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Tired of dealing with dead devices, low batteries or little storage space? Maybe you’re looking to up your gadget game and need a few handy gizmos to help you save time, cut costs and increase your everyday efficiency. Whatever the case, we’ve curated a list of the biggest, best and most popular gadgets and tech gifts on the market right now.
Of course, some analog activities don’t need to digitized or turned into a smart gadget (like, writing in a journal, for example). But in 2021, technology has made so many of our everyday activities and chores simpler and more efficient. If the technology is there, and it’s affordable, why wouldn’t you keep your coffee warm all day with a smart mug? Likewise, if you’re only watching streaming platforms, why not cut the cord in favor of the Firestick? Also, the Kindle is waterproof and can hold more books than any backpack you own.
1. Echelon Connect EX1-LE Exercise Bike
Staying in shape during the winter can be tough. Who wants to go run outside when it’s freezing out? However, you don’t need to spend over $2,000 to get into shape with a fancy Peloton bike. In fact, there are a ton of great indoor exercise bikes in the $500-$1,000 price range. Case in point: the Echelon Connect EX1-LE is a great alternative to help you stay in shape with a community of other indoor riders, as long as you supply your own phone or tablet to load the app. With clip-in pedals and magnetic resistance, you get all the benefits of the Peloton, but without the huge price tag.
2. Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones
Rid any and all annoyances from the outside world when jamming out with Sony’s newest WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones. These game-changers have a wild battery life with up to 30 whole hours of continuous Bluetooth listening. They don’t take years to charge either — a solid ten-minute charge will have them ready for listening for up to a whole 5 hours. When taking a call, the volume will automatically lower so the person you’re speaking with won’t be screaming into your ears, because we know you love your music deafening. When headphones are taken off, your song will pause until you put them back on. Best of all? There’s a built-in Alexa, so you have someone to chat with even when nobody’s there.
3. Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset
Slowly but surely, virtual reality is finally delivering on its potential that was promised decades ago. And right now, there’s no product making that happen more than the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. As a truly wireless solution, all you need to do is strap this thing onto your head and you’re instantly transported to an alternate reality of your choosing. But it also has the versatility to link up with your computer if you want a beefed-up graphical experience while playing games like Half Life: Alyx. The best part is that it costs less than $300, which given the advanced technology at play here, is a stunning value.
4. Philips Hue Bulb with Dimmer
This Philips Hue bulb may cost $50, but once you try it, you may end up splurging to have them all over your home. Why? These smart bulbs give you the perfect taste of convenience smart home gadgets provide. All you have to do is screw this bulb into any light socket, pair it with your phone (or smart speaker that is powered by Google Assistant/Alexa), and prepare to be impressed by the fact that you can control your lighting from anywhere in the home with your phone, voice or wireless dimmer remote that magnetically sticks to your wall). It won’t take long to realize what a pain it was in the past to have to get up and flick off the light switch.
5. Depstech Wireless Endoscope
Fixing stuff that you can’t see is really tough. When you have a problem with your HVAC or a hard-to-see place in your car, it can prove almost impossible to fix. The Depstech Wireless Endoscope provides an eye in the darkness with a 2MP camera and LED light illuminating the way. Just download the app and wirelessly connect it to your phone to use as a monitor.
6. Razer Kishi – Universal Smartphone Gaming Controller
For guys getting their game on as the weather begins to get a tad bit colder, bring your favorite controller on the road with the Razer Kishi — a controller designed to go anywhere your phone does. Though it’s made for the iPhone, this additive has the capability to snap onto most smartphones so you can get gaming no matter your location. It’s made for people who love to game on their phone but don’t necessarily love the control when it comes to on-the-go-gaming. Therefore, with this controller, you can bring merge your favorite at-home controller with your favorite phone games to give you maximum control no matter what you’re playing.
7. PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer
If you haven’t heard about the PhoneSoap Smartphone UV Sanitizer by now, congratulations, you’re living in another dimension where COVID-19 doesn’t exist. Lucky you. If you’re trapped in our version of 2021 like the rest of us reading this article, you’re looking to take the extra precaution during every waking moment to keep yourself and your stuff clean. The PhoneSoap UV sanitizer does exactly that for the on-the-go computer that you can’t necessarily wash. This sanitizer uses UV lighting to kill 99.99% of germs on any single smartphone without getting it wet. Additionally, it has the power to charge up to two phones at a time, which is a double plus. If you don’t already have this sitting on your work from home desk, you need to reevaluate how you’ve been spending 2021.
8. Courant Wireless Charger
Sure, you can find good wireless chargers for less than $20 on Amazon. But if you’re looking for a top quality wireless charger that also functions as a piece of home or office decor on its own, then you can’t beat the Courant line of wireless chargers. In fact, the Courant Catch 3 charging pad may just be the best wireless charger invented to date. Available in a range of attractive colors, these charging pads are covered with premium Italian leather. They can charge your iPhone 11 and AirPods at the same time and are the perfect mobile accessory for any home or office. The recessed tray is perfect for stashing your keys, change or wallet, but it will also charge your phone or AirPods.
9. TUSHY Spa
Keep that booty fresher and cleaner than it’s ever been with the TUSHY Spa bidet system that’ll completely change the way you wipe. This warm water bidet attachment can snap on just about any toilet and provide your spot that never sees the sun with the extra cleaning it needs, so you can stay feeling A1 no matter how messy your last defecation sesh was. The bidet offers both temperature and pressure control, meaning you don’t have to scare yourself when using it. Go at your own speed.
10. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2
We are about to trade in pool parties for snow days. Regardless, keep the tunes coming with the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 that can withstand rain, snow, dust and dirt. As a massive upgrade from your casual JBL unit, this little guy provides a serious amount of thumping bass and superb sound quality that’s loud enough to keep the entire neighborhood awake. Just because summer is about to be gone doesn’t mean you can’t keep the music pumping.
11. iRobot Roomba 675
We know you’ve seen it before, so there’s no doubt you already think this is either the coolest or most ridiculous way to keep your house clean in 2021. As you might know, the Roomba travels around the home on its own to clean up dust and dirt in your living space by autodetecting nearby messes. This powerful sucking device essentially rids the need to ever vacuum your home yourself ever again. It’s designed to even effectively reach itself into tiny corners as well as under surfaces you normally wouldn’t clean. With smart mapping technology, you can even choose to decide where it cleans and when, ranging from your kitchen to your bathroom to your living room.
12. BioLite Solar Powered Lantern
The best part about camping is when the sun goes down. But getting around your camp in the pitch black can be difficult. The BioLite Solar Powered Lantern provides 100 lumens of RGB light that is adjustable so you can find the perfect blend of light and night. And the best part is that it uses the sun’s rays to recharge its battery during the day and will stay powered for up to 50 hours before it needs to be charged again.
13. Apple Airpods Pro
Just when we thought Airpods couldn’t get any better, Apple somehow improved the sound, fit and features. Airpods Pro have ANC (active noise cancellation) to wash away outside noise to create the best listening environment for your audio content. There’s even a transparency mode to listen to someone talking to you without having to remove an earbud. Apple Airpods Pro are a fantastic wireless earbud option.
14. Cosori Air Fryer
Fried and healthy seem like two words that don’t belong in the same sentence. The Cosori Air Fryer delivers a healthy alternative to traditional fried food. Now you can enjoy your favorite fried meals and not feel guilty (and awful) after you wolf it down. The air fryer has 11 different functions, handling a number of foods all at the touch of a button. The basket is dishwasher safe for effortless cleanup. A healthy way to eat tasty fried food, yes please.
15. Tactical Pen
If Macgyver and a Navy Seal designed a pen, this would be it. You’ll look like a total bad-ass in the office or while out for happy-hour drinks with the Tactical Pen. This pen is made with aircraft-grade aluminum, so you won’t have to worry about it bursting in your pocket or bag. It also doubles as a flashlight, bottle opener and glass breaker for emergency situations. So whether you’re signing the bill at the end of your date or need a tool in an emergency situation, the Tactical Pen has you covered.
16. Larq Self Cleaning Bottle
If we’re going to save the world, we all have to do our part. But you also don’t want to get yourself sick in the process by continuing to drink from that reusable water bottle you haven’t washed since college. The Larq bottle uses UV-C LED light to kill 99.9% of bacteria in your water and bottle. Yes, it cleans itself. It purifies water in under a minute and cleans itself every two hours. All you have to do is charge it up and your golden. So ditch your petri dish of a water bottle and stay hydrated (and safe) with the self-cleaning Larq.
17. Super Lint Fabric Shaver
If you look sharp, you are going to feel good, and when you feel good, you are going to perform at your best. You won’t be able to be your best looking like a fuzzball in the office. The Wonder Lint Fabric Shaver can help you look your best by removing those little clumps of fabric that form after washing and drying your favorite clothes. Quickly running the shaver over your sweaters will make them look like new. Stay looking your best by adding a fabric shaver to your home arsenal.
18. Tile Pro
Don’t be late for your date or work ever again. If you often misplace things, then this is one of the best tech gadgets you’ll ever own. The Tile Pro is the smart way to eliminate the hassle of losing your keys. And if you find yourself looking for your phone instead of your keys, double press the Tile button and your phone will start to ring. As long as your within 400 ft of the tile, you’re covered. It’s a full-proof solution for those who would lose their head if it wasn’t attached to their shoulders.
19. reMarkable Paper Tablet
We may have said that some things are better left analog, but we also really love this tablet. The reMarkable Paper Tablet has an ink display that mimics the experience of writing, journaling, taking notes and doodling on real paper, but with all the benefits of a mobile device and digital storage. With a sleek, modern design, this is an incredible gadget for men that take lots of notes by hand. Of course, at $500, it’s a lot more expensive than a paper notebook. If you love the idea of a paper tablet, there are other options. The reMarkable 2 Paper Tablet is another great digital backup to your personal journal.
20. The Mirror
If you haven’t already heard about The Mirror, let us introduce you. As potentially the strangest modern workout device nobody ever thought they’d need, this futuristic workout mirror has the ability to act both as your go-to workout buddy and favorite selfie mirror. Customized lead workouts by trainers are taught through the device’s Companion app to ensure your home workouts are more than worth anything you’re doing at the gym. Unlike every other at-home workout device you keep in your house, The Mirror hides in plain sight, because during it’s offtime, it’s literally a mirror. All in all, this rids the need to cram more fitness equipment in your studio apartment.
21. Sega Genesis Mini
After mini consoles like the NES, Super Nintendo and Playstation dropped, we anxiously waited for the last major console from the past to be resurrected in mini form. Finally, the Sega Genesis Mini dropped and it’s everything we wanted. The Sega Mini comes with 42 games and two wired controllers. It includes some of the consoles all-time classics like Earthworm Jim, Shinobi III, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and of course, Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s as fun as it is nostalgic, and reminds us why we all loved the Sega Genesis in the first place.
22. Amazon Firestick
Because cable is so passe, syncing your smart TV with a Firestick is the new way to watch your favorite shows and movies. Easy controls let you switch between live TV and all your favorite streaming services. You can also download apps to help enhance your experience. And as an extra bonus, you can control your entire TV watching experience through Alexa powered voice controls.
23. Nomad Portable Grill
Kind of like trees, most grills are planted in one spot in the backyard and never moved again. The Nomad Portable Grill completely shatters that narrative. Folded into a briefcase that unpacks into a fully functional cast aluminum grill and smoker, the Nomad Portable Grill lets you bring your grill wherever you go. Don’t mess around with getting a fire ready to cook while camping, or finagle with Uncle Jim’s janky grill. Bring your own to the party.
24. Charging Station
Because a little extra charge never hurts, this handy charging dock features multiple charging ports so you can keep your phones, tablets, laptops and more charged all at the same time. Plus, the elegant design and easy cable storage mean it looks great anywhere –, especially at the office. The station is made of 100% eco-friendly bamboo and more than just charging will help you keep your digital life well organized.
25. Nest Thermostat
Update your home’s functionality (and save money on your monthly bills), with this Nest Thermostat. With the ability to program and control your Nest through your smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the temperature, turn on the AC, or even turn off the heat from virtually anywhere. Best of all, it’s compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can alter your home’s temperature settings with your voice-activated assistant.
26. Portable Charger
There are few things worse than boarding a cross country flight and realizing your phone battery is about dead. With the RAVPower portable battery pack, you don’t need to worry about a phone battery on its last legs. This battery pack holds up to four full iPhone charges and easily slips into your pocket or travel bag. And it has dual outputs to charge multiple devices at once. It might not seem like an exciting purchase, but this portable battery pack can truly be a lifesaver.
27. Car Mount
Remember those old cell phone car mounts that were extra large and extra wobbly? This isn’t anything like that. With a full 360-degree rotation, easy installation and a sturdy and surefire build, this car mount makes it easier to take calls without ever having to take your eyes off the road. And for those driving Uber or Lyft (or for those who rely on Google Maps), this mount allows you to know where you’re going without looking down while driving.
28. New Amazon Echo Dot
There are a lot of great smart speakers and home assistants, but the Amazon Echo Dot really is top of the line. The latest Echo Dot offers more features, more commands and more options than ever before. With easy installation and tons of usability, you’ll never know how you lived without it. Seriously, it’s that good, and it’s that small. Roughly the diameter of an orange, you’ll be shocked how seamlessly this device integrates into your life and your home setup.
29. Goplus 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill
Most of us are trading in our gym memberships for at-home workouts that get the job done just as well, because of, well, the current climate of the world. That being said, a lot of us don’t have much space to keep fancy workout equipment without overcrowding our home interior (hence The Mirror from earlier). Thankfully, there’s actually a treadmill option on the market that works just as well as anything you’ve used at Blink that has some impressive storage capabilities. Simply run a muck wherever you’d like in your home, then when you’re done, fold the treadmill back up to place underneath your couch or bed. Now, you won’t have to leave your home to get some steps in!
30. External Hard Drive
In need of a little extra data storage? No, you don’t need a new computer – this external hard drive’s got you covered. With 2TB storage capacity and up to 5 GB/s, this handy hard drive is small enough to keep in your bag but powerful enough to more than enough data. And thanks to its lightning-fast transfer speeds, you can store your entire music library quickly and feel confident your data is backed up should your computer go down.
31. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
There’s nothing wrong with casually enjoying your morning coffee over the span of a couple hours. With the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug, you can keep your coffee the perfect temperature as you sip throughout the morning. The temperature is controlled with our smartphone. You can set up presets and even receive notifications for your coffee temperature. No more popping your cold coffee in the microwave for a quick zap with this Ember coffee mug.
32. Oral-B Pro 1000
As we get older, we all start to really grasp the benefit — physically and financially — of having healthy teeth. And one of the best ways to achieve and maintain healthy pearly whites is with the Oral-B Pro 1000. It’s a low-maintenance brush that stays charged for up to a week of twice-a-day brushing. You can also get generic replacement heads for under a dollar a head. This toothbrush is a cost-efficient way to keep that smile on point.
33. Fitbit Versa 2
The Fitbit Versa 2 is the best Fitbit to date. Not only does it pack all of the fitness tracking goodness that we’ve all come to love from Fitbit, but in a great-looking smartwatch design that can be the finishing touch to your wardrobe. Plus, it does more than track your steps. With Alexa functionality, you can manage your calendar, check your messages and other daily tasks hands-free. This smartwatch has plenty to offer.
34. Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver
They say the best way to shave is with a straight-edged razor, but who has time for that? This all-in-one electric razor is designed to stay extra close to your skin to help provide a cooler, more effective shave. It also uses a three-stage cutting system to help provide an even smoother feel. The battery can last up to 60 minutes on a single charge, and all you need to do to wash it is simply rinse it off in the sink.
35. Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle is one of the most emblematic gadgets of the past decade. It has won bookworms over with its intuitive design that’s simultaneously simple yet advanced enough to let users easily build their own digital libraries. The new Kindle Paperwhite combines the best of this well-loved design with new capabilities, including an updated waterproof outer coating and twice the storage space. This model is also compatible with Audible, Amazon’s own audiobook library, and can connect to your Bluetooth speakers and headphones.