireless camera system is not only a cost-effective option for home security, but it’s easy to install too, and you can monitor all the action on a smartphone. The eufy two-pack camera kit captures video in crystal clear 2K resolution and offers a battery that lasts for 180 days. But the real attraction here is the 16GB of built-in storage, so you can forget about paying for ongoing cloud subscriptions – 16GB of footage is stored onboard.
It’s the sort of design you’ll find amusing at first and then quickly wonder why it hasn’t been thought of before. A fake fish that acts like a real fish, Flippity will wriggle like it’s just been hooked straight out of Sydney Harbour. A companion for lonely cats, once touched, the device will kick into action and keep your feline master entertained for hours. There’s even a little pouch on the fish to push some catnip into. The perfect present for the cat that probably hates you.
PETCUBE PET CAMERA
It can be hard leaving your furry friends home alone. Some of us have spent an excessive amount of time with our pets over the last 18 months working from home, so if it’s time to go back to the office but you still want to keep an eye on what’s happening in the house, you’ll want a Petcube. You can catch day and night vision in 1080p HD video, and notifications can be sent directly to a smartphone if motion or sound is detected. And the best bit? Two-way chat, so you can communicate directly with your fur babies.
LENOVO SMART FRAME
The Lenovo Smart Frame has a 21.5-inch full HD digital display embedded in a custom-designed frame designed for wall hanging, and it’s ready to go with Google Photos connectivity. Lenovo have made this screen with a matte finish, ensuring that the displayed images look like printed photos in the frame. The Smart Frame comes with gesture control, too – just wave your hands in front of the frame to browse through photos or leave it to cycle through the albums of your choice. It’s a brilliant and engaging addition to any wall.
THE TILE PRO BLUETOOTH TRACKER
Forgetfulness doesn’t just extend to important birthdays. Losing bags, purses, and even pets is a daily conundrum for many, and this is where the Tile Pro Bluetooth tracker earns its stripes. Attach one of these to your item of concern and enjoy 120-metre range and voice control – you can even swap the batteries out, making it an eco-friendlier choice. You’ll never spend hours anxiously walking around your house scratching your head again.
DYSON V15 DETECT TOTAL CLEAN
Whoever does the cleaning in your house undoubtedly deserves a Dyson, and the powerful new Dyson V15 has next-level cleaning clout. Yep, now you can see the dust you’re hunting, turning a domestic chore into a game of skill. For hard surfaces, a laser fitted to the head will highlight any pesky dust mites or dirt, providing the user with a visual acknowledgment of mission accomplished. And to top it right off, the V15 will even outline what it’s picked up in the clean. The future of vacuuming is here.
ORAL-B GENIUS 9000
You too can be like a dentist, albeit without earning the huge salary, by adopting an electric toothbrush; nothing cleans your railings quite like it. The Genius 9000 has a dentist-inspired round head design that creams a standard toothbrush, and comes with six brushing modes including whitening. Download the Oral-B app and you can even get real-time feedback and coaching to make sure you’re doing the job right.