Is Your Grad on the List? Tech Gadget Gifts for Every Personality

What’s not to love about a temperature-controlled coffee mug or a $29 dog sitter

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Have a few people on your list you need to shop for and gift? These smart gadgets and devices bring technological innovation to everyday life and free up time and energy for other activities. Whether they’re totally not tech-savvy or a technological guru, these deals on smart gadget gifts will have everyone geeking out. Sure, a dollar-store coffee mug is cute, but it doesn’t heat itself up and cool itself down, does it? From a keyless home entry for the avid (or not so avid) runner to a remote-controlled lighting system or a digital dog sitter, ahead is our round-up of easy-to-operate smart gadgets for every personality.


For the Busiest Person You Know:

For the busiest person in your life, a smart assistant is an investment worth making and a gift worth giving. The Google Home (just under $70 at Walmart now and we have seen it for $99 elsewhere online) can manage appointments, play music, give directions and integrate with a number of other smart technology (Nest or Sonos, for example) to adjust speakers, the thermostat, home security and more. It fits unobtrusively in any room or corner of the house and wakes up to the sound of their voice. And who wouldn’t want someone listening to their every wish and attending every need, right?
Buy Now at Walmart

Sale Price $69.95 | Compared to Reg. Price: $99


For the Music Lover (or Podcast Addict):


With the streamline Sonos One SL speakers (which features free shipping offered and a 100-day risk-free trial right now), they can tune in to their favorite playlists and podcasts throughout the house –including the bathroom since it is humidity resistant. Operated through the app itself or connected to a smart assistant like Google Home (above), these smart speakers feature top-tier sound, wireless extension (control different rooms using an app), customizable capabilities like timed playlists and more.
Shop Now at Sonos
Prices start at $179 | Fres shipping | 100-day risk-free trial


For the “But First, Coffee” Person:

ember temperature control mug with girls holding one outside on the go
This temperature-controlled, dishwasher-safe 12 oz. travel mug works with an app (of course) to create temperature presets – for hot and cold drinks – and will send notifications about a drink’s readiness. Plus, you can adjust the temperature directly on the mug using a built-in dial. The perfect gift for those on-the-go, the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug is on sale at Best Buy for only $99.99, marked down from $149.99.
Buy Now at Best Buy
Sale Price $99.99 | Free express shipping  | Save $50 | Reg. Price $149.99


For the Dog Lover:

Help them keep the dog exercised with iFetch ($29.95 on sale at PetSmart, marked down from $39.99). Save their pitching arm with an automated ball-throwing device that features three random points of exit to keep the dog on its “paws” and comes with its own balls. Train a pet to retrieve and re-feed the balls so everyone can sit back and just delight in watching Rover have the time of its life! This PetSmart price is $10 less than the Amazon price right now.
Buy Now at PetSmart
Sale Price $26.95  $29.99 | Reg.Price $39.99


For the Person who Always Loses Something:

tile mate key fob and key finder appThere’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find your keys, cell or anything on the way out the door. Help them avoid that problem with Tile Mate ($19.80 at Home Depot for a box), a great little smart gadget. Find lost items by just calling to them or locate them on a map, or push the button on the Tile key fob to make a missing phone ring, even if on silent mode. Comes with a replaceable battery that is guaranteed for a year. Get a pack of four (for $69.99) for all of the everyday items they can’t afford to lose from pets to favorite stuffed animals to purses to gym bags.
Buy Now at Home Depot
Price starts at $19.80 for a single Tile Mate | $69.99 for a 4-pack


For the Type-A Cleaner (or a Sit-on-the-Couch Cleaner):

roomab home cleaning robot vacuumThe Roomba – that little UFO-shaped automated vacuum – has been around for a while, and each iteration upgrades itself a little more. The iRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum is on sale at Target for $269.99 right now, a savings of $30, and this app-driven vacuum holds more suction than ever to get crumbs, fur, hair, dust or sand off the floor. Reviewers love the Roomba, and with dirt detecting and edge-sweeping features on the 675, this little guy goes further and cleans better than models of past. Plus, save an extra 5% if you have a Target RedCard.
Buy Now at Target
Sale Price $269.99  | $30.00 off | Reg. Price $299.99


For Moodier Personalities:

Lighting can really make or break the mood, so help them adjust their environment by utilizing the Phillips Hue Lighting. Using special smart bulbs connected to an app, you can remotely adjust different types of cool or warm lighting, set timers and more. Get the Hue Ambiance White and Color Ambiance LED Starter Kit from Best Buy, and not only can they create a world of light and color but can switch it up depending on the moment.
Buy Now at Best Buy
Regular Price $189.99 | Free shipping | Price Match Guarantee


For Outdoor Runners and Athletes:

 keyless smart lock door deadbolt locksWhether they’re an outdoor runner who likes to travel light (or perhaps a vacation rental host managing a property from afar), a smart lock can help negate a multitude of hassles while still providing optimal security for a home/property. The August Home Smart Lock Kit at Bed, Bath, and Beyond is compatible with Google or Alexa and multiple smart phone platforms, they can use the app to lock or unlock doors and grant access to guests from anywhere, create virtual keys for guests and keep track of who comes and goes. Home Depot also has keyless door locks with fewer “bells and whistles” starting at just $42.
Buy Now at Bed Bath and Beyond
Regular Price $229.00 | Trade your email for an extra 20% off | Similar keyless entry for $127 at Home Depot


For the Horror Movie Buff (or Food Delivery Fan):

 ring floodlight camera and lights
They’ll enjoy scary movies more knowing they are safe at home with Ring Security. Using WiFi connectivity, Ring starts recording video and shining its floodlight camera when it senses motion, alerting all to friend, foe or food via the app to let you know someone’s there. There is also two-way communication with whomever is on the property from wherever you are. Get a deal on this smart system and save $60 of the regular price when you buy it refurbished from Home Depot – the standard surveillance camera with activated outdoor floodlight (refurbished) is $189.00 now, but we have seen it for $149.99 if you want to wait for the price to drop again.
Buy Now at Home Depot
Ring motion-activated lighting prices start at just $24.99


For the Person who has Every Gadget:

They’ve got all these smart gadgets and devices – but how do they keep track of them all? There is one device to rule them all – the Logitech – Harmony Companion Universal Remote ($129.99 at Best Buy on sale from $149.99), which can simplify all media controls, talk to smart home assistants and even transform “dumb” devices into smart ones. Program the remote to change settings from HDMI inputs to volume control and more, or integrate it with various video game consoles to make selections a simple all-in-one click.
Buy Now at Best Buy
Sale Price $129.99 | $20 off | Reg. Price $149.99

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Rebecca High

Rebecca High is a producer, writer, and editor from Los Angeles. Reincarnated from her previous lives as both an expat living in Asia and a reality TV producer, she now spends her time hunting down the best coffee experiences all over the world, watching all the food porn, and perfecting her avocado toast-making skills. She’s passionate about international affairs, social justice, and tech development aimed at providing humanitarian relief and solving environmental issues.

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