This Smart Device Will Make Sure You Never Lose Your Keys Again—And It’s 20% Off Right Now

updated Nov 25, 2020
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If you’re unfamiliar with Tile, allow me to make some introductions. Tile makes portable Bluetooth locating devices that connect to an app on your phone, which you can attach to just about anything that has a tendency to get lost. I was first given a Tile in college by my then-boyfriend after we spent a stressful evening racing around town, tracking down his keys that he accidentally left on the counter at a convenience store. After that incident, he purchased a two-pack and immediately handed one over to me. Naturally, I stuck it in my wallet and didn’t touch it, confident that I would never need it. 

But at some point, we are all faced with the consequences of our own bravado. Mine arrived on an early morning in the dead of winter, when I was running late for an opening shift at my job on the opposite side of campus. I ordered a Lyft, and in my half-asleep state, shoved my teeny-tiny black wallet into the cup holder of my backpack, completely forgetting about the massive hole in the bottom. When I arrived at work, I raced out of the car and promptly abandoned my wallet on the floor. I realized my mistake mere seconds after the driver pulled away, because my wallet contained my school ID, aka my key into the building. Thanks to the Tile app, I tracked my wallet back to the car, contacted my Lyft driver, and had my wallet safely back in my clutches not more than half an hour later. 

Ever since that happy ending, I’ve become an unofficial Tile evangelist. If you’re familiar with the intense panic that accompanies lost keys, a misplaced wallet, or a vanished phone that you swear was in your hand 10 seconds ago, I can’t recommend this device enough. It’s even been upgraded to pair with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices, so if you’ve ever dreamed of a robot telling you where your things are, don’t even think about missing out. 

For Tile newbies, I recommend the Tile Starter Bundle, which includes the Mate and Slim models (both of which are also on sale). The Mate is designed to attach to a keychain, pet collar, or zipper, whereas the Slim is the size of a credit card and is made for wallets and passports. Bundling the two devices makes holiday gifting simple: You can keep one for yourself and give the other away, or give both to your scattered partner, family member, or friend. The best news of all is that it’s currently on sale for Black Friday, so you can snag the gift of peace of mind for just $39.99. Sounds like a priceless gift to me.