20 Gifts for the Techie on Your List

We’ve uncovered some of the coolest gadgets and gizmos on the market.

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Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable

A briefcase that’s actually a turntable? Can’t get much cooler than that. This lightweight record player features a three-speed portable turntable for your listening convenience. And since it comes in turquoise, orange, pink, sage green, navy, red and black, it can be left out as an addition to your home decor. $150; JC Penny

Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock

Say goodbye to those clunky black plastic charging stations. Charge your device in rustic style. Handcrafted from natural driftwood and made in Maine by artisan Lee Goodwin, this charger serves its purpose, while also looking like a piece of art. $68; UncommonGoods

Tovolo Kiwi Tool

Fuzzy kiwi fruit is great, but the peeling is the pits. Face it, sometimes peeling and cutting simply isn’t worth the work. Stuff a stocking with this affordable 2-in-1 kiwi tool. Made by Tovolo, it’s affordable, dishwasher-safe and useful. $10; Amazon

Charging Cable and Keychain

This is the kind of keychain Inspector Gadget would have. Made by Native Union, it comes with concealed connectors, giving you access to any USB power outlet. That means you’re always prepared for those daily charging emergencies. It’s short and compact enough to fit in your pocket, but long enough to allow you to use your phone whilst charging and syncing. Any techie will love it. $29.99; Native Union

Skull Candy Barracuda Speaker

Large, loud and tough. This speaker, the most rugged wireless speaker in the Skull Candy lineup, is made for the person who can be a tad hard on things. It can go up to three feet under water, boasts impact-resistant construction and has a 10-hour rechargeable battery, not to mention a clean and classic look. We think every modern household needs one. $169.99; Skullcandy

Amazon Echo

The future has arrived. When you utter the word “Alexa,” this genius gadget responds to provide an answer or match a prompt. Want to play a song? Tell Alexa. Want to inquire about the weather forecast? Ask Alexa. With seven microphones and beam forming technology, this will be the hub of your home. We promise. $179.99; Amazon

Acrylic Tablet Holder

Catch up on the news or your daily soap operas while making dinner. And with your tablet tucked easily out of the way, but within view, no splatter mess or trying to work around your screen. This acrylic tablet holder by Diamond Cabinets pulls down and keeps your electronic device from harms way. It’s modern and sleek enough that it won’t stand out, but when noticed adds a touch of sophistication. $140; Diamond Cabinets

The Laser Guided Parking Attendant

No more accidentally bumping into the wall when trying to squeeze your car in the garage or hanging an unsightly tennis ball from the ceiling as a gauge. Those days are over! This motion-activated parking aide guides two cars into a garage with laser-precise driving prowess. The laser guides and LED remain lit for 15 seconds to ensure perfect parking. $49.95; Hammacher Schlemmer

Grill Daddy Platinum Steam Brush

Forget scrubbing away until you rub blisters on your hands. Modern technology brings the power of steam cleaning to the grill brush. Instead of elbow grease, this handy brush scrubs hot grill grates clean, without all the exhausting work. Any barbecue fan will appreciate this gift, and as a bonus, it comes with a replacement brush. $59.95; Crate and Barrel

Cordless Utility Light

Can’t find an outlet but need to shed some light on the subject? Easy peasy with The Place Anywhere Cordless Utility Light. It’s cordless, bright, easy to move, provides an hour and a half of light on high or three hours on low, and comes with a removable folding steel tripod. Everyone household needs one, just in case. $99.95; Hammacher Schlemmer

The Superior Suction Roomba 860 Robotic Vacuum

Meet your new best friend. Household chores seem never ending, so give when you give this gift, you are giving ease in a way that keeps on giving. This amazing little vacuum cleaning robot has a 3-stage cleaning system and cleans on a schedule you set up. Yep. It vacuums your house for you, even if you aren’t home. It avoids stairs, navigates around furniture and boasts a high-efficiency filter that captures 99 percent of allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns. Toss that chore chart and welcome to home cleaning happiness. $499.95; Hammacher Schlemmer

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

The world is filthy. Keep sickness at bay with this easy-to-use smartphone UV sanitizer and charger that helps zap most germs automatically. Simply place your phone inside, attach the charging cable, and close the lid. Inside, a pair of specialized, ultra-violet lights do the dirty work for you. $19.95-$59.95; UncommonGoods

Bathtub to Spa Converter

Remember the old advertisement, “Calgon, take me away?” Well, this little gem can do just that. This device converts any bathtub into a fancy spa tub in seconds. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer, the device simply attaches to the side of a bathtub with its suction cups and circulates bath water through its dual nozzles, creating relaxing water streams that soothe like a ritzy spa treatment. $129.95; Hammacher Schlemmer

Wifi Communicating Pet Treat Dispenser

Left Fluffy at home alone and feeling guilty? Show man’s best friend you love them, even when you aren’t home. This WiFi monitor allows you to check in on a pet from anywhere at anytime, using your smartphone or device, and remotely dispense preloaded treats. It also boasts a built-in speaker so you can communicate to your furry friend, before releasing the treat. $199.95; Hammacher Schlemmer

Cord Tacos

Goodbye cord tangles! Stuff every stocking with these handy holders from CB2. Wrap ear buds, USB cables and other gadget cords into a tidy bundle secured with a single metal snap. Each variety pack includes two large tacos in navy and saddle; three small in metallic gold, navy and saddle. $29.95; CB2

5 Second Ingenio Chopper

Five seconds is all you need! This snazzy gadget by T Fal chops veggies, meats and fruits so quickly and efficiently you will question why you ever chopped without it. Perks? It requires zero electricity, is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime warranty. $22.93; Amazon

Wired Cat Ear Headphones

Some people like discretion. Others like to make a statement. These cat ear headphones do just that. For the pal who fears being a wallflower, these headphones can allow a person to listen privately, or share your tunes with the built-in speakers. To top it off, they light up, ensuring the wearer will be the center of attention. Purrrrr-fect. $129.99; Brookstone

Magnetic Tri-Peeler

We all know how important storage is in a home. Give this handy, 3-part tool that not only covers all of your peeling needs (serrated, straight and julienne), it also fits together magnetically for compact storing. No more shuffling through drawers in search of a peeler! Makes a great hostess gift, or stocking stuffer. $12; Amazon

Window Solar Charger

What a bright idea! Simply attach to any window, and this circular solar panel converts sunlight into electricity so charging your device is a breeze. After it soaks up the sun for 20 hours, the fully charged disk can power your smartphone or other USB-powered mobile device for 5 hours. $62.95; UncommonGoods

Brookstone Pocket Projector Micro

Take that one blank wall in your perfectly-styled home and turn it into a movie theater. That’s right, this super-compact contraption (easily fits in your back pocket and weighs less than a pound) projects images up to 50-inches onto any flat surface. It also boasts a built-in speaker, so you don’t need any extras. Just hook it up and get to watching your favorite flick or playing your favorite game. $149.99; Amazon

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