The techie in your life is probably pretty hard to shop for—especially during the holidays. The speed with which tech evolves is hard to keep up with, and with so many different toys, gadgets, and gizmos out there, it’s easy to get lost pretty quick. Well, not to worry. This holiday season, let us do the thinking for you, and pick one of the items below for your tech-obsessed friend, relative, or significant other. We’re sure they’ll thank you.
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It’s time for any tech lover to get in on VR as it becomes more readily available, and the Daydream is a great place to start. Explore other worlds, the swim at the bottom of the ocean, or just get ring-side seating at your favorite hoops game—all from the comfort of your couch. All you need is a compatible Android phone.
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Bring out the inner kid in every dork with this mobile droid that obeys the commands of a smartphone app. Whether R2 delivers a crowd-pleasing “beep-boop” or keep the kids distracted long enough to enjoy a holiday cocktail, this mover-and-shaker could just be a techie’s new best friend.
Credit: Courtesy of Sphero
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Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa
No need to hit the road alone with this mountable, travel-ready guide and entertainer. The Garmin Speak gives you precise, up-the-second directions on where your going, and with Amazon’s Alexa built in, you can add to your grocery list or stream music from Amazon Unlimited. Just watch the road.
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eero Home Wi-Fi System (2nd Generation)
Wi-Fi dead spots, be gone. The new eero Home Wi-Fi System seamlessly lets you connect to the Internet and stay connected through the provided “beacons,” so you’ll never drop your signal again. It excelled in our Internet speed tests, and set up is so easy you really do only have to push a button.
[From $299; eero.com]
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NVIDIA Shield TV
There are so many set top box streamers on the market it can be hard to pick just one. The NVIDIA SHIELD is definitely the one for techies. Not only can you stream content in 4K, but you can stream AAA games to via Nvidia GameStream. Connect to any service—Netflix, HBO, what have you—via your Google account, and you’re ready to watch.
[From $179; nvidia.com]
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Apple iPad (2017)
There are iPad Airs, minis, and Pros. There’s an iPod for anyone—but this iPad, the new 9.7-inch, 2017 model, is for everyone. It’s our favorite model that Apple makes right now, providing you with hours of entertainment, reading, and games with a stunning Retina display, all at Apple’s most reasonable price for an iPad yet. Don’t wait on this one.
[From $329; apple.com]
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Bose SoundSport Truly Wireless Headphones
Get total freedom of movement with no wires and incredible Bose sound—without the falling-out factor or any of the dorkiness of the Apple Airpods. These buds can be used anywhere for anything since they’re sweat- and weather-resistant and come with up to 5 hours of play time before they need a charge. Bonus: if you lose one, you can find it with the free app.
Credit: Courtesy of Bose
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Amazon Echo Show
Don’t you miss having a little TV with the morning news in your kitchen? Now you can upgrade it with the power of Amazon’s Alexa. The Echo Show can show your techie buddy the news, the weather, any Amazon Prime show, play their favorite tunes, or even order a pizza—all with the sound of their voice.
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