What to get for audiophiles, gamers, photo enthusiasts, and kids
New in tech: 10 top picks
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones
“The new travel king has arrived” in the form of this gift for the serious audiophile. The headphones feature “quality noise canceling,” “clear, powerful sound,” up to 30 hours of battery life, and a touch control panel on the ear cup that lets you change tracks and control volume.
Tivoli Model One BT
Why choose between radio and streaming when your loved one can have the “best of both worlds”? The Model One’s AM/FM radio has a “huge dial for easy analog tuning” and pairs with Bluetooth for listening to downloaded music and podcasts.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
For photographers who delight in instant gratification, the Snap is “absolutely easy and fun to use.” It works like an old-school Polaroid camera, popping out a 2-by-3-inch print while also storing a digital version on a memory card.
For those who like their wearable tech to mix style and substance, the Ray is an “elegantly minimalist” fitness tracker. Still, it “packs all of the essentials,” including monitoring of steps, calories, and distance on a daily basis.
This toy robo-dog has “plenty of spunk” and will obey commands, play fetch, and follow your kids around. ChiP’s personality develops over time in response to the way the owner interacts with the pup, so no two are alike.
NES Classic Edition
This miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System comes pre-loaded with 30 games, including hits like The Legend of Zelda and the first three Super Mario Bros. “As an impulse gaming purchase or as a little piece of decorative ’80s nostalgia,” it’s “a no-brainer.”
PlayStation VR Headset
Cutting-edge gamers will appreciate the gift of virtual reality—and Sony’s headset represents the “most accessible, affordable, and user-friendly” full VR option around. Just be aware that it needs to be connected to a PlayStation 4 to work.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer
“Don’t let your friends’ pictures be buried in their photo gallery again.” This portable device with Bluetooth connectivity prints pictures directly from a smartphone or tablet.
Q Designs Phone Charger Bracelet
This unisex bangle opens at the hinge to reveal a lightning charger that can boost an iPhone’s battery by up to 50 percent. A lightweight, attractive way to carry phone-charge insurance wherever you go, without anyone noticing.
“Kids can play and learn all at once” with this “adorable little robotic ball.” An app teaches them how to use coding to program its behavior, which ranges from basic rolling to complex tasks such as painting and maze running.