Stumped on what to get the tech lover in your life? Relax! I’ve picked some of my favorite tech gadgets and electronics this season. Some may surprise you!
Technology is almost impossible to keep up with. Just when you think you have the latest smartphone or sleekest pair of wireless earbuds, something new comes out and suddenly you feel obsolete. Personally, I actually don’t try to keep up but that doesn’t mean some of the folks on your gift list don’t want that latest gadget or smart everything.
As the world continues to change and we continue to adjust, so do the gifts that people want and need. Some experts now even recommend picking out tech gifts strictly for people who now work from home – they have different needs and, quite possibly, may not be fully equipped.
And even if those on your list may not work from home, your list is usually pretty extensive. If can include your parents, your boss, your bff – you name it. So, I’ll walk you through my list of what I truly think is the best-of-the-best, the coolest, and some of the most affordable all at the same time that really work perfectly whether you’re shopping for her, finding something off the beaten path for him, your tech-savvy kids, hard-to-please teens, or are just looking for a cool toy to tinker around with.
In a sea of some of the coolest tech products I’ve seen in a while, I’ve researched, tested, and curated a little something for everyone on your gifting list this year. For the music lover to the smart home fanatic to the fitness guru and avid TV watcher and everything in between. I got your back!
Check out my personal picks for some of the best tech gifts (so far) in 2022.
1. The PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
Something we personally own and use daily. For real, everyone (and we mean everyone) needs this in their lives. This was the most popular Christmas gift last year and it’s still going strong this year too! It’s the official smartphone sanitizer that gets rid of over 99% of all bacteria using a safe UV light. Did you know your phone is 18x dirtier than a toilet? A toilet! It’ll clean just about any size phone and you can even clean other things like your keys, credit cards, and more.
Savings + Deals: If you shop direct at PhoneSoap they actually do have some coupons to use, like getting an extra 20% off for signing up for their emails and free shipping with minimum purchase. If you go with Amazon and have Prime you can get free 2-day shipping.
2. The Apple AirTag
Apple’s Airtag is a small, circular device that can be attached to keychains, backpacks, or other belongings. Once connected to an iOS device, Airtag can help track the location of the user’s belongings. The device uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to communicate with nearby Apple devices, and can also be used in conjunction with the “Find My” app to help locate missing items.
Airtag has a built-in battery which lasts for approximately one year, and is easily replaceable. The device is also water-resistant and includes a built-in speaker so that it can emit a sound when triggered by the “Find My” app. Overall, Airtag is a well-designed and user-friendly product that provides a valuable service for those who are often misplacing their belongings.
Savings + Deals: Both Amazon and Walmart are currently offering free shipping, while Walmart is also offering free 90-day returns.
BEST FOR STAR WARS FANS
3. The Star Wars C3PO Talking Clapper
We’re big fans of anything retro that comes back and if you loved The Clapper you’re going to love the Star Wars C3PO version. Clap and he’ll turn your light (or TV, etc) on. Clap again and he’ll turn it back off. Clap on, clap off. The Clapper. You know the song.
PERFECT FOR CHARGING
4. The Wireless Charging Station
Wireless charging is all the rage these days, and the Belkin Wireless Charging Station is one of the best options on the market. This sleek and stylish charger can charge two devices at once, and it even comes with a built-in Apple Watch charger.
One of the things I love about it is that it’s incredibly easy to use. Just place your compatible device on the charging pad and it will start charging automatically. The charger also has a handy LED light that lets you know when your device is fully charged.
Savings + Deals: If you pick this one up direct from Belkin and sign up for their emails you can get an extra 10% off and free shipping with minimum spend.
SLEEK & STYLISH
5. The Rustic Leather Laptop Sleeve
Dress up your laptop in some amazing rustic leather that’s pretty much better than anything we own. Choose from rustic brown or classic black and a variety of laptop sizes.
Savings + Deals: While Nomad Goods doesn’t usually have a ton of promo codes, if you sign up for emails you’ll get 15% off and if you spend at least $100 you’ll get $20 in Nomad cash to spend on a future order.
BEST FOR LONG DISTANCE
6. The Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger Box
Now this is the coolest thing ever and a top-pick for your parents this year. Whenever you use the app to send them a message the heart on the box will spin (alerting them that there’s a new message) and all they have to do is open the box to see the message you’ve just sent them! It’s the perfect way to let them know you’ve been thinking of them.
Savings + Deals: When going with Uncommon Goods, if you sign up for their newsletter you can get an extra $5 off. If you go direct with LoveBox, you can get 10% off with email signup.
BEST FOR THE HOME CHEF
7. The Revolution Smart Toaster
The Revolution Smart Toaster is the latest invention from the minds at Revolution Labs. It’s a toaster that connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and allows you to control it from there. So what does that mean for us? Well, it means you can now make toast without even getting up from your bed!
The toaster comes with a free app that you can download from either the App Store or Google Play. Once you have the app, simply pair it with your toaster and you’re good to go. Now, instead of fumbling around with buttons and knobs, you can just use your smartphone or tablet to control the toasting process. It’s like the Jetson’s come to life!
Savings + Deals: Get 10% off with email signup at Urban Outfitters. If you go direct with Rev Cook you can get an extra 10% off with newsletter sign up and up to an extra $100 off the original price.
THE STANDARD GO-TO
8. The Apple AirPods Pro
Are you looking for a new pair of headphones? If so, you may be wondering if the Apple AirPods Pro are worth the investment. Here’s what you need to know about these popular headphones.
They feature active noise cancellation, which helps to reduce background noise and make it easier to focus on your music. The headphones also have a transparency mode, which allows you to hear your surroundings while still listening to your music.
The AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant, making them ideal for use during workouts or when you’re out in the rain. They feature an adjustable ear tip that helps you get a comfortable, secure fit. The headphones come with a charging case that offers up to 24 hours of battery life. They offer great sound quality, active noise cancellation, and a comfortable, secure fit.
BEST FOR WFH
9. The Flexible Gooseneck Phone Holder
Perfect if you’re on endless Facetime or Zoom calls, you don’t have to hold your phone anymore. It can clip to your desk, chair, bed, nightstand – you name it – so you can talk and/or video totally hands-free. It’s like having an extra arm!
FOR THE HEALTHY
10. The HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle
Best For the Thirsty AF
Almost 80% of Americans don’t drink enough water a day (guilty as charged) and the trend this year is motivational water bottles. Yes, really.
Are you tired of lugging around a water bottle that feels like it weighs a ton? Then you need the HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle. This bottle is not only super light, but it also tracks how much water you’re drinking and syncs with your fitness tracker.
The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and holds 20 ounces of water. The best part is that it tracks how much water you’re drinking and syncs with your fitness tracker. The app will send you reminders to drink water throughout the day, and you can even set goals.
Savings + Deals: When you go direct with Hidrate, they actually have a pretty decent offer where you can get an extra 10% off with you sign up with your email address.
FOR THE TRUE TECH GEEK
11. The Wi-Fi Vintage Tee
Simply stated and vintage-inspired, this trendy WI-FI t-shirt is perfect for all the tech geeks in your life this season. Choose from a bunch of different color options, too, for men, women, and the kiddos.
FUNCTIONAL SMART DECOR
12. The Nanoleaf Smart Modular Lighting Set
One of the coolest lighting sets of the year, these hexagon shaped smart LED lights can easily be put up anywhere on your walls with the adhesive that comes with it, in any pattern you’d like, and you can control them with the app and your smart phone. Our favorite part? You can change the hue and/or colors any time you’d like.
BEST FOR FASTER WIFI SPEED
13. The Eero Mesh Complete WiFi System
Tired of super slow and spotty WiFi? Same! We’re pretty obsessed with this mesh WiFi set because it really speeds things up, especially when you have kids learning from home and adults working from home. This 3-pack covers up to 5,000 sq feet and can actually be set up in 10 minutes or less. Total game changer.
THE PHONE OF THE YEAR
14. The Apple iPhone 13 (New Model)
We’re totally guilty of always wanting the latest iPhone that comes out. We won’t wait in line, but we’re almost always the first to snag one. The “13” has a 3rd cam lens for ultimate photos and videos, an A15 bionic chip that makes it super fast, and battery life that’s currently better than any other iPhone in the past.
Savings + Deals: If you go with Verizon you can get up to $500 off when you bring in your older phone. It’s definitely worth checking out.
BEST FOR TRASH MONSTERS
15. The SimpleHuman Smart Sensor Trashcan
Time to toss out your old kitchen trashcan and upgrade to this one that has a smart sensor on it so it can open and close without you having to touch a thing! This one comes in handy when your hands are messy and gross (especially after handling raw meat, eggs, etc). Simply motion your hand over the top and it’ll open and close on its own. Genius!
If you’re looking for a trash can that’s both stylish and functional, you’ll want to check out the SimpleHuman Smart Sensor Trashcan. This can features a sleek design that will look great in any home, and it’s equipped with smart sensors that make it easy to open and close. Plus, the lid is designed to seal tightly, so you won’t have to worry about odors or leaks.
Savings + Deals: If you go direct with Simple Human, you can get 15% off with email sign up, $10 off when you refer a friend, and free shipping. With Amazon, if you have Prime you can get 2-day shipping.
BEST FOR GAMERS
16. The Logitech High Performance Gaming Mouse
Got a total gaming nerd in your home? You can’t go wrong with this must-have super high performance gaming mouse from Logitech. It has 11 customizable buttons, an adjustable weight system, and currently has more than 11,000 reviews on Amazon. Gamers unite!
This mouse has a DPI of 4000, which is perfect for gamers who need precision and accuracy. It also has a fast response time, so you won’t have to worry about lag when you’re in the heat of battle. And if you’re worried about comfort, don’t be – the ergonomic design of this mouse will keep your hand comfortable even during long gaming sessions.
THE TIMER UPGRADE
17. The Amazon Smart Plug in White
The Amazon Smart Plug is a little tech miracle that allows you to control your outlet remotely. With this plug, you can turn on and off your appliances, lights, and other electronic devices with your voice or mobile app. You can also set schedules and timers to automate your home. The smart plug works with Amazon’s Echo and Fire TV devices, as well as Android and iOS devices.
Savings + Deals: It may seem random that I listed Home Depot, but they actually do have a decent coupon code where you can get an extra $5 off your online order.
18. The August WiFi Smart Lock
Keep your home safe…and your keys at home! This smart deadbolt fits right over your existing one, can be set up in just minutes, and allows you to lock and unlock just by being near it. Plus, you can even lock or unlock via the app from anywhere and even give access to trusted family members or friends.
Savings + Deals: Get an extra $5 off and free shipping at Home Depot when you sign up for their emails. With Amazon, if you have Prime you can get free 2-day shipping.
BEST FOR AIRPOD PROTECTION
19. The UAG AirPods Pro Silicone Case
Keep your coveted AirPods Pro safe and looking cool all at the same time. This soft silicone case is water resistant, comes with a clip so you can clip it onto your backpack, belt loop, or wherever, and comes in a bunch of different colors too.
Savings + Deals: If you shop direct with Urban Armor Gear you can get an extra 10% off with email signup.
20. The Blue Light Blocking Glasses
If you’re like us and constantly on your laptop and smartphone all the live-long-day, the light that’s being emitted can damage your eyes. Pros recommend to wear glasses that block out the harmful UV rays so if you don’t have the blue blocker as part of your prescription, go with these glasses (there are a ton of styles to choose from) that have more than 40,000 reviews on Amazon!
BEST FOR GOLFERS
21. The Arccos Caddie Smart Golf Sensors
Get ready to totally up your golf game (and shame your golfer buddies). This is like your very own personal caddie (minus the attitude and judgement). They’ll let you know the actual distance to any point on the course and thanks to artificial intelligence they’ll be able to provide personalized club recommendations and helpful strategies, tips, and tricks.
Plus, all this is hands free so it won’t delay your game. Perfect for the golfer in your life that could use a little help…not that they need it.
THE BEST ACCESSORY
22. The Macaron AirTag Case
Now that you got them their AirTag so they can easily find their keys, you might as well dress it up with one of these faux-leather cases that are made specifically for AirTag. It’s even shaped like a macaron and comes in a bunch of different colors.
Savings + Deals: I also found this on Daily Steals, where you can get an extra 5% off with email sign up.
BEST SLEEP HELPER
23. The Philips Sleep & Wake-Up Light Lamp
This is the clock that everyone has been buzzing about online. This light therapy lamp is one of the most natural ways to wake up and will slowly mimic the sunrise. It can also help improve your overall sleep, your energy, and your overall wellbeing.
BEST FOR INDOOR GREEN-THUMBS
24. The Click-and-Grow Smart Indoor Garden
Click and Grow
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to grow your own herbs and veggies, the Click and Grow Smart Indoor Garden is a great option. This innovative growing system uses pre-seeded pods that are automatically watered and fertilized, so all you have to do is sit back and watch your plants thrive.
We were impressed with how easy it was to set up the Click and Grow garden, and we were even more amazed at how quickly our plants began to grow. Within just a few days, we had healthy seedlings that were ready to transplant into our outdoor garden. The Click and Grow system is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy fresh, homegrown produce without all the work.
25. The Retro TV Bluetooth Speaker (Programmable Screen)
Um, could there be a cooler wireless bluetooth speaker?! Not only does it have super high quality sound, but also a full array of color LED display (so many different choices). Even better, it’s also an alarm clock, gives you the daily weather, can be paired with Alexa or Siri, and you can even design your own pixel art to display via their app. This one comes in white, pink, and green.
26. The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker in Yellow
This little speaker packs a powerful punch, delivering crisp, clear sound that can fill a room. The SoundLink Mini is also very easy to use, with Bluetooth connectivity and a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. And thanks to its compact size, you can take the SoundLink Mini anywhere you go.
Savings + Deals: If you shop direct at Bose they have a really decent promo code where you can get up to 20% off if you’re a first responder, in the military, a student, a teacher, and more.
BEST FOR VIDEO CALLS
27. The Amazon Echo Show 10
The Echo Show 10 is a total game changer when it comes to smart speakers. Not only does it have an updated design that looks great in any home, but it also has some seriously impressive new features. The biggest selling point for me is the fact that the Echo Show 10 can actually move around to follow you as you walk around the room. This means that you always have access to your music, weather, news, and more, no matter where you are in the house!
Another awesome feature of the Echo Show 10 is the fact that it has a built-in camera. This means that you can video chat with your friends and family, or even make video calls. The camera also comes in handy for security purposes, as you can use it to keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
BEST FOR THE GYM
28. The Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds
Amazon Ratings: +18,000
These earbuds offer great sound quality, a comfortable fit, and robust connectivity – all in a sleek and compact package.
Let’s start with sound quality. The Jabra Elite 65t feature custom-tuned 5.8 mm drivers that deliver rich, dynamic sound. Music sounds clear and detailed, with good separation between the highs, mids, and lows. The earbuds also do a great job of blocking out ambient noise, so you can really enjoy your music even in noisy environments.
When it comes to fit, the Jabra Elite 65t are designed to stay securely in your ears, even when you’re sweating or moving around a lot. The earbuds come with three different sized ear tips (small, medium, and large) so you can find the perfect fit for your ears. And if you need a little extra security, the earbuds also come with optional ear wings that help keep them in place.
Finally, the Jabra Elite 65t offer rock-solid connectivity thanks to their Bluetooth 5.0 technology. The earbuds can be paired with up to eight devices and stay connected even in situations where other Bluetooth earbuds would drop the connection.
BEST FOR Q&A
29. The New Echo Dot 4
If you’re looking for a smart speaker that won’t break the bank, the Echo Dot is a great option. The fourth-generation Dot boasts improved sound quality and a new design, making it one of the best smart speakers on the market.
The updated design is a major selling point for the new Dot. It’s now shorter and rounder than the previous model, with a fabric exterior that comes in black, white, or light blue. The new Dot also has an LED light ring around the edge, which lights up when you say “Alexa.”
The biggest improvement with the new Dot is its sound quality. Amazon has equipped the Dot with a 1.6-inch speaker, which is a significant upgrade from the 0.6-inch speaker in the previous model. The result is that the Dot now sounds much fuller and richer than before.
One of the best features of the Echo Dot is its Alexa voice assistant. With Alexa, you can ask questions, set alarms, control smart home devices, and so much more!
FOR THE COFFEE LOVERS
30. The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug is the world’s first temperature control mug, designed to keep your beverages at the perfect temperature from the first sip to the last drop. Ember’s precision temperature control presets let you choose your ideal drinking temperature for hot coffee, iced coffee, tea, and more, and the 10-hour battery life means you can enjoy your drinks all day long. The Ember app lets you customize your presets, set a timer to remind you when your drink is ready, and see how much battery life you have left.
Ember’s patented smart mug technology uses precision temperature control to heat your drinks evenly from the first sip to the last drop. The mug’s double-walled ceramic construction keeps your hands comfortable while you drink, and the lid seals tightly to prevent spills. Ember’s app lets you choose from a variety of preset temperatures for hot coffee, iced coffee, tea, and more, or you can create your own custom presets.
Savings + Deals: Everyone knows about that Bed Bath & Beyond magical 20% coupon, so if you shop direct with them you can get an extra 20% off and free shipping.
PATRICK VARONE – Editor in Chief / Product Editor
Patrick has been covering all the hottest must-have products for more than 10 years at IBBB. His main focus is toys, tech, gifting, and men’s fashion & style. He’s previously written for publishers like Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.