Unwrapped: Gifts For The Tech Guru

For the Inspector Gadget in your posse

'Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, it’s 31 days of gift giving; for a month, we’ll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list—from your hard-to-please parents to your ’90s-loving BFF and even your spoiled pet. Filled with creative picks that got our pulses racing, our Unwrapped holiday gift guides will make Christmas shopping a breeze this holiday season.

We all have that one friend who geeks out over the latest tech toy. But for the holiday shopper on a budget, it's not logical (or even possible) to buy all of Apple's newest products for your nearest and dearest. Here then are some cool gadgets that should be on everyone's radar this season at a variety of price points. Nobody wants to be walking around like a fossil with outdated accessories. Show your posse how forward-thinking you are with these hot hi-tech gifts and start the new year with a bang.

HP, Sprocket Photo Printer, $129.99, available at Best Buy.

We, millennials, love immediacy, we'll admit it. Sometimes we just need that cute Instagram pic hung up ASAP. HP's pocket printer solves this latest craving.

Samsung, Virtual Reality Headset, $59.99, available at Amazon.

Reality bites. Escape the last days of 2016 with these virtual reality specs. Crafted to completely immerse users in alternate realities, the glasses not only make the wearer feel like Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, they also provide crisp images with minimal light leakage.

Snapchat, Spectacles, $130, available at Spectacles.

Goggle Glass is so two years ago. Stylishly capture snappable moments with no effort at all by eliminating the annoying five-second window it takes for you to take your phone out.

VicTsing, Shower Speaker, $25.99, available at Amazon.

Singing in the shower never felt so 2020. Hit high (and low) notes easily with VicTsing's waterproof speaker system.

Polaroid, CUBE Wifi Lifestyle Action Camera, $149, available at Amazon.

Retro's gone rogue. Throw it back to the '90s with Polaroid's updated HD and weatherproof camera models.

Mr. Coffee, Smart Wifi-Enabled Coffeemaker, $149.99, available at Mr. Coffee.

Michael Scott once said he loved waking up to the smell of bacon and so he put a George Foreman Grill by his bed. (That didn't end so well for him.) Now you can kinda do that too, but with coffee and without the second-degree burns on your feet. Instead, control your kitchen cafe from your bed or couch with your smartphone, making you a sophisticated and emergency room-free Michael Scott.

Brookstone, Limited-Edition Ariana Grande Wireless Bluetooth Cat Ear Headphones, $149.99, available at Brookstone.

Become the best pop star you can be and let everyone know it by sporting Ariana Grande's ultra-catty statement headphones.

Ivation, Mini Facial Steamer For Use With Essential Oils And Aromatherapy, $15.99, available at Sky Mall.

Experience pores no more. Steam away imperfections and enter 2017 with a completely cleansed canvas with this portable dream product.

Ivation, Portable High Capacity Countertop Ice Maker, $139.99, available at Sky Mall.

Summer picnics just became fun again. Pop those mini glaciers in any drinks anywhere with this portable ice maker.

Uncommon Goods, Smartphone Projector 2.0, $28, available at Uncommon Goods.

Say goodbye to Vine the right way, by projecting your favorite six-second cinematic masterpieces onto the closest surface.

Uncommon Goods, Bioluminescent Aquarium, from $14.95, available at Uncommon Goods.

Get your hands on these grown-up glow sticks ASAP.

Tile, Tile Mate 1 Pack, $25, available at Tile.

Lost keys are just the tip of the iceberg. Attach this minimalist accessory to track the location of all your stuff, directly from your smartphone. 

Pokketmixer, Mobile Mini DJ Mixer, $99.99, available at Amazon.

Calvin Harris who? Enter the world of DJing while on the move.

Kyte&Key, The Alex Crossbody, $129, available at Kyte&Key.

Sometimes having to carry a purse completely sucks, but it's necessary because you have a lot of things and they can't all fit in your pockets. Luckily, the Alex Crossbody serves as a phone case and card holder and has a strap that doubles as an ever-lifesaving and -coveted item: an iPhone charging cord.

Away, The Carry-On, $225, available at Away.

If you know someone who's always traveling, you know how hard it is for them to keep everything charged while in transit. Even with external batteries, sometimes it's not enough. Luckily, Away's luggage has built-in battery chargers–just in case.