Tech360's Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers, Home Appliances & More
If you haven't already, check out our Christmas gift guides for our top picks for audio and computer-related products. But what if you don't want to get anything in those categories? Well, we have smaller stocking stuffers and other products that you can use around the house here in this guide.
Belkin BoostCharge Pro Dual USB-C GaN Wall Charger with PPS 65W
If you're on the lookout for a new charger that not only can charge your devices quickly but also takes up a small footprint, the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Dual USB-C GaN Wall Charger 65W is a great idea. Disregarding the long name, the charger is a tiny, lightweight one that can fit easily into any bag. Despite the small size, the charger can output a total of 65W, which can be split 45W and 20W into the top and bottom USB-C ports or you can get the full 65W through a single port, meaning it can be used to charge your MacBook or laptop.
The usual price is S$79, but there was a recent promotion dropping it to S$59, and we'll most likely see another round of discounts when Black Friday rolls around.
Dyson V12 Detect Slim
Dyson vacuums are some of the best handheld vacuums around, and if you're looking to really spoil someone and help make cleaning the house much easier, the Dyson V12 Detect Slim is a great choice as a gift. The Laser Slim fluffy cleaning head will really help to illuminate dust and debris on the floor, making it easier to see which areas are dirtier and require a bit more time on.
The V12 Detect Slim range starts at S$899, although Dyson is currently running a sale which drops the most affordable model down to S$769. There's also a Prussian Blue colourway meant for the Christmas season, which comes with a S$100 discount and a free floor dok included.
For people who are always losing their keys, trackers like Tile and the likes are certainly a godsend. iPhone users, though, will benefit from using Apple AirTag trackers, which integrate and play nice with other Apple devices. More than that, because the AirTag uses the U1 chip inside, there's precision finding available, which can let iPhone users know which direction to walk to find the AirTag, as well as exactly how far the AirTag is from the phone.
Each AirTag is priced at S$45, which is a little expensive, although there's a 4-pack set that comes in at S$149 or S$37.25 each, which could be more handy for truly forgetful people.
Kobo Clara 2E
If you're looking to get an eReader for someone who reads a lot, the Kobo Clara 2E might be one of the better choices, particularly if the person doesn't already have an eBook collection. There's not only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, there's also IPX8 water resistance for people who love reading while they're soaking in a bathtub.
The 6-inch E Ink display is bright and able to display text clearly even under bright sunlight. At 171 grams, it's light enough to be carried around without having to worry about overburdening a purse or a small bag. At S$219.90, it's a more expensive gift for sure, but one that will bring hundreds of hours of fun for any book lover.
VR gaming has been gaining traction over the last couple of years, although we still see headsets priced quite expensively. The PICO 4 headset, though, is bucking the trend and starts at just S$499, which is an attractive price when compared to the Meta Quest 2's S$600-700 price tag when it first launched.
Powered by Snapdragon's XR2 chipset, the headset can support colour passthrough and it's comfortable thanks to the clever design decision to place the battery compartment at the rear of the headset, making the weight distribution even throughout. The 5,300mAh battery is large and lasted for about 2.5 hours with mixed usage for games and watching videos.
Although there are some drawbacks with the PICO 4, it's certainly a more affordable and newer option compared to Meta's Quest 2 headset.
WiZ LED Strip
Smart home lighting is all the rage now, and while it can be quite pricey for a full home setup with Philips Hue lights, the company actually has a more affordable offering from their sister company that's pretty much plug-and-play without the need for something like a Hue Bridge. The LED Strip from WiZ is mostly similar to the Philips Hue lightstrips, coming in 2-metre kits as well as 1-metre extension kits, although it's certainly cheaper than the Philips Hue offering.
The light strips offer most of the functionality as well - 16 million colours, 1,600 lumens of brightness and the ability to trim strips down and connect strips together. That being said, there were some functions left out to try and keep the price low, such as no Apple HomeKit support, no sunrise and sunset options when setting up automatic lights, as well as no location-based features.
At S$104.90 for the 2-metre kit though, the savings will definitely build up if you're gifting two or more kits.