Searching for the perfect gift to get techy in your life? Maybe you’re just looking to spoil yourself. This year there’s certainly been no shortage of options. In fact, when it comes to top tech gifts, there truly is something for everyone (and to suit just about every budget). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.
The smartphone industry is rapidly changing and quickly improving. Developers for each of the top brands, including Apple, Samsung and Google, are constantly trying to outdo one another, resulting in devices that are feature-rich and competitively priced. Take the iPhone XR, for instance. With a 6.1-inch display, a high-quality camera, extra-long battery life and the faster processor in the industry (to date), it’s no surprise that smartphones are among the top gifts of the year.
Smart, voice-controlled speakers, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, have also become a popular item on gift-givers’ lists this year. They are incredibly powerful and can do everything from making phone calls and delivering customized news to managing your other home smart devices, streaming music, controlling your television and more. Today’s smart speakers are incredibly easy to use and remarkably intuitive, continuously “learning” and improving over time. Best of all, some versions are priced as low as $30 to start.
For those on your list who already have just about everything, the gift of less cleaning is an awesome option. Robotic vacuums continuously roam the house, picking up dirt and dust along the way – all without any need for human intervention. Some are even Wi-Fi-enabled and can be controlled by voice command. And with a growing number of competing tech brands offering their own versions, there’s a wide range of options and price points from which to choose.
Noise Canceling Headphones
Another wildly popular item on many people’s wish lists is noise-canceling headphones – especially for those who travel frequently. Brands like Sony, Bose, Beats by Dr. Dre and Sennheiser are in fierce competition to produce the best sound quality while also keeping outside interference to a minimum. Some of the more advanced models offer adaptive sound control, which enables the wearer to still hear ambient sounds (such as announcements from the flight crew). They range in price from $50-$500.
While smartwatches have been on the mainstream market for several years now, they’ve been a bit slow to gain momentum. In 2018, that movement ticked in a positive direction, as interest in versatile, wearable devices has grown. In response to this, companies like Apple, Asus, Samsung and several others have been working feverishly to improve their products and make the smartwatch experience even better. Today’s models are rich with intuitive features, such as heart monitors, fitness trackers, GPS and smartphone integration. They are a gift not to disappoint.