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TNW’s holiday gift guide: Staff picks

Black Friday is almost upon us, and while we hope you’re at home waiting for the sweet deals to come on Cyber Monday, here’s a quick list of what our editorial team loves this holiday season, just in case.

Abhimanyu Ghoshal

Oree’s Board Essential is hands-down one of the most beautiful keyboards ever made. Its rich wood grain and fine craftsmanship add a touch of elegance to any desk, and it pairs nicely with its companion touchpad/numpad combo. Add to that its diminutive size and hassle-free wireless connectivity, and it’s perfect for use at work, in your home office, or around the house with your tablets and TVs.

Credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal

Find the Essential over at Oree’s site for $149, or order it from Amazon for $165 in the US.

If you’re looking to treat the audiophile in your life to something special this year, consider Blue’s Sadie wired headphones. They deliver a full, powerful sound without sacrificing clarity, thanks to an onboard amplifier, and they’re great with everything from pop to R&B to metal.

Credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal

You don’t need to charge it to work, as it gets plenty loud even with the amplifier turned on, but it’s helpful for when you want to turn things up to 11. The Sadie set is also exceedingly comfortable, and is just the thing for folks who like to relax at home with an album or two to wind down.

Find Blue’s Sadie on Amazon US for $400 and on Amazon UK for £385.

Alejandro Tauber

Give yourself a little love and get you a portable beamer. Really. The XGIMI Aurora CC projector we got sent over literally changed my life at home. Not only did it replace the big black rectangle in my living room, freeing up space and getting rid of annoying cables, it also cured me of herpes. Amazing.

It’s still on sale for the reasonable price of $599 on Amazon. Go get it.

This might make you want to yell ‘stick to tech,’ but I bought this cast iron pot, and it’s great for just about everything. I wish I knew what brand it was, but because I’m a cheapskate I bought it in a second hand shop for like 20 euros, so I couldn’t say. All I do know is that it’s really heavy, and that it works for soups, stews, pasta sauces, and basically anything else you’d wish to make that requires a pot.

Here’s one on Amazon for about $25.

Mix

It won’t make you the cool uncle or aunt you want to be, but you should totally consider getting your loved ones a proper VPN… because the best way to show your appreciation for someone is to help them feel more secure.

I personally copped my VPN subscription from Private Internet Access. It’s fast, easy to set up, and also happens to work on most popular desktop and mobile operating systems – so you don’t have to worry about buying a new subscription if you update to a new device.

Private Internet Access is currently offering a year membership at the price of $40.

This one is actually even more bizarre than my first pick… but buy your loved ones some cryptocurrency. I recently stumbled upon a tweet from a certain crypto influencer, who shared he bought his new-born son 11 Bitcoin back in 2016. Since then, the price of the popular cryptocurrency has risen more than 10 times.

Yes, some people might be upset your gifting them “money,” but watching the value of their tokens grow exponentially will surely make them appreciate it in the long run. Plus, they can always opt to spend their crypto on some actual products.

Make sure you do your research before you invest in crypto though!

Anouk Vleugels