Top Tech Gifts for 2022
They say it’s better to give than to receive—and I agree! There is nothing that makes my heart happier than handing someone the perfect present and watching the joy rush over their face as they open it.
Of course I had to ask the community to give their input on the top tech gifts for 2022—and who better to make a tech gift guide than those who live and breathe tech every day of their lives?
But first, let me start with my favorite tech pick, the Levoit Classic 200S Smart Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. Winters in the Chicago area are dry and I am constantly searching for ways to add humidity to the air: enter the smart humidifier. I might be a little dramatic by saying it’s been life-changing, but it has been a fantastic addition to my life. I can control it from my phone and even set it to auto-run when humidity drops below a certain level. IMHO, this is the must-have tech gift for anyone living in a dry climate!
David Title, Partner, Bravo Media
The original home-automation superstar, The Clapper brings endless fun for all ages. Last year, we hooked it up to our Christmas tree lights and clapped in the holiday cheer. The Clapper is also a perfect lesson in satisfying experiential design: You clap and a thing turns on. Clap again and off it goes. Plus, clapping is something everyone can do so nobody has to be left out of the good times. That means The Clapper is the perfect gift for kids, parents, grandparents, and even that jaded teen who thinks they’ve seen it all. At less than $30, there simply isn’t another tech-related gift that will deliver as much surprise and delight as The Clapper. Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!
Susan Wilhite, Business Development Manager – Commercial, Snap One
Finding the perfect present is never easy, so adding a Sunbrite TV can be that unique gift whether you are shopping for your parents, bestie, or boo. The SunBrite Veranda 3 delivers a brilliant picture using Quantum Dot LED, is fully weatherproof, and has built-in WiFi with Smart TV making it the perfect choice for outdoor living. I maybe a little biased, but it is the season of giving, so splurge a little with the best true outdoor TV.
Learn more: https://www.snapav.com/shop/en/snapav/sunbrite
Gary Kayye, Co-Founder & Director, THE rAVe Agency
Everyone is working from home now—at least some part of nearly every week. The Logitech Logo Dock is the one all-in-one that I will bet every other UCC company wish they would have thought of. Working from home means that you need a mic, a single-cable laptop docking station to clear the cable-clutter of connectivity (otherwise you’re connecting a minimum of four cables every time you plug-in at home), a speaker that won’t reverberate back into the mic (as wearing headphones all day is a no-no), a bluetooth speaker for listening to tunes (but one that automatically pauses when a call comes in), and a single-button launch (sans software) to Zoom, MS Teams, and Google Meet). So, either buy all of that or buy the Logi Dock, as it does all of those things.
Alexis B. La Broi, CTS, Director, AV Services, MidPoint Technology Group
This year, I’m asking Santa for a sit-stand configuration like the Ergotron Work Fit-TL Standing Desk Workstation for my dual monitors and ergonomic wireless keyboard. No assembly is required so you can get to work quickly after the unboxing. Plus this easily adjusts between sitting and standing with hand-brake levers so I can change up my workstation as needed. I also have a no- tech must have: a 2023 Gallery Leather weekly planner. I still write everything down that I’m working on and need to remember, so I’ll gift that to myself.
Bob Wudeck, Sr. Director of Business Development, BenQ America
There’s only so many pajama sets, tools, and ties one person can receive. I might be biased, but as an avid golfer the most wanted gift on my Santa list is a golf simulation projector from BenQ. We have several in our lineup, but the LK936ST golf sim projector stands out for multi-purpose entertainment spaces. It’s perfect for 4K home theaters but engineered to bring the green to the home with exceptional realism, thanks to its suberb color, contrast, brightness, and an exclusive golf mode. It was demo’d at 2022 PGA tour events, and it’s clearly the new standard for pro golfers and home theater enthusiasts seeking to create an ultra-realistic golf simulation experience. Rain or shine, users can perfect their golf swing—all at an unbeatable price.
Rachel Bradshaw, Vice President, Account Services, Caster Communications
I’m eying a Pocketalk S Voice Translator. I’ve got a passport burning a hole in my pocket, and I don’t want to be held back by my pathetic grasp of any language other than English (Middle English does not count, does it?). A handheld babelfish that will translate 82 spoken or written languages for me will help me feel like less of an ugly American while I’m bumming around Mexico City next year.
Richard Laliberty, Product Marketing Manager – Shading & Residential Controls, Legrand
This year, we’re getting back into the swing of holiday parties and open houses. There’s the twinkle of the tree, the Reddit-proclaimed charcuterie board, the finely curated play list. But if you really want to make your home glow, treat yourself to smart lighting and shading with Vantage LHUMAN and Legrand Shading Systems. Homes will be party ready with the perfect lighting, thanks to effortless lighting and shading control with tunable lighting that sets just the right ambiance. It’s also a crowd-pleasing party trick.
Learn more: https://www.legrand.us/vantage/lhuman
Jeremy Caldera, CTS-D, CTS-I, Executive Vice President, Pearl Technology
Santa Claus is comin’ to town and I am ready for him to bring lots of joy! What’s #1 on my list this year? Apple AirTag. I have a notoriously bad memory so sometimes things like where I left my keys escape my mind, and these save me from searching my house from top to bottom. There are so many uses for these bad boys. I can put one into my luggage when I’m traveling in the case the airline “misplaces” my bag or I can even add it to my latest equipment shipment so I can track supplies going from our warehouse to the job site. The possibilities are endless and I hope I end up on the nice list with some of these under my tree!
Learn more: https://www.apple.com/airtag/
Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio
If you’re searching for the perfect holiday gift for the music lover in your life, HARMAN Luxury Audio has you covered with a range of solutions that deliver an unmatched audio experience. For enthusiasts looking for easier ways to listen to their collections without sacrificing acoustic performance, the JBL L75ms Music System offers a modern re-imagining of the traditional Hi-Fi system—combining a stylish retro design with the latest acoustic technology and a variety of wired and wireless connectivity options.
Learn more: https://www.jbl.com/electronics/L75MS.html
Brandon White, Director of New Product Development, Vanco
The PA-CVB1 PulseAudio Collaboration Video Bar is the perfect gift for anybody who works from home or just wants to connect with far-flung friends and family. It’s an all-in-one videoconferencing system with the sleek look of a soundbar, making it equally at home in an office, huddle space, or living room. The PACVB-1 is truly plug and play: with USB 3.0 connectivity and universal compatibility with all major conferencing platforms, even the least tech-savvy person on Santa’s list can enjoy professional-quality videoconferencing. Its 6-ray beamforming mic with noise cancellation ensures that people hear you, not your dog or your neighbor’s lawnmower. The 4K ePTZ embedding in its center captures a razor-sharp image and automatically adjusts to frame participants: Your fidgety preschooler won’t wander out of frame while talking to Grandma, because the frame will follow her. It’s how I’ll be keeping in touch in the new year!
Frank Pisano, Vice President of Sales, Americas, BrightSign
If I wasn’t on the naughty list, I’d be asking Santa for a riding suitcase. Being a salesperson, I’m on the road a lot; the days are long, and my feet get tired. Why not solve that problem with a multipurpose transportation solution? The tech allows users to easily switch between suitcase mode and riding mode. Plus, this suitcase has a dual high-speed USB output port for charging mobile devices—I’ll never miss a call or text due to a dead phone! The TSA lock would allow me to lock up my valuables, while, at the same time, permit security authorities to inspect the contents of the suitcase without damaging the lock.
Scott Srolis, SVP Sales and Marketing, Salamander Designs
If you’re dreaming of the latest big screen, but don’t want any remodeling hassle or are unsure how much Santa’s sleigh can hold, we’ve got the ultimate entertainment-lovers gift for you! The Salamander Designs Acadia TV Display Stand Collection offers the most sleek, slim stands you can find. Put a large flat screen or TV in anywhere without construction or taking up space. In minutes, you’ll have a stunning, modern look that fits into any media room, home theater, home office, bedroom, or space where you want some fun. Includes adjustable height capability and optional accessories such as universal soundbar mounts. Acadia has L, XL, fixed, and mobile models. The mobile version moves about and can go with you if you move. Now there’s truly no end to those happy holiday movies or family entertainment in sight! And Santa will love you for the weight. Note: the TV and soundbar not included.
Learn more: https://www.salamanderdesigns.com/acadia
Paul Richards, CRO, PTZOptics
For all the content creators in out there, the Studio Pro is the perfect gift. It has everything you need, including a built-in noise-cancelling mic array and detachable LED light panel. It’s ideal for a variety of video styles—including videos with Bokeh effect. You can toggle the image from portrait to landscape with a hardware switch, so you can stream in the right aspect ratio for any platform. You want to record product demos, unboxings, or instructional videos? The Studio Pro has 12X optical zoom, 16X digital zoom, and a 72.5° FoV, perfect for crisp macros. Its advanced time-of-flight sensor also captures dynamic images with precision, including sudden motion or shifts of focus. Plus, it has simultaneous USB, HDMI, and IP outputs with native NDI |HX, so it fits into any context from a broadcast studio to a videoconference. It’s truly a complete content creation solution.
Learn more: https://ptzoptics.com/studiopro/
Ken Brueck, Co-Founder, Modus VR
As the holidays approach, give your clients the greatest ‘wow’ experience they can have from any holiday gift—ever! Imagine showing them their own new room or project with all the technology using the most exciting, immersive 3D design experience available. They’ll look around and interact with their actual new media room, living room, home theater, golf simulator, or other space, and make real-time decisions on technology, furniture, control systems, and room elements—before construction even begins. The new Modus VR Modus-as-a-Service is a turnkey service. It requires no headsets or software understanding. Our specialists help integrators and their clients by hosting live meetings, designing alongside you both, and providing turnkey deliverables including 3D plans, elevations, 360-degree photos, and more. And all for a nominal fee. Give the instant wow factor and get clients excited for their new 2023 space with the jaw-dropping gift of Modus-as-a-Service.
Learn more: https://www.modusvr.com/maas/
Want more ideas for the top tech gifts for 2022? Check out last year’s list here.