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There’s never any shortage of shiny new gadgets but figuring out exactly what you need can be absolutely mind boggling. This year’s Best Gifts for Gadget Lovers includes new gadgets that do an outstanding job of helping you stay healthy, safe, and prepared for whatever might come. There are also products that help you stay connected to loved ones we just can’t see IRL right now.
Best Gifts for Gadget Lovers
It’s always been my mission to help you wade through the endless gadgets out there and I believe that this year’s curated list of 10 gadgets contains some of the most well-designed, functional, and innovative items that are worth the investment for the gadget lovers in your life.
Since it’s CyberMonday, many of the products below are on sale today so grab these deals while you can since they’re even sweeter if you can buy them for a bit less!
Shark IQ Robot Self Empty Robotic Vacuum ($349 from Amazon, regularly $599)
Last year I took a secret trip to SharkNinja HQs just outside Boston to give some feedback about a new robotic vacuum. As an owner of a robotic vacuum, one of my pain points was always having to emptying it so I was thrilled to learn Shark was developing a robotic vacuum with a self-emptying system! Shark IQ Robot’s self-emptying base and smart home cleaning is the reason why this product is at the top of my Best Gifts for Gadget Lovers.
It holds up to 30 days of dirt in a bagless canister so there’s no grubby, dusty bag to pull out that fills the air with a debris cloud. This smart vacuum can be scheduled to do whole-home cleaning or target specific rooms or areas to clean. With the SharkClean app, you can see exactly where your Shark IQ has performed row by row cleaning in your house. If it runs out of battery mid-clean, it self docks to recharge and then picks up where it left off.
Shark IQ features powerful suction and a self-cleaning brushroll. This means it picks up all sizes of debris along with pet hair on carpets and floors and you don’t need to untangle human or pet hair from the brush. With everyone home this year, the Shark IQ Robot is a perfect gift!
UV Clean Portable Sanitizer Bag by HoMedics ($99.99)
I think we can all agree that a pandemic plus cold and flu season means we need to work to keep ourselves as healthy as possible this year. The Homedics UV Clean Portable Sanitizer Bag makes my Best Gifts for Gadget Lovers guide because keeps gadgets clean and your family healthy without worrying about buying wipes.
4 UV-C LED lights kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on phones, keys, face masks, jewelry, eyeglasses, remote controls, and more in just one minute. UV-C light woks by emitting short wavelengths that is invisible to the human eye but disrupts the DNA of bacteria and viruses so they can’t function or reproduce.
Simply plug it in to charge, place items inside so they don’t touch, and Homedics UV Clean Portable Sanitizer Bag will sanitize 18 times per charge and put an end to your need for chemical wipes. To help keep items separated, there are interchangeable phone and platform clips that keep items in place to ensure optimal UV-C LED light exposure. Save up to 40% on some items and get free shipping for CyberMonday.
Portal from Facebook (prices starting at $65 for CyberMonday, regularly $129.99)
We desperately want to be able to hug those we love but we also know how important it is to keep them safe. Portal from Facebook is a video calling device that makes it feel like you’re in the same room with those you love, no matter how far away they may be. I had one sent to my parents when the pandemic first started, and it’s been a lifesaver.
Portal features a Smart Camera that automatically adjusts to keep everyone in view, putting an end to saying “Wait…I can’t see you” during calls with loved ones. It pans and zooms so you can move and talk freely and always stay in the frame. When someone new enters the room, Smart Camera automatically widens to include the person in view. Portal also works with Amazon Alexa so everything is just a voice command away. Having the use of voice commands is great since our Portal Plus is in our kitchen! Read my full review of Portal from Facebook for more information!
Skylight Calendar ($159)
If virtual school schedules are still a pain point, Skylight Calendar is the perfect solution. This Wi-Fi connected digital calendar features a 10” color touch-screen that displays your family’s schedule. Skylight Calendar works with Google, Apple, Outlook, Yahoo, Cozi, and Readdle 5 calendars.
Simply add Skylight Calendar as an invitee to any event or sync your entire calendars and events magically show up on your device. This lets every member of your family synchronize their events in one place and automatically display your family’s events. Skylight Calendar’s touchscreen allows you to interact with your calendar and your events directly on the device. Toggle between the Day / Week / Month views, add and delete events, and change event color coding.
Skylight Calendar is the perfect size to sit on a desk, on the kitchen counter, and can even be hung on a wall and will quickly become a hub for your family’s schedule. You can also see to-do and grocery lists, so you never miss a thing!
ExoGun Dream Pro ($159 for CyberMonday, regularly $599)
2020 has been a stressful year that has taken its toll on our bodies. Fortunately, ExoGun percussive therapy works to reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue for about the price of a hour-long massage. The ergonomic design of this handheld massager provides 1200-3200 percussions per minute to relieve pain, tension, and tightness all over your body.
ExoGun is like having a personal massage therapist at your fingertips. The multiple settings and different massage heads are designed to work out tension from the toughest of muscles to the most sensitive zones.
ExoGun is also perfect for fitness enthusiasts looking to enhance performance and speed recovery time because it works to increase blood circulation and range of motion. ExoGun includes a charging cable that provides 4+ hours of usage per charge. Get a free carrying case ($49 value) and an additional $30 off sale price using the code: BFCM2020 at checkout to save a total of $470. You might also be able to get an additional 10% off sitewide with my code: TSM10.
HomePower ONE: Emergency Power Supply from Generark ($1199)
Take emergency preparedness to the next level with HomePower ONE, a reliable, versatile, and portable power supply that offers up to 7 days of power on a single charge. It provides emergency power to cell phones, home appliances, medical devices, cameras, security systems, repair tools, and so much more. HomePower ONE features 3 AC outlets, 2 USB-C outputs, 1 USB-A,1 USB-A with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, and one 12V/10A car outlet. It can be easily recharged from your car, AC outlet, or with the SolarPower ONE Solar Panel Power Generator. Check out other products that can keep your family safe in emergencies on the Generark site.
iXpand Wireless Charger from SanDisk (starting at $129.99 for 128GB)
Backing up our phones is a task that often forgotten if it’s not easy or automatic but thankfully, the Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync from SanDisk can help! Ixpand is the world’s first wireless charger with automatic local back up that automatically backs up full-resolution photos, videos, and contacts just by placing your phone on the base of the product.
It’s so easy to use that it’s become my favorite tech accessory! Simply unbox, plug in the high-efficiency power plug with 6-foot cable into your wall, and download the app that will walk you through set up instructions and you can be charging and backing up your phone in less than 5 minutes. It’s a great gift for non-tech savvy grandparents, teens who are constantly running out of space on their phones, or your spouse who loves taking photos on their phone but doesn’t have a good way to back them up if disaster strikes. Read my review of the Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync for more information!
This palm-sized printer is perfect for gadget lovers looking for a portable solution for journaling on the go. Download the app and print black and white photos or drawings directly from your phone on thermal paper. Thermal paper rolls come in a variety of colors, with or without the sticky backing. The sticky back paper is perfect for instantly chronicling life as it happens and is cost effective since you can print 100 pictures from 1 roll! Save 30% on your entire order automatically during CyberMonday and get free shipping.
If your screens are like mine and always seem grubby, iRoller is an inexpensive product that works to clean touch screen devices. This compact and portable liquid free product is a reusable touch screen cleaner for digital display devices, like as smart phones, e-readers, Kindles, iPads, and GPS/car dashboard screens. It removes fresh, greasy finger smudges, lint, facial powder and loose debris from any touch screen or smooth screen protector with just a few quick rolls. Since it’s completely liquid-free, it won’t damage your devices, unlike many of the liquid spray options. To clean the iRoller, just run it under warm tap water with a dab of liquid soap and air dry after rinsing. It’s eco-friendly, economical, and with proper care, should be able to be used for years!
Lume Cube 2.0 ($89.95)
Photo enthusiasts will love the Lume Cube 2.0. This 1.6” cube provides professional quality light in a highly portable package. Lume Cube 2.0 includes a DSLR mount, modification frame, warming gel, and softening diffuser. Light levels can be adjusted up or down in 10% increments via Bluetooth when connected to your iPhone or Android phone. Housed in aluminum, Lume Cube 2.0 is durable and is waterproof for underwater filming up to 30 feet depths.
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- Toddlers & Preschoolers
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- Tweens (ages 9-12)
- Teens (ages 13+)
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I hope you enjoy this year’s picks and wish you happy and stress-free holiday shopping!
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