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Gadgets, Gear, and Gizmo Gifts for Empty Nesters

It’s that time of year again.

Whether it is a party host favor or that roughly wrapped surprise gift, thoughts are drifting towards finding something for somebody sometime soon. Here are a few ideas for tech gifts for empty nesters:

Digital Cameras

Kodak, Polaroid, and Fuji Instant Print Digital Cameras liven up any gathering with high-quality and durable 2”x3” prints.

Portable Smartphone Printers

Or let the whole gang join in the printfest with a portable smartphone printer that can print wallet size to 4”x6” prints.

3D Printers

Have someone who would venture beyond the paper print? 3D printers add another dimension to your gift selections. Generate objects up to 4” with a WEEFUN Mini 3D Printer or go up to 17” with the ANYCUBIC Kobra MAX 3D Printer.

Smart Mugs

The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug will keep a drink heated at a selected temperature for hours or changed remotely through a smartphone app.

Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane

Step up your paper airplane aficionado’s game with the Next-Generation Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit which includes motors, stabilizer, onboard computer, and a Bluetooth module that allows you to control the plane with your smartphone.

LED Reflective Running Vests

For the running enthusiast, the Fokia Kunbio LED Reflective Running Vest is a lightweight safety device that can be seen from nearly 1,000 feet away. A 40-minute charge will keep the lights on for 8-11 hours.

Smart Essential Oil Diffusers

The ASAKUKI Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Diffuser can be controlled from a smartphone and programmed to fill your home with a delightful fragrance in anticipation of your arrival from work, then slowly reduce the scent throughout the evening.

Touchscreen Toaster

Who doesn’t love toast? With the Revolution InstaGLO R180B Touchscreen Toaster, one can manage its intense heat element with high-speed smart settings for that perfect toasted experience in record time.

Smart Toothbrush

Friends gave me grief when I wrote about a smart toothbrush that cost nearly $200. Well, I’m fixing to get the text bashing when they read about the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Rechargeable Electric Power Toothbrush. This brush monitors pressure, motion, coverage, and more up to 100 times per second through its app. It also adapts pressure and brush character automatically in real-time. A timer and pacer help “coach” your brushing technique.

Memory Cards

Your digital wizard always running out of room on their SD storage card? Expand their world with a 1TB SanDisk Memory Card.

Smart Portable Projector

You can expand your entertainment world with an Anker NEBULA Capsule II Smart Portable Projector. This Android HD device can project a 100”, 720-pixel image from your favorite streaming service. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, the Capsule II has access to thousands of apps.

LED Needle Threader & Seam Ripper

For those who sew, Tacony and Dritz LED needle threaders shed new light on mending. And Chuangdi has an LED seam ripper if something goes wrong.

Best wishes for getting great gifts for empty nesters in your life and for the memories you’ll make during the holidays.


Broc Sears

Broc Sears is an assistant professor of professional practice at TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication and also works with the Texas Center for Community Journalism. He has more than three decades of experience in the news, advertising and marketing industries and earned recognition from the Society for News Design, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, APME of Texas and the Dallas Press Club. He and his wife enjoy the best days of their lives here in Dallas with their family.

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