Tech gifts: the ultimate guide

Posted11/18/2017 1:00 AM

Technology gifts for every budget and interest -- check out these smart stocking stuffers, new smartphones, headphones, speakers and more.

Apple: iPhone 8

iPhone 8.
iPhone 8. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

The iPhone 8 is a solid upgrade over the iPhone 7, thanks to the addition of wireless charging and improvements to the camera. This is sure to please if you need a new smartphone and don't need -- or want -- the new facial-recognition technology of the iPhone X. $699

Samsung: Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8.
Samsung Galaxy S8. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Samsung's Galaxy S8 has a truly edgeless screen that is perfect for watching video and viewing pictures, and packs more than enough power to make your own creations as well. All in all, it's a strong smartphone that boasts the flexibility of Android without breaking your budget. $724.99, plans may vary

Amazon: Echo

Amazon Echo.
Amazon Echo. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Amazon's new generation of the Echo smart speaker is smaller and has new finishes to blend more easily into your home. With several smart "skills" to choose from, you can customize this home assistant to fit your needs whether you're looking to control your home or upgrade family game night. $99.99

Apple: iPad Pro

iPad Pro.
iPad Pro. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Want to ditch your laptop? The iPad Pro offers you both power and portability for a reasonable price. New software means you can multi-task more easily while also toting a killer screen for watching videos on the go. If you want to, add the optional keyboard for more productivity. $649

Anker: PowerCore +mini

Anker PowerCore+ mini.
Anker PowerCore+ mini. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Pick up a power boost to get you through the end of the day and avoid battery-related panic. Battery packs may not be the most glamorous tech gift, but it's hard to think of one that's more useful -- particularly a petite one like the Anker PowerCore +mini that tucks away easily. $11.77

Jaybird: X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset

Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth headset.
Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth headset. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Headphones top the list of the most-wanted tech gifts this year, particularly wireless headsets that let you rock out whether or not your phone has a headphone jack. These Bluetooth headsets from Jaybird stand up to a strenuous workout and keep you tangle-free while you're on the go. $129.99

JBL: Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

The party goes with you when you have a really good wireless speaker. The JBL Flip 4 is rugged enough to stand up to the rain and can even survive a quick dip in the pool, while being light and stylish enough to always make your packing list. $88.69

Tile: Sport

Tile Sport tracker.
Tile Sport tracker. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

The forgetful among us could always use a little help. The durable Tile Sport tracker can attach to anything you don't want to misplace -- your keys, your bag, your dog or even your kid's jacket -- and lets you know where they are through an app on your smartphone. $34.99

Google: Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast Ultra, from Google.
Chromecast Ultra, from Google. - Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Tired of watching things on your phone? Send those YouTube videos to the TV. The Google Chromecast Ultra isn't the only streaming stick on the market, but it offers high-quality video for a reasonable price. Plus, it tucks away behind your set so you don't have to clutter up your television stand. $69

Uncommon Goods: Travel Cord Roll

For those who aren't so keen on carrying a rat's nest of cables everywhere, a cord roll can be a compact way to keep things organized and lets you find what you need when you need it. This leather roll, from Uncommon Goods, puts everything you need at your fingertips. $20

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