There's an undeniable thrill in unwrapping new technology, a neat gadget or a tech-adjacent product — even if it isn't something you thought you wanted.
But as a gift-giver, with new trends constantly emerging, keeping up with the latest tech can be tricky. How do you identify the great products from the not-so-great ones?
Easy — you explore our essential tech gift guide below. We've rounded up 12 of the best tech gift ideas, from some of the most coveted gizmos of 2020 to some seriously smart tech you never knew existed.
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Perfect for: The traveler
Take charge and never stress about a low battery again with this lightweight, incognito phone-charging bracelet.
Perfect for: The chef-in-training
This cutting-edge air fryer uses 85% less fat than traditional frying methods, and looks amazing doing it.
Perfect for: The germaphobe
We're all germaphobes these days, so this state-of-the-art self-cleaning water bottle from LARQ — which has a germ-killing, odor-fighting UV-C light in its cap to sanitize the inside of the bottle — is a good gift for anyone on your list.
Perfect for: The sophisticated lady
Help that special woman in your life keep her makeup brushes and beauty sponges clean, allowing for longer use and flawless application.
Perfect for: The WFH pro
Apple's AirPods Pro hit all the marks. They feature a noise-canceling ability, wide soundstage, long battery life and easy connectivity, not to mention a comfortable design.
Perfect for: The road tripper
For those who spend a decent chunk of time behind the wheel of a car and on the open road, GPS is a no-brainer. But if you're looking for something original for that tech buff or road tripper on your list, consider this forward-looking device that projects the driver's directions straight to the dashboard.
Perfect for: The person who already has every device
Gifting a new iPhone or Apple Watch is great in theory. But for that guy or gal who already owns more devices than you can count, this multitasking unit is an ideal gift. Not only can it charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once, it charges them quickly.
Perfect for: The go-getter
Moleskine's smart pen brings the pen-on-paper aesthetic to the modern digital world. It looks like a regular ink pen — and it is — but it also simultaneously tracks what's written and uploads the text, allowing your hand-written notes to be accessed on multiple devices.
Perfect for: The wellness enthusiast
When given with careful consideration, a bidet can be quite a special gift. This little attachment can elevate your giftee's wellness routine and lessen their impact on the planet, not to mention crank up the luxury vibes in their bathroom.
10. Fire TV Stick
Perfect for: The TV junkie
11. Apple iPhone 12
Perfect for: The tech buff
Apple just released its first-ever line of 5G phones, ushering in a new era for iPhone. A better camera, improved energy efficiency, 5G connectivity and a sleek new design make the iPhone 12 an impressive personal tool for anyone on your list.
Perfect for: The forgetful friend
There's no shame in admitting you sometimes lose your wallet or keys. Luckily, there's now an easy way to ensure all your precious items can be found in a snap. Enter Tile, a tiny tracking device that will help you — or your forgetful friend or loved one — find those misplaced essentials.
For more fun gifts and holiday tips, visit our Holiday Ready site for everything you need this season.
By Jackie Nash