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Nearly everything we use these days has gotten a “smart” upgrade, from fitness gear and beauty tools to crafting and beyond. You’d be hard-pressed to find a category that hasn’t gotten the high-tech treatment, but that doesn’t mean everything is equipped with a touch screen or requires a smartphone app (though many do offer the best of digital and analog worlds).
If you’re looking for the best tech gifts for moms, dads, grads, kids or anyone else you appreciate, we’ve rounded up ideas for every type of recipient. Whether you’re shopping for an aspiring filmmaker, an audiophile, a beauty or grooming enthusiast or even someone who wants to unplug more, check out our top picks below.
1. 2022 Apple iPad Air with Wi-Fi, 256GB
FOR THE MOBILE MOVIE WATCHER
You can’t go wrong with Apple’s 5th-gen iPad Air (available with 64 or 256 GB storage), which boasts the brand’s speedy M1 chip with Neural Engine, a vibrant 10.9-inch Retina display with True Tone, 4K video recording, stereo landscape speakers, a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, a secure Touch ID and more.
2. ClicBot Kit
FOR THE MAKER
Recently seen on The Ellen Degeneres Show, ClicBot’s If Design Award-winning cool coding robot is great for anyone who loves learning how to program. Giftees of all ages can learn how to code and easily make their own creation by connecting ClicBot pieces with built-in accelerometers, gyroscopes, cameras, microphones and sensors for touch, velocity and position variance. Whether they want to make a robot that can grab stuff, zoom around the house or take photos, STEAM-obsessed recipients will have a blast building their problem-solving and creative skills.
3. HumanCentric Desktop Speakers
FOR THE DESIGN-MINDED SOUND SNOB
If they’re in need of a sound upgrade for their desktop setup, HumanCentric’s sleek Bluetooth speakers will give their workstation or gaming desk a cool upgrade. Featuring HyperFocus tweeters, a modern-meets-retro design with exposed vacuum tubes and multiple connection options (including an auxiliary input and an RIAA phono port), these speakers deliver crystal-clear expansive sound and deep bass for giftees who love watching movies, listening to music or playing games.
4. Bellroy Tech Kit
FOR THE GADGET COLLECTOR
Giftees can keep all of their cables and tech accoutrements untangled with Bellroy’s Tech Kit, which has stretchy mesh pockets for cords and chargers, a partition with elastic organizers and a magnetic slip compartment for a power bank. It’s also made from recycled woven fabric and unzips to lay flat for easy access.
5. Adventurers Typewriter-Style Retro Mechanical Keyboard
FOR THE WRITER
For tablet users (or giftees who want to type on their smartphone), this cool retro Bluetooth keyboard lets vintage-loving techies get the tactile satisfaction of a 1940s typewriter with the responsiveness of modern technology.
6. Almond Cow Milk Maker Ultimate Starter Set
FOR THE PLANT-BASED TECHIE
If they love taking a tech approach to their DIY lifestyle, Almond Cow’s Milk Maker makes it a cinch to squeeze their own plant-based milks. The device can make nut milks, creamers, soups, cocktails and more, and recipients can use cashews, almonds, oats, coconut shreds and other ingredients to whip up tasty foods.
7. Apple AirTag 4-Pack
BEST FOR IPHONE USERS
Sometimes we need tech to keep track of our devices, and that’s where Apple’s AirTags come in. Recipients who are attached to their iPhone (but not so tethered to the rest of their belongings) can find their misplaced items using the AirTag, which can play a sound on the built-in speaker and works with Siri when you ask for help with voice commands.
8. Fiture Fitness Mirror
FOR THE HIGH-END GYM ENTHUSIAST
Looking to impress the workout enthusiast on your list? One of the best new fitness mirrors to arrive is Fiture, which features a 43-inch high-resolution screen and is available in five stylish colors. It comes with a five-piece fit kit and the additional membership ($39 per month) gives access to unlimited on-demand and live workouts (such as yoga, barre, Pilates, HIIT, boxing, cardio sculpt and more), training programs and interactive classes for up to seven household members. It stands on its own or can be mounted to the wall.
9. Otamatone Portable Synthesizer Toy
FOR KIDS AND KIDS AT HEART
We’ll give you a minute to Google the vast library of Otamatone covers before you decide to treat your giftee (who may or may not be musically inclined) to the adorable — and potentially annoying — portable synthesizer toy. The popular Japanese electronic musical instrument comes in other cute designs and makes a fun gift for kids or anyone else who loves to play with sound.
10. TheraFace Pro
FOR SKINCARE LOVERS
From LED and infrared light therapy to microcurrent and muscle-relaxing facial massages, Therabody’s new TheraFace Pro has luxe treatments for anyone who wants to reap the benefits of technology in their skincare routine. The 6-in-1 device will turn their next home facial into a spa-like experience, and it comes with three percussive massage attachments and a soft carrying travel bag.
11. Leica D-Lux 7 Silver Camera
For the soon-to-graduate film student or photography enthusiast, Leica’s newest D-Lux compact camera lets shutterbugs record cinematic 4K video, take stunning, blur-free photos in low light conditions and perfectly frame subjects using high speed autofocus. The 17-megapixel camera boasts the sleek and retro body that the German company is known for — and your giftee will be happy to know that fellow Leica users in Hollywood include Jason Momoa, Brad Pitt, Dakota Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Daniel Craig (to name a few).
12. Divoom Ditoo Programmable Pixel Art Bluetooth Speaker
FOR CODERS AND TINKERERS
Divoom’s adorable Ditoo Bluetooth speaker and retro game console makes a great gift for the tinkerers, coders, gamers and music lovers in your life. Giftees can use the brand’s app to design their own pixel art, animation or scrolling message, and it’s loaded with classic games should they get bored at their desk.
13. Meta Quest 2 VR Headset
FOR IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT ENTHUSIASTS
Whether your giftee is a gamer, a fitness lover, or a concertgoer who prefers their front-row seat at home, Meta-owned Quest 2 headset will certainly deliver in the entertainment department. The virtual reality device is lighter and more comfortable to wear than its predecessor, and the two haptic feedback-touch controllers, speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, higher-resolution 1832 x 1920 pixel-per-eye screen, and stunning cinematic sound all combine to deliver more realistic graphics that bring games and content to life in the Metaverse.
That means users don’t have to leave home in order to work out on an Icelandic glacier (among many other Supernatural workouts), to step into the Star Wars universe, or to drop their best DJ beats. And Meta’s platform also offers exclusive events, live shows, films, and more. Recipients will find the unit easy to set up after unboxing (no computer or gaming console needed), but they will need Wi-Fi access, Meta’s free app, and a Facebook account to get started. Games and content may also require additional purchases; the device is available in 64, 128 or 256 GB storage options.
14. Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer
FOR HIGH-TECH CHEFS
Breville’s Smart Oven Air Fryer is one of the best tech gifts you can give to your favorite plugged-in chef (and it’s 40 percent off for a limited time on Amazon). This kitchen must-have’s Element iQ system automatically adjusts the cooking temperature and time, whether it’s baking pizza or cookies, toasting up to six slices of bread, slow cooking, air frying, and other techniques.
15. Sonos Roam Speaker
FOR THE ON-THE-GO AUDIOPHILE
Now music lovers and home theater enthusiasts can experience vibrant sound wherever they go with Sonos’ latest Roam portable speaker, which works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. The Bluetooth device is waterproof and resistant to damage from drops, and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. As far as sound, expect the same audio quality that Sonos is known for: think crisp acoustics and vocals to room-filling music.
16. Ember Mug²
FOR COFFEE AND TEA LOVERS
Why settle for a basic mug when you can treat your giftee to coffee or tea that stays at their preferred drinking temperature? Ember recently upgraded its 10-ounce smart mug with better battery life so it stays warm for 1.5 hours or all day when it’s on the charging coaster. Drinkers can use the app to set their desired temperature from 120 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit and create personalized presets for their favorite beverages, while a smart LED light indicates when the mug has reached the right temp. The chic vessel (now available in four metallic scratch-free finishes) also has an auto-sleep feature that turns the device off when it’s empty or senses inactivity for two hours.
17. Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet
FOR THE MULTI-TASKER
Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet lets you watch movies, listen to music, take video calls, check email, control your smart home gadgets, and more, so it makes a great affordable tech gift for the plugged-in busy bees on your list. And for a limited time, you can get $75 off when you buy two when you use the code 2PACKFIRE10.
18. Instant Pot 6-Quart Pro Plus Multicooker
FOR THE TECHIE CHEF
Instant Pot’s newest Pro Plus Wi-Fi pressure cooker might just be the closest thing to gifting your loved ones a robot chef. Sync the multi-tasking appliance to the brand’s app for access to over 1,000 pre-programmed recipes and schedule, adjust and monitor your food when you’re out of the house or just in another room. Design updates include a large, easy-to-read LCD screen, NutriBoost technology that helps to release more flavor, a quieter steam release switch and an upgraded stainless steel inner pot featuring thicker metal and an easier-to-grasp handle.
19. Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Arcade Synthesizer
FOR THE BEATMAKER
Drummers, gamers and professional hitmakers alike will dig Teenage Engineering’s lineup of pocket-sized synths and sequencers, which include this cool gadget that lets users make chiptune arrangements with 16 different video game-inspired sounds. It’s equipped with a built-in Knowles speaker and the 16-step sequencer lets musicmakers create songs using the 128-pattern chaining function.
20. Motorola Razr
FOR NOSTALGIC TECHIES
For those old enough to remember (and love) flip phones or for the giftee who wants a nostalgic upgrade, Motorola’s original Razr is back — and majorly upgraded. The compact smartphone has a folding screen with a vibrant 6.2-inch OLED display, a 48MP camera that can take selfies when the device is closed, a high-performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip (so they can have several apps open with no lag) and 25 GB of space for storing plenty of music, movies and more. (Oh, and it’s $600 off.)
21. WeMo Smart Plug 3-Pack
FOR EVERYDAY UPGRADES
The best tech gifts don’t need to be the priciest gadgets. Everything from floor lamps to toasters can get a smart upgrade when they’re plugged into these Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo outlets, which can be paired with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant for controlling nearly any device via voice or smartphone.
22. Blue Snowball USB Microphone
FOR ASPIRING PODCASTERS AND STREAMERS
Whether they’re an aspiring podcaster or simply looking to upgrade their video call audio, Blue’s Snowball USB microphone will give users crystal-clear sound when they’re live streaming on Twitch, calling over Zoom or chatting on Discord. The mic’s cardioid pickup pattern ensures focused sound, and design lovers will dig the retro look with modern technology.
23. Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller
FOR THE SCREEN-FREE STORY LOVER
For the parents seeking screen-free entertainment without losing the tech element, Lunii’s My Fabulous storyteller (currently 20 percent off on Amazon) lets kids choose their own audio adventures while encouraging their imaginations. Designed for ages 3 to 10, the interactive device includes 48 pre-loaded tales that prompt little ones to select their character, setting and other story elements. Best of all, you don’t need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to set the device up; you can download new content by connecting the unit directly via USB cable to Mac or Windows computers.
24. Halo Bolt Portable Phone and Laptop Charger and Car Jump Starter
FOR THE ON-THE-GO TECHIE
This Swiss army knife-like charging station will keep tech-obsessed people powered up no matter where they are — even on the road. Should their car battery die, Halo Bolt’s portable charger doubles as an automobile emergency device that can jump-start batteries and keep areas well-lit with a built-in LED flood light. The charger protects items from short circuiting and over-voltaging, and it’s equipped with two USB outputs for charging laptops, smartphones, tablets and other devices. A wall charger is included and you can choose from a variety of colors and patterns for techies who don’t want to sacrifice style.
25. Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker
FOR THE COFFEE CONNOISSEUR
Design-minded home baristas will always have a freshly-brewed cup with this handsome smart coffee maker (reg. $349), which comes in matte black and white and stainless steel options. Recipients can customize their java to their personal tastes (such as the temperature and from light to bold), whether it’s an entire pot for guests or just one cup. It’s compatible with Alexa and Google Home, so users can just say a voice command to ensure that joe is on the way.
26. Polaroid Now+ Starter Set
FOR THE SHUTTERBUG
Polaroid’s newest Now+ instant film camera gives photography enthusiasts the best of the analog and digital worlds. Shutterbugs can snap on the included lens filters or sync the Bluetooth-enabled device with the accompanying smartphone app to unlock additional creative tools, including double exposure, light painting and more.
27. Aura Carver Digital Photo Frame
Keep the memories rolling by gifting loved ones Aura’s 10.1-inch Carver Luxe digital photo frame (on sale for 20% off on Amazon), which makes it easy to display your favorite pictures in true color. One of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things of 2021, this versatile frame’s sleek design blends seamlessly into homes and offices, and the Amazon Alexa-compatible device comes with unlimited free cloud storage.
28. Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
FOR BUSY BOOKWORMS
Your beloved bibliophiles will always have plenty of page-turners with the Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader, one of the best tablets for reading books on the go. Measuring 6.8 inches, the lightweight tablet offers up to 10 weeks of battery life and 8 GB of storage, which means readers can store thousands of titles on their device. Bookworms can also enjoy stress-free poolside or bathtime reading on the waterproof device, and night owls can adjust the screen’s warmth from white to amber for easy evening use. The Kindle also pairs with Bluetooth headphones and Audible subscriptions for those who want to go hands-free.
29. Muse Meditation Headband
FOR THE TECH-MINDED MEDITATOR
Not everyone needs fancy equipment to meditate — but for those who want to track their actual brainwaves, heart rate and sleep numbers, Muse’s latest version of its EEG-powered S headband can do all of that and more. Equipped with sensors that monitor the mind and body, the device uses a responsive soundscape program (dubbed a “digital sleeping pill”) that automatically adjusts the music as your brain activity changes so that you can drift back to sleep.
The accompanying app syncs the headband to users’ smartphones, so they can monitor their statistics — such as how long they’re in light, deep and REM sleep — and get insight into their meditation or snoozing progress. The app also features guided meditations for the mind, heart, breath and body, and a premium subscription unlocks the ability to layer real-time biofeedback over their own music and more, as well as access to content geared towards stress reduction and sleep.
30. HP Citizen Cinema CC2200 Portable Projector
FOR THE MOVIE BUFF
On-the-go film fanatics can turn any spot into a movie theater with HP’s new Citizen Cinema CC2200 portable projector, which delivers 1080p HD video as large as 80 inches on any wall or other flat surface. HSN’s exclusive bundle comes with an 84-inch portable screen, a Roku Express media player, a remote control and other accessories that your giftee needs to create a mobile cinema when they connect their smartphone, tablet or another device via HDMI cable. The device has built-in speakers and USB ports for supporting flash drives for playing video files.
31. iClever TransNova Kids Bluetooth Headphones
FOR LITTLE AUDIOPHILES
Budding music lovers (and caretakers who don’t want to hear their preschooler’s playlist for the zillionth time) can listen to their favorite tunes in style with iClever’s tot-friendly TransNova Bluetooth headphones (on sale when you clip the $12 off coupon on the Amazon product page), which have a built-in microphone and a volume limiter that lets grown-ups set the maximum decibel level. Cool kids can swap out the detachable headphone covers to customize the look of their gear, and wearers will get 45 hours of playtime when the device is fully charged. They boast 40-millimeter Neodymium drivers, so pint-sized audiophiles will enjoy deep bass and clear mid and high ranges. The headphones also come with a portable travel case.
32. Sengled Smart Light Bulbs
FOR THE AMBIANCE EXPERT
Giftees can always set the right scene with Sengled’s smart light bulbs, which don’t require a separate hub and offer a spectrum of 16 million colors. The bulbs are dimmable and connect directly to Wi-Fi, so users can go from amber to cool white or any other color of the rainbow directly through the phone app. They can be customized by room, set on a specific schedule or timer and controlled via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Plus, these energy-saving light bulbs reduce consumption by up to 80 percent.
33. Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer for Smartphones
FOR THE PRINT-LOVING SHUTTERBUG
For your favorite shutterbug who wants the option to print their own digital photos, Canon’s portable Ivy photo printer easily syncs to smartphones and produces pocket-sized images.
34. AeroGarden Harvest Elite Hydroponic Garden
FOR PLANT PARENTS
AeroGarden’s foolproof Harvest Elite garden makes a great gift for tech-savvy green or gray thumbs who live in small spaces. The modern stainless steel design fits with most interior decor styles, and the soil-free and non-GMO seed pods and energy-efficient LED lighting system make it easy to grow herbs, veggies and flowers five times faster than via natural sunlight. This particular model has room for six pods and up to 12 inches of grow height, and users don’t need an app to start gardening. A digital display reminds users when to add water and plant food, and there’s also a vacation mode to ensure that the garden isn’t neglected when its plant parents are away.
35. Ghd Unplugged Cordless Styler
FOR THE BEAUTY BUFF
Starry hairstylist Justine Marjan is among the Hollywood-beloved pros who keep Ghd’s new Unplugged cordless styler in their tress maintenance kits. The portable hair device gives up to 20 minutes of on-the-go styling and is safe for all hair types and textures. The flight-friendly styler comes with a heat-resistant case and USB-C cable for charging.
36. Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Station
FOR DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS
Now available in a stylish linen, Courant’s Oprah Winfrey-approved Catch 3 wireless charging station is for recipients who prefer to keep their devices powered up on something that looks right at home with their fashionable abode. This Qi-certified pad delivers fast charging to most smartphones (including iPhones), while the tray lets users keep their keys, wallet, jewelry and other items in one place after a long day. Get an extra $15 when you clip the Amazon page coupon, which brings the price down to $85.
37. Cricut Explore Air 2 + Everything Bundle
FOR CRAFTY TYPES
If your loved one wants to take their arts and crafts to the next level, Cricut’s Explore Air 2 machine can help them whip up professional-looking cards, shirts, home decor, gifts, and much more. The device can cut over 100 materials, including cardstock, paper, vinyl, cork, fabric, glitter paper, vinyl, iron-on transfers, and much more, and users can connect tools for cutting, writing, foiling, and more to expand their DIY capabilities.
The Bluetooth-enabled machine allows crafters to download designs and more, and the Everything Bundle includes a variety of supplies, machine tools, accessories, and mats so that recipients can create right out of the box.
38. Loftie Clock
FOR TECH-OVERLOADED SNOOZERS
If your tech-obsessed pal could use a little (or a lot) less screen time, Loftie’s smart clock helps snoozers unplug from their smartphones at night to get better sleep. The device’s nightlight lets users know when it’s time for light’s out, and phone-free content such as guided meditations, sound baths, sleep-inducing stories, and breathwork will help people drift off to dreamland. Those who prefer to listen to their own tunes can connect to the clock via Bluetooth and use it as a speaker.
When it’s time to rise and shine, Loftie’s two-phase alarm gently awakens (instead of jolts) users so they can start the day on a relaxing note. The company also updates its clock content regularly, so your giftee can expect new features, alarms, and more.
39. Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse Smart Writing Set Pen & Dotted Smart Notebook
FOR AVID NOTE-TAKERS
Moleskine is already a trusted name among writers and stationery enthusiasts who prefer to sketch or jot their ideas onto paper. The iconic company’s Pen+ smart pen and notebook tablet set lets your giftee digitize their hand-written notes and share, search, edit, and organize their ideas using the app (compatible with both Android and iOS). Users can also record audio to accompany their notes, save files as PDFs, and upload to Evernote or Google Workspace apps. The digital-meets-analog writing set includes a charging cable and extra ink refill for the pen.
40. StrapQuest Leather Apple Watch Band
FOR STYLISH SMART WATCH WEARERS
For the fashionable pal who’s seeking a stylish swap for their Apple watch’s basic band, StrapQuest’s handmade leather bands offer a chic alternative. They’re made of hand-sanded Italian leather and finished with 316L stainless steel buckles, and available in a range of colorways and patterns.
41. Shani Darden Skin Care Facial Sculpting Wand
FOR SKINCARE AFICIONADOS
Your beloved beauty buff can experience Hollywood-loved facialist Shani Darden’s skin-smoothing treatments (favored by clients like Jessica Alba, January Jones and Emmy Rossum) at home with her facial sculpting tool, which uses sound waves in combination with the aesthetician’s hyaluronic-infused Hydra Prep Gel to sculpt the visage. Regular users say they’ve noticed more relaxed facial muscles as well as fewer fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet, and nasolabial area. The device has three intensity levels and includes flat disc and precision ball attachments so that users can customize their facials.
42. Hyperice Vyper 3 High-Intensity Vibrating Foam Roller
FOR THE ATHLETE
The latest version of Hyperice’s grooved Vyper foam roller offers three vibration settings that are designed to boost circulation and flexibility pre-workout and soothe sore muscles afterward. It’s small enough to fit into a gym bag and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to two hours.
43. Snapino Learn to Code Kit
FOR CODERS OF ALL AGES
No matter their age, DIY techies will appreciate this cool coding set that lets them learn how to program an Arduino, the open-source micro-controller that’s a favorite among budding makers and professional programmers alike. The Snapino kit includes an Arduino Uno board and 14 snap-on circuit sets that giftees can make into 20 projects.
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