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Top 6 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Do you know why you’re here? You’ve left your Christmas shopping for the very last second. Don’t worry, we understand though because where on earth did December go? Fret not, we have some great ideas for last-minute tech gifting.

Nintendo Switch Lite

While it hasn’t exactly moved the needle in the video game industry with the regular Nintendo Switch still being the better option, don’t sleep on the Lite version of the console just yet. Coming in at around the R3999 price-point (still a tad bit more expensive than initially expected), the Switch Lite integrates the Joy-Con controllers and display into one unit in the same storied lineage of Nintendo’s earlier GameBoy and DS. While you’re sacrificing a bit of screen real estate, battery capacity and some games which require the full television set, at R3999 in comparison to the main console’s R6799 price-point, it’s a fair trade while still being able to take some amazing titles from Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. and The Witcher on the go.

Price: R3999

Google Home Mini

We live in a much more connected world than just a decade ago. Things are either going to get significantly better or we’re on the cusp of robotic uprising. Until then, though, there’s Google Home Mini. The device, which is available from most retailers, essentially connects your home to your smartphone and other smart devices. A ton of the features readily available on Google Assistant on your phone is included here, from getting live translations to asking Google to play the latest Mariah Carey Christmas track (jokes, there’s the one memorable one and you’re singing it right now). The applications for the device are near endless, making it a great gift idea for the tech fundi in your life.

Price: R899

Oculus Go

VR splits audiences down the middle. While some feel it’s the future, there are others who prefer their digital media a little more basic. Oculus Go is an all-in-one VR experience that requires no additional hardware. In addition to in-house and independent content, there’s a whole world of apps and games from entertainment brands including Disney, National Geographic, Angry Birds, The Walking Dead and the NBA. Additional features also include being able to experience Disneyland rides in virtual reality along with being able to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Price: From R5499

Amazon FireTV Stick

Not everyone has access to smart TVs, however, these days you’re able to turn your regular ol’ HD TV into one with the help of some additional hardware. One of the more popular options out there is the Amazon FireTV stick. Flying a bit under the radar here in South Africa, the FireTV stick simply plugs in to your HDMI port where it can fire out 1080p pictures from a host of streaming services including its own Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube. There’s no DStv Now or ShowMax compatibility at present, but the stick is equipped with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant which allows you to get virtual assistance in finding content across apps with the microphone built into the remote. Really nifty and good value for money.

Price: R999

SkullCandy Ink’d+ Earphones

SkullCandy has a great reputation in the audio industry and with good reason. One of the more popular earphones from their growing range is the Ink’d+ collection, and it’s popular because they come at a great price for good audio quality. While sound isolation and noise cancellation isn’t available, the design of the earphones assists with blocking out most background noise, resulting in a detailed sound experience.

SkullCandy Ink'd+ is available at weFix outlets in a range of colours for R299.

JAM Audio Speakers

Despite the pouring rain, freezing temperatures and even random tornadoes in some corners of the country, summer is here. What best way to share your tunes on the go than with the JAM Audio range of speakers. The Hang Tight and Double Chill variants, both available in all weFix outlets, offer 12 hours of playback, have a dynamic 30m range and are IP67 rated - perfect for the beach! Not available from most competitors in its price range, is the speakerphone and hands-free function, which is a great value proposition when looking at Bluetooth speakers as a gifting option. The Double Chill variant ups the ante, where it can be paired with a second speaker to create a stereo sound system. 

Price: R499 (Hang Tight) and R599 (Double Chill)

There is no denying that the more popular festive gifts are more often than not the coolest and handiest tech gadgets, and there is so much to choose from - making Christmas shopping for the pickiest people a bit of a nightmare. Our advice is to understand what your recipient may need and how it may make their lives a little bit more comfortable. Chances are, you'll be shopping for tech. ☺️