Black Friday discounts are here, which means that hundreds of tech devices are currently on sale. Trying to find what’s best to get for your techie family member, partner, or friend can get overwhelming. That’s where StudyFinds comes in. We scoured the internet and found the top five best tech gifts for the holiday season.
Our electronics are so important to us that they have almost become an extension of ourselves. In fact, a study shows that six in 10 people feel they could not cope with being separated from their mobile phone for more than a day. Respondents also describe running out of battery as a “nightmare scenario.”
With big events with discounts on electronics like Black Friday, it is a great opportunity to check off items from your Christmas shopping list at a cheaper price. Still, the average consumer will spend an average of $520 on Black Friday. Big box stores like Target, Walmart, Costco, and Best Buy discount hundreds of items when the big sale event rolls around.
Are you currently trying to find that perfect present? StudyFinds has compiled a list of best tech gifts for the holidays. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!
The List: Best Tech Gifts, According to Experts
1. Apple AirTag
Topping the list of the best tech gifts this holiday season is the Apple AirTag for those who misplace everything. “If you or anyone you know is anything like me, losing things is an everyday activity. Whether it’s my keys, wallet, or remote control, I’m always frantically searching for my belongings–until I started pinging them with AirTags,” says ZDNet. “AirTags are so simple to set up and track with your iPhone detecting the tag as soon as you unbox it and pull the paper insert out. Then, all you have to do is name it and place it on what you’d like to track, and it will automatically appear on your Apple’s Find My Network.”
“The Apple AirTag is our favorite object tracker and a great tech gift for anyone with an iPhone. The gadget will allow them to keep tabs on their items via the Find My app. The set includes a quartet of trackers, so it will cover their daily essentials (e.g., bag, wallet, etc.),” notes Best Products. “The AirTag has a water-resistant build and battery that can last up to a year between replacements.”
NBC News writes, “The Apple AirTag is a great gift for anyone who tends to misplace essentials like keys or bags, in our experience. It connects via Apple’s FindMy app and can show precisely where the AirTag is located.”
For those who need a cup of coffee to start off their day, the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug is the perfect gift. “This SELF Fave smart mug has become a fixture on my desk since I bought it seven months ago. Not only does the cup keep my tea warm for hours, but it also lets me adjust the temperature to suit my specific preference,” says SELF.
“This smart mug keeps your drink at the exact temperature you choose for up to an hour and a half on a single charge,” notes Town & Country Magazine. “You’ll never have to worry about drinking cold coffee again.”
Real Simple writes, “Their coffee will never get cold with this smart mug, which can keep their beverage hot for 1.5 hours on its own, or indefinitely when it’s set on a charging coaster. They can even use an app to set the perfect temperature.”
For the book lovers in your life, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the way to go. “If you know someone who is an avid reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is an exceptional gift,” recommends ZDNet. “This reader boasts some excellent features that will for sure elevate their reading experience, such as an adjustable warm backlight for late-night reading, a glare-free screen for reading in any light, a lightweight and slim design, ten weeks of battery life, and more.”
“I like to swap between three or four books at any given time, but when I travel I don’t have room to carry them all, so I’m a Kindle guy,” writes Forbes. “I like to have a sci-fi book in the queue, a politics book and sometimes if I’m on a plane and exhausted, I want to read something a little easier.”
NBC News notes, “If they love to read or listen to audiobooks, the Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers. ‘You can read it outside in bright sunlight, and unlike a laptop, there’s no glare — you can see your pages clearly,’ says NBC Select editor Lindsay Schneider. You can also pair this device with Bluetooth earbuds and listen to audiobooks with an Audible subscription. The battery lasts up to 10 weeks, according to the brand.”
Fourth on the list is the FIZZICS DraftPour Beer Dispenser. “Beer drinkers will enjoy the Fizzics DraftPour experience,” explains TODAY.com. “The machine can transform any type of beer in cans or bottles up to 750ml into a draft beer experience. The gadget works by converting the natural carbonation in a beer into a microfoam head that allows more flavor and aroma to hit your palate.”
“Cracking open a cool one at home will be much more enjoyable once they get their hands on this this dispenser that turns any bottle or can of beer into a nitro-style draft,” says Town & Country Magazine.
Best Products recommends the FIZZICS DraftPour Beer Dispenser for beer connoisseurs. “The DraftPour dispenser by Fizzics will improve the recipient’s beer ritual, thanks to nifty micro-foam tech. The latter will enhance the brew’s flavor by creating create nitro-style micro foam. It can accommodate bottles and cans. We like the dispenser’s sleek design and versatile power options. They include a USB charger or a duo of AA batteries.”
5. Apple Watch
Rounding out the top five is the second Apple product to make the list — the Apple Watch. “Apple may have launched the Watch Series 9, but the Series 8 is just as capable and is being sold at a discounted price at most retailers,” says NBC News. “Voted best fitness tracker in our Select Wellness Awards, this is a top smartwatch for iPhone users tracking fitness-, health- and sleep-related data. Unlike other smartwatches, the screen on this water-resistant watch is always on, making it easier to check the time or notifications at a glance, in my experience. The watch comes in two different sizes with dozens of watch band options.”
“The SELF Home Fitness Award-winning Apple Watch can help your loved-one track their health and fitness on a deeper level,” SELF writes about the Apple Watch Series 8. “The latest model offers advanced blood oxygen, heart rate, and temperature sensors.”
New York Magazine recommends the Apple Watch Series 9 this holiday season. “I’ve been on the Apple Watch train since its debut, and it’s made my life notably better through health tracking and notification management. This year’s model features a brighter screen, a slightly beefed up processor, and a refreshed set of bands.”
You might also be interested in:
- Best Products
- Real Simple
- NBC News
- Town & Country Magazine
- New York Magazine
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