40 Coolest Tech Gifts You’ll Want to Keep for Yourself
We found the coolest tech gifts for every age, style, and stage, so you can expect some seriously heartfelt thank-you notes when the unwrapping is done—if these gifts even make it out of your hands, that is
Breathe easy with this futuristic model
The Dyson Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier works year-round—to cool in the summer and heat in the winter—and works with your Amazon Alexa. The internal HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of allergens and pollutants, including pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria, and pet dander, which means it’s a dream gift for the person with little critters (pets and children included, obviously). The brand also made our Mother’s Day gifts list, so you know it’s good.
For the tech-loving chef
Watch them whip up the wildest, most advanced dishes after you give them an All-Clad Prep & Cook Cooking Food Processor, because this nearly magical machine cooks, slow-cooks, steams, stir-fries, mixes, stirs, kneads, crushes ice, chops nuts, and does just about anything else you can think of, short of flying you to the moon.
Music to their ears
When it comes to tech gifts, the Harman Kardon Allure Portable Alexa Voice-Activated Speaker is a music lover’s dream. It’s got Amazon’s famous Alexa already built right in and offers 360-degree wow-worthy sound. Keep things polite with these 10 etiquette tips for holiday gift giving.
Streamline the whole cooking experience
The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven cooks with super-heated steam, instantly turns on, and wipes away the need for preheating and defrosting (hello, busy after-work life!). It has five versatile cooking modes, and yes, it can even cook a pizza.
More is more, right?
For the ultimate techie, the Crucial BX 500 Internal SSD reads and writes on all file types and uses Accelerated by Micron 3D NAND technology. Sounds impressive, right? This solid-state drive also preserves your work if power is unexpectedly cut, which makes it one of the most useful tech gifts on our list, and it’s available on Amazon Prime. If quick gifts are your thing, you’ll want to check out our list of the best gifts on Amazon Prime too.
For the constantly communicating person
If one of your favorite people is on his or her phone all day, more battery life could be a real miracle gift. The myCharge Wireless Portable Charger Power Bank works with Qi-enabled phones like newer-model Apple iPhones and Samsung Androids.
Sassy and secure
What good is that next-generation iPhone if the screen is cracked? Help your favorite cell phone lovers keep their prized possession safe with a rugged but lightweight case from Urban Armor Gear. Not only is it built to military standards to withstand drop and shock, but if you buy one from the PNK series, 100 percent of sales goes to charities that support breast cancer awareness.
Noise-canceling and love-enhancing
Imagine how happy the music lover or gaming pro on your list will be when he or she receives Skullcandy Venue headphones. They offer noise cancellation, Bluetooth connectivity, and up to 24 hours of use on a single charge. Find out 29 ways to get the best deals on anything.
Music to go
The iLive Platinum Wi-Fi Speaker isn’t just cute—it’s got a very practical rechargeable battery, offers top-notch sound, and helps take your party on the road (or, if this is for a teen, out of your living room).
For the fitness fanatic
The QardioBase 2 Wireless Smart Scale and Body Analyzer isn’t just any regular scale. Sure, it will tell you how much you weigh, but it will actually break that number down into how much of that weight is distributed among fat, muscle, water, and bone. It works together with a phone-ready app, so you can keep tabs on your body mass index and overall fitness progress too.
Better sleep makes for nicer family members
If there’s a cranky person on your list, he or she almost definitely needs the Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan Evo White Noise Machine. Up to 22 unique digital sounds will mask even the most disruptive environments (for those who live near a busy street), and the sleek machine even offers precise volume control to block out snoring. If you’re the one snoring, your partner obviously deserves this gift. Read up on 10 ways to find unique gifts for your partner.
For the brightest smiles
If the person on your list spends time in front of any type of audience, or just values those pearly whites, the Mobile White Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit is one of the coolest and least-expected tech gifts ever. The teeth-whitening tray is actually hooked up to your phone, and through a special connectivity app, the whitening treatments begin. Each treatment is a 20-minute whitening cycle developed by celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman, a leading expert in teeth whitening.
For the littlest tech lover
If there’s a little kid on your list with a big love of puppies, he or she will swoon over a zoomer Playful Pup. He’s a responsive robotic dog with voice recognition and realistic motion. Yes, seriously. This is definitely the future we were promised. And consider these 11 non-toy gifts that your kids will love.
Because germs are everywhere
People who love each other spread kindness, not germs, which is why a PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger is one of the coolest tech gifts around town. It literally zaps the nasties living on your phone screen so you can start each day fresh, without the threat of bacteria and viruses. Plus, it’ll charge your phone while the zapping happens, which is a happy bonus.
For the ultimate superhero
If the superhero fan in your life loved Black Panther in theaters and is nonstop obsessed with cool tech gifts, the Marvel Legends Black Panther Electronic Helmet will satisfy every whim. The lenses flip up and down, the lights mimic the real movie character’s, and it’s all the cool factor anyone could ever ask for. Feel like a hero with these 30 gifts for men.
This will be universally appealing
If you’re shopping for a gift for the person who already has everything, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Power Strip is sure to please. It offers six smart outlets, three device-charging USB ports, surge protection, and the ability to control it from anywhere. That means your gift recipient will never forget to turn off a light and have to run home again. Pretty neat. Did we mention that it has voice control too?
For the healthy eater
Whether the person on your list is currently collecting ketogenic-diet recipes or just trying to trim down those calories, the Bella Electric Hot Air Fryer is an affordable, countertop way to lock in all the delicious flavor of frying with only a fraction of the calories. It’s a no-oil machine, too, which means you’ll be able to pop in anything from veggies to chicken for quick, heart-healthy “fried” dinners in a jiffy.
Awww, this is too cute!
If the child on your list is about to be a big sister or brother, or just generally loves baby dolls, the Luvabella Responsive Doll offers real expressions and lifelike movement. Kids ages four and up will revel in the doll’s robotic nature, especially as they teach her to babble and repeat up to 100 words and phrases. Check out these 13 savvy shopping tips.
For the artistically inclined
A Wacom Intuos pen and touch tablet is one of the best tech gifts for those who savor everything artistic. It’s a customizable tool for digital creation, and a wizardlike alternative to the mouse. If you know how to draw with pen and paper, you can use this totally neat device.
Take gaming outside
Tell the loved one on your list to put aside his or her love of video games and actually get outside with the Sky Viper Scout Streaming Drone. It’s got a surface-scan capability that’ll impress even the most intense techie teen, and offers all the fun of flying. Also check out these other super-cool gifts for kids—especially boys.
These Wicked Audio Shred 2 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are sweatproof, easy to wear, and deliver excellent sound for the person who loves packing in a few extra sets at the gym. Better yet, they’re compact and can easily be stuffed into a hoodie pocket so that they’re never forgotten.
You can bring 3-D printing home
Is this real, or are we only dreaming? It’s real! The Monoprice Select Mini 3-D Printer comes fully assembled with a microSD card preloaded with printable models, and it’s surprisingly affordable. Trust us, this is the coolest machine you never knew you needed. Make sure you recognize these 32 invisible ways stores get you to spend more.
Take kiddie art to a new techie level
If the little ones in your life are constantly coloring and wearing down their prized Crayola crayons, good news—they can repurpose them with a Crayola Crayon Melter. It’s a neat, kid-friendly gadget that takes all those half-used crayons and melts them into totally new art forms. Plus, it introduces kids to the idea that nothing needs to be wasted. Consider keeping these 13 presents on hand for gift emergencies.
An extremely helpful kitchen device
The person on your list will be happy to give up counter space for a Crock-Pot 8 Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker. It makes meals that can feed up to ten people (hello, holiday gatherings) and can pressure-cook, slow-cook, brown, sauté, or even steam—all in one appliance. Better yet, it cooks up to 70 percent faster than traditional cooking methods.
For the garden lover
If the person on your list is known for mowing, watering, fertilizing, and generally loving all things lawn, he or she will be ecstatic to receive a Scotts GRO #7 Smart 7-Zone Sprinkler and Irrigation Controller. It lets your gift recipient control his or her lawn’s irrigation at the touch of a button, from literally anywhere. Save water, save time, save sanity, and increase the lush-green look of a lawn. Don’t think about giving any of these 19 ridiculous Christmas gifts.
An easier way to keep track of fitness
If the person you’re buying for loves keeping track of his or her steps, sleep, and heart rate but can’t be bothered to wear a bulky watch, the Motiv Fitness Ring will come as a welcome surprise gift. It’s a sleek, lightweight, and easy-to-wear ring that syncs with an app on the phone to keep the wearer up-to-date on everything health. Did we mention it counts steps too? Budget better with these 15 holiday-shopping tips.
For the deep seeker
You can literally Google anything by voice with a Google Home Mini. It’s a smart speaker that will get you answers from Google, but it can also help you figure out what to wear, thanks to on-demand weather reports, sports updates, real-time news, and more.
That’s a bright idea
The Sylvania Lightify Smart Home Starter Kit includes a gateway and bulb that help you control your lighting from just about anywhere. You can add up to 50 more, which means you can remotely turn lights on or off as you deem necessary, and help keep costs down when you’re away from home. Impress your friends with your knowledge of these 20 techie terms.
This’ll give a giggle
Even the age-old favorite computer game Oregon Trail has advanced in technology. If you need a fun stocking stuffer or whimsical inexpensive gift, the Oregon Trail Handheld Game has all the goodness and vintage appeal of the old standby, but with newer, more millennial-friendly technology that lets it go just about anywhere. We think it’s a fun conversation starter on the train too.
The gift of more advanced movies
Sure, you could give a regular night out at the movies to the couple on your list, but why? Instead, check out the gift-card options from iPic Theaters, a chain of extremely advanced movie and entertainment theaters around the country. What’s different? Expect premium screens, better-quality sound, predetermined and guaranteed seating, the comfiest chairs of your life, and a food menu that’s never stale—even the produce is organic. Going to the movies made our list of the 24 gift cards people actually want for the holidays, so you know it’s a good idea.
A speaker that’s better for the hearing-impaired
If you have a person with limited hearing on your list, he or she will love the ZVOX AccuVoice 201 Sound Bar TV Speaker. It uses the same technology found in hearing aids to create better hearing conditions and voice boosting for those with partial hearing loss or impairment, making this one of the more special tech gifts on our list.
For budding creative minds
The 3Doodler Start Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature 3D Pen Set is everything an older kid might need to get his or her feet wet in the world of 3-D printing, design, science, and architecture. Children’s designs will come flying out of the pen as if by magic, and they’ll be able to see their genius minds come to life in real time. Beware of these 14 gifts that might send the wrong message.
Everyone wants to browse better
If anyone on your list has ever complained about the quality of his or her Wi-Fi connectivity, trust us, that person wants a Netgear Orbi Home Mesh Wi-Fi System. The Orbi Wi-Fi system covers up to 5,000 square feet seamlessly, includes a router satellite, and leverages tri-band Wi-Fi. It’s the tech gift that supports all other tech gifts. Don’t ignore these 4 tech gadgets you should consider buying secondhand—and 3 you shouldn’t.
Imagine Alexa on steroids
If the techie on your list has already loved his or her Amazon Alexa for the past few seasons, your giftee will go wild for the new JBL Link View Voice-Activated Wireless Smart Speaker with HD Touch Screen. It easily video-calls anyone on your list, responds to your voice, lets you pull up those very necessary YouTube instructional videos as you create, and even takes photos.
A tech lover’s dream phone, but more affordable
Give someone the Motorola Moto E5 Play if he or she is in need of a newer, much cooler Android phone and loves to talk, text, and run his or her life straight from a smartphone. This Amazon exclusive comes preinstalled with a variety of Amazon apps, Alexa, a fast processor, and a 5.2-inch display. The battery lasts all day, too, which is sure to be a big hit. Worried about your shopping habits? Note the 12 clear signs you’re out of control.
Better sleep and better breathing
Upgrade a loved one’s humidifier with this teched-out version of the old classic. The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier comes with LED display, ultrasonic capabilities, a 360-degree nozzle, a timer, and even an auto-shut-off feature.
A safer home is a truly peaceful gift
The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Camelot Trim works with Alexa to give you hands-free voice control over your front door, set schedules, and manage codes for the people coming and going from your home (like contractors, babysitters, and other helpers). It’s valuable peace of mind, and one of those tech gifts that will be treasured for years to come. Shamelessly regift with these 7 tips.
For the skin-care obsessed
Yes, even beauty has gone high-tech. The reVive LED Light Therapy Acne System is an easy-to-use acne-fighting wand that uses scientifically backed evidence that blue-light therapy destroys acne-causing bacteria. Check out our other beauty gifts for her this holiday season.
Stay safe on the road
Keep your tech-obsessed friend or loved one safe while driving by giving the Kenu Airbase Wireless, a charging mount that rests on the dashboard or windshield for hands-free operation. It switches easily from portrait to landscape viewing mode and won’t overheat. Works with most electronic devices, including Apple, Samsung, Google, and LG. Don’t miss our crave-worthy gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
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