Buying thoughtful, interesting, and actually useful tech gifts for men, women, and kids on your holiday shopping list used is pretty simple: get the Sharper Image catalog, flip to a random page, done. It’s a lot more complicated now. For one, um, catalogs? But more importantly, there seems to be a new version of the same gadget dropping every year, a smattering of new disruptors with sexy packaging (but hardly any legs to stand on when it comes to functionality), and some actually pretty good tech that only comes at, uh, a wildly inaccessible price point. It’s tough to keep track of all the worthwhile new tech among all the so-so duds without puling up a dozen review guides, but that’s where we come in.
Considering that we’re in the midst of all the big tech and gadget Black Friday sales right now, it’s the perfect time to spot your gamer cousin who hardly leaves his basement with a PS5 assist or upgrade someone’s ancient wired headphones to something fancy in the Bluetooth realm that’s blessedly tangle-free. Or, get someone special a life upgrade that’ll help them fast-track their matcha-making or track their heart rate and steps (and discreetly)—well before the holiday rush.
Here, we’ve gathered up a short list of some of our favorite newish tech gifts for men, women, and everyone else on your list. This lineup includes plenty of GQ-tested and approved entries from our 2021 and 2022 Home Awards, plus several winners from our latest Grooming and Fitness Awards. Just make sure to stealthily check that your giftee doesn’t already own whatever you decide to snag them.
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