Got a few techy types in your life? Then you know exactly how challenging it can be to shop for them. They already have everything, right? You can’t exactly surprise them with that hot new item everyone is buzzing about because odds are fairly high they were first in line to snag it. So what to do this holiday season? We’ve rounded up a few of the most compelling and exciting tech gifts to give to the most finicky folks in your life, all priced at under $200 each.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Oh, hey, 21st century. We see you in all your glory. It’s quite a time to be alive, what with creations like Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Sure, they’re earbuds — but they aren’t just earbuds. These are next-level, next-gen, next-everything ear pieces that feature enhanced bass tone and an AKG-tuned 12mm speaker for amplified audio unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The design is sleek and oh-so-futuristic, lending them a sophisticated appeal that’s so hypnotic, you may want to snag a pair for yourself. They’re available in four addictive colors, including Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Red.
One of the greatest joys of modern technology is the ability to control absolutely everything with the simple touch of a button. That applies to everything from lighting to door locks — and, of course, thermostats. The Nest Thermostat is the newest addition to the fray, and it’s determined to change your world in the most practical way. Its key focus? Comfort, naturally. With a quick tap, it’s easy to turn down to prevent energy waste. Maybe your recipient forgot to adjust the temperature before they left for a business trip. Easy and quick with this handy gadget, which can be controlled from anywhere on the planet. And your techy pal can easily install it in less than half an hour.
Amazon Echo Dot
It’s time for the next generation of the Amazon Echo Dot. Everyone’s favorite knows-it-all, does-it-all tech companion receives an upgrade just in time for the holiday season. This smart speaker is powered, naturally, by Alexa, and it’s designed to handle nearly everything with whip-smart ease. It’s sleek and elegant, available in a variety of stylish colors, and designed to stream music from all of the major players, including Amazon Music and SiriusXM. It’s also designed to manage smart home features, from lighting to thermostats, and can make calls and deliver the news and weather. Even if your recipient already has a home companion, this upgrade is definitely worth every bit of its reasonable price.
Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake Up Light Therapy Lamp
You hear about the importance of sleep all the time. Most of us have our own little habits, some of which prevent us from getting the quality shut-eye that we all so desperately need. In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever. That makes the Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake Up Light Therapy Lamp an especially thoughtful gift idea. It’s sleek and savvy, with a stylish façade and the ability to prepare the body for sleeping and rising at precise times. The RelaxBreathe feature is a tranquil addition that calms the body, while select music and sounds lull the mind into a state of relaxation. Your sleep-deprived friends will definitely thank you.
Bose Frames Alto Classic Angular Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses
Because listening to music on headphones is so very outdated. The new deal? These Bose Frames Alto Classic Angular Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses transport your friend into another dimension with their amazing design. They’re designed to do far more than shield their eyes from the sun — something they do masterfully with their broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB filtering design. They also play tunes and answer calls, and are available in both small and large sizes to ensure a stylish look and a great fit.
Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame
Forget old-school picture frames. All they do is display pictures. Is that what we signed up for? Not quite, says the Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame. The modern edit is all about working overtime to deliver the unexpected. In this case, it’s a frame that can send and store photographs and even 15-second videos. With this handy frame, your recipient can develop a network and share photos with whomever they please. It’s powered with the Nixplay app, available on both iOS and Android platforms for convenience.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
When things get tricky, a cup of comforting joe usually does the trick. It may not solve problems, but it just feels so darn good — even better if it actually stays hot. That’s where the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug comes in so useful. This battery-powered mug is designed to keep beverages hot for up to 80 minutes when charged for a single use. Leave the charging coaster plugged in, however, and it will remain hot all day long. Available in black and white, it also happens to be a pretty chic and stylish companion for your favorite coffee enthusiast.