The holidays are upon us again, and after checking out this year’s games and other accessories, it’s time for our annual roundup of Christmas gift guide ideas for the tech lovers in your life this season. From powerful new GPUs and laptops to advanced peripherals and the most exciting devices we have tested this year, we’ve got you covered with the cream of the crop for tech Christmas gifts.
Tech gift-loving PC gamers will drool over AMD’s new well-positioned GPU, delivering next-gen performance for high-framerate gaming at a much more competitive price. For those seeking a slick new notebook, options like the LG GRAM 15.6” SuperSlim Laptop aim to impress with its potent specs and premium chassis. And no desktop is complete without a cutting-edge gaming rig stacked with a fantastic SSD delivering your favourite games in record time.
Beyond the core components, we highlight the coolest accessories like the Logitech MX Master 3S mouse, ROCCAT’s eye-catching Vulcan II Max keyboard and the ultra-comfortable SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 wireless headset.
So plug in, power on and dive into our Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Tech Lovers 2023! Find the perfect present for the gamer, tech lover or streamer in your life.
Audio Tech Christmas Gift Selections
Corsair Virtuoso Pro
The Corsair Virtuoso Pro is a high-end open-back gaming headset that delivers an immersive audio experience and is a perfect option for anyone looking for a tech gift this holiday season. Its open-back design provides a wide soundstage with excellent imaging, allowing you to pinpoint sounds in your game environment precisely. The 50mm graphene drivers produce bright, detailed highs and present mids and lows that complement games and music nicely.
The lightweight aluminum and steel construction is durable yet comfortable for long gaming sessions. Other handy features include a detachable microphone for a streamlined look and swappable cables for use with different devices. For discerning gamers and audiophiles seeking an open-back design that delivers crisp, expansive audio, the Virtuoso Pro is a superb choice.
Steelseries Arctis Nova 7 Headphones
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 delivers quality wireless sound and versatility for console gaming. It connects via a USB-C dongle for lag-free 2.4GHz wireless on PS5, Switch, Xbox and more. Bluetooth support lets you pair a mobile device simultaneously, which is great for listening to music or podcasts while gaming.
The retractable microphone provides clear voice chat. Audio quality is bass-rich out of the box, which helps emphasize sound effects in games. The companion app unlocks customizable EQ presets and surround sound. Comfort is excellent thanks to the suspension headband and ample ear padding. For a feature-packed wireless headset with quality sound and comfort, the Arctis Nova 7 is an excellent Christmas gift for tech lovers.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Headphones
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Headphones Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are a competitively priced pair of high-quality headphones that are perfect for users on the go. Audio-Technica has been a known name in audio since the 1960s, and there is something to be said for six decades of experience. The company boasts that the ATH-M50xBT2 “delivers accurate audio and deep bass response, making the portable closed-back headphones perfect for long sessions in the recording studio and on the go,” and we couldn’t agree more.
These headphones have stood as a top seller for the audio brand since 2014, with regular updates being made. Most recently, the ATH-M50xBT2 was released in new colourways, including Ice Blue, Metallic Orange and Deep Sea, allowing for a dash of individuality in these studio-quality headphones.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, Black
- Wireless, on-the-go design delivers the same critically acclaimed sonic performance as the original ATH-M50x professional studio headphones. Compatible Bluetooth Profiles-A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP.Specific uses for product : Studio,Professional,Movies and Gaming
- Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers and dedicated amplifier deliver exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
Smartphone Christmas Gift Selections
The smartphone world continues to innovate, giving us exciting new tech gift options for the mobile user in our lives. Any of the selections below would be great gifts and a nice upgrade for anyone looking for a new phone. If you want to mix it up, you can even invest in a nice case to bring a complete package ready for Christmas morning under the tree. With so many great options, choosing the perfect phone gift is a joy.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Xiaomi 13T Pro
Google Pixel 8
Tablet Christmas Gift Selections
Tablets remain one of the most versatile tech gifts out there. Whether for work, play, or a little of both, a good tablet opens up a world of possibilities. This year, Apple’s latest iPad Pro packs exceptional power and display quality into a portable yet productivity-focused package. The OnePlus Pad hits that sweet spot for Android lovers between price and premium build. And Xiaomi’s latest Pad 6 can’t be beat in terms of bang for your buck. Any of these tablets let creativity and convenience shine through apps, games, video chats, ebooks, and more, making them a foolproof gift for almost anyone on your list.
Apple iPad Pro
iPad Pro3 11in 128GB Gray WiFi
- Apple M1 chip for next-level performance – Go further with all-day battery life
- Stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color
Xiaomi Pad 6
PC Tech Christmas Gift Selections
AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT GPU
Having a Christmas gift list for tech lovers without including the new AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT would be difficult, especially with how it delivers performance and value for those looking for a new GPU. The card is an exciting new addition to AMD’s RDNA 3 lineup that looks primed to go toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s RTX 4060 Ti and 4070 cards. I’m digging the sleek, premium design on the reference model — the dark shroud with subtle red accents looks fantastic without going overboard on the RGB light. Specs-wise, the 96 compute units and 12GB of memory should provide plenty of graphical horsepower for 1440p and 4K gaming.
In testing, the 7800 XT traded blows with the RTX 4070 in traditional rasterization workloads while falling behind in ray tracing performance. But the value proposition becomes quite tempting when you consider the $499 price point, which massively undercuts the RTX 4070. Content creators should also take note of the media capabilities enabled by AMD’s Adrenalin software and Media Engine, and the 7800 XT can easily handle video editing, streaming, and recording tasks.
For the gamer or creative pro looking for strong 1440p performance without breaking the bank, the Radeon 7800 XT shapes up as a mighty fine offering from Team Red. The ray tracing gap remains a concern, but with the price-to-performance ratio AMD is offering here, this GPU earns a solid recommendation in my book.
WD Black SN770 SSD
The WD Black SN770 SSD offers fast performance at an affordable price. Using the PCIe 4.0 interface to achieve sequential read speeds of up to 5150MB/s, the WD Black SN770 SSD manages some fantastic benchmarks considering the price. While write speeds slow after the SLC cache fills, performance remains responsive for most real-world use cases.
The SN770 uses host memory buffering instead of DRAM, which helps to keep costs down. But thanks to the powerful Phison E18 controller, it still offers low queue depth performance on par with more expensive options. Gamers and content creators will benefit from faster game and project load times compared to SATA or PCIe 3.0 drives. As long as you don’t need sustained performance for extremely large file transfers, the SN770 offers excellent value for money. The WD Black SN770 SSD would make a great Christmas gift for handheld gamers this year.
Logitech MX Master 3S
The Logitech MX Master series has long been the gold standard for premium productivity mice and is an easy inclusion on this year’s tech gift list. The latest MX Master 3S continues the beloved mouse range tradition with its sculpted ergonomic shape and smooth performance. At first glance, it looks nearly identical to its predecessor, but Logitech has made some meaningful upgrades like quieter buttons and a higher resolution sensor.
While the reduced click noise is great for shared workspaces, it comes with slightly mushier buttons compared to the tactile feel of the MX Master 3. But the buttons remain responsive for daily use. The boosted 8000 DPI sensor provides flexibility for high-resolution monitors, though I didn’t notice a huge difference coming from 4000 DPI. If you’re new to the series or need a quieter mouse, the Master 3S is an easy recommendation as one of the most comfortable and capable wireless mice available. It retains everything that made the MX Master line the gold standard for productivity.
Seagate Lightsaber FireCuda SSD
The Seagate Lightsaber FireCuda SSD brilliantly combines storage performance with collectible Star Wars flair. Beneath the flashy exterior lies a capable PCIe 4.0 SSD, providing good sustained speeds perfect for gaming or creative workloads. But the real draw is the stunning ARGB lightsaber heatsink with changeable faceplates to depict heroic characters from the films. The illuminated heatsink can sync with other RGB components for a unified lighting scheme.
This drive is the ultimate collectible centrepiece for Star Wars fans to show off in a high-end desktop build. Just be prepared to pay a premium over standard SSDs, with limited availability adding exclusivity. If you want both speedy storage and a one-of-a-kind showstopper for your PC, the Seagate Lightsaber FireCuda SSD delivers the best of both worlds.
ROCCAT Vulcan II Max Keyboard
The ROCCAT Vulcan II Max is a spectacle to behold and sits as one of the most beautiful gaming and well-featured keyboards around, and the perfect addition to any gaming rig, making it a great Christmas gift for the tech lover in your life. Its white keycaps and aluminum top plate gleam against any desk, showcasing vibrant per-key RGB lighting. The translucent wrist rest continues the stunning aesthetic. But this isn’t just eye candy; the Vulcan II Max also delivers responsive performance thanks to ROCCAT’s speedy TITAN II optical switches.
The linear switches feel fast and smooth for both gaming and typing. Dedicated media controls, macro recording and Easy Shift for reassigning keys add to the versatility. At $229, the ROCCAT Vulcan II Max commands a premium price. And its smooth keycaps aren’t ideal for fast-paced competitive gaming. But the Vulcan II Max is an outstanding choice if you want a keyboard that brilliantly blends aesthetics, quality construction, and customization.
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Keyboard
The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro modernizes the classic DeathStalker line with a slim, refined design. It ditches the original’s laptop-like membrane switches for low-profile optical-mechanical switches, available in smooth linear or tactile clicky variants. The linear optical switches on my review unit feel extremely fast and responsive thanks to their short 1.2mm actuation point, perfect for competitive gaming.
Despite the slim chassis, the aircraft-grade aluminum alloy construction feels reassuringly sturdy. Battery life is excellent at up to 40 hours, beating many wireless rivals and making for a great Christmas gift. If you want a wireless keyboard with a sturdy build, snappy optical switches, and slick modern styling, the DeathStalker V2 Pro delivers a premium experience.
LG GRAM 15.6” SuperSlim Laptop
The LG Gram 15.6” SuperSlim laptop lives up to its name, delivering an incredibly lightweight and portable experience. Weighing just 2.2 lbs, this is the lightest 15.6” laptop we’ve tested, yet it doesn’t feel flimsy or delicate thanks to its durable construction. The minimalist aesthetic looks sleek with clean lines and subtle branding.
The Gram handles office work and web browsing with ease. The vibrant 15.6” OLED display is gorgeous, with deep blacks and vivid colours. At $2000, the LG Gram commands a premium price, and graphics performance can’t match high-end gaming laptops. But if you want a super lightweight 15.6” laptop with long battery life and a stunning display for productivity on the go, the Gram SuperSlim is a top Christmas gift for tech lovers.