16 Gadget Gifts That'll Make Your Partner's Life Unexpectedly Better
Because what is life without a remote control mop?
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means you're probably starting to think about what to get your partner/spouse. Or maybe you're a total procrastinator and haven't even thought about holiday gifts yet, which is completely fine and normal. But chances are, you're thinking about it now—because here you are.
You'd think that shopping for the person you spend most of your time with would be relatively easy. After all, you know what they like, what they already have and what they really want. But for some reason, it's never that simple.
To help eliminate that problem, we've rounded up some of the coolest and useful gadgets that will enhance your person's life. And you'll be deemed as super thoughtful, caring and attentive—which of course, you are.
16. Brookstone Pocket Projector
This super small projector can project images, videos or movies from your smartphone directly onto any flat surface up to 50" diagonal. Pocket-sized, it has a built-in speaker that connects via HDMI and is compatable with most smartphones, tablets, computers, video players, media streaming devices and cameras. For $149.99, this gadget-y gift is available at Brookstone.
15. Bluetooth Thermometer Pacifier
The Pacif-i is a really calming way to take your baby's temperature (for both the baby AND you). Instead of sticking a thermometer where your baby likely doesn't want it, all you need to do is give your little one a pacifier to suck on. The results pop up on your iOS or Android smartphones. Blue Maestro claims that "It has a highly accurate thermistor (temperature) inside the teat and a Bluetooth Low Energy chip in the body of the pacifier." You can purchase the Pacif-i at Blue Maestro for $48.
14. Aqua Planetarium
If your love enjoys taking baths and also enjoys looking at the stars, the Homestar Aqua Planetarium from Sega Toys might be the perfect gift. The planetarium projects ten thousand stars in a stunning circular projection. It's water resistant and easy to operate. It'll be like taking a bath in the middle of the wilderness—except not. It's available at Amazon for $64.
13. AquaNotes Waterproof Notepad
Have you ever been showering when you think of something absolutely genius that needs to be written down immediately, but by the time you get out of the shower, you've already forgotten? The AquaNotes Waterproof Notepad will save your memory and your sanity. Or, it's just a fun way for you and your spouse to leave notes for one another. It's an environmentally friendly waterproof notepad that's made out of soy-based ink and is durable enough for you to write underwater. Check it out on the My AquaNotes site. One pad goes for $7.99, or buy 4 get 1 free.
12. Bottle Ice Cube Tray
For the person who loves drinking out of bottles, not being able to shove regular ice cubes in there can be really annoying. That's why the bottle sized ice cube tray was invented. Because bottled water deserves ice too. You can find this subtle work of genius on Amazon for $7.45.
11. Wine Bottle Glass
Pour your way into your person's heart with a wine bottle glass—or actually, skip the pouring altogether. The Bigmouth Wine Bottle Glass attaches to the top of the wine bottle to eliminate the extra step of pouring. And that means more wine, faster! Available at Bed Bath & Beyond for $16.99.
10. Remote Control Mop
Add a little fun to the household chores with the remote control mop. The mop cleans your floors while you sit around and tell it what to do. It's perfect. Beware that it's more of a light duster than a heavy-duty mop, but it's hilarious—and that counts for something, right? Available on Amazon for $37.53.
9. Pizza Cutting Scissors
The only thing that could possibly make pizza better is a faster way to get a slice into your mouth. That's where the pizza scissors come in. Together with a spatula, the pizza scissors make slicing homemade pizza easy as (pizza) pie. Will your spouse think this is a step forward or backwards in the culinary sciences? You can buy the scissors at World Market for $9.99.
8. Herb Scissors
Speaking of scissors and efficiency in the kitchen, if your person loves cooking, he or she will likely LOVE these herb scissors. Five blades allow chopping while cooking—saving so much time. Available on Amazon for $9.91.
7. Smart Mat
For the yoga lover, the SmartMat is embedded with 21,000 piezoelectric sensors so it can detect when you’re out of alignment and give you feedback so you get the most out of your yoga session. The mat connects to through the SmartMat app on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet. It's a great way to skip classes and focus on your practice in your own home. Available for preorder at Indiegogo for $397.
6. TrackR StickR
Break the habit of losing your keys or wallet with TrackR, a useful gadget that tracks your keys no matter where you leave them (you know, like on top of the fridge, in the car, or in the fitting room at the mall). Trackr's StickR communicates with an app to show the location of the sticker attached to the missing object. Available on Amazon for $12.58.
So many things to charge, so little space to charge them. Offering seven ports that can be used to charge an USB device, the ChargeHub makes charging your things a little easier. Buy it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $59.99.
4. Portable Phone Charger
Nothing says "I love you" like giving the power of portable phone charging. The Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger is small and lightweight and allows you to text, Instagram and play Candy Crush for hours and hours and hours. Available at Amazon for $23.99.
3. Universal TV Remote
So many different remotes for so many different devices make life so annoying. The struggle is real. But with the Logitech Harmony 650 Infrared Universal Control, you can control all your devices together. Making life good again. Available for $54.47 at Amazon.
2. Amazon Echo
Meet Alexa. She's the voice service offered by gadgets like Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot--they are personal assistants stuffed into hands-free speakers operated by voice commands. Alexa can play your favorite Beyoncé song, fill you in on the traffic situation, look up movie times, read you the latest world news, look up things online, and even control smart gadgets like your house lights for you. She's a good source for anyone on the go. The original Amazon Echo costs almost $200, but the Dot does everything as Echo but has a smaller speaker and costs a mere $50 at Amazon.
1. Garden Igloo
For a pricier, but completely awesome, holiday gift for your partner who loves gardening spending time outdoors year-round, check out the Garden Igloo. It's cozy and all around super cool to look at. You can buy the igloo for $849 at Garden Igloo, and you'll likely earn major points.