The Christmas gift guide to eco-friendly gadgets for tech-loving geeky family and friends

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s our favorite time of year. It’s a season of incredible snowfall magic and beauty (or scorching sunshine depending on which region and hemisphere you reside in), but it’s also the best time to give thoughtful gifts to your loved ones. Now, shopping for Christmas gifts can be a bit tricky as you have to carefully consider the preferences of the recipients. This difficulty multiplies somewhat when you are eco-conscious because then you pay even more attention to eco-friendly products in deciding which to buy and which to throw away for the season.

Finding the right Christmas gifts for your tech-savvy friends and geeky loved ones can be downright scary in these situations. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of eco-friendly gadgets on the market that you can buy right now, before prices rise unbearably.

It’s one of the coolest eco-friendly gadgets of 2019. Caia is a natural lighting robot that harnesses real sunlight to light up a home, ideal for photographers, video editors, social influencers, homeowners corporate and people who live in apartments deprived of natural light. and dwellings. It measures the light intensity directly from the sun so that as the sun moves across the sky it makes small adjustments and illuminates the chosen spot. Simply place Caia in a sunny location – anywhere she can trap natural light – and she will redirect the sun to illuminate her designated spot!

Caia Solar Powered Light Reflector Robot

Caia is a long-lasting device and requires very little maintenance. The product requires no installation or charging as it is powered by solar energy. It also means it’s portable; no hanging cords or outlets required. So give the Christmas gift of a Caia and brighten up the lives of the recipients. Literally!

Caia solar reflector and lighting robot

The Nest Learning Thermostat is the classic thermostat redefined. All thermostats allow you to set the desired temperature and monitor the current temperature, but not this one. This device actually studies a user’s preferences, learns the temperatures they like, and builds their program around them. Incredible isn’t it?

The thermostat also learns energy and heating habits. Then, it can automatically regulate users’ consumption by controlling the radiators in the house according to their habits; even in the absence of the user. The Nest Thermostat also comes with an app that allows the user to track your energy consumption, which helps them save a lot more money.

The perfect Christmas gift for that friend or family member who always forgets to turn off the heater.

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By now, we all know that single-use water bottles are not good for the environment. However, the Hidrate Spark Smart Water Bottle takes reusable water bottles to the next level. The Spark is like a water guardian angel that tracks water intake, calculates the amount of water needed based on body type and location, and glows to remind the owner to drink water.

Now for the slightly geeky part; it even integrates with Fitbit, Apple Watch, or another activity tracker to adjust daily water goals based on daily activity levels. It’s also (somewhat surprisingly) dishwasher safe, holds up to 24 ounces of liquid, and fits in a standard cup holder. What friend or family member wouldn’t want this as the ultimate eco-friendly Christmas gift, we wonder?

A Christmas Gift Guide to Eco-Friendly Gadgets - Hidrate Spark Smart Water Bottle
Credit: Hidrate Spark smart water bottle.

This is, I imagine, the first rule of geeks; all devices should be fully charged at all times. Well, you’d be happy to know that the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite lets you achieve that in the most environmentally friendly way possible. It has a Velcro pocket that can hold the phone while the panel is charging in the sun. There are two USB charging ports inside the pocket of the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite.

The particular design of the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite means that it can be wedged to point the panels towards the sun and it also features animal-faced solar panels, sewn into industrial strength canvas for added protection. sustainability. Buy this for a loved one this Christmas if you can, so when they’re enjoying the great outdoors, they can enjoy another perk: unlimited power for free. All they have to do is deploy the solar panels or attach them to their backpacks to start charging their gadgets.

Credit: Anker PowerPort Solar Lite.

Many people want to save energy when washing clothes, but just don’t know how. I mean, what’s the alternative – hand washing? A better alternative is the Yirego Drumi manual laundry.

The Drumi is a compact and portable treadle washing machine that requires no installation. The machine can hold up to 2 kg of clothes in a single wash, uses very little water and promises to clean laundry in 5-10 minutes without electricity.

Ideal Christmas gift for those who would like a portable washing machine for camping, those who live in studio apartments, or friends and family of college students who don’t have a lot of money to buy a massive washing machine, but don’t don’t want to leave the house to go to the laundromat either.

House of Marley is known for its eco-friendly speakers and other audio-related products. Inspired by Bob Marley, their No Bounds Bluetooth Speaker is made from cork, is waterproof, and is both renewable and biodegradable. Along with the audio quality of Marley’s all-new Bluetooth wireless speakers, earphones and headphones, every purchase supports reforestation through the brand’s partner, One Tree Planted.

So this Christmas, push your friends to push their limits with this gift. Or you can treat yourself to one for the season. I mean, your friends deserve all the finer points of life – but so do you.

Credit: House of Marley.

A lot of the gadget-obsessed geeks I know don’t hang out much. But guess how to get the air in your house; grow your own plants. Using just eight watts of power, The Smart Garden can grow your seedlings under its LED light. Using its smart soil technology, the device distributes water to all the pods containing your plants ensuring they are cared for and nurtured at all times.

It’s a great gift for a geek or introvert this Christmas, not only because it’s convenient, affordable, and saves you money on buying fresh herbs, but also because, since the plants are fed automatically, you are more likely to convince them. spend time with you from time to time. A classic win-win situation isn’t it?

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News flash: camping lunches and dinners no longer have to be cooked on bulky stationary grills. Get yourself a portable solar cooker and you are good to go. With this portable solar cooker from GoSun, you can easily cook your food outdoors using only solar energy.

This cooker harnesses even the smallest amount of natural light to help you cook deliciously healthy meals, while saving energy. Amazingly cool to the touch while solar cooking, it’s the classic gift that will continue to be given all year round and so it’s perfect for that friend or family who loves food as much as they love camping or getting away from it all. outdoors. It is also the guarantee of an invitation to escape to enjoy a meal made entirely of sunshine.

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If you have a friend who is always jotting down notes or ideas on papers, this will make a perfect and thoughtful gift for them this Christmas. With the Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Notebook, they can take all the notes they want without wasting paper or messing up the place.

The notebook is made with glossy paper and comes with specially designed erasable gel pens available in different colors.

Anything written on the notebook can be wiped off with a damp cloth that comes with the notebook. And it’s better. The Rocketbook comes with an app that lets you easily scan notes and save them as PDFs to your mail or any cloud service. Your nerd friend will love all these qualities because it’s the perfect gift that they won’t forget for years and can use for the rest of their life!

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And last but certainly not least on our list is the Smarter FridgeCam. This handy little camera easily attaches to the inside of the fridge to give instant access to its contents. Every time someone closes the refrigerator, this camera takes and sends a picture of the contents of the refrigerator to the Smarter app. It then creates an inventory of what’s in stock to ensure users don’t forget to restock their favorite foods the next time they go shopping.

Smarter’s FridgeCam also identifies and tracks expiration dates for refrigerator contents, making food waste a thing of the past, as it alerts users when those dates are approaching. With FridgeCam, less trips to the store means less energy use, an ideal gift for families, friends and any eco-geek on your Christmas list looking for efficiency – and who wants to reduce food waste.

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Disclosure: This curated list does not fully take into account all of the ethical considerations unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own set of ethics. This list also includes affiliate links. Click here to learn more about our policies.

Title image via House of Marley.

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