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The best in tech gifts for women this year
If you’ve come here to look for gifts for women, you’re in the right place.
The holidays are literally just a few weeks away. With all the sales happening on various retail stores online and off, picking presents for the special gal in your life—whether she’s your girlfriend, fiancé, sister, best friend, or daughter—can be an overwhelming and daunting task. If you’ve come here to look for gifts for women, you’re in the right place.
You can use our guide of gift finder apps and sites to help steer you in the right direction. If you’re specifically looking for the best tech gifts to give women this Christmas, we’ve rounded up several suggestions below for you to choose from. Here are our favorite tech gifts for women this year.
Stylish activity trackers
If your gift recipient can be described as sporty and chic, you cannot go wrong with getting her a nice activity tracker. The Fitbit Charge 3 (starts at $149.95, Fitbit) is a powerful activity tracker that has made it to a lot of best-of lists since last year—not only does it do the job well (it’s waterproof, so you can go swimming in it), it looks stylish as well (you can buy leather or woven bands so you can use it in a more formal setting). It’s easily one of the best gifts for women this year.
Smart jewelry is another option to consider, if you’re interested in getting that special someone some bling. The Bellabeat Leaf Urban ($139, Bellabeat) is an activity tracker that can be worn as either a bracelet, necklace, or clip that comes in five different colors. If she’s into natural crystals, the Leaf Chakra ($119, Bellabeat) makes for a great neck accessory and is available at a lower price point.
Does she like running with music on? The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music (starts at $269.99, Amazon) lets her download up to 500 songs straight onto the watch and connect to Bluetooth headphones—the Soundcore Spirit X (starts at $35.99, Amazon) is a great option for runners—so she can leave her phone at home. It also syncs music from select streaming services so you can listen to songs offline.
For the bookworm
Is her home filling up with paperbacks? Give her the gift of a Kindle Paperwhite (starts at $129.99, Amazon) and convince her to bring her entire library wherever she goes. You can opt for one that either has an 8GB or a 32GB storage capacity, with or without special offers. The new model is also waterproof and comes in either black or twilight blue.
You can also get her an Audible subscription (starts at $15 for one month, Audible) so she can listen to books on during her commute, her lunch break, or even her workout using the Audible app or the new Kindle Paperwhite.
Coffee and tea lovers
This coffee mug warmer ($10.99, Amazon) by Mr. Coffee makes a great office exchange gift for that colleague who enjoys having a hot beverage while tap-tap-tapping away at their work computer. If you have a bit more money to burn, The Ember temperature control smart mug ($103.95, Amazon) lets you control the temperature of your drink via smartphone, making it a pretty cool (albeit spendy) Secret Santa gift.
Audio gifts are for everyone
Gadgets rarely have single functionality these days, but these speakers all offer a little something more than just great quality sound. The SHAVA Bluetooth speaker ($29.99, Amazon) is also a touch-controlled LED mood lamp with three levels of brightness (and five colors) that can be used as both a reading light and a night light for kids, as well as a speakerphone for hands-free calls.
If you think speakers can only provide tech-related functions, the Aromacare Bluetooth Speaker Diffuser ($42.99, Amazon) provides a relaxing surprise through an essential oil diffuser that also works as a humidifier, as well as a rich bass sound that has a 40-foot Bluetooth range and a night light functionality.
The JBL Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($39.95, Amazon) is exactly what the name says. And honestly, this device belongs on every gift list, not just best gifts for women. Its portable and waterproof design makes it usable on-the-go, whether you’re under the rain or in the shower. It also works as a speakerphone.
For the Instagram addict
It’s easy and affordable to pick gifts for someone who does everything for the ‘gram. The Camera Shutter Remote Control (starts at $7.49 on Amazon) by CamKix is a handy little, Bluetooth-enabled gizmo that pairs with your mobile device and lets you take selfies and group shots hands-free. For a little more…well, control, the device can come with a premium quality tripod ($18.99 also on Amazon), so she’s all set taking all those group shots during her adventures. To enhance her selfies and phone camera effects, you can get her a Selfie Ring Light ($12.99, Amazon) or a phone lens kit ($23.99, Amazon), or you know, all of the above.
More stuff for her phone
Anything that can make the smartphone experience more enjoyable is always greatly appreciated, so these products are a bit of a “gimme” on our gifts for women list. Custom phone cases (starting at $20 depending on phone model from Caseable) that you design yourself add a little flare. A Popsocket (which starts at $10) is a cute choice for someone who always has her phone in her hand. And for something a little cooler, this wireless mobile photo printer ($89.99 on Amazon) by Polaroid lets her turn her snapshots into vibrant prints, wherever she goes.
Kitchen gifts for chefs and learners alike
Cooking is fun…but even more so when you have the proper tools. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker (currently on sale for $79 Amazon) promises to help you cook anything—from chicken, fish, or beef to vegetables or eggs, to name a few—via the sous vide method. If you want to help her grow her own herbs more efficiently, consider the AeroGarden Harvest (starts at $99.99, Amazon). And to make recipe-following more fun, she can use the Amazon Echo Show 8 (starts at $79.99, Amazon) to view cooking demos and step-by-step instructions hands-free.
For the traveler
Travel gear is great for anyone, but there are a few devices that make our gifts for women list. One of the things that can be useful for the person who’s always off to somewhere is a charger for her mobile device. If her phone has wireless charging capability, the Native Union Wireless Charger (starts at $59.99, Amazon) is high-speed, non-slip, and pretty cute. If her bag is usually crammed with gadgets, the Poweroni USB Charging Station Dock ($37.99, Amazon) lets her charge all her devices—up to six—in a more organized way. And if she’s traveling during the winter, you can get her stylish touchscreen gloves (starts at $11.99, Amazon) so she can text and keep warm at the same time.
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Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.