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Buying a piece of new tech for your parents is a great way to treat them to something they might not get themselves. It can be tricky knowing where to start, though, but that’s where we come in.

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Best Tech Gifts for Parents

The age range and tech-savviness of someone’s parents will vary wildly from one family to another. You’ll likely know how well your parents get along with technology (or can ask), but it’s important to consider whether you’ll need to help them set up their new tech gifts. If they don’t know how to use it, it’ll just collect dust in the closet. Some items below are much easier to use than others, but all of them should make for excellent presents.

We have a variety of gifts to consider here, but each of them is guaranteed to make your parents happy, and maybe even make their life a little bit easier. After all, isn’t that the whole point of tech? Well, unless you’re getting them a toy, but having fun is important as well.

Anyway, here are our picks for the best tech gifts for parents.

iRobot Roomba 694: A Little Robot Butler

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iRobot

Having to vacuum every day, or multiple times a day if you own pets, can be a pain. Thankfully, you can help your parents stress less about cleanliness by buying them the iRobot Roomba 694.

This is essentially the epitome of a smart vacuum. It not only comes with plenty of sensors to make sure it can navigate around furniture and avoid throwing itself down the stairs—the Roomba uses a three-stage cleaning system to make sure it gets the job done as efficiently as possible too.

We all had to vacuum for our parents as kids, and now you help can keep that chore done without even being there.

iRobot Roomba 694

An incredibly smart vacuum that takes the stress out of chores.

The Best Robot Vacuums of 2021

Best Robot Vacuum Overall
iRobot Roomba 694
Best Budget Robot Vacuum
eufy RoboVac 11S
Best Robot Vacuum and Mop
Ecovacs Deebot T8
Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair
ILIFE V3s Pro
Best Self Emptying Robot Vacuum
Shark AV1010AE IQ Robot

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera: Keep an Eye on the Garden

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Arlo

Not everyone wants a security camera on the outside of their home, but for those that do, the Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera is one of the best.

This camera comes with a 160-degree diagonal viewing lens which gives it a great view of everything in the area. The Arlo Pro 4 also features digital image correction to help make the video feed clear. There is even an integrated spotlight, which is excellent for ensuring you can see day or night.

This is an excellent gift for parents who are security conscious, and it also means you don’t have to worry about them being at home alone.

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera

A high-tech security camera for their safety and peace of mind.

eufy Video Doorbell: Never Peep Through the Shades Again

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eufy

Nobody likes getting up to have to check the gap in the window or that little eyehole in the front door to see who rang the doorbell.

You can eliminate this frustrating problem for your parents by getting them a eufy Security Video Doorbell. This doorbell comes with a 2k picture, distortion correction, and the ability to talk to whoever is there with ease. It works with a smartphone app or with Alexa and Google Voice Assistant.

It also uses AI tech to differentiate between random cats who’ve come to sniff it and the postman approaching the door with the package they’ve been waiting for. There will be no false notifications with this doorbell!

eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

A doorbell that lets them see who's coming and even talk to them without moving.

PhotoSpring Digital Picture Frame: Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

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PhotoSpring

Imagine, if you will, the ability to give your parents the chance to look through hundreds of photos and relive those memories with ease. It used to be that you could only do that with a painstakingly created real-world photo album, but not anymore.

If you buy them a PhotoSpring Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame, then you’re giving them the chance to have all of their favorite photos in one easy-to-use place. It features touch controls for easy viewing and can be updated with ease to add in new pics in no time at all.

This is incredibly cool as you can update it from afar to share the latest photo of you, your cats, and the rest of the family, so they’ll always have some fresh pictures to look at and reminisce about.

PhotoSpring 10in 16GB WiFi Digital Picture Frame

An easy to update digital photo frame to show off the best family photos.

PlayStation Classic: Old-School is Always Cool

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Sony

If your parents are the kinds of people that enjoy or introduced you to gaming, then you can return the favor with a nostalgic gift.

The PlayStation Classic comes pre-installed with twenty games, including legends like Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3, and is perfect for reliving the older days of gaming. Not only that, but it comes with two wired controllers, which makes it ideal if your parents aren’t fans of taking turns and would instead check to see which of them is the better gamer.

Simply put, the PlayStation Classic is nostalgic fun with no fuss trying to find old systems and games.

PlayStation Classic

Gaming nostalgia isn't just for kids, and this comes with two controllers for extra fun.

Kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer: Print Pretty Pictures

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Kodak

If one of your parents is a keen photographer, they’ll appreciate the ability to give those pictures a physical form. Digital photo frames are great, but making a photo album is a great project in its own right, and this gift will help them do just that.

The Kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer is an excellent device that allows people to print off their favorite photos. The printer yields impressive results thanks to 4Pass printing technology, which makes the pictures resistant to both water and fingerprints. The pictures will look great for longer, making them ideal for photo albums.

The Kodak Dock is simple to use, too—all they have to do is put their phone on top of it, and it’ll easily print out copies of their best pictures. No trips to the local CVS or Walgreens needed!

Kodak Dock Plus 4x6

Printing photos from your phone has never been easier.

Chromecast with Google TV: Watch Anything and Everything

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Google

Watching TV is something a lot of us like to do to chill out. It used to be that we only had access to a scant few channels, but these days, it’s all about streaming.

The Chromecast with Google TV is one of the most impressive streaming devices around. Along with giving access to all of their favorite streaming services in one place, it’s also one of the best for allowing people to flit between different them all with ease.

Plus, as long as they have the remote, they can use their voice to control things, which is not only incredibly fancy but is helpful from an accessibility standpoint as well. Once set up, your parents will be able to control the Chromecast in any way they desire easily.

Chromecast with Google TV

Let them access every streaming app with ease and browse effortlessly.

The Best Streaming Devices of 2021

Best Streaming Device Overall
Roku Streaming Stick 4K (2021)
Best Budget Streaming Device
Fire TV Stick Lite (2020)
Best Roku Streaming Device
Roku Ultra (2020)
Best Fire TV Device
Fire TV Stick 4K (2018)
Best Google TV Device
Chromecast with Google TV (2020)
Best Android TV Device
NVIDIA SHIELD Pro (2019)
Best Apple TV Device
Apple TV 4K (2021)

Blue Light Blocking Glasses: Reduce Their Eye Strain

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Warby Parker

With more of us working from home and more people using computers for work and pleasure, it’s a good time to think about blue light. Blue light is a type of light given off by most digital devices, and it’s been shown to potentially lead to macular degeneration, making your eyesight worse.

Warby Parker offers blue light protection as an additional feature to their line of eyeglasses. That means you can not only get the prescription of whoever you’re buying for but then help look after their eyes as well.

Blue light isn’t something many of us worry about, but it can cause damage for those looking at screens all day. So giving someone a set of these blue-light-blocking glasses can help them out.

We all know our eyesight gets worse as we age, too, so it’s never too early to help someone lookout for their eye health.

Warby Parker Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Protect their eyesight with the right prescription in plenty of stylish frames.

Garmin Venu 2: Fitness on a Wristwatch

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Garmin

Fitness is something that has become increasingly important in the last couple of decades. While exercise used to be something that most people got thanks to more physical jobs, it’s a commitment you have to be far more aware of now.

Thankfully, recent years have also brought us a considerable slew of fitness tech, but few are as helpful as the Garmin Venu 2. This is a fitness watch that will track heart rate, sleep score, fitness age, and even track a person’s stress levels. It’s an incredibly impressive bit of kit, and perfect for the parent who wants to be fit, whether that’s a new hobby or a lifelong love.

Garmin Venu 2

An excellent fitness tracking watch for the parents who like to stay on the move.

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