Everything on this gift list is special.
Here are more than a dozen handpicked favorites, selected by our editors, who scoured the web (and asked around) for things unusual, cutting-edge, fun, and useful. You’re sure to find a Chanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s gift here for someone who loves technology, plus we’ve included a few subscriptions and apps that make life easier and more interesting.
#1 A home robot (who talks)
Jibo will check your flight status, take pictures of you, tell you the weather forecast, crack jokes, and dance, among other things. Starts around $900.
#3 A box
Like Tinker Crates for grownups, a Maker Box from Quarterly is right for people who love making things with their hands and also love getting presents in the mail. Curated by people like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Adam Savage, the boxes each include three DIY projects. $89 per crate with the one-year subscription.
Or give the gift of a crate or box from a company founded or run by women. For instance, a KIDBOX full of well-made, attractive clothing for kids would be a welcome present for a mom too busy for dragging her kids to the mall. Plus, for every box you get, they donate an item of clothing to a kid in need. We featured the CEO, Miki Racine Berardelli, a few months ago and were impressed. Starting at around $58 for a box of 6-8 items.