Best Gadgets and Gear 2019

Everybody has a few gadgets or pieces of gear on their wish list that they may not need enough to buy themselves, but definitely want to improve their lives all year round. Whether you’re shopping for an outdoor lover, DIYer, or tech enthusiast, we found the gadgets and gear that […]

Everybody has a few gadgets or pieces of gear on their wish list that they may not need enough to buy themselves, but definitely want to improve their lives all year round. Whether you’re shopping for an outdoor lover, DIYer, or tech enthusiast, we found the gadgets and gear that they’re probably yearning for this year. From the latest wireless headphones to smart home devices to rugged boots and apparel, this list has something for everyone. But if you’re still not finding the perfect present, browse more specific gift guides we’ve compiled for the holidays.

Mophie Wireless Charging Stand

Wireless charging is still new enough that the modest price of the Mophie is totally worth it for the novelty of tossing your phone on this pad and watching the battery return to life. There are plenty of good options, but the slider design sets this one apart. It allows you to charge your phone flat or at an angle, which is perfect for a nightstand, if you want to peek at the clock or notifications with squinty eyes. The fabric cover adds a little softness to the appearance. More important, it charges Qi-compatible devices through cases pretty fast, about 2 hours to go from 3 percent to 95 on an iPhone XR. 

iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit

Anyone who’s not afraid of the phrase “void the warranty” will want one of these. Modern electronics are deliberately difficult to disassemble to fix and replace parts, but this kit takes care of that.

Arlo Ultra Security Camera System

Arlo Technologies, Inc


$299.99 (25% off)

This kit’s 4k camera is impressive, recording 180 degrees of sharp, full-color video during the day and even in the dark, thanks to enhanced night vision and an integrated spotlight. The set comes with just one camera, but the wireless base makes adding others ($300 a pop) easy if not inexpensive. Luckily, the super-wide field of vision means you get greater coverage from each. There’s a two-way mic and mounting is easy—the magnetic mounts let you position the camera anyway you want. Because it’s wireless, you’ll need to recharge the batteries, but Arlo claims a charge will last three to six months.

Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks

Smartwool makes some of the best wool hiking socks, and these are built with some serious hiking in mind. When hitting the trail, your socks are just as important as your shoes, but spending more than $20 can feel like a tall order—that’s why they make perfect gifts.

Sonos Move Smart Speaker

Sonos brings its renowned sound to its first portable bluetooth speaker. A built-in handle makes it easy to carry, but at more than 6 pounds, it’s best for bringing it to outdoor living spaces—the patio, deck, or garage. It’s got an IP56 rating, so should survive rain, dust, dirt, and other bad stuff. Sound is impressively deep and rich. It connects through Wi-Fi to Alexa, Siri, and other assistants, so you can control it through your phone, an Echo, Apple’s Airplay 2, or directly from a mic on the speaker. There’s also bluetooth connectivity, which is handy if you use it away from home. And when you are at home, just set it on the simple charging base to power up without having to plug it in. 

Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner



$149.99 (40% off)

Among the most popular (and cheap) robot vacuums on Amazon, the N79S is unusual in that it’s under $200, but still has Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to start it even when you aren’t home. 

Timberland Nordic Collection 6-Inch Waterproof Boots



These new waterproof and insulated boots from Timberland’s holiday collection will become your go-to pair this winter to keep your feet warm and dry even when trekking through snow.

Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier



The best humidifier for your home this winter, the Honeywell is relatively easy to maintain and releases actual water vapor—rather than water mist. The one-gallon tank can run for a full 24 hours on low, so you can keep it running all day and night.

Cobra Road Scout Dash Cam

There’s a lot of tech packed into this binocular-looking dashcam and radar detector combo. You get 1080p hi-def video, and the ability to connect through your Wi-Fi or bluetooth to review and edit vids on your phone. The dials are easy to use and the magnetic mount makes it super easy to remove for storage. 

Google Home Hub

This Google Home Hub comes with a few extra features you won’t find elsewhere on Google’s smart-home lineup. The big one is the screen, which relays helpful information at a glance. It also comes with a hardware button that turns off the microphone in case you’re worried about smart-home security issues. 

One Wheel Pint

One Wheel


It looks like a hipster toy, but the Pint really moves and has just enough practicality to give it some utilitarian cred. This smaller version of the original is more compact, gets a sleek integrated handle, and a sorta-automated stopping feature that solves one of the biggest challenges to riding one—stopping and stepping off without pulling a muscle. The 750w motor is tucked into the wheel and propels you up to 16mph for 6 to 8 miles. It’s sketchy, and thrilling, and a pretty sweet way to cruise to the pub or work. 

Yeti Tundra 45

Yeti’s popular Tundra 45 cooler is built with a durable rotomolded construction and two inches of insulation to keep your beverages ice-cold even in the heat of the summer. While Yeti’s latest $800 V-Series cooler may be able to retain ice even longer, we still think that the Tundra 45 is just as good—and more reasonably priced.

Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector

This mini projector is the size of a soda can, but capable of projecting 100 inches of HD video for up to three hours. It has a built-in speaker that you can actually hear, too. It’s the ideal tool for outdoor movie night.

Therm-a-Rest UNO Chair

This Therm-a-Rest camping chair folds down to the size of a Frisbee for easy transport. Though it functions primarily as a comfortable chair, you can transform it into a side table to use at the campsite as well.

Audio-Technica LP60 Bluetooth Turntable



$149.00 (17% off)

For anyone who wants to get into vinyl with the least possible overhead, this turntable is the place to start. You won’t impress audiophile snobs, but you will notice the upgrade from streaming services. More important, it’s a reliable entry into the vinyl listening experience, plus compatibility with modern Bluetooth speakers.

L.L. Bean Traditional Fit Henley

These L.L. Bean shirts are a bit expensive; on the other hand, they’re one of the most durable henleys you can buy, made with cotton on the inside and wool-cotton synthetic on the outside.

Braven Speakers BRV-X/2-FG

This rugged, waterproof, shockproof, portable speaker is made for river canoe trips, camping in a national park, or just hanging in your backyard basecamp. Braven shows off the capabilities of its waterproof speakers in promo images with a cute pup swimming with one clamped in its teeth like a stick. We didn’t have a dog handy, but we did give it to some young kids to play with in the tub (it floats!). With an IPX-7 rating, the X2 survived, its deep bass and overall clarity in tact (though there is some distortion when the speaker body is soaking wet). The sound is slightly better than you’d expect from a $100 bluetooth speaker, with good base and pretty crisp highs. And the controls and bluetooth pairing are intuitive. You also can use the Braven’s battery (and a USB cable) to power your other devices.

Travelrest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow



A great travel pillow will make those long hours spent in the car or on a plane just that much more bearable when you’re visiting family or friends over the holidays. The Travelrest even packs down into a bag that’s a ¼ its original size for super easy transport.

Klean Kanteen 27oz Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen’s tough and lightweight water bottle also has an environment-friendly finish that won’t ever chip.

Apple iPad 10.2-Inch Wi-Fi

Apple’s newest iPad comes equipped with 128GB, up to 10 hours of battery, a 10.2-inch Retina display, A10 Fusion chip, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It’s just powerful enough for on-the-go work without being overkill if you just want to stream movies and surf the web.

Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron

Lego’s Bugatti Chiron will teach you about how the real thing actually works—while being significantly smaller and cheaper. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this mirror-image, 3,599-piece kit.

Magpul DAKA Pouch

We swear by this pouch to organize all of your charging plugs, cables, or other tech and tools when you travel. 

Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The noise-cancelling technology in Sony’s WH100XM3 wireless headphones is the best in the industry. Plus, they have 30-day battery life, easy touch controls, and a compact travel case.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple has redesigned its popular AirPods with silicone inserts for a more custom fit, and we found that the new noise-cancellation feature is super effective on cross-country flights.

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook



Instead of manually transferring your handwritten notes from work or your workshop to your laptop, Rocketbook’s smart notebook comes with 36 reusable pages that will send your writing to most cloud services.

Kershaw 3.1″ Skyline Pocket Knife



Due to its slim, simple, and comfortable design, we named Kershaw’s Skyline the best pocket knife for everyday use.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug, 14 oz

Out of all of the smart home gadgets, you probably don’t need a smart mug. But it could make a great gift for someone who’s always letting their coffee or tea get cold.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy‑Con with $25 Amazon Gift Card



If someone you know has been dying to get their hands on the Switch, this one with gray joy-cons even comes with a $25 Amazon gift card, so they can pick out the Nintendo games they want to go with it as well.

TP-Link AC750 WiFi Range Extender



A Wi-Fi range extender may not be the most exciting gift under the tree, but it’ll be essential to boost your internet connection for all of those new gadgets. 

Bertucci A-1R Field Comfort Watch



The new Bertucci A-1R Field Comfort watch weights just 1.3 ounces with a 36mm case. It’s water resistant to 50 meters, and the face glows in the dark with luminous coating.

Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat



A great smart thermostat will not only provide a convenient, automatic way to adjust the thermostat this winter, but also give the gift of a lower electric bill.

BioLite PowerLight Mini Light

With 135 lumens, this mini solar light with provide just enough brightness for your campsite, and you can even charge your phone off its battery. With flashing white and red modes and an included bike mount, it’s great for commuting too.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet 10.25-inch

It’s hard to go wrong with a cast-iron skillet from Lodge. This 10-inch pan with an assist handle costs under $20, but can serve up homecooked meals for generations.

Leatherman Free P2 Multitool with Magnetic Locking



Leatherman’s latest Free collection of multitools features magnetic locking for easy one-handed access to an impressive 19 tools on this device.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

This Black Diamond headlamp boasts 300 lumens and plenty of setting options whether for navigating your campsite in the dark, trail running, or repairs in dimly lit areas of your home.

Ring Alarm 5 Piece Home Security System



$139.00 (30% off)

Ring’s 5-piece kit makes for a great entry into smart home security, including a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender.

Occidental Leather Clip-On 4-in-1 Holder

Occidental Leather


DIYers could probably use a dedicated space for their tape measure, screwdriver, carpenter’s pencil, and more with this American-made, all-leather holder.

Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack



Osprey’s Farpoint backpack is the best bag for traveling, since it’s lightweight and comfortable like backpacking gear, but can haul a suitcase-worth of stuff.

Creative 2.0 USB-Powered Desktop Speakers



These affordable desktop speakers won’t take up too much space on a crowded surface, but will still provide great audio for games or videos.

Nimble 5-Day Portable Charger, 13000 mAh

Whether for emergency preparedness or regular off-grid excursions, a portable charger like this one is essential to ensure your smartphone and other small electronics never run out of battery. Plus, the Nimble is constructed from recycled and plant-based plastics and can charge up to four devices at once.

WORKPRO Quick-Change Utility Knife



This folding, locking, stainless steel and wood handled utility knife is attractive enough to show off when clipped to your belt but equally functional with its quick-change mechanism for swapping blades.

Top Shelf Boston Shaker Set

Anyone who’s learning how to mix drinks like the pros will love this shaker set. With 18- and 28-ounce cups, it’s large enough to make two cocktails, but only one is weighted so they can make drinks for a crowd.

Patagonia Micro Puff Insulated Hoodie



Patagonia’s popular Micro Puff Insulated jacket promises to keep you warm without restricting your movement.

Samsung Flat 55-Inch QLED 4K Q60 Ultra HD Smart TV



$698.00 (42% off)

If there’s one top feature you should look for in your next TV, it’s QLED or OLED technology. This 2019 Samsung smart TV with QLED delivers the most realistic color spectrum.

NEMO Rave 30 Sleeping Bag



Our favorite sleeping bag, the Nemo Rave isn’t quite as restrictive as many mummy-style bags, but still delivers maximum heat retention.

Thermos Stainless King 24-Ounce Food Jar

There’s a reason the Thermos brand is synonymous with insulated bottles and food containers. This jar can keep food and drinks hot for 14 hours or cold for 24.

Google Pixel 4



$589.99 (26% off)

If you know someone who’s just gotta have the latest smartphone technology, the new Google Pixel 4 has it. In addition to Google’s impressive camera, it has Face Unlock and motion-sense technology to control it through hand motions.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker

Smartwool Liner Tech-Compatible Gloves

We’re fans of Smartwool’s liner gloves for their durability, warmth, and touchscreen compatibility. Wear them on their own or under a pair of winter work gloves without too much bulk.

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