I’ll admit there was a time in my life where a “splurge” meant the thick ply toilet paper. But now, I feel like I can buy the thick ply (heavennnnnn is a place on earth) and invest in tech that makes my life easier and my pet’s hair more manageable. What a time to be alive.
Here, I’ve rounded up a few tech investments to consider based on your personal lifestyle, career goals, or home bugaboos.
If you have pets…
I just bought this little vacuum and I am here to tell you IT IS TRULY MAGICAL. If you have any kind of pet hair situation (I only have one cat, but could make 18 more with the amount of hair she sheds daily), think of this as an investment in your personal happiness as well as a huge time saver. Program it to run and it zips around, sucking up everything, meaning that you don’t have to. Slow clap.
I have an irrational fear of fans with blades — I want no part of me near those spinning whirs of death. I also frequently worry about my cat getting too curious and sniffing around fans when I’m out of eyesight, it literally makes me shudder. Which is why I’m considering investing in a Dyson bladeless fan, even though they come with a real hefty price tag. Peace of mind can sometimes be priceless, amiright? Also a winner if you have kids!
Treat Tossing Dog Camera
I’ll admit, this is incredibly extra, but HEY PEOPLE LOVE THEIR PETS.
If you’re a traveler, commuter, or are like, ~really~ into music…
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
If you’re listening to music in your home on the daily, you’ll be so over your phone’s puny speakers. Ain’t gonna cut it, amiright? I like to listen to podcasts while I’m showering — multitasking is my jam — and investing in a wireless speaker to ensure I could hear every second over the obnoxiously loud sound of my apartment shower was a game changer.
There is nothing worse than losing your phone when you’re traveling — talk about feeling naked and afraid. This nifty little card can be attached to anything (think phone, keys, wallet) and ring when you activate it. You can also use the app to pinpoint the location of the thing you lost. Queue you starting to breathe again.
Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
If you’re commuting a bunch (I feel ya), a great pair of wireless headphones will change your lyfe. Whether you’re an airpods person — how do they not just fall out?! I have questions — or into retro, headband-style headphones, a wireless pair will ensure you don’t get so tangled in the seatbelt of your Uber Pool that you basically fall out of the car… and yes, this happened to me twice last week.
When you’re traveling, it can be hard to find a strong wifi signal — or really, ANY wifi signal. With this pint-sized device, you can connect anywhere and everywhere with no roaming charges.
I’ll freely admit, I’m not a music aficionado by any means, so allow me to quote from the Amazon product description, “produces a pure analog listening experience that recreates the performance the way the artist intended.” If you’re looking to branch into a vinyl record collection, this turntable comes recommended for balance and sound quality.
If you have asthma, allergies, dry skin, or frequent colds…
I am VERY intrigued by Molekule, because I have suddenly developed allergies — I’m 25 and my life is falling apart, it’s nbd — and it’s one of the most highly rated air purifiers on the market. It’s also one of the most expensive tech-y products you can invest in, so you should truly think of it as an investment. Basically, it sucks in all the air in your home/apartment/room and destroys the gross stuff, ensuring you’re breathing clean air. If you’re just looking for cleaner air without any specific triggers — like asthma or allergies — you are probably fine with a traditional air purifier. However, if you’re looking for something to truly filter your air, Molekule might be your best option.
If you suffer from dry skin in the winter, or live in a place with a lot of dry heat, a humidifier is key. It can help keep the air in your home at 50% humidity — good for your skin and your health.
If you’re working on growing a business, freelance side hustle, or like to invest in your hobbies/passions…
Instant Film Camera
The era of polaroids was a real time to be alive. I love that instant film cameras have made a comeback — there’s something really special about only having a specific number of photos you can take and then instantly seeing the result.
iPad Pro + Apple Pencil
I cannot say enough good things about my iPad Pro — I rave about it to anyone within earshot and yes, I have a lot of friends, thanks. It’s a huge investment, but if you’re in the lettering/art/graphic design game it can save you EONS of time and is honestly really fun to use.
Screen Cutting Machine
All my crafters put yo hands up! If you’re into vinyl stickers, screen-printed t-shirts, and other cool, crafty DIY projects, this Circut machine is your jam. It comes HIGHLY reviewed and includes an app, which feels legit.
If you can’t stop watching Top Chef…
An Espresso Maker
If you’re routinely dropping $5-10 on coffee every morning at Starbucks (*cough* oops *cough*), consider investing in a fancy coffee maker for your home. The investment will pay for itself in a few months and also makes you feel like a real ass gourmet when you can whip out a profesh af espresso drink for all your guests.
A Blender System
If you’re thinking you’re ready to make your own peanut butter, salad dressings, spiralized noodles, and fiber-rich smoothies, it might be time to spring for an upgraded blending system that can do it all — and then some. There’s nothing worse than getting a bee in your bonnet to make something and then realizing you can’t because you don’t have the right equipment.
If you’re a homebody
Hey Google, order me one of those pods I can talk to, okay? Cool, thanks, bye.
We have a Nest in The Everygirl office and turning it up to 73 is my literal favorite thing to do when I arrive every day (it would be 78, but I’ve heard that is a little ~too~ hot for some people…). The Nest is ridiculously easy to use and it looks pretty and minimal and tech-y chic on your wall.