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The Classic Critic

A Review-Based Student Publication of Townsend Harris High School

The Classic Critic

Secret Santa Gifts (for tech-savvy recipients)


With Christmas just around the corner, we at the Classic Critic understand the last-minute stress of rushing to get gifts in time for everyone. What do people even want nowadays? Luckily, we’ve selected a few of our favorite Christmas tech finds to help you get through this holiday season!


Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera – $89.95

Every friend group has that one friend who loves to snap pictures of every core moment. Luckily, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is a solid gift option for them: able to take instant high-quality polaroids in three different frame settings: mini, square, and wide. Not to mention, the Mini 11’s built-in macro mode and selfie mirror allow for fun and easy selfie snaps. With 2 shutter button accessories that can be equipped with the shutter button to personalize the look of your camera, on top of the 5 colors it comes in: Sky Blue, Lilac Purple, Ice White, Charcoal Gray, and Blush Pink, this camera won’t just be capturing frames of memories, but shades of your personality as well!


Not only is the Mini 11 a great gift for your favorite photographer friend, but it’s also a perfect gift to treat yourself to remember the memories that’ll last. 


LARQ Bottle – $99.00

You might have seen this water bottle famously pitched on Shark Tank, but we’re here to tell you it’s the real deal. Some people may choose to travel this holiday season – sometimes to areas where clean water isn’t always readily available. The LARQ bottle is a USB-rechargeable water bottle that is not only insulated but uses UV-C LED Light Technology to purify water and sanitize the inner surfaces of the bottle. It cleans water in just 60 seconds, activating every 2 hours to cleanse the bottle of up to 99.99% of contaminants.


The Double-wall vacuum insulates water inside the bottle to keep it cold for roughly 24 hours and hot for 12. Its long-lasting battery lasts about a month on a full charge and a waterproof IPX7-rate MicroUSB for quick and safe recharging.


This holiday season, the LARQ Bottle won’t just keep your drinks at your desired temperature, but fresh and clean to drink


Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 – $148.88

While yes, we do agree this last item may be a bit out of most price ranges, for those who can spare the extra money for their special someone – we promise it’s worth it. 


The Ember Smart Mug 2 features an extended battery life, keeping your drink at your desired temperature (120°F – 145°F) for up to 80 minutes or all day long with the charging coaster. Easily pairable with your smartphone, you can control the temperature of your drink whenever and however you feel like it.


In addition to these features, the smart Mug has an “Auto Sleep” function: when the mug is empty or is inactive for 2 hours, Ember shuts off the heat to conserve energy. When Ember senses movement or liquid again, it will “wake up” and reheat your drink. 


Overall, we recommend this mug for the convenience it offers to those on a cold day sipping a hot cup of your favorite beverage. In our opinion, to get that perfect temperature, the Ember Smart Mug 2 allows you to make every sip a perfect one.


Overall, these were our favorite Christmas tech gifts. Thanks for considering our suggestions, and may you enjoy another holiday season with The Critic!

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Vincent Wynntar-Oo, Technology Editor
Vincent is a senior at Townsend Harris High School.
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