Updated on January 18th, 2019
Shopping for a gadget-obsessed friend? Tech gifts are some of the most popular and sought-after gifts out there, and now come along with a cost-effective price tag, because technology is ever changing and, let’s face it, who can keep up?
We’ve kept things affordable, because we know just how many people you have to shop for. And cost-effective doesn’t have to mean lame, though. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a man, a woman, or a child, you’ll find something here for even the pickiest person on your list.
If you’re looking for the highest rated tech gifts this season or just need a nudge in the right direct, we’ve researched some of the best selling and most popular tech gifts that will be on everyone’s list this Friendship Day. Shop our must-have’s for this year.
We’re pretty positive you’ll find something from our list, your friend will love.
1. Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa smartwatch is the company’s most polished product. Its key features include an accurate heart-rate tracker and the ability to deliver guided workouts.
The device is fully waterproof, so you can go swimming with it. You can install apps on the smartwatch, make payments, and receive notifications from your smartphone as well. Fitbit offers a number of interchangeable bands for the Versa.
Had the Charge 2 for a while and loved it. Then switched to the latest apple watch at the encouragement of a few friends. While that Apple watch was nice for the few months I wore it, I found I was not using a lot of the features in it that may have been why it was double the cost of the Versa.
On the apple watch, I found the battery would not last more than 36 hours and the phone app was nowhere near what Fitbit had in terms of activity and sleep tracking as well as just overall display of the many data points. Read Full Review…
2. Victorinox Lexicon Hardside Frequent Flyer Smart Carry-On Suitcase
The Lexicon Hardside Frequent Flyer carry-on suitcase by Victorinox is a gift every frequent traveler will love. It has sleek design, great build quality, and flawless ergonomics.
The suitcase has a single USB port with a pre-installed cable and a dedicated, zipped pocket for your favorite battery pack (a battery isn’t included in the retail package).
Another cool bit about the suitcase is the included SIM card pin, which allows international travelers to easily change their carrier when abroad. There are two stylish colors to pick from — titanium and black.
Review: Scott Saccenti
This is a really comfortable bag to travel with. The exterior is a soft, flexible plastic (don’t expect a rigid hardshell) but not so soft as to give any concern over durability.
The charging extension is a nice feature; I have a battery that I can put inside the bag, and so it becomes very convenient to charge your phone off of the jack on the outside of the bag. Read Full Review…
3. RHA MA750 Wireless Earbuds
The RHA MA750 wireless earbuds are handily the best in their price range and well beyond. They have a great design, exceptional sound quality, up to 12 hours of battery life, and a USB-C port for charging.
RHA backs it with an industry-leading 3-year warranty. If you’re planning to give someone wireless earbuds, these are the ones to go for.
Review: Ilya Kalinin
Finally competent sound out of Bluetooth earbuds. Build quality is an absolutely top-notch, as always from RHA. The design is a little weird at first with the thick neckband and thin headphone wires, but once you put them on – it all makes sense.
I can turn my head freely without the cord dragging across the back of my neck and pulling the earbuds out like Jaybird headphones do. Read Full Review…
4. Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker By Anker
The Soundcore Flare by Anker is the best wireless speaker in its price range and a great gift for anyone who likes to jam on the go. The fabric-covered gadget has an attractive design, intuitive controls, excellent audio quality, customizable LED lights, and great battery life.
The speaker has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means that it can survive full submersion under water. It can deliver up to 12 hours of audio playback between charges.
Review: Ella G
I’ve had a few portable sound systems in my life – dock, Bluetooth, even old-school line-in and RCA. I’ve always been the girl who makes sure we have good music playing on trips and at get-togethers.
So the ability to have good sound wherever I travel is important. Read Full Review…
5. Jabra Elite 65t Completely Wireless Earbuds
A great gift for anyone in need of new wireless headphones, the Jabra Elite 65t completely wireless earbuds are sleek-looking and exceptionally comfortable. Their audio quality is also handily the best in its price range.
The earbuds have top-notch wireless connectivity, stellar noise isolation, and 5 hours of battery life. The headset comes with a neat charging case that holds up to 10 more hours of wireless playback.
Review: Malachi D Hough
Dealing with earbuds is a finicky thing. So much revolves around how they fit your ears, the size of an ear canal, etc. I have oddly shaped ears, in a way that usually I end up with different size silicone for each one to get a solid fit. This set of buds is no different, and initially, I was hesitant to purchase after reading reviews.
But I went ahead anyway. Overall I give it 4 stars. good set surprised me in some ways and disappointing in some ways (reception). Read Full Review…
6. Omnicharge Omni USB-C Portable Power Bank
This portable power bank by Omnicharge is a great gift for those who travel with multiple gadgets. The device has two high-speed USB-C ports and a duo of full USB ports, ensuring that no phone, laptop, tablet, or a pair of wireless headphones is left behind.
With a power output of 60 watts via USB-C, the battery pack can even charge a MacBook Pro. The Omni USB-C power bank has a capacity of 20,100 mAh. It has a sleek design and an OLED display, which will allow users to keep an eye on its battery level, power output, and temperature.
Big charge, fit in my Kopack internal pocket and plug nicely. I just have a little problem with how the battery indicator need to be recalibrated once in a while (especially when you charge it and use it at the same time, the 100% seems to get off a little bit, but not a deal breaker).
The only downside is that maybe I should have to get the one with the AC outlet, but in the other hand, my Laptop has a USB-c for charging, so it’s not a big deal. Read Full Review…
7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 SU3-00001 12.3-Inch Laptop
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the tablet that can replace your laptop. Featuring a 6th Gen Intel Core M processor with 4GB memory and a 128GB solid-state drive, it is more powerful than its predecessor yet lighter than ever before at 1.73 pounds.
The amazing 12.3\” touchscreen PixelSense display with 2736 x 1824 resolution has extremely high contrast and low glare. Surface pen sold separately.us are sold separately.
Review: Andrew Uhlmann
I got the surface with the intent of using it for note-taking and having the ability to work on lightweight projects away from my desktop.
I was not looking for a desktop replacement but rather a companion device for my desktop. In that role, it has worked exactly as I had hoped. I use it in my courses to take notes and find writing on the surface to be very natural, to the point where I transferred all my notes from my notebooks. Read Full Review…
8. Sonos Beam Sound Bar With Amazon Alexa
The Sonos Beam soundbar is one of the best home entertainment gifts you can give this year. It has a beautiful design and excellent audio quality, and like all Sonos products, the Beam is incredibly easy to install. Available in black or white, it can blend in with just about any decor, too.
In addition to full Alexa compatibility, the Sonos Beam has Apple AirPlay 2 support. The Beam soundbar can become the centerpiece of a new Sonos multiroom audio system, or it can seamlessly integrate into an existing one.
This is the second soundbar that I’ve owned and my first Sonos product. I must say I am very impressed. For such a small soundbar this thing outputs great sound.
The Beam’s sound when playing movies and music is perfect. I have a mid-size living room area and the Beam fills the space with sound quite handedly. I do plan on getting the Sonos SUB at some point but after using the Beam all day I’m confident that I can hold out on the SUB until Black Friday. Read Full Review…
9. GoPro HERO6 Black Action Camera
The HERO6 Black by GoPro is a great gift for action sports aficionados. It’s sleek, compact, easy to operate, and better-connected than any of its competitors.
It can capture 4K video at a barely believable 60 frames per second, as well as bursts of 12 MP images, and it can go up to 33 feet underwater without a housing.
Review: Freddy The Frog
First I’d like to share that I’m a full-time professional photographer and until the Hero6 Black came out, I wouldn’t have even considered including a GoPro in my kit as the quality just wasn’t there.
Now, with low light improvements and the fact that it shoots “flat”, it’s honestly a huge benefit to my work! What I mean by shooting flat, is that the video sequences lack the high contrast I’ve gotten with the GoPro Hero 5 Black edition and that’s a good thing! Read Full Review…
10. Dango Tactical EDC Wallet
The Tactical EDC wallet by Dango Products is a sleek, beautifully made, and incredibly functional accessory. Crafted in the United States from machined aluminum and genuine leather, the accessory has space for up to 12 cards, as well as a removable multi-tool. The wallet is available in black or brown.
The multi-tool includes a tiny knife that’s great for opening packages, a couple of hex wrenches, and a nail prier, among other functions. It also doubles as a handy smartphone stand.
Review: Fernando A.
Let me start by saying that this wallet is way better made than I anticipated. Maybe a bit tricky to use the first couple of times, but after a day or so you’ll be used to it. The combination of the metal chassis, the leather, and the silicone band just makes it work. Definitely a conversation starter.
What can you carry in it? I keep 5 cards and some cash, but it can definitely hold more. I was carrying things that I most definitely didn’t need in my older wallet. Read Full Review…
11. Logitech G903 Lightspeed Gaming Mouse
Gamers in your life will love Logitech’s range-topping G903 Lightspeed mouse. A solid contender for being the best of its kind, it features pro-grade performance in wireless and wired mode, ambidextrous design with customizable buttons and lighting (via a software suite), and excellent battery life.
Best of all, gamers can charge the mouse wirelessly via an optional gaming pad, meaning they never have to deal with any cables.
Review: Cream Soda
I’m not an MLG pro or anything, but this mouse ticks all the boxes for me. Just enough buttons, great scroll wheel (not even sure I can consider buying a non-Logitech mouse anymore, that hyper scroll is just too useful to do without), good battery life with the potential to upgrade to infinite battery life with that new mat.
The ability to convert between left-handed and right-handed by removing the buttons on either side is pretty sweet, too. Read Full Review…
12. Tile Anything Finder Combo Pack
Does your recipient often forget the whereabouts of their iPhone or other personal belongings? These small and nifty gadgets by Tile will help him find it, so long as the phone is within Bluetooth range.
I won’t show up as a verified customer because I bought directly from the company. I cannot tell you how much time I have saved looking for my various sets of keys, business USB thumb drives, etc. It’s true that being able to change the battery yourself would be more eco-friendly.
And yes in my first set I had one die in October instead of December. The company replaced it immediately and included a return envelope. Their customer service is great. Read Full Review…
13. Peak Design Everyday Backpack
The Everyday Backpack by Peak Design is one of the best gifts you can give to a photographer or a commuting gearhead. It’s tough and incredibly stylish, yet capable of fitting a 15-inch laptop, a tablet, and all other essential tech one needs to carry.
The interior storage of the backpack has a customizable layout, ensuring that everyone can arrange it to their liking. There are four colors to choose from — black, brown, ash, and charcoal.
People on here with negative reviews are mainly focusing on cosmetic issues on an expensive bag. Ok, I get it. But why are you buying this bag? Because it looks good? Or because you’re buying a product that covers your needs as a camera bag and everyday bag into one.
Yea my center stitching is very slightly off-center and yes the first rung of the magnetic clasp was slightly chaffed when I got it (probably caused by the fact that shipping means these things get tossed around and when I opened the bag the clasp is on the first rung where the chaffing occurred). Read Full Review…
14. Samsung T5 Portable SSD
Samsung’s compact T5 external SSD has a sleek metal body and an ultra-fast USB Type-C port. Available with up to 2 TB of storage, the gadget features a shock-resistant build and powerful encryption, as well as password protection.
In addition to connecting to either a PC or Mac, the device can also connect to USB Type-C-compatible smartphones or tablets.
A little while ago a buddy of mine bought a 2TB Seagate external hard drive for his Xbox One and told me about how much faster he loads into games now.
He plays Battlefield and Destiny and says he’s the first to load into maps nearly every time. If you’ve played Destiny, then you know the load times suck going to/from orbit pretty much anywhere, and Battlefield maps can take a while sometimes, so having an external hard drive shave that time down by any amount is much appreciated. Read Full Review…
15. SteelSeries Arctis Gaming Headset
The Arctis gaming headphones by SteelSeries are the perfect gift for gaming dads. They deliver excellent sound and supreme comfort, and they have an ultra-sensitive microphone that’s great for both in-game trash talk and making Skype calls. There are three distinct variants to choose from.
Review: Stephen B.
Pretty amazing audio for a wireless headset in a super comfortable design. I work at my computer all day long, and there is nothing worse than throwing good money down on a pair of “high-end” headphones and wanting to take them off your head because your ears are being pinched.
This ski-goggle suspension strap carries the weight of the (already pretty light) headphones. And the ear pads are very comfortable. Read Full Review…
16. PlayStation 4 Pro Gaming Console
The PlayStation 4 Pro delivers 4K gaming (on select titles) without the need of a crazy-expensive desktop or laptop computer.
A great gift for gamers with a compatible TV, Sony’s latest gaming console can also stream 4K content from Netflix, as well as upscale non-4K video content. The console is compatible with all PS4 games.
I was hoping the interface would be different from the standard PS4 dashboard but I can’t complain. You will instantly notice a massive improvement. It is so crisp, the framerate is smooth!
The most beneficial feature for me is the 1TB of space. I had so many games and I was only able to play 2/3rds of them. I doubled my hard-drive storage and now I can play all of my games. Woot! Read Full Review…
17. Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
The Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones are one of the best gifts for traveling audiophiles. They have gorgeous design and craftsmanship, as well as a simply fantastic audio quality. The headphones will also automatically pause content when you take them off.
The noise-canceling cans can last up to a robust 20 hours between charges, and they utilize USB-C for charging. There are two colors to pick from — gray and blue with gold accents.
Review: Scott Kaiser
I was skeptical about the PX because I read great reviews everywhere but Amazon. I’ve owned the P5 and P7 as well as the B&O H8 and H9 as well as some Bose cans.
When I first received these they sounded very plain with the bass being extremely pale, however, the soundstage was phenomenal. I was ready to return these but kept forgetting to bring the box to the post office for about a week and boy I’m glad I didn’t. Read Full Review…
18. Sonos One Smart Speaker
The all-new Sonos One speaker is a great gift for Amazon Alexa users who love music. It has the same functionality as an Echo, but it sounds a whole lot better.
Available in black or white, the gadget has an easy, six-microphone setup for seamlessly hearing your voice commands, plus superb audio quality for its form factor.
Review: Old Man Fran
I am a 70-year-old struggling to keep up with technology because, well it’s important. Like many of my ability to check out new tech with the systems administrator or a Millennial colleague came to an abrupt end along with my final paycheck.
Since I think it’s important that you know the perspective with which a review is written let me briefly tell you what this Sonos One was meant to replace. Read Full Review…
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