When you’re shopping for your friends, your family, or even yourself this holiday season, you’ll probably encounter promising tech gifts of all kinds. There are cheap but useful gadget gifts, like the smartphone accessories that just about anybody would love to find in their stocking. There are more expensive tech presents, like smartphones and computers. You wouldn’t buy those for just anybody, but for the right person, they’re the perfect gift.
And then there are exciting, extravagant gadgets. Those are the ones that you probably can’t afford to gift your friends or family, or even to buy for yourself. But we all enjoy a little bit of daydreaming. And we don’t mind ogling gadgets that we can’t afford, especially during the season when tech companies put their most impressive gadgets on display. We’ve compiled a list of some of the season’s most covetable, exciting, and expensive gadgets. Ready for some sticker shock? Then read on and check them out.
1. Beoplay H8 wireless headphones
Extravagantly expensive headphones are fun to daydream about for audiophiles everywhere even if most of us don’t need the audio quality (or have the disposable income) to actually consider buying a pair. Beoplay’s H8 wireless headphones cost a whopping $499. That price may approach the price of the phone or laptop you’d use them with. But it does get you active noise cancellation, a touch interface, and lambskin-covered memory foam.
2. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker
Another fun gadget for audiophiles to daydream about? High-end wireless speakers. The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a speaker that takes wireless connectivity far beyond the sound you get with an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker. At $699, the Zeppelin Wireless can play music from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It’s equipped with Hi-Fi technology to offer “crystal clear” sound.
3. DJI Phantom 4 drone
Drones are an exciting (and often expensive) gadget that many gadget lovers have daydreamed about purchasing, even if they don’t really have a compelling use for a drone. The DJI Phantom 4 is a particularly impressive model. It features precision hovering enabled by an advanced stereo Vision Positioning System (VPS). It also features a sophisticated Obstacle Sensing System to keep clear of objects and obstacles. Additionally, it offers multiple flight modes and longer flying time, plus a high-performance camera. All for the price of $1,499.
4. Here One wireless headphones
If you want innovation rather than aesthetics with your wireless headphones, the Here One will be a pretty exciting gadget for you. The system is comprised of two smart earbuds and a connected app, which enables you to “selectively choose what you want to hear and remove what you don’t using Smart Noise Cancellation.” You can adjust the volume of the sounds around you to tune out the noise. That means that you can filter out the sound of an airplane engine or the noise of office chatter. You can even amplify speech so that you can better hear your conversation at a restaurant or a party. Here One is expensive for a pair of headphones at $299 to preorder, but you can’t tell us you aren’t tempted.
5. DeepRthm app and genetic kit
Using your smartphone to improve your health, fight cellular aging, and extend your life sounds like a pretty futuristic proposition. But that’s exactly what the DeepRthm genetic kit and accompanying app promises to help you do. The package includes analysis of your DNA at the COMT, MTHFR, APOE, BDNF, ACTN3, VDR, MTHD1, GSTP1, PER1, and CREB1 genes, plus an assessment of your telomere length. That information, combined with data from your smartphone or fitness tracker, is used to provide you with evolving health insights. The kit costs $149. But can you put a price on improving your health and even extending your lifespan?
6. Eero Wi-Fi system
Whether you’re a Netflix fan or a gamer, a music enthusiast or a social media addict, fast and seamless Wi-Fi is a luxury that you can definitely enjoy. The Eero Wi-Fi system is comprised of multiple access points to cover your house or apartment with “hyper-fast, super-stable” Wi-Fi. It’s a great solution if you struggle with slow Wi-Fi or network dead zones. The system is pricy — $499 for a three-pack — but we can’t be the only ones who think the investment would absolutely be worth it.
7. Fuji X100T digital camera
Want the best of digital photography technology combined with the aesthetics of a classic film camera? Then the Fuji X100T may be the camera for you. It’s equipped with a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor plus a Fujinon 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/2 Fixed Focal Length Lens. It also has an electronic rangefinder and a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder. Translation? This $1,299 camera captures sharp images even in low-light situations, plus has precise control — just like you’d get with a classic film camera.
8. Google Pixel smartphone
A roundup of the most exciting gadget gifts wouldn’t be complete without one of the year’s best smartphones, and the Google Pixel is an easy favorite. It’s the first phone with the all-new Google Assistant built in and is equipped with a highly rated camera. (Let’s face it: who doesn’t want a great camera in their smartphone these days?) The device also offers unlimited storage for your photos and videos. Plus, it features a sleek glass and aluminum build, a fast fingerprint sensor, a bright AMOLED screen, and a fast-charging and long-lasting battery. It starts at a pricy $649 — expensive, but not so expensive that we aren’t considering it.
9. Lenovo Phab 2 Pro smartphone
Another exciting smartphone to keep an eye on is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. It’s the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, which means that it includes new Google technology that enables augmented reality (AR) gaming and apps. You’ll be able to look at your phone and see objects and information overlaid onto the real world around you. In addition to Tango support, this $499 phone features a 6.4-inch display that can adapt to variable lighting conditions, plus a 16MP camera, a 4,050mAh battery, and 4GB of RAM.
10. LG OLED65E6P 4K television
Another lust-worthy gadget category? The world of big-screen TVs. Whether or not you think a 4K TV is worth purchasing yet, the LG OLED65E6P 4K television is a pretty enticing model. With a full retail price of almost $5,000, it costs a lot more than the average consumer can spend on a new TV. But its 65-inch size, 4K resolution, gorgeous OLED screen, and promise of a theater-quality experience make it pretty fun to daydream about.
11. PEOPLE Products Transparent Speaker
If you’re in the market for a speaker that looks as cool as it sounds, the PEOPLE Products Transparent Speaker may be the perfect gadget for you. At $849, this model is a lot more expensive than most of us can afford. But it’s built with premium audio components, including a 6.5-inch subwoofer, two three-inch full-range stereo drivers, a built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing, and a “toaster slot” to accommodate Apple’s Airport Express or Google’s Chromecast Audio for high-resolution music over Wi-Fi.
12. Samsung Serif TV
Our final pick is the beautiful Samsung Serif TV, which Samsung says “aesthetically and technologically pushes the boundaries of what’s expected from a television.” Unlike most TVs, this model is meticulously designed to work with your decor (not against it). It features an “I” silhouette (hence the “Serif” name), plus detachable legs. It has a back cover to keep things tidy and streamlined. Plus, it has a 4K LED screen, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and Samsung’s Smart TV platform. It does cost $1,499 — but where else can you find a TV that’s so beautifully designed?