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24 Tech Gifts That Are Basically Futuristic Versions Of Everyday Items

Water bottles with built-in Bluetooth speakers? What a time to be alive.

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1. A pack of smart plugs so they can use their phone (or ask Alexa) to control their lights without ever leaving their bed. The plugs come in a pack of four, so they can add a little touch of convenience to multiple rooms in their home.,

Promising review: "Love these! They have made my life so much easier ... I have three lamps and one fan connected to each and now I don’t have to get out of my comfy bed when I forget to turn off something downstairs! Wooo!" —Patricia

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $25.99.

2. A gorgeous water bottle that keeps track of their daily water intake and glows when they're running behind on their hydration goals — because we could all use some help being a little less thirsty.


Promising review: "Our family has a number of reusable water bottles from different brands, but this is by far our newest favorite! After my wife saw me use my water bottle just for a few days, she had to have one and we ordered her one as well. The simplicity with which this water bottle tracks your water intake is perfect. You don't have to even think about it — just fill up, drink, refill, repeat." —James77

Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (available in six colors).

3. Or this water bottle with a Bluetooth speaker on the cap so they can hydrate during lulls in their playlist.

Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "This product eliminates having to carry around a separate device to project sound (WI-Fi speaker). My wife is always carrying around a water bottle, and a WI-Fi speaker. My wife loved getting this as a gift as our daughter is always asking to listen to tunes when we are out, and when we are out with friends this adds a bit of entertainment for us." —Kev

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25 (available in two colors).

4. A iRobot Roomba vacuum that will keep their floors clean without them ever having to lift a finger — unless it's to set up a cleaning schedule with the app. It's perfect for the friend whose house is always covered in dog hair.


Promising review: "So simple and easy to use. Quick charge and Pumbaa was ready to go. I thought our floors were pretty clean, but the first time she ran she found 84 dirt spots! After less than a week of running every day she was down to five. Requires no help. I tell the app to get it started and walk away." —Pumbaa the Roomba

Get it from iRobot for $274.99.

5. A voice-controlled microwave so they can shout, "Alexa, microwave for two minutes" and truly feel like they're living in the future.

Amazon Basics microwave on kitchen counter

Promising review: "Although the Alexa integration seemed a little gimmicky at first, I quickly changed my mind after realizing how simple it was to use. Traditional microwaves have a million features, but honestly, do you even know how to use half of them? Gone are the days of pushing a button and looking at cryptic abbreviated text on the numerical LED screen, wondering what input it is expecting.

The 0.7 cu. ft. cooking volume is on the smaller side for microwaves, but it's perfectly appropriate for a dinner plate or cup of coffee, and doesn't use a ton of counter space." —RainNW

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

6. An automatic pet feeder that will let them schedule up to 15 feedings a day. They can also record a greeting that plays with every meal, and I'm crying just thinking about how cute that is.


Promising review: "I ordered this for my two cats and this feeder is exactly what i needed. The app was super easy to download and set up, plus the feeder looks modern and stylish in my kitchen. The amount of food it stores ensures we don’t have to worry about our cats going hungry if we are away." —Matthew Wright

Get it from Amazon for $71.96.

7. A lighted mirror with a built-in Bluetooth speaker, because what's the point of applying a full face of Fenty Beauty if you don't have Rihanna blasting in the background?


Promising review: "I was honestly surprised at how loud the speaker was for how cheap the mirror is. It’s obviously not going to be like a giant expensive speaker, but if you just want to listen to music, YouTube videos, or podcasts while doing makeup, it’s perfect. You also don’t have to use the cable on it all the time, just charge it and take it off." —Layla

Get it from Amazon for $34.69+ (available in three colors).

8. A surprisingly affordable smart watch so they can view their text messages, e-mails, fitness goals and other notifications at the flick of the wrist. Oh, and it also tells time.,

Promising review: "I'm continually amazed at what this watch can do for me. My sleep has improved over an hour a night simply by the sleep monitoring app in this watch! I don't have to carry my cellphone and try to keep an exercise app running while I'm walking, since this watch continually monitors my steps through the day! My exercise level has almost doubled just from the awareness this watch gives me. The heart rate monitor on this watch has allowed me to lower the spikes through the day and night, simply from the awareness of what my heart is doing. Now, I rarely have a spike above 100 bpm and my average heart rate is down below 60 bpm." —Jim B

Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in seven colors).

9. A high-tech upgrade to the toothbrush they definitely haven't been replacing every three months. It connects to their smartphone to track brushing habits and highlight areas that need a little more love.

Colgate Hum toothbrush next to smartphone with the accompanying app

Promising review: "I love this toothbrush. My dentist's office has been closed during the pandemic but this leaves my teeth squeaky clean! I used to use a Sonicare, so when i saw the price, I wasn't sure that this would work but i am so impressed. It’s way more affordable than other brands but works just as well." —lR

Get the starter kit from Amazon for $64.99 (available in two colors).

10. A fancy smart mug that will keep their coffee, tea or other hot beverage of choice at the perfect temperature. It lasts for 90 minutes on a single charge, and if they have enough self-control to make a cup of coffee last longer than that, I simply cannot relate., Amazon

Promising review: "Best thing since sliced bread! I hate when my coffee gets cold. I was originally looking for one of those warming coasters, but then I saw the Ember mugs...there was no turning back. I can take my coffee with me into my bosses office and it still stays hot?? Yes please. I used that app and have adjusted my temp down to 127 degrees. It stays at that temperature the entire time. I’ve not had an issue with battery life either, doesn’t take me more than an hour to polish off a cup of coffee. I HIGHLY recommend." —Mathews

Get it from Amazon for $99.95+ (available in two colors).

11. A light bulb that can change colors with the simple press of a button on their phone. They can also use the app to dim the lights and turn them on and off, so they basically never have to touch a lamp ever again.

Promising review: " I decided to try out this pack of bulbs because of the multi color feature, and I was not disappointed. They work well, have many color options to choose from, and the convenience of use over Wi-Fi is great.

My friend and I each share devices with each other in case we need the other person to turn our lights on or off for us when we aren't home, and even the remote sharing works wonderfully. I wish I could attest to how long they last, but so far with nearly one year on the first bulb, I see no issues." —EvP

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.98.

12. A coffee maker that connects to their Echo Dot so Alexa can become their live-in barista.

Reviewer photo of coffee maker on kitchen counter next to an Alexa-enabled device

Promising review: "I love it, Lay in bed in the morning yelling, 'Alexa, turn on my coffee' and she listens to me and does as I say. Life doesn't get much better than that. No more waiting for my coffee to brew. Done by the time I get to the kitchen." —Lee Yarbrough

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

13. A self-cleaning litter box so their cat can basically take care of itself and be the self-sufficient head-of-household it thinks it is.,

Promising review: "All other boxes we have tried are messy, dirty and eventually smell bad. Clumping litter boxes track - yes even with those anti track mats - and stick to the boxes and eventually stink and need washed down.

We bought this one since it was different and hadn’t tried it before. We have had it for over a month now and it’s the first one to be truly hands off and odor free for the month. Very quiet, hardly any tracking, no smell, and at the end of the month you just toss the box and used crystals out and put another one in and forget it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $129.95 (available in three designs).

14. A trash can that opens with just a wave of their hand, because they shouldn't have to handle any more garbage this year.

Promising review: "I've waited almost a year to write this review because I wanted to be sure this product was long-lasting. We have a tiny kitchen in our beach house and a tiny and weirdly shaped space for a trash can. I researched FOREVER (just ask my husband) and finally settled on this one. It fits perfectly in the space and has surpassed my expectations in every way. It's attractive and fits a TON of trash in a very discreet way. I love it." —S. Loud

Get it from Amazon for $67.97.

15. A smart lock to provide them some much-needed peace of mind when they leave their home. It works with most existing locks, so they won't have to worry about any ridiculously complicated installation.


Promising review: "The product was easy to install, took about 15 minutes, instructions are clear and easy, well made, rugged, with easy access (magnets). We have now been using it for a month with 100% reliability. We have suffered a few power outages, bringing my home network down, but the system finds its way back online without human intervention." —Dan F.

Get it from Amazon for $107.98.

16. A kitchen scale that connects with their phone to track calories while providing precise measurements.

Smart scale with grapefruit on top next to smartphone with accompanying app and three batteries

Promising review: "I needed a new kitchen scale after my old one died. I have a bathroom scale from this company that I love, so I figured their kitchen scale would also be good. The scale is compact, easy to read, accurate, and has the same high build quality as the bathroom scale. I love the app it pairs with because it allows me to choose my own 'auto-off' timing. My old scale would automatically turn off if I didn’t touch it every minute, which was really annoying while brewing coffee of measuring for cooking. Would definitely purchase this scale again!" —Daniel Coorsh

But it from Amazon for $20.91.

17. A digital picture frame they can use to display a slideshow of all their favorite memories. They'll see something new every time they look at it, so it's truly a gift that keeps on giving.,

Promising review: "I love this product and this would make a great gift for a family member or friend. Sometimes I find it difficult to just choose one photo to display because there are so many good ones and this product is excellent for that as it will cycle through and display a bunch of photos. I saved about 200 of my wedding photos and some music to a flash drive and this frame has the ability to play the photos and music at the same time. The frame has the ability to start and end at a certain time. You can also have it on calendar mode and the calendar will display on one side of the frame and your photo slideshow on the other side." —Catherine

Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in six sizes and two colors).

18. A pair of Bluetooth-enabled Under Armour shoes if they prefer their fitness trackers on their feet instead of their wrist. The sensor tracks their running metrics so they know what to improve next time.

the UA HOVR Sonic 3 Running Shoes in red
Under Armour

Promising review: "I own three pairs of UA shoes, and two of them are running shoes. These are my favorite, by far. I like that I don't need my phone or smart watch with me to track my runs. After pairing the shoes to MapMyRun, I now can just start running! When I get home, the shoes sync with the app and I can see my distance, stride length, etc. I was afraid that the tongue would irritate the top of my foot because of how it essentially lays flat. I was wrong. These are comfortable, surprisingly light, and they look great." —Casey Hoskins

Get them from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in men's sizes 7-18 and 14 colors) or Under Armour for $110 (available in men's sizes 7-18 and 11 colors).

19. A beanie with built-in Bluetooth headphones, because wearing a beanie and earbuds is never a comfortable experience., Amazon

Promising review: "This beanie is very comfortable. You can wear it for long periods without it being uncomfortable. It looks great. The sound quality is good, you have to adjust the position of the speakers to fit right over your ears, which is not hard. The speakers are placed inside with velcro and a zipper to access them, once there are placed over your ears they sound great. Very easy to connect with Bluetooth. the controls are easy to access and use while wearing the beanie." —Joseph

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 18 colors).

20. An essential oil diffuser and humidifier they can control with an app since they shouldn't have to leave the couch to enjoy some aromatherapy.


Promising review: "I had two discount diffusers and while they worked, there wasn't a timer and I worried about burning plastic. Finally decided to upgrade and it is great so far. You have different strengths of diffusion and different colors, but the key is your phone. Not only can you turn on and of and control remotely, but you can set schedules! So now I have it turn on automatically at 10, by the time I get in my room it has been on and it turned off 45 minutes later as I fall asleep." —Marcadimus

Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

21. A smart lamp so they can coordinate their lighting to their mood with a simple touch of their phone.


Promising review: "This light is perfect for my needs, a bed side lamp that I don’t have to get up or contort myself to control. It’s a good deal considering that the combination of an outlet and a lamp could get pricey. This lamp has all the color and brightness options that you will ever need. You can, but you don’t need the app to access them all. The dial at the top allows quick and easy adjustment." —Eagle

Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in two colors).

22. A fingerprint padlock so they'll never have to rummage around in their pocket looking for their key before realizing they left it at home.

Product shot of fingerprint padlock next to model holding smartphone with accompanying app

Promising review: "This is a superb lock! I got it to use in the gym. I didn't want to use the honor system and hope my locker would be safe without a lock... and I know I am not the best with traditional combo locks. This lock does everything you need. It's easy to set up as many fingerprints for verification as you want... and you can even just use your phone to unlock it alternatively." —J Z D

Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in four colors).

23. A rechargeable USB lighter that is basically a must-have for any candle lover, because there's nothing worse than running out of lighter fuel when you've already lit two of the three wicks on your new Bath and Body Works candle.,

Promising review: "So far I’m liking this lighter. It’s lightweight, easy to operate, doesn’t eat batteries because it’s rechargeable, and I’ve never had a problem lighting a candle or grill with it. It absolutely has performed every time." —meccadavis

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

24. And an Instant Pot that's fully programmable over Wi-Fi so they can truly set it and forget it. It's an eight-in-one device, so they'll be able to pressure cook, sauté, bake perfect cakes, make creamy yogurt and more all in the same pot.


Promising review: "This is basically an Instant Pot DUO with the added feature of connecting to your device from a mobile app via Wi-Fi. The biggest advantage is that I can now check on my food remotely. So, if I need to run an errand while there is food in my pot, I can check on it from my phone and see how far along it is. Occasionally, the app won't find my device right away and I have to fiddle around with it, but otherwise I love this thing." —Magical Selan

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

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