I have a techie in your life? Check out theGrio’s guide to awesome gadgets and the perfect high-tech goodies to gift.
With seasonal Starbucks drinks on the menu and Mariah Carey Fully Thawed, it’s officially the holiday season, which means it’s time to start making our lists and double-checking them. And since the techies in our lives tend to always be one step ahead, we’re naturally inspired to buy them as soon as possible.
Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of this season’s hottest gadgets – whether you’re looking for an extreme note-taker, interior design enthusiast or the kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, many of these brands are running early Black Friday deals, so you can really stay ahead of the shopping curve this season.
To hear better with
From Meghan Markle to the hosts of the Grio Black podcast network, it seems like almost everyone has a podcast these days. For the person in your life who never misses a single episode, Raycon Headphonesfounded by the one and only Ray J, are highly rated and in a range of colors.
Raycon Fitness Headphones ($119.99)
For the detailed note taker
Experts have long said handwriting is the best way to remember just about anything. Meanwhile, technology has made it easier to write notes on the fly. Favorite cult newspaper Moleskin married both worlds with his Smart writing set, a smart notepad and pen that digitally transcribes as you jot down your ideas. Perfect for the writers, designers, artists, and avid note takers in your life.
Moleskine Smart Writing Set ($279)
For the social media maven
There are so many moments in life worth capturing; a fact that the social media mavens in our lives prove every chance they get. Make sure they never miss a moment with the new brand of Ray-Ban sunglasses. Ray-Ban Stories, the latest wearable technology. These frames, sold as both glasses and sunglasses in three different styles, include a discreetly integrated camera that allows the wearer to capture photos and videos, answer calls and even update their social media feeds. in the blink of an eye.
Ray-Ban Stories ($329 to $379)
For the adventurer living in virtual reality
VR technology is both entertaining and problem-solving; by simply donning a pair of space-age goggles, you can be transported to a high-impact workout class, stroll through the cities you’ve dreamed of visiting, or mentally level up in a game. For the Person who feels more comfortable in the metaverse than in the physical world, Meta Quest 2 VR glasses can top their list.
For the art lover
We’ve come a long way from the huge cabinet styles of our ancestors’ era, but while TVs have gotten slimmer, they haven’t necessarily gotten sleeker. Enter Samsung TV frame, a sleek and stylish TV that can blend seamlessly into any home decor and double up for fine art. With a variety of price points, sizes and styles, this TV is perfect for the style-conscious and art-conscious TV fanatic in your life.
Samsung Frame TV (about $549.99 to $3,299.99)
For those who like to have fun
Just as coffee can now be prepared at the push of a button, so too can the perfect cocktail. Whether you know a holiday host with the most or the home bartender aspiring to master the art of cocktails, an electric cocktail maker is a gift that keeps the buzz going for the indulgent people in your life. We recommend Premium quality cocktail and margarita maker from Bartesian.
For the workout junkie – or the beginner
Is there someone in your life who never misses a workout or has expressed interest in going on a diet? Encourage them this holiday season with a major home gym upgrade that lets them virtually call on world-class trainers on-demand from the comfort of their own home. Approved by Serena Williams Tonal The Home Mirror is designed for the gym rat, the novice, and everyone in between.
Tonal (Funding starts at $73 per month)
To keep them hydrated
Reusable water bottles are better for the environment, can keep your liquids cold or hot for hours, come in a range of designs and sizes, and now, thanks to smart technology, some even remind you to take a sip. Help a loved one track their health goals or simply track their daily H2O intake with a Hydrate Spark Pro smart water bottle. These customizable Bluetooth-powered smart bottles come in five different colors, glow when you need to take a sip, and pair with a handy app.
Hydrate Spark Pro ($49 to $69)
For the budding artist
The imagination of a young mind is often best expressed through art. Surprise the budding artist in your life with the ability to bring their greatest creations to life with a 3D pen. The 3Doodler starter pen is a great gateway to 3D art, STEM and creativity for any young doodler. 3Doodler also offers pens for more advanced doodlers including adolescents and adults.
3Doodler starter pen ($49.99)
For the whole family
Bunching up for a winter evening stroll doesn’t have to mean giving up safety or style. Thanks to headlights, practicality, safety and style come together in a rechargeable LED winter hat. Created by a black womanthe hat is available in a variety of colors and patterns, perfect for all family members.
Kay Wicker is a lifestyle writer for theGrio covering health, wellness, travel, beauty, fashion, and the myriad ways black people live and enjoy their lives. She previously created content for magazines, newspapers and digital brands.
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