11 Best Tech Gadgets To Buy Or Ask For As Gifts In 2018

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Finding gifts for loved ones can be tough, and thinking of things to add to your own wishlist can be even harder. One thing that’s sure to please, though, is a new tech gadget. Whether it’s the latest accessory for a smartphone or something so unique that no one would ever expect it, here are the best tech gadgets to buy or ask for as gifts this holiday season. And yes, we know some tech gadgets might be a little pricey. But we can dream, can’t we?

1. Anki Vector Home Robot — $249

Go big or go home with this unique tech gadget. Brand new for 2018, the Anki Vector Home Robot is seriously futuristic. You can ask the robot to take a picture, set an alarm and more. It self-charges, updates frequently as it learns more about you and your home and connects with your devices to help you manage everything on your to-do list and calendar.

2. All-New Echo Plus (2nd Gen) Bundle — $150

Update your own at-home smart device or gift one to your best friend this holiday season. The Amazon Echo Plus is all new with a softer color, even more smart features like the ability to call others and more. The device bundle comes with a smart bulb, so you can ask Alexa to turn the lights on and off with ease, too.

3. Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset — $249

Give the gift of a one-of-a-kind content experience with the Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset. Unlike anything else, the headset takes you inside the content, making it feel more real than ever before. You can also meet up with friends in the VR world to enjoy concerts, TV shows, movies, sports and more together.

4. Philips Somneo Sleep And Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp — $197

Start every day on the right foot with the Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp. You’ll rise in the morning feeling refreshed with natural light that mimics the sunrise as your alarm goes off. Buy it before December 31 and receive a free three-month Headspace subscription with the lamp.

5. Magnetic Mini Wireless PowerBank — $53.35

There’s nothing worse than your cell phone battery dying when you’re on the go. For the girl who never slows down or is heading out on her next trip to Thailand, this mini wireless charger will be a game changer. Unlike other chargers, this one’s magnetic so you don’t need to bring your own charging cord with you. All you have to do is charge this mini, wireless power bank that fits your phone and bring it with you wherever you go.

6. Roku Express — $29.88

If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cable cord to save some money, now’s a great time to ask for a Roku Express as your gift this year. Roku lets you access all of your favorite streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and more from one device. It’s also super small, so it takes up barely any room on your TV stand.

7. iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can — $59.99

Okay, so a garbage can might not sound very exciting, but if you’re someone who cooks or bakes a lot, then it might be a gadget you want to add to your gift list. The best part about this one is that it’s automatic so you never have to touch the can to throw items away. Plus, it comes with an odor filter that helps prevent smells from lingering in the can or kitchen. It’s definitely the garbage can of the future, so if you’re into the latest technology, this might just be the icing on the cake for your home.

8. Apple Watch Series 4 — From $399 and up

With Apple’s September 2018 announcement, we know you’re pumped for the latest wearable, and it definitely made our list. The Apple Watch Series 4 has life-saving features like the ability to dial 9-1-1 for you if you fall and can’t get up, alert you when your heart rate dips too low or if your heartbeat is irregular (a sign of atrial fibrillation) and take an electrocardiogram (ECG). Plus, it still has the same (but improved) features from the Series 3 watch.

9. Apple iPad Pro — $895.93

The new iPad Pro is updated with new technology and a design that mirrors the new iPhone X smartphones, which were introduced back in 2017. With a new 12.9-inch, edge-to-edge liquid retina display, Face ID, four speakers, a 10-hour battery life and more, this baby is the dream tablet of any business pro, side hustler or artist out there.

10. Wireless Backup Camera — $120

It seems like all of the newest cars and trucks have backup cameras in them now. But if someone you know is still driving around in a slightly older model, a wireless backup camera could make a great gift. It’s easy to install and will be super helpful for those tough parking spots and pulling out of the driveway.

11. Custom Earphones — $499

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Ultimate Ears

The downside is that these aren’t available on Amazon, but the upside is that they’re so unique that you or a loved one will surely be thankful for the gift this holiday season. Custom earphones can help protect your hearing while also making listening to music, movies, podcasts and more so much more comfortable. These from Ultimate Ears are a little costly, but your 80-year-old self will be so thankful you paid the price now.

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