It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and your favorite techie is dreaming of the latest and hottest gadgets. But with all the options out there (and your busy schedule), how are you to know what’s worth the money and what’ll need a gift receipt?
Don’t worry, we took care of the research for you. We compiled a list of the coolest devices we could find to help your tech-obsessed friend or family member live an easier, healthier, safer and all-around more fun life.
Beddi Smart Alarm Clock
Waking up is hard. Getting out of bed is even harder. Luckily, Beddi can help.
This app-enabled smart alarm clock’s sunrise simulator gradually brightens the room to gently rouse her from sleep and plays her favorite Spotify playlist — instead of that blaring beep beep from a traditional alarm. The clock also informs her of the local weather forecast and traffic conditions, so she knows exactly what she’s in for when she leaves the house.
But waking her up isn’t the only thing this smart alarm can do. Your techie can connect the clock to multiple devices around the home, such as lights or the coffee maker, adjusting them by either pushing a button or setting a timer. It can even hail an Uber and alert her when the driver has arrived. Smart alarm? More like genius alarm.
Petzl REACTIK+ Headlamp
Give the gift of light this holiday season with the runner-approved REACTIK+ headlamp.
With 300 lumens of power and Petzl’s reactive lighting technology, this light will be exactly what he needs, wherever his run takes him. Three different beam options let him choose the right bath of light, and a Bluetooth function allows him to customize the headlamp to his needs and preferences. He can even send a Morse code signal with the light and a smartphone in dangerous situations — a feature he’ll hopefully never have to use.
Photo credit: Dave Burleson.
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This holiday season, give the gift of peace of mind with Tile. With over half a million things found every day with Tile, it’s no wonder that it’s the world’s best-selling Bluetooth smart tracker!
Your techie simply attaches a Tile Slim or Tile Mate to anything he can’t stand to lose and then uses the Tile app to find them when they go missing. Tile Mate is compact and has a small hole designed to hook onto keys, backpacks, luggage or anything! Tile Slim is the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker, purpose-built for wallets, purses, tablets or anything else with a thin profile. Both Tiles can be used to help your techie find his phone, making it ring — even on silent.
Sponsored by Tile
Revolights Bicycle Wheel Lights
Starts at $109
These super bright lights act as a bike’s head and tail lights and even include brake and blinker technology to warn road traffic of a cyclist’s changing movements. With 360-degree visibility, the bike can be seen from virtually any angle while providing road illumination for the rider. The robust Eclipse+ model offers smartphone integration, automatic on/off, Bluetooth connectivity and ride tracking.
Introducing the new style of fitness. The Huawei Fit is the perfect gift for any fit techie on your list, featuring scientific training plans for runners, including real-time exercise guidance and training analysis.
With different modes for running, cycling, swimming and other sports, the Huawei Fit is truly a fitness tracker for everyone. It counts steps, automatically monitors heart rate and tracks sleep. The sleek and stylish design pairs well with nearly every outfit, so he or she can wear it from work to a workout and back again.
Sponsored by Huawei
GoPro Hero 5 Session
A GoPro is on just about every active techie’s wish list this year (and every year), especially the latest and greatest Hero 5.
With a small, compact design, this model can be mounted to helmets, handlebars, her dog or wherever she wants to catch the action — without getting in the way. Voice control lets her start and stop recording hands-free, and waterproofing allows her to venture across the globe on land or water, in rain or shine. Add a GoPro Plus subscription ($4.99/month) to allow on-the-go video uploading for quick editing and sharing.
Give total body wellness that will last well beyond the holidays with the UA HealthBox, a package of health tools designed to work together to give your techie a better picture of her health and fitness. Inside the box, she’ll find the UA Scale, UA Band and UA Heart Rate monitor, allowing her to connect hard work to actual results. A HealthBox purchase also includes a free one-year membership to MyFitnessPal Premium and MapMyFitness MVP, letting her track and log workouts, meals and progress.
Mophie Cell Phone Charging Case
Starts at $79.95
For the one always on the go, Mophie cases charge Apple and Samsung cell phones with the simple flip of a switch. Options include wireless charging, magnetic connections and desk or car docking. If your techie is extra hard on her device, cases also offer different levels of protection against drops, bumps and the elements.
Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost
This year, she can blend her way to a healthier lifestyle with this two-in-one blender set that comes with two functions and one base: a Nutri Ninja cup for on-the-go smoothies and a Nutri Bowl™ for fresh, easy meal making.
At the touch of a button, Nutrient Fusion creates a delicious fusion of flavors and textures by bringing together diverse fresh ingredients. Combine proteins, grains, vegetables and fruits all in the one Nutri Bowl for complete snacks, meals and treats. Nutrient Extraction unlocks hidden nutrients by breaking ingredients down, creating a diverse array of delicious, nutrient-rich juices and smoothies.
Nutrition shouldn’t be complicated. It should just be delicious. Make it a NU day.
Sponsored by Nutri Ninja
ECOXGEAR EcoCarbon Wireless Speaker
Perfect for anyone practically born with fins, this wireless speaker does everything you would never expect a speaker to do. It floats (yes, you read that right), can charge electronic devices and is waterproof, shock resistant and submersible. With up to 12 hours of battery life, your techie can play his tunes from morning until night — and even into the night, with its LED flashlight leading the way.
UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate Earphones
Cut the cord for good with these powerful wireless earphones, perfect for your techie’s next run, gym session or daily walking commute. Unique in-ear technology lets him hear on-demand heart rate feedback by touching the right earbud, and he can connect the earphones with the UA Record app to view a full dashboard of his workout analysis. The earphones come with four different earpiece sizes, so there’s a fit for everyone.