Gadgets aren’t particularly sentimental or meaningful gifts — but they *are* practical, and a practical gift is a gift someone will actually use.
I test a lot of products, and of all the new gadgets I tried this year, these are my favorites. From a premium password-manager subscription for the paranoid cybernerd in your life to a Bluetooth item finder for the person who loses everything, there’s bound to be something here that you’ll find gift-worthy.
Why it’s gift-worthy: This tiny Bluetooth-enabled tracker can be attached to virtually anything (keys, bike, purse, etc.) and connects to an app on your phone. You can use that app to ring your tracker, or press the tracker to force-ring your phone, even if your phone is set to silent (but not if it’s been powered off).
There are two Tiles to choose from: The Tile Mate is better for short-range tracking for smaller items like your keys, and the rugged Tile Sport, which is more waterproof and has a Bluetooth range of 200 feet (twice that of the Mate), is designed to withstand the elements on outdoor items (like a bike). It’s my favorite gadget to gift, especially to forgetful friends.
Downsides: Tiles’ batteries can’t be replaced, so you need a new one every year. That, TBH, is why it makes such a good gift time and time again.