SPY Guide: The 7 Best Tech Gifts for Non-Techie Parents

The Best Tech Gifts For Parents
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* Gadgets that solve everyday problems and fit easily with a family lifestyle
* New devices help with everything from cleaning floors to keeping children safe online
* Tech that makes parenting more comfortable

Technology is everywhere, and it makes our lives a little easier each day. But, not everyone loves tinkering with gadgets or spending hours setting up their newest tech finds. Parents have it especially roughā€”who has time to mess with technology when theyā€™re chasing after their kid?

Thankfully, thereā€™s a sweet spot of tech gifts that are simple to use and genuinely make parenting easier. Whether itā€™s a smart vacuum to take over cleaning duties or noise-canceling headphones for mom or dadā€™s quiet time, weā€™ve got all the right gear for parentsā€”hassles and headaches not included.

1. Garmin Drive 5″ USA LM EX GPS Navigator

The best gifts for any parents are the ones that simplify their livesā€”and a standalone GPS unit goes a long way toward making driving less stressful. Forget about messing with your phone or getting interrupted by emails and text messages while driving. The Garmin Drive is dedicated to distraction-free driving with GPS and GPS only and comes with alerts to help you avoid traffic jams.

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2. iRobot Roomba 980

The Roomba 980 is the undisputed king of smart vacuumsā€”it has all the fancy-sounding cleaning upgrades (like their AeroForce Cleaning System with Power Boost), and it makes a map of your home as it cleans so that it rarely misses a spot. The long battery life and easy smartphone app make the Roomba 980 one of the top picks among robotic vacuums. Itā€™s got a steep price tag, but who can put a price on needing to push around a vacuum less?

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3. Sony Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Sometimes mom and dad need quiet time, and nothing helps shut out the world better than a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. Sonyā€™s MDRZX110NC-ZX headphones have a complicated name, but they couldnā€™t be easier to use, and theyā€™re more affordable than their competitors. Despite not having an in-line microphone, the audio quality and durability of these headphones paired with their low price makes them a great deal compared to similar models.

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4. Tile Mate Item Finder

Tile Mates are an indispensable tool for absent-minded parents. Attach one to anything you donā€™t want to loseā€”your keys, your wallet, or even your petsā€”and youā€™ll be able to keep track of them with your smartphone. While weā€™re not yet in the age of microchipping our kids so we donā€™t lose them, this may just be the next best thing.

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5. Samsung Galaxy Tab A

No parent should be without a good, durable tabletā€”itā€™s essential for staying on top of the familyā€™s calendar, tracking to-do lists, and occasionally distracting the kids. While Appleā€™s iPad is the most well-known, not to mention expensive, tablet around, Samsung Galaxy Tabs are the real deal. Out of the vast selection of tablets available, theyā€™re among the best because theyā€™re fast, affordable, and can take a beating.

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6. Sonos Play: 1 Compact Wireless Speaker

Music can be a special part of raising kids, and the Sonos system of speakers makes it ultra-easy to integrate music anywhere you and your kids go in your home. The Sonos system excels at two things: streaming music from online services like Spotify and delivering audiophile-quality sound. While the Play speakers will never deliver the hassleā€”ahem, beloved ritualā€”of cleaning, storing, and playing vinyl, it can play anything your phone can, and make it sound incredible.

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7. eero Home Wi-Fi System

Every non-techie dreams of ā€œset it and forget itā€ WiFi, and now that mesh WiFi systems are available to consumers, the dream is finally here. The eero Pro WiFi System is a trio of identical routers that communicate with one another to make sure that every wireless device is getting as strong a signal as possible. Eeroā€™s five-minute set-up and wall-to-wall coverage make it a solid choice, and its $10 a month parental controls make the system an essential for parents of adolescents.eero Pro Wi-Fi System

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