The top 10 gifts for the techie in your life

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Where did 2021 go? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating and toasting to the New Year. But, here we are again… about to enter the whirlwind of socially-distanced social gatherings and gift giving. While many claim that it’s ‘the thought that counts’ we know that it’s really the gift that counts. Which is why we have put together the gift guides to rule all gift guides. Keep scrolling if you’re looking for the perfect gift to give yourself (or your favourite techie).


Our sources tell us that 2022 is going to be the year of the ‘come-back’ where we get active and live our best lives!

The MiWatch is the perfect lifestyle and sportswear companion. The all-day Always-On Display feature can display time, even in direct sunlight. 

With a myriad of features including a battery life that can last up to 50-hours in outdoor sports mode and a blood oxygen testing functionality to keep tabs on your health status any time! 

The built-in 12nm process high-end Airoha GPS chip supports synchronous positioning by the four major positioning systems: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BDS so you can run through your neighbourhood, follow your favourite trails or discover new ones on your bold journey to a more active lifestyle. 

So treat your favourite tech-geek to a top of the range (and feather light) smart-watch that will not only measure steps, monitor heart rate, log a variety of workouts AND tell you the time when you need it. 

Mi Vacuum cleaner mini 

If you thought that a vacuum cleaner isn’t a sexy festive gift, then you haven’t set your peepers on our Mi Vacuum cleaner mini. It’s slimmer than a thermos flask, with a diameter of 55mm. 

But please don’t think this little cleaner isn’t up to the challenge of keeping our organised chaos clean, when the battery is fully charged this little beauty reaches 13,000 Pa in high gear and 7,760 Pa in low gear. 

The Mi Vacuum cleaner mini also has a filtering efficiency that reaches 99.987% as well as a battery life that lasts 30 mins on low power and 9 mins on full. Perfect for cleaning crumbs out of your keyboard or giving your car a quick internal spruce before picking up your favourite relative.

Redmi Note 10 Pro 

The festive season brings with it a plethora of picture perfect moments that absolutely must be captured! The Redmi Note 10 Pro retails on our site for R5,499.00 and comes with all the latest bells, whistles and an absolutely epic 108MP camera that would make any aspiring influencer drool. 

The Redmi Note 10 Pro does NOT compromise durability when it comes to its flagship level design and is the perfect balance of beauty and quality – designed with the user in mind. 

Its new Arc side fingerprint sensor now sits flush with the device, seamlessly integrated for a more comfortable in-hand feel without compromising ease of use. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is as elegant as it is durable, with its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, protecting from everyday scuffs and scratches. 

Perfectly paired with the NEW Mi Portable Photo Printer so that they can print out each memorable moment as and when it happens. (The oldies at xmas lunch will love an actual copy)

Mi Portable Photo Printer (and refill paper

The pocket sized printer is quite literally the perfect gift to give this festive season. Not only is it lightweight and portable (well duh) but it’s easy to connect to *any* mobile device via Bluetooth and it can be paired with up to three devices. Which makes this perfect for parties, pool days and (school) performances. 

The Mi Portable Photo Printer prints to sticky backed photo paper and can print up to 20 prints on a single charge! 

While we have your attention, it’s definitely an idea to include a stack of refill paper with your purchase, or else it’ll be December 1996 all over again when you got that new remote control car, but (gasp, shock and horror) batteries were not included and shops weren’t open! 

Mi Smart Home Hub 

While we’re all living in 2021, we promise you that your super rad, amazingly cool and incredibly chic neighbour has been living in the year 3021 and has been turning their house into a smart home. 

The Mi Smart Home Hub is a smart home control center that can connect with Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Mesh smart devices. Your tech obsessed bestie or significant other will absolutely love and adore you and will probably write a stellar product review on this one! 

But if they’re taking the first tentative steps in the smart direction and the thought of food gets them more excited than a streamlined hub, look no further than the Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L. 

Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L 

It’s not just an Air Fryer… It’s also a yoghurt maker, a dehydrator, a microwave oven and an electric oven. 

The Mi Smart Air Fryer includes eight preset modes and a 360-degree hot air circulation which allows for cooking food with less oil and fat. And for the busy person it supports up to 24 hour scheduled cooking! Simply pop your food in the Air Fryer in advance and come home to a hot delicious meal waiting for you. 

This little beauty has revolutionised life, it makes adulting a dream and will make you and your kitchen a gourmet chef’s paradise. It saves on counter space and will definitely be kind to your electricity bill – a scrumptious cake in half the time – YES PLEASE! 

Mi TV Stick 

We all love unwinding in front of the TV after a long day of staring at a laptop screen, why not take your viewing pleasure to the next level with the Mi TV stick? This little baby has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. You can catch all your favourite shows from DStv on the DStv App (downloadable from the play store) and stream all the binge-worthy shows from Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

It’s powered by Android TV 9.0 for superior functionality. It’s also a smart system, smart way to watch, has Chromecast built-in and you can quickly cast photos, videos, music and all your favourite content from any device right to your TV.

The Mi TV Stick is a powerful entertainment tool that will revolutionise the way you enjoy TV. 

Mi TV Box 

With the future of television looking digital (we’re looking at you local broadcasting company that wants us to pay double for Netflix) a Mi TV Box is the perfect gift for the binge watching techies in your life! 

This little device will turn any old TV or even PC monitor into a smart TV. The Mi TV Box runs on the latest Android TV 8.1 is easy to use, supports voice controls and your favorite apps such as Netflix, DSTV Now, VUDU, YouTube, SlingTV and more! Experience stunning 4K HDR visuals and DOLBY DTS for an immersive experience.

Mi Smart Speaker 

If your household enjoys a Mi TV Box, you had better be sure it will LOVE a Mi Smart Speaker. Enjoy clear, richly detailed sound that fills the room at any volume. It also supports DTS Customized Sound. If your favourite techie is a movie buff as well, all you’ll need to do in order to get surround sound is to pair two speakers together in the same room for stereo separation and a more detailed sound. 

The Mi Smart Speaker will take your auditory enjoyment to the next level! 

Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K pro 

For many a tech-whiz a smart home is not a smart home without a state of the art home security system. Make their festive dreams come true with the Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K pro. 

The camera’s connect via bluetooth and wifi and play without a lag. The 940-nm infrared light with no visible red glow leaves you and your family to sleep undisturbed; features a high-sensitivity image sensor, and displays colour video in low-light. 

When you don’t want camera monitoring enabled, you can enable the physical shield via the Mi Home app. Once enabled, the camera lens will automatically rotate downwards inside of the case to protect your privacy.

Supports 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi connections, reduces signal interference, improves transmission speed, and provides a more stable connection with no lag.

The Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro features a built-in Bluetooth gateway. Connect Bluetooth devices to view device data via the Mi Home app. Access settings to link your device with other Xiaomi smart devices.

Wouldn’t it be great if this was one of Oprah Winfrey’s epic Christmas shows where we could randomly shout, ‘You’re getting one of everything, and YOU’RE getting one of everything! Everyone’s getting one of everything!!’ 

And while we can’t, you certainly can buy one of everything with a simple click or two of the mouse (or trackpad) and make the festive season of 2021, one remember! 

Let’s face it, any present under the tree that isn’t a Xiaomi product might as well be a lump of coal. 

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