12 tech gifts that basically everyone will want

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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.

Must-Gift Dates:

Hanukkah starts December 10

Christmas is December 25

Kwanzaa starts December 26

Note: Prices ahead reflect the retailer's price as of publish time.

1. Mark and Graham Charging Bracelet

Perfect for: The traveler

$99; amazon.com

Take charge and never stress about a low battery again with this lightweight, incognito phone-charging bracelet.

2. Yedi Total Package Air Fryer Oven

Perfect for: The chef-in-training

$149; amazon.com

This cutting-edge air fryer uses 85% less fat than traditional frying methods, and looks amazing doing it.

3. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

Perfect for: The germaphobe

$95; amazon.com

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.

4. Urban Outfitters Beauty Washing Machine

Perfect for: The sophisticated lady

$15; urbanoutfitters.com

Help that special woman in your life keep her makeup brushes and beauty sponges clean, allowing for longer use and flawless application.

5. Apple AirPods Pro

Perfect for: The WFH pro

$225; att.com

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.

6. Navdy Heads Up Display + GPS Navigation

Perfect for: The road tripper

$260; walmart.com

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.

7. OLEBR 3-in-1 Charging Stand

Perfect for: The person who already has every device

$26; amazon.com

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.

8. Moleskine Bluetooth Smart Pen + Notebook Set

Perfect for: The go-getter

$149; amazon.com

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.

9. Tushy Spa Bidet

Perfect for: The wellness enthusiast

$119; hellotushy.com

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

$40; amazon.com

We all know someone who's obsessed with streaming. And who can blame them? With streaming services like HBO Max (now available on Amazon Fire TV) and Netflix, binge-watching has never been easier.

11. Apple iPhone 12

Perfect for: The tech buff

$800; att.com

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.

12. Tile Tracking Stickers and Tags

Perfect for: The forgetful friend

$25; amazon.com

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

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