Way back when, holiday shopping was simple. You could essentially buy one item in a bunch of colors and gift it to all the people on your list. However, that isn’t really the case anymore because everyone has different needs. Chances are your jet-setting sister isn’t going to get much use out of your dad’s latest electronic obsession. On that note, we’ve handpicked ten smart gadgets that’ll make all your friends and family members happy.
1. For the Introvert: Google Nest Hub
If your BFF spends her time at home watching endless rom-coms and baking up trays of cookies, then gift her a device that will take her sanctuary to the next level. With the built-in Google Assistant, she can use her voice to control connected devices (think lights, cameras or TVs) throughout the house without even leaving the couch. Google Photos turns the hub into a digital picture frame, while Voice Match allows her to see a personalized schedule, reminders and even commute times.
2. For Anyone and Everyone: Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ Batteries
For all the gifts that require batteries, attach a little extra boost to each one you give this season. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ is the longest-lasting AA battery and can be used across various necessary devices. Also a perfect addition to any stocking, these little guys will give them the power to run all season long.
3. For Your Office Mate: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Raise your hand if your work bestie is always getting up to microwave her coffee. Make her day better (and more efficient) with this smart mug, which keeps drinks at the exact temperature desired. It can even be controlled via cell phone because, you know, technology.
4. For the Beauty Aficionado: Brushean Makeup Brush Sanitizer
Anyone who uses makeup brushes on the regular knows how much of a pain it is to wash them, which means those brushes probably aren’t being cleaned as often as they should be. In only five minutes, this chic sanitizer kills up to 99.9 percent of all viruses and bacteria using UV-C light and ozone technology. Hello, germ- and dust-free brushes.
5. For the Novice Chef: Drop Connected Kitchen Scale
No matter your giftee’s level of culinary skills, this innovative kitchen gadget will make cooking and baking easier and more efficient. Users simply choose an interactive recipe from the app and follow the steps. With features like Recipe Rescaling (which automatically adjusts the amount of ingredients required) and Ingredient Substitutions (you can swap, say, butter for olive oil and the entire recipe will update accordingly), cooking is almost foolproof. What’s more, you don’t even have to touch the screen of your device with messy fingers, because the Drop Scale can control the app for you with the touch of a button.
6. For the Bibliophile: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon’s newly designed e-reader has some fun new features—it’s the thinnest and lightest model ever released, it’s completely waterproof and it comes in two color options (black or twilight blue). The best part? Audible is built into the Kindle Paperwhite and lets you easily switch back and forth between reading and listening via Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
7. For the Magpie: Magnasonic Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
Sunglasses, eyeglasses, (waterproof) watches, earrings, rings, bracelets… Anyone who can merchandise their own accessory collection needs this cleaner. Because of the effective ultrasonic sound waves, all it requires is warm water, so there’s no need to worry about ruining precious belongings with harsh chemicals. Fill the tank with water, put the items in the basket and choose from five different cleaning cycles. Easy as that.
8. For the Traveler: NovoLido Mini USB Humidifier
Unfortunately, constant travel can come with a slight downside: dry skin and clogged sinuses, thanks to the circulated air on planes and in hotels. Combat this common issue by gifting anyone with wanderlust a portable humidifier that will put moisture back into the air. It’s super compact so it fits easily into any suitcase or backpack and it has an ultra-quiet operation.
9. For the Gamer: Oculus Quest All-In-One VR Gaming Headset
Did you really even do the holidays if you didn’t gift a VR set? This all-in-one VR system has the ability to turn any small space into an immersive gaming arena. Both the headset and controllers are wireless, which means the setup is easy and doesn’t require a PC. The touch controllers allow your real-time hand gestures to be part of the game, plus there’s room-scale tracking so even your movements are translated into VR no matter which way you’re facing. As if that weren’t enough to sell you, the positional audio headset lets you hear your teammates, or whoever might be sneaking up behind you, without the use of headphones.
10. For the At-Home Yogi: Backslash Fit Smart Yoga Mat
Imagine a yoga mat that speaks and rolls itself up. This one does just that. It pairs with Women’s Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa to talk you through the flow of the day. When you’re done, flip the mat over, click and let it roll itself back up. With its silky, grippy feel (bonus: it’s latex- and PVC-free) and five-millimeter thickness, you’ll never want to use any other mat.