51 Out-of-the-Box Tech Gifts that Will Make Them Smile

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It’s no wonder that cool tech gifts have become so popular. Fun, useful and—dare we say— even a bit magical, gadgets like wireless earbuds, e-scooters and fingerprint padlocks are a surefire way to draw out a smile and a kiss on Christmas morning. And we live in an era when many of these electronic wonders are often cheaper than old standbys like books and ties—as you’ll see in this list of some of the best tech gifts available for your friends and family. Just make sure you don’t forget the batteries!

In this guide
1. For the mobile maven
$ 69.98

JBL GO 3 Portable Waterproof Speaker

You’ll be shocked by the richness and depth of sound that emerges from this tiny, confidently styled waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which fits in almost any bag. It’s great for camping trips and cottage vacations.

$ 25.09

Smart Fingerprint Padlock

Number combinations are so last century. This high-tech biosecurity padlock just requires a quick half-second tap to provide reliable protection for lockers, bikes, cabinets and more.

$ 39

Apple AirTag Loop, Pink Citrus

If the person you’re buying for has an Apple AirTag, this loop is the perfect accessory. Apple’s tracking device slips securely into the holder, letting you easily connect it to bags and other items you can’t afford to lose.

$ 14.04

Thinking Chess Soft Silicone Decompression Case

Made specifically for fidgety folks, this stylish liquid silicone iPhone case for iPhone 12 mini delivers reliable protection from minor tumbles while offering a satisfying textile sensation meant to calm anxiety. It’s available in myriad colours and designs.

$ 329.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4" 32GB

Samsung’s tablet can run a wide range of productivity apps, has plenty of power for games and sports a gorgeous 10.4-inch screen that’s ideal for streaming video. It’s a big, bright, beautiful beast.

2. For the music lover
$ 19.97

Borne True Wireless Stereo Earbuds

For listening on a budget, Borne’s exceptionally affordable wireless buds can’t be beat. They feature hands-free calling, a charging case and comfy in-ear design, plus they pair with both Android and Apple devices.

$ 99.98

Anker SoundCore Flare 2 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker with Lights

Perfect for pool parties, beach vacations and quiet nights in the tub, this wireless waterproof speaker with LED lighting effects can liven up an outdoor party or set the mood for an intimate evening.

$ 159

Audio Technica Fully Automatic Belt-Driven Turntable

Turntables are no longer retro. Now, they’re just rad. The audiophile in your life will love this high-quality belt-driven phonograph, expertly designed to tease out the tantalizing details of analog sound.

$ 44.98

JBL TUNE 500

JBL’s wired headphones are a reliable classic, delivering big bass, a lightweight but durable design and a tangle-resistant flat cable. Pro tip: Make sure your recipient’s device has a headphone jack!

$ 149.50

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

These beautifully designed cans deliver clear and rich sound and are adjustable and foldable for easy portability. Plus, with up to 40 hours of battery life (and three hours of playback with just a five-minute charge), you’ll quit before they do.

3. For the creator
$ 89

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera

Kick it old school with Fujifilm’s instant camera, a trendy point-and-shoot wonder that provides instant gratification. This year’s model comes in five new colours and features a one-touch selfie mode.

$ 19.98

For You Vlogging Kit

Give your kid’s fledgling vlog a boost in quality with this affordable kit, which comes with a ring light mounted on a flexible arm, a phone holder and a clamp to attach to desks and railings.

$ 129.98

Blue Microphone Yeti USB Microphone

Help the digital content creator in your family take their hobby to the next level with this radio-quality USB microphone. Its lush resonance will make your streamer sound like they’re broadcasting from a professional studio.

$ 189.97

Cricut Easypress Daybreak

Young designers will find hours of creative fun with this Cricut iron-on press. It makes infusing T-shirts, pillow covers and bags with ink and vinyl images easy, fast and safe.

$ 316.09

Ccdes D7100 HD Digital DSLR

The cost of starting a photography hobby can be intimidating, but this kit—which comes with a 33MP camera, three lenses, bag, strap, charger and cables—is a good way for an aspiring shutterbug to test the waters.

$ 255.46

Korg KR-MINI Rhythm Machine with 60 Drum Patterns

Music begins with rhythm. This easy-to-use drum machine provides scores of beats designed to provide a starting point for melodic instruments, including guitars, pianos and winds. It’s a satisfying step up from a metronome.

4. For the work-from-home pro
$ 34.97

Colorways Wireless Glitter Mouse and Pad Combo

Spice up your loved one’s home office with this colourful mouse and pad combo, which includes a glittery wireless mouse and matching marble-patterned eight-inch pad.

$ 89.98

HP DeskJet 2752e All-in-One Printer

Regardless of how hard you try for a paperless office, there will always be a need to print, scan and copy stuff, and this all-in-one DeskJet does it all. Consider going the extra mile and include a ream of paper.

$ 328

Acer Chromebook 315 15.6" Display Intel N4000 Processor

Equipped with a 15-inch screen and upward-facing speakers that are perfect for Zoom meetings, a battery that lasts more than 10 hour  and enough horsepower to easily handle any productivity task, Acer’s Chromebook is the right tool for the job.

$ 118.99

Huawei FreeBuds 4i Wireless Earbuds

Zoom meetings at home are much more productive when you block out the background sound of family and pets with a good set of noise-cancelling wireless earbuds. This pair from Huawei lasts 10 hours—enough for a full day of meetings and then some.

$ 34.99

Belkin Wireless Charging Base

Anyone with a Qi-enabled device is bound to appreciate this affordable 10W wireless charger from Belkin. It features a helpful sensor that lets you know your cell phone is properly aligned for the fastest possible charge.

$ 398

Acer Aspire 3 15.6" Laptop Intel Celeron N4000

This inexpensive 15-inch Windows notebook is loaded with features typically associated with higher-end laptops, including a solid-state drive, a broad range of connectivity options and a svelte 0.78-inch profile.

5. For the fitness geek
$ 87.35

Huawei Band 6 Fitness Activity Tracker

The perfect gift for the fitness-lovin’ person on your list. Huawei’s sporty smartwatch monitors movement, sleep, blood oxygen level and heart rate, plus it has 96 workout modes to track every kind of activity.

$ 9.97

HoMedics Quatro Mini Massager

Combat activity-induced aches and pains all over the body with this quad-nubbed handheld massager, available in a trio of colours. Fair warning: The person you’re giving it to is likely to enlist your help reaching tough spots on their back.

$ 69.99

Fitbit Aria Air Smart Scale

The weekly weigh-in becomes a little less intimidating with Fitbit’s smart scale, which syncs with and automatically sends data to the Fitbit app so you can track progress and trends.

$ 411.26

Fitbit Versa 3

This isn’t the Fitbit you had as a kid. The wearable tech maker’s latest watch has GPS, delivers real-time distance data for runs and rides, lets you receive calls and texts from your wrist and provides Spotify controls.

$ 259

Sony WFSP800N Truly Wireless Sports Headphones

These snug-fitting, soft-cushioned wireless earbuds with surprisingly deep bass are made for an active lifestyle. Resistant to sweat and splashes, they also cancel background noise so you can stay focused on your workout.

$ 259

Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch does it all. Track and measure any type of workout? Check. Heart rate and sleep monitoring? Check. Swimproof design? Check. Emergency SOS? Check. All you need to do is pick the colour of its aluminum case.

6. For the homebody
$ 139.99

Moodo Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser

With this smart device, you can load up to four scent capsules—helpfully sold in four-packs that smell amazing—into the Moodo at once to create customized and unique aromas. The best part? You can control it from anywhere with a free mobile app.

$ 94.97

Extreme Steam Handheld Steam & Iron 2-in-1 with Turbo

Your wrinkly-clothed friend will be forever in your debt once you’ve given them this powerful, easy-to-use steamer, which is ready to start eliminating stubborn creases just 10 seconds after you switch it on.

$ 129

Google Nest Mini, 2 Pack

Great for everything from playing music to providing hands-free measurement conversions while cooking, Google’s Nest speakers will quickly become an integral part of your loved one’s home life.

$ 129.98

Instant Pot 8 Quart 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker

It’s only minor hyperbole to say you can pretty much do away with your stove if you have an Instant Pot. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker and rice cooker in one, plus it can steam, sauté and warm. It’s an absolute kitchen must-have.

$ 46.98

Philips Hue White, 2 Pack

Help your gift recipient start automating their home with these smart lightbulbs from Philips. They screw into any standard light socket and can be scheduled to switch on and off using a simple app.

$ 228

Eufy Robovac 25C Robot Vacuum, Blue

This automated dust buster cleans floors for you so you can focus on more exciting stuff, like watching your pets react to it. It even connects to cell phones for away-from-home control via a handy app.

7. For the film buff
$ 59.97

Art+Sound Avant Wireless Soundbar

Modern TVs deliver amazing picture quality, but often come up short on sound. This simple-to-install soundbar—which can also connect to cell phones and tablets—brings richer, more nuanced audio to TV and movies.

$ 49.98

Roku Express 4K Streaming Player

Roku’s affordable 4K TV streamer provides a quick and easy way to access all your favourite streaming services, including Netflix, Disney+, YouTube and more. Just plug it in and connect to your network.

$ 548

RCA 55" 4K UHD Webos Smart TV

With 4K sports, streaming video services and next-gen game consoles now readily available, a 4K display is a must for avid TV viewers. And, as this wonderfully affordable 55-inch panel proves, you don’t have to break the bank!

$ 249

Apple TV 4K 64GB

Apple’s latest media player delivers stunning 4K streamed content from Netflix, Crave, Prime and the company’s own Apple TV+. It also plays Apple Arcade games, supports Siri voice queries and uses AirPlay to mirror iPhones and Macs.

$ 258.99

Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector

Transform movie nights in the living room into movie nights in the backyard with Kodak’s Ultra Mini Portable Projector, capable of throwing a huge 100-inch 1080p image onto a wall, bedsheet or screen for a theatre-like experience.

$ 167.88

Philips Hue Play Double Kit Black Finish

Philips’ Hue LED lighting system creates a dramatic living room ambiance by casting lights with customizable colours and intensity on the wall behind your TV—or wherever you choose to place them.

8. For the early adopter
$ 18.43

Vex Robotics Zip Flyer by Hexbug

Hexbug’s latest robotics kit lets kids learn about engineering and aeronautics. They’ll build a machine capable of launching spinning rotors up to 50 feet into the air with a quick pull of a zip cord.

$ 29.99

Kaiser Baas Chest Mount for Kaiser Baas & Go-Pro Cameras

The adventurous person in your life who loves capturing feats of daring with a GoPro camera might need this handy chest mount harness, which can be adjusted to fit over any type of clothing.

$ 269.98

Shift Red Drone Hi-Lite Package

This small, entry-level drone is exceptionally easy to use thanks to its intuitive one-handed controller. With stable hovering, your gift recipient will be filming Insta-ready 1080p aerial footage within minutes.

$ 259.99

Razor Power Core E100 Purple Electric Scooter

Your kids—54 kilograms and less—will love getting around the neighbourhood with this durable electric scooter, capable of moving at a speed of up to 18 kilometres per hour for 60 minutes. It’s also available in blue.

$ 259.97

Hovertrax Prizma Blue

Hoverboarding has never been easier than with the Hovertrax Prizma, which is equipped with self-balancing gyro sensor technology and anti-slip traction pads. The multicolour LED wheels mean your kids will be zooming down the sidewalk in style.

$ 159.99

EZVIZ DB1 Wired Smart 3MP Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

This video doorbell lets your loved one see, hear and choose whether to speak to visitors from the comfort of their couch—or wherever they happen to be—via a smartphone app. It’s not lazy, it’s smart.

And for more smart home ideas (including great gifts), visit our smart home buying guide.

9. For the pet owner
$ 18.98

Pawscout

Pets prone to wandering can be more easily found with the Pawscout, a Bluetooth-powered collar tracker with a range of up to 300 feet. And if kitty roams further, other nearby users in the Pawscout community will be alerted so they can contact you.

$ 54.97

Catit Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain

Make your kitty-owning friend’s day with this drinking fountain. It babbles up a fresh and filtered supply of water meant to tempt cats to drink more—key for keeping their kidneys healthy.

$ 59.47

Mobi Pet Camera Monitoring System

Being away from pets can be hard. This camera monitor lets users keep tabs on their tabby while they’re away—and even talk to them if they like. An IR mode provides detailed video even in pitch-black rooms.

$ 119.98

Little Green Portable Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

Pets aren’t human, but they do make mistakes. Little Green’s spot cleaner—essentially a portable wet vacuum that sprays and then sucks up a soapy solution—erases these booboos quickly and easily.

$ 177.97

Pawbo+ Pet Treat Dispenser & Camera, White

Keeping your pup on the straight and narrow while you’re away from the house might seem impossible, but it’s not! This clever pet camera with two-way audio lets you observe and reward good behaviour by dispensing treats with the tap of a button.

For more great gift ideas, check out our many gift guides for kids, parents, friends and more.

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Chad Sapieha has been writing about video games and technology for more than two decades, with thousands of stories appearing in national publications including The Globe and Mail and The National Post, and appearances on CTV News, Global News, and CBC radio. He has also written about parenting in the digital age for Today's Parent, Parenting.com, and Common Sense Media. Chad lives in Southern Ontario with his wife, daughter, and a criminally adorable dog named Ron Swanson.

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