Good news! Tech shopping is more fun than it’s ever been here in 2015. Now that a sense of style has permeated a tech industry that once seemed to be averse to it, gadgets have become fashion statements without sacrificing quality thanks to designer partnerships and keen-eyed accessory makers. Of course, we’ll always be partial to function before form, and there’s been no shortage of that this year, either — wearables have been blowing up, cameras are getting smaller and better, and the home is getting smarter. Even the most tech-savvy of us are having trouble keeping up. Fortunately, getting all the stuff you wanted during the year but couldn’t afford is exactly why we have the holiday season! Here are our top picks to help cap off the year in tech for the women in your life.
Knomo is our go-to for chic, tech-friendly gear, but even this took us by surprise. Usually known for their handbags and clutches, Knomo has taken on something a lot harder to make cool — the backpack. They succeeded, with a number of models sporting clutch-like front pockets that really make these backpacks stand out. A little leather never hurt, either. Knomo’s backpacks range from $160 to $350 and can be found on Knomo or Amazon.
Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones
Hey, these new Beats colors look an awful lot like what the iPhone 6/6s come in! Almost like the same company is in charge of them and wants you to buy them together, or something. Well, it’s working — the new Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones are the perfect iPhone companions, and the sound quality has gotten better after the rough early years of the brand. The Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones are still pricey at $300 directly from Beats or on Amazon.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is not your standard Android tablet. To that effect, this 8 inch tablet packs in a 180 degree rotating camera along with an incredible 20 hour battery life. You can pick it up for just $159.
Mophie Desktop Dock
Keep your iPhone propped up and charging with Mophie’s Desktop Dock for iPhone 5 / 5s and 6 / 6s. It also comes in a choice of black or gold to match your iPhone’s aesthetics. The Desktop Dock retails for $59.95.
BonJour 8-Cup Maximus French Press
We reiterate — everything is stylish. If she’s got a janky plastic French press stashed away in the cupboard, do her a favor and replace it with the beautiful candy apple red French press with an 8-cup carafe. It’s designed to keep coffee hot over long periods, and the filter on top is better at straining out sediment than the usual French press. Throw in a locking filter system that stops brewing automatically when the coffee is ready, and you get the exact mix of form and function we love. You can find the BonJour 8-Cup Maximus French Press on Amazon for $50.
Anolon Advanced Umber Covered Wok
Again, in 2015, nothing need be stashed away in shame for its shabbiness. Even our woks are lookers. For the culinary-inclined, this wok from Anolon is made of anodized aluminum and looks like something a third party company would have made to pair with an Apple device. Looks good, in other words. Better Homes and Gardens currently lists the best price as $64 from Bed, Bath, & Beyond, but Amazon has the same price listed in case Amazon is going to be your one-stop shop this holiday season.
HoMedics 3D Shiatsu and Vibration Massage Pillow with Heat
A massage pillow? If you came here looking for a can’t-miss gift, this is it. This wonder pillow comes at stress knots with heat and a circular, kneading vibration that resembles a Shiatsu massage at various intensity settings. There’s absolutely no one who couldn’t use one of these. The HoMedics 3D Shiatsu and Vibration Massage Pillow with Heat is on HoMedics and Amazon for $50.
Zero Gravity iPhone Cases
Zero Gravity isn’t just another iPhone case company, but one that really caters to a more feminine and more trendy crowd. We dare say it – but their cases are sooo hipster. You can check out their latest designs here.
An interchangeable lens camera that fits comfortably into a purse or handbag? Yes, please! The NX500 combines terrific quality — 28 MP BSI sensor and 4k video recording — with portability, thanks to a small body that can be slipped into bags and maybe even some pockets. While it lacks some bells and whistles like a viewfinder, more experienced photographers can still enter manual, or aperture/shutter priority modes or swap out lenses according to the situation. The NX500 is available directly from Samsung or on Amazon for $800.
Incipio Design Series iPhone 6/6s/Plus Cases
Incipio makes terrific smartphone cases, but they’re not always the most attractive options out there. They’ve done a great job this year with their new Design Series, though, which features four lines including Moroccan-inspired designs, transparent cases, and simple but elegant lines that are bold without being busy. The whole collection looks fantastic for spring, so make sure you spin this as a forward-thinking gift. You can buy the Design Series cases directly from Incipio for $35 each.
Redbubble iPhone Cases, Pillows and More
Redbubble offers a massive collection of products covered in beautiful artwork created from a selection of thousands of artists. That includes everything from pillows, to iPhone cases. We recommend this geometric iPhone case or the medium throw pillow, both of which you can never have enough of. Both are about $25 each on Redbubble.