11 Hi-Tech Gifts to Make Life More Fun and Beautiful

2016 tech gift guide

As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, it's found a place in nearly everyone's life. If you're looking for the perfect gift this holiday, digital devices and great gadgets are the place to start.

From the world traveler to the health conscious to the kid at heart, we've found products that utilize modern technology in exciting ways. Sleek and useful, they make life more fun and undeniably convenient—this tech gift guide is sure to appeal to everyone on your list. The only thing you'll have to decide is whether they've been naughty or nice.

2016 tech gift guide

Bellabeat Leaf Nature Health Tracker by Bellabeat | $117.48
This nature-inspired fitness and wellness tracker works with an accompanying app to catalog your movement, sleep, and more. The sleek leaf design is both a beautiful and inconspicuous riff on wearable tech.

2016 tech gift guide

Tiny Cloud Light and Speaker by Richard Clarkson | $530.00
Is it a cloud or a speaker? It's both! The ethereal creation plays your favorite tunes while flashing lights along to the beat.

2016 tech gift guide

Cronzy Digital Color Pen by Cronzy | $216.00
This hi-tech pen can create over 16 million colors in just seconds—with hues scanned from real life. It's like something out of a sci-fi film. Read more on My Modern Met

2016 tech gift guide

Smartphone Projector by Mobile Movies | $26.00
There's no need to buy a bulky projector when you can use a smartphone. Simply insert your phone into the device and it will project your small screen onto a big wall.

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The Barisieur | $299.00+
The Barisieur is an automatic coffee and tea brewer that also doubles as a soothing alarm clock. It allows you to wake up to the sounds and smells of a bubbling brew. Read more on My Modern Met

2016 tech gift guide

Bluesmart Smart Suitcase by Bluesmart | $455.00
One of the original smart suitcases, the innovative luggage has an accompanying app that will weigh your bag, locate it, and lock it, too. Read more on My Modern Met

Deer Head LED Lighting Fixture by Popup Lighting | $290.00Read more on My Modern Met

Deer Head LED Lighting Fixture by Popup Lighting | $290.00
Inspired by pop-up books, designer Chen Bikovski couples modern lighting with a playful twist. When they're lit up, they transform into animals. Read more on My Modern Met

2016 tech gift guide

Diamond Color-Changing Bluetooth Speaker by Lightahead | $23.99
Although this device looks like a modern sculpture, it is wireless speaker that displays vibrant hues as it belts out your favorite tunes. Perfect for a party!

2016 tech gift guide

7 Ares Smart Ring by 7 Sense | $154.00
This inconspicuous piece of jewelry is a powerful notification hub that fits on your finger. It tells you when you've got an email, text message, calendar event, and more, so you won't have to constantly check your phone in anticipation.

Optical Illusion Skull Lamp by Nir Chehanowski for MoMA | $120.00words

Optical Illusion Skull Lamp by Nir Chehanowski for MoMA | $120.00
Though this skull looks like three-dimensional sculpture, its design is deceiving. The LED lamp challenges our perception of space while taking up very little of its own. This entire device is only a few inches thick.

2016 tech gift guide

Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane by PowerUp | $52.00
A childhood staple has a techy twist. Powered by a tiny motor and an accompanying app, you can take this rechargeable plane for a high-flying spin in the sky.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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