From stylish earbuds that are as high fashion as they are high-tech, to wee design objects you can design, create, and 3D print yourself, these five gifts should fill all your loved ones’ joint style-technology needs this year. Whether they’re rounding out their tech accessories closet or decorating via 3D printing, one of these options will be just the ticket.
Nike FuelBand SE
Nike's updated FuelBand SE now captures more data and comes in different colors (equally important improvements, as far as we're concerned). If it were to show up under our tree, we'd prefer the rose gold version.
GE's #3DPrintMyGift helps users design and create small, printed items, as well as choose from a range of blueprints from the minds of various cultural influencers. This is kind of the high-tech, contemporary, grown-up version of the macaroni necklaces of our childhoods.
Clare Vivier for Apple
Just launched in November, Clare Vivier's cases made specially for Apple are pretty, padded, and useful. And there's one for every size laptop (Pro or Air).
Alexander Wang for Beats by Dr. Dre
Launching December 16, Alexander Wang's limited edition pieces for Beats by Dr. Dre should prove to be this year's most stylish way to listen to Spotify on mobile, particularly if you're game to shell out $130 for earbuds (or $300 for the speaker, which actually comes across as more reasonable).
Saks 3D-Printed Snowflakes
Last but not least, and we might be pushing it when we call this 'useful,' from now until Christmas, MasterCard holders who spend at least $150 at Saks Fifth Avenue's Manhattan flagship will receive a 3D printed snowflake. Made in conjunction with 3D printing leader MakerBot, this is kind of a nice, tech-influenced piece of decor for years to come.
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