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The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best New Tech Gadgets We Love

luxury gift guide for the best tech gadgets

Do you have a tech junkie in your life who geeks out on all the latest gadgets? If so, and you’re looking for the perfect gift to please them, we’ve got a dozen ideas to help get you started. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated our ultimate luxury gift guide of the best new tech gadgets we love right now.

Do you have a tech junkie in your life who geeks out on all the latest gadgets? They’re the ones who are already on a waiting list for the next brand new shiny toy before it hits the stores. They can spout off release dates of the new Apple products and detail how they’ve changed from last year’s model. This breed is pretty hard to keep up with and admittedly, very intimidating to shop for.

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Or maybe the friends in your circle (or some of your family members) are Luddites, who are still kicking and screaming about entering the digital age. They rail against anything new, but could clearly benefit from a few lifestyle upgrades.

No matter where they might be on this spectrum, we’ve combed through the latest new consumer tech and electronics offerings. We’ve found gadgets that are user-friendly enough for the tech novices, and compelling enough for the tech gurus. We also placed an emphasis on products that can fit seamlessly into their lifestyles and not complicate them (we’re looking at you, Bluetooth coffee mug.)

For you planners out there, some of these suggestions are still in the production stage, so get on the list now to really impress your early adopter friends. Here are our top 10 luxury tech products to buy for any special gift occasions you have coming up.

The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best New Tech Gadgets We Love

1. the best luxury tech gifts and gadgets: Accessories for Tech Equipment

If you don’t want to take a big risk and get something with all the bells and whistles (and lasers), why not buy them these handy new inventions that enhance the gadgets they already have?

Phone Soap

We’re pretty sure that even the most tech averse person has a smart phone these days. And for the brother who always has the newest model in his hands, you might think there’s no phone related gift you could possibly buy that he doesn’t already have. You would be wrong.

Consider this Phone Soap ($99.95), an ingenious 2-in-1 wireless device that will kill 99.99% of bacteria with three germicidal UV-C bulbs. It utilizes Qi wireless technology to charge phones without needing to attach a charging cable. Considering how dirty our phones can be, here’s hoping that these gadgets become as commonplace as anti-bacterial soap!

Winston Online Privacy Device

We concur that this isn’t the sexiest tech product out there. But is it one of the most practical and safe? Yes! And it would be appreciated by folks who claim they distrust the internet and those who live their whole life in cyberspace.

This hardware filter installs between the modem and router to protect users’ data online. It hides geo-location, encrypts their DNS and even scrambles traffic with other Winston users for total peace of mind. The device ($239) is currently in production phase and can be pre-ordered on Indiegogo.

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Designer Luxury Apple AirPods Cases

While you can find knock-off versions of Apple AirPod cases featuring the logos of luxury companies like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Supreme all over the Internet, this year two luxury houses have taken the hint and launched authentic branded versions of these cases. 

Earlier this year, Dior launched the hottest new small leather designer accessory on the market: a black leather Apple AirPod case ($350). The square case also comes in grey, and can be attached to a bag or a belt loop for that casual tech chic look.

Dior leather Apple Airpods case

Not to be outdone, Louis Vuitton’s Apple AirPods Trunk Case Necklace is crafted in a square form to look like an Essential Trunk. Wrapped in the brand’s iconic monogram print leather, the accessory features gold-tone reinforcements, rivets and clasp. Louis Vuitton has yet to release details on the product launch date, but social media has gone wild with excitement about it. So if you have a hypebeast on your gift list, stay close on this one.

2. the best luxury tech gifts and gadgets: Wearable Tech Products

The realm of personal and wearable devices keep getting more user-friendly and design driven, making them a no-brainer for a luxury gift option.

Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses

This is one of our favorites on the list- cool frames with built-in Bose quality speakers ($199) so one doesn’t have to carry around (and try not to lose) sunglasses and headphones? Take our money!

They produce rich, immersive sound for the wearer, while others hear practically nothing. An integrated microphone provides clear calls and access to your phone’s virtual assistant and the sunglasses block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays.

Aina Smart Ring

Smart watches are so 2018. Next up- smart rings! Aina is a premium AI-powered smart ring/remote control that connects to a smartphone and gives the wearer the fastest and easiest way to accomplish everyday tasks without constantly staring into a phone.

Using Behavioral AI, it anticipates their daily routine and programs shortcuts so that with one touch or one swipe on the ring’s surface, an alarm can be snoozed, coffee maker started or lights turned on. This is in a addition to typical smart watch features like fitness and sleep monitoring and phone and voice assistant capabilities. Pre-order for $249.

Gillette Heated Razor

If you’ve exhausted all the shaving gifts and accouterments for the special gentleman in your life, here’s a new award-winning razor to consider. Designed in Germany, the Heated Razor ($200) features adjustable temperature levels to achieve optimal comfort. It activates and delivers instant warmth in less than one second at the push of a button and provides a noticeably more comfortable and luxurious shave.

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3. the best luxury tech gifts and gadgets: Travel Tech Products

Smart Halo 2 Biking

Consider this a GPS/Smart Watch for your bike. It’s an all-in-one connected device with a minimal, non-distracting design that provides simple navigation on a rider’s handlebar. It also includes an anti-theft alarm and powerful front light for safety. And with this bicycle computer, there’s even a built-in activity tracker that monitors cycling metrics like speed, distance, and calories burned. Currently in production for a Spring 2020 launch, pre-order Smart Halo 2 on kickstarter for $129.

Ambassador Translator

 For the jet-setter, this Ambassador translating device (starting at $109) is a game changer. Whether they’re traveling for pleasure or conducting group business meetings, a specially designed over-the-ear headpiece captures speech within 8 feet and translates it into the wearer’s native language with higher accuracy than any other tool on the market in 20 languages and 42 dialects. Fluid translations occur via over-the-ear audio, or text on its accompanying app. And for the first time, translations can also be broadcast live in a conference environment via paired smart phone or speaker system. Pre-order on Indiegogo now in time for its November launch.

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4. the best luxury tech gifts and gadgets: Home Tech Products

Cutting edge tech has the capability to make the most impact in our homes, changing the way we do our everyday chores. So we have time to relax and watch shows on our tricked out high tech televisions! These products will really make your gift recipient feel like they’re living in the future.

FoldiMate

This contraption has been receiving a lot of press attention as a testament to how much we all hate folding clothes. It’s the last piece of the laundry puzzle (though I still maintain that it’s much harder to put it all away.) This machine, which resembles a photo copier of sorts, folds about 25 pieces of laundry in under 5 minutes. Clothing, towels or sheets are clipped into a feeder and emerge in a perfectly folded square pile. FoldiMates will initially be available in limited quantities. So the only way to secure your spot is to join the waitlist. The retail price will be approximately $1,500.

Amazon Smart Oven

Need help cooking? Amazon unveiled the latest Alexa-compatible kitchen countertop appliance in September: the Amazon Smart Oven. This microwave appliance has the capacity to cook a 5-pound chicken. It also offers convection cooking, air fryer and food warming capabilities. Alexa assists by prompting the cook to stir the food and remove it when finished. The most forward thinking feature is the Scan to Cook function, wherein a prepackaged food from Whole Foods is scanned via Alexa or Echo, automatically programming the oven to cook it according to its specifications. Available in November; preorder now for $249.99.

LG Rollable 65-inch OLED TV

With all that time saved from folding laundry and cooking, they’ll have more time to relax and watch some TV (Fleabag bingefest, perhaps?). This one from LG will be a surefire hit with those who have a minimal, modern look in their homes. The television basically appears out of thin air- or more accurately, a sleek, low to the ground base that also acts as a sound and storage unit. When in use, the screen rises out of the base with top-of-the-line picture performance. All the tech publications are eagerly awaiting news of distribution. It will likely be out in South Korea later this year and in the States by 2020.

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The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best New Tech Gadgets We Love

That’s our glimpse into the future of luxury tech gifts. Happy Shopping!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, and kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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