Our Holiday Tech Gift Guide 2019 has all the ideas you need
The holidays are here. And if you haven't completed your shopping yet, the heat is on. It's time for you to rush out to the store or get your clicking finger all warmed up and ready to go. All you have to do is buy, because we've done the legwork to find the right gift for the tech lover in your life.
Every year, there’s a slew of new tech that everyone is clamoring for. Companies release around the holidays since they know everyone is out shopping and spending money. And if you have a tech lover in your life, they’ve likely got their eye on something. But if you didn’t manage to buy it for them before they could buy it for themselves, our holiday tech gift guide 2019 will definitely have something on it that they’ll be pleased to receive.
Of course, there are always the obvious gift choices from the big-name brands. And this year is no different. There’s the new iPhone 11, new AirPods Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, Google Pixel 4, and those are just a few. But our list also highlights 20 other gadgets from small to big brands that can make great gifts too. And they might be a bit more of a surprise to open up.
Amazon Echo Show 8 HD Smart Screen
Amazon always has something new out, and this year is no different. Anyone would love to have the Echo Show 8 as a smart home hub. It’s great for the kitchen since there are live cooking classes, and you can store all of your recipes on it. But you can also use it to manage your Alexa-compatible smart home devices. And don’t worry about it listening in if you have someone who is a bit freaked out by that. You can shut the camera and microphone off with the press of a button.
Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
More than likely, half the people you know (or more) are going to make some type of fitness or health goal for the new year. And with the Fitbit Versa 2, you can help them achieve those goals. And if they decide to drop their goal after two days—because that’s what more of us do, right?—then they’ll still have a stylish smartwatch that is Alexa-enabled.
Sevenhugs Smart Remote X All-in-One Controller
Even if someone isn’t necessarily a “tech person,” they probably still have a bunch of devices in their home that require a bunch of different remotes. There isn’t anyone I can think of who couldn’t use a Sevenhugs Smart Remote. Imagine having the power of one remote to rule them all? Yeah, you’ll be saying “my precious” in no time at all with one of these.
Bose SoundWear Wearable Companion Speaker
This Bose companion speaker is pretty cool. There’s no need to worry about something on or in your ears, and you’re able to hear everything happening around you. And with no wires to worry about, you’ll have complete freedom of movement. You’ll have access to Siri, and a hands-free experience. If you have a tech person who’s looking for something unique yet functional, this is the gift for them.
OCLU 4K Action Camera
We all know that one person who’s always. doing. something. And they’re always recording it. And maybe they have a potty mouth (raises hand) and don’t want Grandma to see that in their video. With the OCLU 4K Action Camera, they can erase that fear. Because they can use LiveCut to delete video recordings as they go. It’s water-resistant, so they’ll be able to take on whatever adventures await them.
DJI Osmo Pocket Compact Smart Camera
This little holiday gift packs a punch. At just over four inches tall, the Osmo Pocket is everything you need to capture stunning footage. If you know someone who is gearing up to take a big trip this next year, this is the perfect device for them. It features a three-axis gimbal for image stabilization, and it has a touchscreen and one-handed design.
DJI Mavic Mini Compact Handheld Drone
Drones are in. You can’t have a holiday tech gift guide 2019 without having one on the list. You also can’t go to an outdoor event anymore without seeing about a million of them flying overhead. And it’s easy to see why. They’re cool, and they capture amazing footage. The Mavic Mini is perfect for the person who is just getting into drones, or a for a child who is all about the tech. It doesn’t need FAA registration, and it’s perfect to take when you are traveling.
SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger Photo Backup Device
For anyone who takes a lot of pictures, the iXpand is a lifesaver. And a timesaver. All you have to do is place your phone on the pad, and it will charge your phone and back up at the same time. Easy peasy. So if you know someone who needs to start backing up their photos before they lose everything and dissolve in a puddle of angry tears, get them this. Bonus? It’ll help clear up space on your phone, so you don’t need to shell out the extra cash for that expanded storage.
ROLI Portable Songmaker Kit
Any musician needs this holiday gift. The ROLI is everything they need for a portable studio, and they’ll be able to create anywhere. Because you never know when inspiration will strike. The ROLI features a Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block M, and Loop Block along with 24 keywaves to play melodies. They’ll love it so much, they might just compose a song in your honor.
AmpliFi Alien Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router
You can’t go wrong with helping someone get better internet in their house. Or, if your mom and dad have a dead zone in their house, get them a gift that will help you out a bit. The AmpliFi Alien Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router will give them more coverage and increase their network capacity. Or maybe you know someone who is getting a bunch of cool 2019 tech, and you know they’ll need the boost.
JBL Link Music Wi-Fi Speaker
If you’re on a budget or just aren’t sure what to get someone, the JBL Link is a fantastic choice from our holiday tech gift guide 2019. Everyone can always use an extra speaker, and this Wi-Fi speaker has a full-range transducer that emits sound in 360°. And it’s small, so they’ll be able to put it anywhere they would like it. It’s compatible with Google Home and will integrate perfectly with their smart home gadgets.
Ring Peephole Cam Door View
Old peepholes are boring. Get everyone a Ring Peephole, and they’ll be able to peep who’s on their front porch in a whole new way. They’ll have a better view, and they’ll be able to view them from their smartphone. The battery for the peephole is on the inside of the door, so they won’t need to go outside to change the battery in the wind, rain, or cold. The peephole also acts as a doorbell, and the camera will activate when the doorbell button on the Ring Peephole is pressed. But in case someone doesn’t press the button and knocks instead, the peephole has a knock sensor, so it will still activate. So if Grandpa is always complaining about not being able to see who’s out there, you’ve got the solution.
Anova Precision Cooker Pro Sous Vide Device
Sous vide is some of the best meat you can make. Hands down. It’s perfectly cooked and juicy, and chefs rave about how much better it is. The amateur (or professional) chef you know needs an Anova Precision Cooker Sous Vide Device. And if they are a pro or run a catering business, this machine can handle it. It has a flow rate of twelve liters per minute and can precisely heat 100 liters of water. Pro tip? Give it as an early gift so they can cook the holiday dinner.
Amber Smart Storage Platform
The Amber Smart Storage Platform is perfect for remote workers or people who store a lot of digital files like photos and videos. It’s easy to use and set up, and you can easily access all of your files online. And privacy issues aren’t a concern because the Amber servers aren’t accessible to the public. You can put your files in their offline and online services and know that they’ll be safe and protected. And the companion app will allow you to control your files from anywhere in the world.
Insta360 GO Steady Cam
Travelers who love to take short videos of their adventures will love the Insta360 GO Steady Cam. They’ll be able to shoot videos that are 15, 30, or 60 seconds. It’s light and portable, and it’s easy to attach to clothes and headbands. What’s really cool is that it uses AI to choose your best shots and edit them together. It’ll take you no time at all to post the best of the best to social media. You can even shoot in slow motion and underwater if you want to get creative.
ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control Intelligent Thermostat
You probably (definitely) know someone who needs a new thermostat. And if you’re thinking about that as a gift for someone this year, your safe bet is ecobee. It doesn’t matter if someone uses Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, because this smart thermostat will integrate with both. With the extra sensors you can place around the house, it helps reduce energy bills and helps your home run more efficiently. It even has hands-free Alexa calling.
Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifying Fan
We are all familiar with that one person who is always hot. No matter what. Instead of constantly adjusting the thermostat for them and messing with your utility bills, get them a Dyson Pure Cool Me. Along with cooling you down, it uses a HEPA filter and captures 99.7% of pollutants and allergens as small as 0.3 microns. That’s pretty impressive. Then again, it’s Dyson, so we’re not surprised. It’s also perfect for people who like to sleep with the fan on since it has a sleep timer.
Facebook Portal 10″ Video Calling Device
Talking on Facebook with your family and friends who live in different places is great. But it’s not always great to do it on your phone. It’s small, and then you’re squinting and trying to see them. Get your loved ones a Facebook Portal, and make their lives easier. The Portal even has a smart camera that follows you as you move, so you don’t need to worry about getting out of the frame. It also comes with built-in Alexa, so when you’re not using it to talk to loved ones, you can use it as a picture frame or smart home device.
Nest Wifi Router
This is another device that is affordable and good for anyone on your list. The Nest Wifi Router looks good in any home, and most people looking at it wouldn’t even realize it’s a router. So you can place it anywhere, and it’ll blend right in. It’ll offer speeds that are twice as fast and 25% better overall coverage. So if you have a friend who’s been complaining about the coverage in the basement where their treadmill is, you have the solution for them this year.
Roborock S4 Precise Robot Vacuum
Give the holiday gift of a cleaning service this year. Because who wouldn’t like that? You probably can’t think of anyone who would turn down a Roborock S4. It has advanced mapping technology to navigate around everything, and it has 150 minutes of battery life. If you have a pet, a robot vacuum is life-changing. And don’t you want to change someone’s life this season?
Hopefully, our holiday tech gift guide 2019 has helped you make some of those last-minute decisions you need to make. Now, the only question is, are you going to buy online, or are you going to brave the crowds?
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