The gift-giving season is upon us! Which means you’re likely making those lists and checking them twice to find the perfect gifts. One gift category that can make a real impact on your recipients is technology. Whether you’re a tech-guru yourself, or are still rocking that flip-phone, with a little bit of research you can give a gift that keeps on giving… at least until a new or updated version comes out. In any case, we’ve compiled some of the hottest and most useful technology gifts that are sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
We looked across five websites to create this shortlist of the latest and greatest technology gifts – all designed to enhance someone’s life. Various categories and price points are reflected to surprise and delight the recipient, adding both convenience and some fun to their everyday activities.
Credit to Today Show, Esquire, USA Today, Toms Guide and Brostrick for recommendations. Here is our shortlist of 15 technology gifts, in order of price point (plus Amazon links to make it ultra-convenient for you. Note prices may vary and can often be found from other retailers):
- Keychain Charger: ($11) no more dead batteries with this fashionable accessory battery charger that attaches directly to your purse, “murse” (also known as a man purse), or other bag.
- Night Light / Speaker: ($23) time to ditch that dull nightlight and upgrade to this gadget – equipped with 6 colors plus a Bluetooth speaker.
- Tile Mate: ($25) this is for that person that tends to lose everything. If you’re sick of hearing them say “I can’t find my phone, keys, etc.” then this is the perfect gift for them. They can simply place it on any item to quickly track it down.
- Amazon Smart Plug: ($25) for those who are digitally tied at the hip (or so to speak) with Alexa, you can help them take it to the next level with this Smart Plug. Simply plug it into an existing outlet and you can voice control that outlet with Alexa. Think turning on lamps, appliances, fans--you name it!
- Waterproof Action Camera: ($70) for your action junkies, this sports camera will document their land – or water (up to 30 meters deep) – adventures. And a bonus for you – with the app, they can share photos and videos instantly so you can watch the show.
- FitBit Inspire: ($99) you can support those upcoming New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, work out more, be healthier… you know the standard ones. But this could be THE year with an accountability resource tracking your steps, calories, sleep, and more!
- Smart Garden: ($100) unlock that green thumb potential with this smart garden – it grows fresh herbs and vegetables indoors with energy-efficient LED grow lights and a self-watering planter. This indoor garden kit is essentially dummy-proof, just a quick set up and you’ll be cooking in no time.
- Ring Video Doorbell: ($129) give the gift of peace of mind with this home monitor that lets you hear and speak to any visitors at your door, while you keep a close eye on any motion-activated activity… whether expected or unexpected.
- Apple Airpods: ($139) no more untangling headphone wires. Instead, these allow hands-free, cord-free and voice controlled access to all Apple devices. With a slick design and in-case charging, this accessory will make you never go back to all those old headphones lying around.
- Portable Photo Printer: ($150) don’t let all those photos stay digital forever. With this portable printer, you can print a physical copy of pictures on-the-go, with the ability to add filters, frames and stickers. It can be considered a modern day Polaroid.
- Robot Vacuum: ($199): vacuuming doesn’t need to be a chore anymore. With this gadget, it proves a powerful cleaning system that can be automated and controlled with Alexa.
- Dog Camera: ($200): you can’t put a price on your loved ones, and that includes our furry ones. This doggie cam provides livestream video, 2-way audio (that’s right, you can give him or her some reassurance you’ll be home for dinner) and can even toss them a treat.
And for the kids on your list… Fingerlings ($15): these interactive “finger puppets” respond to motion and touch with blinking eyes, flapping tails and fun noises. Check out all the different options for their favorite animals.
This year, consider going “off list” and give an unexpected gift that’s sure to wow your family and friends. With one of these gifts, you could even find yourself winning that unwritten goal of the favorite gift award.
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