14 Cool Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday Season
A watch that's smarter than you are!
Buy it! Apple Watch, varying prices; apple.com
A STREAMING STICK
Can't choose between Amazon Video, Hulu and Netflix? With the Roku Streaming Stick, you don't have to: The device allows you to stream pretty much anything anywhere for optimal binge watching.
Buy it! Roku Streaming Stick, $49.99; amazon.com
For the friend who is also a frequent traveler: a pair of headphones that will ensure no crying child will ever disrupt their flight again.
Buy it! Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling, $349; amazon.com
A CHARGER THAT'S ONE STEP AHEAD OF YOU
Never be the person begging the bartender to let you behind the bar to charge your phone again.
AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank, $28; amazon.com
AN EXTRA-LONG CABLE
How many times have you awkwardly positioned yourself near the closest outlet so you could charge your phone? (Too many.) With an extra-long cord, you won't have to leave the couch to get a charge.
Lampa 2 Pack 10FT Nylon Braided Lightning Cable Extra Long USB Charging Cord, $12; amazon.com
A SMALL-BUT-POWERFUL CAMERA
For the budding photographer who wants something more than a phone.
Nikon COOLPIX L340 20.2MP Digital Camera with 28x Optical Zoom, $230; target.com
A DO-IT-ALL MACHINE
Life is easier when people — or things — do tasks for you. Like check your credit card balance, or play music, like the Amazon Echo does. Think of it as the cheapest housekeeper ever.
Buy it! Amazon Echo Dot, $40; amazon.com
A WATCH THAT TRACKS YOUR STEPS
Never did the number 10,000 play such a role in your daily routine.
Buy it! Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, $85; amazon.com
A SUPER-STRONG HAIRDRYER
A hairdryer in a tech gift guide? Believe it! The new Dyson Supersonic measures the air temperature every 20 seconds, adjusting to give you the optimal hair-drying heat (shortening your drying time, too). And the tiny but mighty motor is in the handle, making the process a little less noisy.
Buy it! Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, $399.99; sephora.com
A CAMERA FOR WHEN YOU'RE ON THE GO
The best device for capturing of-the-moment video, whether it's during a ski trip or a holiday celebration.
Buy it! GoPro HERO+, $140; amazon.com
If you're out of room on your bookshelf, then now's the time to upgrade to an e-reader.
Buy it! Kindle Paperwhite E-reader, $100; amazon.com
A VOICE-CONTROLLED LIGHTBULB
If you're a fan of telling a machine to do things, pick up these voice-controlled light bulbs, which will have you living like you're in an episode of Star Trek in no time.
Buy it! Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit with two A19 LED light bulbs and bridge, $70; amazon.com
AN INSTANT-PRINT CAMERA
Thought Polaroid cameras were a thing of the past? Think again! This blast-from-the-past device prints out photos right after you take them, giving you an IRL Instagram.
Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera With LCD Display (Blue) with Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology, $179; amazon.com
A WIRELESS SPEAKER
For when your phone's speakers (and a cup!) just don't the job.
Buy it! Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker, $23; amazon.com