For a long time, gift ideas for women have often revolved around flowers, chocolate, or something pink…especially something pink. For years, when companies had to make something specifically for women, they usually just painted it pink and ditched it.
Tech gadgets have been part of this trend for a long time. But gifts for women have moved beyond flowers, chocolates, or something pink, and with Women’s Day around the corner, if you’re still clinging to those options, you need to get off the rock you live under and into the real world enter.
It’s time gifts for women were more about making their lives easier and more efficient, and not something that stays pretty for just a few days, regardless of color.
So here is a list of seven gadgets to get for the special women (or even yourself) this Women’s Day:
Apple Watch Series 8: Take care of your health
There are very few smartwatches that are as focused on women’s health as the new Apple Watch Series 8. While Apple Watches in general have often been viewed as a great asset to one’s health and fitness, the Apple Watch Series 8 goes one step further.
Aside from a number of already existing health-related features and functions like heart rate monitor, fall detection, EKG, and new features like fall detection and sleep stages, the latest Apple Watch now brings with it a temperature measurement specifically designed to provide deeper insights into women’s health.
With the new temperature sensors on board, the smartwatch can track your temperature while you sleep and monitor the changes over time. This data is then used by the cycle tracking feature on the Apple Watch, which can then give you an idea of when you might be ovulating, which can be extremely helpful with family planning.
The sensors can also predict when you’ll get your next period and can also give you an indication of possible cycle irregularities, which you can then use as a reference to speak to your doctor.
Aside from normal use, the latest Apple Watch for women can come in very handy. That means you need an iPhone to use it.
Samsung Galaxy Z4 Flip: performance and design to turn around
When it comes to smartphones, most seem to believe in the bigger is better philosophy, but smartphones these days are getting too big to be comfortable and if you have petite hands or are in the habit of holding multiple things in your hands carry, women are notoriously an ability famed for (thanks to years of living without bags) Having an uncomfortably large phone can prove to be an absolute pain.
But if you’re someone who doesn’t want to compromise on size but wants something compact and eye-catching, the Samsung Galaxy Z4 Flip might be the phone you’re looking for. It has a beautiful, large, foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and in the best Samsung tradition, that’s bright and dynamic too.
There’s a secondary AMOLED display on the back, which when folded becomes the front for notifications, so you don’t always have to open the phone. A very capable dual primary camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors allows you to capture brilliant photos, and all of this is run by one of the most powerful Qualcomm smartphone processors in the industry, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip.
The phone also comes with an IPX 8 rating and Gorilla Glass on the back, making it quite sturdy. The only minus might be the battery, which by today’s standards is a comparatively low 3,700mAh and only supports 25W fast charging, which again isn’t much.
However, there is support for 15W wireless charging and 4.5W reverse charging. However, there is no charger in the box.
Otherwise the phone is the right combination of performance and compact form factor, and the foldable element is more than enough for people to stand and stare.
Powerbank Stuffcool PB9018W: Small, magnetic and packed with power
Typically, a power bank is big, bulky and boring. It’s basically a building block that charges your phone when the battery runs out. It has a couple of ports – a USB connector, Type-C or Micro-USB – a small button and LED lights as indicators. Beyond that, we rarely see anything.
While most power banks are bulky and rocky, there are options that can also be trendy, compact, and feature-packed. One of them is the Stuffcool PB9018W power bank. Yes, the name sounds pretty boring, but we can assure you that the power bank itself is nothing but interesting. It has a 10,000mAh capacity with support for over 22.5W QC 3.0+ fast charging, MagSafe support for iPhone (so you can magnetically attach it to the back), 15W Qi wireless charging support and even has a small LCD display that shows you exactly how much charge is left in the power bank.
While all of this is quite enough to make this power bank a standout power bank, it’s actually the size of a power bank that’s the star of the show. Literally fitting in the palm of your hand, the Stuffcool PB9018W power bank is actually smaller than an iPhone 13 mini and weighs 200 grams, which is lighter than some of the phones it can charge.
Priced at Rs. 4,990, it might be on the expensive side but it packs a lot and slips easily into a pocket, which is more than can be said of your regular brick-and-mortar power bank.
Nothing Ear Stick (1): A feast for the eyes and ears
Carl Pei’s new venture, Nothing, has changed the design game in both the smartphone and TWS worlds. After the launch of the Nothing Ear (1) and the Nothing Phone (1), both of which attracted a lot of attention with their striking design, the brand launched the Nothing Ear Stick (1).
The name might suggest that they are inspired by sticks and they are. But the lipstick variety.
Nothing took inspiration from lipsticks, the common makeup used by many, and turned it into a gadget. Nothing has housed their latest TWS in a cylindrical tube that twists like a lipstick to reveal the buds.
The mechanism, although otherwise routine, looks quite charming in terms of technology. The Nothing Ear Sticks (1) also have very good audio quality and while they don’t have ANC, the fact that they don’t dig deep into your ears means they still give you leeway to be aware of your surroundings. You also get decent battery life and an easy-to-use control system.
Mi Portable Electric Air Compressor: air for those with tires
One of the gadgets that every woman, especially those who drive, must have with them is a portable electric air compressor.
There are many different types of air compressors on the market, but most aren’t too portable and don’t come with rechargeable batteries. The Mi Portable Electric Air Compressor is another proposal.
In addition to being wireless, the air compressor comes with a rechargeable 2,000 mAh battery that you can easily charge in the car itself with a micro USB cable. It can charge up to five car tires on one charge, but it can take up to eight minutes to charge a single tire.
It is very handy and quite compact. So much so that it fits easily in a purse and can save you from being stranded in the middle of nowhere and get you to safety in an emergency.
Logitech Pop Wireless Mouse: Clicks with anything… and with color
The digital rodent has been around for years and shows no signs of going away. We’re talking about the humble mouse that we now use with almost every device, not just desktops (even tablets and phones now have mouse support).
This makes the wireless Logitech Pop Mouse a practical addition to your digital life. Cute, colorful and compact, the wireless mouse fits easily in the smallest purse.
It also comes with a dedicated emoji button that you can assign an emoji to using the Logi Options+ software, giving you a dedicated button for your favorite emoji.
Besides emojis, you can also use the button to run other shortcut commands. The mouse can be connected to up to three devices at the same time and you can easily switch between them with a small button on the base. It can be used with tablets, notebooks and desktops, making it quite a handy all-rounder.
Redmi Smart Band Pro: fitness on a budget
If you’re not an iPhone user or someone who doesn’t want to spend a bomb on a smartwatch, the Redmi Smart Band Pro can meet your “fitness and health on your wrist” needs.
We say band/watch because while the Redmi Smart Band Pro is technically a smartband, it actually flirts with the idea of the smartwatch as well.
It comes with a large 1.47-inch color AMOLED display, something you usually see on smartwatches. Naturally, being a fitness band, it comes with a range of health and fitness-related features such as SpO2 measurement, constant heart rate monitoring, over 110 professional workouts and automatic workout recognition.
What makes it particularly stand out in the smart band space is the menstrual cycle tracking feature, a feature often lacking in lower priced smartwatches, let alone bands. With a very impressive 14-day battery life, this band is super light on your wrist and in your pocket. And looks chic too!