The holidays will be here so soon, and you don’t want to leave all of your shopping to the last minute. Because that scenario is always insane, everything is picked over, and you won’t find anything on your list that isn’t back-ordered into the new year. So, do yourself a favour and get to know a thing or two about the hottest tech of the year now. It’s hot, because people really want this stuff. In fact, while you’re reviewing these beauties, you’ll probably come out of it wanting something for yourself. That’s how desirable these things are! We’ve got tech for pets, tech for people into gardening, tech for workout queens, and tech for people in pain. So check ’em out, add them to your lists, and seek them out sooner than later. Because the longer you wait, the less of a chance you’ll be getting any of these this year.
The hottest tech toys for everyone on your list (including you)
Parrot Flower PowerThe Flower Power is kind of amazing for anyone who loves to keep houseplants alive. This handy smart sensor measures soil moisture, fertilizer, ambient temperature, and light intensity. If your plant is lacking anything, it will notify you on your phone.
$80 at ParrotParrot
PetcubeWhat if you could talk to and monitor your pet from work (or wherever you may be)? Well, you can. The Petcube transmits a video feed to your phone so you'll always know if your little ones are safe (or just being cute).
$266 at PetcubePetcube
Muse Brain Sensor HeadbandWhat if you could monitor your stress? Would you? With Muse, you can teach your mind to rest – it reads your brain activity and puts it on your phone, telling you when you're anxious and stressed. Through its guided meditation, you can control your mind.
$300 at IndigoMuse
Quell Wearable Intensive Nerve StimulationLooking for drug-free pain relief? Who isn't. Quell is designed for people with nerve pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritic pain and other forms of chronic pain. Basically, Quell taps into your body's natural pain relief response, and blocks pain signals using therapeutic nerve stimulation. Its patented technology also ensures that you only get enough therapy for your needs – no more, no less.
$332 at QuellQuell
iPad Pro and PencilThis is bound to be one of the hottest tech items under trees. It's the biggest iPad yet, and it can run the most demanding apps and programs. That's pretty remarkable for anyone with a creative side.
Pencil, $129 and iPad Pro, $1,049 at AppleApple
Wallet-ChargerA wallet is a very popular holiday gift. But this wallet charges your phone, too. So, yeah, it's a superior wallet.
$132 at NomadNomad
JBL SpeakerGive the gift of superior sound this holiday season. To yourself, to your loved ones, to anyone really. Give everyone a tin-free aural experience.
$190 at AmazonJBL
Bose QuietComfort BudsYou could buy junky, cheap earbuds. But you'll buy them with some regularity. These Bose headphones will last a very long time, and they cancel out EVERYTHING with the press of a button.
$330 at DellBose
Hisy Selfie ButtonThis button will help you take selfies. It's discrete, and hallelujah it is not another selfie stick.
$33 at HISYHISY
August Smart LockIt's a lock for your door, but it requires no key. Basically, it's key-less entry for your house. But don't worry, if you decide you want to use your keys at times, you still can. But you have to admit, opening your house with your phone is pretty cool.
$266 at AugustAugust
Mophie Juice Pack AirNo one will ever be able to use the excuse "my phone died" ever again. So give this to someone who is always saying that (if it's you, buy it for yourself).
$133 at MophieMophie
Moto 360 Smart WatchSmart watches are all the rage these days, but the Moto 360 looks like a legit watch. It's not trying to look like something from Minority Report at all. But once inside, it is a fitness tracker, it informs you of all notifications, you can take pictures with it, and play music. And it tells the time. And you can customize the watch face.
$400 at Best BuyMotorola
Withings Smart Baby MonitorNew parents are going to love this. This baby monitor has a 3.5 megapixel camera with 4x zoom. You'll even receive alerts for noise and motion, and it will monitor the temperature and humidity of the baby's room. For situations where a standard walkie-talkie set-up won't do.
$334 at WithingsWithings
HypersphereThis is pretty cool if you're someone who hits the gym. The Hypersphere intensely vibrates, helping you loosen up while stretching after a workout. The best part is, it helps you reach that loose feeling with the kind of speed you can't achieve by simply touching your toes.
$199 at HypericeHyperice