Top 5 Tech Gifts for the 2021 Holiday Season

by Elizabeth Jenike (Parsons)

Do you feel that chill in the air? The energy that means exams are right around the corner? Then it’s time for one of our favorite features of the year: tech gifts for the holidays! Let’s take a look at some of the most popular technology gifts you can surprise your family with this year:

1. Smart writing notebook from Moleskine

Use this to take notes and send the notes to yourself digitally -- whether you’re taking notes in class or during important meetings, feeling the weight of a pen in your hand can be a comfort. With this smart notebook, you can write out your notes (which helps you remember the important concepts!) without having to type them up later. They just get sent directly to your smartphone or tablet.

Check it out on Amazon.

2. Motion-sensing LED lights

Home improvement projects boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, since more people were at home to focus on their immediate surroundings. The trend continues this holiday season, with folks still finding ways to create positive energy in their spaces to carry them forward into 2022. These motion-sensing LED lights will give your living space (or the space of a loved one!) a beautiful, functional glow -- without having to spend an arm and a leg! Technically, they are closet lights, but you can put them in all sorts of places, including beneath kitchen cabinets and along the stairwell.

Read more about how to DIY your home’s lighting.

3. LED ring light with tripod

A ring light situated on a laptop and on a stand

We’ve all gotten pretty good at video conferencing -- but if you want to take it to the next level of professionalism, you don’t have to look much further than a ring light. This contraption comes with both a tripod and a clip so you can attach it to your laptop screen to give your eyes and skin that warm glow during all your important meetings.

Get one on Amazon!

4. Phone sanitizer that uses UV-C light

This new tool purports to get rid of 99.99 percent of germs and microorganisms that live on your devices. It also charges your phone while giving it a nice cleaning! Give it a try!

Read more about the Alastra charger and sanitizer.

5. Charging stand (for everything!)

This handy device is compatible with all your Apple devices (watch, phone, and AirPods) and can remove (at least some of) the cords from your life. It comes in three different colors and is a nice, sleek look at what a cordless existence could be! (There are also versions available for folks with Android devices.)

Get one on Amazon now.

A red booklet labeled 2021 surrounded by office supplies

Note: You also have our permission to send this list to your friends and family as a not-so-subtle reminder of what they should get the tech-savvy person in their life (that’s you!).