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29 Gifts That Are Basically Futuristic Versions Of Everyday Items

Because all water bottles should have a built-in bluetooth speaker in them.

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1. 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.

Amazon

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

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 $47.96+ (available in four colors).

2. 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

Shipping Info: Items typically ship in two to five business days (custom-made items should note on the product page when they will ship). Economy, standard, expedited, and express shipping are available. See Uncommon Goods' full shipping information here.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40 (available in two colors).

3. 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
Amazon

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

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 $74.99.

4. 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.

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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

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 $89.99.

5. 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?

Amazon

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

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 $49.99 (available in three colors).

6. 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
Amazon

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

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 the starter kit from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two colors).

7. 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.

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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

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 a pack of two from Amazon for $18.89.

8. 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
amazon.com

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

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 $97.49.

9. 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.

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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

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 $129.95+ (available in three designs and two colors).

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

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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

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 $82.99.

11. 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.

Amazon

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.

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 $129.95+ (also available in various bundles).

12. 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
Amazon

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

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 $9.99.

13. 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.

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Promising review: "When I received the Digital Picture Frame I was impressed by the quality of the packaging so had high hopes of the product itself and I was not disappointed. The frame is sturdy and well built, it came with everything advertised." —Timothy

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 $59.99+ (available in six sizes and two colors).

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

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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

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 $14.99 (available in 12 colors and five styles).

15. 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.

Amazon, amazon.com

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

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 $33.95.

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

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "Awesome small table lamp in multitude of different colors. Breeze to setup. You can choose different scenes which give different colored lights. You can also chose to cycle through continuously the different colors, which keep changing until you stop it." —Snagglepuss

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 $41.99 (available in two colors).

17. A rechargeable USB lighter — it's a must-have for any candle lover whose biggest nightmare is running out of lighter fuel when they've already lit two of the three wicks on a new Bath and Body Works candle.

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Promising review: "I was sick of buying a bunch of long neck lighters only for them to go empty after a period of time so I finally invested. I will say the lighter is great and the bendable neck is fantastic for lighting all kinds of candles. Since I’ve purchased this like a month or two ago, I’ve only charged it once!" —Lindsay

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 $13.99+ (available in four colors).

18. 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
Amazon

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

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 $35.99 (available in three colors).

19. A touchscreen toaster to replace the crusty one they've had in their kitchen for longer than they'd like to admit. It heats much faster than a traditional unit and has a touchscreen that lets them choose their preferred level of crispiness. This is the future carb connoisseurs want.

Model touching screen on Revolution toaster
Revolution Cooking

Promising review: "I have to say, this toaster was well worth the investment. This one beat my old toaster by a mile in terms of how fast it toasts, and it adjusts easily and well to waffles and bagels. The toaster has a fantastic digital display too. I love the 10-second countdown feature so I can get my butter in place and slather it one while the toast is hot. The design is sleek and elegant, and my favorite surprise is the analog clock display. This makes my old toaster obsolete (it's now collecting dust in the bottom cupboard)." —Rob

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 $249.

20. An electric gooseneck kettle that can get their water to the exact temperature they prefer and keep it there for 60 minutes, which is perfect for the person who takes their coffee way too seriously.

Amazon

Promising review: "We have been using a gooseneck stove top kettle for a few years for pour over and wanted more control over the water temp (I’d often forget I put the kettle on and start multitasking). This heats the water so quickly, which is great in the morning. And the hold feature is my best friend for when I’m multitasking. I’m able to pour over my coffee when it is convenient and not have to worry about taking it off he stove top immediately like I did before." —Aunt Lindsey

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 $158+ (available in six colors and Bluetooth-enabled models).

21. A high-tech sous vide that connects to an app so they'll never under/overcook their food again.

A sous vide reading "51.5" placed into a pot of water with meat
amazon.com

Promising review: "I cook tons of stuff with this since I have discovered sous vide. I’ve taken it to friends' houses for events or dinners to show them how it works and everyone is always amazed at how juicy and delicious everything is. I consider myself a great cook and this is just another tool in the arsenal." —Sean

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 $99.

22. A well-loved robotic vacuum over 25,000 Amazon reviewers have raved about. They can schedule cleaning times right from the included remote — and their guests will have no idea their new maid is actually a robot.

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Promising review: "We have named our new Eufy vac 'Ellie.' My wife has definitely bonded with her. It was a surprise Christmas gift. She spent several days after she got it following it around the house, thought it was 'cute.' But good looks aren't everything. My wife and I really like the performance of this robovac, which has exceeded our expectations. It gets in places that are hard to vacuum. We have two dogs, so Ellie really helps us keep up with the hair." —John G.

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 $199.99 (available in two colors).

23. And a robotic mop — because yes, that's a thing now! They can finally wave goodbye to that bulky old-school bucket and mop, or stop fooling themselves into thinking those wet floor sweepers actually do anything.

IRobot robotic mop spraying cleaning solution on hardwood floor
Amazon

Promising review: "It’s really hard keeping my house clean between a 7 year old, husband and three dogs. So after getting a vacuum robot and how wonderful that was, I decided I should get one to mop. I hate mopping. And this little guy saved my life. I let it charge for about an hour or so to get a full charge then let it clean my hall, kitchen and dining area. It did amazing. I can’t really complain because this little thing just made my life easier." —Loren

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 $169.

24. A smart thermostat that they can control from literally anywhere. It can actually detect when they leave the house and adjust the temperature accordingly to help save them some coin.

Model adjusting temperature on Google Nest thermometer
Amazon

Promising review: "Within about two weeks of installation, this thermostat has already saved me big! I got a notice from it stating that my furnace had turned off unexpectedly many times and that I should check the unit for function. When I checked the furnace, I found that the previous owner of my house (purchased home in summer 2020 and had not used the heat until now) had never bothered to change the filter on the unit. This was causing a major airflow issue that could easily have caused premature furnace failure if left unattended. Thanks to the warning from this thermostat, I was able to fix the problem for the price of a new filter. Highly recommended!" —Mitch

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 $99.88+ (available in four colors and various kits).

25. An alarm clock with a wireless charging pad on top so they'll always have a reminder to charge their phone before they hit the hay.

Smartphone wirelessly charging on top of alarm clock
Amazon

Promising review: "I've been looking for a bedroom clock so I don't have to pick up my phone every time I want to know the time. I wanted something a little different and this wooden clock fit the bill. Not only does it clearly display the time (I leave mine on the lowest of the five brightnesses), it charges my iPhone 8 phone, and looks like a piece of neatly cut and finished wood rather than a plastic alarm clock. Plus my phone is easy to find since it's charging right on top of the clock." —David

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 $29.98+ (available in four colors).

26. And a smart button pusher so they can add voice control to any light switches around their home. It's not laziness, it's efficiency.

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Promising review: "This is literally exactly what I was looking for, but better! I wanted something that would automatically press the button to unlock the downstairs door from my phone (so that I wouldn't have to sprint like a madman to the other end of the house to hit it) and this does the trick exactly. Not only can I buzz open the downstairs door from inside, but ALSO from outside, eliminating the need to mess with keys. This device is genius. Pure genius." —Ryan

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 $29 (available in two colors).

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