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11 Tech Gadget Gifts for Everyone on Your List

December 6, 2016

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean countless hours at the mall, searching in vain for the perfect gift. We’ve done the research for you to find some of the best gifts in tech for everyone on your list. From a smart flowerpot to an affectionate robot, here are our top 11 picks for tech gadget gifts this year:  


1. For the Windows fan: Dell XPS 13 $799

This sleek and lightweight Ultrabook laptop offers a high resolution bezel-less display that stretches 13.3 inches in an 11 inch frame, covering 80% of the panel. Even though this beauty is a svelte 9-15mm thick, it offers a full set of ports for all your external devices. It also packs a lot of power for its size with an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor and a fast PCIe solid-state drive (SSD). Voted the #1 laptop for 2016 by, this is a solid choice for the techie who prefers a Windows operating system. 


2. For the Apple fan: Macbook 2016 in Rose Gold $1,299-1,599

Extremely lightweight, this is the perfect laptop for the stylish on-the-go professional. With a more powerful processor, longer battery life, and sharper display than its predecessor, the Macbook 2016 (now available in rose gold) is a gift that’s sure to make any Apple fan feel tickled pink.


3. For the kid: The Anki Cosmo $474

Instead of committing to a puppy, how about a cute little robot? The Anki Cosmo has a playful personality that’s sure to keep your kids entertained. It can even recognize its owner and express emotion. You’re not limited to the manufacturer’s features either. The developer platform allows you to improve upon the Anki Cosmo, preventing this new gadget from becoming old news once the holidays are over. The best part? No house training required.


4. For the kid at heart: Phantom 4 $1,199

Capture 4k video and slow motion full HD content from a bird’s eye view with the Phantom 4 drone. The ability to automatically avoid obstacles and track moving objects, allows you to safely fly around the neighborhood at up to 44 mph without worrying about unfortunate collisions with, say, your neighbor’s nice Audi or the new drone they got for Christmas.


5. For the photographer: HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer $130

Even the most organized and well-designed online album can’t beat a printed photo. Give the photographer or social media maven in your life the ability to print her best photos directly from both an iPhone or Android with this compact and portable HP printer.


6. For the artist: Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad $130

Never lose your handwritten notes or sketches again! Compatible with most types of paper, the Bamboo Slate smartpad is the best way to directly convert handwritten notes and drawings into editable digital files.


7. For the art appreciator: EO2 Art Display $299

Decorate your walls with a rotating display of fine art without breaking the bank. With a variety of frame options, the EO2 looks like a real painting but is actually an LED-backlit matte display that shows off digital image files at their best. 


8. For the fitness junkie: Plantronics BackBeat FIT $130

Stay motivated with your favorite tunes while at the gym or on the trail with these lightweight and comfortable wireless sport headphones from Plantronics. These earbuds will stay put even during the most intense workouts, have a battery life of up to 8 hours, and feature amazing sound quality.


9. For the aspiring gardener: The Parrot POT $150

This smart flowerpot has a self-irrigation system that adjusts to the plant’s natural life-cycle so it always gets just the right amount of water at the right time. Get customized recommendations for fertilizer, sunlight, and temperature levels for your plants, helping you improve your gardening skills. You can even leave your plant unattended for up to a month and the Parrot POT will take care of it in your absence! (Guaranteed this smart flowerpot is a much more reliable plant-sitter than your next door neighbor.)


10. For the chef: Joule Sous Vide Cooker $200

Enjoy perfectly cooked meals every time with the Joule Sous Vide cooker - a smart kitchen accessory that connects with your smartphone to tell you the exact temperature and amount of time needed to cook everything from roasted veggies to medium-well steak. This is truly gourmet cooking made easy.  


11. For the person who has everything: The Automatic Pro $130

The Automatic Pro makes driving safer and less stressful. This great device can locate your car if stolen (or if lost in an overcrowded parking lot), alert emergency services in an accident, and even make sure your teen is driving safely. Check engine light on? Save yourself a trip to the mechanic and let Automatic Pro diagnose the issue first. Driving has never felt so safe and stress-free.



Image: Creative Commons DJI Phantom 4 drone by Andri Koolme. CC BY 2.0



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