Top tech gifts for best friends for the 2019 holiday season
Best friends are the people who are there for you no matter what, which is why they deserve something amazing and unique
Best friends are those who know us better than anyone else, and during the holidays we want to give them a gift as special as they are to us. These technology presents are edgy and thoughtful, sleek and stylish, indulgent and useful. We bet there's something for nearly any best friend on this list.
Lumio Book Lamp
One of the loveliest gifts you'll give this year, the Lumio Book Lamp presents as a novel, but when you open it the pages transform into an array of light. While this won't illuminate an entire room, it's certainly enough of a glow for reading before bed, plus the design is so beautiful the Lumio can be an object just for enjoying. There are a number of styles and sizes, with the Classic Lumio priced at $200, which includes a USB charger.
1More Stylish True Wireless Headphones
Bluetooth-enabled, these headphones can bring up a favorite voice assistant, play music and answer calls. But unlike the typical black and white options, the $100 1More Stylish True Wireless Headphones come in rich metallic colors including pink, gold and mint green, adding some sparkle and flash, right down to the jewelry-like box they come in, and where they also recharge.
Mason by Aura digital frame
Even though we all keep our photos on our phones, having somewhere to hang a few favorites — even digitally — is a splendid way to remind us the important moments, and people, in our lives. The new $199 Mason by Aura digital frame not only lets you push out images from a Google Photos account, but others, that you allow, can push images to the frame as well.
Bose Portable Home Speaker
For pals with any outdoor space, the new $349 Bose Portable Home Speaker is a perfect gift, a way for them to enjoy time outside and still listen to tunes. There's also support for both Alexa and Google Assistant, and once charged the wireless speaker can stay working for 12 hours on its battery alone, more than enough time for any party. You can run the Bose on Wi-Fi and also Bluetooth, and the sleek silver and black color options will work in any decor.
A security camera is much more than a window into your home — for pals with pets, the Robbi Wi-Fi Camera can keep watch on their furry friends. With a 130-degree field of view, and free, lifetime, 24-hour video storage, this is a wonderful and thoughtful present. The pint-sized design that looks a bit like a friendly face only sweetens the look of this $99.99 camera.
Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch
In this era of touchscreen smartwatches, the Mondaine Helvetica 1 smartwatch stands out not for its extras but for its classic style. There's a black leather band, a brushed stainless steel case and a crown to physically adjust the time. Still, you can get smart fitness features which include a way to see your daily step count and also calories. The watch connects to both iOS and Android devices and starts at $550.
Moto G7 Power
Want to feel like a bit shot this season? Consider gifting your bestie a smartphone — and no, you don't have to spend $1,000 for this present. The Moto G7 Power is just $250, but the smartphone can go for up to three days on just one charge of the 5,000 mAh battery. There's a Gorilla Glass covering, plus some nice color options including Iced Violet, Ceramic Black and Marine Blue.
Best friend far away? The Ember Mug2 can make those catch up calls more fun if you're both sipping away at something warm and delicious while chatting. You can set the temperature to between 120ºF and 145º F, and it will keep going for up to 1.5 hours. The $99.95 1-ounce mug comes in white and black — and you can spring for the 14-ounce size in black for $129.95.
Lyfe Floating Planter
This geodesic-shaped planter is both beautiful and a conversation piece. The $299 Lyfe Planter is a silicon container is a Swiss-design, and rotates in midair above an oak base, and you can actually put lives plants inside. (But they're not included.) The base plugs into a power source, and there is a watering drainage system inside. The effect, when it's moving, is both hypnotic and relaxing.
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Game of Phones
A scavenger hunt played between smartphones? That's easy win for a night in with best pals. The card game Game of Phones works in tandem with your devices, sending you off to complete assignments that can only be pulled up on a smartphone. Just $20, this is a great stocking stuffer or a perfect gift for that pal who can have fun doing anything.