Guide to last minute tech Christmas gifts, from phones to headphones

Guide to last minute tech Christmas gifts, from phones to headphones

Christmas is less and less and it's time for gifts. The latest data released by the main research agencies show an increasingly growing technological sector. The trend, to be honest, has already started for a few years and is expected to be confirmed also in this 2019, even in the absence of great innovations.
It was the year of wearables, with the AirPods that made it the master for wireless headphones, and smartwatches: other brands have also been added to the King Apple Watch. It is the effect of the saturation of the smartphone market, which has seen the domineering entry of Chinese brands such as Xiaomi.
For the undecided, we have prepared this guide to Christmas gifts that allows you not only to get some ideas, but also to save money, since many of the products on this list are currently on offer.

Gift ideas: smartphone

They couldn't not start from smartphones. As we said above, the year that is about to end has seen Chinese brands as protagonists, with Xiaomi which has become increasingly popular also in our country. And if we have to mention a smartphone that has made the fortunes of the Asian company, we can't ignore the Redmi Note 7, which on Amazon is available at a price of 166 Euros with free delivery in one day, sold by a third party dealer but always sent by Amazon.
If instead you have chosen to give a top of the range, on Amazon we find the offer on the Huawei P30 with transparent silicone cover, in the 128GB configuration of internal memory and 6 gigabytes of RAM. The device, which benefits from all the advantages of the Prime (it is sold and shipped directly from Amazon), is available on offer at 499 Euros, 100 Euros less than the previous price. It is clear that in this case the approach is different, not only for the price but also for the direct value of the smartphone: P30, although we are now close to the presentation of the P40, still remains a top of the range.

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium also drops in price, the smartphone of the Japanese company with a 5.5-inch 4K HDR screen, 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of memory, with water resistance and 19 megapixel camera. Amazon offers it at 279 Euros, compared to the previous 383 Euros.
In the same price range we also find the Motorola One Vision, with 128 gigabytes of internal memory, 48 megapixel rear camera, Android 9 Pie as operating system and 6.3-inch CinemaVIsion FHD + display, complete with Dual SIM support. The smartphone, sold and shipped by Amazon, is available at 249.90 Euros, with delivery in 24 hours throughout Italy.
We could not help but close our excursus on smartphones with iPhone 11. The latest top of the range smartphone from the Cupertino company, in the "smooth" version with dual cameras and 64 gigabytes of internal memory, is discounted at 759 Euros, a price that allows you to save about 80 Euros compared to the list price.

Gift ideas: smartwatch and smartband

Instead, the discussion for smartwatch and smartband. As we said before, it was the markets with the largest growth, and in which producers have indulged themselves.
On Amazon there is really something for everyone, but let's start with the King: Apple Watch Series 5 in the GPS only version (without Cellular support) and 44mm aluminum case is offered at 479 Euros, 10 Euros less than the list price. Up Apple Watch Series 4 instead the offers are more substantial and you can save up to 200 Euros, even by purchasing the more expensive versions.
If instead you intend to point to a smartwatch based on Android Wear, the best buy is definitely Huawei Watch GT2, which can be purchased for 189.90 Euros, also sold and shipped by Amazon with guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
In the year that is about to end, more and more users have chosen Amazfit, and in this regard Amazfit GTS can be taken home for 150 Euros.
Among the smart bands, however, the best-selling was Xiaomi Band 4, the new version of the fitness bracelet with OLED color display and heart rate monitor, which is available at 31.85 Euros, a low cost but certainly valuable Christmas gift.

Gift ideas: TV and soundbar

Amazon's offers on TVs and soundbars are very wide and, as done last year, Jeff Bezos' shop has divided the promotions by brands, in order to also take advantage of the loyalty of users to certain manufacturers.
In this regard, we point out the many offers on Samsung TVs and soundbars, which allow you to do very interesting business. On the QE75Q60RATXZT with 75-inch QLED screen savings of 1300 Euros are guaranteed, for example.
Also Sony is part of the Amazon Christmas offers, with four TVs in discount: it starts with the 43-inch KD-43XG7005 which can be purchased for 479 Euro, to reach the 1,486.60 Euro of the 75-inch 4K Ultra HD KD75XG8096 model with support HDR.
There is also a rich section with Sharp's offers, which include both smart TVs from the AQUOS range and 2.1 soundbars, while for LG we point out the package including the 55-inch OLED55B9PLA TV and soundbar at 1,349 euros.

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For those interested in Hisense TVInstead, Amazon offers offers on the 43-inch H43BE7000, which goes to 289 Euros, and on the 32-inch model at 159 Euros.

Gift ideas: Bluetooth headphones and earphones

As we said above, 2019 was the year of wireless headphones and earphones. All thanks to the AirPods, which this year have been renewed with two models: the classic one and the Pro ones, available for a few weeks.
AirPods Pro are practically unavailable in the Apple Store and through the official channels, and to date only Amazon guarantees delivery by Christmas or at least before New Year. To the shorter arrival times compared to the Apple Stores there is also an additional discount: Amazon allows you to take them home at 240 Euros, for a saving of 39 Euros compared to the list price.
On the online retailer, however, the price fluctuates, and the one indicated in this article may not always be present. on AirPods 2 with Lightning charging case instead delivery is 100% guaranteed before Christmas at 143.99 Euros, compared to Apple's 179 euros.

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Pending the presentation of the next model, the Sony WH-1000XM3 from Sony, which are radically different compared to AirPods both in terms of design and operation (these are in-ear wireless headphones), are available at a discounted price at 273.98 Euros.
If instead you intend to opt for a low-cost gift to an audiophile friend, a good offer is the one on Aukey headphones, which can be purchased for 33.99 Euros. Alternatively, the Xiaomi Mi Airdots TWS they are on offer at 24.45 Euros with Express shipping and delivery in 3 days.

Gift ideas: gadgets and home automation

Under the tree some must not be missing demotica accessory: recent studies show that smart speakers and smart accessories are increasingly present in Italian homes, and it is no coincidence that Amazon is proposing many offers.
The must to give to a passionate person, without spending a lot, is theThird generation Echo Dot, which Amazon discounts at 24.99 euros, compared to 59.99 euros in the list.
Alternatively, a good idea is also to be found in Fire TV Stick. The "standard" model with Alexa voice remote costs 39.99 Euros, while the variant with 4K Ultra HD support remains at 59.99 euros.
Amazon however is also proposing offers on other Echo: Echo Show 5 is discounted to 59.99 euros, Echo Flex at 19.99 euros, Second generation Echo Plus with Philips Hue at 109.99 Euros ed Echo Show at 199.99 Euros.


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