If you thought 2021 was a standout year for the best tech gifts, then 2022 is going to blow you away. We’re just at the start of the holiday season, 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, cheap smartphones with killer specs, retro everything, smart home do-it-alls, sportier AirPods Pro alternatives and a handful of sweet smart sunglasses.
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).
Apple Watch Series 8
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.
First Look: New Apple Watch Series 8 Comes With a New Design and Improved Specs
While the cheaper Apple Watch SE is a solid choice for most people on your shopping list, the Apple Watch Series 8 has great features that could make it the better pick for the health-conscious people in your life. Most notably, the popular smartwatch has been treated to an undated design complete with a gorgeous always-on display that pushes down to the edges.
There’s a new temperature sensor that helps with menstrual and ovulation tracking, in addition to improved car crash detection that can determine if you were in a serious accident. And coming soon, it’ll be able to offer international roaming so you’re always connected when you’re abroad.
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.
Review: The UE Fits Earbuds Are Seriously the Most Comfortable Earbuds I’ve Ever Tried
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.
Review: Govee’s Flexible Rope Lights Offer Neon Ambiance
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.
Review: The Galaxy S22 Ultra Is The Flagship To Beat — For Now
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.
Logitech Litra Glow Streaming Light
Who’s It For: Work from home users and streamers who need to have proper lighting while in front of the camera.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Go from cool to warm light with a press of a button.
Read More: The Best Ring Lights for More Flattering Lighting
With livestreaming at an all-time high right now, it’s only right to get the next big Twitch star something that boosts their vibrance on camera. So, we recommend placing this awesome ring light alternative on their computer screen.
Logitech’s Litra Glow is a mountable desktop light that’s easy on the eyes for all-day streaming, comes with tons of lightning customizations, and is simple to set up. It also integrates with other Logitech products, letting users control the Litra Glow’s functions via G-Series mouse or keyboard. Work-from-homers can also use the product to create a better-lit environment for Zoom calls.
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.
Review: Sonos Roam Is The Perfect Portable Speaker
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.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
Who’s It For: The audio and Apple lover in your life.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Spatial audio adds dynamic head tracking.
First Look: The Updated Apple AirPods Pro Come With Major Improvements
You likely know someone who wants to upgrade their AirPods this holiday season, so do them a favor and secure the AirPods Pro 2 before they sell out. Apple’s latest buds come with the all-new H2 chip that allows for twice as much noise cancellation as the previous model, as well as adaptive ambient listening and a refined soundstage with improved acoustics. Favorites like audio sharing, automatic switching, Find My (AirPods) support, “Hey Siri” voice activation, and Conversation Boost to hear voices clearer during chats have all returned.
The MagSafe charging case now has a built-in speaker that emits a noise prompt to easily track it when misplaced. Then there’s the AirPods Pro 2’s killer feature: personalized spatial audio, which uses the TrueDepth camera on your iPhone to create an immersive, 3D sound profile precisely tuned to your hearing.
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.
Review: The Google Nest Cam Is Our Pick for the #1 Security Camera of 2022
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.
Logitech G Cloud Gaming Console
Who’s It For: Gamers who want access to multiple cloud gaming platforms.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can remotely play games with the Xbox Remote Play app.
Read Full Review: Logitech’s New Gaming Handheld Has Potential, But Can It Outshine the Switch?
Making its move towards the Switch’s thone, the Logitech G Cloud Gaming Console features a 1080p full HD touchscreen display with 60Hz refresh rate that looks great. You can access multiple cloud gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA Geforce Now as well as other gaming cloud services through Google Play. And the Android platform leads itself to the possibility of installing emulators giving gamers more variety and gaming options.
Huoto Apple Watch Keychain Charger
Who’s It For: Those who want to ditch an assortment of cables for all their devices.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can charge your Apple Watch while you charge the device.
Read On: This Apple Watch Keychain Charger at 50% Off Is the Perfect Stocking STuffer For Your Early Holiday Shopping
Have you ever ended up at your destination on a trip only to realize you left the charger for your Apple Watch at home? Eliminate that scenario from even becoming a possibility with the Huto Apple Watch Keychain Charger. This small charger connects to your keys and charges everything from Series 3 all the way up to Series 8 Apple watches. It will even charge your Apple Watch while you charge the device.
Oura Ring (3rd Gen)
Who’s It For: Those looking for insight and to make improvements to their sleep habits and overall daily health.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Overtime it learns your sleep habits and will provide you with tips on ways you can improve your sleep at night.
Read On: Struggling to Get a Good Night’s Rest? A Good Sleep Tracker Can Help You Fix That
The Oura Ring sets itself apart from other wrist-bound sleep trackers with a non-intrusive ring design that won’t bug you during the night. It tracks plenty of data including when and how long you spend in every stage of sleep during the night. All of your sleep data and overall health data is curated into a “readiness” score providing insight on what your body needs and when you’re ready to conquer the day.
Whos It For: The book worm that likes to take notes or jot down insights while they read.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The notes are automatically organized and you can export them via email.
The Kindle Scribe is a way to take notes or jot down your thoughts in your digital books. You can even import and mark up PDF files, create sticky notes in Word docs and export all of your notes via email. And you still get to enjoy all the benefits of a Kindle with the 10.2 inch glare-free Paperwhite display and a battery that can last months on a single charge.
LG Evo C2 OLED TV
Who’s It For: Moviegoers that crave incredible picture quality with that theater experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: LG’s Game Optimizer feature optimizes the gaming experience to reduce latency.
Review: Is the LG C2 Series OLED TV Worth It?
For the home theater lover in your life, there’s no better gift that the mesmerizing look of an OLED panel playing today’s high frame rate HDR video content. The LG Evo C2 OLED TV stands tall amongst the pack thanks to its detailed 4K resolution, oh-so smooth 120 Hz refresh rate, and the iridescent colors produced by its majestic OLED panel.
Seriously, once you watch something on it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived watching content on another TV. Beyond the visual fireworks your eyes will experience, the LG Evo C2 OLED TV also caters to gamers that need low latency to keep up with all of their action.
Panasonic ARC6 Six-Blade Electric Trimmer
Who’s It For: Guys who want a close shave.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Prevents irritation by auto adjusting power based on beard density.
Read More: Panasonic Multishape Will Be the Biggest Men’s Grooming Product of the Year
Electric shavers are the sports cars of grooming devices. Any man favoring a close shave must run the Panasonic ARC6 across their mug. This model doesn’t come cheap at $500, but its specs justify the high price tag. Six hypoallergenic stainless-steel blades and a powerful linear motor help deliver 84,000 cross-cutting actions per minute, while the flexible head moves in 22 independent directions for precise trimming.
It has a beard sensor that analyzes beard density to provide an optimal shaving experience based on your facial contours, stubble thickness, and more. A pop-up detail trimmer makes lining up a five o’clock shadow a breeze. Once finished, you can toss this beauty back in its garage: the premium cleaning and charging station.
Google Pixel Watch
Who’s It For: Android users that want a stylish piece of tech on their wrist.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’s now packing the rich tracking features found in Fitbit’s line fitness trackers.
Review: Google Pixel Watch Is A Damn Fine First Attempt
There have been many that claim to be stylish, but the Google Pixel Watch certainly lives up to the claim with its gorgeous design. We absolutely love how it’s crafted from premium materials, especially its circular edge-to-edge design with the OLED panel.
Not only is it a stunning piece of jewelry, but it’s backed by the power of Fitbit’s tracking. From monitoring your heart rate, to keeping track of your workouts, the Pixel Watch combines the best of fitness trackers and functionality smartwatches. It’s even available with LTE connectivity if you choose for instant connectivity without relying on a smartphone.
Apple iPad (2022)
Who’s It For: Apple users who prefer a touch-friendly computing experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Touch ID is now integrated with its power button.
Read More: The Best iPad Deals of 2022
Another year, another new iPad. The 10th generation iPad is most notable for being available in four new colors, support for Apple’s Magic Keyboard, and powered by the A14 Bionic chip. It’s still the most affordable iPad in Apple’s lineup of tablets, starting at just $449 for the base Wi-Fi version. You’ll also notice that this latest iPad also has a better screen to body ratio compared to previous versions because the home button has been removed and repositioned to the top. And yes, the power button still features Touch ID for security and payments.
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.
Review: The Entry-Level Drone Finally Grows Up
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.
Read More: The Best USB Mics for Podcasting, Streaming and Recording Music
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.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2
Who’s It For: Instagrammers who want to turn their digital shots into actual ones.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Create neat light streaks with its built-in light.
Read More: The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Puts Its Competition To Shame
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. Having photos saved to your iCloud account is nice and all, but having physical prints of them feels more meaningful.
Add new memories to family albums using Fujifilm’s portable smartphone printer. It’s easy to carry around, the setup and user experience are basic, and there are a host of features that make framing stills fun. The companion app has editing tools to customize shots, and cool features like InstaxAir let you create light-painting-style images by moving the printer in the air like a motion controller.
Who’s It For: The music enthusiast looking for a portable and good sounding music speaker.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can pair it with other Marshall Willen speakers to create a portable sound system.
Read More: These Are the Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers You Can Buy Right Now
Ideal for long bike rides or hiking trips, the Marshall Willen is small enough that you won’t notice its clipped to your bag and it has 15+ hours of battery life to keep the tunes bumping during the entirety of your trip. It’s also IP67 water-resistant so if the weather turns while you’re out and about, you don’t need to worry about it. And if you have more than one Willen around, you can “stack” them and pair multiple speakers together for a bigger and better sounding experience.
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.
Review: Ray-Ban Stories Offer Fashionable First-Person Storytelling
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 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.
Read More: 80+ Best Stocking Stuffers for 2022
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.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (5th Gen)
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.
First Look: Amazon’s Most Affordable Echo Can Now Expand Your Home’s Wi-Fi
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 latest version of the popular smart speaker from Amazon uses an upgraded high-density dot technology that adds animation to its LED display.
What really makes it a tremendous upgrade is the fact that it doubles as an Eero mesh Wi-Fi access point to help expand your home’s Wi-Fi coverage. Not only is it an easy way to cover those dead zones you have with your home’s Wi-Fi network, but you can listen to some high-quality audio as well with its improvements.
Hisense U8H 4K Mini LED Smart TV
Who’s It For: Home Theater buffs that want to buy a big TV without spending a fortune.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Game Mode PRO offers low latency and variable refresh rate to keep up with the action.
First Look: The U8H Is Hisense’s Top Of the Line Smart TV
Who would turn down a ULED 4K smart TV with Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant/Alexa integration? Not us. Hisense’s latest line of ULED TVs come outfitted with hi-tech features and deliver premium performance at a relatively affordable price point, making them a perfect splurge family gift this holiday season.
The company’s ULED technology makes automatic adjustments in real-time and scene-by-scene modifications to produce clear and stunning picture quality, and since everyone can enjoy it you really only need to make one purchase to cover everyone in the household come Christmas morning.
The U8H comes available in three different sizes – 55, 65, and 75 inches – each one ideal for completing any entertainment center. 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: Travelers that want to pack light and still charge all of their favorite gadgets with them.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It’s a 2-in-1 hybrid charger for wall charging and on-the-go battery pack.
First Look: Anker’s New GaN Fast Charger Can Charge Your MacBook, iPhone & Tablet Simultaneously
Anker’s GaNPrime charger lineup relieves low battery anxiety by employing Gallium Nitride technology with AI to speed up the charging process without overheating devices. Each charger takes a different form and has different outlets to power up everything from smartphones to laptops.
Our personal favorite is the 733 Power Bank for its 2-in-1 capabilities; it serves as both a wall-charging solution and portable charger. You can’t go wrong gifting any of these products to co-workers or friends who don’t want to remain lassoed to their charging cables.
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.
Review: After 30 Days of Testing, Sony’s WF-1000XM4 Live Up to the Hype
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.
Read More: The Best Smartphone Rigs for Enhancing Your Photos And Filmmaking
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.
Read More: Start Using These Key Trackers and Worry Less About Losing Your Stuff
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 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
Who’s It For: Android users that prefer the stock Android experience.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Use magic eraser to removed unwanted subjects from photos.
Read More: Why You Should Be a Firm Believer in Camera Cover Phone Cases
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 7 or Pixel 7 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.
It’s no surprise that its cameras are the center of attention once again, with the Pixel 7 Pro armed with a new 48-megapixel telephoto lens that deliver 5x optical zoom. Throw in Google’s new Tensor G2 chip, the Pixel 7 Pro tops out at 30x zoom to get you even closer to your subjects without any loss in detail or clarity.
Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Projector
Who’s It For: Anyone who wants a low maintenance, quick way to get movie theater projector quality in your home.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can pair the device with external audio sources using Bluetooth or WiFi.
Read Full Review: Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Review: Does This Compact Projector Deliver a Premium Picture?
The Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Projector is an easy way to ramp up your home entertainment viewing experience. This projector is light enough – and comes with a convenient handle – to take on the road, outside, or keep in your living room. Installation is as easy as letting the auto-keytoning and auto-focusing wizard do its thing and setting up your Google account. Before you know it, you’ll be watching your favorite content on the (really) big screen.
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.
Read More: Insta360 One RS 1-Inch 360 Edition Lets You Shoot Videos in a Third Person View With Ease
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.
Read More: Where To Buy a Nintendo Switch Online
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 (2022 Release)
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: You won’t have to worry much about charging it thanks to its 6 weeks of battery life.
First Look: The New Kindle Lets You Read for 6 Weeks On a Single
If you (or a loved one) have somehow made it to 2022 without an e-reader, now is the time to consider purchasing one. Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite gets the extra love in the form of a 6-inch display with a pixel density of 300 ppi (pixels per inch), making it one of the sharpest around for the eyes to see. If that’s not enough, the battery life on this 2022 Release jumps up to an astounding six weeks of power before a recharge is required.
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.
Read More: 8 Things You Didn’t Know Smart Displays Could Do
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.
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.
Read More: These Are the Best Drones You Can Buy in 2021
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.
Airbolt Smart Lock
Who’s It For: Jet setters that frequently travel and wants to protect their luggage.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You can get upwards of 12 months of battery life.
The Airbolt Smart Lock is the modern lock we’ve been waiting for when it comes to protecting our luggage. Not only does this pocket-sized smart lock attach to pocket zippers, but it can be tracked down in the event your luggage is misplaced, lost, or stolen — with the help of its location history and crowdsourced location tracking.
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.
Read More: Comparing The Top 3D Printers
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.
Read More: Comparing The Top 3D Printers
You might know Victrola best for their retro suitcase turntables. However, the Revolution GO portable Bluetooth record player is their most innovative and appealing product to the date. While it won’t replace any traditional turntable setup, it’s designed to let music lovers play their vinyl records anywhere. The audio quality is substantial, especially given the portability, and the sound levels are crisp. The travel-friendly design includes a rechargeable battery so you’re not tethered to a power outlet. Best of all, the Revolution GO doubles as a Bluetooth speaker to play music from your mobile device when it’s time for a streaming playlist.
Who’s It For: The movie lover in your life that wants to watch their favorite flicks anywhere and anytime.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: It also functions as a smart speaker and smart light.
Review: Meet the Swiss Army Knife of Digital Smart Projectors
There was no other gadget that got our attention at CES 2022 as much as the Samsung Freestyle. It’s fundamentally an intelligent digital projector that can produce up to a 100-inch 1080p projection, but we love that it does so much more. In fact, it’s a smart speaker with its built-in speaker and support for voice assistants such as Samsung’s Bixby and Amazon Alexa. On top of that, it’s also a neat smart light that can project animated scenes and lights on your walls. Really, it’s the Swiss Army knife of digital projectors packed into a compact design that can go anywhere.
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 (HD)
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.
Read More: Google’s New Chromecast Is Its Cheapest Yet
It shouldn’t be a shock that Google’s latest Chromecast TV streaming device is yet again 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.
This latest streaming stick from Google still does everything that the old Chromecast used to, but now it’s able to stream content in 1080p HDR 60 FPS. It’s also still as affordable as ever. In fact, it’s the most affordable Chromecast that Google has made to date, 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.
Read More: The 9 Best Accessories for Your Amazon Fire Tablet
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.
Review: Are Sony’s XM5 Noise-Canceling Headphones Still Top Dog?
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 with M2
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 20 hours with its battery.
Read More: What Is the Apple M2 Chip and Why Should You Care?
Apple knows how to create beautiful, powerful, and streamlined hardware. The M2 MacBook Air series couldn’t be more exemplary of this, but you should also consider the M2-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 20 hours of battery life is expected on a full charge. You also get a 720p FaceTime HD camera, high-fidelity four-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.
First Look: The Withings ScanWatch Horizon Is The Perfect Wearable for Aquaman
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.
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.
Review: These Are the Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers You Can Buy Right Now
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.
Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Pro
Who’s It For: Anyone that wants a phone that could do it all. Photographers that love capturing content. Yourself.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Dynamic Island animates the way notifications are delivered.
First Look: Goodbye to the Notch, Hello to Dynamic Island Experience
Fall is iPhone season, which means loved ones are already sending out feelers to see who might gift them Apple’s latest smartphone. Win their hearts by splurging on the beautiful iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro.
Both models are available in the same two screen sizes (6.1 or 6.7 inches) and welcome numerous upgrades. These include camera improvements like larger sensors and Apple’s Photonic Engine for enhanced low-light performance, along with crash detection, longer battery life, and satellite emergency services. Users also receive the latest iOS 16 perks such as customizable lock screens, edit/delete messages, and iCloud Shared Photo Library (Q4 2022).
On second thought, you might want to save the splurge for yourself.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
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.
First Look: Even More Tracking With the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
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 5 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 Pro 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 5 cheaper during big sales events such as Prime Day and Black Friday.
Apple MacBook Air M2
Who’s It For: Commuters that need to pack light for work. Students that need an all-around laptop for homework.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: MagSafe charging returns, so there are no accidents when the power cord is accidentally pulled off.
First Look: Apple’s New M2 MacBooks Are Coming Soon To Put Other Laptops To Shame
When it’s time to take work on the road, there’s no better travel partner to have than the MacBook Air. This version has been redesigned with a lighter and sleeker-looking body. The M2 silicon processor grants faster and better multi-core performance for multitasking. A full charge generates up to 14 hours of use.
Apple improved the speaker system to pump out louder and fuller audio output. The display is bigger, has smaller bezels, and explodes with color and details. Lastly, the custom ARM architecture makes running a plethora of universal apps seamless, along with Windows programs via third-party software.
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.
Read More: 7 Common Air Fryer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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.
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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.
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.
Read More: The Best Cheap Gaming Headsets for Gamers on a Budget
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.
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.
Read More: 5 Grooming & Beauty Deals You Need to Know About
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.
Read More: The Best Apple AirTag Accessories
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.
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.
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.
Read More: 18 Totally Pawesome Gifts for Animal Lovers and Pet Owners
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.
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.
Read More: These Top-Rated Theragun Alternatives Will Give You a Great Massage at Half the Price
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.
Review: How Does Apple’s HomePod Mini Fare in an Already Crowded Market?
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.
Read More: The Little Gadget That Helps You Cook Perfect Steak
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 11 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.
Read More: The Best GoPro Cameras to Bring on Your Next Adventure
Another year, another GoPro release on our list of the best tech gifts. This time around, the action-camera maker upgraded it with a larger sensor that uses a new 8:7 aspect ratio, which makes it more equipped at producing footage for today’s millennials who are big on social video platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. Additionally, the new 1/1.9-inch sensor also helps out to keep the footage steady and level with a vastly improved full 360-degree horizon locking. All told, you’ll have better looking action footage that’s crisp, clear, and stabilized.
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.
Review: The Eero 6+ Is a Lightning-Fast Mesh Network With Robust Security Features
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.
Sony ZV-1F Vlog Camera
Who’s It For: Vloggers that want an ultra-compact camera with exceptional quality.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Product mode makes it quickly focus on whatever is centered, while blurring out the background.
First Look: Sony’s New Vlogging Camera Made Me a Believer in Point and Shoot Cameras Again
Smartphones might’ve made point and shoot cameras obsolete, but the Sony ZV-1F makes a compelling case for today’s content creators. This ultra-compact point and shoot camera was made with millennials and content creators in mind. It features a 20.1-megapixel camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens.
Vloggers, YouTubers, and TikTokers will love its video-centric features, like its flip out touchscreen for better self captures, defocus mode that does an incredible job at blurring out the background, microphone jack, and various slow motion modes.
Who’s It For: Busy moms and dads that don’t have time to clean their homes on the daily.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: You get seven weeks of hands-free cleaning thanks to its generously sized 2.5L dust bag.
Review: Roborock Q5+ Really Sucks — Here’s Why We Love It
Finding the time to clean can be challenging, which is why the Roborock Q5+ is one to think about if you’re strapped for free time. It’s the perfect tech gift for those that don’t want to be bothered with cleaning because of its intelligent navigation, strong suction, and large self-empty charging bin that automatically empties debris after each clean.
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.
Read More: The Best Smart Scales to Assist a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle
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.
Read More: Everything You Need to Know About the Xbox Series X
Supply chain issues have made snagging a next-gen gaming console incredibly difficult. However, Microsoft is set to ship out enough Xbox Series X units for the holidays. The spec sheet is comparable to a reasonably powerful PC. Therefore, you can expect similar hallmarks such as fast load times, remarkable 120 FPS (frames per second) support, and up to 12 teraflops of raw graphical power for lifelike presentation.
Those who plan on gaming with a partner may want to check out some of our favorite Xbox Series X controllers. Add an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and several must-have games (e.g., COD: Modern Warfare 2, Forza Horizon 5, NBA 2K23, Gotham Knights) to complete the purchase.
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.
Read More: The 10 Best Beard Trimmers of 2022, Reviewed By Guys With Beards
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.
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.
Read More: The Best Motorcycle Helmets For Safely Riding In Style
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.
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: Ditch the physical key and use your iPhone or Apple Watch instead.
First Look: With This Smart Lock, Your iPhone And Apple Watch Become Your Keys
Level Home has always taken pride in the designs of its smart locks, like the Level Lock Bolt Edition and Level Lock Touch Edition. Its newest offering in the Level Lock+ continues that trend, but now it’s made more convenient to unlock because you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch. This is a wonderful tech gift for any homeowner that wants a smart lock that actually looks like an ordinary one.
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.
Read More: Smartphone Lights To Make Your Content Look Even More Professional
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.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2
Who’s It For: Students that need to concentrate on homework or studying. Audio enthusiasts that crave excellent quality.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Noise cancellation that dynamically adapts to your surroundings.
Read More: The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Are Some of the Lightest Earbuds You’ve Ever Used
After putting in long hours before winter vacation, you just want complete silence on the flight over to your parents’ house. Bose’s flagship buds do just that. They use CustomTune technology to deliver best-in-class noise cancellation that automatically adapts to your environments for peaceful listening. This feature also tailor’s audio to your ears, achieving dynamic, well-balanced sound minus any background interference.
The QuietComfort Earbuds 2 has also received a significant redesign. It’s 30 percent smaller than the original and has a more ergonomic fit, thanks to Bose’s new ear tip kit that accommodates listeners with different ear shapes.
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.
Review: The TOZO W1 Wireless Charger Is So Ridiculously Thin It Looks Like a Futuristic Coaster
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.
Review: The TOZO W1 Wireless Charger Is So Ridiculously Thin It Looks Like a Futuristic Coaster
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.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Who’s It For: Early adopters that want to experience the craze with foldable phones.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: The Cover Screen lets you see yourself while using the rear cameras.
Review: The Flip 4 the Reason Why This Form Factor Should Be Standard
Samsung has clearly perfected the foldable design with its Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphone. This clamshell styled gadget brings back that old school flip phone feel, but with a modern makeover complete with excellent cameras, vibrant screens, and tools that today’s content creators will find handy. We love how you can use the Cover Screen on the back of the phone to record yourself with the better rear cameras.
Courant Catch:3 Classics
Who’s It For: Anyone who is big on organization and want to find their stuff in one place.
Coolest Feature You Didn’t Know About: Place your small belongings, like keys, cards, and other small stuff, in the holder area next to the wireless charging pad.
Review: The Courant Catch 3 Is the Most Well-Designed Wireless Charger We’ve Ever Seen
The Courant Catch:3 Classics is one of those timeless gifts that keeps on winning us over each yet, despite the amount of new wireless charging pads we keep on seeing. What makes this one a great tech gift idea is the fact that it blends the usefulness of wireless charging with a modern design that complements your furniture. Why accept a gadget that blatantly looking techie when the Courant Catch:3 Classics has a hint of modernism with its leather covered surface.