These top tech gifts make cool birthday buys and exciting Christmas presents.

By Rachel Sylvester and Hana Hong
Updated December 09, 2020
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Shopping for a gadget-obsessed friend or family member? Tech gifts are undoubtedly some of the most sought-after gifts out there. But if you've written off any and all devices this year because of the fear of sticker shock, you might think twice after seeing our editors' creative ideas when it comes to gifts for tech lovers—some of the items are even small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking.

Our definitive list of the best gifts for techies includes functional finds like foldable keyboards and the latest wireless gadgets, along with presents that'll please the giftee who has everything. Whether you're looking for cool tech gifts for a man, your mom, or a child, you'll find the best option here for even the pickiest, hard-to-impress person on your list.

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Urbanista Stockholm Plus True Wireless Earbuds

1 Urbanista Stockholm Plus Earbuds

$45, amazon.com

If you're looking for a more affordable alternative to Airpods, look no further than these Bluetooth wireless earphones. Don't let the low price point fool you—reviewers rave about the amazing audio clarity and lighter-than-air design that ensures a perfect fit.

Best Tech Gifts – TOZO W1 Wireless Charger

2 TOZO W1 Wireless Charger

$12, amazon.com

Nothing takes a space from streamlined to cluttered faster than a jumble of wires. Plus, an unruly nest of cords can make it extremely difficult to grab your charger and take it on the go. Add style points to desks with this perfect gift for tech lovers: a compact charging pad that ups your battery life in a futuristic way.

Best Tech Gifts – Zink Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer

3 Zink Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer

$80, amazon.com

In a digital-driven world, there's just something about a hard copy that can't be replaced. This Polaroid printer lets you capture, share, and print photos in less than a minute. Connect your smartphone, iPad and iPod Touch, Android, or other devices to the portable gadget via Bluetooth or NFC (near-field communication), and then edit and print your favorite snapshots. 

Gifts for Teenagers: Nintendo Switch Lite
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4 Nintendo Switch Lite

$199, amazon.com

Perfect for gaming on the go, this handheld system is compact and compatible with over 2,000 games. Our favorites include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Best Tech Gifts for Birthdays and Christmas: eero router
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5 Eero

$399, amazon.com

This clever take on the router knows that in this era, the best gift possible is speedy, reliable WiFi. Eero's advanced system covers every spot of your home (backyard included) in a Wi-Fi "mesh," with a simple plug-and-play installation. Instead of calling their Internet provider if something goes wrong, your friends can troubleshoot this tech gift via a user-friendly app—or get support from Eero's team in an average of 60 seconds.

Best Tech Gifts – Logitech Gaming Keyboard

6 Logitech G915 TKL White Tactile Tenkeyless Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

$230, amazon.com

Shopping for a gaming set is usually a choice between black, black, or black. Logitech is looking to color up the space by expanding its palette to brighter hues. Part of the new Color Collection, this colorful keyboard features a rainbow LED backlight with an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy base. You can personalize each key or create custom animations from millions of colors with Logitech's G-HUB software.

Best Tech Gifts – Brilliant Pad

7 Brilliant Pad

$150, amazon.com

For the dog lover in your life, this aptly named "Brilliant Pad" (it's even Shark Tank-approved!) automatically replaces dirty pads for you—no poop bags required. As soon as your dog relieves himself, the pad turns liquids into gel while wrapping and sealing solids to keep your home smelling clean. It even flags changes in frequency and output to your phone so you can keep up-to-date on your dog's health and bowel movements. 

Best Tech Gifts – Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame

8 Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame

$130, amazon.com

This sleek digital frame instantly receives photos and videos via Wi-Fi so anyone in the family can send photos directly to grandma's living room.

Best Tech Gifts – Pura Smart Diffuser

9 Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser

$85, sephora.com

This futuristic diffuser uses smart technology so you can control scent schedule and intensity from your phone. Turn on away mode when you leave the house so you don't waste any fragrance and adjust the scent to give you more or less strength when you are home. Bonus: It's also pet- and kid-friendly!

Best Tech Gifts – Foreo Bear Toning Device

10 Foreo Bear Facial Toning Device

$199, sephora.com

The love child of anti-aging and high-tech, this device uses electrifying microcurrents (don't worry, it doesn't hurt) to exercise the 65+ muscles in your face and neck. When glided over your skin, the spheres work to build collagen, repair elastin, and tighten pores for a glowier complexion.

Best Tech Gifts – Air Selfie Flying Camera

11 Air Selfie Flying Camera

$120, amazon.com

Asking strangers to take pictures of you and your friends have become much harder now (thanks COVID), but you can rely on this handy-dandy pocket device to be your personal photographer. It uses AI technology to lock in your face, snap a few shots, and fly back to you hands-free.

Cool Birthday Gifts and Christmas Gifts for Tech Lovers: Heng Balance Magnetic Lamp
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12 Heng Balance Magnetic Lamp

$56, amazon.com

This award-winning LED lamp serves its purpose as an illuminator, but it also works as an interesting decor piece and conversation starter. Tech lovers will geek out over the futuristic way the lamp turns on when two magnetic balls float toward each other.

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13 Smart Camera

starting at $129, portal.facebook.com

Feel close to family and friends no matter your location with Portal from Facebook. The miniature smart camera automatically adjusts as you move about the room, so you can connect with loved ones via video call whether you're near or far.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
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14 Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

$379, amazon.com

Take a call, queue up a podcast, or tune out with a playlist with the help of these noise-blocking headphones. Available in silver or black, each lightweight, voice-assisted set is optimized for Google Assistant and can block out up to 11 levels of noise.

Best tech gifts for Birthdays and Christmas: pac man connect and play remote
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15 Pac-Man Connect and Play Remote

$20, walmart.com

With this old-school joystick, the tech lover in your life can play his or her favorite childhood video game on nearly any TV.

Casper The Glow Light
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16 Casper The Glow Light

$129, casper.com

Tired techies will obsess over this bedside glow light. Designed with quality sleep in mind, each self-dimming light tapers out over time, allowing for a better, deeper snooze.

Sonos Move Speaker
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17 Sonos Move Speaker

$400, amazon.com

Powerful, durable, and battery-powered, the Sonos Move is ideal for indoor and outdoor listening. Sonos' latest speaker stands apart for its weatherproof and drop-resistant design, plus you can control playback using your voice, and steam via Bluetooth when WiFi simply isn't an option.

Electronic Word Clock
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18 Electronic Word Clock

$24, amazon.com

Tell time in an entirely new way with this sleek electronic word clock. Available in black or copper, the compact clock boasts LED display lights that alert you to the time in five-minute intervals.

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19 Amazon Echo Dot

$24, amazon.com

Amazon's latest voice-controlled gadget packs in many useful features to help make everyday tasks a little easier. Use voice commands to ask Alexa to read the news, set alarms, control in-home devices and check the weather. The all-new Echo Dot also comes in new fabric designs and colors, including charcoal, heather grey and sandstone.

BentoStack Tech Travel Case
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20 BentoStack Tech Travel Case

$40, amazon.com

Modeled after a Japanese bento box, this sleek, stackable organizer fits all of your tech necessities. Stash cords, chargers, and USB ports in this compact container while traveling, or keep the box on your desk for a more streamlined space.

Best Tech Gifts for Christmas or Birthdays: kohler moxie 1 spray shower head
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21 KOHLER Moxie 1-Spray Showerhead

$182, homedepot.com

It's never been easier (or, at the very least, it's never been more fun) to carry a tune while lathering up. This sleek shower head comes with a clip-on water-resistant speaker that syncs with smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, or laptops (as long as they're within 32 feet of the shower head) using Bluetooth technology to wirelessly stream audio.

Best Tech Gifts for Christmas or Birthdays: gopro hero waterproof action camera
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22 GoPro Hero Waterproof Action Camera

$200, target.com

This tiny camera is made to withstand the elements—water, snow, and mud (it can probably handle toddlers, too)—so tech lovers can shoot any adventure and share it with friends and family. A free companion app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to wirelessly transfer, watch, edit high-quality photos (8 megapixels) and video (resolutions of 1440p30, 1080p60, and 720p100), and share film or stills on all of your favorite social media channels. An assortment of accessories and mounts—voice-activated remote, helmet mount, screen protectors, and more—are also available for an additional cost.

Best Tech Gifts for Christmas and Birthdays: rabbit charger
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23 Rabbit Charger

$50, amazon.com

Charge gadgets more efficiently with this ultimate charging system. A retractable cable, LED ambient light, and swappable charging tips make phone-charging that much easier. The device is also able to power up multiple gadgets at once, making it a much-needed gift for tech lovers.

Best Tech Gifts for Christmas and Birthdays: lenovo smart display
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24 Lenovo Smart Display

$130, bestbuy.com

When it comes to gifts for tech lovers, you want to wow them with a device that does more than they expect. More than just a hub for smart home gadgets, the brand new Lenovo Smart Display comes equipped with a Google Assistant built-in, so you go about your day with ease. Not only does the hands-free display provide answers to any and all questions, but you can easily access your daily schedule, the weather, and YouTube videos with just your voice.

Gifts for Tech Lovers: Fitbit Charge 3
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25 Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Tracker

$129, amazon.com

The latest fitness tracker from Fitbit includes new exercise modes (from yoga to swimming), a seven-day battery, and access to helpful sleep and health insights, making it a great gift for tech lovers who also love to get active.

MIRROR Interactive Home Gym
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26 MIRROR Interactive Home Gym

$1495, mirror.co

Know a tech lover with an intense gym regimen? This interactive home gym is a game-changer for tech fiends and fitness buffs thanks to its archive of on-demand studio classes that help you break a sweat at home.

Best Tech Gifts for Birthdays and Christmas: microsoft universal foldable keyboard
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27 Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

$183, amazon.com

In an always-on world, it can feel increasingly difficult to escape the deluge of emails coming in at all hours of the day. Perfect for the person with a lengthy commute, this compact, foldable keyboard will help maximize those extra moments otherwise spent idle. That can add hours of extra productivity—catching up on returning messages or writing a memo—back to the day. The rechargeable keyboard is compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android, as well as Windows tablets and phones.

Best Tech Gifts: DIY Viewmaster
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28 DIY Viewmaster

$30, uncommongoods.com

Bring back a childhood favorite for your tech lover with this personalized reel viewer. Your giftee will receive a code to redeem for a seven-photo reel.