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The time has come to start thinking about gifts for your friends, family, and maybe even for yourself. It can be challenging to find the coolest new products, but we have the perfect place to start. These incredibly unique, fun, and useful devices make great gifts but might also be the solution you’ve been looking for in your own home. Learn how each of these products work and what makes them so cool below.
This futuristic desktop lamp may look simple, but behind its minimalistic design is a bevy of smart features especially attuned to Apple users.
With HomeKit, you can adjust the brightness of the LEDs using voice commands. The LEDs are made to produce no blue light, so they’re a lot easier on your eyes at night. And you can even split the lamp into two parts if you need a quick flashlight to carry with you into darker areas.
The lamp can also automatically adjust itself based motion sensors, and will eventually turn off when left alone long enough. Get it here.
Chipolo trackers are designed to help you find important everyday valuables like your wallet, keys or phone. It’s a small disk, not much larger than a guitar pick, that you can slip into a phone case or wallet, or attach to your key ring.
It uses a low-energy form of Bluetooth, which can transmit its location to the accompanying app. The app also includes options to let other users know that you’ve lost something, or give voice commands to check the location. Get them here.
Bluetooth music is great, but fumbling with tiny earbud controls or smartphone buttons can be a pain, especially when you’re snowboarding, cooking, or just half asleep.
This “chubby” button remote straps to your wrist and offers several large buttons for controlling your playlists, including pausing, skipping songs, and adjusting volume. Its battery can last for months at a time, and you can even stick it to nearby surfaces for handy access (like on a bathroom mirror). It’s a great gift for exercise enthusiasts, elderly music fans, and many others. Get it here.
For every child (or adult) who likes to draw or scribble in your life, this printing pen set is an incredible – and comprehensive – gift. It uses a combination of bioplastics, devices, and of course a high-tech pen that allows users to literally doodle 3D objects… sort of like a 3D printer. It’s an incredible tool for the imagination and safe for kids. Get it here.
Need a backpack for your commute or for around campus? We bet you’ve never seen one like this: The Pix has a built-in LED screen that you can customize with all sorts of patterns, images, and signs in any color combination you want. You can use the app loaded with a bunch of emojis and GIFs, or create your own designs. It’s a great way to make a statement and indicate your presence at night.
The outside is water-resistant, and the inside of the backpack includes ten different compartments for about 27 liters of combined space, including room for a 15-inch laptop. Get it here.
Air purifiers get rid of pollen, smoke, dander, and various pollutants indoors, leading to fresher air that’s much better for your lungs and sinuses. Diffusers scatter a fragrance into the air by atomizing water, mixing with scented oil, and sending it out. This device does both, and it’s small enough to use anywhere, including your car!
There are four airflow modes with three-stage filtration. The device can be charged with a USB port from multiple sources, including laptops. Get it here.
Are you specifically looking for a great Bluetooth speaker for an outdoor area like a patio, deck, or picnic setup? This speaker is specifically designed to operate in the outdoors with a torch-like LED light that mimics a flame and a 2,000mAh battery that provides 6 hours of music playback.
As you might expect, it’s dust-resistant and waterproof, and can connect to your mobile device from up to 30 feet away. Get it here.
This DIY security starter kit allows you to set up a smart security system for your home quickly. It includes a security cam for surveillance that you can access any time from the app (night vision included), with a two-way speaker that allows you to communicate with anyone on the other end.
There’s also a built-in siren to scare people away (if necessary). The kit also comes with a motion sensor and a contact sensor that you can set up at key access points in your home, along with everything you might need to install them. Get the system here.