Walmart’s new television box at $199.99 is an absolute steal and the latest Echo Show 8 model is a digital assistant for every smart home device
Walmart has a new television box for $20 that is an absolute steal, even if the Onn price is rock-bottom. It lacks support for high-end hardware like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, but still has the same interface and features that we love in a 4K compatible device. The price is $19.88
The latest Echo Show 8 offers a lot for a single eight-inch device. It can be a digital assistant who can help your giftee set alarms or reminders, as well as the digital photo frame and video-calling device. The new model even supports Thread and Zigbee connectivity, allowing them to control nearly any smart home device in existence. Price: $149.99
The Lego Super Mario Piranha Plant: An Ultra-Low-Maintenance Botanical Set for the Last-Generation iPad
Over the last few years, Lego has launched a slew of clever botanical sets for adults that can add a touch of color to any room with absolutely no maintenance. The Lego Super Mario Piranha Plant is kind of like that, only it’s a posable 540-piece replica of one of Mario’s iconic baddies instead of a Welsh poppy or your run-of-the-mill larkspur. It was priced at $59.99.
If you can’t decide on a gift, buy the last-gen iPad for your giftee. The versatile gadget can function as an ad hoc TV, e-reader, notebook, and even a canvas, letting your loved one entertain themselves in a number of different ways. You won’t feel anxious giving your kids an iPad if it’s the 2021 model. Price is $2499.99+.
If you want to get rid of stuff quickly, it is easier with a robot vacuum. In addition to cleaning carpets, the handy robovac is also capable of lifting it’s own mop, so it can tackle your whole home in a single go. It also boasts AI-powered obstacle avoidance and dual rubber roller brushes, making it a good upgrade from the prior model. Price: $599.99+
The Blink Doorbell, Furbuster, Black and Decker, and Amazon Alexa: A Low-Cost, Low-Energy Minimal Security System
You can help your loved ones protect their packages from would-be porch pirates with the Blink Video Doorbell. The battery-powered buzzer doesn’t require any ongoing fees and nails the basics, with support for motion-activated recording and alerts, night vision, two-way audio, and Amazon Alexa. You can get price: $59.99.
High-end robovacs with auto-empty docks and AI obstacle avoidance are great and all, but sometimes a classic handheld is all you need. Black and Decker has a rechargeable battery. Furbuster is a great option for picking up fur, dirt, and other debris, especially since it offers a surprising amount of suction and an extra-long crevice tool for hitting those hard-to-reach areas. Price: $78.99+
Apple’s AirTags are becoming ubiquitous as a set of keys — and for good reason. The handy ultra wideband item trackers are our go-to recommendation for Apple users thanks to their user-replaceable batteries and ability to tap into Apple’s extensive Find My network, which lets you and up to five others keep tabs on whatever belongings you can’t afford to live without. $27.88 is the price.
GuliKit Gives Kendama a Different Kind of Game: The Baboon to the Moon Fanny Pack as a Three Liter Space Saver
You don’t need to lug around a full-on backpack if all you plan to carry with you is ChapStick, a phone, and a few other everyday essentials. There are alternatives like the Baboon to the Moon Fannypack which is a three liter space saver that comes in a colorful, spill-proof design. Price: $35+
GuliKit’s KingKong 2 Pro Controller looks a lot like Nintendo’s Pro controller, but its Hall effect sticks are drift-proof for better long-term reliability — something that’s especially handy for those that play their Nintendo Switch while docked. The gamepad offers a comfy rubberized grip as well, and you can even rearrange the face buttons into an Xbox layout for playing on PC. There is a price for the item.
There’s something special about gifting an analog game like Kendama in the age of Fortnite — even more so when you consider that the Japanese toy has changed little since it was first developed hundreds of years ago. It’s a good fit for anyone who wants to hone a skill over time, since the cup-and-ball game is easy to play and difficult to master. Price: $34.99
BoostCharge Plus: A Powerful Battery-Limited Cardiovascular Tracker and Cardiovascular Fitness Tracker Designed for the Outdoor Active Lifestyle
The number of premium features in the Amazfit Band 7 is mind-blowing. For less than $50, you get a quality fitness tracker that nails the essentials while boasting abnormal heart rate notifications, stress tracking, and a nice OLED display. It is easy to see why this is a steal as it has 18 days of battery life. Price: $44.99+
Board games like Evolution are perfect if you are looking for a way to relax while huddling indoors. The card-based strategy game puts players against one another and forces them to adjust to an ever changing environment where resources are rare and food is hard to find. The price was $4+ $4.95.
Few things induce more anxiety than a phone dying when you’re nowhere near a charger. Thanks to a 10,000mAh capacity, the BoostCharge Plus can provide your gadgets with up to 23w of power on the go regardless of whether they require a cable or an apple accessory. Price: $67.75+
You don’t necessarily need to be a logophile to enjoy the Magnetic Poetry Kit — just use your imagination! The Original Kit includes more than 300 magnetic word tiles that you can use to conjure up poems, stories, or even song lyrics, making it an entertaining gift for the entire family or whoever happens upon your refrigerator. price is $21
The Studio Buds Plus – A Feast for Ears and Eyes with a Wireless Microscope and a Movie Inspired by the Novel American Prometheus
Succulents are a great gift for people who like plants, and for people who don’t like greens, since they’re easy to install. They’re easy to grow and care for, so your giftee won’t have to babysit them as much. There is a price of $20.
The sleek design and sound of the Studio Buds Plus make them a feast for the eyes and ears. If you want to tune out noise with the wireless ear candies, you can tap into Apple’s Find My network or the other equivalents on your Apple or Android device. It was $169.95.
The movie that played opposite Barbie had little pink in it, because it is inspired by the novel American Prometheus. The biography tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, his rise and fall, and the moral repercussions of being the father of the atomic bomb. ”Price: $14.99+
Meross smart speaker for the home, or why you can’t lose a few bucks on a tinkering project?
The foam dart battle is a thrill of reloading. The Dart Zone Covert Ops Max Outlaw is a six-shot, revolver-style blaster that can fire half-size darts from up to 125 feet away. The kicker is its loading mechanism, which makes using it incredibly satisfying. There is a sticker price of $31 99.
For a frequent tinkerer or weekend warrior, Hoto’s electric screwdriver is a great tool. Its simple design makes it compact enough to keep nearby for small to medium-size projects, so your giftee doesn’t have to bust out the big tools unless they need some serious torque. Price: $59.99+
Want to add some smarts to your home without spending a fortune on a so-called “connected” appliance? Meross’ compact Wi-Fi plugs can turn traditional lamps, fans, coffee makers, and other gadgets into smart ones, so your giftee can use their voice to turn off the holiday lights at night and wake up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning. Price: $18.99+
Even though it is small, the new entry-level speaker puts out a big sound. The smart speaker is a great starting point if you are looking to build a multi room setup, and it can even play music from a turntable located across the home. Price: $249
The Isabelle Aloha Edition of the Switch Lite with a Coral-Dominated Touchscreen and a 5.5-inch Touchscreen
Isabelle’s Aloha Edition of the Switch Lite is quite possibly Nintendo’s most charming Switch to date, one that takes the handheld’s regular coral color and adds a decorative leaf design. The Animal Crossing theme only runs skin deep, however, as it’s still the same non-dockable console with a 5.5-inch touchscreen and built-in hardware controls as the original. Price: $199.99
Dust sucks. It clogs your PC’s ventilation, makes your desk space look ugly, and it gets everywhere. An electric air duster can blow off all that dust and clean things up lickety-split. XPower’s A-2 can be used to get into hard-to-reach spots. Just be sure to run a vacuum or air purifier alongside it to capture that pesky dust. The price is $48+.
QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: A Bestiary Technology Gift for Living in a Space with a Wall-Mounted Pegboard
If you want to keep your workspace organized and lively, a wall mounted pegboard like Ikea’s Skadis can do the trick. It can be a place to store tools and hobby stuff, or a place to decorate with plants, cute mini posters and cards. The world is your oyster when you can hang some cool stuff from it. $26.98
When you need a light source for a long time it’s time to go for a dedicated headlamps, that’s what most phones offer Black Diamond’s rechargeable Astro 300 is a solid option that offers a commendable 300 lumens of brightness, IPX4 waterproofing, and the ability to run on AAA batteries in a pinch, so you never have to worry about keeping things charged. Price: $19.95+
What is a photo anymore? That was a hotly contested question we once asked Nilay Patel and the hosts of the Vergecast, our weekly podcast series. We’re still not entirely sure we have the answer, but we do have a cotton T-shirt that immortalizes the Great Debate with some truly eye-catching graphics (no pun intended).Price: $29.99
Bose’s latest flagship headphones offer some of the best comfort and noise cancellation around, with an excellent transparency mode for when it’s time to let the outside world back in. The QuietComfort Ultra Headphones are a great gift for frequent travelers or commuters who enjoy their music. Price: $429
The New Mag One: A Fancy-Scrancy Fountain Pencil with a Rainbow-Coloring Vacuum Filler Pen
Fancy-schmancy fountain pens can get very expensive, but the special Iris edition of TWSBI’s Vac700R is a fancy-looking one that writes exceptionally well and is actually affordable. The rainbow-colored titanium finish looksunique on each model, and the vacuum filler pen has a clear design for showing off your ink of choice. It cost $80.
There are a lot of alternatives to PopSockets, but we found the New MagOne to be the perfect blend of form and function. It’s a relatively thin accessory with a built-in kickstand and a loop for your finger, yet it’s also compatible with Apple’s MagSafe tech so you don’t have to worry about tossing it on an iPhone charger. Price: $19.99+
The Hoptimist is part toy, part desk ornament, all kitsch. The simple, spring-loaded figurine is cast from the same plastic as Lego bricks and was created by Danish cabinetmaker Hans Gustav Ehrenreich to spread joy during the late 1960s, which is what the colorful character continues to do more than 50 years later. Price: $24
8BitDo’s Retro Mechanical Keyboard Is Not Just For The Prosecuting Of A High-end Android Phone But It’s For The Kitchen Sink
8BitDo’s Retro Mechanical Keyboard blends two kinds of nostalgia: a love for the original NES and old, noisy keyboards. It’s satisfying to type on (if your environment is okay with the volume of its clicky switches), it looks fantastic, and its hot-swappable nature makes it a gateway to a larger keyboard hobby. Some of the weird macro buttons we have ever looked at are the A and B buttons. The price is $94.99.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a kitchen sink of a flagship phone. It has all the specifications and build quality that will be expected of a high-end phone. Samsung throws just about everything into the Ultra (even a stylus), resulting in one of the biggest and best Android phones you can buy. The price is almost $1 million.
Olive oil is often used in Mediterranean dishes such as pasta and pesto. Graza’s “Sizzle” Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made using 100 percent single-varietal Picual olives from Spain; however, unlike most olive oils available in the US, it’s sold in a nifty squeeze bottle that makes it far more convenient to cook with. Price: $13.99
The Eras Tour: From Basics to Intermediates with the Kindle Paperwhite 2023 Best-Ideal-Technical-Gadgets
When it’s freezing outside, nothing beats a hot bath and a good book. The latest edition of the KindlePaperwhite has a monthslong battery life that makes it even more relaxing when you want to relax in the tub. And thanks to the e-reader’s sharp 300ppi display and adjustable backlighting, you can even dim the lights to really set the vibe. The price was $139.99.
Few Android watches can rival the Google Pixel Watch 2. The second-gen stunner offers better health and fitness tracking and a longer battery life than the original model. It also has irregular heart rhythm alert, nightly SpO2 as well as automatic workout tracking for seven activity types. Price: $349.99
Did your loved one see the Eras Tour and subsequently become an aspiring guitarist? With the help of thousands of video tutorials, beginners and intermediate players can learn everything from basics to more advanced techniques. The price was $149.99.
Tears of the Kingdom: The New Generation of Laptops and Game-Theoretical Features Presented to Ellen Evans at Broad Band on the Galaxy Z Flip 5
The 13-inch MacBook Air is perfect for college students, professional people and even a retired parent. The newer M2 model is a speedy laptop with all-day battery life and perks like MagSafe charging; it’s also powerful enough to handle some light editing in Photoshop, in addition to most everyday tasks. There is a price of $949+.
Did you know a woman published the first computer program back in the Victorian ages? In Broad Band, Claire Evans pays tribute to the female pioneers behind the development of the internet. She also shares their stories, painting a picture of real women with their own fair share of flaws, pain, and failures, who changed the world regardless. Price: $12.21+
For those who long for the halcyon days of flip phones, let us introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. The 6.7-inch Android phone flips shut like many of the most memorable phones from the ‘90s, except it also includes modern touches like a dual-camera setup, IPX8 water resistance, and a 3.4-inch front cover screen. Price: $849.99+
Video games have been huge this year and there is no doubt that Tears of the Kingdom is one of the best. There is a unique crafting mechanic in the Nintendo Switch game that provides an infinite number of ways to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and get from A to B.
The Dash Mini is Overrated: A Nonstick Appliance for Making Eggo-like Waffles in a Mini-Boson Orbifold
Even in a digital age, handwriting has its benefits. It helps us retain more information by giving us a personal touch to letters. Paperage has lined leather notebooks in a variety of colors with pocket and stickers, which can be used for pen and paper. Price is $19.95.
Psh. Who needs a Resident Evil 4 remake when you can play the original title on the PlayStation 2 with a modern wireless controller? 8BitDo has a new accessory that will allow you to connect the PS1 or PS2 gamepads with Sony’s dual-sense controller, giving you a convenient way to revisit the classics. price is $23.74
Eggo waffles are overrated. The Dash Mini makes it easy to make the Belgium classic from scratch. The nonstick appliance lets you create pillowy waffles in a matter of minutes, whether you want them to come in the shape of a four-inch circle, a rabbit, a pineapple, or a variety of other adorable objects. Price: $9.99+
Dragons Of Stormwreck Isle: A Good VR Starter Set For A Giftee Who Wants to Adventure In The Forgotten Realms
A good catchall bag can be as clutch as, well, a clutch. There are three different sizes for Topo designs’ accessory bags that are perfect for storing earbuds, charging cables, and other small items. You can add a splash of color to any packing kit with the two-tone designs. Price: $15+
Meta’s Quest 3 makes big strides in the comfort and performance departments, with much-improved displays and snappier performance than the Quest 2. It’s the best standalone VR headset you can buy for someone right now, and it’s capable of playing fitness games like Supernatural as well as AAA VR experiences like Resident Evil 4 and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Nexus. Price: $499
We understand it. In order to pick up the game of D&D it is necessary to have a good knowledge of it. The latest boxed starter set, Dragons of Stormwreck Isle, features five premade characters, a rulebook, a set of dice and everything your giftee needs to embark on their initial journey into the Forgotten Realms. They need to have some great adventure to experience it. The price is $19.82+
Fuel Brite, Wallace Lake Flannel, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and the Verge’s 2023 Best-Ideals Guide to Unique Tech Gadgets
The transparent tech renaissance is upon us, bringing with it see-through earbuds, handhelds, and other electronics. Case-Mate’s foldable Fuel Brite is one of the more recent examples to take a cue from the vibrant iMacs and N64 controllers of the late ’90s, one that lets you charge your phone, tablet, and other gadgets via a single 30W USB-C port on the front. The price is $30.
The dream of the 1990s is alive at the store. The co-op’s handsome Wallace Lake Flannel is a hardy button-up that’s available in an assortment of retro-inspired patterns for both men and women, all of which exude lumberjack chic without ever requiring you to pick up a splitting maul and put in the work. It was $74.95.
The gift of a few months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives the recipient access to hundreds of great titles across both console and PC, including Starfield, the best game of 2015, and some of the biggest games of the year. It is quite thecurated collection of games and has a number of unexpected hits, such as Lies of P and Cocoon. Price: $44.99+
Magna-Tiles, Loki, and the Disney Plus Series: How Much Do Kids Love? How Much Does it Take? How Cool is Your Magnets?
Everything is more fun with magnets than it is without them. Don’t believe us? Ask any four-year-old child, or any of us children at heart. Magna-Tiles’ jungle-themed set unites two things most kids love: animals and magnets. How do they work? Who knows? Nor do we think anyone is going to care when there’s a magnetic sloth this adorable involved. Price: $39.99
Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight 2 may have a super long name, but it’s super short on heft, weighing in at just 60 grams. The newer mouse is designed for esports-level gaming performance, but its svelte looks and USB-C charging mean it can do the full-time job thing by day and land those perfect no-scopes in Counter-Strike 2 by night. The price is 158 dollars.
MCU movie fatigue may be a very real thing for many of us, but Loki remains a high point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney Plus series, which stars Tom Hiddleston as the antihero, is quite different from the usual superhero formula thanks to its unique set design and characters. Price: $39.96+
The funkey: a cute handheld with an integrated iPhone, AirPods Pro, and a case for the FunKey
Squishmallows still reign supreme even though furby might be making a comeback. Although they were easier to find during the pandemic, the plushies are still as cute as they were when they first launched. Plus, there are more than 1,000 characters to choose from, from Pikachu to house plants. Price: $13.99+
There’s no real competition. The best earbuds for theiPhone are the AirPods Pro. They boast some useful Apple features as a result of their deep integration with the App Store. I support noise cancellation and sound. The new model comes with a charging case in case the port doesn’t work. The price is $199.99.
The FunKey is a very cute handheld. The console is like the Game Boy AdvanceSP, that plays emulated retro games. Its built-in screen measures a mere 1.54 inches, so it may be more of a tinkerer’s novelty than something to play Super Mario World to completion on, but if you could, why wouldn’t you?Price: $72
The Ray-Ban Meta: Creating Unique Smart Glasses for Playing Pokémon and Connecting to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
You could always gift a set of regular sunglasses, though we have a feeling they’d pale in comparison to the recently launched Ray-Ban Meta. The unique smart glasses don’t just protect your eyes but allow you to capture photos and video, take phone calls, and even livestream your everyday adventures directly to Facebook or Instagram. Price is $299.
Backpacks for children are universally cute, sure, but each and every one of them would be infinitely cooler if they opened into a Pokémon playset. This plastic backpack does just that, unfolding to reveal a hidden cave oasis and field for small two-inch plastic Pokémon to play or battle in. Price: $38.42
Digital meets analogue with the help of Stream Onyx from Victrola. The two-speed, belt-driven turntable is one of the few certified for Works with Sonos, which allows you to wirelessly play vinyl records through your entire Sonos system without the need for any extra equipment. Just throw on the wax, drop the needle, and let those vintage Stevie Wonder tracks wash over you. $599.99 is the price.
The Powerful Blender Cap: An Upgrade from a PC to a Laptop Computer with an Upgrade-Formable Wi-Fi Expansion
If you thought Nutribullets were convenient, get a load of the Cruz’s battery-powered BlenderCap. The portable, 500W USB-C blender can screw onto most wide-mouth bottles — including those from Hydro Flask, Nalgene, and Yeti — allowing you to churn ice cream, frozen fruit, and other delectable goodies while at home or on the go. Price: $129
The Xbox 360 was a hallmark console that ushered in a new era of HD graphics and online play. It’s possible to continue your love of the console with the building set by Mega. The 1,342-piece model recreates the uniquely shaped console itself, its wireless gamepad, and even the physical case for Halo 3.Price: $149.99
Have you ever wondered if you could upgrade your laptop to a desktop PC? The 13-inch framework laptop is a bit like the MacBook but can be changed and upgraded later. You can modify the expansion ports to your liking. There is a price of $1,049.
Shadows in the Forest – a hidden gem at a cost of $799+$: $17.67++; The Verge’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide
You can play Shadows in the Forest in the dark, it’s a cute game. Anywhere from two to seven players can join in on this asymmetrical game, which is easy enough to play for the whole family. One player is trying to locate the other players. Encouraging the group to work together. The price is $32.31.
Hark the herald EU’s cheers to theusb-c! The biggest difference between the new iPhone 15 and the old one is that it uses a small computer port instead of the larger one that came with the previous phone. We can’t guarantee that you’ll ever know peace if you’re a house that’s split between the two operating systems but at least you have the same charging stations. The price is: $799.
The humble buff is not the most exciting present in the world, but if your giftee is the outdoorsy type, they make for great stocking stuffers. It’s useful from sea to summit because it can be worn in a variety of ways, but it also provides warmth and protection from the sun. Price: $17.67+
Slice Safety Cutter: A TikTok-Enabled, Topo-Enhanced Gaia-Free, Open-Carte Security Gadget
Modern TV’s are good for the eyes due to their exceptional color, dark levels, and great viewing angles. Thanks to the newer 27GR95QE-B by the same company, you can get all of that with a fairly large monitor that can give you fast, twitch-response games. Price: $847.20+
When a board game has been around for as long as chess, style updates aren’t just inevitable, they’re welcome. MoMA’s gorgeous Keith Haring-inspired set features colorful humans, barking dogs, and other iconographic pieces adapted from some of the artist’s most famous works, all lacquered and offset by Haring’s trademark black outlines. price was $49.50
You won’t be able to take advantage of the best topo maps on Gaia, even if you pay for them. A Gaia GPS Premium subscription lets you create routes and record your various outdoor activities in a similar fashion as the free version, except you’ll also be able to download them all for offline use. Cost is 40.
Here at The Verge, the Slice safety cutter is one of those “TikTok made me buy it” gadgets. The tiny, finger-friendly ceramic blade is great for tearing through paper packaging tape and cutting plastic wrapping, and it comes with a built-in magnet and key ring hole for easy storage when it’s not in use. The price is $5.69.
Tovala’s Smart Oven Air Fryer for a Smart Home Tech Gift Guide 2023 Video Doorbells Plugs Robot Vacuums
A Tsuki Usagi Jirushi Slim Pot is a slim kettle with a long spout that allows you to pour hot water when making coffee and tea at home. Whether you opt for a dark vessel or something more splashy, the kettle will add an elegant touch to any kitchen. price is $48.20
Our furry friends are the lights of our lives, but they also require a lot of work. For the busy bee always on the go, PetSafe’s Wi-Fi-enabled pet feeder can lighten the load. If you use a phone or the Amazon voice assistant, you can schedule the feeders to feed your dog or cat whenever you want. Price: $124.95+
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could just click a button to get dinner on the table? Tovala’s Smart Oven Air Fryer sort of lets you do that. Thanks to its accompanying meal kit service and built-in QR code scanner, the oven can whip up tandoori spiced chicken, a Korean BBQ salmon bowl, and other tasty meals in just under 20 minutes. Scan the store-bought groceries and it pairs best with Tovala’s meal kits. The price is $199.99.
The Frame, Amazon’s Smart Thermostat, and The Verge’s 2023 Video Doorbells Plugs Robot Vacuum
It’s not every day you come across a TV that can moonlight as a painting, but that’s the beauty of Samsung’s The Frame. The anti-glare display of the TV can show a selection of art such as your own pictures and the famed irises of Van Gogh. It is an impressive 4K set with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it has support for the popular voice assistants. It was priced at $1,499.99.
Dyson’s most robust cordless vacuum features a HEPA filtration system, illumination technology that exposes hidden dust, advanced suction capabilities, and an impressive run time of up to 70 minutes. This model can be used for a wide range of cleaning needs, with its integrated dusting and crevice tool. Available in an exclusive Prussian blue and copper color, only from Dyson. The price is $949.99.
It is cold outside but Amazon’s Smart Thermostat can keep your loved ones warm. The smart thermostat can adapt to their habits and adjust the temperature based on when they are home or awake, which will save them money on their energy bill. It was $79.99.
The Ring Alarm Pro: An Organizational Guide for Gifting Your Smart Home with a Digital Photo or a Mouse-sized Alarm, or Smart Doorbells for a Smart Home
All the cool gadgets in the world won’t make a house feel homey if it’s an absolute mess. In Spark Joy, organizational guru Marie Kondo presents step-by-step illustrations that guide readers through decluttering everything from socks to digital photos. She offersdecorating and organizational tips, as well as helping readers choose which items to give away when they spark joy. $12.09+
Ikeas Symfonisk picture frame is a pretty piece of wall decor, but it also has a smart speaker that delivers solid sound at a good price. The unique collab is a perfect gift to give to anyone that loves art, or anyone looking to add a unique touch to their home. The price is $2599.99.
The blue light on a phone can wreak havoc on a patient’s sleep cycle, so be sure not to give your giftee a phone as an alarm. Pottery Barn’s Mario-themed alarm clock isn’t exactly traditional; however, it does offer a few basic tidbits of information and a snooze button. The song is played when it’s time to wake up. Price: $49
If your giftee is just setting up their smart home, the Ring Alarm Pro offers everything they need to do so. The security system includes a base station that is an Eero mesh wireless router, along with motion detectors, a contact sensor and a Z-Wave range extender that can reach sensors further away. It is $299.99.
Hamilton Beach’s FlexCut: An Efficient Bottle Opener for a Day in the Life of a Crab and Meat
To quickly take the joy out of cooking, try opening a can of cranberry sauce with a manual can opener. It is a tricky process and why Hamilton Beach has a FlexCut. It’s ideal for a budding chef because it’s easy to open and slice through even a 120-ounce container. $26.98 is the price.
From brightening up a drab staircase railing to electrifying parties with colorful lighting that pulses to the beat of your own music, Govee’s LED Strip Light M1 can give everything that extra oomph. Matter-ready, the tunable, ultrabrightLED lights can be used with Apple Home, Amazon and other Matter-compatible platforms. Price: $44.99+
Any gadget that can shorten the time between cooking and eating is a winner in my book. Marsno’s instant-read thermometer can accurately measure the temperature of your turkey or holiday ham in seconds, allowing you to begin feasting even faster. You don’t have to waste time digging through your junk drawer every time you need to crack a bottle with this convenient bottle opener. There was a price of $121.99.
W&P The Popper: Smart Doorbells Plugs & Robot Vacuums for the Home Tech Gift Guide (The Verge 2019)
W&P’s The Popper brings the beloved movie theater experience we all know and love home. The microwave bowl is dishwasher safe and comes with a lid which can be used to measure popcorn for two people. Plus, the bowl flattens so you can easily store it in your cupboard, no matter how cramped it is. Price: $25
With the Yale Assure Lock 2, your loved ones will never have to worry about forgetting to lock the door, locking themselves out, or hiding a key under some precarious rock. The battery-powered lock, which supports Apple Home, and has an auto-unlock feature, allows them to control their door with either their phone or Apple Home. Price: $136.01+
Twinkly’s star-shaped smart lights give you a quick means for adding a touch of magic to your Christmas tree — or any tree, really. The string lights offer a variety of scenes, music sync, and other features; however, it’s the fact that you can control each LEDs individually with Twinkly that makes them shine. Price: $49.99
The Google Pixel Tablet: An Energy-Efficient Wi-Fi-Enabled Smart Home System with Automatic Sprinkler Control from Rachio
There isn’t a smart home without reliable wi-fi. If you have less than gigabyte speeds, the newer version of the Nest wireless system has up to 2,200 square feet of coverage, making it a good choice. The shiny mesh supports several wi-fi routers, making your home futureproof for years to come. It was priced at $199.99
The Google Pixel Tablet is a lot of things. As an 11-inch tablet, you can use it to stream shows, take notes, and control various smart home gadgets. The included speaker dock will transform into a smart display and picture frame when placed there, one that automatically updates as you share more photos. Price: $499
With the smart sprinkler controller from Rachio, you can schedule when your sprinklers run and make sure each and every plant in your garden gets the right amount of water. The useful gadget can even help you save some money (and the planet!) as it automatically stops your irrigation from running before, during, or after rainstorms. Price: $129.99+
Anker 351 Power Strip and Nightlight Fragment Plug for a Smart Home or Smart Display with Nanoleaf’s Shapes Mini Triangles
Posters are boring, but Nanoleaf’s Shapes Mini Triangles? It isn’t so much. The ten modular light panels can display millions of colors and play your music, making them a great piece of accent lighting. You can mirror the colors on your TV or monitor with the assistance of the panels. Price: $99.99
Every smart home needs a few outlets to power up what is likely a lot of gadgets. Fortunately, Anker’s 351 Power Strip is a single surge-protected strip that provides 12 AC outlets, a 20W USB-C port, and a pair of USB-A ports, so you can power everything from your TV and smart display to that behemoth OLED monitor in your home office. The price is $219.00
This nightlight fragrance plug makes it very easy to get into a festive spirit, as it will fill your home with the scent of freshly baked holiday treats, pumpkin and other seasonal items in a single month. If you would like to give your bathroom those relaxing spa vibes, you can change in non-holiday scents like lavender or cypress throughout the rest of the year. It is $169.95.
Flowers are a classic piece of home decor that can make each room feel fresh and inviting. Most die quickly, however, which is what makes Venus et Fleur’s so attractive. The colorful roses can last up to a year, while their scent will perfume your home for up to a month. They’re also gorgeous, arriving at your home in a slick hat box-inspired round box. Price: $44+
The Breville Barista Express: A refined espresso machine without a trained barista to help people survive in the early stage of cosmology
After basics like water and shelter, we humans need coffee to survive. The Breville Barista Express is a refined espresso machine that’s easy to use and relatively simple to maintain with some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease, one that also happens to create coffee-shop-like espressos without the need for a trained barista. Price: $699.95