Black Friday started way back in October, with some of the best sales to come this weekend. Tech is going to be one of the biggest items people want to get and to give.
I like to give gifts that solve a problem — something the person didn’t know he needed until they open the box. Tap or click here for 21 problem-solving gadgets my readers love.
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I gathered up great gift ideas for the techie in your life, the person who’s frustrated because it never works for them, or a person who’s still a little afraid of it all.
1. Know someone with a not-so-green thumb? They’ll love the Click and Grow smart garden
The Click and Grow smart garden is gardening for those of us who can’t keep plants alive. You drop in the included plants, like cilantro, thyme, lavender, or strawberries, fill the water reservoir and plug it in. Done. It waters itself and all you have to do is harvest your bounty.
2. The Creality Ender 3 3D Printer is perfect for the tinkerer in your life
Great news: 3D printers don’t cost an arm and a leg anymore. Get one for your supersmart grandkids or a tinkerer who wants to pick up a cool new hobby. The Creality Ender 3 3D Printer is right around $200. It’s everything you’d want in a 3D printer. It comes semi-assembled, so it won’t take forever to put together, it heats up quickly and it’s ultra-precise.
It can even resume printing if the power goes out.
3. Say goodbye to groggy mornings with Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake-Up Light
You can’t gift a good night’s sleep, but you can get close with the Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake-Up Light. This high-tech alarm clock simulates the sunrise and sunset, helping your recipient get out of bed feeling more awake even in the dead of winter. It’s totally customizable, with 25 brightness settings. It also displays the time, connects to smartphones, and has FM radio. It’s everything you’d want in an alarm clock, with a huge bonus.
4. Got an artist in the family? They’ll love the Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera
Looking for a fun retro gift? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic looks like an old-school film camera and is a little smarter than the Polaroid camera you used back in the day. It detects brightness and adjusts the flash and shutter speed and even has a macro lens for close photography.
5. Give a little light with the Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit
Smart light bulbs are, for my money, one of the best smart home products around. You can play with different colors, dim lights you couldn’t before, and control it all with your voice. Give this to someone who wants to dip their toe into the smart home world. The Philips Hue Starter Kit comes with four bulbs and a hub that works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home, or Google Assistant.
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6. Give a gift your gamer will love: The MJKJ Handheld Game Console
The PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch are expensive and nearly impossible to find. If you have a gamer in your life, throw it back with the MJKJ handheld Retro Game Console. It comes loaded with 2,500 games — all the classics. It has a 3.5-inch screen, eight-hour battery life, and fast charges with a USB cable.
7. A gift anyone will love: Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro has never been cheaper. These are great for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and I love the pro features. The noise cancellation, spatial audio, and replaceable ear tips make the AirPods Pro worth the extra cost. You can catch them for under $160 and they could even go lower than that.
8. Help your friend track their workouts with a Fitbit Versa 3
The Fitbit Versa 3 is an excellent fitness watch. Run, bike, hike, and more phone-free — and see real-time pace and distance — with built-in GPS. Your recipient can check their workout intensity map in the Fitbit app, track Active Zone Minutes to gauge exercise effort, and much more. Get yourself one, too, and you can compare daily step counts.
9. Gift a gift that provides hours of entertainment: the Insignia 43” 4K Fire TV
If someone you love wants a TV upgrade, the Insignia 43” 4K Fire TV Edition is a steal. Not only is it 4K, but it’s got Amazon Fire TV installed so you can stream your favorites on Netflix, Hulu, and all the rest. It also comes with a voice remote with Alexa built right in, too. Right now, it’s under $200.
10. Get a good night’s rest with the QuietOn earbuds
Is your snoring keeping your partner awake all night? QuietOn earbuds use incredible noise-canceling technology. Basically, this tech uses a microphone to sample snoring and a speaker to produce an opposing sound. That wave acts like a noise eraser, and the result is amazing.
11. Don’t miss the dialogue anymore with the Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar Sound System
Do you know someone who has trouble hearing the dialogue when they’re watching TV? Give them the Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar Sound System with Universal Remote Control. It’sbuild on advanced technologies that deliver clear audio TVs can’t.
It’s got Bluetooth connectivity to stream music from any device wirelessly. Dialogue mode makes every word and detail stand out.
12. Spoil the chef in your life with the Instant Vortex Pro Air Fryer Oven
Since just about everyone already has an Instant Pot, get them something they don’t have — the Instant Vortex Pro Air Fryer Oven 9 in 1. It’s an air fryer, but it also bakes, reheats, roasts, toasts, dehydrates and has a spinning rotisserie.
13. Surprise your loved ones with a Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers aren’t just about convenience anymore. Many of them have fantastic sound, like the JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Speaker. It’s portable, comes in many colors, and can play music for up to 20 hours on a single charge. It’s also waterproof because it’ll eventually be pool season again, and you can connect up to two phones or tablets simultaneously. It’s around $120.
14. Let the Eufy Smart Vacuum Cleaner do the floors
Sure, you could spend $1,000 on another brand, or you can spend just a fraction on the Eufy Smart Vacuum Cleaner from Anker. It’s high-quality tech at a low price. The robot vacuum automatically increases suction power within 1.5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed, like when someone spills all the granola. Use it for up to 100 minutes and it’s no louder than a microwave.
15. Treasure special moments with the Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame
Digital picture frames have become so easy to use. That’s important if you plan to get one for relatives who aren’t the most tech-savvy. Take the 10-inch Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame. Sure, you can still use your computer or email to add photos, but it’s easier to share a private network and add photos from anywhere using a phone app. Just think how nice that is if you haven’t seen them in months!
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