Tech is in the air this holiday gifting season. Being stuck at home has pushed us all into new realms of device use. We’re all gadget lovers now. Check out some of Shibani’s favorite useful and exciting tech ideas for this holiday season, for everyone from beauty mavens to business executives.

Gadget Gurus (and Germaphobes)

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Did you know that your phone is crawling with germs?  In fact, the average device carries 18x more bacteria than a public restroom. As we sanitize our lives to stay healthy, part of our protection should include cleaning our devices.  That’s where PhoneSoap comes in.  During a 10-minute cycle, the powerful UV-C light kills 99.99% of household germs. The light effectively and safely sanitizes your cell phone, as well as anything else that fits inside your PhoneSoap like remotes, keys, tablets, and more. “If you can fit it inside, PhoneSoap will sanitize it,” says the company.

Starting at $79.95 at

Creatives and Creators

Meet the tablet you didn’t know you needed. The newly released, sold-out reMarkable 2 is the next-generation digital notebook that will rid your life of paper and transform your note taking.  The reMarkable 2 is the world’s thinnest tablet with up to two weeks of battery life. Instead of writing notes on paper, simply pen your ideas on the paper-like reMarkable. Supporting block or cursive writing, the notepad converts your handwritten notes into texts for emails, reports or presentations. Mark up PDF documents by pen and convert them to mail in seconds.  Sign legal documents in a snap. Use it as an e-reader for comfortable book reading, too. Get on the waitlist to get a device for 2021.

Starting at $399 at

Beauty Mavens

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Amp up home beauty rituals with Dr. Dennis Gross’s DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro mask. The FDA-cleared device delivers wrinkle reducing, acne fighting light technology in a 3 minute treatment. The red and blue light combination delivers both anti-aging and skin clearing technology at the same time.  Watch how it works here. After cleansing, place the device comfortably over the face, securing strap around head. Press and hold power button for 2 seconds to turn on device, select light setting (red, blue, red + blue) and use for the programmed treatment time of 3 minutes. 

Starting at $435.00 at

Kiddo Tech

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I love any tech that gets my kids unplugged from devices and off the couch.  From Sharper Image, the Shadow Fighter projector emits a dancing ninja figure for your child to test her ninja skills against on a screen or wall.  A green light flashes when your child lands a strike, and a red light flashes when landing a “hit.” Practice a variety of martial arts maneuvers: High Attack, Mid Attack, Low Attack, High Defense, Mid Defense, and Low Defense. In-game music keeps the tension high against your shadowy opponent. Four different game settings keeps things challenging, for even the most skilled ninjas.

Starting at $69.95 at

Smart Chef

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The toaster of the future is available now. With 63 precise settings in 3 easy taps, you get the perfect level of toastyness you didn’t know you were missing from this mundane appliance. The InstaGLO toaster heats up fast, searing the bread without drying it, so it’s crunchy on the outside, yet soft and delicious on the inside. Crumb reminder alerts when you when it’s time to empty the tray. An added bonus is that the device doubles as a clock, when in sleep mode. The company’s founder draws his motivation from the toaster’s nudge out of the smart appliance upgrade trend. He says, “a lot has changed in 100 years, but aside from colors and rounded corners, your toaster really hasn’t.” 

Starting at $299.95 at