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9 gift ideas for the man of your life

For when your man can’t decide what he wants

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Finding a gift for a guy is difficult. You ask them what they want and they’ll respond with “anything.” (Guilty!)

I know, I know. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? To help you find a gift for the man of your life for whatever occasion, we asked several men what’s on their wishlist. Here, we narrowed down their choices:

Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Smartphones nowadays are essential to one’s life and the man of your life needs something that will let him stay connected with you and will capture every moment of his life. Gift him a powerful smartphone that won’t break your bank like the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (US$ 403).

Sneakers

Adidas Continental 80

Give the gift of style and comfort by giving your man a pair of sneakers from Adidas like the Continental 80 (US$ 104), Stan Smith (US$ 94), or Ultraboost 19 (US$ 187). Your man would be delighted to receive some stylish kicks that he can show-off to his friends!

Gaming console

Nintendo Switch Lite

Let the man of your life — be it your brother, bae, best friend, or your dad — enjoy games by giving a Nintendo Switch Lite (US$ 200). This will also remind them that the only thing they should play with is a gaming console, not anyone’s heart.

RFID Wallet

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s RFID Blocking Leather Passcase Bifold Wallet

Wish your someone special well when you gift him a wallet, which is a symbol of wealth, money, and success. Gift them a stylish yet secure wallet like this Men’s RFID Blocking wallet from Tommy Hilfiger (US$ 24), which is guaranteed to protect his credit card and other info.

Instant Pot

Star Wars Instant Pot Duo Mini 3-Qt. Pressure Cooker, BB-8

Men are simple creatures: They want stuff that has multiple functions. To make sure they take care of themselves even without your help, gift them a Star Wars Instant Pot from Williams Sonoma (US$ 80). This single pot can be a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer. It also comes in iconic designs like BB-8, R2-D2, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Chewbacca.

Wireless Earphones

Apple AirPods Pro

Help them live a life without cables by gifting them a pair of wireless earphones particularly the Apple AirPods Pro (US$ 249). It promises an immersive audio experience, thanks to its Active Noise-Cancellation. Let your man enjoy good music without being tethered.

Backpack

Briggs & Riley @work Medium Backpack

Gift them a backpack that can carry all their essentials while looking sleek and professional. This @work Medium Backpack by Briggs & Riley (US$ 319) has dedicated padded compartments for laptops and tablets, and RFID blocking protection.

Your Netflix Password

Netflix account

Of all the passwords you may share, it should only be Netflix and Netflix alone. Give them the gift of entertainment so they can enjoy the binge-watching sessions you do.

Wireless speakers

Sony SRS-XB41

For when he hosts a party with his friends and family, gift him a loud Bluetooth speaker that he can bring wherever he goes. For instance, Sony’s SRS-XB41 (US$ 196) is a waterproof, portable speaker equipped with party lights. He can now have his own music festival anywhere!

Bonus for 18+ adults: E-Cigarette

MOK e-cigarette

If he’s smoking and he can’t just quit, then an e-cigarette might be an alternative. MOK’s e-cigarette (US$ 98) is a Heat-Not-Burn device (HnB) which heats up tobacco to prevent consumption of harmful toxins smokers get from combustible tobacco, such as tar and carbon monoxide. Additionally, it doesn’t produce vapor and users can choose flavors for added sensation.

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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