Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, with so many gifts out there and so many different wants, needs, opinions, and deals. To help our readers make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of great home tech gifts that you can turn to in your time of need. We have personal experience with each gift we’re recommending.
For the person who has everything except a great night’s sleep:
Purple Pillow and Sheets
Purple’s pillow ($99) is made of a hyper-elastic polymer that cradles your head perfectly while keeping your pillow cool as a cucumber. I’ve been sleeping with it for the last couple weeks and can attest that it’s like laying your head on a cloud. My biggest complaint is that it’s fairly thin so you may need to prop it up higher with a thinner pillow underneath. It also smelled funny after it arrived, but after letting it air out for 24 hours, the smell dissipated. Fantastically, Purple has a 100-night return policy, so give it a shot!
Purple’s sheets ($99-$129) are bamboo-based and are ultra-stretchy for supreme comfort and pressure relief. These sheets are softer and cooler than jersey knit sheets and are 83% more breathable than top-selling Egyptian cotton sheets. Purple’s sheets are supposed to cradle your body better than standard cotton sheets. Our biggest complaint is that because they’re so soft and stretchy, they’re hard to get to look nice once they’re on the bed, but who needs a tidy bed?
Mediflow Floating Comfort Pillow
Thanks to Mediflow’s Floating Comfort Pillow, I’ve received some of the best sleep I’ve had in a very long time. Currently on sale for $49.99, the water-based pillow is really great.
Featuring what the company labels as a Responsive Support system, the pillow features two layers, including the water base and a plump, soft layer that adjusts to your sleeping patterns. You certainly won’t have a bad night’s sleep or buyer’s remorse thanks to the Floating Comfort Pillow.
Nightingale Smart Home Sleep System
If outside noise is making it hard for you to fall asleep at night, then you might want to check out the Nightingale Smart Home Sleep System. Judie’s been testing this, and she’s found that it effectively masks outside noises that otherwise would disrupt her sleep. Her full review will be coming soon, but so far she’s loving it — and loving her better nights’ sleep! The system starts at $149.99 for one Nightingale unit, but if you have a larger bedroom, you’ll want to get the Premium Edition which includes two.
For the family with curious, tech-obsessed kids:
Anki Cozmo Collectors Edition
Anki’s new Cozmo Collectors Edition ($179.99) is finished in a sleek liquid metal color. Cozmo is a real-life robot with a mind of its own. He’ll learn your face and greet you by name, he’ll want to play games with you, he’ll sing to you, and he’ll even want to pounce on your finger with his lifting arms. My daughter was instantly in love with Cozmo as soon as he called her name and asked her to play. She wants to play with him daily. There are so many things to do with Cozmo that we’ve only scratched the surface so far. Our only complaint is that you need to have the companion smartphone app open the entire time you’re playing with Cozmo.
Cozmo recently received an update to its Code Labs feature, that allows kids to learn coding skills. Code Labs provides a visual programming platform that’s really fun and interesting. Check out Anki’s blog post to learn more.
For the home that has everything except amazing WiFi coverage:
Eero Gen. 2 Whole Home WiFi System
Eero’s new 2nd Generation Whole Home WiFi System ($299-$499) is seriously amazing. It blankets your entire home with fast, reliable WiFi with very little maintenance. We’ve been using Eero WiFi in my house for the past two years and have zero complaints. Their customer service is out of this world too! One of our eero Beacons crapped out for one reason or another and they sent us a brand new one, no questions asked! Check out our full review, here.