The best gadget gifts for women – USA Today – USA TODAY
Columnist Jennifer Jolly talks about all the great tech gifts you can purchase for the ladies for this holiday season.
Jennifer Jolly Special for USA TODAY
When it comes to picking the perfect gadget gift for women, itâs time to think beyond pink. Here are some of the top gadget gift picks for all kinds of gals, in every price range. In fact, Iâve recently purchased every single thing on this list. (Mostly to give as gifts to my mom, daughter, BFF, but there are a few I plan to give to myself here too.)
Mindful Mom: We all know someone whoâs a little too intense, right? (Who, me?) Spire ($99.95) is a tiny fitness tracker that does a lot more than track her steps. It knows when sheâs tense and needs to take a breather, and guides her through mindful meditation to bring back her focus. The Spire app is like the ultimate feel-good hub, where she can track her activity and health, and get timely tips on living a calmer, more peaceful existence.
Fashionista: Smart wearables donât have to be ugly hunks of plastic. Ringly (starting at $195.00) is a gorgeous little piece of smart jewelry that sheâll love to wear for its looks and powerful features. Like a smartwatch, it vibrates and lights up to let her know that a message or call is buzzing her phone, and it tracks steps and distance, all while looking like a delightful little gem. It can be worn as a bracelet or a ring, and itâs water resistant so she can flash her bling rain or shine.
Multitasking Maven: Tileâs latest new trackers (starting at $25) are the saving grace for anyone whoâs ever lost anything â like their wallet, keys, purse, laptop, smartphone, glasses â you name it. Tile Mate and Tile Slim are brand new, itty-bitty and more powerful than ever. The Mate goes right onto a keychain, purse, zipper, or backpack. When she presses the center button, it Â syncs right to an app on her smartphone. Tile Slim works the same way â in fact this is the one I have in my wallet and stuck on the back of my laptop. Theyâre like magic little red flags that yell âIâm here!â whenever something goes missing. They make those I-accidentally-slept-in-and-canât-find-anything mornings a breeze. Sheâll thank you.
Sleeping Beauty: Speaking of accidentally sleeping inâ¦ If sheâs not a morning person â and who can blame her? â the Sense sleep device ($149.00) is going to change her outlook. This funky little sphere chills out on her bedside table, monitoring her sleep and logging her patterns so that its Smart Alarm can wake her up each morning when sheâs at her lightest phase of sleep, rather than jolting her out of a deep sleep and ruining her mood along with the rest of her day.
Just Because Sheâs Awesome: You donât need any excuse to wrap up these adorable unicorn slippers ($39.99) for any lady in your life. Theyâre ultra comfortable, totally silly, and just what the doctor ordered after a stressful day when her feet are absolutely killing her. Their puffy little cheeks even light up, and thatâs enough to make anyoneâs heart melt. Spoiler alert. This is what I bought for my teenage daughter this year. Sure, her little tootsies are always freezing, but really, they make me giggle every time I see them.
Spa Day On Demand: On-demand massages might sound like a dream of heaven on Earth, but theyâre real. Soothe (prices vary) will send a professional, licensed massage therapist right to her door, seven days a week, from 8 to midnight, and even on Christmas day. Swedish, deep tissue, and even couples massages are on the table, no pun intended, and no tipping is allowed, so she can bask in the bliss of being pleasantly pampered without a care in the world. This one will score you some serious points! The Zeel app and service is similar and I love it too!
Shutterbug: Polaroidâs Snap Touch camera ($179.99) makes taking photos fun again. Big, beautiful photos with zero fuss is what this little gadget is all about. It shoots 13 megapixel stills or 1080p video, and has a big 3.5-inch touchscreen so she can browse all of her recent photos. But thatâs not the only thing that makes this Polaroid worth owning: it even prints pictures! ZINK zero ink photo printing technology is built right into the device, so she can snap, print, and share without a computer.
She Has A Way With Words: The My Cinema Lightbox (starting at $29.99) is a simple light-up marquee that looks great on a wall or shelf, and comes in a bunch of sizes and shapes. She can customize it to her heartâs content, whether she needs an inspiring quote to brighten up a room or a silly joke to delight guests. Itâs one of those âshe didnât know she wanted itâ gifts that will make you seem like a mind reader.
For The Grand Mom: Picture frames are outdated, and even those digital ones that flooded stores years ago are pretty much junk today. Aura ($399) is a smart photo frame that pulls her best photos right from her smartphone and updates the gorgeous display with all of her most precious life moments. Friends and family members can even share photos with her frame, so she always have a current collection of memories right at her fingertips. Aura even responds to gesture commands, so she can swipe her hand in the air to shuffle through her photos.
Safety First: Not knowing where someone is, and not being able to get a hold of them is an utterly helpless feeling. Whether the lady on your list is a dear friend, significant other, or family member, Revolarâs wearable ($79.99) will give you peace of mind. Itâs a small button that she can wear when sheâs out on the running trail, on a bar crawl, or traveling abroad, and it provides one-press check-ins so that her friends and family know everythingâs okay. It works with cellular service and Wi-Fi, and thereâs no monthly fee.