Why is SMBtech presenting a guide to Xmas Gifts? Us tech journos know what, “Hard to buy for” means. We’re often drowning in gadgets and the notion gifting another one to a gadget lover/professional can seem like a bad idea. But, on the flip-side of this reality, reside the people who want to buy someone a tech gadget but don’t know where to start.
We’ve asked Australia’s tech companies to send us their latest and greatest tech gadgets and Xmas gift ideas. We’ve also organised these unique Christmas gifts for adults, into budget bands to make things simpler. We’ll be adding more to this post every day.
Table of Contents
- Xmas Gifts under $50
- Xmas Gifts from $50 to $99
- Xmas Gifts from $100 to $249
- Xmas Gifts from $250 to $499
- Xmas Gifts from $500 to $999
- Xmas Gifts from $1,000 to $1999
- Xmas Gifts over $2,000
Xmas Gifts under $50
The Laser smart home lighting range is full of affordable and unique Xmas gifts. From downlights and everyday bulbs, to fun neon, strip lights and fairy-light options, you can create vivid colours and soft whites anywhere. Everything is easily controlled by the Connect SmartHome App or by voice commands using your favourite virtual assistants.
One of the great video games ever made and completely timeless. This requires your giftee to have a PC and to not already own a copy of Portal. At the time of writing, it’s discounted to less than $2! If they’ve never played it, they must! If they played it years ago, a brand new update has appeared to make the most of modern graphics – and it comes free with the original game!
Belkin Magnetic Phone Mount with Face Tracking | $30
One of the perfect Xmas gifts for the die-hard TikToker. The Belkin Magnetic Phone Mount with Face Tracking snaps securely onto the iPhone 12 and rotates 360 degrees to shoot in portrait and landscape view. The accompanying app recognises faces and follows their movements. It links directly to all social media channels.
Laser Bluetooth Pill speaker | $30
This highly-portable, pill-shaped Bluetooth speaker comes in a variety of funky colours or sober black. It connects via Bluetooth, USB or Aux. You can even connect it to other TWS-enabled Bluetooth speakers to enjoy a 3D-stereo experience .
Laser SmartHome LED Strip Light | From $30
Features music mode that syncs the strip lights’ changing (16.5 million) colours with music picked up by an internal microphone. Easily controlled via Laser SmartHome and Google Assistant apps.
Belkin Boost Charge 30W USB-C Wall Charger with PPS | $35
This wall charger can fast charge any mobile device with USB-C PD 3.0 compatibility. Just note that it doesn’t come with a charging cable.
Lention Aluminum Vertical Adjustable Desktop Stand | $49
A solid, vertical laptop stand that expands to 30mm for desk-space saving. After all, do you really need your laptop open when it’s docked?
Xmas Gifts from $50 to $99
Twelve South Forte iPhone Desktop Stand with MagSafe Charger | $65
A smart-looking, adjustable MagSafe, charging, desktop stand for iPhone and also AirPods Pro.
HyperX Cloud Stinger DTS | $69 (nice)
Wired, lightweight, durable headset. 2-year subscription to DTS Headphone:X software. Console compatible
Belkin BoostCharge Wireless Charging Magnetic Car Phone Mount Holder | $72
This eponymous gadget provides 10W fast, wireless charging and a secure mounting for iPhone 12 and 13 devices using MagSafe. There’s a USB-C cable and a 20W, USB-C, PD 3.0 car power supply unit included. It also allows you to rotate your iPhone in any orientation
Twelve South ParcSlope stand for MacBook & iPad | $79
This low-profile stand is very solid for any sub-15-inch laptop – or tablet – that needs a bit of an incline.
Belkin BoostCharge Pro for Apple Watch | $79
This, high-quality, portable charger, offers one-third faster charging for compatible Apple Watches. It works in either orientation, so you can lay it flat or set it in Nightstand mode. It comes with a 1.2m USB-C cable and cable management is included.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste | $80
Lightweight mouse. The honeycomb shell design keeps this mouse at 59g, perfect for gamers and everyday users seeking quick and precise movement during use. Wireless version also available.
bon.elk elevate laptop stand | $89
A solid, highly adjustable laptop stand that can rise high or low and adjust to your desired angle.
Satechi Dock5 Multi-Device Charging Station with Wireless Charging | $89
A four-bay charging dock that also has a wireless charging bay. A great way to reduce wire clutter.
Twelve South Curve | $89
A great, medium-height, solid laptop stand.
Anthropics Technology’s PortraitPro 23 is the latest version of the portrait-oriented software app. The latest AI-powered tools include Flyaway Hair removal, new stylistic art effects, a backlighting brush, plus speed improvements. There are multiple variants for xmas gifts with the basic version costing less-than $100.
HyperX Cloud Stinger S | $90
Wired gaming headset with virtual 7.1 surround sound, 50mm drivers, swivel-to-mute microphone.
Xmas Gifts from $100 to $249
Satechi Hybrid USB-C hub with SSD enclosure | $159
This high-quality, diminutive, USB hub doesn’t just have an HDMI port, 2x USB-A ports and a USB-C port but it can act as an M.2 SATA drive enclosure too!
HyperX Alloy Origins Core with HyperX Red Switches | $169
A no-number pad version of the above Origins keyboard. Also available with Blue switches.
Backbone for iPhone | $180
Do you, or someone you know, like playing a lot of games on their iPhone? Then a Backbone game controller/mount will be one of their perfect Xmas gifts.
SoundTec 2.1 CH Superb Boombox | $185
This outdoor, portable, wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, party speaker has IPX5 water resistance, RGB Lighting, TWS (True Wireless Stereo), an Aux input and a built-in handle. It can play continuously for 9 hours when fully charged and has a Karaoke mode. Inside are hefty 60-Watt twin speakers and a 30-Watt Sub.
Ambi Climate Mini | $188 (US$129)
Small, wall-mounted, smart AC controller. It uses A.I. to learn your temperature and humidity preferences throughout the year. It can turn on and off automatically based on your phone’s location. It uses a phone app to receive instructions which it then passes on to the aircon unit via the same infra-red instructions as its remote.
HyperX Alloy Origins PBT with HyperX Red Switches | $189
Full-size mechanical keyboard with HyperX Red linear switches and PBT keycaps. Also available with Blue ‘clicky’ switches.
Twelve South StayGo USB-C MultiPort Hub | $199
Very useful. This high-quality, diminutive hub comes with a separate, 1m USB-C cable and a concealed, removable, short USB cable. It has 2 x USB-C, 3x USB-A, HDMI and Ethernet ports plus, both SD and microSD slots.
Dell Premier Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard & Mouse (KM7321W) | $209
The Dell Premier Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (KM7321W) allows users to experience superior multitasking features with a stylish and comfortable premium keyboard and mouse combo. Complete your tasks powered by one of the industry’s leading battery lives at up to 36 months.
Ambi Climate 2 | $217 (US$149)
This smart air conditioner controller saves electricity by automatically making incremental adjustments to temperature (rather than power-surge-based pump and dump) – taking into account the local weather, humidity and sun shining into a room. It can be controlled by a phone app and smart speaker and can learn your temperature preferences with A.I.
Motorola e22i smartphone | $179
This Android 12 phone from Motorola costs one-tenth the price of some rivals. Yet, it features a 90Hz display, 16MP AI primary camera, side-mounted fingerprint reader and 32GB storage. Upgrading to a new phone, no longer means breaking the bank.
Belkin BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 wireless charging stand | $219
Want to charge all of your Apple iStuff at once – phone, watch and AirPods? Then this is the piece of furniture that you or a loved one needs. It’s one of the practical Xmas gifts that exudes both form and function. And it gets rid of so many cables!
HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset | $249
Wireless gaming headset with 30-hour battery. Supports laptops, PC, PS4 and PS5, Nintendo Switch.
Xmas Gifts from $250 to $499
HyperX CloudX Flight | $259
Wireless headset for Xbox. Separate PS version available.
HyperX QuadCast S | $282
USB condenser mic with four polar patterns and customisable RGB lighting. For Creators and daily use.
Boost Mobile refurbished iPhones | From $289
Premium phones are ridiculously expensive nowadays and yet, you often need the same brand that friends or family have to avoid being left out. These refurbished iPhones have undergone a 72-point check to meet high functional and cosmetic standards. Plus, they come with free Boost Mobile SIM for loads of data on AusTralia’s biggesT neTwork, a 12-month warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee!
Belkin SoundForm Immerse noise-cancelling earbuds | $300
These high-quality Belkin earbuds feature Hybrid ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) with 3 microphones in each earbud. Bluetooth allows multipoint connection across devices. A convenient, app-free push-button toggles ANC and Hear-Thru mode. The earbuds feature 12mm, dual-layer dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets and aptX HD 24-bit audio.
Cricut Joy Bundle | $313
One of the universal Xmas gifts is currently discounted: the Cricut Joy is a smart, compact, DIY arts and crafts companion that makes it easy to personalise, organise and customise a wide range of practical, everyday projects. Cuts over 50 materials, including iron-ons, cardstock, vinyl, paper and Smart Materials without a cutting mat. Draws any shape and writes in a variety of styles.
Xmas Gifts from $500 to $999
TCL 30 5G S600 True Wireless headphones bundle | $539
The 6.7-inch TCL 30 5G has an AMOLED screen and 128GB memory. Plus, if you’re quick, it’s $60 off! Oh, and it comes with high-quality wireless earbuds too. In a world of overpriced phones, it’s a steal.
Asus Zenfone 9 5G 128GB | $899
If you want a premium Android phone that doesn’t have a huge screen, the Asus Zenfone 9 5G 128GB should make your shortlist. There are few compromises in this 5.9-inch phone and it currently is available at $200 off!
Vitamix A2500i Ascent Series Red Blender | $969
Currently down from $1,499 if you’re quick(!) This professional-grade blender offers variable speed control and a pulse feature to let you fine-tune the texture of any recipe. It also comes with a 10-year warranty. Jon Favreau uses a Vitamix in the (excellent) movie, Chef.
Dell 32 4K UHD Gaming Monitor – G3223Q | $998
Dell’s 32-inch, UHD, gaming monitor is built to handle simultaneous tasks and, “Help users play their way.” Console mode takes integrates the latest Playstations and Xboxes with the monitor’s HDR and 120Hz refresh rate.
Xmas Gifts from $1,000 to $1999
Asus ROG Phone 6 5G 512GB | $1,349
If you’re determined not to have an iPhone but want something that will impress all who see it, then the Asus ROG Phone 6 5G 512GB. This overpowered ‘gaming’ phone is blisteringly fast and full of top-quality design and performance elements. It can even be used with a game controller with built-in cooling fan for overclocking! Be sure to get it with the bespoke case. It’s available now at $450 off! It’s one of the more-impressive Xmas gifts.
Philips PicoPix MaxTV Projector with AndroidTV | $1,495
Based around Android TV, the PicoPix MaxTV portable projector projects a 120-inch, Full HD image up to 3.2m away. It has multiple image corrections, automatic brightness, a 4-hour battery and a boombox function yet weighs just 2KG and has diminutive specs of 158 x 150 x 119 mm. Have movie night anywhere!
Vitamix A3500i Ascent blender | $1,699
Programmable Wi-Fi-equipped blender includes program settings for Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips and Spreads, Frozen Desserts (and Self-Cleaning). Buy now and get a bonus $249 blending kit.
Ecovacs Deebot T10 Plus | $1,799
With 3,000Pa of suction in its all-white design, the Deebot T10 Plus includes features such as TrueMapping 2.0 mapping and Navigation technology and the YIKO voice-controlled assistant. It comes with a docking station that auto-empties to deliver up to 60 days of hands-free cleaning, air freshening capabilities and OZMO Pro 3.0 Oscillating Mopping.
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Plus | $1,899
The Deebot X1 Plus robot vacuum includes the company’s strongest suction power at 5000Pa, the latest AIVI 3D and TrueMapping 2.0 technologies, the industry’s first natural language interactive YIKO AI Voice Assistant, the OZMO Pro 3.0 Oscillating Mopping System and its own built-in air freshener.
Xmas Gifts over $2,000
Alienware 34-inch OLED 175Hz Gaming Monitor | Now $2,099
Alienware’s first QD OLED monitor, the AW3423DW, has Quantum Dot tech, which enables a slim panel design, superior colour performance with a higher peak luminance – for work or play.
If you’d like to add anything new to this “Christmas gift ideas 2022” feature, send us your Xmas gifts and we’ll add them to the list.