We Found the 20 Best Last-Minute Tech Gifts on Amazon—Here's What to Buy
From a smartphone sanitizer to a temperature-controlled mug, these gifts aren’t just cool, they’ll help make your life easier, too.
Shopping for the holidays can get overwhelming, but Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping can save the day when you’re in a last-minute bind. Amazon can quickly ship any kind of gift you need, whether you’re looking for presents for book lovers, coffee drinkers, photo fanatics, and, of course, the tech-obsessed. And this year, Amazon as really stepped up their offerings when it comes to the latest and greatest in all things electronic.
Amazon is 2019’s one stop-shop to buy some of the top trending tech gifts that you’ll soon hear everyone talking about—we’re eyeing Ring’s smart doorbells and accompanying accessories, the newest Apple watch, and Dyson’s supersonic hair dryer. We’re all about investing in products and giving gifts that will make life simpler, and these picks will help with most of life’s smallest inconveniences—say hello to the Amazon’s newest Echo Show that allows you to control all your home’s smart devices from one central command center.
If you’re looking for the gift that’ll impress your tech-obsessed family member or need the latest gadget to take to your white elephant party, we’ve rounded up our favorite tech gifts on Amazon that will help make anyone’s life a little easier (including your own).
Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
Known for its noise-cancelling technology, Bose’s latest release of its cult-favorite wireless headphones includes 11 different levels of noise cancellation, so you can allow for ambient noise or block it out completely. The design has a slimmer profile and more comfortable feel than previous versions, with a lightweight stainless-steel headphones and angled ear cups so they fit just right. Plus, this pair is powered to connect to Alexa or Google Assistant to help with any tasks while on the go.
To buy: $399; amazon.com.
Amazon Echo Show 8
Amazon’s latest iteration of the Echo Show is a must-have for anyone wanting to upgrade to an even smarter home. The Echo Show 8 is equipped to work with Ring Doorbells and cameras, as well as other smart home devices like plugs and thermostats, so you can control everything throughout your home on one device. With an eight-inch screen, this device makes it easy to place video calls, watch TV shows, view photo albums, or play cooking tutorials.
To buy: $100 (was $130); amazon.com.
Canon Ivy Rec Outdoor Camera
Get ready to see these tiny cameras everywhere. Sure, your phone’s camera is convenient, but this five-inch camera is waterproof and shockproof and can clip to your bag, making it a fun way to take photos on any type of travel adventure. And even though it’s small, this camera connects to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can see your photos on the corresponding Canon Mini Cam app.
To buy: $130; amazon.com.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
With Ring’s video doorbell, you can answer your door and speak to visitors from anywhere using your phone, tablet, or desktop computer. With more than 6,700 five-star reviews on Amazon, the Ring Video Doorbell is an easy way to monitor your home. It works with Alexa, allows two-way talking, and provides motivation-activated, real-time alerts straight to your app. To set up the doorbell, either use the included rechargeable battery pack or connect it directly to existing doorbell wires so it’s constantly charged. And for more security, you can connect other Ring devices, such the brand’s new indoor camera or outdoor spotlight camera.
To buy: $199; amazon.com.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
For the beauty guru who’s in serious need of a hair-dryer upgrade, Dyson’s supersonic hair dryer is worth the investment. The company known for its powerful vacuums has implemented the same vacuum digital motor, plus its Air Multiplier technology, to engineer a hair dryer that uses a jet of controlled air (versus heat) to prevent extreme heat damage and provide the fastest drying time of any dryer on the market. The Dyson hair dryer can be used on all types of hair, and it also includes three magnetic styling attachments for creating several different looks. Plus, it has the Quiet Mark seal of approval since it's known as one of the quietest dryers on the market!
To buy: $400; amazon.com.
Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses
Ditch the headphones and embrace the newest way to listen to music on the go. Bose’s audio sunglasses connect to Bluetooth to play your music. The sunglasses use the same technology as the brand’s other popular audio devices with speakers built directly into the ear pieces. It's a crisp, clear sound that’s only audible to you but doesn’t block ambient noise. Perfect for the beach or other outdoor activities, the sunglasses come in two different styles: the Rondo with round frames, or the Alto with more rectangular lenses.
To buy: $199; amazon.com.
Fitbit Versa 2
As the latest smartwatch in the Fitbit family, the Versa 2 is Alexa-enabled so that you can not only track your heart rate, steps, burned calories, and more, but you can also control all your smart home devices directly from your wrist. What’s great about this new version is that it can run its daily functions and still have up to six days of battery life before needing a recharge.
To buy: $200; amazon.com.
Microsoft Surface Go 10
For when you need to complete tasks on your computer but don’t feel like lugging it around, the Microsoft Surface Go offers tablet portability as well as all the functions of a full-size computer. The 10 is Microsoft’s smallest and lightest Surface Go yet (it’s only 1.15 pounds!), making it a great option if you work remotely or often travel for business. With a 10-inch screen, a MicroSDXC card reader, up to 128GB of storage, and up to 8GB of ram, the Surface Go is a more affordable alternative for someone in need of a new laptop.
To buy: $549 (was $600); amazon.com.
Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds
With more than 1,700 five-star ratings, these earbuds are an obvious choice for those obsessed with having the latest and greatest tech. With up to 15 hours of use, you can take calls and listen to music without any audio drops or the battery running out. The pocket-friendly case allows you to charge the buds while on the go, and there are three different size ear pieces included to ensure they’ll fit snug.
To buy: $161 (was $190); amazon.com.
Apple Watch Series 5
The latest edition of the Apple Watch is finally here, and it includes an always-on retina display so that you can glance down to see the time and any other stats you set the watch face to display without moving your wrist. Other handy upgrades include menstrual cycle tracking, Apple Pay compatibility, and the introduction of the app store directly on the watch, meaning you can download new watch-specific apps to the device in seconds.
To buy: $514; amazon.com.
Bose Portable Home Speaker
A portable speaker like no other, Bose’s latest release is Alexa-powered when connected to WiFI, so you can use voice commands while on the go. The wrap-around speaker means you can enjoy 360-degree uninterrupted sound, and whether you’re using it room to room or taking it along for a beach day, it’s water-resistant, so you don't have to worry about accidental spills. Most importantly, it has up to 12 hours of playing time per charge.
To buy: $349; amazon.com.
Aura Digital Photo Frame
It’s finally time to show off those photos trapped on your phone. With Aura’s digital photo frame (available in four different colors), you can show off your memories like never before by displaying your photos from the Aura smartphone app, or you can invite family or friends logged into your Wi-Fi to share their own photos. And thanks to unlimited storage, there’s no subscription required.
To buy: $299; amazon.com.
Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player
Now with a voice-controlled remote, the Roku Ultra streaming device is easier to use than ever. Not only does it have a very simple menu to help you navigate to your favorite streaming platforms and channels, it comes with a pair of JBL headphones for private listening.
To buy: $85 (was $100); amazon.com.
For the book lovers in your life, upgrade their reading experience with Amazon’s Kindle Oasis. It’s the company’s first version with built-in access to audiobooks from Audible and the first glare-free, waterproof Kindle (which makes for easy beach or poolside reading). Plus, if they’re already an Amazon Prime member, they’ll have unlimited access to thousands of titles.
To buy: $250; amazon.com.
FOREO UFO Smart Mask Treatment Device
Trade your 20-minute sheet mask for a new kind of treatment: an LED light therapy device. In just 90 seconds, this smart mask—using thermo-therapy—opens your pores so that your serum reaches deep below the your skin’s surface. The combination of cooling, warming, and T-Sonic pulsations with red, blue, and green LED light therapy allows you to experience an at-home spa treatment.
To buy: $279; amazon.com.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
One of the best things about smartphones is the pocket-sized camera, but when all of your pretty photos are filling up the space on your phone, and you have nowhere to show them off, you might think about actually printing photos like you did back in the day. Thanks to this handy Bluetooth portable printer, you can print miniature-sized memories right in the moment. Bonus: The 2x3 inch photo paper is sticky on one side so that you can easily display your prints anywhere.
To buy: $130; amazon.com.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
With the help of this mug’s free smartphone app, you can adjust and save the ideal temperature of your favorite beverages. And for times when you’re busy and forget to finish your coffee, the Ember mug will keep it warm for up to an hour.
To buy: $100; amazon.com.
Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
With the second edition of Marshall’s portable speaker, listen to more than 20 hours of music while on-the-go or from room to room in your home thanks to its 30-foot range. Its sleek design resembles the classic Marshall amps, making it a gorgeous gift for any music lover.
To buy: $266 (was $300); amazon.com.
PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer
For your germaphobe friends, this might be the best tech gift they’ll ever receive. As a gadget designed to zap germs off your phone’s screen, the PhoneSoap (as seen on SharkTank) encloses your phone for about 10 to 15 minutes while ultraviolet light works its disinfecting magic—you can even disinfect other small items like headphones or keys! Plus, the sanitizing case includes two charging ports so that you can charge your phone and sanitize it at the same time overnight.
To buy: $80; amazon.com.
Cricut Easy Press 2
If you’re a fan of DIY projects and using a personal cutting machine like Cricut Explore Air to cut shapes for cards, stickers, and other crafts, you’ll love Cricut’s latest device that quickly presses designs onto T-shirts and other clothing. Plus, reviewers love it because it’s portable, easily stored, and heats up in one minute.
To buy: $179; amazon.com.