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Whether you love to plan ahead for your holiday gift shopping or you’re a member of the last-minute club, giving the gift of wellness is always a thoughtful choice. Even better if you can aim for practicality with a really useful gadget for that special someone in your life.
However, despite having many options to choose from, sifting through the latest tech for the right gift might not be the easiest task.
As our gift to you, we did the grunt work to round up 12 of the coolest, most thoughtful wellness tech gifts for everyone on your list so you can focus on other things (like leaving us some cookies).
- Best for the busy bee who forgets to hydrate: HidrateSpark PRO
- Best for the sleepyhead who could use some rest: Hatch Restore
- Best for the sore fitness fanatic: Therabody Wave Roller
- Best for the garden guru: iDOO Hydroponics Growing System
- Best for the at-home lifter with limited space: Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell
- Best for those who need allergy relief and fresh air: Blueair Blue Pure 311
- Best for the coffee aficionado: Ember Mug²
- Best for the crafter: Cricut Joy
- Best for the foodie on a tight schedule: Ninja Air Fryer Max XL
- Best for the athlete who likes to jam: Epic Air Sport ANC True Wireless Earbuds
- Best for the traveling fitness fan: Hypervolt Go
- Best for the beginner health tracker: Fitbit inspire 3
With no shortage of fun and innovative tech to choose from, we had our work cut out for us.
Here are the guidelines we followed on our shopping journey:
- Buzz about products: Every year the latest and greatest top the “best of” holiday shopping lists. We shopped the products that received great word of mouth from users. We also included commentary from one of our writers who tested some of these products firsthand.
- Practical products: If we’re being honest, there’s usually a fine line between fun and useless. We aimed for gift options that struck the right balance of being enjoyable to use while also offering a practical wellness solution.
- Budget-conscious choices: Anytime you add the word “smart” in front of a product, it usually means your wallet is going to take a hit. We made our picks with a range of budgets in mind, as long it didn’t mean sacrificing quality or brand reputation.
- Useful categories: Wellness means something different for everyone. Some people find solace in the kitchen, some in the gym, and others while snoozing in bed. We shopped wellness tech across categories to meet various needs.
Here’s more about the time and detail we put into our product selection process.
Time to tear off the wrapping paper and dive into our list!
- $ = under $100
- $$ = $100–$150
- $$$ = over $150
Best for the busy bee who forgets to hydrate
- Price: $
Staying hydrated is super important, but unless you’re working out, it’s not always at the top of the daily to-do list.
This water bottle by HidrateSpark glows (both literally and figuratively) when it’s time to get those sips in. The bottle tracks water intake by syncing via Bluetooth to the HidrateSpark app, keeping you updated on your daily intake goal. Reviewers say it’s a handy and fun reminder, especially when you’re stuck at your desk with hydration as the last thing on your mind.
There’s a small range of sizes and styles to choose from (the “chug” bottle or one with a built-in straw, stainless steel, or plastic) plus six glowing color combinations, or you can create your own through the app.
One other perk: If you happen to lose the water bottle, the app has a feature to help you locate it.
Best for the sleepyhead who could use some rest
- Price: $$
Want to gift someone sleep tech but can’t decide between a sound machine, sunrise alarm, smart light, or alarm clock? Hatch Restore is all of those in one gentle-looking globe for the nightstand.
This gadget is a great choice for someone who could use more consistency in their sleep routine to help fuel their lifestyle.
If you’re wondering what a sunrise alarm is, it’s a way to gently wake up with warm light and what the brand calls soothing alarm sounds. The light doubles as a soft night-light for reading, too (no disturbing blue light here).
Plus, Hatch Restore features a handful of ways to unwind before bed through its exclusive channels that deliver relaxing soundscapes, stories, and mind/body exercises, much like a meditation app.
Similar to a sound machine, it has different options for blurring background noise through music, white noise, and others.
Hatch offers a 1-year warranty and a 60-night, money-back guarantee, so your giftee can change their mind after trying it out.
Best for the sore fitness fanatic
Therabody Wave Roller
- Price: $$
You may already know about the benefits of foam rolling to help ease muscle pain or boost range of motion. The Wave Roller by Therabody works similarly to foam rollers but uses a high density foam with a wave texture and vibrational technology to work large muscle groups.
It’s a great choice for people who could use a workout recovery routine that goes the extra mile. You can connect this smart roller to your phone via Bluetooth to create a personalized recovery routine post-workout.
There are also five vibration frequencies that you can adjust for your best comfort.
The roller has 180-minute battery life. Therabody offers a 60-day trial and 1-year limited warranty.
Best for the garden guru
iDOO Hydroponics Growing System
- Price: $
Here’s a gift that gives green thumbs a fun excuse to bring their gardens indoors — without dragging dirt across the living room floor.
This mini garden by iDOO allows you to grow herbs, vegetables, flowers, and fruits in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, or office. It incubates seeds through a self-watering system and LED growth light. This means no soil or bugs popping up in your garden.
This model allows you to grow up to 12 plants at a time through smart soil sponge pods. There are models with fewer pods available, too, if you’re looking to save some extra cash.
Reviewers say this indoor garden is easy to use and find space for; it seems ideal for limited spaces. Plus, there’s a 1-year warranty and a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
Best for the at-home lifter with limited space
Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell
- Price: $$
Adjustable weights are becoming a more and more popular choice for working out from home; they provide more lifting options with no extra gym space needed. This one by Bowflex replaces six kettlebells. It adjusts from 8 to 40 pounds.
The lifter in your life may appreciate this kettlebell’s simplicity: They only need to adjust the easy-to-use dial to change the weight selection.
There’s a 6-week, money-back guarantee on this kettlebell, so there’s no need to fret if it’s not a perfect fit.
Best for those who need allergy relief and fresh air
Blueair Blue Pure 311
- Price: $$$
Air quality has been a popular topic of conversation for a few years. Air purifiers still need more research on their effectiveness, but many folks who have used some higher quality machines swear by them, saying they help provide relief from allergies, smoke, cooking odor, and more.
Blueair has become one of the more trusted names in air purifying. One of our writers tried an air purifier by a different brand before switching to a Blueair purifier, and they were immediately impressed by the difference. Here’s their take:
We tested it
“After just a few days of running their machine on ‘everyday’ mode, I barely noticed any lingering cigarette smoke odor from my neighbors as I had previously. The first air purifier I purchased didn’t seem to touch the odor.
“Blueair has a 360 design, which may be part of why it performed better than my first air purifier, which was designed to be placed against a wall. This machine is also very easy to use, with just one button you press to select the fan speed.
“This machine has a light indicator to tell you how the air quality is at any given minute. For example, when I spray some perfume or hair spray, the sensor immediately picks up on the change in the air, alternating the light from blue (healthy air) to yellow or red (fair and bad). If you want to turn on ‘boost mode’ when the light changes, that seems to get the air back to healthy (blue light) faster. You can also shut off the light indicator at night, so the light won’t keep you awake.”
The Blue Pure 311 model is designed for medium spaces. The brand makes it simple to choose the best model based on room size, which affects how loud the fan may sound. If you select a model intended for larger spaces and place it in smaller ones, like an office, you may not be happy with the noise level.
You’ll have to tell your giftee that they should change the filter every 6 months, which means this gift does come with upkeep costs (including a possible small bump in your electric bill). But improved air quality could prove worth future investments.
Blueair offers a 60-day home trial.
Best for the coffee aficionado
- Price: $$
The Ember mug is a popular smart mug that keeps coffee nice and hot. With coffee boasting unique health benefits, this is a thoughtful gift to help coffee drinkers get the most out of their experience.
You get to choose your exact drinking temperature — anywhere from 120 to 145°F (49 to 63°C) — becoming your own barista of sorts.
There are two sizes: The 10-ounce mug gets you 1.5-hour battery life, and the 14-ounce gets you 80 minutes. If you keep it on its coaster, it’s all-day battery life, according to the brand.
It’s available in three colors (white, black, and gray). You can also grab the travel mug for hot coffee on the go, though the price is higher for this one.
Best for the crafter
- Price: $$$
Some say crafting is self-care. Well, the Cricut Joy may spark joy for the DIY lover on your list.
This smart cutting and writing machine helps you crank out creative custom vinyl decals, labels, greeting cards, and more.
It connects to your phone via Bluetooth so you can access the app, which, according to the brand, allows you to make something in just 15 minutes (unless you want to make a night of it, of course).
Some users say this model is best for beginners and those wanting to save some space. (Other models by the brand are a bit bulkier.)
Best for the foodie on a tight schedule
Ninja Air Fryer Max XL
- Price: $$$
Healthier than deep-frying, air-frying continues to rise in popularity. This air fryer by Ninja tops the “best of” air fryer lists and boasts many happy reviewers.
According to the brand, this fryer gets you hot, crispy food fast and with little cleanup, making it a great gift option for those looking to save time in the kitchen.
Along with frying and crisping, this machine can dehydrate, reheat, bake, and roast according to your culinary desires. It’s also BPA-free, and its accessories are dishwasher safe.
Best for the athlete who likes to jam
Epic Air Sport ANC True Wireless Earbuds
- Price: $
Concerned about wireless earbuds falling out during an intense workout? This offering from Epic aims to fix that by strapping comfortably over the ear.
One of our writers had a chance to give them a whirl. Here’s what they thought:
We tested it
“I’ve used these during the sweatiest workouts and admittedly have even fallen asleep in them, and they stay put. My routines are much more comfortable without fretting about them falling out. They come with a carrying case that charges them easily. You charge the case by plugging it into any USB-A charging port, but the downside is that the charging cable is very short.
“The sound quality may not match other studio quality options on the market, but the impressive battery life, budget-friendly price point, and wearability for active lifestyles make them a win for me and a good gift idea for others in the same boat.”
The Epic Air Sport wireless earbuds have active noise canceling at three levels: sound on, off, and “Be Aware,” which helps you stay aware of your surroundings. They come with a slew of different-sized attachments, so they can fit in most ears.
Compared to more popular name-brand products with similar features, these are a great value at their price point.
Best for the traveling fitness fan
- Price: $$$
This massage gun by Hyperice is a travel massage gun at a more reasonable cost than other options.
It offers a percussion massage in a light and portable design, so it’s best for workout recovery on the go. The brand promises near-silent operation, too, so it shouldn’t disturb other travelers.
It’s just 1.5 pounds and has 2.5 hours of battery life per charge. It comes with two adjustable attachments and is TSA-approved for carry-on.
Best for the beginner health tracker
Fitbit inspire 3
- Price: $
Fitbits aren’t new, but this model is. It’s said to be a good choice for people who are new to tracking their health and fitness. It’s made to move with you, so you can be active without fussing over its fit.
This one’s a solid choice for people looking to track wellness metrics like sleep, stress, heart rhythm, blood oxygen, and more.
It has a 10-day battery life, a 1-year limited warranty, and comes in three colors.
There are lots of wellness gadgets to help the people on your shopping list improve important areas of their life, whether it’s sleep, cooking, fitness, etc.
Any of the selections above would make a thoughtful gift-giver of yourself. But whatever you choose, it’s a good idea to check reviews and prices across different retailers before purchasing. Some brands offer trials and warranties too.
Be sure to keep your loved one’s lifestyle in mind while shopping for them. Look for products that match their needs or experience level if it comes to fitness products. Happy shopping!
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