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The tech gifts that'll make almost anyone happy

These are the gizmos and gadgets that are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.


Dan Graziano

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

DJI's Phantom 3 is a little more advanced than your typical RC car, but new safety make it easy for beginners to get flying fast. Equipped with a camera for full-HD video and an array of sensors to make flying indoors and outside more stable, the Phantom 3 is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Apple Watch

Any dedicated iPhone user would be happy to have an Apple Watch. The first smartwatch from Apple can track your fitness, display notifications, run apps, and even make phones calls...at least when it's connected to your phone.

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Huawei Watch

The beautiful design of the Huawei Watch will appeal to a more sophisticated tech geek. This Android Wear-powered smartwatch works with iPhone and Android devices, and is capable of displaying notfications and personalized Google Now card right on your wrist.

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Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality is the future, and the future is now. The Samsung Gear VR transforms your Samsung Galaxy S6 or Note 5 smartphone into a futuristic view master. You can watch movies, play games, explore different locations, and more all from the comfort of your home.

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GoPro Hero4 Silver

The GoPro Hero4 Silver is the best GoPro for the money. This little action cam produces great video at a high resolution and the built-in touchscreen makes reviewing and changing settings a breeze.

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Microsoft Surface Book

The Microsoft Surface Book combines what we loved about the original Surface Pro and integrates it into the design of a traditional laptop. You can even detach the screen and use it as a normal Windows 10 tablet.

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Philips Hue Connected Bulb

The Phillips Hue lets you change the color of your lightbulbs and control them from your phones. While expensive, the Hue 2.0 adds Apple HomeKit integration to a product that was already hard to beat.

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Ninja Ultima Blender

Your dream smoothie is only a spin cycle away. The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender performs as well as models that cost twice as much. With 1,500 watts, 2.5 horsepower, and a range of 3,700 to 24,000rpm, the Ninja Ultima is a powerhouse blender that won't let you down.

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Apple iMac with 4K Retina display

The 21.4-inch iMac features a stunning 4K-resolution display, a faster processor and Thunderbolt 2 support. The keyboard, mouse and trackpad have also been redesigned to include both rechargeable batteries and lightning connectors.

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Sphero BB-8

Sphero's BB-8 is the droid toy you are looking for. Take control of the new Star Wars droid using only your Android or iOS device.

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Amazon Echo

A Bluetooth speaker, smart-home hub, and a personal assistant. The Amazon Echo has it all.

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The Coolest Cooler

The Coolest Cooler is the Swiss Army knife of outdoor equipment. The 55-quart cooler comes with a powerful Bluetooth speaker, convenient USB charger and built-in blender, all of which are powered by its integrated rechargeable battery.

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Sony MDR-1A headphones

The Sony MDR-1A is a super comfortable and lightweight full-size headphone that does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone.

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Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller

This ultra high-end controller works with both the Xbox One and Windows computers. It offers an impressive amount of customization on its analog sticks, D-pad and triggers, and introduces back paddles. The Xbox mobile app allows for even more personalization, including the ability to remap every button on the controller.

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Anki Overdrive

The Anki Overdrive starter kit comes with two cars, a charging dock and a modular race track you can build to your liking. Cars are controlled using either an iPhone or Android device.

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Wilson X Connected Basketball

Want to become a better basketball player? The Wilson X Connected Basketball can help. This smart ball features an array of sensors that can track whether you make or miss shots. Wilson's Android and iOS app also includes a variety of practice modes to help improve your game.

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LG 55EC9100

We think OLED technology delivers the best picture quality. While prices are still expensive, the 55-inch LG 55EC9100 offers an impressive for under $2,000, which is more affordable than many other options.

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