It’s no surprise that tech will top most people’s wish list this year. We’re all plugged in, playing at home, connecting over calls and hoping for better news on the horizon. Digital distractions are a wonderful outlet, whether you’re a wired woman or just looking to discover a new gift idea for your tech-inclined partner or pal, we have a few selections to shop, safely from home of course.
Here’s our Wired Gift Guide for 2020.
Yes, XBOX released two versions of their gaming systems just in time for the holidays, but serious gamers know to upgrade, and the Series X is that evolution. While the S has its merits, it lacks an optical drive, so digital downloads are the only method of gaming. The X boasts slick graphics for gaming, and if you have the 4K TV already, then you’re cranking out some serious pixel play already. Game titles vary, many sports titles like NHL Hockey or 2K21 dominating downloads, but first person shooter style games will prove popular too. Old games, from XBOX One or 360 can also be played on the new Series X. $599.99, plus monthly membership for online access.
All-in one, no PC required makes this portable VR a popular pick. Cast and connect with Facebook friends directly on a compatible TV. Immersive sound and rich graphics make for a very life-like feel. Games include the gamut from fitness to freaky zombie titles. Thrill of the Fight is our current fave. From $629.99.
From NES cartridge era to impressive Switch play, every generation of gear from this Japanese giant is instantly ingrained in our culture. Overstatement? Nah, I still remember cheat codes from my childhood. I’ve been playing Switch non-stop through lockdown-life, connecting with my cousin over a game of Monopoly, or aimlessly walking around my town in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there’s a reason these games are so good, and why the Nintendo Switch has become my family’s go-to console- the games are graphic-rich, easy to plug and play and reliably pull us all together, four gamers of all ages and ability competing over MarioKart has become our favourite pastime. Out now, you can upgrade your Kart with a physical Mario or Luigi, and watch them do laps around your living room. From $129.99 for each physical kart for MarioKart Live Home Circuit.
This three-in-one beast does it all, and in true Dyson spirit, does it incredibly well. The Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool uses Ultraviolet Cleanse technology to purify remove bacteria to an impressive 99.9% in the water, and the activated carbon filter and sealed HEPA filter capture up to 99.97% of particle pollutants. This seamless machine senses the quality of your air and adjusts automatically to ensure the most hygienic environment for your household. Download the Dyson Link app to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles on this innovative product. From $999.99.
While this app isn’t out in stores just yet, the January 4th, 2021 launch for this lifestyle development platform should be on your radar for yourself, or that special someone. The tailored 12-month online program builds a pathway for a more thoughtful and successful existence, pairing you with qualified coaches delivering plans to help you process and progress to a better you. From wellness, fitness, mental health, money, life coaching and nutrition, this app is all about becoming your best version of you. Annual $299 USD, or monthly $29.99 USD.
We have been taking our books in the rain on long, long walks thanks to the Audible app. All your favourite authors are well represented here, and thankfully a strong Canadian presence is part and parcel of the experience. Celebrities reading you bedtime stories is our new way to hygge, and all memberships include easy exchanges in case you’re not loving Malcolm Gladwell’s latest. The app is free to download, and gifting is easy, with one month costing a svelte $14.95.