Stumped on what to get the tech lover in your life? Relax! We picked out some of the best tech gadgets and must-have gift ideas that are pretty popular for 2021. Find a little something for all the men, women, and kids on your list!
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If you’re like us, you know it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest and greatest technology, electronics and gadgets, yet you still totally want to. Well we’re here to help sort it all out for you!
This year, especially since so many of us are still working from home, some of the most popular gadgets include things like:
And with the recent completion of this year’s CES (basically via Zoom) some of the biggest tech winners all had to do with making our lives better, smarter, more efficient, and more enjoyable…at home. It’s like we’re never going into the office again and, well, we’re a-ok with that!
This year, according to the experts, most people will be aiming to spend under $200 per item – and if you’re not looking for a laptop or TV you should be able to hit that goal. We’ll help walk you through our list of what we 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 we’ve seen in a while, we’ve 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, shop our picks for the top tech gifts for the men, the women, and even the kids in your life (so far) in 2021!
The PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
$79.95 $71.99 (10% Off!)
Best For the Germaphobes
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.
The Apple AirTag
Best For the Forgetful (Like Us)
One of the latest releases from Apple, their new AirTag allows you to easily (and accurately) find your misplaced items like keys, backpacks, jackets, purses – you name it! You can use your iPhone or iPad to locate your misplaced/lost items or even ask Siri to help you find them with guided directions. It’s a total game-changer and so affordable too,
The Star Wars C3PO Talking Clapper
Best For the Star Wars Fan
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.
The Wireless Charging Station
Best For the ‘Battery on Low’ Crew
This is one of the best-selling wireless charging stations so far this year! It’ll quickly charge your essential Apple products. We love it in black, but you can also get it in classic white too.
The Rustic Leather Laptop Sleeve
Best For the Sharp AF Worker
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.
The Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger Box
Best For the Long Distance Folks
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. It’s like a new take on that famous ‘long distance touch lamp‘ that basically broke the internet last year!
The Revolution Smart Toaster
Best For the Ultimate Kitchen Gadget
Who would have ever thought a toaster would make our list? But this one is the smartest we’ve seen, has 63 precise settings, and even toasts 35% faster than some of the top toaster on the market currently. Plus, it’s just super cool.
The Apple AirPods Pro
$199.00 (20% Off!)
Best For the Runners
These are the latest must-haves from Apple this season. The AirPods Pro are actually noise cancelling, have a better battery life, are shorter in length (so they look way better than the originals), are totally sweat-proof and water resistant, and even come with three different sized soft silicone tips so they fit comfortably to your ears. They’re a bit pricer than they were before, so if you aren’t ready to spend this much, you can still get their other most recent model for much less here. In the meantime, we’re all over these!
The Flexible Gooseneck Phone Holder
$20.99 (30% Off!)
Best For the Lazy (Like Us)
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!
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. This smart water bottle will not only help motivate you into drinking more water, it’ll even light up to remind you and message your phone to give you that little pep talk we all really need. This top seller comes in 6 different colors to choose from too!
The Wi-Fi Vintage Tee
Best For the Tech Nerd You Love
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.
The Nanoleaf Smart Modular Lighting Set
Best For Modern (Yet, Smart) Decor
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.
The Eero Mesh Complete WiFi System
Best For the WFH Gang
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 Apple iPhone 13 (New Model)
Best For Those of Us With Major FOMO
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.
The SimpleHuman Smart Sensor Trashcan
Best For the Trash Monster
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!
The Logitech High Performance Gaming Mouse
$39.99 (50% Off!)
Best For the Ultimate Gamer
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!
The Amazon Smart Plug in White
Best For the Smart Home Fanatic
This is one of the more affordable smart plug options out there! Now you can use your voice to turn on lights, fans, or appliances. Even better? You can even control them when you’re away from the house. Just use the app and turn on that AC or those lights when you’re out late!
The August WiFi Smart Lock
$232.99 (7% Off!)
Best For the Security Obsessed
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.
The UAG AirPods Pro Silicone Case
Best For the Clumsy
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.
The Blue Light Blocking Glasses
$13.59 (32% Off!)
Best For the Workaholic
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!
The 3-in-1 UV Sterilizer
Best For the Clean Freak
We all know UV sterilization is where it’s at these days! This one can kill 99.9% of gross and harmful germs in just about 10 minutes. We love this one because you can actually fit a lot of stuff inside and it even works as a dryer. Many people use it for baby bottles (you can sterilize up to 6 at a time), but you can also toss other things inside like phones, tablets, toys, keys, eyeglasses, and anything in between.
The Arccos Caddie Smart Golf Sensors
Best For the Golfer
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 Macaron AirTag Case
Best For the Accessory Obsessed
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.
The Philips Sleep & Wake-Up Light Lamp
Best For the Early Risers
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.
The Click-and-Grow Smart Indoor Garden
Click and Grow
Best For the Barely Green Thumb
With everything going on in the world, these smart tech indoor gardens have been flying off the virtual shelves! You can grow some of the most popular plants for your herb garden, with over 50 different growing pods to choose from. The LED light helps it grow indoors and it’s even self-watering. Even we can’t mess this up.
The Retro TV Bluetooth Speaker (Programmable Screen)
$179.90 (5% Off!)
Best For the 80s Fanatic
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.
The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker in Yellow
Best For a Pop of Color
You can’t go wrong with Bose and this little portable bluetooth speaker packs a punch when it comes to sound quality. Don’t let the size fool you! It’s waterproof (hello beach and camping!), has a battery life that last 6-hours on a full charge, and has wireless range up to 30-feet away. Plus, it’s priced pretty low too when it comes to quality wireless speakers. This is the new citrus yellow color everyone is freaking over.
The Amazon Echo Show 10
Best For the Amazon Obsessed
This is the latest Echo Show 10! It allows you to have video calls with friends/family, watch videos, play games, listen to music, check the weather, control all your smart home devices and more. The best part? It has motion detection so it’ll follow you around so that you’re always in-frame. Take a quick look at how it works and how it follows you around. If you have the older version, it’s definitely time for an upgrade.
The VicTsing Wireless Shower Speaker
Best For the Shower Singer
Now you can hit all the notes in the shower (or bathtub) thanks to this waterproof wireless speaker! It even has a built-in mic so thanks to bluetooth you can take calls from just about anywhere (luckily there’s not a camera built in!). A great pick for any of the teenage boys on your list this year! This small, yet mighty, speaker comes in colors like blue, army green, orange, and more.
The Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds
Amazon Ratings: +18,000
$44.97 (44% Off!)
Best For the Earbud Obsessed
Perfect for those who really want their wireless earbuds to actually be wireless! These little guys have been chosen by countless publications as one of the top picks of the year. We love how comfortable they are, how they totally stay in your ear (even when running or at the gym), and how the battery life is for 5-hours or 15-hours when in the charging case that comes with it.
The New Echo Dot 4
$34.99 (30% Off!)
Best For the Virtual Assistant
They finally changed the design of the Echo Dot and we’re obsessed with this latest release. It does everything you’re used to for a smart speaker, but this time the sound is way better. Like, legit.
The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Best For the Coffee Fan
It’s the smartest mug around! In fact, you can control the temperature of your drink from your app and keep your drink hot for way longer than normal, especially when it’s on the base. Perfect for your desk at the office or even on those weekends when you’re lounging around longer than normal. They even have a travel mug you can take with you too.
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.