As Christmas descends upon us rapidly, there’s no time like the present to start looking for that perfect gift for your family, friends and loved ones. For those that are into their tech gadgets, to help with some ideas we’ve been trawling through the latest technology product and gadget releases.

Our MD Steve, client services director Ryan and BDM Rich have shared what we think are top tech gifts. Along with this, it’s also worth thinking about how you protect your business and your family and friends during this time, so as well as our two top gifts, we have one top tip for heading into the new year.



Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy

For those that know me well, you’ll know I’m a bit of a coffee snob. I’m also into my smart technology and have it running throughout my home, so when I found out there’s a coffee machine to throw into the mix that allows you to make a coffee just using your voice…..  where do I sign up?



Eight Sleep Pro Pod Cover

With lots of time for relaxing over the festive period, this product transforms your mattress into a smart one. The cover boasts tech that can cool and heat reacting to room temperature and humidity.  And not only that, but all the data that comes from the cover is viewable on an app.


Tip – Phishing simulator training

Unfortunately, at this time of year, we may find ourselves more susceptible to phishing attacks from unscrupulous scammers and hackers.  Becoming the human firewall or first line of defence can be key to safeguarding and protecting ourselves from such attacks. To help, we are more than happy to talk to you as we can provide a programme that organisations can use to send realistic phishing attacks to employees to gauge their awareness and then help train them on what to do if they receive any.  This is something we have been using internally at Highlander to great effect.



Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer Smart Sunglasses

Far too cool for me, so maybe one for my 81-year-old dad, as the trend for ‘wearable tech’ grows.

These ‘smart’ sunglasses mean he’ll be able listen to some Rockabilly tunes, take photos and videos of his trips to the quiz club, and then share those snaps straight to Facebook!  Not cheap at around £300 – it’ll have to be a joint present this one.



The memory isn’t what it used to be, and life seems to be faster, rather than slower, since those lockdown days. For me this year it’s been two wallets and one set of keys that have gone off the radar. If only I’d had my Air Tag with them! I need a couple more, so these can go on the list and replace the Lynx and the TK Maxx ‘bargain socks’ that the kids lovingly buy me.


Can be Apple, can be Android, and relatively cheap. Made the list last year, and will make it again next year, if I remember…


Tip – Updates!

As more tech enters the home at Christmas, it’s worth checking that you, the kids and the old folk are all ‘up to date’.  The last thing most of the phone-crazy youngsters want to do is sit through an update, and I know for certain my dad won’t be keeping an eye on his, but it’s important.  As well as being on top of the phishing, it’s good to ensure the physical device is up to speed and all security patches are in and working.  We do it for our businesses, it’s worth checking at home too.



Coravin Model Three Wine Preservation Opener

If, like me, you love to get the wine open over Christmas, then this is the perfect gift idea. This gadget attaches to your bottle of wine without having to pull the cork, and you can pour as much or as little as you want through a fine needle, leaving the cork in place to keep the wine preserved and fresh.

Bose Quietcomfort 45 Headphones

My house is manic anyway, but the noise levels definitely peak over the Christmas period. If you want to escape the din and cut out the surrounding noise, why not look for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The Bose QC 45 Headphones are some of the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones around and what makes them particularly great is their balance of sound quality and comfort combined with excellent noise cancellation.


Tip – New Year audit

It’s always wise to be one step ahead when it comes to your internal business systems. Heading into the new year, why not review what you have currently, making sure you are on top and ideally where you should be. If not, we can help put a plan in place to get you where you need to be.  Are you getting value for money for your current IT provision?  Have you thought about what’s around the corner with the big switch-off? There are lots of other considerations that Highlander can help with, so please get in touch if you would like an audit.


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