25 Awesome Gifts for Men this Christmas
What do you gift a guy? It’s a question that bugs women everywhere, every holiday season, or special occasion. Many of us ladies will readily agree that it is so easy to pick a gift for a female friend but it can become a chore if it is for a guy. More so if you have already gifted them ties, shirts, sweaters, watches, cuff-links and the lot. If you find yourself in a similar situation this Christmas, here’s some good news for you. We have done the heavy lifting and searched out the most wished-for products on the Internet this Christmas to bring you this exhaustive list of great gift ideas. We are confident that this list of awesome gifts available from everybody’s favourite online retailer, Amazon, will help you check off your Christmas shopping quicker than you thought possible!
P.S: This list of gift ideas has been approved by my gadget loving husband, so you really can’t go wrong with any of these!
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Without further ado, in no particular order, here we go:
Amazon Echo – a great gadget gift
Is there anything this smart voice-controlled device can’t do? Wireless speaker, Internet streaming including Spotify, a very intelligent virtual assistant, home automation hub, this is one of the most interesting devices we have seen in a long time. Want to give it a voice command while it’s streaming your favourite music? No problem! Aiming to become the centrepoint of the connected home, Amazon has set a very high bar with the Echo.
Synology DS214 Play Network Attached Storage
A media storage centre that does much more than its humble price tag suggests, it runs Synology’s acclaimed DiskStation software. Apart from reliably backing up data from all the devices in your home such as laptops, Macbooks, iPhones and Android based phones, it can stream media, download files, keep an eye on your security cameras, run a web server, the list goes on and on. This is one gift that will keep on giving for years to come!
iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Still one of the best gifts a lazy guy can get, a robot that vacuums itself. What could be better, set up a schedule and the Roomba wakes up from its dock at the appointed time, diligently vacuums and returns to its base to recharge like a faithful house pet. Wait, pets still need looking after, the Roomba doesn’t. It even keeps an eye on its battery charge level while it is vacuuming, pause performing its duties, recharge itself and then pick up where it left off! The perfect tech gift for the bachelor who says he’s got no time.
Smart Netatmo Weather Station
A smartphone controlled weather station and indoor air quality monitor, the Netatmo is a fascinating take on a traditional gadget. Stylish and well-designed, it can send text alerts when it detects abnormal or dangerous conditions such as high CO2 levels. It can even invite friends to view the vitals of your home environment.
Sphero Smartphone controlled BB-8 Droid Robot
Rapidly becoming the must have gadget this Christmas, the Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid is a dream come true for every Star Wars fan. Check out the video above to see what this little droid can do. Without controversy, the force is strong with this one!
Canon EOS Rebel T5 Kit with 18-55mm lens / Canon 1200D
Perfect for all those photo-worthy moments that will take place when the whole family gathers together, this DSLR can produce those ‘oh-so-professional’ looking photos where the background is beautifully blurred. A must have for every guy these days, this is one gift that will give you brownie points like no other!
Record those long drives and save on your car insurance
A dashcam is not just another car gadget, not only can it record journeys in Full HD and provide valuable evidence in the case of a disputed accident, simply using it in your car gives you an extra discount with some car insurance companies. Don’t forget to also get a 32GB Micro SD card like this one.
Smartphone controlled Christmas Lights
Wireless Christmas lights – brilliant! Using the popular Wemo plug-in power controller, your smartphone can now turn on and off anything plugged into the WeMo. With a ton of accessories such as light switches that work seamlessly with home automation hub products such as the Amazon Echo, the WeMo can make the whole home intelligent.
Showerhead with Wireless Speaker
This is one unique showerhead – it houses a water-proof rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Pure genius, this ought to have been invented long ago – at least now there’s an excuse for those ridiculously long hot showers! When done showering, it can simply be unplugged from the showerhead and used as a regular wireless speaker.
Philips Hue Go LED Lamp
The Hue GO is a portable version of Philips popular Hue LED lamps. It can be used as accent lighting, or as a feature on its own. Boasting smartphone connectivity, you can set it to over 2 million different colour combinations from your smartphone. Note that this is not compatible with the Amazon Echo at present.
Handheld Police/Emergency services scanner
A modern take on the classic gadget that every teenage boy has wanted – a compact, mobile, handheld police scanner. Extremely useful during emergencies and also great fun as a hobby.
Linksys WiFi range extender
You can never have enough WiFi coverage. Spotty, weak WiFi is a common household issue and the solution is surprisingly accessible – this WiFi extender should take care of those voids in your home’s WiFI coverage.
This drone easily gives the most immersive flying experience that you can get for the money. It has a built-in high definition camera and GPS to maintain precise control and manoeuvrability. A 2 kilometre range ensures that the drone is always within reach and responsive. Also, the 25 minutes of flying time is industry-leading. It even has an auto take-off and auto-landing feature. This has to be one of the best gifts ever for a guy!
Hikvision DS-2CD2032F-IW bullet-style IP security camera
A security camera with a stunning range of features such as 3 Megapixel resolution, built in SD card and WiFi, this is the perfect gift for those who are security-conscious. From a brand that supplies industrial grade products to businesses all over the world, you can’t go wrong with Hikvision. It also has a feature we love, sending email alerts whenever it detects motion. To learn more about Hikvision, read our Hikvision product guide.
Motion activated wireless alert system
Sometimes you need to know when there is motion in a particular area around your house. It could be the driveway, the yard or a shed. This is where wireless motion detection systems come in. Simple to set up and being wireless a breeze to install, this device adds an extra layer of security.
Thermal Imager for iPhone 5/5s
Here’s a cool gadget that can turn anyone with an iPhone into the next James Bond. Thermal imaging is now affordable for the average DIY-er. What can you do with this device? Identify heat loss from your boiler system, inspect heating pipes, or just observe the wildlife in your garden – the possibilities are endless.
Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo Large Heater
Can’t remember whether you switched off the heater before leaving the house? The humble heater gets an upgrade to join the smart home revolution with the help of [amazon asin[us]=B00BB2MMNE&asin[uk]=B00H51XYLY&text=Wemo] technology. Turn on/off, set schedules, adjust the thermostat – all possible now from your smartphone.
Nest Cam Security Camera
For those who just want to plug-and-play without faffing around, the Nest Cam is a great choice. We still recommend getting a more robust outdoor security camera such as those on our Top Security Camera Recommendations for 2016 list. However the Nest cam is peerless in simplicity and ease of setting up. So it is also suited for those who are not great at technology. Also see our recommendations for the best security camera.
Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo Air Purifier
Another device that aims to make your living environment better, it functions just like the smart heater above. The standout feature is the TrueHEPA air filters that capture 99.97% of airborne particles such as pollen, mold and dust.
Canary All-in-One Home Security Device
The Canary all-in-one successfully attempts to centralise all the different things you would want your smart home to do – monitor the air quality, monitor the ambient temperature and humidity, and let you keep an eye on things remotely. All of this accessible via a smartphone app. Simples.
Philips Hue and Ambience Smartphone controlled LED bulbs
The Philips Hue and Ambience system is simply put a wireless lighting solution that you can control from your smartphone. As with the Hue system above, you can define the precise colour of light that you want and the brightness, letting you create stunning lightscapes in your home. What’s more, you can voice control all of this through Siri on the iPhone or the [amazon asin=B00X4WHP5E&text=Amazon Echo].
Smart Lock – Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone
Modern cars have keyless entry systems, why not get one for the home? The August Smart Lock resembles a regular door lock but auto-unlocks when you approach the door with your phone – your phone becomes the key. It can also lock the door automatically if you forget to lock it on your way out. It runs on batteries that can last for upto a year and can even set your [amazon asin=B0131RG6VK&text=Nest Thermostat] to ‘Away’ mode when you leave the house. As always there is an app to remotely lock or unlock if you have unexpected visitors that you want to let in (or out!).
Wireless Home Security Alarm System Kit with Auto Dial + Outdoor Siren
Every home needs a burglar alarm system, but the traditional wired system is passé. Going wireless is the trend; it is as reliable as a wired system and is so much easier to install, especially for renters. This system also has plenty of accessories such as gas leak detectors, water leak detectors, and glass break detectors.
Dahua SD22204T-GN Mini PTZ(Pan/Tilt/Zoom) dome-style IP security camera
This Dahua Mini PTZ(Pan/Tilt/Zoom) IP camera is a small wonder – you can remotely monitor your home and point it wherever you want. This gives much more flexibility in installation and monitoring moving objects. It has 4x zoom which is good for a mini-PTZ camera.
Samsung EXON Fingerprint Digital Door Lock SHS-5230
The ultimate in intelligent biometric door locks, this Samsung EXON lock uses fingerprints or a keycode of your choice to identify and grant access. There is no doubt how impressed your friends will be when the fingerprint protector flips up to reveal the pad. Apart from the obvious wow factor, it is a solid, reliable, functional yet stylish product from a brand that you can trust.
So husband, boyfriend, father, son, brother, or nephew – they are the best and they deserve the best. Let us know which gift ideas you liked and which ones you finally choose – leave a comment below!