2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Every Tech Lover Needs This Season
Plug into what your tech-savvy loved ones want for the holidays
For the Cozy Tech Lover
Everyone needs a place to prop their many, many devices, right? UGG's genius tablet pillow is part comfy spot to rest your head and part storage for your screens, so you don't have to tear apart your bed in the morning.
Buy It! UGG's Classic Sherpa Poof Tablet Pillow, $19.99; bedbathandbeyond.com
For Your Pal Who Needs to Declutter
Wires, wires everywhere, but not one to plug into your phone! Solve your friend's clutter crisis by gifting them a wireless charger.
Buy It! Anker's Wireless Charger, $11.95; anker.com
For Your Sentimental Friend
Admit it: Carrying around a tiny printer in your bag so that you can print out photos instantly and give them to your loved ones would be a huge flex. This little gadget even lets you add graphics, boarders and more to your photos before you print them, making an already personal gift even more personal.
Buy It! HP Sprocket Portable Instant Photo Printer, $79.99, Orig. 129.85; amazon.com
For the Caffeinated Gadget Guru
There's really nothing worse than picking up your mug of coffee and finding out that it's already gone cold. The Ember Mug lets you pick your exact desired temperature and maintains it for up to 1.5 hours!
Buy It! The Ember Mug, $129.95; ember.com
For the the Animal Crossing Enthusiast
Help your friend or loved one really nail the whole "staying inside" thing by giving them the ultimate quarantine essential: a Nintendo Switch Lite.
Buy It! Nintendo Switch Lite, $199.00; target.com
For the Clean Freak
Two words: Robot. Vacuum. Choose your own adventure depending on the lucky recipient, from a model that keeps up with pet shedding to another that mops and vacuums (and self-cleans afterwards).
Buy It! Ecovacs Deebot, $169.00 - $599.99; ecovacs.com
For Your Loved One Who's Distance Learning
With more people working and going to school remotely, a tablet is the perfect gift to serve all of their needs. You can read, stream movies, play games, listen to music and more, plus go hands-free with Alexa on those days you have your hands full.
Buy It! Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus Tablet; $109.99; amazon.com
For the Home Cook
Air fryers have quickly become a kitchen staple, so make sure the foodie in your life is stocked with one that has all the bells and whistles. The Bella Touchscreen Air Fryer is easy to use with one-touch preset options and eight preset menu options — and it looks sleek enough to sit out on your counter top.
Buy It! Bella 5.3 QT Touchscreen Air Fryer, $149.99; bestbuy.com
For the Plant Mom or Dad
For your friend who fancies themselves a green thumb but doesn't have the space (or energy) for a full herb garden, a countertop garden makes for a thoughtful and useful gift. The Personal Rise Garden is controlled by an app and helps the user — excuse us, gardener — grow fresh produce all year round.
Buy It! Personal Rise Garden, $279; risegardens.com
For the Instagram Expert
If you haven't noticed, the early 2000s are having a moment (though we're still hoping low-rise jeans stay firmly in the past). This cool little guy is part digital camera (remember those? Well, they're back!) and part film camera, plus it lets you edit and add filters. Connect it to your phone via Bluetooth, and print your masterpieces!
Buy It! Fujifilm Instax Hybrid Mini LiPlay, $159.95; target.com
For the Beauty Lover
Bad Zoom lighting? Not in this house. This smart mirror provides the perfect light and magnification for makeup-application needs. Even cooler, it analyzes your complexion and reports back to you on any changes.
Buy It! HiMirror Smart Beauty Mirror, $199.00; urbanoutfitters.com
For the Practical One
Listen, we know toothbrushes are usually a stocking stuffer, but this one is worthy of being the main event. The electronic toothbrush uses artificial intelligence technology to coach the user through brushing, correcting bad habits and ensuring a sparkling smile. It's literally like using a toothbrush from the future.
Buy It! Oral-B GENIUS X Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $219.99; oralb.com
For the Book Worm
Now thinner and waterproof, the Kindle Paperwhite is a great gift for anyone looking to make the transition to e-readers. This one is lightweight and the screen reads like paper pages, so even paperback purists can get onboard.
Buy It! Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99; amazon.com
For the Family with Tons of Devices
What if we said you could have been charging your phone more than 3X faster this whole time? With this amped-up wall charger, everyone can power up in no time.
Buy It! Otterbox Fast Charge Dual Port Wall Charger, $34.95; otterbox.com
For the Music Fan
Not only are these wireless headphones comfortable and high-quality, they also come with a charging case that kills 99.9% of bacteria.
Buy It! LG TONE Free True Wireless Earbud Headphones, $119.99; bestbuy.com
For the Light Sleeper
There's plenty to be anxious about these days, and it is no doubt affecting our sleep cycles. With the Hatch Restore, help your loved ones gently fall asleep to white noise, and wake up to a gentle sunrise.
You can also buy one for the babies in your life — or, let's get real, their parents — with the Hatch Rest+, which is part night-light, part sound machine and part monitor.
Buy It! Hatch Restore, $129.95 and Hatch Rest+, $89.99; hatch.co
For the Virtual Gym Rat
Transport yourself to the most insanely beautiful and exciting locations around the world, all from the comfort of your living room. You can enjoy the thrill of traveling again (thanks to VR) and try personalized workouts that’ll feel more like you’re playing a video game. Quarantine just got a lot more fun.
Buy It! Supernatural Monthly Membership; $19 per month, $179 per year; getsupernatural.com
For the Friend Who Could Use a Massage
With tons of positive reviews and an affordable price, the Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun has six attachments, minimal sound and is light and easy to handle. It's perfect for the athlete who needs to take a break and recover, or anyone who could use a little tension relief.
Buy It! Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun, $89.99; amazon.com
For the Green Techie
Save on your electricity bill and hang up this super cute solar charger in the sunniest spot in your home. It’s incredibly easy to set up: Take it out of the box, stick the panel to your window and let the sun do all the work. The built in USB port can charge iPhones, Androids, smart watches, speakers and more.
Buy It! Grouphug Window Solar Charger, $149; grouphugtech,com
For the Dancing Queen
Remember what it was like to go out dancing? The thump of the bass so loud you could feel it in your chest? This lightweight, portable speaker is here to remind you. Equipped with a number of handy features — like pairing your device up to 30 feet away (no more killing the vibe when you move to the next room and accidentally disrupt the connection!) and multi-host functionality — this water-resistant, retro speaker is the loudest in its class, making it the perfect choice for a solo dance party.
Buy It! Kilburn Marshall II Portable Speakers, $249.99; marshallheadphones.com
For the Gamer on the Go
We've all got that one game-obsessed friend who needs to be plugged in wherever they go. This portable gaming setup lets the user set up their gaming controller, acts as a stand for their phone and charges their battery.
Buy It! Power Bank 10K + Stand Play Series, $44.99; Belkin.com
For the Budding Filmmaker
The DJI Pocket 2 is a tiny camera that you can fit in your hand, pocket or purse so it's always handy for filming big moments.
It'll be a hit whether you're gifting this compact camera to a new parent to record all of their baby's milestones or your adventurous pal to take on their next hike.
Buy It! DJI Pocket 2, $349; store.dji.com
For Your Health-Conscious Pal
Looking for a timely and useful present for the practical person in your life? This wireless charger doesn't only charge your phone, it also sanitizes it and other small items like keys, cards, cash and jewelry at the same time. It's the gift of cleanliness which, in the time of the coronavirus, is no small gift!
Buy It! UV Sanitizer + Wireless Charger, $79.99; Belkin.com