This is part of the 2022 LA Times Gift Guide. Check out the full guide here. If you make a purchase using any of our links, the LA Times may receive compensation.
As digital technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives and components become smaller and cheaper, the range of products that appeal to techies is approaching infinity. Do you want a smart cup of coffee? A desk lamp that is also a communication device? Jewelry that helps you relax? Everything is there for purchase. From the vital to the whimsical, these gifts will have you saying, “Why didn't I think of that?” (And Apple didn't make a single one.)
Mini masajeador Therabody Theragun
The original Theragun massage gun has developed a cult following for its ability to soothe sore hamstrings, relax tense shoulders, and relieve back pain with fast, forceful percussive blows to muscles. Equally useful after a training session or a long day sitting at your desk, the mini version easily fits into your gym bag or backpack, allowing you to take it with you wherever you go. (Also seen in our gift guide for personal care items.
$199 en Therabody
Larq PureVis Bottle
It happens to the best of us: you forget your water bottle in the car for a few days and a whiff of the musty smell makes you never want to use it again. Larq's self-cleaning water bottle addresses that problem by killing 99% of bio-pollutants like bacteria and mold in water in 60 seconds using UV-C technology. While not in use, it runs a 10-second self-cleaning cycle every two hours to stay clean. For hikes in remote areas and other incomplete charging situations, it has an adventure mode that lasts three minutes, which the company says is the equivalent of boiling water for 20 minutes.
$99 in Larq
long distance friendship lamp
This timed lamp gives you an easy way to tell your friends and family across the country that you're thinking of them. Give yours a little touch and its paired lamp will give off a glow too. You can link multiple lamps together so that each person in a group of friends has their own color to greet.
$99 for a lamp and $198 for two at Uncommon Goods
Airmega 150 air purifier
At under $200 and available in several pastel shades, Coway's Airmega 150 Air Purifier is smartly designed and effective. This Times reporter and new cat owner noticed a significant improvement in her allergy symptoms and litter box odor when she tried it for a few weeks.
$189 in Coway
The Apollo Neuro uses small vibrations delivered to the wrist, ankle, or chest to relieve stress, increase concentration, and improve sleep. The company cites research showing that certain vibration frequencies are relaxing and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This Times reporter tried the various settings and found that the “Sleep and Refresh” mode helped her fall asleep faster.
$399 in Apollo
Anker 511 recharger
These days a power bank for your phone is not enough, your laptop needs it too. Instead of being chained to an outlet, you can charge your laptop and other devices with the Anker 511 PowerHouse wherever you go. Turn working from home into working from the pool.
$209.99 an anchor
Bonaok Bluetooth Wireless Karaoke Microphone
If you have a friend who always invites you to a long night of karaoke, give them the gift of drunkenly singing “Don't Stop Believin'” from the comfort of their own home. A handheld microphone and speaker combination, the Bonaok connects to your phone via Bluetooth. It also works as a normal microphone if you prefer to play music from a separate speaker.
$30.99 in Amazon
There are tons of fitness trackers out there, but Oura has cultivated a particularly devoted following among the biohacking crowd. The ring on it can track sleep, activity, heart rate variability, and more; the company has published research showing that its data can even point to early COVID infections. Oura sends him a sizing kit to make sure he gets a ring that fits his finger perfectly, and he can choose from gold, silver, black, and stealth (matte).
$299-$449 in Oura
Bose SoundLink Flex
The Bose SoundLink Flex is a popular portable speaker for good reason: It's lightweight, waterproof, and has a battery life of up to 12 hours, according to its manufacturer. Its rugged IP67 rating means it can survive a 30 minute dip in the pool or a few drops. Oh, and it sounds great.
$149 and Bose
Kit inteligente Nanoleaf Hexagon
Nanoleaf lighting kits don't come cheap, but their sleek design and endless customization options make them an exciting addition to your home if you can afford to splurge. Hexagonal lights are easy to assemble and attach to the wall in any configuration you like. Music-synced lighting modes let you enjoy the sight of colored panels flashing to the beat.
$199 in Amazon
Basic tile kit (Matt and Slim)
It always happens when you are already late: the keys and the wallet are hidden in the far corners of your apartment or between the cushions on the sofa. As long as they are within range of a Bluetooth signal, you can locate them with mosaic beacons. The starter kit includes the original Tile Mate to attach to your keychain, as well as the Tile Slim for your wallet. Bonus: If you're out of Bluetooth range, you can see the latest locations of your Tiles and use Tile's network of anonymous users to track down your lost items.
$54.99 a Tile
For something about the size of a soda can, the Nebula Capsule is a surprisingly powerful video projector with a built-in speaker. Enjoy streaming movies from a variety of apps wherever you go, whether you're on a camping trip or a fun movie night in your backyard. You can connect with AirPlay, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB.
$299 in Nebula
Birdie Personal Security Alarm
Give your loved ones the gift of safety with the She's Birdie Birdie Personal Safety Alarm. The device fits on your keychain and can be easily activated with a flip, activating a flashing strobe light and loud siren to deter attackers. Unlike pepper spray and tasers, this device won't be confiscated the next time you go to a Lakers game.
$29.95 en She’s Birdie
When you work from home, that morning cup of coffee can really make or break your day. So why let it get cold? The Ember Mug allows you to set your preferred drinking temperature and keeps your coffee hot for up to 1.5 hours or all day with the included charging coaster. It may sound indulgent, but no one likes a room temperature cup of coffee. (Also seen in our hygge-inspired gift guide.)
$99.95 an Ember
Bellroy Mod mobile case + wallet
Bellroy's slim leather case and magnetic wallet combination keeps your iPhone scratch-free and your credit cards close at hand without a bulky profile or clingy design. The wallet has a magnetic flap that keeps your cards hidden and can be removed for charging with MagSafe.
$98.90 a Bellroy
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