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41 Tech And Gadget Gifts They’ll Start Using The Day They Open Them

How they ever went on this long without a customizable toilet nightlight in their life, they may never know.

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1. A Baby Yoda Bluetooth speaker complete with a lil' strap so they can pin him onto their backpack and take him wherever they go 😭.

Promising review: "I just wanted a small Bluetooth speaker for bedtime audio books. This is louder than I expected and my son just loves it! It is easy to keep nearby because of its small size, and I am happy with this purchase!" —ray cerda

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

2. A PhoneSoap to make them feel like they're truly living in the ~future~. This compact gadget kills up to 99.99% of bacteria with UV light, sanitizing little objects like their phone, keys, eyeglasses, and even their face masks.

Phone being put into the compact rectangular PhoneSoap machine

Promising review: "What a perfect gadget for getting your phone clean. After touching who knows what while commuting to work, and it being that time of year everyone around you gets sick, this comes in handy. After the first use it looked great, and then I wiped it down with the sponge that came with it. I feel so much better about using my phone now." —Crystal Gardner

Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

3. A set of affordable, highly popular (seriously, these have nearly 40,000 popular reviews) wireless Bluetooth earbuds so they can multitask to their heart's content without ever getting tangled in their headphone wires. These are also a great option for people working out at home who want to listen to bops without blasting Rihanna through the whole house.

Reviewer image of two black earbuds next to their charging case

These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Psst — these are also a great option for going outside in a mask, since they don't have wires that'll get tangled in the mask straps.

Promising review: "The earbuds worked seamlessly and well out of the box. I use them while hiking the hills with my dogs and when working at my desk – I can still hear outside noises when needed for safety, but can listen to music without disturbing others. The earbuds are comfortable even during exercise, and they fit securely. Using the earbuds as a headset with my cell phone is easy as well. I do have to experiment with how they handle the Google assistant. The audio quality is at least stereo hi-fi, and the earbuds paired easily with both my phone and laptop. Wireless charging and having a large backup power source for the phone are terrific features." –Jawpar

Get it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).

4. *Or* a pair of splurge-worthy pair of AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case to give them the gift of hands-free, noise-proof bliss. Once these toggle into "noise-cancelling" mode it's basically like the world disappeared.


I have a pair of these, and they're not playing around. Once they're securely in your ear, you can toggle the headphones between noise-cancelling and regular sound, depending on your situation. I've been working from home, and the noise-cancelling is so effective that I can work next to a window where my neighbor is doing heavy construction and I don't hear anything louder than a faint buzzing. It's quieter than if I'd just plugged my ears with my own fingers. I'm also a runner, and these don't budge when you're sweating, which is nice. It's also handy that these toggle out of noise cancellation mode, because I feel better being able to hear traffic and other people around me when I'm out and about. The TL;DR is I love these so much I have zero interest in owning another pair of headphones for as long as I live.

Promising review: "Debated on spending the money for these. Finally just buckled down and got these and LOVE THEM. I love how I can open the case next to my iPhone and a picture pops up telling me about battery life. They were already hooked up to my phone — I didn't have to do anything (major plus for a non-techie like me). I've had zero issues with them cutting out. I typically use them when I'm mowing the lawn and listen to podcasts. When I have the noise cancellation on, I CAN'T HEAR THE MOWER. They're comfy, easy to put in, and I loooooooove not having the wire tethering me to the phone in my pocket when I'm trying to mow. No more getting tangled up when I grab the handle. Never cuts out. Sound is GREAT. (Chucked my Bose for these. Don't even miss them.)" —Traveler

Get it from Amazon for $199.98.

5. An LED dog collar that'll come especially in handy now that the sun is peace-ing out at 4 p.m. — this not only makes their dog more visible to cars and passerby, but will make it easy to find them if they go full "SQUIRREL!!" in the backyard and gallumph away.

A dog in a neon green light up collar

The collar is also lightweight and USB rechargeable, giving five hours of illumination for one hour of charge.

Promising review: "My pit bull is all black and we walk 2 miles after I get home from work. Even though I carry a flashlight we have spooked many people on our evening walks. I thought this was the perfect solution. This collar is fantastic! It's bright enough for people to see her from a distance but not too bright that she is bothered by it. It has three settings, although I only use the solid light setting. I use a harness as well so I don't have to attach the leash to the collar. I also love that it's rechargeable and I don't have to mess with batter replacements. I also put this on her when we are visiting my sister and she is out in her much larger yard. I can see where she is and don't have to head out with a flashlight looking for her. I would definitely recommend and already have recommended this product to many other dog owners. Love it!" —Kristine Livingston

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in six sizes and six colors).

6. A flexible universal tablet stand so they don't have to crane their neck or tire out their arms just to marathon reruns of Parks and Rec in peace.

The Grommet

Promising review: "Grommet has delivered a fantastic product i hadn't thought about for my husband. He reads the news every morning on his iPad in his recliner, and he loves his new tablet stand! I originally purchased it for a Christmas gift but couldn't wait to give it to him. Perfect for him!" —Deborah

Get it from The Grommet for $39.95 or Amazon for $39.99.

7. A mug warmer to keep their coffee piping hot long after they brew it, so they can stop drinking it cold every time their morning slips into the time-space-caffeine continuum.

A cup of coffee warmed by a black circular mug warming platform underneath it

Promising review: "I am currently working from home and I make tea at every hour of every day. I used to own a Mr. Coffee and had lost it during transition of moving so I HAD to get another one. I’m so glad that I did because now my tea stays warm throughout work. There is no adjustment to high and low but I prefer things simple. You just switch it on and it stays on. The plate gets pretty hot which makes my cup hot at the bottom. No issue for me because I don’t have children. I prefer warm tea over piping hot or freezing cold. This little device is my best friend and it’s great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that loves a 'just right' cup of anything." —Cecy R.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

8. A reliable wireless charging pad so convenient it will feel like they're living in a Smart House. Truly all they have to do is lay their phone or AirPods down on it, and boom, instant charging.

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

This little power bank can charge *deep breath*: the iPhone SE, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs Max, XR, XS, X, 8, and 8 Plus; AirPods; and the Galaxy S20, S10, S9, S8, and Galaxy Note 10, 9, and 8.

Promising review: "I gave up on wireless charging years ago. Not reliable and super slow. This one seems to charge my mophie battery case faster than being plugged directly into the charger. How does that work? As long as you know where to place your phone it seems to charge fine. And the blue light is nice to show its charging. But for the price you can't go wrong. You could easily make something to hold this and your phone if you really wanted to. Long as you place it in the middle though it really is fine." —DJK

Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

9. A glare-free Kindle Paperwhite that not only can hold thousands of books, but will let them read the *chef's kiss* way they like best — they can customize it with all their favorite fonts and layouts, and organize their virtual shelves to their precise standards. Bonus — its charge lasts weeks (plural!!), and it's waterproof, so they can take this bb in the bathtub 🍷.


Promising review: "I was very slow to the e-reader game; I am a voracious reader and thought I would not want to read from a screen, since I do that all day at my job. I purchased one after four weeks of 'stay home stay safe,' and had read everything in the house multiple times. The library has been closed for six weeks. I LOVE THIS THING. With a few customizations of layout and font, I may as well be reading from a book. With the Kindle Unlimited, I can choose from soooooo many books. I’ve had this thing for three days and I’ve read five books. Can’t believe I didn’t get one years ago." —Jess Mo

Read BuzzFeed's closer look at the Kindle Paperwhite for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

10. A dual-sided device cleaner with two sides — one with an antimicrobial-treated cleaning solution to clear off the grime, and another with a soft polishing buffer to make it gleam.

One side dispenses a cleaning solution that kills bacteria, and the other side polishes the surface off so it looks nice and shiny.

Promising review: "Saw a friend at work using this; she showed me and I had to have one. I wasn't disappointed. Gets all the gunk off my phone, iPad, computer screens, and my kids' Kindles. Getting these for gifts this year. Awesome." —kevin

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

11. A sleek rechargeable electric lighter your candle-loving friend can use to replace all their old gas ones. This one is not only chic as heck, but completely flameless, and made with a long stem so they can use it to light gas burners and larger candles.

Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

This also comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! I'm a big weenie about fire (LOL, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it.

Promising review: "Wow. This thing is amazing. Small and so easy to use. My husband kept saying it won’t actually light anything and was blown away when it did. We lit candles and paper to use as tinder with absolutely no effort. No fuel needed. Just a quick recharging. And no waste in throwing away those huge and never easy to use butane sticks. Love love it. Easy buying process so I would recommend everyone buy one." —Diane Bold

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

12. A sleek, swim-proof Fitbit Versa 2 so well-equipped it can track preeeeetty much anything they throw at it, from running to swimming to sleeping to their heart rate and pace. They can also sync it with their Alexa to get quick news and weather updates, set alarms, and control smart home devices.


Oh, plus!! They can access their Spotify account from it for bops on BOPS. Each watch also comes with a 90-day free trial of the Fitbit Premium, which will help them manage stress, stay active, and get the best sleep.

Promising review: "Very happy with this smart watch/fitness tracker. If you are looking for a fitness tracker that has incredible battery life, a fantastic app, and sleep tracking there is no better product on the market. I think it is nice that it also includes some of the essential smart watch features like messages on your wrist and connectivity to control Spotify. The Alexa integration is also a nice bonus feature. However, if you are more interested in smart watch features and care less about fitness tracking then maybe the Apple Watch is a better choice for you. I actually have an Apple Watch and prefer to wear the Fitbit because I think Fitbit really nailed the features that are important to me - fitness, battery life, sleep tracking, messages on wrist. Everything else I can handle on my phone but it is nice that the features I care about are done so well on this watch. Also, it is really comfortable to wear. I never take it off. One other feature that I think is important is the always on heart rate monitor. The Apple Watch only measures your heart rate every 10 minutes when you are not in a workout. I like having the always on tracking during the day so I can quick glance at what my heart rate is doing. As far as I know, you can not do this with the Apple Watch; you would need to open up the heart rate app on the watch to get a read. Just another reason why I think this Fitbit is better for my lifestyle. It does the stuff I care about well rather than doing everything mediocre like the Apple Watch. Just my opinion..." —FullSpeedWD

Get it from Amazon for $179.95 (available in six band colors)

13. A compact milk frother to make their midmorning cuppa taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista.

A black handheld frother propped next to a frothed cup of coffee

Plus, it's teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water! We love a convenient appliance!!

Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in 10 colors).

14. A toilet night-light so they can navigate to the bathroom without stubbing their toe on 86 things or turning on the overhead light and confusing their poor brain into thinking it's daytime.

A toilet glowing blue

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.

15. A pair of wireless sleep headphones that will play white noise or the music of their choice (read: all of Harry Styles' Fine Line) in a comfy headband, so they don't have to risk their ears getting sore while they snooze.

A model sleeping with the headphone band around her ears

Psst — they can also use these to keep their ears warm during walks or run in the colder months!

Promising review: "I LOVE THESE HEADBAND HEADPHONES! Why did I not invent this myself? This is exactly what I was looking for to use for meditation while I sleep. This item is soft, lightweight and perfect for the side sleeper. The flat earphones are just what I needed to get a more relaxed good night sleep. I haven't used them until the battery ran down, but I have used them for at least 9 hours at a time. What more can I say. BUY IT! You won't be sorry!" —PB

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

16. An iRobot Roomba 675, because you know what? We all deserve to have a vacuum that knows us better than we know ourselves, and this one is it. Not only will can they schedule it for self-directed cleaning on surfaces all over their home, but when they sync it to the app, the app will give them scheduling suggestions based on their cleaning habits and the season.


They can also sync this bb to their Amazon Alexa or Google Home to give it voice commands whenever something needs to get cleaned, stat. Plus — be still my robot-loving heart — it uses Dirt Detect Sensors to figure out which areas of their home are more highly-trafficked, and clean them more thoroughly.

Promising review: "I didn't have super high expectations, because we do not have a Roomba friendly house. We have lots of small carpets with tassels, things out on the floors (like music and workout equipment for our jobs), and small awkwardly shapes (ie not square) spaces. I'm honestly blown away. I've used it twice and it navigates over/around objects so accurately, gets under furniture, does not pull weaving out of my cotton and jute woven rugs, and has only gotten caught on a tassel or cord once. My cat caught a bird and it got up all the feathers- amazing! It does miss things here and there, so it's not going to replace 100% of regular vacuuming, but it's going to cut down our in-person vacuums by A LOT. it is kind of loud, though. About as loud as the AC unit for reference, so I can't use it if I'm on a zoom call. All told though, wow." —MH

Get it from iRobot for $274.99.

17. A rechargeable hand warmer complete with double-sided heat and three different heat settings they can adjust to their environment, whether it's "walking in a winter wonderland" or "everyone in this house is deeply divided on what a regular human temperature is, MOM."


Psst — this is USB rechargeable, and you can even use a power bank or your phone to charge it!

Promising review: "This hand warmer is amazing! My hands are constantly cold and I've tried all sorts of products to help keep them warm but nothing has worked until now. I charge the hand warmer every night with a standard USB charger and the next day, I have hours of warmth. The three temperature settings are very helpful — I use the highest setting when I'm outdoors for long periods of time and the lower settings when I'm indoors (e.g. sitting at my desk or in a cold movie theater). I've already given hand warmers as gifts to several cold-handed friends and family members and they're loving it as well. I hope Ocoopa comes out with a foot warmer next!" —Riva Kupritz

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in six colors, or in a two-pack for $46.98).

18. A pair of glowing light saber chopsticks to bring balance to the Force *and* to their sushi — whether they're repping the dark side or the light.

Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Amazon

As you can see from the above GIF, I bought these for myself, and I love them to pieces. TBH, I use them as decor every bit as much as I use them to eat. Sometimes I just keep them in my work area to light them up during the day to feel fancy. They toggle back and forth between a bunch of different colors, like red, blue, yellow, purple, and multicolor, so you can either make them match *or* have a red and blue one together and bring ~balance~ to the Force.

Promising review: "I bought these for my husband for Christmas. He uses chopsticks to eat things other than Chinese, so thought these would be a good stocking stuffer. He was thrilled when he opened them and he and my brother-in-law immediately started fighting with them like they were Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. He loved the color options. Huge hit at our house." —Tracie Gutknecht

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

19. A pair of sleek touchscreen-friendly gloves — not only do these gloves come in a bunch of cute colors, but they have grippers on the fingers to better hold their devices and text without taking them off.

Promising review: "I love these gloves. These fit well, they are soft, and warm. The pads on the palm and fingers give the a sure grip and the nodules on the thumb and two fingers allow me to use my iPhone without taking them off. These are the best gloves I've ever had." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes M-XL and five colors).

20. A Wi-Fi-connected movie projector that easily converts any wall, both indoor and outdoor, into a personal theater. Once they sync it with a device like their phone or laptop, they can use it to project their favorite movies, at-home workouts, and even to play video games outside after the sun goes down.,

Promising review: "This projector has been an amazing addition to our quarantine life at home. Who needs the movies when you have this. The volume is actually really good and the Wi-Fi is helpful. We hook up our Direct TV, Fire Stick, etc, and it all works great with great picture! We’ve been having a blast moving the movies home." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $164.72.

21. A compact, high-speed portable charger compatible with Galaxy phones, iPhones, iPads, and AirPods that's so light it won't even feel like it's in their bag — perfect for people who are bopping between group chats, constantly FaceTiming, or still playing Pokemon Go like it's their job.

A black charging bank connected to a phone

Promising review: "I ordered this after using my sister's while waiting at an appointment. Now I wouldn't leave the house without it. It is worth the money and small enough to carry in a pocketbook or bag. It goes everywhere with me now and it has saved me. It is worth every penny. I've even been so impressed that I bought four more for Christmas gifts and an extra for me." —Natalie Marrino

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four colors).

22. An investment-worthy Samsung Frame TV that'll instantly become the central hub of their home, just because it is that darn beautiful. Its motto is "TV when it's on. Art when it's off." — and TBH, the images speak for themselves.

Samsung television hung up on a wall to look like artwork

They can even toggle through Samsung's "art store" to find a display to match the vibe of the room (or just their vibe of the day). It also has Alexa built in, so they can open apps, change the channel, search for movies and shows, play music, and control their smart home devices from the television.

Promising review: "The television is wonderful. It is exactly what we wanted. It is in a room where it is the focal point of the room and we really wanted the ART MODE. We have now had time to explore the ART STORE and it is wonderful! Easy to use and we found so many artworks that we love to display. The television itself is very high quality picture and good sound. We used our own mounting bracket so I can't comment on the bracket that comes with the television. We used our own because we wanted one that was recessed into the wall (so the television is flush) but pulls out to swivel and pivot. I especially like the ART MODE." —Skip

Get it from Amazon for $597.99+ (available in six sizes and multiple styles).

23. An Amazon Echo Show 5 enabled with a camera screen for calls, so they can keep the whole fam connected for some socially distanced cross-country chats.

A person on the screen of an Amazon Echo Show 5 on a video call with their family from the other end

Similar to other Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Show 5 responds to voice commands and can be synced with Audible, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and other apps and programs like Spotify, iTunes, and NPR.

Promising review: "I bought these for my mother, brother's family and mine for Christmas. Figured it was a quick way to communicate between Michigan and Indiana where everyone is spread out over. Usage was so-so the first few months, but now it's at least once a day. Thank you for coming up with such a simple product that does so much to keep my family connected face-to-face in these times!" —mike

Get it from Amazon for $74.99.

24. A sunrise simulation clock to trick their human brain into thinking they're already dappled in the light of a bright, sunshiny day when they wake up, even if they're up before the sunrise or nowhere near a window. While they won't be using *that* function the day they open it, they will very much enjoy the white noise options to help them drift off to sleep that same night.

A sunrise alarm clock in three stages of lighting up from dim to brighter to brightest over the course of a half hour

You can sync this alarm clock with an app on your phone (or with an Alexa or Google Home), and it will gradually brighten the room with red-tinted light designed to fight grogginess in the minutes leading up to your wakeup. By the time your alarm goes off, your eyes will have already adjusted to the "daylight," so you won't be as tempted to hit snooze. It also has customizable sounds to wake you up, like "Hawaiian waves."

Promising review: "I got this alarm clock about a month ago and it's pretty great! With COVID-19, getting out of bed had been getting harder and harder to do. I purchased this alarm clock to help with those slow, dreadful mornings. There are a variety of different ring tones I prefer the two different piano options, one for my weekday wake up time and one for my weekend wake up time. If nothing else, I can tell roughly which day of the week it is based on what song is playing. As of writing this review, the west coast is currently blanketed in smoke and weird lighting. Right now, getting a 'proper sunrise' is iffy at best. The gradual increase of lighting from this alarm clock is wonderful for getting some semblance of normality. I sometimes wake up before the alarm goes off (by a minute or two) because my body is so convinced the sun is actually rising. The interface is also quite straightforward and, with the help of the instruction manual, it is easy to set up the alarms that you want. The only downside is that I can't get the wifi symbol to stop blinking. I don't want to attach it to wifi/download the app, so I have put a sticker over the blinking light. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase." —Andrea Harper

Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

25. A waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker with a hook that attaches right to their curtains or a suction cup to stick it on their tiles, so they can listen to their favorite news podcasts or get their groove on first thing in the morning., Amazon

Psst — you can also taking this hiking or camping in the rain and strap it right to your backpack, or use it by the pool!

Promising review: "I bought this portable Insmy Bluetooth speaker because I needed one that I could use in my shower plus when it rains I could use it outside and not worry if it got wet because of its waterproof rubber covering. I also like that you can plug a SD card into it and listen to MP3s that you have on your smartphone or got off your computer. The sound is the best part of this speaker, it produces a nice rich HD sound and is not tinny like other portable speakers. It comes with a charging cable and it can be hung or be carried with the adjustable lanyard that's attached to it. Pairing via Bluetooth is very easy to do to your smartphone, computer, etc. All in all I am very pleased with this Insmy Bluetooth shower speaker and the sound it produces." —John S.

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in six colors).

26. A compact mini donut maker for anyone with a sweet tooth — truly, can you think of anything in this universe more delicious than a warm homemade donut?? I'll wait.


The donuts cook within minutes, have an auto shut-off to stop them from overheating, and come with a recipe book that even includes gluten-free and Paleo-friendly options. Bonus? They don't even need to figure out how to make donuts — this machine will take store bought brownie, muffin, and cake mix just fine.

Promising review: "Absolutely awesome. It took me about five minutes to make the dough for these amazing donuts and it took only one and a half minutes to have them hot and ready. Love it when Dash comes out with new products so my family and I can continue to make wonderful memories especially during this quarantine." —TJ Davis

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

27. A nylon braided iPhone, iPad, and AirPods charging cord that's not only super durable, but also 6 feet long (!!), which is the perfect length for anyone whose favorite night hobby is putting their phone on the charger and then immediately scrolling Instagram for an hour.

A pink nylon charging cord plugged into an iPad

Promising review: "Having gone through three of Apple's power cables in the year since I bought my iPad, I came looking for *anything* with better construction. This cable is brilliant, plain and simple. The connections at both ends are designed to completely eliminate the flexing issue that causes Apple cables to separate from the business ends. The braided nylon sheathing promises to make the entire cable last longer. Great design, low price." —Pat Kight

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

28. Or a braided leather USB bracelet that's (gasp) secretly also an iPhone charging cord, so they can tug it off and have a guaranteed charger wherever they go.


Promising review: "I usually have every sort of cable that I could possibly need when I'm at work, but I don't usually carry one on my person when I'm elsewhere. It looks sharp and isn't obviously a cable, but it's always available should you need it. It's compatible with Apple Carplay, and when plugged into a computer it will function like a default Apple cable. I am incredibly happy with it and would recommend it to anyone who might ask." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three sizes and three colors).

29. An always-handy smart plug they can sync with devices like Alexa and Google Home to turn things on and off without getting up to do it themselves. Getting up to turn off the porch light is sooooo 200-late.

A small white plug next to the app you can use to control it

They can also control the devices plugged into it via an app, which will turn items on and off no matter where they are. Plus, if they live in a big household, they can set up the app on multiple devices so everyone will be able to sync with them.

Promising review: "AMAZING! Set up was a breeze. I originally bought the Amazon Smart Plug and that was a joke. It would set up successfully then disconnect 30 minutes later. Anyway, these set up wayyyy too easily. I use them for all my downstairs lights. It was so simple getting them set up in the SmartLife app and then Amazon automatically detected every plug once I enabled the SmartLife skill! I seriously had the most frustrating time with the amazon smart plug that I almost cried at how easy these plugs were to set up. PLUS what a better deal these are! You can’t lose!!" —Andrea K.

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

30. A Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet with a kid-proof case and pretty much endless opportunities for entertainment — plus an easy (and safe!) place for kids to download their remote schoolwork.


It comes equipped with Amazon FreeTime, which lets parents set controls for kids to access 20,000 different apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney — including shows and movies you can download straight from Disney+.

Promising review: "I got this for my 5-year-old daughter. I love this product. The preset items are perfect for her. She is able to watch all the shows and clips that she loves. Everything is age appropriate and I don't have to worry about her getting into the internet. There are also audio books. She loves Junie B. Jones and already knew about her books from kindergarten. I would highly recommend this. Now that we are in quarantine, I can also download her school programs and she is not taking up my laptop or phone." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in five colors).

31. A pocket-sized wine aerator that'll save the wine lover in your life oodles of time each night — instead of letting their glass chill out before drinking it, they can toggle this gizmo to one of three modes (red, white, or port) and get the most of their wine's fully-aerated flavor in 45 seconds or less.

A small black device resting on a glass of wine with a metal tube in it, aerating the wine

Promising review: "Purchased as a Christmas gift for a co-worker, she loved it, could not believe something so simple changed the taste of wine to something more expensive. I would highly recommend for wine drinkers." —J. Stephens

Get it from Amazon for $30.24.

32. A charging station for anyone whose kitchen counter has become a tangled hub of family members pulling each other's phones out of the charger — this comes with slots to organize six devices, *plus* six USB fast ports ands six short mixed USB cables so everyone can get that sweet, sweet phone juice at once.

Before and after image — one with devices and cords all tangled, another of the charging station with six device ranging from a small phone to a large tablet charging in an organized way

This is compatible with Apple products, Kindles, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, Nintendo Switch, and *sooo* much more.

Promising review: "After much research and returning numerous brands that made claims that were simply untrue I found this Hercules Tuff product. I was so impressed I did a quick YouTube video. Basically this product does everything the others claim to do but DON’T! It’s rapid charge. It comes with cables. It won’t scratch a surface. It will charge multiple devices brilliantly. It has an ON /OFF switch, many don’t have this basic want. The dividers are sturdy, solid, won’t move when you pull out ur device and actually hold your device. This is it. I would def recommend." —Chris P.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).

33. An Instant Pot pressure cooker with a built! in! air fryer!! In total, that means this appliance can do the work of eleven appliances in one. The question is less what can they make in it and more what *can't* they?

stainless steel instant pot next to fully cooked chicken

This 8-quart Instant Pot can pressure cook, sauté, steam, slow cook, cook sous vide, warm, air fry, roast, bake, broil, *and* dehydrate.

Promising review: "What else can you say about this product? It will replace three appliances that I use on a regular basis- rice cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker. That's important to me because at this point kitchen space is at a premium. The packaging is great, the instructions are very clear and well written and it works very well. The first use was to make chicken bone broth using the pressure cooker feature. It worked flawlessly. Two hour cook time. 10 min prep, 30 min to cool off. Three hours later I had homemade bone broth in the refrigerator. And the whole house didn't smell for 24 hours like it would with an open pot method. Anyway, the instant pot is a huge kitchen innovation IMO. Just get one, and use it!" —John Gaynard

Get it from Amazon for $179.95.

34. A wireless weather forecaster with temperature, humidity, *and* the future forecast, which is basically the closest they'll ever come to having their own personal weather reporter in their home.

Small square weather forecaster with color display showing temperature and forecast

Get it from Cabela's for $37.97 (originally $49.99).

35. A see-through toaster so they can watch their toast get to their *precise* level of preferred toastiness and finally have the kind of breakfast they deserve. Sorry, Netflix. This is their new TV.


Promising review: "I LOVE THIS TOASTER! It makes great toast. I can’t believe that I’ve gotten so excited over a toaster. I haven’t been able to find a durable, reasonably priced toaster that could accommodate long slices or bagels, etc. Additionally, I have had to be gluten-free for the last 10 years and gluten-free bread has to be carefully toasted in order to be good. All the toasters I have ever owned had those fragile, thin wires that heat up and glow to toast the bread. And when they broke, which they inevitably did, the bread toasted unevenly. THIS TOASTER has unique coils in the bottom, so that you would expect unevenly toasted bread. BUT NO! It’s the most perfectly toasted bread I’ve had in 30 years." —Byron Trist

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

36. A selfie ring light for all their video calls, so they can trick their friends or coworkers into thinking they live inside a beautifully-lit Instagram apartment instead of a snack dungeon.

A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up

You can either use this with your phone mounted just under the light for FaceTime, or if you're calling or filming from a laptop, you can set up the tripod or the light on your desk behind the screen. Boom, fancy lighting.

Promising review: "This ring light is amazing! I already have an earlier version of this company's ring light and am absolutely in love with the quality of the lighting it provides. But this larger ring light with tripod stand blows away every other lighting product I've ever used! The cord is a USB cord, so it can plug into any USB outlet: wall, computer, vehicle. The control switch is very easy to navigate, as well, allowing you to adjust the lighting to your exact needs. My favorite setting is the yellow warm light because it helps mask facial imperfections, evening out your skin tone. The best thing about this ring light is how it makes every photo and video look more professional. This ring light does not disappoint. This is BY FAR the best-quality ring light I've ever seen! If you're shopping around for a superior ring light and you really want to get your money's worth, hurry up and grab this one before they're all gone! There's still time to get it before the holidays! I promise you will LOVE this ring light as much as I do! This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves taking pictures and videos! Get yours TODAY before they're all gone!" —ANGELA ANAYA

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

37. A percussion massage gun to give their muscles the kind of love that will make them involuntarily moan from the decadence of it all. (Psst — a lot of reviewers swear by this for everything from chronic pain management to relief sore post-workout muscles to a way to relax tension at the end of the day.)

Model using massage gun on calf

Promising review: "I've been playing around with this gun for a while, and wanted to leave a review based on my experience with this one and a few others. For the price, this is a great buy. It's got a few things going for it which I like: It's VERY quiet; very easy to switch speeds, there's a button right by your index, useful when you want to find the right speed for whatever part you're working on; It gets to be pretty powerful, much more than what you'll need most times; It's light and has a great grip, so I don't get tired working on someone with this for a while. I'd recommend this gun for the price, it's a solid buy. Quick customer service too, I had a question answered within a couple of hours so that's a plus." —Artem

Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

38. A popular USB streaming microphone complete with an interactive LED display that has over 100 emoticons — an awesome gift for the live streaming gamer in your life. it can even react in real time to audience emoticons when synced with the Streamer Companion App. Aside from that, it also reduces background noise and has a flexible gooseneck for easy positioning.

A black microphone with an LED display showing an emoji sticking its tongue out

Promising review: "I got this mic after watching other reviews between this and the Blue Yeti. I have a noisy environment so I needed to use a digital mixing program to dial in my settings, but once I got it down, I have been super happy with the results. Out of the box when everything was quiet, the mic alone had great quality. I recommend this mic if you are just starting out, or even just looking for a good quality mic for your setup. The construction is very nice and solid and doesn't look or feel cheap at all. The built on mute button is really nice as well. It has a built-in mic input so you can hear in real time what you sound like if you plug in headphones with a standard connection. Would buy again if I was looking for a microphone." —PC Guy

Get it from Amazon for $177.80.

39. A heated electric blanket so warm and cozy that oops, they might just hibernate in it for the entirety of winter. (This is also a great gift for anyone trying to save money on their heating bill at night!)

A red blanket draped on a chair

It has three temperature settings and automatically shuts off after four hours. The fabric is machine-washable so it'll be easy to maintain.

Promising review: "Everyone at my office is jealous. Heats up quickly. The three settings are all good and far enough apart that you can definitely tell that there are multiple settings. Very easy to use, and it holds heat really well. I’m in love with this blanket." —28187

Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

40. A shiny ~disco~ helicopter drone safe for indoor and outdoor use — it can sense objects around it and move intelligently to avoid them, and will even move upward if they put their hand under it to make them feel like a wizard.

A child hovering their hands under the ball-shaped shiny disco drone

This comes with a USB charging cable and remote control, and is recommended for any ages eight and up!

Promising review: "My 7-year-old son absolutely loves this toy. He showed it to his 8- and 10-year-old stepsisters who also loved it. All three of them played with it until it died. It was cute watching them try to keep it from hitting the ground (when you put your hand underneath it, it will fly back upwards) and hearing their laughter was priceless. I'm going to start buying these as small stocking stuffer type gifts for the rest of the kids in our family as well as birthday parties. I was also surprised it didn't break because it took a beating from running into walls and such. It also sparked my son's curiosity...he wanted to know how it worked so it quickly turned into a STEM type lesson...You won't regret this purchase...we loved it!" —Jordan Hebert

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

41. An adjustable, portable standing desk for their laptop, so they can adjust it during the day depending on where they're sitting and whether or not they want to stand.

Reviewer image of a laptop propped on an adjustable metal stand on a desk

Promising review: "One of the best health investments of the year for me. This is so simple, yet so much thought must have went into designing it to make it stable, lightweight, ergonomic and sharp-looking. A terrific under-$40 investment. If you're considering one of those $400+ standing desks, I would highly advise to give this standing laptop desk a shot first. I feel great standing up a few hours a day while tasking away and working hard. Great invention!" —Ben Grablachoff

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).

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