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Seasonal drinks from Starbucks are on the menu. Mariah Carey fully thawed, it’s officially holiday season, which means it’s time to start making our list and check it out twice. And since the tech enthusiasts in our lives tend to always be one step ahead, we’re naturally inspired to buy them early.
Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of this season’s hottest gadgets—whether you’re shopping for extreme note-takers, interior design lovers, or kids, we’ve got you covered.Even better, quite a few of these brands are offering early Black Friday deals, so you can real Stay ahead of the shopping curve this season.
From Meghan Markle to the host of the Grio Black podcast network, it seems like almost everyone has a podcast these days. For those of you who never miss an episode in your life, the Raycon earbuds created by the one and only Ray J are highly rated and come in a variety of colors.
Raycon Fitness Earbuds ($119.99)
For detailed note takers
Experts have long declared that handwriting is the best way to remember anything. At the same time, technology has made it easy to write notes on the fly.Most Popular Journal Companies Morskin Bring these two worlds together with its Smart Writing Set, Smart Notebook and Pen for digital transcription as you jot down your thoughts. Perfect for the writer, designer, artist and avid note-taker in your life.
Moleskine Smart Writing Set ($279)
For social media experts
There are plenty of moments in life worth documenting; in fact, the social media experts in our lives testify to every opportunity they get. Make sure they don’t miss out on traditional sunglasses brand Ray-Ban’s new Ray-Ban Stories, the latest in wearable technology. Sold in three different styles of glasses and sunglasses, the frames include a concealed embedded camera that allows wearers to take photos and videos, answer calls, and even update their social media feeds in the blink of an eye.
A Ray Ban Story ($329–$379)
For adventurers living in virtual reality
VR technology is fun and problem-solving; just don a pair of space-age goggles and you can be taken to a high-impact fitness class, stroll around a city you’re dying to visit, or level up in a game mental level. For those who feel more at home in the virtual world than in the real world, the Meta Quest 2 VR goggles may be their go-to.
Meta Quest 2 VR Goggles ($399)
For art lovers
We’ve come a long way from the huge cabinet styles of our elders’ days, but while TVs have gotten thinner, they haven’t necessarily gotten sleeker. Enter Samsung’s Frame TV, a sleek, stylish TV that blends seamlessly with any interior and is artistic. Available in a variety of prices, sizes and styles, this TV is perfect for the fashion and art lovers in your life.
Samsung Frame TV (~$549.99-$3,299.99)
For those who like to indulge
Just as coffee can now be prepared at the touch of a button, so can the perfect cocktail. Whether you’re the vacation host you know best, or a home bartender eager to master the art of cocktails, an electric cocktail machine is a gift to keep the indulgent people in your life humming. We recommend the Bartesian’s premium cocktails and margarita machines.
Bartesian’s Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine ($366)
For workout junkies – or newbies
Is there anyone in your life who has never missed a workout — or expressed an interest in adopting a form of exercise? Encourage them to make a major upgrade to their home gym this holiday season, allowing them to call on a world-renowned trainer on-demand from the comfort of their home. Serena Williams-approved Tonal home mirrors are designed for fitness enthusiasts, novices, and everyone in between.
Tonal (financing starts at $73 per month)
keep them hydrated
Reusable water bottles are better for the environment, keep liquids cool or hot for hours on end, come in a variety of patterns and sizes, and now, thanks to smart technology, some even remind you to take a sip. Help loved ones track their health goals or simply keep up with their daily H2O intake with the Hidrate Spark Pro Smart Water Bottle. These Bluetooth-powered, customizable smart bottles come in five different colors, light up when you need a sip, and pair with a handy app.
Hidrate Spark Pro ($49-$69)
For budding artists
The imagination of young people is often best expressed through art. Surprise the budding artists in your life by bringing their greatest creations to life with a 3D pen. The 3Doodler Start Pen is a great gateway into 3D art, STEM and creativity for any young doodler. 3Doodler also offers pens for more advanced doodlers, including teens and adults.
3Doodler Starter Pen ($49.99)
for the whole family
Bundling up for a winter evening walk doesn’t have to mean giving up safety or style. Thanks to Headlightz, practicality, safety and style all come together in a rechargeable LED winter beanie. Designed by a black woman, this hat comes in a variety of colors and patterns and is perfect for everyone in the family.
Kay Wicker is a lifestyle writer for theGrio, covering health, wellness, travel, beauty, fashion, and the ways black people live and enjoy life. She has previously created content for magazines, newspapers and digital brands.
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10 gift-worthy tech gadgets to kickstart your holiday shopping for the first time on TheGrio.