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40 Tech Gifts That'll Make Their Lives Easier

Gadgets that make everything from getting through the workday to making dinner just a little bit simpler.

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1. A super portable speaker from Marshall that doesn't skimp on powerful sound. They'll get 15 hours of playtime on just one charge, making this perfect for that friend who always has a killer playlist they're wanting to play at a get-together. It even has a rubber back-mounted strap so they can attach it pretty much anywhere.

writer of the article holding the marshall speaker on their hand
Ciera Velarde / BuzzFeed

This can also connect with other Marshall Willen speakers so you can play sound from more than one speaker at a time! It's also super durable and water-resistant.

I have this and am so, so impressed with how high-quality the sound is for such a small lil' package! I also love how sophisticated it looks, so I just leave it sitting on my bookshelf to act as a piece of decor! This would be the perfect speaker to take along to an outdoor BBQ or even a wintry cabin trip with your friends because it barely takes up any space and can last through the entirety of your perfectly curated playlist (and then some!) You'll definitely want to get this for any music-obsessed person in your life this holiday season.

Shipping info: Depending on which shipping method you choose and the total amount of your order, shipping fees may apply. See full shipping info here.

Get it from Marshall for $199.99 (available in two colors).

2. Or a delightful Bitty Boomers Star Wars speaker in case they'd rather carry around a teeny-tiny speaker with some major character. Plus: How can they not fall in love with that face from the moment they unwrap their gift?!

An image of the speaker designed to look like Baby Yoda eating a frog

3. An automatic laser toy so their cat can stay entertained and work their energy out at the same time. Even the most disinterested of kitties will pounce for this fun gadget. 

a small black cat chasing the laser from the white, standing laser pointer
Amazon

Promising review: "The cats have started asking me to turn this thing on. Several times a day. They meow at me if I don't comply. The other day they tipped it over and the laser was sweeping across the ceiling. The orange cat was attempting parkour to try to get the ceiling red dot thingie. The other cat makes cooing noises as he chases the dot around the living room. He has never made cooing noises before. This has given them hours upon hours of entertainment and exercise...so I am quite pleased with the purchase." —Andrea Huckaba Rome

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

4. A third-generation Echo Dot to basically act as their personal assistant. It'll schedule meetings, set alarms, look up the weather, play their favorite playlist — it's harder to think of something this gadget doesn't do.

the echo dot
Amazon

Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying this). The sound quality is really good, especially considering its small size and relatively budget-friendly price. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Don’t even 'add to cart,' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (originally $39.99).

5. Or an Amazon Echo Auto, perfect for people who don't have Bluetooth installed in their car. They can just plug this device into their auxiliary input, connect it to an app on their phone, and then they can play music, follow GPS instructions, or access Alexa through their car's speakers.

amazon echo auto mounted on a car and hanging above a mounted phone

6. An itty-bitty Theragun Mini that'll give them sweet relief after a long workout. They can use this to massage any achy or sore muscles — it's designed to help them recover faster so they can get back to pumping iron.

Model using the massager on their thigh
Reviewer holding the massager

BuzzFeed Shopping editor Melanie Aman loves her Theragun Mini for post-workout relief:

"Exercising has been a huge boost to my mental health during quarantine, but the DOMS man — the DOMS hurt like hell!! I'm talking hurts to walk, hurts to lower myself and sit, hurts to stand up, hurts to lift things heavier than a stuffed animal, hurts to exist. I learned early on that this little gadget was suuuuuuuuper helpful in reducing my discomfort and loosening my tight, angry muscles. While jackhammering my calves and thighs is not an incredibly fun experience (TBH it hurts especially when I'm massaging already sore muscles), I know the next day I'll wake up with significantly less pain."

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $179 (available in four colors).

7. A pair of CozyPhones designed so kids can listen to music or watch videos on their tablet in a comfortable way. Plus: They'll love how whimsical they feel as they're dressed up as a unicorn!

child with headphones on watching an ipad

8. A portable charger for your workaholic friend who is constantly on the go. Now if they notice their phone's at 3% in the middle of an important work call, they can just plug it into this. Crisis averted.

four chargers on a table

9. Or a reliable wireless charging pad so they can just lay their phone or AirPods on top of it to charge up whenever their devices are running low on juice.

A model placing a phone down on a wireless black charging pad

10. A robot vacuum because anything that can do a chore for someone is definitely a perfect gift. It's extra useful if they have a dog who sheds constantly and they can never keep up with all that fur.

11. A therapy lamp perfect for anyone who works long hours, which means that during the wintertime, they're probably sitting in darkness for most of their working hours. They'll love how the lamp helps with their energy levels.

12. A PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger to give your germaphobic friend some peace of mind that their phone is as clean as possible. The UV light in the gadget kills 99.99% of all bacteria on their phone's surface, and they can also charge their phone while it's inside.

A black square case (the size of a large tablet but way thicker) is sitting on a surface. It has a lid which is open. The case has a phone sitting inside of it with a blue screen

13. An AirFly Pro wireless transmitter for the globetrotter on your list who seems to always be flying. They can plug this into the TV screen on the airplane so they can actually use their wireless earbuds and not have to shell out extra cash to buy those wired headphones they sell on the plane.

14. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite so they can keep as many books as they want at their fingertips instead of having to lug around heavy hardcovers wherever they go. Plus: The glare-free screen makes it great for beach reading.

15. Or a Fire HD 10 tablet if they enjoy reading but also want an everything-in-one device so they can stream shows, scroll through social media, and video chat with their family.

model video chats on color tablet

16. A pair of Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds great for workouts thanks to the hook design that keeps them in place no matter how many reps they're pushing through. They'll get up to nine hours of use on a single charge *and* they're sweat resistant, so they can rely on them to hold up even on long run days.

17. A smart Tile tracker they can attach to their wallet or keys, aka the two most important things no one ever wants to lose. They can track their Tiles through an app on their smartphone.

18. A Fitbit Luxe if they've been saying they want to get more active in 2023. This sleek-looking tracker will give them information on how many steps they're taking, their heart rate, their sleep, and their workouts. They'll also get a more in-depth look at their activity data through an app on their phone.

19. A rechargeable electric lighter so they'll never have to worry about finding matches (or burning themselves with said matches) whenever they want to light a candle.