From headphones to speakers, shop accordingly for yourself (and anyone else on your list)
Gifting the person in your life that seemingly has everything is already enough of a challenge, right? But what about the guy with a deep passion for music and crystal-clear, crisp audio and gadgets of all shades and sorts? Perhaps you fit that description yourself. Be that as it may, the best electronics and gadgets – from a stylish smartwatch to handsome home speakers – are a standout gift choice for the holiday season. Select properly, and you just might get to reap the benefits of that sleek speaker yourself, for instance. Here are our favorite electronics gifts this season.
Marshall amplifiers are legendary in their prowess and power – witness the stacks of Marshall amps onstage behind AC/DC for decades, to name but one example. The Acton III is a power pack of sound in a compact, seriously stylish package. It’s impressive in its depth, its nuance and its rich, room-filling sound, and it’ll look positively great perched next to your bar cart. Bottoms up and crank it to 11.
Speaking of home audio, this impressive, beastly speaker offers a dash of durability and expertly crafted sound. It’s a party-ready package that’ll impress casual listeners and devout audiophiles in equal measure, and it’s also made with IP65-rated electronics coating.
You could certainly say that Montblanc’s legendary fountain pens are the sort of pen you reach for on special occasions only – cutting a big deal, signing a major check, adding your John Hancock to an important contract. But what about your go-to pair of headphones? Yes, the legendary company now is in the audio game, with distinctive, cutting-edge technology to go along with sleek style.
Sure, your phone likely has a sleek camera. And perhaps you know someone who’s well-equipped with a proper camera set-up of their own. But what’s old is new again, and sometimes, it’s not that advantageous to lug around multiple lenses. For that retro look and feel, and for plenty of style points plus instant photo processing, this Lomography camera is something of a hidden gem. Holiday memories have never been cooler or more stylish to capture.
A phone charger is just that, right? A phone charger. Plain and simple. But think again, and hear us out on this one: Every gadget within your reach should (hopefully) be of the utmost quality – you’re not willing to settle for a subpar cigar or dram of whisky, right? This phone charger does precisely what it’s supposed to do, all in a sleek package. Charging your phone has never been more efficient or sleek, and that’s a gift worth giving (or buying for yourself) this season.
Smartwatches sometimes tend to get a bit of a bad rep – it’s sometimes difficult to combine utility and style in one distinct package, but if that sounds like what your wrist game needs, then Samsung is shaking things up. The Galaxy Watch 6 has more in common with typical wristwatches than other competitors on the market, so it makes a mighty fine upgrade with lots of built-in technical features.
Every room in your home deserves crystal-clear audio and top-notch sound, does it not? If you feel that way, or if you know someone who prizes the best sound on the market, Tivoli Audio certainly has something for you. This handsome speaker is elegant, carefully crafted and pleasingly retro, yet with all the listening perks of 21st-century audio. From Wilco to The National to Alvvays and Future Islands, your favorite tunes have never sounded better.
About the author:Beau Hayhoe is a men's style and lifestyle writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He covers everything from menswear to watches, spirits and music. His work has appeared online at Esquire, Maxim, AskMen, Men's Journal, Gear Patrol, InsideHook and more. He's a devoted fan of Red Wing boots, Filson flannel shirts, Buck Mason jeans and a great dram of The Macallan.