Hopefully, you aren’t waiting until the last minute to pick out Christmas gifts for your family and friends. But if you do, then you won’t be alone! It’s estimated that about 25% of Americans wait until the last minute to buy gifts. Life is rather busy, after all, and it can be difficult to find a moment to not only go shopping, but really think about what your loved ones would want. Matching the best gift to the right person can be challenging — especially because the hottest gifts are constantly changing; holiday tech in particular dramatically evolves each year. Tech covers so many areas in this day and age. You can apply tech to your kitchen, your gym, and your car. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re trying to keep up with technology. For that matter, it’s particularly difficult to buy for adults. Most adults go ahead and buy things for themselves when they want them; they aren’t necessarily going to wait to receive them as gifts. However, there’s something special about receiving the latest holiday tech from someone else, rather than having to go buy it for yourself or peruse shopping websites at home. With that being said, we’re going to look into some of the hottest holiday gifts this year — because the more research you do ahead of time, the more likely you’ll be to find the perfect presents for the people you love.
1. The Tile Mate
If you’re running late for work or an appointment, chances are that you’re doing so because you lost your car keys — or rather, misplaced them. It doesn’t matter if you can find those keys in time, though. The aggravation can ruin your entire morning, if not your day. When we can’t find our keys, we can’t do much of anything; driving isn’t an option, and as most of us keep all of our keys together on one keychain, you may very well end up locked out of your house. That’s why the Tile Mate has ended up on so many holiday tech wish lists. This particular gadget is geared towards anyone who has a set of keys that they’d rather not misplace. Essentially, the tile is a small object that can be hooked onto your keychain. Its Bluetooth capabilities allow it to sync to an app on your phone (which you’ll download for free, of course). If you lose your keys, all you have to do is activate your Tile Mate — and you’ll hear a tune that will let you know where they’ve gone. The Tile Mate may look small — it can easily fit in a stocking if you want to go that route with it — but it’s rather useful. Everyone can use it, and even if you’ve locked your keys in your car you can find rely upon it to help you find them. If you feel like you’re buying for someone who has everything, double-check whether or not they have a Tile Mate. It’s a forward-thinking, practical piece of holiday tech, but it’s not overly expensive either. You can’t go wrong with a gift that has broad appeal!
2. The Aukey Latitude EP-B40
So — what if you’re buying for a fitness enthusiast? Now more than ever, people like to incorporate technology into their workouts. Even if you like to relax and disconnect from the world during a yoga session, chances are that at the very minimum they have music blasting on their phone. Chances are that if you’re choosing a holiday tech gift for someone who loves fitness, you’ll want to keep it somewhat simple. While they aren’t going to want to completely cut the cord, nobody wants to worry too much about bulky tech when they’re working out. That’s why the Aukey Latitude EP-B40 is such a great gift for the athletic people in your life! Unlike many competitors, these don’t necessarily break the bank, but they’re durable enough to keep up with your workout, which is much more than we can say for a lot of workout friendly earbuds, which often break easily or are otherwise affected by the jostling activity that comes with exercise. They come with three eartips and three fins, making it easier for people to personalize their experience. They also come with eight hours of battery life, which means that there’s no need to cut a workout short due to a lack of music. Their Bluetooth connectivity makes them even more useful. Ultimately, this gift can be given to anyone — but they’ll definitely appeal to the fitness enthusiasts in your life in a big way!
3. The iRobot Roomba 690
Now, this house cleaning gift is a bit more expensive than the other options we’ve put on the table thus far. However, there’s a reason why the iRobot Roomba 690 made a splash when it was first released, and has maintained enduring popularity as a holiday tech recommendation. This robot vacuum does the cleaning for you — you can just sit back, relax, and watch as it essentially picks up after you. The more recent versions have Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities, allowing it to respond to voice commands no matter what type of technology you prefer. For that matter, it has a three-stage cleaning system and can clean several different types of floors. You won’t be confined to using it on the carpet, in other words. Furthermore, it can be controlled by an app, like the first piece of holiday tech that we mentioned. The whole point of technology is that it makes your life easier — and it doesn’t get much easier than a vacuum that doesn’t even need to be touched. It’s a practical gift, to be sure, but you would be surprised by how many people don’t have one. So why not make that gift happen for the person you love who is just tired of doing regular housework?
4. The Ecobee SmartThermostat
You might not think of thermostats as keying into holiday tech wish lists. But the fact is that technology has revolutionized way we use our heating and air conditioning systems — making it much easier for people to keep their homes at the ideal temperatures. At the same time, a lot of people either aren’t aware of these advances or don’t have the time or money to necessarily make them happen. Therefore, by gifting someone with an Ecobee SmartThermostat, you’re essentially doing the work for them — and ensuring that their thermostat does the work from then on out. It’s a bit pricier than some of its competitors, but it’s worth it in the long term. You can talk to your thermostat in order to control it — but you don’t have to use an Amazon Echo in order to do so, which makes it rather convenient. For that matter, with a lot of other smart thermostats you will have to buy a speaker in order to use them to their full extent. Therefore, the Ecobee SmartThermostat ultimately is not only a great buy, but an all-encompassing one as well.
5. The Instant Pot Smart Wifi
It’s quite possible that you’ve heard of the Instant Pot before — the convenient kitchen gadget essentially takes a normal slow cooker and bumps it up several levels. For one thing, it’s actually a pressure cooker and allows you to make what you want much more quickly. For another, its different settings make it a rice cooker as well; it can make yogurt, act as a steamer, allows you to use it as a warming pot, and can handle the standard browning that you would typically rely upon a pan for. The Instant Pot Smart Wifi makes it even more convenient. You can actually use your phone to start and monitor your cooking, thanks to an app. While it can be a little tricky to get the hang of this remote cooking, and you can only do so much customization from your phone — if you’re looking to keep an eye on your easy meal without hanging out in the kitchen, the Instant Pot Smart Wifi system is the way to go. This is one piece of holiday tech that’s both practical and fun!
6. A Gaming Laptop
There are many different brands you can choose from when it comes to gaming laptops — ultimately, that’s more of a broad category than a specific type of computer. For that matter, you may find that you’ll want to do some digging about what brand the person you’re buying from prefers. But trust us when we say that there is a big difference between the type of laptop you’ll buy to handle work or school and a laptop that’s suitable for gaming. Yes, you’ll be paying a lot more — but if you can make it work and are buying for a die-hard gamer, they’ll dearly appreciate it. A gaming laptop usually has much more storage than standard laptops, and runs rather smoothly. In this day and age, a lot of laptops on holiday tech wish lists are rather slim, but that doesn’t stop the best ones from packing quite a punch. You don’t have to choose Apple, either. One of the top-rated laptops right now is the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701. Choosing a laptop for someone can be challenging, but it’s far from impossible!
7. The Kindle Paperwhite
E-readers are more popular than ever and have long been at the top of holiday tech wish lists. With that being said, one has always reigned supreme. In recent years, the Kindle — a prototypical e-reader — has felt the pressure from its competitors. That’s why the Kindle Paperwhite is now waterproof and has doubled its storage capabilities. The fact is that there’s nothing wrong with going for the classic. The Kindle Paperwhite is tried and true; for that matter, there’s something about being able to read a book at the pool without worrying about ruining your tech. Of course, there are personal tablets that can include the Kindle app, but the Kindle Paperwhite is not only waterproof but glare-proof. It recreates the feeling of reading a traditional book, while at the same time offering a technologically forward spin.
8. The Samsung Galaxy Tab
When it comes to personal tablets, the market may seem saturated. With that being said, certain tablets rise above — to the top of the holiday tech wish lists. And it’s actually not the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy tab has released several different iterations over the years, which allows you to pick and choose between which ones suit the needs of the person you’re buying for best. Ultimately, a lot of people appreciate the fact that the Galaxy Tab allows you access to android apps — and it competes with or beats the iPad in terms of sleek design, convenience, and storage. Anyone would be thrilled to receive it!
9. The Logitech Brio Webcam
Everyone uses webcams — you can’t go wrong with gifting one. This type of gift is especially suitable for someone you want to keep in touch with through video chatting. This particular webcam is designed to run quickly and efficiently. You’ll get a clear image, and its glass and metal setup makes the webcam itself sleek and appealing. For that matter, it’s easy to use and attach to your monitor!
10. The Moment Anamorphic Lens
This lens will change your phone as you know it! When attached to your phone, it allows for widescreen aspect ratios and natural lens flares. The phone allows users to film their own cinematic masterpieces — just by using their phones. Again, this is the type of gift that is small but mighty. It might not look like much at first, but if you know someone who is particularly tech-savvy and devoted to their cameras, it’s a must-have.
Picking a holiday gift can be incredibly personal. But despite the stress that can go into holiday shopping, there is little that’s more rewarding than the smile on someone’s face when they receive the perfect gift. Now that you have a starting point to jump from, get to shopping! You’ll have your shopping done in no time.