The 13 Coolest Tech Gifts Your Friends and Family Actually Want


Original illustration by Haobin Ye

When the ornaments come down and the dazzle of holiday lights dims, you're left with two types of gifts: the stocking fillers that seemed like a great idea at the time and the presents that you'll actually use for months, if not years, to come. Of all gift types, tech gadgets can prove the most difficult to pick. Is that iPhone lens gimmicky or great? Will a self-charging suitcase actually be useful?

To sort the gadgets from the gimmicks, we went in search of the 13 best buys of 2016 that your friends and family will actually use. Forget plugged-in, console-touting teens—the latest grown-up products are suited to almost any person on your gift list, from outdoor adventure seekers and homebodies to travelers and work wives. Just pick their area of interest (fitness, home tech, art, and more), and shop our top picks. Believe us—these 13 tech gifts will be a favorite well after the holidays have ended.