The SHARP List: Our 2022 Gift Guide for Tech Enthusiasts

There’s no time like the holidays. Spending time with loved ones, making the most of a bit of time off, enjoying comforting home cooking, maybe taking a little trip and, of course, running around trying to figure out which gifts will make people actually smile. With everything else happening during the holidays, it can be daunting to find the perfect gift, especially for the discerning — some might call them picky — people in your life. But don’t worry. These next-gen gifts will be appreciated by tech savants and those who rely on tech savants alike.

Samsung 55” OLED 4K Smart TV

Samsung 55” OLED 4K Smart TV
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Meet Samsung’s latest and greatest 4K Smart TV that uses OLED with Pantone Validation — a certification it received from Pantone in December 2021 — to ensure ultimate colour accuracy. Whether you’re a gamer or cinephile, the new 55-inch display will more than satisfy. What’s more, the TV itself is razor thin, and comes equipped with Dolby Atmos audio for a cinema-level sound experience. ($2,800)

LG Styler Steam Closet

LG Styler Steam Closet
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The LG Styler Steam Closet offers up a wardrobe refresh on a daily basis — without the hassle of ironing or the chemicals of dry cleaning. The sleek, minimal design hides a powerhouse home appliance, capable of sanitizing, steaming, refreshing, and drying everything from backpacks and blankets to bespoke tailoring and delicate cashmere knits. Pants can be pressed and an innovative moving hanger system allows the LG Styler to remove any dust, hair or dirt while steaming garments. Best of all: despite harnessing the power of steam, the LG Styler doesn’t require a plumbing connection — the lucky person getting this gift only has to fill the water bin and plug it in. ($3,399.99)

Google Pixel 7

Google Pixel 7
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Built with a custom Tensor G2 processor by Google itself, the all-new Pixel 7 is one of the fastest and most responsive smartphones on the market, providing an ultra-responsive user experience that makes capturing memories with photos or videos easier than ever on the fly. The adaptive battery, sleek matte aluminum finish, water-resistant exterior, and high-tech built-in security also make it exceptionally safe, durable, and versatile — perfect for anyone who needs their phone to get out there and do some heavy lifting. ($799.99)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is so obviously unlike other phones on the market that it can be easy to mistake it as something of a novelty. But the compact folding form factor is no mere gimmick — this is a best-in-class device with premium features and specifications that runs like a dream. Unfolded, the screen spans nearly 7 inches, with eye-popping colours ideal for streaming video, editing photos, or playing games. Folded up, it’s small enough to slip into your pocket unobtrusively, and has a striking look that really sets it apart from the pack. ($1499)

LG C2 42” 4K OLED evo w/ ThinQ AI

LG C2 42" 4K OLED evo w/ ThinQ AI
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LG’s new C2 42″ 4K OLED TV — equipped with ThinQ AI — is an amazing home entertainment solution. The perfect size for those with space considerations, the television boasts LG’s signature OLED self-lit pixels which enable deep blacks, infinite contrast, and true-to-life colours. Combined with the LG a9 Gen5 AI Processor’s ability to detect and sharpen objects and people, the LG C2 42″ 4K OLED makes even the smallest details unmistakable. Set up profiles for different people in your household, and ThinQ AI will suggest TV shows, movies, sports, and news based on their preferences. With razor-thin bezels — as well as elegant floor and gallery stands — you get all of the picture without the eyesore. ($1,599)

Rega Planar 3 Turntable

Rega Planar 3 Turntable
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Vinyl has been back for so long now that it’s no longer true to say it’s having a moment — it’s simply still here and inarguably here to stay. Real heads know that when it comes to going analog, performance is everything, and as performance goes, it’s hard to beat the Planar 3 from Rega. This is a deluxe turntable for true music fans who want the best possible sonic experience. From its low-vibration motor to its RB330 precision tone arm, it’s the next best thing to hearing music live. ($1345)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

Samsung Galaxy Fold4
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The Galaxy Z Fold4  has a compact form-factor and strikingly original “foldable” design.  Expanding out to generous proportions, the Galaxy Z Fold4 combines the usefulness of a tablet with the convenience of a smartphone. The immersive display maximizes screen real estate for media-forward use — join meetings and take notes on the go, and when you’re done, fold the device for a typical smartphone experience. 

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)

Samsung 65” 2022 Neo QLED 8K Smart TV

Samsung 65” 2022 Neo QLED 8K Smart TV
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If you’re looking to go bigger than the first Samsung Smart TV we suggested, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 65 inches of Neo QLED 8K display, with an edgeless design and Dolby Atomos audio means this unit is as good as it gets. If you’re looking to go even bigger, this model is also offered in 75 and 85-inch configurations. ($6,300)

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)

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)

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro
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Samsung’s latest smartwatch builds on the legacy of previous models and delivers a host of new features. The model boasts new intuitive insights, and advanced features such as sleep coaching, health monitoring — including Blood Pressure and ECG — along with Body Composition measurement and fitness tracking. Of course, the expected notifications and other conveniences are also along for the ride. ($560)

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)

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)