Whether you’re making a list of presents to buy or a list of gifts you want, the latest and greatest in technology is always a favorite. We compiled our list of tech gifts that we give the “Green Light” to, so you and yours unwrap the best new tech this year.
March to your own beat no matter where you go
These allow you to survive all those zoom calls and then hit the road for an after-work run with personalized, immersive spatial audio. This new version boasts better noise cancellation and superior sound quality. There are also helpful features such as volume controls directly on the AirPods and a built-in speaker in the case to help you find them when misplaced.
Get rid of multiple devices with one piece of wearable tech
Splurging on the newest Apple Watch is a great way to celebrate someone you love who has been particularly good this year no matter their age. Siri reminders help students so they don’t miss a study session or forget an assignment. The health tracking features allow adults to reach their fitness goals and manage their health. For the older folks in your life, Apple Watch’s fall detection provides them and their caretakers peace of mind.
Lose the Charging Cables
Wireless Charging Tray
Charging cables quickly become cluttered. So often we need them in many places and need different cables for the various devices in our lives. A wireless charging tray allows you to get rid of those cables. This can simplify your day because you don’t have to worry about having the right cable for each device. It also eliminates the frustration of trying to find the cord when it has fallen off your desk or fishing it out from the couch cushions.
Don’t lose your stuff
From your keys to your pet, a Bluetooth tracker can save you time, energy, and frustration. These have been around for a few years and just keep improving. They are helpful for day-to-day things like finding your keys, purse, or the ever-elusive remote. They can also help with security and emergencies. Put one on your luggage to ensure that the next time an airline loses your luggage, you can find it. Attach one to your dog’s collar, so you find them the next time they go squirrel hunting.
We do give a red light to a few tech gifts. We don’t want to say no to any specific presents, but there are some things to consider before buying tech gifts.
What is the environmental impact?
Will this actually make a difference in what you are already doing?
Are you just reacting to exciting new technology?
Do you actually need that?
A mug warmer or smart mug wastes electricity, damaging the environment and your electric bill. A double-walled insulated mug can keep your drink warm for hours without the impact, and is much more convenient and portable.
Dumb things that don’t need to be smart
It is very exciting to envision an entirely smart home. But things like a wifi-enabled toaster or crockpot (no joke!) are rarely worth it. Not only are these more expensive, but adding smart components just means there’s one more thing that can break.
Devices from no-name brands
We are not advocating being a snob, but a cheap version of a device from a no-name brand will end up costing you more money in the long run. The companies don’t have the infrastructure (and often don’t last long enough) to provide software upgrades, so your device ends up having a short shelf life.
A device isn’t adding anything to your life if it endangers your digital and personal privacy. We talk a lot about privacy issues and it is literally our job to worry about your security. Don’t open yourself up to risk for the latest cool gadget.
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