5 Underrated Tech Gifts for the Gadget Geeks on Your List
How to Score a Great Tech Gift Without Busting Your Budget
So, you have a techie on your holiday shopping list. Finding the perfect gift for a digital trendsetter can be tough. How do you buy for someone who’s always one step ahead of the curve? What could they possibly need—and what don’t they already have?
Well, we’ve done some digging and found some answers. We’ve gathered a list of the 5 best tech gifts you can buy for the ultra connected this holiday season—and the best part is, they don’t all cost a fortune and most of these ideas tuck nicely into a stocking.
Smart speakers are voice-activated devices equipped with virtual assistants that offer a range of features and functions. Connecting wirelessly to your WiFi network smart speakers have many useful applications around your home, providing smart home management, music streaming and information gathering using voice commands.
Top picks for 2023:
Amazon Echo: Amazon’s popular Echo devices (and built-in assistant Alexa) come with varying features, sizes, and capabilities. Models include the Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Plus, and Echo Studio, catering to different user preferences and needs.
Google Nest: Nest devices first came on the scene primarily as smart thermostats, but later expanded to include a variety of other smart home devices, from home assistants to smart security.
Apple HomePod: This smart assistant is designed to integrate with Apple’s ecosystem and provide users with high-quality audio playback, smart home control and access to the company’s virtual assistant, Siri.
Wireless earbuds are compact, cord-free audio devices that provide a wireless and convenient way to listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks, make phone calls and interact with digital assistants. Unlike traditional wired earphones, wireless earbuds use Bluetooth technology to establish a connection with audio sources, such as smartphones, tablets, or other compatible devices.
Top picks for 2023:
Apple AirPods: With features including noise cancellation, water and sweat resistance and one-touch setup, AirPods are a popular choice.
Samsung Galaxy Buds: Not an Apple person? No problem. Samsung Galaxy buds are another solid option for earbuds. With features like active noise cancellation and 360-degree HD audio, Galaxy Buds, get easy plug-and-play ability to all your playlists.
Sony WF-1000XM4: Featuring a built-in Alexa, these Bluetooth earbuds feature noise-canceling, high-quality sound and a small, sleek design.
Raycon The Everyday Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds: These little earbuds pack a punch. With eight hours of listening on a single charge, these earbuds are a great off-the-radar option if you’re on a budget and don’t need the other big-name brands.
Nothing Ear 2 Wireless Earbuds: If you’re opting for ease of use and a reasonable choice of features, check out the Nothing Ear 2 Wireless Earbuds. These capable earbuds pair with both Android and Apple devices.
Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches
A fitness tracker, often bundled or built into smart watches, is a wearable device designed to monitor and track various aspects of the user’s health, fitness and daily activities. You can monitor vitals such as heart rate, track sleep activity and follow fitness goals. Fitness trackers—or an all-in-one smartwatch—can send notifications directly to your smartphone.
Top picks for 2023:
Fitbit Charge 6: With built-in Google apps and GPS, the Fitbit Charge 6 is a popular fully-loaded fitness tracker. Choose from more than 40 exercise modes and even get reminders to get out there and move.
Google Pixel Watch 2: Track everything from your heart rate to your stress level with the Google Pixel Watch 2. Count calories and do contactless payments, too.
Apple Watch: From simple and essential to rugged and capable, Apple offers several different smartwatch options for those wishing for a fitness tracker this year. The Apple Watch is sleek in styling and stout in functionality.
Garmin Venu: With more than 20 pre-loaded sports apps, the Garmin Venu lets users customize a fitness plan that fits their lifestyle, Track everything from steps taken to calories burned.
A streaming device is hardware that allows users to access and stream digital content from the internet to a television or audio-video system. These devices connect to the internet, often via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and provide a platform for users to watch or listen to a wide range of content, including movies, TV shows, music, and more. Many smart TVs have their own streaming devices built in, but you’re not limited to just what’s pre-installed. If you’re looking for alternate content choices, there are several leading options.
Amazon Fire Stick: This popular streaming device—much like its competitors—lets you stream video, install apps, play music and more on your TV. It’s built on the Android platform.
Roku: With voice search and control, the Roku streaming device is designed for simplicity. Customize your home screen to put your streaming favorites and live TV all in one place.
Google Chromecast: Stream in 4K or HD and easily pair your Chromecast with other Google products. Add to your watchlist through Google search and cast to your big screen using just a smartphone.
Already an Arvig WiFi TV customer? See our list of supported devices for the best viewing experience.
Robot Vacuum Cleaners:
Robot vacuum cleaners are smart and autonomous devices designed to clean floors with minimal human intervention. These devices use sensors, brushes, and suction mechanisms to navigate and clean various surfaces, such as hardwood floors, carpets and tiles.
Top picks for 2023:
iRobot Roomba: One of the best-known names in robo-vacuums, the Roomba is ready to roll, with features like automated cleaning, mapping, scheduling and compatibility with voice assistants. Roomba, with 90 minutes of run time and self-charging, is a great choice for easy daily cleaning.
Eufy RoboVac: The Eufy RoboVac is highly customizable and efficient. With floor plan maps, you can program this cleaner to go where you need it to go—and even set “no-go” zones to keep it out of rooms you don’t need it to clean.
Roborock S6: Billed as “whisper quiet,” the Roborock is another strong choice. With disposable mop pads and an onboard filter for allergens like pollen and mold, the Roborock can even vacuum and mop at the same time.
Shopping for any tech enthusiast can be a challenge. As the holidays approach, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by what feels like an endless slate of choices.. For more great gift ideas, check out Arvig’s holiday page and Amazon storefront.