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31 Gifts For Anyone Trying To Live In The Future, Today

Science fiction...without the "fiction" part.

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1. A magnetic balance light so all their other lamps know what futuristic standards to strive for.,

This lamp is powered with a USB cable.

Promising review: "Love this lamp and it looks soooo cool. Have it on my desk. It doesn’t use too much space and it works great." —Danella B

Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in three colors).

2. A voice and motion-controlled trash can that'll make them feel like they're living in the year 3000.

Heather Braga / BuzzFeed / Via, simplehuman / Via

Simplehuman also makes custom-fit liners for each of their trash cans, which fit perfectly in the can's back compartment and conveniently dispenses from inside the can.

Promising review: "Sleek and stylish. Reduced touch reduces spread of germs. My children used to get the worst stuff all over my previous can, now with no touch the exterior of the can my trash can stays clean which is very hard with four children." —Katie W.

Get it from Simplehuman for $200.

3. An Echo Dot so they can blast their favorite playlist, check the weather, and just generally feel like they have a personal assistant — all via voice command.


Use the Echo Dot to play music, ask questions, set alarms, call a friend, order an Uber or Lyft, and so much more. Plus, it's the perfect hub to connect all their other smart devices, so they can use voice command to control their entire home!

Promising review: "Amazing product, wish it was easier to set up but super worth the process. So convenient and helpful having it around. Just woke up and asked what the weather was without even picking up my phone, we are in the future 😮" —Lenny

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (originally $39.99; available in four colors).

4. A Roomba robot vacuum that'll keep their floors dirt- and pet hair-free. It's like hiring a cleaning person they'll have access to 24/7.


Advanced sensors allow Roomba to navigate under and around furniture. Cliff Detect keeps it from tumbling down the stairs. The Roomba will run for up to 90 minutes(ish) before automatically docking and recharging.

Get it from iRobot for $249.99.

5. A compact pocket projector so they can bring big screen-viewing with them anywhere. Backyard movie night, anyone?

This projector can connect to virtually any device and has a built-in battery that lasts for 1.5–2 hours when fully charged.

Promising review: "iPhone or Android adaptors are not included. However, charging cable micro-USB-to-USB is provided along with HDMI-to-HDMI cable for video transfer. It came charged so I was able to try it out immediately. My phone was projected after about 5-10 seconds of connecting it. Brightness is great even when the ambient light is on. Sound is also pretty clear and decently loud for movies. This is an awesome product, the basics you would want in a projector in a very compact size!" —Lucy

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

6. Some smart lightbulbs with 16 MILLION color options so they can control any light in their home with their phone or voice, courtesy of Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant.


I have these installed in the two lamps in our living room. They took a little finagling to get set up, but it was well worth it! Originally, it was just so we could utilize the voice command with our Google Home Assistant (we lazy), but having the different color options has been more fun than I could've imagined! When playing a video game or watching a movie it's just nice to set the color to match the mood — plus dimming the lights and cozying up with a book feels very luxurious!

No need for a specific hub to set these up (they can control these lights with the free PlusMinus phone app), but they are compatible with Alexa Echo, Echo Dot, and Google Home Assistant

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.98.

7. A handmade wood wireless charger that combines old-tradition craft with new-age tech to instantly upgrade any bedside table or desk. No more unsightly cords to fuss with!

A smartphone resting on a geometric walnut wood charger with a flat top
Uncommon Goods

The wireless charging system is compatible with recent models of Apple, Samsung, and Google phones.

Promising review: "A work of art that doubles as a wireless charger! I was so pleased with this purchase. The wood and craftsmanship are of good quality, and it has a nice weight to it. I love how stylish it is-not an eyesore like many gadgets. It blends in perfectly and looks like part of the decor." —D-Nice

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $99.

8. A pet camera and treat dispenser combo so they can check in on their furry friends from anywhere. There's even two-way audio for some paw-some cat or canine conversations!


With the app, they can get notifications about their pet's activity. Reviewers note that finding treats that fit the dispenser properly can be a challenge (the Furbo does come with some) — so be ready to experiment!

Promising review: "I bought this Furbo dog camera to have a quality camera to watch our 6-month-old puppy who is just starting to be left outside of her playpen when home alone. It was easy to set up (just took a while for Bluetooth to connect), but very straight forward set up, and the quality of the camera is HD, which I wasn't expecting. The camera range covers our living room entirely, and the feed is absolutely live. The dog treat mechanic works reliably with small treats, and our pup loves it! We are beyond satisfied with the purchase, and won't be needing any other doggy cams in the future, this is interactive and fun, a dog lovers dream! Now I can have peace of mind and check in on our cutie when we are at work. We definitely recommend this product." —Melissa Rivas

Get it from Amazon $198.95+ (originally $249).

9. A makeup brush cleaner that will essentially automate one of life's most annoying (yet necessary) tasks.


This set comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars, a glass bowl, a bowl splash guard ring, a manual, and a 140 milliliter bottle of the makeup cleaning solution.

It's just three easy steps to cleaner brushes: 1) dunk your brush in water and cleaning solution; 2) spin to rinse; 3) spin to dry. The base is rechargeable so your spinner will always be charged and ready to go.

Promising review: "Works AMAZINGLY well! Had all my brushes clean and looking brand new in the time it normally would have taken to hand wash one brush. If you hate cleaning your brushes, then you need this product. So easy and fun! I only wish I would have bought this sooner!" —Tellie82

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (also available in pink).

10. A Fire TV stick to make any TV a heck of lot smarter. This latest upgrade even has Amazon Alexa voice compatibility!, Amazon

Promising review: "I cut the cord years ago and mostly stream in my laptop. My apartment came with a 55-inch TV, and it was annoying having to attach my laptop to it via HDMI when I wanted a larger viewing screen. I didn’t know what to expect from this device, but I’m impressed! Worked immediately. Very easy to set up. Love that you can activate apps using a code versus typing in username and password. Has every app I need. Even with my relatively slow internet, I get greater quality and throughput. Very happy with it!" —K. Whiting

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

11. A rechargeable hand warmer that doubles as a power bank for charging devices on the go. Perfect for live sports fans or just anyone who works in an office that loves to always blast the AC.

The Grommet

This hand warmer heats up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) with high and low settings for just the right amount of warmth. The battery lasts for roughly three hours when fully charged.

Get it from The Grommet for $27.95 (available in three colors).

12. A Moleskine smart pen and notebook set to digitize every pen stroke in real-time with the Moleskine app. Finally, the ease and satisfaction of handwritten notes, combined with the organization and convenience of digital notes. My future vision says they're going to love that!

An open notebook with dotted paged, a smartphone with notes pulled up and a Bluetooth-connected pen
Bespoke Post

The set includes the smart pen, USB cable for recharging, one pen tip ink refill, and a dotted paper journal. They can use the free Moleskine app to sort, search, and organize notes!

Get it from Bespoke Post for $159.

13. A pack of Wi-Fi-connected outlets so they can make virtually any electronic device in their home "smart." They can schedule their coffee pot to automatically start in the morning, have the lights on before getting home, or anything else they'd like to control from their phone — or with their voice.


No specific hub is needed to use these outlets (just a smartphone), but they are compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant! To set up, simply plug the TECKIN mini outlet into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the plug via the app, and wirelessly control the device using a tablet or phone — they just need a Wi-Fi connection!

Promising review: "I walk in my house and just say 'Alexa, turn on my lamp' and it’s on. It’s nuts. It feels so futuristic. Also, I’ll do it from the app before I get home so I don’t come home to a dark house. It’s really nice. I consider this one of the biggest simple life improvements I’ve bought for under $100." —Tenderlou

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $25.99.

14. A cordless purse light that'll put an end to any endless rummaging. Sensors detect when their hand is close and will light up in response. Don't worry, it automatically shuts off too!

The Grommet

It includes two AAA batteries so it's ready for use right away!

Promising review: "I purchased this for a friend as a gift. It is perfect for the very large purse she uses to help her find her keys, phone, etc! And the fact that it turns itself off after a short time is also great!!" —Susan

Get it from The Grommet for $29.95.

15. An illuminated mirror compact with sun-like light for color-correct makeup application on the go. Easy to toss in a purse, it comes with a case that protects the mirror and automatically turns its light on and off.


Promising review: "Such a clever design!! This mirror slips right onto your finger - leaving one perfectly able to hold the mascara AND the mirror in one hand while the other is using the wand. Love that it comes on as soon as you lift it out of the pouch. I bought this for an upcoming European trip but find myself using it all the time. Very good product at a very good price." —Elaine

Get it from Simplehuman for $80 (3x magnification available in four colors, and 10x magnification available in three colors).

16. A UV smartphone sanitizer because their beloved phone is also a breeding ground for germs. With this around, they'll always be just 10 minutes away from a squeaky clean cell.

A smartphone sitting in the open UV phone sanitizier, sitting on a desk next to a keyboard and pen
Uncommon Goods

The case has built-in acoustic amplifiers so they can keep listening to music or use their phone's alarm while the sanitizer works on zapping germs.

Promising review: "In the height of the COVID pandemic, I bought this as a way to decontaminate my phone every day after work. I am a physician that regularly sees patients with communicable diseases and I always have my phone with me. The Smartphone Sanitizer is a super convenient way for me to ensure I leave the germs from work there without bringing them into my home with two little kids. As soon as I get home, I pop my phone in and sit down for dinner. By the time we're done, the phone is clean." —Josh

Get it from Amazon for $79.95 and Uncommon Goods for $80.

17. A levitating planter that's almost as magical as the feeling of successfully keeping a plant alive.


Get it from Amazon for $86.91 (available in two finishes).

18. A portable translator so they won't be stuck pantomiming "Where's the bathroom?" to someone who doesn't speak English on their next trip abroad...whenever that is. This pocket-sized device doesn't need Wi-Fi to work either, so cross-cultural communication is always easy.

Uncommon Goods

Just press the button, speak into it, and release for one-way translation from English to Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese.

Promising review: "This was absolutely a delight for my mother, who's always been self-conscious about her limited travel options due to language barriers. This completely solved that problem, and she just had an absolute delight using it to travel to Japan all by herself. Can't recommend more highly." —Ben

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $199.

19. A rechargeable electric lighter that's wind-proof, splash-proof, portable, and just overall very nice to look at. Their candle-game just got an upgrade!

Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

Promising review: "This is seriously the coolest device of my winter holiday. It makes lighting candles a breeze. Yes, there is a weird crackling noise, but that's a super minor annoyance. It's a super intuitive device. Plus the lighter with the USB (included), charge for a bit, then pop it open and light ALL THE THINGS; well, candles. I don't know how well it lights cigarettes or whatever. However, for my personal intended use, it's awesome!" —Jee W

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

20. A Tushy bidet attachment to keep their tushy clean. A true revo-loo-tion for bathroom-goers everywhere.


It comes with everything they need to install their bidet in under 10 minutes! And there's a 60-day money-back guarantee, so if they find the bidet life isn't for them, you can get a refund and buy them something else.

Promising review: "This was our second Tushy! Our first was installed in our master bath. We just remodeled a guest bathroom and could not call it 'finished' without a Tushy in it. Once you get Tushy clean, nothing else will do!" —Teresa S.

Get it from Tushy for $89 (originally $109; use our code BUZZFEED at checkout for 10% off!)

21. A potentially life-saving bracelet with a hidden button that, when pushed two times, immediately sends an SOS text and their location to five loved ones. Gift them (and yourself) some peace of mind!


There is no monthly subscription fees for this service! All they need to do is download the free app on their phone and customize their contacts and settings.

Promising review: "It was super easy to set up and to test it! I haven’t had to use it yet (thank god) but it does give a huge sense of safety especially being a woman and going alone to places." —Katherine F.

Get it from invisaWear for $149 (also available in gold).

22. A digital picture frame that connects to Wi-Fi so they can show off an unlimited number of photos without the hassle of getting them printed (or overwhelming their already crowded walls).

The frame with a white and black frame around the digital screen with a picture of the reviewer and their father at a tennis match
Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

There's no risk with this purchase! If they don't love your frame, Skylight will offer a full refund. My coworker Abby Kass loves hers! In her own words:

"I actually got this frame for my dad a few years ago for Christmas. He LOVES taking pictures (like used to keep albums and albums before photos were digital), so I thought this would be great for him. It was super easy to set up and connects to Wi-Fi. It then comes with an email address where you can send the photos you want it to rotate through. My parents keep it running all the time. It's a nice way to actually see all the photos you have without them taking up all the walls in your home."

Get it from Skylight Frames for $159.

23. The Oculus Quest 2 — an all-in-one gaming experience that'll bring immersive virtual reality to their at-home reality.


The Oculus Quest 2 comes with everything they might need to get their virtual reality journey started! But they do have the option to link it to their PC for an upgraded experience.

Get it from Oculus for $299.

24. A USB car charging port that'll put an end to fights over who gets to charge their phone first on long car rides.

The Grommet

This car charging port fits in standard 12v–24v vehicle outlets and cigarette lighters. It comes with a long 5-foot cable that can reach the back seat!

Promising review: "I have an older SUV with no charging ports. I love that I can charge two upfront and three for passengers in the back seat. Makes trips a lot easier! Very convenient!" —Candice

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in seven colors) and The Grommet for $24.95 (available in three colors).

25. A Wi-Fi-connected oil diffuser and humidifier to bring their wellness routine into the 21st century. Set schedules, adjust vapor pressure, and change light color — all with their phone or voice!,

This diffuser is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The large 400-milliliter water tank allows for up to 12 hours of continuous mist

Promising review: "I bought this for my bedroom. It is very easy to use and set up. All I had to do was download the app, link it to my phone, put water in the reservoir, add my essential oil, put the top on, and turn it on. It has two settings for the flow of the mist: weak and strong. This feature and the light on the unit can be controlled from the app. For the light, you can use the color wheel to pick one color or have it rotate through all the colors. This is probably the best oil diffuser I bought because it works really well and the Wi-Fi feature is a major plus." —andrew

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

26. An app-controlled, self-warming mug that'll elimate those constant trips to the microwave to reheat their coffee.


This mug is controlled with the Ember app where they can preset the exact temperature (between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit) they prefer their coffee, tea, etc. One charge lasts roughly 1.5 hours, and it's totally safe to hand wash!

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 boss's 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 $99.99 (also available in white).

27. A stylish charging bracelet they'll love wearing almost as much as they love having their phone not die. No outlet needed! They can charge up while walking between meetings — now that's efficiency!

Mark & Grahm

This bracelet includes a micro USB charging cable. There's also the option to personalize it with an engraved monogram for an additional $12.

Get it from Mark & Graham for $99 (originally $149; available in two sizes and in four colors).

28. A super lightweight bike helmet that collapses down small enough to slip into a backpack or tote bag. A total game-changer for bike commuters everywhere!


This helmet is CSPC Certified in the USA!

Promising review: "My husband and I each purchased a helmet for a recent cycling trip in Europe. The way the helmet collapses makes it easy to transport on trips. The helmet is lightweight and comfortable. What I most like about the helmet is how well it protects the head during a crash. I misread a curb while cycling and crashed, with my head striking the pavement hard. The helmet absorbed all of the impact, and I walked away with no injuries to the head. The helmet suffered a very slight, barely noticeable dent, and I am so grateful for the protection it provided. I highly recommend this helmet." —Linda Camp

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in two sizes and in four colors).

29. A pack of programmable smart buttons for anyone who's ever thought "I wish I could order a pizza with the click of a button." Now they can.

Uncommon Goods,

Each button can be assigned up to three tasks with the easy-to-use app, and connects to a phone with Bluetooth. They're compatible with a growing range of apps and smart devices and can be clipped or stuck onto any surface with the adhesive back.

Get a Starter Pack from Uncommon Goods for $160.

30. A motion-sensor toilet light to make their potty feel like a piece of modern art, and end the searing pain of turning on the bathroom lights when they need to pee at two in the morning.

A toilet with a blue illuminated bowl and 16 thumbnail images of the toilet illuminated in different colors

This LED toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color.

Promising review: "This seemingly silly little gadget has turned out to be great! The light level (brightness) can be dimmed down if desired, and the color can be set to whatever you want, but the bottom line is that you don't need to turn on a bright overhead light (which wakes me up and makes me angry, not a good combination) when you need to go into the bathroom at night. Cleaning it is a breeze, too; what seems like it's going to be a problem...isn't. I can't recommend this toilet night light highly enough, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Could be on the gift list this December." —Lee R. Gurr

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

31. A portable karaoke microphone that connects to any mobile karaoke app of their choice, transforming their home into a crowd-free stage for belting their favorite tunes.

Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "We use this linked to the karaoke apps. It is great for those that love to sing and for family karaoke nights. The songs come through clearly with the mic and the kids love the echo. The one little bad is the heaviness. Kinda heavy for the kids but otherwise, it is great." —Pinkvol

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $50 (available in black and gold).

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