Gift-giving season is upon us again, and so is the mad scramble to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Luckily, there are tons of useful gadgets to choose from when coming up with the ideal gifts for the women in our lives.
Forget cute power banks that only have enough juice for one charge, rechargeable heating pads dressed up as llamas that don’t give off enough heat, and jewelry health trackers that don’t mainly cardholder work. Women lead busy lives, and they need tech gifts that are reliable, robust, and most importantly, useful and practical. So, if you are seeking the best tech gifts for your wife, daughter, sister, mother, or friend, let us be your guide.
From budget options that will set you back less than $50, like a phone wallet, to more expensive items that she’ll never stop using, like a compact e-reader, we found the best tech gifts for women this holiday season.
A phone wallet and grip
While we do love those adorable PopSockets, mainly because they’re great for preventing our phones from dropping on our faces, we’ve found the brand’s PopWallet+ Grip to be much more helpful. She’s not just getting a phone grip here; she’s getting a phone grip that’s attached to a cardholder designed to fit up to three credit cards. And, it’s just the ticket for traveling light while running quick errands, going to a concert, or going on a hike. It’s incredibly secure as well, so she’ll never have to worry about her cards popping out.
A compact streaming device
These days, most of us have smart TVs, but if she needs a standalone streaming player, we adore Roku’s new Streaming Stick 4K thanks to its affordable price and simple interface. This quality all-in-one streamer doesn’t feel premium in our pockets and comes in a very compact package. This device will let her stream 4K HDR content with Dolby Vision, use voice commands to find content conveniently, and even connect to her Google Assistant or Alexa smart speaker. Plus, because it’s so compact, she can take it while traveling and stream anywhere.
A leather wireless charger
Wireless chargers don’t have to be ugly or boring. Courant’s wireless chargers and wirelessly charging battery packs are sophisticated and beautiful. They’re covered in leather and come in a few elegant colors, including off-white, black, rose, and light blue. We’ve used these chargers ourselves, and we’re confident she’ll love them. We particularly like the catch-all that has a space for keys, wallets, jewelry, and any other small items she may have. You can also personalize it with a short phrase.
A funky gaming headset
Roccat Elo 7.1 Air, available at Amazon and Roccat, $79.99
We love the Roccat Elo 7.1 Air headset for the gamer in your life, which looks and feels just as good as it sounds. With its suspension strap headband, soft memory foam ear cushions, and lightweight design, she can play for hours without experiencing fatigue. Luckily, it delivers excellent sound quality, terrific 3D surround sound, and a long battery life of up to 24 hours. Oh, and it comes in two different colors, with the white version being incredibly appealing though what makes it even more so is Roccat’s AIMO illumination RGB lighting.
A smart display
If the lady in your life is invested in Google’s smart home ecosystem, she’ll appreciate having easy control for all her connected devices from this handy 10-inch HD screen. The Google Nest Hub Max also lets her do video calls with loved ones, jump on company video conferences, and access her calendar, so she stays right on schedule with her day.
A cleaner mode of transport
Green commutes are great for running quick errands or just getting a bit of fresh air without taking the car or the metro. For the woman in your life who’s all about sustainability, she might just appreciate this solid e-scooter. The Segway Ninebot ES2 is a great time saver with its 12.4 mph top speed,eBay, and its battery life is rated for up to 13.7 miles.
A solid tablet for reading, productivity, and entertainment
While most of us use our phones for almost every digital interaction and distraction these days, sometimes a 6-inch screen won’t cut it. Apple’s newly updated base-level $329 iPad is an excellent gift for anyone seeking a tablet that can do just about anything. This iPad has a sharp display, ultrawide front camera, long battery life, and much-improved performance (for its price) for anyone in your life that’s looking for that bridge between their phone and their laptop.
A high-tech hair dryer that delivers salon-like results at home
It may be expensive, but reviews suggest this futuristic hairdryer is worth splurging for. Dyson’s Supersonic measures air temperature over 40 times per second to prevent heat damage and operates much more quietly than other hair dryers. But what really makes the Dyson Supersonic worth the high price is its results. Not only does it dry hair significantly faster than the average hairdryer, but it’s also probably the closest thing you’ll get to a professional blowout at home.
A stylish keyboard that makes you feel productive
We’ve tested our share of keyboards, but we haven’t found anything so stylish and retro-looking as Azio’s new Izo Wireless Keyboard. It comes in three different colors: white rose and blue. It also has pearl-colored keycaps, gold trimmings, and 21 backlight modes to choose from — just what every office setup needs to spruce it up. But, it doesn’t go by looks alone. Those keys are extremely satisfying to type on, the keycaps themselves are dipped at the center to keep fingers in place, and there’s a handy volume knob included. If she spends most of her days typing away at her desk, she’ll love opening this present.
A smart herb garden
AeroGarden Harvest, available at Walmart and Amazon, from $89.97
Who doesn’t love fresh herbs? AeroGarden’accessible Harvest herb garden isn’t super high-tech. Still, it is techy in that it uses hydroponics to grow delicious herbs and other products quickly without much effort on its part. To increase her herbs, all she has to do is pop the seed pods in the planter, give it water regularly, and add the included plant food now and then. The farmer does the rest, providing light on a schedule, moving the water, and alerting her when it needs more. We had great success with this garden in our tests, and we’re sure she will, too.
A portable safe to keep your valuables… well, safe
Stowing your valuables to keep them away from petty thieves isn’t the most glamorous activity, especially when you’re traveling. But, Trova Go makes it look so elegant. This robust yet stylish portable safe stores her cash, credit cards, jewelry, and other small valuables and keeps them locked in until she opens it with a four-digit pin or her biometric login via the Trova app. That ensures that nobody else can open it (unless they have the pin). The Trova app even has a locator so she can figure out where the device is last seen if someone did attempt to steal it. It’s kind of ingenious.
A Tile Bluetooth tracker for everything
Everyone has lots of things to keep track of in their lives, and it can be easy to, well, lose track. That’s where Tile Bluetooth trackers come in. She can throw one of these on her keys or in her wallet so that she never has to go scrambling for one of those things when it’s time for work or an appointment. Tile sells a variety of models in different sizes and form factors.
An excellent, artistic, bright light
Nanoleaf is the brilliant wall light brand that launched a thousand other bright wall lights, and it remains unbeatable. Just in time for the holidays, it added a new model to the family. Instead of wall panels, it went with light bars, appropriately christened Nanoleaf Lines. Available now for preorder and slated for release in late November, these gorgeous-looking light bulbs are modular, can display over 16 million colors, boast music syncing, and are compatible with all innovative home ecosystems — just the ticket to give her home a stylish yet functional flair.
A heated vest to keep you warm all-day
Layers in the wintertime are required, but so is this bright vest from a ball of wool. We’ve all wished we could wrap ourselves in our heated blankets while out and about during those brisk winter days, and wool’s battery-powered heated vest, the Pro+ Heated Vest, feels like a dream come true. It boasts up to seven hours of battery life and offers a fit so comfortable and stylish she wouldn’t even feel the battery and heater inside. If its juice runs out, she could always connect it to a 12V DC power source while the battery recharges. It’s just the perfect present this cold holiday season.
An affordable soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Soundcore Infini Pro, available at Amazon and Soundcore, $219
The Soundcore brand produces solid audio solutions, from headphones to soundbars, without the steep price tag. And, if you want an affordable way to add Dolby Atmos to her home theater, the Soundcore Infini Pro might just be your best bet. This soundbar genuinely feels premium with a lightweight design and a solid build for how much it costs. It sounds great as well and has enough volume to cover a relatively large room. Its features are just as fancy: 4K HDR and Dolby Vision pass-through, an HDMI ARC port, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and of course, Dolby Atmos.
A fitness tracker that’s also a smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa 3 is the best-looking fitness tracker Fitbit has made to date. It looks a bit like a more angular Apple Watch, and you can choose from a lot of different bands to personalize it to match her style. The Versa 3 has smartwatch features and apps, but it’s best at fitness tracking and keeping tabs on workouts.
An instant camera
For the woman in your life who loves taking photos, Kodak’s Step Touch Instant Print Digital Camera is a step up from Fujifilm’s offerings. It prints 2 x 3 sticky-backed images to satisfy her need for instant gratification. However, as a proper digital camera, it also comes with a few other features, notably 1080p video recording capabilities, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, 256 GB microSD card support, and Bluetooth connectivity. So, it not only prints memories; it captures and stores them as well.
A pretty phone case
Case-Mate has a massive range of cases for iPhones and Samsung phones, so you’re sure to find one that matches her style. Whether she wants a classic slim leather case, a clear chance, or one that’s fascinated excellent, full of glitter, or covered in real pressed flowers, Case-Mate has an option.
The most popular e-reader
Amazon’s Kindle is a great e-reader on a budget. The text isn’t as crisp or bright as it is on more expensive models, but the device offers a lot of value for the price. Amazon has an unrivaled selection of ebooks available for download and she can get free ebooks or borrow library books on the Kindle. We tested this ebook reader and considered it one of the best ones you can buy.
A good-looking smartwatch
The Apple Watch SE is Apple’s budget-friendly smartwatch model. It comes in several great finishes, including a classic Rose Gold one, and she can choose from many different watch band options to suit her style. The 40mm casing is also perfect for smaller wrists. Beyond beauty, the Apple Watch has serious brains, too. It can track fitness, monitor her heart rate and health, and buzz with important notifications.
A brilliant bracelet that keeps you nice and toasty this winter
Sometimes, you come across a device that you never knew you needed until it came along. Such is the case with Embr Labs’ cooling and warming wristband. This bracelet keeps you nice and cool during hot days and warms you up when it’s freezing out by giving you precisely calibrated cooling or warming sensations on your wrist. If that sounds impossible to you, trust us: we didn’t believe it at first either until we used it at an outdoor concert at night, and it chased away the chills. This thing works, and she’ll love using it.
A beautiful wireless charger
Anker 623 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger, available at Amazon and Anker, $79.99
With the launch of Apple’s MagSafe-capable iPhones, Anker is upping its game with a line of attractive wireless solutions aptly called Mago. Several chargers in this line, including a MagSafe portable charger, all of them coming in several gorgeous colors (including Lilac and Misty Blue). But, our current favorite is the compact Anker 623 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger, which puts her iPhone 12 or 13 (as well as AirPods Pro) on a pedestal so she can conveniently access it while it’s charging. The MagSafe part even turns 360-degrees for landscape and portrait orientations.
A pair of touchscreen gloves that are warm
Touchscreen gloves aren’t always attractive, but Ugg makes lovely ones with genuine leather and shearling for warmth and style. These gloves will make it easy for her to use her phone no matter how cold it gets outside.
A mega-popular smart speaker
If she doesn’t have a smart speaker yet, the Amazon Echo will be a game-changer. This speaker has Alexa inside topretty ask it to play music, answer questions, order products, play games, and so much more. If she has some smart home gadgets, Alexa can control many of those, too. We reviewed the latest version and think it’s the best one yet.
A pair of truly wireless earbuds
When it comes to convenience, true wireless earbuds are the best. AirPods are very popular with iPhone users since they’re designed to pair with Apple’s smartphones so seamlessly. They look fairly subtle compared to many other bigger earbuds, and they’re incredibly easy to use. What’s more, Apple’s finally updated them, giving them a fresher look, a longer battery life, and a few new features like spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, sweat and water resistance, and a MagSafe Charging Case. If she loved her old AirPods, she’s going to love these even more.
An intelligent mug that keeps drinks hot
With the app-controlled Ember Mug 2, her favorite hot drink will never get cold again. In the app, she can choose the exact temperature she likes her beverage for drinking, and the mug will keep it at that temperature for up to 80 minutes per charge. The mug itself is made of stainless steel that’s been coated in ceramic. We tested the face and found it to be a life-changer.
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