“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty…” Anyone else out there relate to those lyrics from “The Little Mermaid?” My desk, nightstand, kitchen, living room and even closet are overflowing with the latest and greatest gadgets from Amazon. (Hey, I have Prime and I’m not afraid to use it!) I’ve found some great, life-changing gizmos and some I like less, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? Finding new things that improve your life, make things simpler or simply create more fun? Amazon is a treasure trove for stuff like this with off-the-beaten-path sections like “New Arrivals,” “Most Wished For” or “Most Gifted.” (Don’t get distracted now, stay with me.) And, can I let you in on a little secret? I love writing these in particular because I always find new things I want and they’re just so dang easy to talk about. I mean, who doesn’t want high-quality earbuds without the Apple price tag? (Raises hand.) Or, a magnetic power bank that sticks, sticks, sticks to your phone to keep it all in one hand? From a way to ditch cable to a drawing tablet for a budding artist, these 37 interesting gadgets are about to become your new favorite things.
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Your New Best Buds
Wireless earbuds are almost necessary for the 21st century, but that $200 price tag is not. These wireless earbuds can be snagged for less than $50. They deliver rich sound, boosted bass, noise cancellation, and one-step pairing. Maybe best of all, at least according to me, is that you can purchase them in black, which is something I desperately want the powers that be at Apple to get on with.
Clean Your Screen
O.K., O.K., this isn’t a sexy choice, but it’s such a necessity. This electronics screen cleaner works on computers, laptops, tablets and any other electronic devices you have, removing dust, dirt and fingerprints with ease. The solution is alcohol-ammonia and streak-free and the whole thing comes with a micro fiber cloth to clean everything without scratching.
Cut Cable with This TV Antenna
So many people have cut the cable cord over the past few years and why not? There are a zillion (I counted) streaming services out there to deliver a custom entertainment experience any time of the day or night. But, do you ever just want to watch your local stations? This TV antenna may be your solution. This isn’t TV antenna circa 1970, though. This one has a stylish design and can be used indoors or out.
10-4, Good Buddy
Breaker breaker one nine! Walkie-talkies (and yes, I still call them that) give me all the childhood vibes. I can remember grabbing a pair of these, sharing them with my friends and then heading outside to play all day long. These two-way radios from Amazon are cheap; I’m talking 20 bucks for the pair, which includes the batteries. One purchaser said the range is upward of 1.5 miles: “I highly recommend these to other public safety groups looking for a cheap but sturdy radio that doesn’t kill your budget if you lose them.”
Pop It Like It’s Hot
Confession time: I’ve never gotten into the PopSocket thing and I don’t really have a good excuse. I do have a folio case for my phone that I love and have used for years and, well, I guess I’m just a creature of habit. The colors and patterns of PopSockets have changed drastically since they first came out, which keeps me intrigued. This oil agate pattern is so colorful and would go with anything.
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Fire Up New Flicks
Among the myriad streaming services out there is Fire TV from Amazon itself and they are no slouch when it comes to programming or cool devices. The latest iteration of their Fire TV stick boasts a ton of features including voice control, preset buttons for some of the more popular streaming channels and access to 500,000-plus movies and TV shows with your Prime subscription.
Take Your Tunes Old-School with This Record Player
Records are back… or maybe they never really went away, I don’t know. But, you need a record player and you’re in luck. This Victrola suitcase record player is more than affordable to add to your entertainment center and comes in all kinds of sassy colors, from this peach rose gold to a righteous tie-dye. No extra equipment is required and all the controls you need are right there on the top of the unit.
Watch What You’re Doing
File this under “A Cheaper Alternative To More Popular Options.” This smartwatch and fitness monitor from Amazfit has all the features you’ve come to expect in a piece of tech like this without the ridiculous cost. This watch is waterproof, monitors your heart rate and your sleep patterns, lets you control your tunes and has a crazy 30-day battery life. It also has 14 different sport modes to maximize your workout efforts.
This Remote Cover, You Need
I thought about trying to write this description in all Yoda speak, but the idea of it hurt my head so skip it, I did. (Fun fact: Inverting the natural order of words is actually a literary tool called anastrophe. You’ll appreciate knowing. that if you’re ever on Jeopardy!) This Baby Yoda remote cover for the third-gen Fire TV remote is still the cutest and protects your remote from accidental drops.
AirTag, You’re It
One of the newest additions to the Apple line-up is a product aimed at competing with the popular Tile tracking devices. This one is called, appropriately, the AirTag and has a surprisingly affordable price point, despite the fact it has that recognizable Apple on it. The stainless steel tag is encased in European leather that’s soft to the touch. It comes in brown, navy and red at the moment.
Capture It on Video
I’ve got my eye on you … just kidding, I don’t, but I could if I owned this home security camera. This camera is loaded with features including night vision, a 90-degree viewing angle, weatherproof casing, and the ability to connect seamlessly with compatible HD-TVI components. Put it inside, put it outside; the choice is yours. Just ensure you keep it running in case Dateline ever calls.
Put It On the Big Screen With Your Own Projector
Here’s another project that used to be out of reach for most consumers due to price, but has become more affordable over the years. This mini portable projector will connect with just about anything (including your phone!) to deliver a crystal-clear picture from 32 to 200 inches in size. And, it won’t cost you half a paycheck or a summer’s worth of selling old clothes to buy either at just $65.
Join the Band
I have a watch band problem, as in “I can’t stop buying watch bands.” Granted, I have an Apple Watch and this tortoise shell-looking band is designed for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, but that won’t stop me from finding a similar design for myself. If you’re tired of athletic-type bands or the silicone version that makes your wrist sweaty, step up your game with this option that’s both functional and chic.
This Tablet’s on Fire
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Fire tablet from Amazon is the best value on the market today, especially when you can grab this certified refurbished 8-inch unit with HD display. For $60, you get 32 gigs of data storage and a ton of versatility, from reading the latest bestseller to watching the latest blockbuster to listening to the best new tunes. All-day battery life makes me smile, too.
Switch Up Your Game Storage
Got a gamer on your hands? Maybe you’re a gamer yourself. Everybody’s been talking about the Nintendo Switch non-stop so I had to get one to see what all the fuss is about and I have to say, I’m impressed. The only tricky part is carting around all the cartridges you might want at any given point. This portable protective storage box accommodates up to 12 game cards and has a convenient lanyard you can connect to a backpack, keychain or suitcase.
Feed Your Inner Artist With This Drawing Tablet
Calling all artists! Listen, I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler so I’m always in awe of people who are able to create art from nothing. This drawing tablet is a 21st-century version of a blank canvas, but in a package you can carry with you anywhere. Your purchase includes the tablet, a battery-free passive pen and shortcut buttons to simplify your most challenging components.
Put Flower Power Behind Your AirPods
If you’re going to buy AirPods, then you need a case for them. Why? A case protects your AirPods against scratches and drops, makes it easier to transport them anywhere and, let’s be honest, just adds a bit of personality. This daisy case is a cute option that offers a perfect fit, but it also comes in cow and leopard prints, marble and a trippy purple space.
Is This Mic On?
Testing, testing, is this thing on? It’s no secret that videos and podcasts are the lifeblood of the internet. Heck, you probably watched one or 12 while you were getting ready for work. This USB microphone is essential for those folks on the other side of those communications, helping them to record crystal-clear audio for your listening and viewing pleasure. This mic has four recording modes and is perfect for podcasting, gaming, studio work and more.
You’re Just a Troll
Any “Trolls” fans in your house? You (and they) will get a kick out of these glow-in-the-dark headphones that pay homage to Trolls World Tour. Grab it in red for Barb or pink for Poppy; either will give you all the laughs with the shock of bright hair at the top. These headphones were designed for safety, too, with built-in adjustable volume-limiting parental controls. Win-win.
Wallet and Phone Case Perfection
If you’re one of those people who struggles to remember it all when you’re leaving the house (keys? wallet? phone? debit card?), then you need this wallet case that will eliminate at least two of those issues. You’ll always have your debit card nearby in this case designed for the Samsung Galaxy S21, thanks to the interior pockets.
Keep Your Electronics Organized
I don’t ever mind packing to go on a trip, but the absolute hardest part is always gathering and organizing all the cords and cables I’ll need while I’m gone. This electronics organizer pouch is an awesome solution for keeping chargers, hard drives, USB cables, power banks and more packed and orderly. The accordion-style opening and plethora of pockets means plenty of room for extras.
Do the Flash Dance
Don’t trust “the cloud?” Yeah, this is a constant comical debate I have with my Dad who A. Doesn’t understand where the cloud is and B. Doesn’t trust it, wherever it might be. If you’re in the same boat, you can still easily transfer files from home to work and back again with this three-pack of flash drives. Each one stores up to 64 gigs of data, which is a whole lot of spreadsheets.
Grab These Highly-Rated In-Ear Earbuds
Despite my love of wireless earbuds, I do still keep, and use, wired earbuds like this version from Skullcandy. There are just some settings where I find them to be more effective. Skullcandy has been making quality headphones and earbuds for a long time so you know you’re getting quality. These have a lightning connector for your phone, a noise-isolating fit and are sweat- and waterproof for you gym nuts.
Computer Speakers for the Minimalist in All of Us
I’ve become a minimalist. The older I get, the less stuff I want sitting around. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still like stuff. I just want it to be simple, cool stuff. These USB-powered desktop (or laptop) speakers are equal parts simple and cool, giving you a clean, modern look and great sound quality. One reviewer said: “These Pebble speakers are tremendous. I’m no audiophile but I know enough that these speakers produce great sound.” Hey, that’s enough for me.
Sleeve Protection for Your Laptop
I’ve never been a fan of the big, bulky laptop bags, preferring instead to rely on sleek laptop sleeves like this one to keep my MacBook Pro protected. Between the cushioned corners, soft flannel inside and zippered opening, you know your computer is going to be safe. Snag it in a size for your smaller 13-inch laptops or the bigger 16-inch workhorses.
Life, Perfectly Framed
This one right here is going on my gifting list. You know those people you struggle to find presents for? This smart digital picture frame might be just the ticket. Set the frame up for yourself (or them) and then send any and all pictures of your choosing directly to the frame via email or app. You can also sync the frame to popular social media sites and even cloud providers like Google Photos or Dropbox.
Talk All the Trash With a Gaming Headset
You’ll have to bear with me here, but I’ve never understood the thrill of talking trash to a complete stranger on a video game. But, hey, if that’s your thing, I’m not here to judge. This gaming headset works with Xbox, PlayStation, and more. The soft, adjustable headband is comfortable for those days when you just can’t tear yourself away.
Zoom Into Digital Meetings with a New Webcam
I know, I know, most computers have webcams built in today, but some don’t. This add-on webcam is a great option for devices that need an audio-visual upgrade. It easily connects to your devices and has a built-in microphone. My favorite feature is the privacy shield that you can open and close over the camera itself. Now you don’t have to worry about getting caught with no pants on, on that Zoom call.
You Have the Power (Bank)
This magnetic power bank is maybe the most genius thing I’ve seen in a minute because, honestly, there’s nothing more aggravating than being out with a phone that’s about to die and instead of holding just your phone, now you have to hold your phone AND a power bank. Sadly, it’s only available for the iPhone 12 model, but the reviews are crazy-good, which may be reason enough to upgrade.
This Light Has a Nice Ring to It
You don’t have to be a selfie queen to find great uses for this ring light with tripod. For a while, I was using a ring light for my Zoom calls because it just made my room lighting look better. This set comes with a 12-inch ring light that displays five color temperatures and 10 levels of brightness control and a tripod that can convert from selfie mode to full-fledged stand mode with ease.
Throw Mario on Your Back
Backpacks of all shapes, designs and styles appear to be having a moment and I. am. here. for. it. This Mario-themed mini-backpack is the perfect size for your Nintendo Switch and its accessories, with multiple zippered compartments and adjustable straps. Not a Mario fan? There are also several styles that pay homage to Animal Crossing, too, which I’m starting to think might be a cult in itself.
Power Up With an All-In-One Wireless Charger
Hi, minimalist me here again with another super sleek product. This time it’s an all-in-one wireless charger that’s not much bigger than the size of your hand. Don’t discount its small size, though! You can charge multiple devices on this and it folds up so you can carry it with you wherever.
Add Some Beach to Your Day with this Gel Mousepad
Did you know that it’s a scientific fact that looking at the beach can create a happier, calmer mind? If you can’t get away to the beach, at least bring the beach to you with this sandy beach-themed gel mouse pad and wrist rest. The self-adjusted gel conforms to your wrist for ultimate comfort, with plenty of room to maneuver your mouse just above. I can’t get enough of those waves, though. Just don’t let your mind wander too far.
Light Up Your Desktop Computer
Whyyyy do gamers get all the cool stuff?! This rainbow-colored backlit keyboard is legit. It has six macro keys, dedicated media and volume keys, a detachable palm rest and is dust- and spill-resistant. (Seriously, though, don’t give your keyboard a bath like the photo looks.) You can assign six different colors to zones on your keyboard or even program your own light show.
This Lightning Cable Deal is Electric
If I had a quarter for every lightning cable I’ve bought and destroyed or lost in my adult life, I’d have a lot of quarters. Probably more than enough to buy this five-pack for $11. This set includes two 3-ft. cords, two 6-ft. cords and one 10-ft. cord to accommodate just about anywhere you might need to plug in and get some juice. Designed with reinforced stress points, these cords should last you until you lose them and have to buy more.
Turn Your Lap Into a Desk
Lap desks are totally underrated. I’ve always been a writer, even as a small child, so a lap desk to me was like a prized possession because I could jot down my thoughts anywhere. Obviously, I’ve progressed to laptops, but the lap desk is still a worthy investment for those days I want to work from the couch. This one is great for kids or adults and comes in an assortment of fun patterns.
This Stylus Pen is Cheaper Than its Fruity Counterpart
I own an Apple Pencil and I’m not proud of it. A hundred bucks for a stylus? C’mon, man. This stylus looks nearly identical, costs a fraction of the Apple Pencil and, if the reviews are to be believed, more than adequately gets the job done. One person who purchased said: “The best alternative Apple Pencil period!” Don’t listen to them, Apple. I still love you. (I also love this $29 alternative, too.)