Tech and gadget gift ideas for 2017

Amy Theodore 14 December 2017 NEWS

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Gift the perfect gift for the tech head in your life with our tech and gadget Christmas gift ideas.

For all the tech heads and gadget lovers out there, this is a gift guide for you. If you have someone in your life who can’t get enough of the latest advances in smart technology, hook them up with Google Home, the smart voice-activated speaker that can tell you anything you need to know and can also help you turn your TV on and off, listen to your favourite tracks or start watching your favourite show on Netflix.

For the fitness fanatics, you can’t go past the Fitbit Alta HR Activity Tracker, and for the photography lovers, there’s the Fujifilm Instax 300 Wide Camera. Turn those Christmas carols up on the Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker for streaming music and then capture all the moments from your day with the DJI Spark Drone. For those who love video games, check out PlayStation VR, the PlayStation 4 Pro or the Xbox One X 1TB Console.

Check out our full list of tech and gadget Christmas gift ideas below.

Google Home

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Achieve more with ease thanks to Google Home. Powered by Google Assistant, this smart voice-activated speaker will give you real-time answers to questions, calculations and translations. Whether you want to know the latest news or weather report, need to set an alarm or are simply curious about something, Google Home can tell you. Get prepared for your entire day without opening up your phone with the My Day feature. Simply say "Ok, Google, tell me about my day" and instantly hear what meetings and reminders you have in place for the day ahead.

You can also link Google Home to your Google Chromecast and other compatible devices, letting you easily turn your TV on and off, listen to your favourite tracks or start watching your favourite show on Netflix. Get more done around your home, completely hands-free, with Google Home.

Retailer Price
David Jones $149.00
Play Asia $147.16
Kogan $159.00
The Good Guys $199.00
Harvey Norman $128.00
Officeworks $197.00
Bing Lee $198.00
Mwave.com $199.00
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Buy Google Home from The Good Guys

Control your home with your voice using the powerful Google Home speaker.

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Fitbit Alta HR Activity Tracker

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Reach your fitness goals this new year with the Fitbit Alta HR Tracker. Using PurePluse technology, your Fitbit will help you optimise your workouts, sleep better, keep track of your daily activity, remind you to keep moving and even send you smartphone notifications.

Track your calorie burn and resting heart rate, so you know exactly when to push harder during a workout or when to dial it down, and record it all straight to your Fitbit app on your smartphone. Its slim design fits comfortably on your wrist and will always look sleek and stylish with leather, metal and classic style options.

Retailer Price
Catch.com.au $169.00
Harvey Norman $177.00
Officeworks $179.00
Fitbit $149.95
The Iconic $199.95
JB Hi-Fi $179.00

Fujifilm Instax 300 Wide Camera

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For the friend who just loves to take photos, the Fujifilm Instax 300 Camera will make the perfect gift this Christmas. The wide angle makes it easier than ever to get your group together on Christmas day and snap the ultimate selfie.

The close-up lens can shoot up to 40 cm, and functions like the automatic flash make it simple to capture the perfect picture. You can also use the fill-in flash to enhance your photos further. It’s contemporary design and added features, such as the tripod socket, real image finder and lens ring dial, will impress any photography lover.

Retailer Price
Amazon $159.95
Harvey Norman $174.00
JB Hi-Fi $179.00
Camerahouse $179.00
FUJIFILM Instax Magnet Shadowbox 4 Frame

FUJIFILM Instax Magnet Shadowbox 4 Frame from Myer

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Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music

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The smallest Sonos speaker to date, the PLAY:1 fits perfectly in that small, snug spot on your bookshelf or unobtrusively on your kitchen counter, helping you enjoy your music wherever you are in the house. With a pair of Class-D amplifiers and custom-built drivers, you’ll be surprised at the level of sound this little speaker can produce, and even if you change its living space, the PLAY:1 will analyse its new space and tune itself accordingly, so you’re always hearing nothing but the best sound.

If you want to listen to a little bit of music in the shower or out on the back patio on a hot summer's day, the PLAY:1 can come with you thanks to its humidity resistance. Connecting over Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, when you’re streaming music from your phone, the party will never be interrupted again by another call or message.

Retailer Price
Amazon $228.00
Harvey Norman $228.00
Kogan $249.00
Catch.com.au $252.00
JB Hi-Fi $299.00
Buy Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker

Buy Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker from Amazon US site

This compact wireless speaker is built for streaming, with support for a wide range of music-streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.

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PlayStation 4 Pro

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The PlayStation 4 Pro delivers the fastest, sharpest, most responsive gaming experiences ever seen, with dynamic 4K gaming and entertainment, High Dynamic Range for intensely vibrant colours and double the GPU power of the standard PS4. Your games will explode to life with sharp graphics, stunningly vibrant colours and smoother, more stable performance.

When shopping for games that can take full advantage of the world’s most powerful console, be sure to look for the PS4 Pro Enhanced badge.

Retailer Price
Amazon $469.00
SONY $499.00
Play Asia $642.41
Target $549.00
JB HI Fi $469.00
EB Games $559.00
Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro from DWI (Digital World International)

With updated graphics architecture and support for 4K gaming, the PS4 Pro provides increased detail, higher-resolution graphics, and faster or more stable frame rates than the original PS4.

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PlayStation VR

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The PlayStation VR's custom OLED screen gives you super smooth, 360-degree vision and 3D audio, so you can hear the sounds of your game all around you. The headset is lightweight, so you’ll forget you even have it on, and includes an adjustable headband so it can be comfortable for everyone. You can even project what you’re seeing right on your TV screen, so others can jump in and join you.

A PlayStation 4 Camera is also required to play, which is sold separately.

Retailer Price
Ozgameshop $499.99
Base.com £294.99
Harvey Norman $548.00
Catch.com.au $548.00
Amazon $549.00
SONY $549.95
Play Asia $689.00
JB Hi-Fi $549.00
Big W $549.00
Target $549.00
The Gamesmen $549.00
EB Games $549.95

Apple iPad mini 4 128GB Wi-Fi

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The latest iPad mini makes working, playing or reading on the go simple. With a 7.9-inch Retina display, the device is 6.1 millimetres thin and weighs less than 300 grams, making it easy to hold in one hand.

Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity, iCloud, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and advanced FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, the iPad mini is the perfect working tool. With up to 10 hours of battery life, it also features iOS 9, helping to boost your productivity and creativity, while also making multitasking a breeze.

Retailer Price
Catch.com.au $499.00
Kogan $519.00
Amazon $555.00
The Good Guys $578.00
Harvey Norman $579.00
Apple Store $579.00
Officeworks $549.00
JB Hi-Fi $578.00
Target $579.00

DJI Spark Drone

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Whenever you feel inspired, capture the moment with the DJI Spark Drone. This mini drone holds all of DJI's signature technologies in one portable, easy-to-use device. Fitting easily into the palm of your hand, the powerful, stabilized camera captures stunning photos and videos with multiple easy-to-use shooting modes.

With FaceAware, launch the Spark straight from your hand with facial recognition, and automatically edit and create stunning videos on the DJI GO 4 app that you can share straight to your social media.

Retailer Price
Amazon $732.95
Harvey Norman $648.00
DJI Store $649.00
Bing Lee $629.00
JB Hi-Fi $639.00
Officeworks $648.00
Get the DJI Spark Drone

Get the DJI Spark Drone from Kogan

The powerful flying camera you can take anywhere.

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Xbox One X 1TB Console

With 40% more power than any other console, the Xbox One X gives you a truly immersive 4K gaming experience with its six teraflops of graphical processing power. Xbox One X works with all your Xbox One games and accessories as well as Xbox Live, the most advanced multiplayer network, giving you more ways to play. Blockbuster titles look great, run smoothly and load quickly even on a 1080p screen, and you can maximize your gaming performance with the speed of a 12GB GDDR5.

Enjoy brilliant graphic details with High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut, and enjoy premiere sound that puts you in the centre of the audio experience. Each box comes with an Xbox One X 1TB console, an Xbox Wireless Controller, an HDMI cable (4K capable), an AC power cable, a one-month game pass subscription trial and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial.

Retailer Price
Microsoft Store $649.00
JB Hi-Fi $649.00
EB Games $649.95
The Gamesmen $649.95
Purchase the Xbox One X 1TB Console today

Purchase the Xbox One X 1TB Console today from Microsoft Store

Microsoft's Xbox One X boasts 4K/HDR gaming with 40% more power. The first round of pre-orders sold out in no time so if you're hoping to grab one on launch day, make sure you secure it today.

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GoPro HERO6 Waterproof 4K Video Action Camera

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The action camera you can take with you anytime, anywhere to capture incredible footage of your adventure. The HERO6 features 4K60 and 1080p240 video and delivers two times the performance compared to HERO5. With improved image quality and stabilization, you can capture the best footage whether you’re holding it in your hand or have it mounted to your gear.

Waterproof up to 10 metres deep without housing, the HERO6 also features QuikStories, which sends your footage straight to your phone and transforming it instantly into an awesome, edited video ready to share.

Retailer Price
Catch.com.au $684.00
Harvey Norman $697.00
Amazon $699.00
Kogan $699.00
Mwave.com $698.99
JB HI FI $699.00
Buy GoPro HERO6 Black for $699

Buy GoPro HERO6 Black for $699 from Dick Smith Electronics

$699.00

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