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If you thought 2021 was a standout year for the best tech gifts, then 2022 is going to blow you away. We’re now halfway through the year, but we’re constantly checking out the latest tech gear and updating our own personal wish lists. Of course, you can always check out SPY’s guide to the coolest tech gadgets of the moment, which keeps on growing and includes many perfect gift ideas. In addition, our team of editors and product reviewers are constantly testing out new gadgets, and already this year, we’ve reviewed new smart lights, security cameras, laptops, tablets and TVs for SPY readers.
So what are the best tech gifts in 2022? You’re going to find a bunch of innovative products designed to enrich your everyday life. This includes adaptive noise-canceling headphones, affordable smartphones with killer specs, retro everything, smart home do-it-alls, sportier AirPods Pro alternatives and a new Oculus VR headset.
That’s not to say we’re overlooking last year’s biggest releases. These are still awesome tech gadgets from 2021 that dominate the sales charts and remain atop many people’s wish lists; don’t sell them short of gift-giving options. For this gift guide, we’re talking must-haves for any tech lover. We’ve included industry staples from the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Nintendo, along with some impressive new inventions from select indie brands.
So whether you’re looking for creative, high-tech products to pass on to your loved ones or upgrades to buy for yourself, there are plenty of options to choose from across different categories and price points. So keep reading for our regularly updated list of the best tech gifts of the year (so far). Keep in mind that many of these products are very in-demand, which means they may sometimes be out of stock (or nearly so).
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite and Stick 4K Max
Who’s It For: Binge watchers who need to quickly convert their old TV into a smart one.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can stream your security camera’s live feed to your TV.
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Amazon’s latest streaming devices make cord-cutting easier and enhance picture quality to achieve the best presentation on your TV. The $29 Fire TV Stick Lite retains all that made the standard version a consumer favorite, including access to over 200,000 movies and TV shows and Alexa support. Meanwhile, the Stick 4K Max improves performance by delivering 4K high-def resolution and faster connectivity via Wi-Fi 6 support. You even get dedicated power and volume buttons on the 4K Max remote to control your TV, soundbar or receiver. Be sure to toss one of these in every family member’s Xmas stocking.
Apple Watch Series 7
Who’s it For: Apple users that want iPhone-like functionality on their wrist.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Walkie-talkie mode gets you in touch with a friend using another Apple Watch.
While the cheaper Apple Watch SE is a solid choice for most people on your shopping list, the Apple Watch Series 7 has great features that could make it the better pick for the health-conscious people in your life. In addition, it has a bigger display that supports a QWERTY keyboard, making this the most practical Apple Watch ever created. Always-on Mode increases brightness by 70% to read messages and notifications more clearly in dark settings. You still get constant ECG monitoring, a great tool for people who want to monitor their heart health. The Series 7 can also charge up to 33% faster than its predecessor. Being able to use the watch as a remote for your AirPods 3 is cool as well.
Ultimate Ears UE Fits Earbuds
Who’s it For: Music lovers that like to listen to music for long periods of time.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Custom fit out of the box with its Lightform technology.
Audio quality is important for every pair of true wireless earbuds, but the Ultimate Ears Fits Earbuds takes comfort to a whole new level with its custom fit. It’s able to do this by leveraging its Lightform Technology, which turns on LED lights that mold the soft gel tips when you first put it in your ear. Beyond its comfortable fit, you’ll find that it still put out some great sounding audio, offers noise isolation, and it’s sweat resistant for workouts.
Govee Smart Rope Lights
Who’s It For: Anyone who always wanted a neon sign.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Ability to simultaneously display multiple colors at once.
Govee makes an impressive line of smart lights for gamers, and we recently had the chance to test out the brand’s smart rope light. This pulsating string of light bends and twists into all sorts of fun configurations, and it offers a fun twist on your standard LED strip lights. Because these smart lights can be synced with your music or gaming experience, they’re one of the best tech gifts for gamers in 2022, but anyone who wants to create a unique lighting setup will appreciate this fun lighting hack.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Who’s It For: Power users who want the best of the best in a smartphone.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Get extra close to your subjects with its 100x telephoto lens.
Did you miss the S Pen stylus that ended unceremoniously with the Galaxy Note 20? Well, it’s back and better than ever with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. So far, it’s the flagship smartphone to beat in 2022 complete with an even better triple camera system, a brighter Super AMOLED display, super-fast 45W wired charging, and yes, the return of the S Pen. The included accessory provides that paper meets pen experience, which isn’t something you’ll find in many smartphones today.
Lume Cube Video Conference Lighting Kit
Who’s It For: Work from home users who need to have proper lighting during conference calls.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Fastens to a laptop using a strong suction cup.
Shopping for an aspiring social media influencer? An always-online teenager? What about remote work-from-home warriors? For all of the above, the Lume Cube is easily one of the best tech gifts of the year. We love this video conferencing and live-streaming lighting kit, which easily clips onto laptops and other surfaces. It’s easy to use and set up, and it instantly provides warm and professional lighting for all of your video needs. This clip-on light takes up far less space than a ring light but still provides the same benefits.
Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Wireless Mouse
Who’s It For: Work from home users who need to have proper lighting during conference calls.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can still work on glass surfaces.
Now that more of us are working a hybrid schedule from home, there are probably more than a few people you know who could use a good mouse for their computer as they blow through spreadsheets and compile reports. The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 mouse is a great choice that is as comfortable to use as it is easy to stash in a bag giving people flexibility in how they work and where they work.
Sonos Roam Speaker
Who’s It For: Music lovers who need a lot of power in a small package for travel.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You’ll get optimal sound because it adapts to your surroundings.
Last year, Sonos released a wireless Bluetooth speaker called the Roam, and it’s a hit. We have a full review of it up on the site, but long story short — if you’ve got an audio enthusiast on your list, then you should definitely consider it. It’s a portable, durable, waterproof speaker that boasts Bluetooth capability and all-day battery life as well. It’s designed to be drop resistant, IP7 waterproof, has up to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge and it’s got precision-engineered acoustics for a larger-than-life sound packed into a small, portable package.
Not enough to convince you to add this speaker to your shopping list? The new portable Bluetooth speaker also has Trueplay tuning, which adapts the sound output to your surroundings, and it’s got a lightweight ergonomic design that’s easy to handle.
8Bitdo SN30 Pro Retro Gaming Controller
Who’s It For: Gamers who want to relive those old-school Super Nintendo games the proper way.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: There’s a turbo function available, so you don’t have to button smash.
If there’s a Switch gamer in your life who is obsessed with retro games or 2D indie games, the 8BitDo SN30 Pro is a controller that will instantly bring them joy. Unlike most controllers, the D-pad occupies the prime real estate on the left side of the controller, which you want to use for extra precision while playing a “masocore” platformer, such as Celeste. But while this may look like a controller from the mid-90s, nothing is sacrificed here: you still get a pair of clickable analog sticks, motion sensors, rumble feedback and a screenshot button. Plus it can also work with Mac, PC, iOS or Android, so this thing is much more than a one-trick nostalgia trinket.
Google Nest Cam Battery
Who’s It For: Homeowners who want a reliable security camera.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’ll continue to work even when there are power and internet outages.
Google’s Nest Cam Battery is without a doubt one of the most versatile security cameras around. With its rugged construction and magnetic plate connector, it can be used both inside and out. You’ll have fewer false alerts, too, just because machine learning allows it to distinguish what’s on camera — including pets from people! Best of all, unlike other cameras that require subscriptions to save recorded clips to the cloud for remote access, the Google Nest Cam Battery comes with 3-hours of video history out of the box.
Braun Series 9 Pro 9465cc Electric Shaver
Who’s It For: Guys who want a close shave.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’ll be kept it in tip-top condition with the SmartCare Center that hygienically cleans it.
The Braun Series 9 Pro 9465cc isn’t just an elite electric shaver with a fancy aesthetic and price point to match. It’s a statement piece — one that says money is no object for the man that is seriously committed to keeping up well-groomed appearances. Braun equipped this stunner with a new ProLift Trimmer that gently lifts and cuts more hair with every stroke, reducing friction in the process. The charging dock intelligently cleans, dries, lubricates, and charges the device. Then there’s the stunning metal unibody that comes 100% waterproof for dry and wet shaves. Call this the Rolls Royce of electric shavers.
Apple iPad 9 (2021)
Who’s It For: Apple users who prefer a touch-friendly computing experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Quickly go from one app to another using a five finger swipe gesture.
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Apple released a new generation of iPad tablets in late 2021, and the base model ninth-generation iPad isn’t the most powerful — but it is the most giftable. That’s mostly thanks to a semi-regular price discount available via Walmart, which brings the price on these new tablets down to just $309. With a newly updated A13 Bionic Chip, this 10.2-inch tablet is faster and more powerful than some laptops. At this price, it’s an easy choice for one of the best tech gifts of 2022.
DJI Mini 3 Pro
Who’s It For: First time drone flyers.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: ActiveTrack 4.0 lets you select a subject and it’ll automatically follow it.
Getting into drones can be a scary thought, but the DJI Mini 3 can ease those worries because it’s a starter drone packed with safety features, such as obstacle avoidance sensors, that makes it a breeze to pilot for first time flyers. For advanced users, they’ll love how DJI finally added subject tracking to intelligently follow a subject — while also actively avoiding potential hazards. It’s also one of the lightest, most feature-filled drones you’ll come across. In fact, it’s one of the few that doesn’t need to be registered with the FAA.
JLab Talk Go USB Microphone
Who’s It For: YouTubers and podcasters who want a more affordable microphone for audio.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Volume control allows you to adjust its gain.
The influx of podcasters and YouTubers has boomed since the pandemic. If you know someone who’s ready to join the movement, spend your money wisely on JLab’s super-affordable USB microphone. This is a great starter mic with a portable, sturdy design and solid sound quality. Simple features like volume controls and a mute button help newbies become better acclimated to the vocal recording process. Best of all, the Talk Go is easy to connect; just plug it into your laptop’s USB port.
For the aspiring influencer or livestreamer on your shopping list (and what teenager isn’t an aspiring livestreamer or influencer), this is one of the best tech gifts you’ll find this year.
Heybike Cityscape Electric Bike
Who’s It For: Beachgoers who want a convenient way of traveling around the boardwalk.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can remove its battery and charge it indoors.
Owning an electric bike is easier than ever before because prices have become more affordable. For those looking to get around, the Heybike Cityscape Electric Bike is a great option to get around without paying a fortune on an electric bike that has a top speed of 19 mph and a range of 40 miles. We also love how you can add a saddle bag over the rear rack to fit groceries when you need to take a short trip to the local grocery or convenience store. With various pedal assist modes that you can switch at any moment, you won’t sweat getting to your destination on time.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
Who’s It For: Instagrammers who want to turn their digital shots into actual ones.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Capture proper selfies with its built-in selfie mirror.
Instant cameras are having a moment right now. Instead of having a family photog capture special moments on their iPhone, give these photos a more natural presence by putting the best instant camera in their hands. The Instax Mini 11 is super easy to use, comes with true automatic exposure, and has selfie capability. You can also snag it in multiple fun colors. There are more expensive instant cameras for sale in 2022, but there aren’t any better ones, so trust us when we say this is one of the best tech gifts of 2022, full stop.
Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Who’s It For: Party goers that want to bring incredible sound anywhere they go.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can withstand splashing because of its IPX7 water-resistant rating.
Portable speakers make awesome Christmas gifts, and this is one of our favorite gifts for men this year. If you’re torn over which model to get your guy, consider one that will speak to his old-school sensibilities. The Marshall Emberton is a nostalgically handsome speaker that packs powerful audio into a tiny design inspired by the brand’s old-school amps. We doubt it’ll inspire him to grab an electric guitar and jam out in the garage with AC/DC blasting in the background. But for the moments where he just wants to relive classic music in the present, the Emberton will oblige by feeding his ears deep bass and crisp vocals.
Who’s It For: Anyone who needs to shade their eyes from the sum and capture memories that’ll last forever.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Voice commands allow you to start recording video automatically.
The Wayfarer is an iconic pair of sunglasses known for its distinct style, but the Ray-Ran Stories adds a pair of cameras without taking away from the signature look. We love how you can capture photos and videos while protecting your eyes from the sun during those warm summer days. If that’s not enough, you can take phone calls with ease thanks to the integrated speakers that don’t add much bulk to the overall design.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
Who’s It For: Amazon users that want an affordable way of controlling their smart home devices.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can actually replace Alexa with Samuel L Jackson’s voice.
No list of the best gadgets of 2022 would be complete without the Amazon Echo Dot, which has always made for an extraordinary stocking stuffer on the cheap. The updated smart speaker from Amazon features a built-in LED display to show the time and outdoor temperatures and auto-dims at night. It may not have the Zigbee hub or the audio quality of its larger counterpart, but it’s half the price, can carry out all of the other Alexa functions and has a LED clock that glows through the fabric cover.
TCL 55″ 6-Series 4K UHD Roku TV (R635)
Who’s It For: Home theater buffs that want to feast on 4K HDR content without having to spend a fortune.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Ask Alexa to change the channel for you when you can’t find the remote.
Whether you’re looking for a great deal on a TV that can be the entertainment workhorse of your living room, or you’re just looking for a second TV to have in your bedroom, this 55-inch beauty from TCL is a great choice. It has the company’s best video processor to date, plus it comes with THX Certified Game Mode to lower latency and increase picture quality when gaming. QLED technology and a refresh rate of 120 Hz means you’re getting vibrant, smooth on-screen action. Roku integration grants instant access to a massive selection of apps and services, along with voice navigation. It’s a great gift for anyone who’s just moved into a new apartment, home or wants to expand their viewing potential.
TVs are always a no-brainer when selecting the best tech gifts of the year, and they make a great gift for the entire family. Looking for something a little bigger to put under the Christmas tree this year? Then check out our guides to the best 65-inch TVs, the best 75-inch TVs, and the best $65 inch TV under $500.
Anker Nano Pro Charger
Who’s It For: Smartphone owners that want to charge on-the-go with an ultra compact charger.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Anker’s iQ3 technology will adapt to deliver the most efficient charge to your device.
Anker makes some of the best electronic accessories around, and their wall chargers would make a great gift for anyone with a newer smartphone that wants instantaneous charging. The Nano Pro supports full-speed 20W charging for the iPhone 13, getting it to 50% in just 25 minutes. Safety features like ActiveShield️ provide temperature monitoring so that devices don’t overheat. We’re also loving the vibrant colors: Arctic White, Black Ice, Cool Lavender, and Glacier Blue. Lastly, it costs less than $20, making it a super usable, practical, and affordable gift for anyone on your list.
Who’s It For: Commuters that want a quieter commute to work.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Five minutes of charging will yield 60 minutes of play time.
When it comes to noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are considered by critics and industry experts (including SPY’s product reviewers) to be the absolute best. The WF-1000XM4 is practically the true wireless version of those headphones, offering many of the same features as its over-ear sibling, but in a flashier, more compact package. It comes stocked with high-end sound features, including 360 Reality Audio support for 3D sound, DSEE Extreme to upscale low-fi recordings, and LDAC codec support for hi-res streaming.
Noise cancellation and battery life surpass what the AirPods Pro delivers. Sony also redesigned these buds for a more ergonomic fit. To consider any other premium pair of wireless earbuds over Sony’s would be a crime, so if you’re searching for the best wireless earbuds to gift in 2022, Sony is the clear choice.
Rode Wireless Go II
Who’s It For: Videographers that need to record noise-free audio for interviews.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You’ll have a backup of the audio recording thanks to its built-in storage.
Rode’s latest wireless microphone system is a must-have tool for content creators. Whether you’re using a mirrorless camera for a professional shoot, or simply a smartphone to create interesting TikTok videos, the Rode Wireless Go II will make sure you can still get incredible audio wirelessly. This newest model is even better than its predecessor in so many ways, packaged with two wireless microphones for when you have two individuals on-camera speaking at the same time. You’ll up your audio quality in no time at all.
Tile Pro (2022 Version)
Who’s It For: Anyone that has the habit of losing their stuff.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The battery is rated to last up to one year.
Bluetooth trackers are as popular as ever, especially after Apple launched the AirTags. However, Tile played trailblazer to the movement first and their lineup of products has been upgraded with a few new perks. The flagship Tile Pro keeps functionality the same and adds cool features like a Lost and Found QR code on the back that holds contact information. Therefore, if someone stumbles upon your wallet or house keys, they can scan the code and reach out. This version also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Who’s It For: Android users that prefer the stock Android experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You get free Google Photos backup.
If someone in your life recently lost or broke their iPhone and doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on a replacement, surprise them with the Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. These flagship models from the Android kingpin have gorgeous OLED touchscreens that project sharp-looking visuals, excellent camera systems with multiple modes for capturing photos and videos, and IP68 dust and water resistance. Spending a little extra on the Pixel 6 Pro gets you a bigger battery, larger screen, and a third camera. Either way, the features and performance these phones offer for the price can’t be emphasized enough.
Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector
Who’s It For: Families that love movie nights.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Stream photos or videos from your phone directly to it.
Help your cinephile friends recreate the magic of the movie theater in their home with the Anker Mars II Pro portable projector. This stout little cube can project a 1080p-resolution image at sizes up to 120 inches and is rated for 400 ANSI Lumens of brightness. But the best part is that it has dual 3-watt integrated speakers (that can double as a Bluetooth speaker) and can also connect to services such as Netflix or YouTube without the need of a dongle. While a dark environment will go a long way toward getting the best out of this projector, it still provides plenty of flexibility.
Insta360 ONE RS 1-Inch 360 Edition
Who’s It For: Action sport enthusiasts that want to capture their adventures without the worry if they’re in frame or not.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’ll magically remove the selfie stick attached to it, so that it looks like it’s not even in the shot.
Who has time to worry about framing while they’re tearing up the slopes on a snowboard, or perhaps free falling to earth? No one. That’s why for the action spots enthusiast in your life, you’ll want to get them the Insta360 ONE RS 1-Inch 360 Edition. This 360-degree camera offers the best versatility in an action camera we’ve seen because you can use the app to reframe your video after you’re done recording. That way, the only thing you need to do is hold the camera and let it record.
Nintendo Switch OLED
Who’s It For: Gamers that want the flexibility of playing at home or on the go.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Play several retro games from the NES, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis with Nintendo Online.
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Nintendo’s new and improved Switch console remains one of the hardest-to-find tech gifts of 2022. And with reports of production being slowed down due to chip shortages, it might feel like you have to strike a deal with Satan to score the Nintendo Switch OLED this holiday season. If by chance he gives you the opportunity to buy a Switch, we do recommend choosing the all-new Switch OLED, which comes with a prettier screen, improved speakers, and stronger kickstand. Battery life remains steady at 4.5 to 9 hours, depending on how bright the screen is during play sessions. Just make sure to add a copy of Metroid Dread and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond to the purchase.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021 Version)
Who’s It For: Book worms that love soaking up a good novel in between their free time.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: IPX8 rating gives it some protection against accidental immersion.
If you (or a loved one) have somehow made it to 2022 without an e-reader, now is the time to consider purchasing one. They don’t come any better than the new Kindle Paperwhite, which is bright, incredibly easy to use, lasts for weeks on a single charge, and comes waterproof. Read at the beach with the sweltering sun overhead or cozy up with a good book in bed. With the newly improved screen, you can also forget all about that pesky blue light keeping you up.
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)
Who’s It For: Google Home users that want to use a smart display in the bedroom.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can also track your sleep without the need of wearing a sleep tracker.
More and more smart displays are integrating built-in cameras for video calls, but some people are still hesitant about the possibility of Big Brother watching. That’s a big reason why some may be hesitant about having one in the bedroom. However, that’s where the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) comes to mind because it respects your privacy. Sure, not having a camera might lessen its value over other options, but know that it also functions as an intuitive sleep tracker. Yes, it can track your sleep using Google’s radar-based Soli technology — all without the need of wearing something as you sleep.
Westinghouse Portable Air Purifier
Who’s It For: Allergy suffers that need as much clean air as possible in their home.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It only weighs 2 pounds.
If you’re looking to get something nice for your mom and dad (or perhaps the in-laws?), then try this air purifier by Westinghouse. Aside from looking fantastic (this thing looks like a Bang & Olufsen wireless speaker) just about anywhere in the house, it also has a leather strap built into the design to easily transport anywhere. Its medical-grade technology and three-stage purification system break down all gaseous pollutants (e.g., bacteria, dust, pet dander, viruses) to provide cleaner and healthier air in the home.
Backbone One Gaming Controller
Who’s It For: Mobile gamers that want that home console feel with their iPhones.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’ll actively charge your iPhone.
We all have that friend who manages to sneak in a round of Fortnite or Call of Duty, even when they’re away from the house and on the phone. They will love you forever if you give them the Backbone One as a gift, especially knowing they can play next-gen version directly on their smartphone via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or PlayStation Remote Play. The console-grade controls give them improved precision and allow them to really own the competition. Like the Razer Kishi before it, this unique controller combines the precision of console gaming with the convenience of mobile gaming.
Ryze Tech Tello
Who’s It For: Kids that are looking for a decent entry-level drone that won’t break the bank.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can perform aerial tricks.
Drones are the perfect big boy toy. They let you command the skies without leaving the ground and perform cool tricks like capturing excellent aerial camera footage. Newbies looking to take up the hobby should own the Ryze Tech Tello. It’s undeniably a solid drone for beginners, offering a suite of features that serve as “building blocks for novice pilots to learn” how to operate it. A few practice sessions should have them capturing steady 720p video when in flight.
Monoprice Mini Delta V2 3D Printer
Who’s It For: Inquisitive minds that are great at bringing their ideas to life.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Unlike other 3D printers, this one operates at a very low 30 dBa.
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Whether for personal, professional, or educational use, a 3D printer is an incredible gift for the inventor in the family. The Monoprice Mini Delta V2 is easy to set up and operate, prints faster than most sub-$200 models, and supports several filament types. Its small and compact size means it won’t take up space in your office or garage. Being an open-source-friendly machine lets users employ other 3D printing slicing software packages for creating cool 3D objects.
Victrola Revolution GO Portable Record Player
Who’s It For: Anyone that appreciates vinyl records.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The lid doubles as a vinyl stand that can hold up to 5 records.
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SPY is a huge fan of Victrola’s latest Bluetooth record player, which sports a clean, contemporary design, custom-tuned speakers, and an Audio Technica cartridge for enhanced audio quality. More importantly, we love the Revolution Go’s versatility. If you want to stream music from your phone to the integrated speakers, you can do that. If you want to play your records through other external Bluetooth speakers, that’s also an option. And if you want to sling it around with you and play vinyl on the go for up to 12 hours, the choice is yours. For friends, siblings or parents who love their old record collection, this affordable record player is the perfect tech gift.
Ring Video Doorbell 4
Who’s It For: Anyone who wants the convenience of seeing who’s at the door from the comfort of their couch.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Pre-roll will record 4 seconds of video before the start of an event trigger.
If you know someone who has fallen victim to porch pirates, get them a Ring Video Doorbell, which doesn’t require wires, runs off a battery, can be controlled by Alexa and can store weeks of footage in the cloud for later viewing. While Ring has had past issues with privacy and security that should not be taken lightly, recent updates to their software suggest that they’re learning from their mistakes, and at $220, this is the one of the best video doorbells you can buy.
Who’s It For: Germ fighters that want their smartphones super clean.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It sanitizes in half the time versus other PhoneSoap models.
When we first featured this UV phone sanitizer on SPY, we said that it was the perfect gift for germaphobes, and during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic it was our #1 pick among the best tech gifts. We may be sick and tired of thinking about germs right now, but this UV sanitizer is still one of our favorite gadgets to gift our friends and family.
The PhoneSoap Pro version remains a staff favorite for its dual functionality. It isn’t just a device that sanitizes smartphones, tablets, jewelry, face masks and other small objects in just a few minutes through UV light technology. You can also use it to charge other portable devices with a USB port. For obvious reasons, PhoneSoap is having a tough time keeping this device in stock, so if you find it available, don’t hesitate to place an order. It’s the perfect gift, but we also recommend owning one for yourself.
SteelSeries Arctis 7P
Who’s It For: PS5 owners that want a good looking headset to match their console’s look.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The battery can last upwards of 30 hours before needing a recharge.
Read More: The Best PS5 Gaming Headsets of the Year
To get the best multiplayer experience on your next-gen console, you need a top-tier gaming headset. Our pick is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. It works with just about every gaming machine via USB-C dongle and offers some of the best comfort and battery life in the category. More importantly, the audio performance is well balanced to enjoy crisp-sounding dialogue, effects, and video game scores.
Chromecast with Google TV
Who’s It For: Streamers that want to go from watching on their phone to their TV.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can mirror your smartphone onto your TV for presentations.
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For the second year in a row, Google’s latest Chromecast TV streaming device is one of the top tech gifts of the year. Google’s Chromecast media streamers have always been great because they let you wirelessly push content from most streaming apps on your phone to your TV, but sometimes you just want to sit back on a couch and surf through a list of TV shows with a remote. Google got the memo and are now offering up Chromecast with Google TV to make it easier to load up the shows you love.
This little streamer still does everything that the old Chromecast used to, but now has the Google TV smart UI baked in, which provides a curated selection of TV shows and movies for you to peruse, and then watch in 4K Dolby Vision. It’s also still as affordable as ever, making this a great stocking stuffer for the Netflix fiend on your shopping list.
Amazon Fire HD 10
Who’s It For: Anyone that doesn’t want to spend much on a decent tablet.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Download your favorite shows and watch them while on a plane.
If a tablet is just a thing you occasionally use to browse the web when you’re on the couch, control smart home devices or watch movies on a flight, it’s probably not worth spending upwards of $1000 on an iPad. And while the Amazon Fire HD 10 may not be as flashy or come with as much storage as the iPad Pro the 12-hour battery life is better than Apple’s top option. In addition, hands-free Alexa can make navigating through content and apps as simple as talking. It’s one of the best tablets for entertainment, especially when you consider its small price tag compared to other top-rated tablets. If you mostly want to access apps like Netflix, Spotify, Instagram, Kindle and Amazon Prime, then this affordable tablet is more than up for the job.
Fitbit Charge 5
Who’s It For: Fitness buffs that want to track their workouts.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can determine your stress level and provide tips for improvement.
Read More: The Best Fitbits for Everyone in the Family
Some people may find a smartwatch to be overkill, though they’re still interested in having some sort of a fitness tracker. For them, the Fitbit Charge 5 is a great gift choice. Sleek and minimal, this wearable comes with built-in GPS to see your real-time pace and distance, while tracking steps, workouts, heart rate, sleep habits, stress, and more. But it’s still more than just a fitness tracker, as it’s able to relay notifications from your phone. It also comes preloaded with 20 exercise modes and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to pick up on your movements. There’s a reason why Will Smith has this strapped around his wrist.
Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Who’s It For: Audiophiles that want to block out the world and focus on the music.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Ambient mode lets you listen to music while hearing your surroundings.
Whether you’re working at home, the local coffee shop or in an office, there is no shortage of distractions that pull you away from tasks that require all of your mental energy. In those scenarios, you want a quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and there is no better pair than the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones. In addition to noise-cancelling capabilities that are only rivaled by the likes of Bose, Sony’s premium cans also have sound quality that’s unrivaled among Bluetooth headphones, making this one of the essential tech products of the year — and for the third year in a row!
Fellow Stagg Electric Gooseneck Kettle
Who’s It For: Coffee and tea drinkers that need hot water stat for brewing their favorite hot drinks.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: There’s an LCD screen that will show you the temperature in real time.
Read More: The 22 Best Gifts for Coffee Addicts
Got a friend who loves their morning cup of tea or cup of joe? Then this stylish, sleek and high-performing kettle from Fellow is a no-brainer gift. It’s got a simple aesthetic as well as an intuitive design that works for making a cup of tea, pour-over coffee or other morning coffee alternative. The gooseneck is stainless steel and designed to give you a powerful but precise pour every time. This kettle is built with a 1200-watt quick-heating element inside that makes boiling water a breeze, and an easy-to-read LCD screen indicates your set temperature and the real-time temperature of the liquid so you can track progress.
Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max (2021)
Who’s It For: Power users that need incredible processing power working from anywhere.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can get upwards of 21 hours with its battery.
Apple knows how to create beautiful, powerful, and streamlined hardware. The M1 MacBook Air series couldn’t be more exemplary of this, but it’s the new M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pro that has computer nerds salivating. It offers best-in-class performance with faster speed and benchmarks that outperform most Windows laptops. Up to 17 hours of battery life is expected on a full charge. You also get a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, high-fidelity six-speaker sound system, and stronger mics to communicate clearly over video calls. We’re not exaggerating when we say this is the most impressive laptop ever made.
Withings ScanWatch Horizon
Who’s It For: The guy that wants a dive watch, but still yearns for fitness tracking.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The arms move out of the way whenever you press the crown to check the date on the display.
Call it a hybrid smartwatch, but the Withings ScanWatch Horizon balances form and functionality into one stylish package. First and foremost, we love that it looks very much like a dive watch — made more poignant by its stainless steel case, flat sapphire glass, and rotating bezel. It’s also a versatile fitness tracker complete with a heart rate and blood oxygen sensors. Your giftee will also love that its battery can last upwards of 30 days with a full charge.
Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Who’s It For: Parents that need a more friendly way of waking up.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It even offers traditional FM radio to tune into your favorite radio stations.
We all know one. Some people cannot get up and out of bed in the mornings. And if your friend or loved one has tried every conceivable alarm clock on the market, gift them this SmartSleep Wake-Up Light from Philips. What makes this thing great is that it slowly grows brighter and brighter to help them wake up, as opposed to ripping them from deep sleep with a jarring noise. The clock comes with an FM Radio as well as five natural alarm sounds, so your giftee can customize their wake-up to their heart’s content.
JBL Clip 4 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Who’s It For: Pool dwellers that need music without fear of their speaker drowning.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Available in several different colors for a unique look.
Looking to buy a gift for the music lover in your life? Well, if they’re anything like some of our music-loving colleagues, singing in the shower is a regular routine. To help them find their rhythm while sudsing up, gift them this well-priced waterproof speaker from JBL. Not only is the Clip 4 made to handle wet conditions thanks to its IP67 waterproof (and dustproof) rating, but it also has a clip that’s integrated into the speaker itself. So, regardless of your giftee’s shower setup, there will be a place to hang this lovely little speaker.
Who’s It For: Apple iPad Pro owners that want that MacBook look and feel.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You’ll be able to use those handy trackpad gestures.
When you want a premium typing experience on an iPad Pro, the Magic Keyboard provides just that. With comfortable, soft and backlit keys, it’s essentially an affordable way to turn your iPad Pro into a MacBook Pro. And with a floating cantilever, you really can get the best viewing angles possible. It’s one of our favorite iPad accessories for a reason, and you may end up buying one for yourself, too.
Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
Who’s It For: Apple iPad owners that want that paper meets pen experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can recharge by magnetically attaching it to a compatible iPad.
Read More: The Best Apple Pencil Alternatives
For some, an iPad is just a big phone. You download apps, maybe read or watch movies, but otherwise just endlessly consume media. However, there are those who pick up an iPad for creating, and for those people, there is no better gift than an Apple Pencil. Like the iPad itself, the Apple Pencil is far from cheap. At nearly $130, this instrument of creation is just expensive enough for the starving artist in your life to resist buying it themselves. While there are some solid Apple Pencil alternatives, none really work as well as the original.
LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
Who’s It For: Anyone that wants to ensure that all germs in their water are eliminated.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’ll continuously sanitize itself even when you’re not using it.
Have you ever attempted to clean a S’well or Hydro Flask water bottle? It’s torture. The LARQ is a more inventive and resourceful alternative that takes all of the hard work out of maintaining a reusable water bottle by performing the cleaning all on its own. A self-cleaning mode is programmed into each bottle, activating a UV-C LED light that eliminates up to 99.9% of harmful, odor-causing germs on the inside. You can purify water in as little as two hours and store it cold for 24 hours. How refreshing.
Apple iPhone 13
Who’s It For: Content creators that love sharing photos and video.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Live view photos add a bit of motion to photos automatically.
Can you believe we’ve made it to thirteen generations of the iPhone? While the improvements brought to every new version have been marginal, they are effective enough to warrant the upgrade. All four versions of the iPhone 13 deliver a fantastic user experience, spearheaded by the powerful A15 Bionic chip and iOS 15. Battery life is longer than the iPhone 12 lineup. If you’re really in the giving mood and the budget allows, the more expensive 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max treat you to a third rear camera with 3x optical zoom and ProMotion screen for smoother scrolling. As always, Apple continues to put out the most wanted smartphones of the holidays.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Who’s It For: Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners that don’t want to access their phones for simple notifications.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Ditch your wallet and pay for purchases with Samsung Pay.
You know at least one person who is anti-iPhone and owns an Android smartphone. It’s also likely that the smartphone they own is a Samsung Galaxy model. Well, if they’re seeking a fun accessory to complement their Galaxy experience, surprise them with Samsung’s latest smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch 4 has a clean design with swappable bands to accessorize one’s outfit, along with smart software that performs fast and a new health sensor for accurate body composition analysis.
Something else that’s cool about this device is that you can control playback on the Galaxy Buds 2 directly from your wrist. Knowing how often Samsung discounts its products, it’s worth bookmarking this page to see if you can snag the Galaxy Watch 4 cheaper during big sales events such as Prime Day and Black Friday.
Beats Fit Pro
Who’s It For: Bass heavy music lovers that want that heart pounding experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Spatial audio lets it tune its performance based on your head movements.
If you love the AirPods Pro, but want something sportier, the Beats Fit Pro is your dream come true. These buds come with affixed eartips that enhance in-ear stability when exercising while delivering grade-A active noise cancellation and solid battery life. They boast many of Apple’s high-end features, including Adaptive EQ that automatically adjusts frequencies for more precise sound and Spatial Audio to enjoy select Apple Music songs and Dolby Atmos-supported content in 3D. This type of performance for $50 less than Apple’s flagship buds is a steal.
Amazon Echo Smart Speaker
Who’s It For: Anyone that wants a smart speaker that balances out audio performance and functionality.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Use the Intercom feature to make announcements on all your Echo devices.
If you know someone with an Alexa-controlled smart home, the new Echo is a must-buy accessory. The latest iteration of Amazon’s flagship smart speaker has an integrated Zigbee hub, so adding accessories such as Philips Hue lighting or Leviton smart plugs can all connect to Alexa without the need for an additional hub or bridge. Amazon also overhauled the audio components in this speaker, promising noticeably improved audio over previous versions. Plus we’re loving the new orb-shaped design, which will still look modern in 2030.
Google Nest Mini
Who’s It For: Google Home users that want an affordable smart speaker for tighter spaces.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can easily wall mount it.
Read More: Funny Things To Ask Google Assistant
When it comes to smart homes powered by Google Assistant, the Nest Mini is one of the cheapest and easiest speakers for managing a house full of connected devices. Even if someone on your shopping list already has a Nest Mini, chances are there’s a room or two where they don’t have access to a voice assistant, and the more places you can command Google Assistant to do your bidding, the smarter your home becomes.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
Who’s It For: Families that need to know whenever the front door is opened or closed.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: If you forget to lock it as you leave, it’ll automatically do it for you.
If you want to drag your friends and family into the 21st century, smart home gear is a great way to do that, and the August Wi-Fi smart lock is one of the most convenient starting points. This connected device fits over an existing deadbolt and allows you to lock and unlock your door with your phone, or with a Google/Alexa/Siri voice-enabled speaker. You can even control the door when you’re not home, set a schedule for it to activate, or get notifications when someone is coming or going.
Ninja DZ401 Foodi 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer
Who’s It For: Home cooks that want a more efficient way of preparing meals for the entire family.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can fit and cook a 6 pound chicken in it.
Air fryers are more popular than ever and continue to make excellent cooking gifts. Our pick is Ninja’s latest Foodi model. This dual-basket air fryer independently cooks meals and has intelligible features like Smart Finish Technology that makes sure what’s heating in each basket is ready to enjoy at the same time. It also comes with six versatile cooking programs to enjoy food in different ways: Air Fry, Air Broil, Roast, Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate. Basically, it can whip up everything from wings to fish to homemade jerky to baked goods.
Anker 622 Magnetic Battery Wireless Portable Charger
Who’s It For: Owners that have MagSafe compatible iPhones and need to charge while they’re out and about.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: There’s a fold out kickstand of sorts to hold up your iPhone.
We’ve officially entered the MagSafe era of mobile charging, as Apple’s proprietary charging system has mobile accessory manufacturers rushing out products to accommodate the iPhone 13 launch. For the fortunate ones who have scored any one of Apple’s four new smartphones, they’ll want to have a dual-functioning wireless portable charger by their side. Anker cleverly designed the 622 Magnetic Battery to double as a kickstand, letting you charge the iPhone vertically or horizontally for easy viewing. The product also works to charge other USB-C-enabled devices up to 17 hours.
This is a great stocking stuffer for a tech lover or practical gift for a coworker, as everyone’s got devices that need charging on-the-go.
Twelve South PowerPic Mod Wireless Charger
Who’s It For: Anyone that prefers wireless charging, but needs an option with a more personalized touch.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Make it personalized by adding your favorite photos.
Twelve South earned their popularity by creating awesome Bluetooth transmitters for wireless headphones; the AirFly Pro has been clutch when flying with AirPods. The company has transitioned into a more well-rounded accessory maker and has one of the coolest wireless chargers: the PowerPic Mod. Laying it on the stand will charge your smartphone, cable-free, as well as your wireless earbuds. The real kicker is that you can customize it with any 4×6 photo or custom graphic, having it double as a sleek photo frame. It’s a highly functional and gorgeous gift that won’t bleed your wallet dry.
Razer Barracuda X Gaming Headset
Who’s It For: Gamers that constantly bark orders in co-operative or multi-player titles.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The mic can suppress background noise to make your voice clearer.
Your baby bro might already have the new PlayStation 5, but does he have all of the best next-gen console accessories. The least you can do is get him a decent gaming headset to make his Fortnite Friday nights special. Our recommendation: the Razer Barracuda X. This multi-platform wireless headset guarantees premium performance at a reasonable cost. It feels extremely comfortable, delivers great sound, and comes with a sharp-sounding microphone to communicate to players clearly during team deathmatches.
Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
Who’s It For: Party goers that want a fair amount of bass with their music.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can keep the music going because its battery can last up to 24 hours.
Ultimate Ears already makes some of the best portable speakers, but just when we thought it couldn’t go any bigger (or louder), along came the Hyperboom. This sonic beast is powered by 4.5-inch woofers, a pair of 1-inch tweeters, and two passive radiators that unleash ground-rattling audio; the bass response outperforms most home entertainment systems. It has some cool features as well, like one-touch controls, two Bluetooth connections, and an adaptive EQ that automatically adjusts the sound to the environment. Despite its larger form, the Hyperboom was designed as a modern boombox that can be easily transported via a durable strap, making it the ideal sound system for pool parties and rooftop gatherings. Having 24 hours of battery life ensures the party never stops.
Ring Stick Up Cam
Who’s It For: Apartment dwellers that need a versatile security they can place anywhere with ease.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Ability to pan and tilt using optional accessory
This more flexible version of the popular security camera provides peace of mind for homeowners who value privacy. Users have the luxury of answering and monitoring the front door, or any area of their property for that matter, directly on their smartphone and can communicate with visitors via two-way talk. There is even an Infrared Night Vision mode to spot intruders and unwanted guests. It’s a smart home gift that your dad or husband won’t see coming.
Oral-B iO Series 6 Electric Toothbrush
Who’s It For: Anyone that wants a set of pearly whites all the time.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Color changing ring that tells you if you’re applying too much or too little pressure while brushing.
When it comes to that fresh from the dentist feel, nothing beats an electric toothbrush. And when it comes to electric toothbrushes, Oral-B’s newest release will have you smiling brighter than a celebrity at a Marvel red carpet premiere. This toothbrush uses gentle micro-vibrations to scrub your teeth clean and has AI recognition to help guide you efficiently through the brushing process. Another reason we favor the Series 6 is because the Oral-B replacement brush heads are cheap and easy to find, meaning you won’t be stuck paying exorbitant fees to use this for years to come.
Who’s It For: Apple users that need to keep track of their belongings.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Asking Siri to help track it down.
How often does your partner’s iPhone or AirPods Pro go “missing?” Don’t answer that. Instead, surprise them with a handful of Apple’s Bluetooth trackers, which make finding lost Apple products easy through the FindMy network. Setting them up is a breeze, the Precision Finding feature works accurately, and security is top-notch with each AirTag encrypted to protect your privacy. You may draw a quizzical stare once they open the gift, but they’ll be thankful weeks down the line when that accompanying iPhone 13 you got them on Cyber Monday winds up being “misplaced.”
Roku Streaming Stick 4K and 4K Plus
Who’s It For: Couch surfers that want to stream in 4K glory.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Listen to your shows privately using your phone and wireless headphones.
If your parents still can’t figure out how to enjoy 4K content, make life easier for them by installing the Roku Streaming Stick 4K or 4K Plus into their UHD TV. The setup is effortless, and Roku’s user-friendly interface is simple to navigate. Features like intuitive universal search will inform them of what movies and shows they can stream in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+ picture. The 4K Plus offers more value with a rechargeable remote and aux jack to plug headphones in for private listening. And if you’re torn between purchasing one of these or an Amazon Fire Stick, Roku’s models are on sale across all major online retailers, narrowing down the decision to preference.
Philips Hue Bluetooth Bulbs
Who’s It For: People that want superb color saturation to light up rooms in different colors.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The preset lighting options you can choose from in the Philips Hue app.
Some of the people on your shopping list might already have a few Philips smart bulbs installed on their light fixtures. But they may not yet know about the new Bluetooth-enabled version. The latest and greatest Philips Hue bulb lets you automate smart home lighting from a smartphone, so you won’t have to rely on the wired Hub Bridge. Staying within wireless range allows you to control the same tasks as the previous model, such as changing colors and lighting effects, setting timers and enabling other commands using Alexa or Google Assistant.
Theragun Prime Massage Gun
Who’s It For: Athletes looking for a post workout cool down routine.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Using the app, it’ll provide customized treatment plans for you.
Read More: We Tried Out Every Theragun Massage Gun
If you’ve got a fitness-obsessed friend who needs some elite help with recovery, then Therabody is where you’ll find their gift. They make, hands down, the best massage guns on the market. They are, however, a little pricey. Since most of us don’t have the funds to keep a Swedish masseuse on retainer, the Theragun Prime fills that much-needed void for post-workout recovery without seriously breaking the bank. Some of Therabody’s best guns will set you back upwards of $600, whereas the Prime is $300. Still an elite gift, but not absurdly expensive, and definitely worth it.
The Theragun Prime comes with an ergonomic multi-grip and a QuietForce motor for the percussive therapy you’re looking for without a lot of extra noise. It’s got 120 minutes of battery life on a single charge and comes with four different, interchangeable massage gun heads.
Air Audio Pull-Apart Wireless Speakers
Who’s It For: Audio aficionados that prefer bigger stereo sound.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can use it without having to download an app.
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Sonos was onto something when they introduced the concept of wireless multi-room sound many years back. The Air Audio takes it to the next level, allowing you to pull apart all five speakers and place them around the entire house to achieve full surround sound. You can leave one in each room and have music play from the same audio source or bring them together to form one powerful soundbar. The sleek and rugged exterior is attractive and comes IPX4 water-resistant, in case you ever decide to take a speaker into the shower.
Even among the year’s top tech gifts, these pull-apart speakers are certainly unique.
FitBark 2 Dog Activity Monitor
Who’s It For: Dog parents that want to monitor their pooch’s activities throughout the day.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It can potentially uncover early signs of discomfort or disease.
What a world we’re living in when our pets have their own wearables. The FitBark 2 Dog Activity Monitor is basically a Fitbit for dogs, built to monitor everything from the distances they’ve walked to the quality of their sleep. The battery lasts up to six months and can sync with your wearable fitness tracker device to give you the health information you need to detect signs of disease or underlying health issues in your pup. It’s a small, plastic device you can easily attach to their collar and it syncs with a smartphone app so you’ve always got up-to-date information at your fingertips.
Poly Studio P5 Webcam
Who’s It For: Anyone that’s constantly having conference calls and needs a simple webcam.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Built-in privacy shutter gives you more assurance that Big Brother isn’t watching.
There’s still a huge number of people who don’t feel safe jumping on a flight to come home for the holidays. We totally respect that. A webcam can soften the blow of not being around family by allowing you to show face on Christmas day, remotely. The Poly Studio P5 is a strong option that produces great picture quality, even greater sound, and has a USB port to connect a headset, should you have one lying around for professional Zoom calls. Furthermore, the price point is just right at under $100. Mom and Dad will love seeing their child’s smile in 1080p resolution.
Wyze Cam Outdoor
Who’s It For: Vacationers that want to watch over their belongings.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Travel Mode lets you use it without having internet connectivity.
A $56 indoor security camera with 1080p HD resolution, smart features, cloud storage, digital assistant support and night vision almost sounds too good to be true. Brace yourself, because it’s a reality, and one that you can generously gift to several others who value home privacy. It even has a person-detection feature to inform homeowners when guests arrive, along with a neat Travel Mode that lets it work without internet connectivity to continue monitoring and recording events.
Sportneer Massage Gun
Who’s It For: People that want a more affordable massage gun, which can also help ease achy spots after workouts.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It operates at about 35-45 dB, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of noise.
This Sportneer massage gun is one of our favorite massage guns, especially in the budget category. It’s just under $100 and includes a lot of the functionality you want out of a top-notch gun at a much more affordable price. Our product reviewers were very impressed with the features, the battery life, and the noise level.
The high-torque brushless motor comes with five speed levels between 1200-3200 RPM, very solid for a budget gun and all that the average massage gun user needs on a weekly basis. It also comes with six different massage gun heads for targeting different areas of the body, and it’s lightweight and portable. If Therabody’s guns aren’t within your budget this is an excellent alternative for anyone on your list.
Apple HomePod Mini
Who’s It For: Devout HomeKit users that want to use Siri to control their smart home devices.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Adaptive audio will balance out the audio according to the room’s acoustics.
The original HomePod was a hard sell, even for Apple fanboys. It never really took off like the tech giant’s other products, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from expanding their wireless speaker lineup. And we’re glad they did because HomePod Mini is something that every iPhone owner should pick up. Affordability aside, it sounds really good for its size and Siri operates flawlessly. It also blends nicely with bedroom and living room décor.
Meater Smart Food Thermometer
Who’s It For: Grillers that always want that just cooked right finish.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Glance at your food’s temperature through the app.
A good food thermometer is a must-have when it comes to searing the perfect steak (or not poisoning your dinner party guests), but if you’re shopping for someone whose kitchen skills still have some room for improvement, give them the Meater. You can stick this connected food thermometer in whatever you’re cooking and leave it in there for the duration. Meater will walk you through every step of the cooking process, and when the food reaches the desired temperature that you set in the accompanying app, you will receive a notification that its time to pull your culinary masterpiece from the heat.
GoPro Hero 10 Black
Who’s It For: Extreme sports athletes that need to capture all the action.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: See every small action with its 8x Slow-Mo mode.
Another year, another GoPro release on our list of the best tech gifts. This time around, the action-camera maker developed a new engine for the Hero 10 Black that pushes frame rates higher and faster than before. The lens is now made up of hydrophobic, water-shedding glass that has stronger scratch resistance and captures footage with reduced ghosting. Improved in-camera software and a sleek design with both a front display and rear touch screen make usability more streamlined than ever before. If you have an adventurous friend or family member, this is the gift they want.
Eero 6+ Mesh Router
Who’s It For: Anyone that needs to expand their Wi-Fi coverage.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can tell Alexa to pause the internet when kids are misbehaving.
The average consumer cares little about the technical side of WiFi. They just want something that’s simple to set up and guarantees the fastest results. Well, this revised version of the highly popular Eero Mesh router simplifies your relationship with your home network through smarter wireless management and voice commands. For instance, you can ask Alexa to pause WiFi on all smartphones and route that power towards your smart TV to establish a stronger streaming connection. Excellent. Tech illiterates worried about the setup process can also breathe easy knowing it takes 10 minutes (or less) to get up and running. Its most rewarding feature: that price tag. A set of three should guarantee zero dropouts during Fortnite sessions.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Who’s It For: Vloggers that want a compact mirrorless camera with exceptional quality.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Live stream on YouTube directly through the camera.
Whether you’re shopping for someone who has taken up photography as a hobby, wants to get into vlogging or live-streaming, or just wants to up their Instagram game, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II camera is an excellent starter camera and great tech gift.
Thanks to its 24.1-megapixel sensor, interchangeable lenses, ability to shoot 4K video, face and eye-tracking, as well as the ability to function as a high-resolution webcam, this is a camera built to excel in a variety of scenarios. And because of its relatively compact size, it’s easy to carry around or use one-handed. But the best part is that for all the features you get, this is a very affordable camera, providing more bang for the buck than most similar cameras.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
Who’s It For: Creators that are big on productivity and need a versatile workhorse for the road.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Use it like a laptop, or fold it over for tablet mode.
Not everyone is an Apple person. For the Microsoft lover seeking out their own premium MacBook alternative, feast your eyes on the Surface Laptop Studio. It shares many similarities to its macOS counterpart, from the keyboard and trackpad layout to the port selection, but it’s a more versatile machine. The bright and flexible screen can position at different angles to easy draw on it. Build quality is superb, highlighted by an all-aluminum design. A dedicated graphics card keeps visuals looking sharp, something artists will appreciate most. The four-speaker system with subwoofers pumps out dynamic sound as well.
Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid
Who’s It For: Homeowners that don’t want to spend a lot of time constantly sweeping dirt off floors.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Twin-turbines makes it double as a mop to give hard floors that extra clean feel.
Read More: We Put the Best Robot Vacuums To the Test
Cleaning the house during the holidays is a nightmare. So, for the person hosting Christmas next year, have the family chip in to get them this awesome robot vacuum and mop cleaner. The RoboVac X8 Hybrid has twin turbines that pick up everything from heavy dirtballs to pet hair, while simultaneously mopping the floor with up to 250ml of water in the tank. You can also control it via voice activation (e.g., Siri, Google Assistant) and set up virtual no-go zones that keep the machine from entering certain areas. It’ll do all the work as you’re resting on the couch.
Wyze Scale S
Who’s It For: Individuals looking for an affordable smart scale to track their weight progress.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can even track the weight of your pets, luggage, and unborn child if you’re pregnant.
Some of the best smart scales range in price, though many will tell you that the lower-priced models often provide the best bang for your buck. We’ve never seen a smart scale priced as low as the Wyze Scale S, though having tested several of the brand’s smart home and audio products, we can assure you that high quality is guaranteed. It’s compatible with fitness apps like Apple Health and Google Fit and tracks up to 11 different body composition metrics. There’s even a baby/pet mode that new parents can enable to monitor their child’s weight.
Xbox Series X
Who’s It For: Passionate gamers that want to experience gaming at the next level.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can even track the weight of your pets, luggage, and unborn child if you’re pregnant.
The shortage of next-gen consoles has shoppers scrambling. We’re not going to tell you which is the better buy between Microsoft and Sony’s machines because each one is spectacular in its own ways. What we can do is recommend the one that is likely to be most available come Black Friday: the Xbox Series X. This gaming tower comes the closest to replicating the performance of a high-powered PC gaming rig, delivering smooth 4K/60fps gameplay. Dolby Vision and Atmos support bring an immersive feel to video games that you’ve never experienced on any console. There’s also backward compatibility to hundreds of games.
Wahl Manscaper Body Groomer
Who’s It For: The guy that needs one tool for all their grooming needs.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’s water-proof for in the sink or in the shower use.
All that body fur is keeping you warm for the winter, but once summertime hits, you’re going to itch at the opportunity to shave it all off. To manscape properly without ending up in the emergency room, invest in a versatile body trimmer. The Wahl Manscaper Body Groomer works for both wet and dry trim jobs, has 20 adjustable cutting lengths and a wrap-around safety trimming guard to protect skin from nicks and cuts. It’s portable enough to toss in your dopp kit, should you be so inclined to travel with it, and a full battery gets you 100 minutes of use.
We recently named this the best mascaper of the year in The 2021 Man, our end-of-year men’s product awards. For the well-groomed guy in your life, this is one of the top gadgets to put under the tree.
Petcube Bites 2 Lite
Who’s It For: Pet owners that want to check up on their fur babies while away.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Launch a pet treat any time with the app.
Read More: The Best Automatic Feeders for Your Pets
Owning an animal is a serious commitment, one that can often interfere with your getaway plans. This automatic food dispenser and motion camera system will make sure you feed your furry child while away from the house and keep tabs on their activity through full HD 1080p live streaming video. There is also two-way audio communication to speak and soothe them from miles away. Setting up the device only takes a minute, so you can get it working the same morning before jumping on a flight to paradise.
Tajeezo PZ5 Smart Backpack
Who’s It For: Bike riders that have an urge for a futuristic looking backpack to show off while on their bike.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: There’s a hidden zipper pocket for your wallet, money, and other small valuables.
The Tajeezo PZ5 Smart Backpack keeps your belongings in a futuristic impact-resistant hard shell. Still, the “smart” tag in its name refers to the other features built into that shell. It has an onboard LED light to keep you visible at night. The PZ5 will charge your smartphone or other devices. It offers a Bluetooth speaker and a microphone to take calls You end up carrying the equivalent of five other devices with your collected stuff.
HidrateSpark TAP Smart Water Bottle
Who’s It For: Campers that need to be reminded about staying hydrated.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: NFC Smart Tag allow it to records your drinking history.
Sometimes, the most thoughtful presents are often the ones that promote health first. You might think we’re talking about a fitness tracker, but, in fact, we’re referring to this smart water bottle. What’s so special about it? The HidrateSpark TAP holds you accountable for your daily water intake with a glowing light at the bottom that reminds you every hour over a 12-hour span to drink up, while recording progress in the app. NFC tags were integrated into the design, so you can track a full bottle when tapping your smartphone on it. For $20, this is one of the cooler, less expensive gifts worth buying in bulk to distribute among the family.
Gsyker Astronomical Refracting Telescope
Who’s It For: Kid and young adults that aspire to become astronomers.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The wireless remote lets you capture photos while reducing the potential of blur due to shakes.
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Know someone who plans on taking up stargazing in the New Year? Then you better start searching for a good telescope. The Gysker is the best telescope overall with a 400-millimeter focal length, 700-millimeter aperture, and a wireless remote to take celestial images on your phone. Two replaceable eyepieces come with the purchase, along with a 5×24 finder scope and a mounting bracket that has crosshair lines to find objects more easily.
Who’s It For: Homeowners that want a smart lock, but not one that looks like a typical smart lock.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It knows when you’re near and will automatically unlock itself.
Smart locks can be eyesores, which is why the Level Lock exists. Instead of having bulky keypads on the outside and an equally ginormous box over the latch on the inside of your door, the Level Lock looks much like a traditional lock — but with all the smarts you’d expect in a smart lock. With its contemporary design, the Level Lock can match just about any decor. Plus, it still offers many advanced features, such as automatic lock/unlock, temporary access for users, geofencing, and notifications whenever the door is opened. No other smart lock looks this good.
Pixel Liber RGB Video Light
Who’s It For: Vloggers looking for a compact lighting solution for self-captures.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: There are presets that make it look like you’re in a storm with lighting flashing.
Whether you’re a content creator shooting YouTube videos at home, or working remotely at home with several video calls throughout the day, the Pixel Liber RGB Video Light is sure to keep you properly lit for that perfect look each and every time. Don’t be fooled by its compact size, which is smaller than most smartphones, because it puts out a lot of strong light. We also like the fact that you can choose many different colors for either a unique look on your subject or as an accent or mood light. This Bluetooth-enabled LED light panel can also be controlled through an app, in addition to the on-board controls it offers. With so many features, including some neat lighting effects to choose from, the Pixel Liber is one of the most versatile camera lights around — and yes, it can be magnetically attached to surfaces too!
Who’s It For: Videographers that want the ultimate compact wireless microphone setup.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can adjust the gain of the microphones through the receiver.
Rode’s been the king of wireless microphones with its popular Rode Go Wireless series of portable mics, but there’s a new kid in town that’s making an impression. The DJI Mic is a complete, all-in-one wireless microphone system perfect for enthusiasts who are looking for better audio quality when using smartphones, mirrorless cameras, and other filmmaking gear. Compact in size and featuring two wireless transmitters plus a receiver, we absolutely love that everything is stored neatly in a case that also doubles as the charger.
Tozo W1 Wireless Charger
Who’s It For: Anyone that needs a discreet and compact wireless charger that won’t occupy a lot of space on their desk.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: LEDs that light up around the edge to indicate charging.
Looking for another simple gift that won’t break the bank? Then check out the Tozo W1 Wireless Charger. What makes this particular wireless charger different is its razor thin, almost the size of your average drink coaster. We even managed to spend a considerable amount of time testing it out. When you factor in its ultra-affordable cost, you can outfit your entire home with these wireless chargers without spending a fortune. SPY has tested and reviewed this charger, and it’s one of the best and most affordable tech gifts for any occasion.
Drop Ultrasonic Keyboard
Who’s It For: Typers that want a well made mechanical keyboard.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can get custom keycaps for a unique look.
There are generic keyboards for typing, but then there are the unique mechanical keyboards from Drop. If you’re looking for something a bit more custom, you’ll want to check out the Drop’s Signature Series keyboard because of the variety of colors to choose from and custom keycaps inspired from pop culture. If that’s not enough, the sound and tactility of the keys being pressed can have a different tone and response depending on what you select. It’s truly a gift you can customize for that special someone.
Lovesac Sound + Charge Loveseat
Who’s It For: New homeowners looking to trick out their living room with a tech-centric loveseat.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Charging your phone wirelessly.
Loveseats in general are in desperate need of a modern upgrade. Aesthetically, the Lovesac Sound + Charge may look like your ordinary loveseat, but it’s tucking away a super surround sound system courtesy of Harman Kardon — as well as wireless charging pads to charge your phones while watching your favorite movies. Most impressively, Lovesac managed to incorporate these features while maintaining the look and aesthetics of its loveseats.