Best 2021 Gadget Gifts

As a former Silicon Valley Gadget Guru, I have bought 100's of gadgets over the years.

Here are some gadget gift ideas for your family & friends they will enjoy year round:

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​And if you are getting a new 4K TV or a 5.1 sound system for the holidays, please check out my recommendations.

My 3 Unique Gadgets

These 3 gadgets standout in my mind because they bring major benefits and are not obvious items touted by anyone.​

  • Radiation Free Headset - more time spent w/headsets is exposing your brain to magnetic radiation.  This stops that!!

  • Anker Vertical Mouse - at the desk you are spending a lot of time at, this ergonomic mouse will make a big difference!  After you get it, you will see that it just fits perfectly in your hand - it is truly amazing :-) 

  • Echo Dot - I use my Echo Dot to access Pandora music while I am in the shower.  IWhen a song that is playing isn't one I like, it's easy for me to say "Alexa, next track"!  In seconds, the next song is playing, usually one I really like.

 

My Charging Gadgets

If you have a recent smartphone, you can likely charge it wirelessly, so here are 3 gadgets for you.

 
  • Anker Wireless Charger - great for your nightstand or for your desk

  • IOttie Wireless Car Charger - mounts on your cars dashboard so you can Waze to where you are going
  • NANANI Wireless Charging Stand - perfect for your desk and also for your nightstand

  • Anker Portable Charger - I carry this in my tablet carrying bag to charge my smartphone, my smartwatch or my tablet if any are running low on power and I can't get to an outlet.

My Media Gadgets

Clearly I enjoy trying out various gadgets to see if they can make our TV viewing experience even more enjoyable as well as keep up-to-date with the latest offerings.  Here are key media room gadgets I bought this year.​

Remote Controls:

  • RCA 2 Device - if you only have a TV, a cable box & a media streaming device, this is the remote control for you!!

 

  • SofaBaton​ - one of the best universal remote controls, mainly because its easily configured in minutes via your smartphone!
     

  • Apple TV Siri Remote You Need - if you have an older Apple TV, then upgrade to the amazing Apple TV Siri Remote Control!

Fire TV Stick AND Key Adapter You Need​:

  • Fire TV​ Stick 4K - a great media streaming devices. It has your watching-now list of TV Shows & Movies as well as your want-to-watch list (which are not available on Roku).

  • Fire TV Ethernet Adapter - connect the Fire TV directly to your home network via wired connection - better playback quality!

 
  • HDMI Cable w/HDCP 2.2 - to ensure you can watch all the latest movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu & Vudu in 4K video quality, make sure the HDMI cable between your streaming device & your 4K TV is ultra high speed!

My Home Gadgets

These are definitely a 'surprise' gift they are not expecting

  • Kill A Watt - lets you measure in dollars and cents what your various devices in your home are actually costing you monthly

  • Heunwa Electricity Saving Box - buy 4+ of these and plug them into outlets where your home office is, where you TV equipment is, where you refrigerator is, etc.  You will save from 10% to 20% on your January 2022 electricity bill.

  • Digital Indoor Thermometer - I used this to track the temperature in my media center so devices won't overheat.  I added 2 fans next to my very hot DVR to cool it down.

  • CyberPower UPS w/12 Outlets - with us working full time from home, get this Universal Power Supply for you and your spouses desks.  That way if there is a power outage, you can continue working for another 30-to-60 minutes.​

 

My Home Network Gadgets

With us all working from home, our home network is being put to the test every day.

  • Netgear Cable Modem Router (CMR) - one device that is the best at getting strong WiFi throughout your home.

  • Coaxial Cable - you need to place the Netgear CMR somewhere near the center of your home.  Get the right length of cable you need to connect the Netgear to the nearest cable outlet.  You can also find white coax cable on Amazon.
  • WiFi for Desktop PCs - if for some reason you can NOT directly connect your PC via an ethernet cable to your home network AND your desktop PC doesn't have WiFi built in, then this device will bring WiFi to your desktop computer!