30 cool last-minute tech gifts for the home that suit every kind of budget

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  • There are still plenty of great gift ideas out there for anyone looking to brighten up their home.
  • From a waterproof Bluetooth speaker to an indoor herb garden, we've picked a variety of gift ideas suited for every budget. 
  • You can also check out all our Gift Guides to find something for everyone on your list.

The holiday season is meant to bring joy, happiness, and all of those warm fuzzy feelings. But gifting can quickly become stressful if you're running short on ideas. With so many people to shop for, and so many products you could buy, you're left to wonder how you could possibly find the right gifts to give everyone on your list.

Luckily, some things just have a universal appeal, like tech gadgets. They're useful, can make life more efficient, and let's face it, they're straight-up cool.

We scoured the web for awesome tech products for the home that everyone can benefit from. Household gifts are especially useful this year considering many of us have been spending more time than usual at home over the past year. Whether you're looking for something small and practical, like a shower speaker, or something with a little more of a wow-factor, like a powerful, portable projector, we've got you covered with 30 cool home tech gifts for everyone on your list.

Product availability may vary in the days leading up to December 25, so some items below may not ship in time for the holidays. 

Top 5 tech gifts for the home

  1. SoundBot Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker for $14.99
  2. Amazon Echo Dot for $29.99
  3. Click & Grow Smart Garden, $99.95
  4. Google Nest Hello Wi-Fi Video Doorbell for $229
  5. iRobot Roomba 675 for $229

A portable projector that turns any space into a mini home theater

Anker Nebula Capsule II Projector, $579.99, available at Amazon

This device is only a bit larger than soda can, but don't let its looks deceive you — it's a surprisingly powerful projector that offers loud sound for its size, comes with a TV remote for easy control, uses Google's Android TV interface, and comes with the Google Assistant. And perhaps most importantly it's wire-free, making for an easy and portable setup. Whether they're traveling or relaxing at home, this portable projector will help them turn any device into a big screen experience.

A convenient, wireless charging pad

Anker Wireless Charger for $12.99 on Amazon 

Sure, you could give them a regular charging cord to juice up their phone, but a wireless charging pad is undeniably cooler and more convenient. Anker's wireless charger is one of the most affordable on the market, making it a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.

A multi-port USB hub that charges multiple devices at once

Anker USB Charger Port, $49.99, available at Amazon

Help them save outlet space and minimize cord clutter with this charging port. With four standard USB ports and one USB-C port, it's a practical gift for any gadget-loving person. 

A tiny tracker for keeping tabs on frequently misplaced items

Tile Mate available on Amazon for $17.99

We all know someone who can't seem to keep track of their keys or the TV remote. If that person is on your shopping list this holiday season, they'll probably appreciate the Tile Mate, a small, Bluetooth-enabled tracker that lets you find lost items within a 200-foot range on your phone.

A sous vide device that makes restaurant quality meals at home

Breville Joule Sous Vide, $199, available at Amazon

This device will transform average home cooks into dinner heroes. All they have to do is season their meat (or whatever else they would like to cook), seal it in a plastic bag, place the bag in a pot of water with the Joule, and let the device do its work. The end result of juicy, delicious meat will leave them, and their dinner party guests to come, so impressed.

A smart garden that grows plants and herbs indoors

Click & Grow Smart Garden, $99.95, available at Amazon

Who doesn't love fresh herbs and vegetables? This self-watering indoor garden makes growing herbs from the comfort of their own kitchen easy, so they can enjoy fresh basil and tomatoes, or whatever else they choose to grow, all year long.

An elegant vase that doubles as a smartphone stand

Bedside Smartphone Vase for $32 from Uncommon Goods

Who says you need to use a stand to prop up your smartphone? This vase has a nice little cutout for your phone, which could make it the perfect gift for anyone looking to brighten up the home office setup.

A reliable home security camera that doesn't require a subscription

EufyCam 2C from Amazon for $199.99

Most home security cameras require a subscription to make the most of them, but that's not the case with the EufyCam 2C, which is designed for indoor and outdoor use. Not only is it subscription-free, but it offers a broad set of features that match some of its pricier competitors and good image quality. That's why it's earned a spot on our list of the best home security cameras.

A touch lamp that uses light to communicate with loved ones who live far away

Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $170 (for two), available at Uncommon Goods

Show your family members or friends from out of town that you're thinking of them with this thoughtful lamp. Purchase a set, then send one to said parent, grandparent, friend, etc. and keep one for yourself. Once set up, all you have to do it tap the top of your lamp and both lamps in the set will light up the same color, no matter how far apart they are. You can even set up multiple lamps and assign everyone a specific color, so you know who's tapping at all times. It's a small but sweet way to let your loved ones know you're thinking of them when you don't have time to talk, plus you get a nice gift out of it too. 

A dog camera that lets them keep up with their pup and send treats when they're away

Furbo Dog Camera, $133.99, available at Amazon

When it comes to most dog owners, no length is too far to go to pamper their pooch. This is a gift dog owners and their pups will thank you for. Not only does it let them keep up with their dog's activity while they're not home, but through the Furbo app, they can also communicate with their dogs and even toss them treats when it's time for a snack.

A shower curtain that holds tech so they can watch tv in the shower

Better than Bubbles Tech Friendly Shower Curtain, $29.96, available at Amazon

Smartphones, tablets, computers — we use these gadgets so often they are almost appendages at this point, but there's one place we can't take them — the shower. Maybe that's a good thing, but maybe your giftee wants to watch the latest episode of Shameless from the comfort of their bath tub. For "screenagers" of all ages who hate parting with their beloved gadgets but also crave the luxuries of a warm bubble bath, this curtain (which has eight pockets to hold different-sized devices) lets them have the best of both worlds.

An alarm clock that wakes them up naturally

Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock, $99.95, available at Amazon

Our bodies wake naturally with sunlight, thanks to our circadian rhythm, but certain conditions like work schedules, late nights, and blackout shades make it impossible for us to truly rise when the sun does. A wake-up light that simulate sunlight will help them wake up feeling more energized. The light that gradually brightens will ease them into waking up, which is decidedly more pleasant than waking up to the abrupt noise of a regular alarm clock. 

A robot vacuum that will clean floors with minimum effort on their part

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum, $229, available at Amazon

As much as I wish it did exist, right now there is no gift that will magically clean your home for you, save for a cleaning service. Maybe technology will get there one day (here's hoping), but right now a robot vacuum is your best bet.

This iRobot Roomba can clean carpets and hard floors, with little effort on their part. It's also Wi-Fi enabled, so they can control it through an app or with their voice through Amazon's Alexa.

A smart plug that lets them control devices wherever they are

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini from Best Buy for $17.99

If you've ever left the house only to realize you didn't unplug a hot iron, you've likely been in the predicament of deciding if you should return to unplug said electronics or risk it all, keep moving, and hope the house doesn't burn down.

Your more forgetful friends and family members will appreciate this easy to use smart plug that they can control and access through Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, or a smartphone app. All you need to do is connect it to Wi-Fi, there's no hub required.

A digital photo frame to display all of their favorite pictures

NIX 10.1-inch Digital Photo Frame, $89.99, available at Amazon

A framed photo is one of the most special ways to decorate a space. Nowadays, it's easy to take quality photos with smartphones, but most of these photos stay in phone libraries, or maybe make it to a Facebook album or Instagram post. Give friends and family the opportunity to show off all of their favorite shots in one frame with this digital frame, which cycles through their favorite shots in a constant slideshow.

A coffee bar that can make all of their favorite beverages at home

Ninja Glass Carafe Coffee Maker, $129.99, available at Amazon

Everyone loves a good coffee drink, but there's nothing better than a coffee-shop-quality latte that they can sip in their own living room. Caffeine fiends will love this coffee bar system, which can brew coffee five ways in seven sizes, and even has a built-in frother for the final touch. 

A waterproof speaker that lets them rock out in the shower

SoundBot Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker, $14.99, available at Amazon

There's a reason singing in the shower is a thing. This speaker is waterproof, wireless, and has a suction-cup to stick to the wall, so your friends can lather, rinse, and repeat while belting along to their favorite tunes. 

A light strip that adds just enough light to help them make the trip for a midnight snack

Philips Hue Lightstrip, $79.97, available at The Home Depot

Philips Hue doesn't just have light bulbs, they also have light strips that can be placed under drawers, bed frames, and bars to provide substantial, but not too bright lighting for late night trips to the fridge, bathroom, or just to add a fun, colorful accent when they feel like it.

A smart TV that has all of their favorite streaming apps already built in

Samsung 32" Class Smart HDTV, $239.99, available at Best Buy

With plenty of streaming options that offer great content and a lower price than cable, these days many are cutting the cord and saying goodbye to cable for good. If you know someone who just did, or is planning to cut cable out, a smart TV is an awesome gift. Once connected to your Wi-Fi, it lets them access all of the most popular streaming apps for music, tv shows, and movies.

A streaming stick that transforms their regular TV into a smart TV

Roku Express, $29.99, available at Amazon

If you want to give the gift of a smart TV without the price tag of an actual TV, the Roku is a great choice. This streaming stick has thousands of free streaming channels, as well as their favorite paid streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu. For tech, it's a great value at $30. 

A sleek and modern lamp they can control with their voice

GE C by GE Sol for $141.30 from Amazon

GE's smart lamp is one of the most stylish light fixtures around, but it's worth paying attention to for more than its design. The lamp also includes most of the same functions as an Amazon Echo, meaning you can ask it questions, play music through it, and use it to set timers among other things. And of course, you can control the lighting with your voice and set schedules in the app.

An interactive tablet that's their new virtual assistant

Google Home Hub, $69.99, available at Best Buy

This Google device is somewhat of a marriage between a speaker and a tablet. With Google Assistant, they can control their smart home, access their calendar and reminders, watch news and stream television shows, ask the weather and get a visual answer, among other things, all on this seven-inch display. 

A sound bar that rivals home theater systems

Sonos Beam, $399.99, available at Best Buy

If you're searching for a gift for an audiophile, this is it. While it's pricey, this soundbar delivers high-quality sound, functions as a smart home hub thanks to Alexa, is also compatible with the Apple HomeKit, and is just over two feet wide, making it an efficient choice for those low on space. Check out our full review here.

An electric wine opener that makes drinking wine even better

Oster Cordless Electric Wine Opener, $19.99, available at Amazon

Nobody really needs an electric wine opener, but never having to fumble around with a manual wine opener and cork ever again? That sounds pretty good to me, and the wine connoisseurs in your life will love it t00. 

A smart thermostat that can lower their energy bill

Nest (3rd generation) Learning Thermostat, $199.99, available at Best Buy

Everyone likes the idea of saving some money, especially with little to no effort. This smart thermostat learns what temperatures they like around their home and adjusts to accommodate them. While the device is intuitive on its own, they can always control it from their smartphone while they're out, so they can come home to the temperature that's just right for them. 

A small device that heats, cools, and purifies air

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link, $349.99, available at Best Buy

If you want to splurge on a really useful piece of tech, this Dyson device is a great choice. It is powerful enough to heat, cool, and purify the air in a space up to 400 square feet — which is enough to cover most of a small, city apartment. This device is Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled by an app or voice, which makes it easy to get the exact temperature every time. 

A smart speaker that's small but mighty

Echo Dot (4th generation), $24.99, available at Amazon

For those looking to enter the smart home realm, start them off with an Echo Dot. This speaker is the smallest of the Echo family, but it's Alexa-enabled just like its siblings so they can use it to do all sorts of cool things like control lights, listen to their favorite songs, or play Jeopardy. The latest model comes with a new spherical design, improved audio, and a built-in smart home hub that makes it easier to use with other gadgets.

A charging hub for your friend with a lot of Apple products

elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, $27.99, available at Amazon

iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch — the Apple trifecta, some might say. Help your Apple-loving friends and family streamline their charging with this hub that is made to perfectly fit all of their favorite devices, because no one likes to wake up to a dead battery. Not to mention it will look pretty sleek on their bedside table.

A video doorbell so they know who's knocking

Google Nest Hello for $229, available at Walmart

Indoor security cameras are great for surveillance inside the home, but a video doorbell is a great way to see what's going on right outside the front door. Google's Nest Hello is among the best video doorbells out there. It comes with a wide range of features, such as streaming video and two-way conversations, and is easy to install.

A phone charger that will also sanitized their most used device

PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer, $79.95, available at Amazon

We use our phones every day, charge them every night, but we clean them…never. Phones are pretty dirty, which is why anyone could use this sanitizer that cleans their phone while it's charging at night. The germaphobe in your life will seriously thank you for this one.

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