smart home gear, chargers, and more

smart home gear, chargers, and more

Over the past few weeks, our team has been here 9to5Toys have compiled our own gift guides for just about anyone on your holiday gift shopping spree. But now that the window to actually get a gift is coming to an end, shoppers hoping to find the perfect gift are still in luck. We’ve all put together a selection of last-minute gifts, all ready to be delivered in time for Christmas. Hit the jump for all our top picks and easy last-minute gifts.

Last minute gifts that arrive by Christmas Day

Kicking off our favorite last-minute gifts of the holiday season is a mainstay here 9to5Toys. Anker makes some of our favorite chargers and one of its latest releases has won our hearts over and over again this year. Just launched earlier this fall, the new Anker PowerCore 24K delivers one of its most capable on-the-go solutions with an internal 24,000 mAh battery. It also features a 140W USB-C PD output that lets it effortlessly charge an M1 Pro MacBook, as well as iPhones, iPads and more without breaking a sweat. There is also a built-in screen to monitor charging statistics in real-time.

It might have a $150 MSRP that it retails for $130 right now, but the Anker PowerCore 24K is by far the most versatile charger I’ve ever owned and is something I use every day. It doesn’t matter if the person on your list already has a million chargers, this will easily be the last one they need for quite some time. I have reviewed numerous power banks and the like over the years here at 9to5Toys, and there has to be another as useful as Anker’s latest. Our hands-on review also covers the full set of features in a bit more detail.

Bellroy Tech Kit Compact

The Bellroy Tech Kit has a number of things going for it when it comes to gifts. Not only were we impressed after working with previous generation models, but this is the kind of gift that a wide variety of people can really use. At this point, just about everyone has a slew of cables, chargers, cases, covers, adapters and tech accessories lying around, or some combination thereof, and the Bellroy Tech Kit provides a well-made home for it all in a neat, organized fashion .

The compact model has a series of built-in elastic bands to neatly store cables, alongside pockets for everything from a wireless mouse to wall chargers, and more – there’s even some kind of hidden stylus, pen or Apple Pencil loop inside. Available in a range of colours, from neutral gray and charcoal options to navy blue and more, each with matching accent inner material, they’re made from a water resistant woven fabric with a well made zip – I’ve been wearing mine every day for years now without fail – delivers a robust solution that looks great for doing so $55.

8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller is a must have for gamers

I don’t know about you, but in my family some of the most exciting gifts at Christmas are the ones that encourage everyone to let loose and have some fun, so my last minute gift suggestion is the 8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller. Compatible with iPhone, Android, PC, Nintendo Switch, and more, this versatile controller is sure to cause some fun during Christmas and beyond.

Moreover, it has a look and feel that can be appreciated by almost every age group. I own a few of these and the build quality is nothing short of impressive. By $50, it’s hard to beat the value here given the level of compatibility it offers. By comparison, Backbone One (iOS/Android), Razer Kishi V2 (iOS/Android), and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller retail for $70 or more.

Leap into smart home automation with Govee Smart Wi-Fi bulbs

If you know someone on your list who has been looking to get started in the world of smart home automation, then a few smart light bulbs are a great starting point. You can still order Govee’s 4-pack of Wi-Fi Color Changing A19 Bulbs $39.99 shipped. I picked up a 2-pack of these lights earlier in the year when I had my lamp and ceiling lights at different color temperatures and wanted them to sync.

While I could only get two of the same LED bulbs, I had an Echo Show that did nothing but work as an alarm clock, so I used those. The setup process is simple and once you activate the Govee skill for Alexa, the device picked up the lights right away. Using just my voice, I can change the brightness, color and even set it to preset scenes through Alexa, and the Govee app gives complete control, including timers and additional automation. These simple light bulbs are a great way to start on a smart home journey.

Wonderfold Stroller Wagon tames the kids

Give the gift of adventure to little ones this year with the Wonderfold Stroller Wagon which is the ultimate child transport system as well as an on-the-go playhouse. Amazon currently has the X and W series available. Plus, each has delivery options until before Christmas. The best thing about the Wonderfold Wagon is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving because it grows with your family.

They are available in two- or four-seat options and fold easily to fit into small spaces, such as your car’s trunk. The all-terrain wheels make it easy to maneuver and it has a removable canopy with an adjustable design for ultimate sun protection. Finally, it has an easy-to-use, one-step foot brake as well as ample storage space that includes pockets on all sides. Prices start at $289 shipped and varies by series.

Give the gift of a laser engraver to your favorite maker

This year I really dived deep into the makerspace, using several products from several different brands, but the ATEZR P10 stands out as one of the best lasers I’ve used to date and a notable last minute gift. While you can find smaller 40W CO2 systems for around the same price, the 10W ATEZR P10 is a great last-minute gift choice due to its large size and versatility. Just last night I was able to engrave a 12×18 cutting board with an 11×4 verse, and it only took about 30 minutes to complete, which is pretty quick for such a large design.

The ATEZR P10 also comes native with air support and works with most rotaries on the market, making it an even better value. So, if you’re looking for a way to personalize gifts, create your own products, or just have fun with laser beams burning wood and other materials, then the ATEZR P10 is one of the best buys on the market right now .

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