The SHARP List: Our 2021 Gift Guide for Tech Enthusiasts

A good tech-centric gift for the one(s) you love is almost always a good idea, and a good tech gift is one that shrugs off the oft prevalent cycle of planned obsolescence. The best digital gadgetry promises to stay useful throughout the century — or at least until the robot apocalypse hits. Whether for watching, photographing, gaming, or for keeping in touch with loved ones, tech is an inescapable part of our day-to-day existence, and something that any of our connected beloved will enjoy. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the web for this year’s best tech gifts, and compiled them for your reading pleasure.

Odyssey Neo G9 Monitor by Samsung

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Part of the appeal of video games is their ability to transport you to another world — often someplace far more futuristic than wherever you call home. Then again, if you’re sitting behind this 49″ curved mini-LED monitor, you’re already living in a sci-fi paradise. Still, the 240 hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time keep your video games looking cutting-edge, too. ($2,500)

GR IIIx Camera by Ricoh

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There’s something about shooting on a proper camera rather than your phone that brings out ones inner artist. Regardless of whether or not you’re a hardcore photography buff, the compact yet high quality feel of the GR IIIx will have you roaming country trails and city streets, constantly chasing that “perfect shot”. It’s been our favourite on-the-go camera for a while now, and it has now been upgraded with an even better lens. ($1,250)

Nintendo Switch – OLED Model Console

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Know a casual gamer who would benefit from a more comprehensive console rather than just burning phone batteries? Enter the Nintendo Switch. The flexible and (at times) family-friendly portable console fills the gap between the smartphone gaming world and the complete console/gaming computer approach, in a package that’s as easy to use at home as it is to take on the road. In its latest guise, the Nintendo Switch can, well, switch, between TV mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode. It’s hands-down the most versatile model yet. Metroid Dread arrives alongside a deluxe new Switch model with a bigger, brighter screen. ($450)

CATCH:3 Wireless Charging Tray by Courant

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If you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s less of a tech nerd but who loves practicality, this is the option you’re looking for. At first glance it’s a simple utility tray to keep around the house so you don’t lose your phone, wallet, or keys. Underneath its posh exterior lives a wireless charging unit, meaning your phone will always be ready to go when you are. Leave it to fine pebble-grain leather to give high-tech gear a high-style makeover. ($245)

G733 Lightspeed Wireless Headset by LOGITECH G

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Back to the gaming squad for a moment, a good headset is key for those big gaming sessions. High speed connectivity, surround sound, and even voice filtering options are all part of the package here, not to mention dynamic front-facing dynamic lighting for those streaming their games on Twitch. Catch up with long-distance friends as you attempt to annihilate them in Halo Infinite. ($185)

C1 4K Webcam by Opal

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Last but not least, this is the prime gift for anyone who has been spending their last year on Zoom. No one wants to share that awkward up-the-nose camera angle. This Opal C1 4k webcam will give the gift of professionalism before your loved one runs their next virtual boardroom chat — complete with built-in colour balance, light adjustment, and pro-level audio. ($300 USD)