The 13 Coolest Tech Gifts Your Friends and Family Actually W

Your ultimate guide to last-minute holiday gift ideas for 2019 — from gifts under $100, $50, and $25, to the coolest tech gifts out there

The 13 Coolest Tech Gifts Your Friends and Family Actually W

Despite all the festive cheer and time with loved ones that come with the holiday season, it can also be a stressful time if you plan on buying gifts for everyone in your life.

Every year, Insider Picks creates dozens of gift guides to help you find the best Christmas gifts out there — for any budget, hobby or interest, and person. You can find all our holiday gift guides on this page, but to make it even easier on you, we've also rounded up and categorized them below. 

Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet to knocking out your gift shopping for the year. Click on a link below to jump directly to all the gift guides in that category. 

If you're concerned about things shipping deadlines, in-store pick-up, and how to pay for gifts, here are some helpful resources: 

Here's a master list of all our holiday gift guides: 

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  • 50 gifts under $50 for everyone on your list

Whether you're searching for practical, nostalgic, quirky, or sentimental, there's an under-$50 gift from brands big and small in this guide. 

  • 31 clever gifts from Amazon — all under $50

Not only are all these gifts affordable, but they're also available on a shopping site you know well. 

  • 50 thoughtful gifts for mom under $50

When it comes to gifting your own mother, the saying “it's the thought that counts” has never been more appropriate. 

  • 25 affordable kitchen gifts under $50

Kitchen gifts don't have to be expensive. Even a simple and practical accessory a ramekin or avocado slicer will make them happy. 

  • 22 work-appropriate gifts for your boss — all under $50

A good manager isn't easy to come by. Show your appreciation with a useful, thoughtful, and work-appropriate gift.

  • 34 clever presents for coworkers

Gift the coworker who you Slack incessantly and is your go-to partner at office happy hours. 

  • 55 hilarious White Elephant gifts under $50

Gift swaps reward the niche, novel, and irreverent, with bonus points going to those who can check the boxes of funny and useful.

  • 51 gifts for her, all under $50

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your sister, mom, partner, or otherwise, we've put together a list of over 50 great gifts under $50 that we think she'll love. 

  • 54 clever and practical gifts for Dad — all under $50

The unique selection of gifts includes picks for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff and the masterful (and not-so-masterful) home chef. 

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  • 50 thoughtful gifts for mom under $50

When it comes to gifting your own mother, the saying “it's the thought that counts” has never been more appropriate.

  • 82 cool and unique gifts for her

From classic cashmere sweaters to monthly wine subscriptions, you'll be able to find something no matter your budget.

  • 51 gifts for her, all under $50

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your sister, mom, partner, or otherwise, we've put together a list of over 50 great gifts under $50 that we think she'll love. 

  • 25 tech gifts for women that she'll love to get this holiday season

You won't find bedazzled, dumbed down, and all-pink tech gadgets here. These gifts are both stylish and powerful. 

  • 24 great gifts for your grandma

Grandma is another important woman in your life who you know always has your back. Show her the love and appreciation she deserves with these gifts. 

  • 39 thoughtful gifts to give your girlfriend

We give you more than three dozen gift ideas that make gifting your partner infinitely easier this year. 

  • 50 thoughtful gifts to give your wife

You don't need to spend a crazy amount of money or plan an extravagant gesture to show your wife you appreciate her. 

  • 23 beauty gifts from Nordstrom

Nordstrom carries some of the best brands in beauty and skin care, everyday makeup from Anastasia Beverly Hills and luxurious creams from La Mer. 

  • 21 beauty gifts from Sephora

Sephora, of course, features no shortage of cool beauty and skin-care gifts. We look forward to shopping its beauty exclusives every year. 

  • 39 thoughtful beauty gift sets that don't feel lazy

Beauty sets are pre-curated, gift-ready, and more affordable than if you bought all the products individually. 

  • 25 beauty gifts under $25

Grab these beauty stocking stuffers from brands Charlotte Tilbury, Guerlain, and Givenchy. 

  • 25 skin-care gifts they'll use every day

Not only are you reminding them to take care of themselves, but good skin lasts way longer than a box of chocolates. 

  • 21 gifts for teen girls — all available on Amazon

This guide's author has a teen sister herself and has many fun ideas as a result. 

  • 21 tech gifts moms will actually love to get this holiday season

Any mom, tech-savvy or no, can appreciate a good gadget that makes her life easier and happier.

  • 13 understated jewelry gifts to give Mom this holiday season

If you're looking for a holiday gift that feels a special treat, you can't go wrong with giving Mom a nice piece of jewelry.

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  • 82 unique gifts for him — at every budget

Find the perfect gift for the man in your life — boyfriend, husband, fiancé, or otherwise. 

  • 65 cool gifts for him that you can buy on Amazon

Every gift he could ever want, from a fidget toy to luxury sheets, can be found on Amazon. 

  • 50 gifts your dad actually wants

Dads always say they never want anything, but we came up with 50 gift ideas for you anyways. 

  • 24 gifts your husband will appreciate

Some of these gifts for your husband might even benefit the entire family, so it's a cost-efficient, win-win situation. 

  • 37 tech gifts that men will love

Cars, audio, fitness, games — the tech gift options are limitless, but we narrowed down the lot to the best 37. 

  • 54 clever and practical gifts for dad under $50

If you have a specific budget you're working with, you'll find affordable yet useful gifts in this guide. 

  • 28 gifts for him that you can get from Amazon — all under $100

Here's a double whammy: fast Prime shipping and under $100. 

  • 21 gifts for the dad that loves to travel

Make his travels more enjoyable, restful, and convenient with gifts comfortable shoes and a streaming service subscription.

  • 18 gifts every Disney dad will love

The unapologetic Disney dad in your life might love a Disney Plus subscription, retro Magic Kingdom sweatshirt, and Mickey Mouse watch. 

  • 25 skin-care gifts they'll use every day

If taking care of his skin is something he prioritizes, treat him to any of these gift ideas — and pay no mind to gendered marketing; skin-care is for everyone.

  • 20 luxury gifts for dad this holiday season

Splurge on your dad with gifts espresso machines, guitars, and limited-edition spirits.

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  • 32 kitchen gifts from Williams Sonoma

Carrying legacies KitchenAid and Le Creuset to modern classics Instant Pot, specialty shop Williams Sonoma proves it's serious about cooking. 

  • 21 unique kitchen gifts from Sur la Table

Sur La Table has a great selection of gifts for cooks of all levels. Or, if your recipient would rather eat than cook, it has gifts for foodies, too. 

  • 32 unique kitchen gifts from Food52's online shop

In addition to devising creative and delicious recipes, Food52 sells kitchen products, including ones from its own in-house brand. 

  • 26 thoughtful cookbooks to gift to every type of home cook

They'll always have a meal, dessert, or drink ready on the table with one of these cookbooks in hand.

  • 25 affordable kitchen gifts under $50

Kitchen gifts don't have to be expensive. Even a simple and practical accessory a ramekin or avocado slicer will make them happy. 

  • 19 creative and thoughtful host gifts

Host gifts are never really necessary, but they are a nice way to show your appreciation that someone invited you over, be it for holidays or casual hangouts. 

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Cool Gifts for Tech Lovers: The Year’s Best Gadgets

The 13 Coolest Tech Gifts Your Friends and Family Actually W

These top tech gifts make cool birthday buys and exciting Christmas presents.

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Shopping for a gadget-obsessed friend or family member? Tech gifts are some of the most popular and sought-after gifts out there.

But if you’ve written off any and all devices this year because of the fear of sticker shock, you might think twice after seeing our editors’ creative ideas when it comes to gifts for tech lovers–some of the items are even small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking.

Our definitive list of the best gifts for techies includes finds foldable keyboards and the latest wireless gadgets, along with presents that'll please the giftee who has everything. Whether you’re looking for cool tech gifts for a man, a woman, or a child, you’ll find the best option here for even the pickiest person on your list.

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Feel close to family and friends no matter your location with Portal from . The miniature smart camera automatically adjusts as you move about the room, so you can connect with loved ones via video call whether you're near or far.

To buy: Portal Mini 8″, starting at $129;

Take a call, queue up a podcast, or tune out with a playlist with the help of these noise-blocking headphones. Available in silver or black, each lightweight, voice-assisted set is optimized for Google Assistant and can block out up to 11 levels of noise.

To buy: $400;

With this old-school joystick, the tech lover in your life can play his or her favorite childhood video game on nearly any TV.

To buy: $20;

This clever take on the router knows that in this era, the best gift possible is speedy, reliable WiFi.

Eero’s advanced system covers every spot of your home (backyard included) in a Wi-Fi “mesh,” with a simple plug-and-play installation.

Instead of calling their Internet provider if something goes wrong, your friends can troubleshoot this tech gift via a user-friendly app—or get support from Eero’s team in an average of 60 seconds.

To buy: from $299;

Tired techies will obsess over this bedside glow light. Designed with quality sleep in mind, each self-dimming light tapers out over time, allowing for a better, deeper snooze.

To buy: $129;

Powerful, durable, and battery-powered, the Sonos Move is ideal for indoor and outdoor listening. Sonos' latest speaker stands apart for its weatherproof and drop-resistant design, plus you can control playback using your voice, and steam via Bluetooth when WiFi simply isn't an option.

To buy: $400;

Perfect for gaming on the go, this handheld system is compact and compatible with over 2,000 games.

To buy: $200;

Tell time in an entirely new way with this sleek electronic word clock. Available in black or copper, the compact clock boasts LED display lights that alert you to the time in five-minute intervals.

To buy: $27;

Nothing takes a space from streamlined to cluttered faster than a jumble of wires. Plus, an unruly nest of cords can make it extremely difficult to grab your charger and take it on the go. Add style points to desks with this perfect gift for tech lovers: a compact charging pad that ups your battery life in a futuristic way.

To buy: $45;

Amazon's latest voice-controlled gadget packs in many useful features to help make everyday tasks a little easier. Use voice commands to ask Alexa to read the news, set alarms, control in-home devices and check the weather. The all-new Echo Dot also comes in new fabric designs and colors, including charcoal, heather grey and sandstone.

To buy: $40;

Another to add to your list of ideas for cool birthday gifts or best tech Christmas gifts, this printer lets you capture and share photos in less than a minute.

Connect your smartphone, iPad and iPod Touch, Android, or other devices to the lightweight, portable gadget (it weighs just over six ounces) via Bluetooth or NFC (near-field communication), and then edit and print your favorite snapshots.

You can even add emojis or a password-protected QR code to share secret messages.

To buy: From $90,

Modeled after a Japanese bento box, this sleek, stackable organizer fits all of your tech necessities. Stash cords, chargers, and USB ports in this compact container while traveling, or keep the box on your desk for a more streamlined space.

To buy: $50;

It’s never been easier (or, at the very least, it’s never been more fun) to carry a tune while lathering up. This sleek shower head comes with a clip-on water-resistant speaker that syncs with smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, or laptops (as long as they're within 32 feet of the shower head) using Bluetooth technology to wirelessly stream audio.

To buy: $143,

For the tech lover who enjoys a good distraction but needs a short reprieve from the screen every once in a while, these playing cards are modeled after the solitaire cards used in the original Windows 3.0 (the cards are all tucked inside of a box that looks the vintage desktop icon, too!).

To buy: $15,

This tiny camera is made to withstand the elements—water, snow, and mud (it can probably handle toddlers, too)—so tech lovers can shoot any adventure and share it with friends and family.

A free companion app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to wirelessly transfer, watch, edit high-quality photos (8 megapixels) and video (resolutions of 1440p30, 1080p60, and 720p100), and share film or stills on all of your favorite social media channels.

An assortment of accessories and mounts—voice-activated remote, helmet mount, screen protectors, and more—are also available for an additional cost.

To buy: $200,

Charge gadgets more efficiently with this ultimate charging system. A retractable cable, LED ambient light, and swappable charging tips make phone-charging that much easier. The device is also able to power up multiple gadgets at once, making it a much-needed gift for tech lovers.

To buy: $50;

When it comes to gifts for tech lovers, you want to wow them with a device that does more than they expect.

More than just a hub for smart home gadgets, the brand new Lenovo Smart Display comes equipped with a Google Assistant built-in, so you go about your day with ease.

Not only does the hands-free display provide answers to any and all questions, but you can easily access your daily schedule, the weather, and videos with just your voice.

To buy: from $140;

Stash away your laptop in this faux-leather sleeve. Embroidered with flowers and equipped with a hidden pocket, it's a stylish tech accessory that's just as chic as it is functional.

To buy: $33;

This sleek digital frame links to a free app so anyone in the family can send photos directly to grandma’s living room.

To buy: from $299;

The latest fitness tracker from Fitbit includes new exercise modes (from yoga to swimming), a seven-day battery, and access to helpful sleep and health insights, making it a great gift for tech lovers who also love to get active.

To buy: $137;

Know a tech lover with an intense gym regimen? This interactive home gym is a game-changer for tech fiends and fitness buffs thanks to its archive of on-demand studio classes that help you break a sweat at home.

To buy: $1,495;

In an always-on world, it can feel increasingly difficult to escape the deluge of emails coming in at all hours of the day.

Perfect for the person with a lengthy commute, this compact, foldable keyboard will help maximize those extra moments otherwise spent idle.

That can add hours of extra productivity—catching up on returning messages or writing a memo—back to the day. The rechargeable keyboard is compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android, as well as Windows tablets and phones.

To buy: $159;

There's no misplacing your phone charger when it's rainbow-colored and five feet long. This can't-miss cord comes in six different shades, and is compatible with all Apple products.

To buy: $18;

Although the Apple Watch's battery life clocks in at about 18 hours, chances are it will unexpectedly run power at an inopportune time. Make sure your tech lover doesn't miss any of those important notifications with this portable watch charger.

To buy: $40;

Bring back a childhood favorite for your tech lover with this personalized reel viewer. Your giftee will receive a code to redeem for a seven-photo reel.

To buy: $30;

This award-winning LED lamp illuminates any room but also serves as an interesting decor piece and conversation starter. Tech lovers will geek out over the futuristic way the lamp turns on when two magnetic balls float toward each other.

To buy: $35;

Let your tech addict explore the fascinating inner workings of common household devices with this book from gadget r Mike Warren.

To buy: $20;

Encourage your giftee to rise and shine with the help of this high-tech alarm clock that features a sunrise-simulating light, gradually increasing alarm sound, and Bluetooth speaker. 

To buy: $80;

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55 Best Tech Gifts 2020 – Coolest Gift Ideas for Gadget Lovers

The 13 Coolest Tech Gifts Your Friends and Family Actually W


The world is 99.9 percent made up of technology. Well, not quite. But somedays, it sure as hell feels that way, from the smart wearables we strap to our bodies to the smart home devices we place throughout our living spaces.

Now, let's add some more and get that percentage up to 100! There are a lot of cool tech gifts and gadgets to buy for folks in 2020, from your nephew who just started middle school to your techie spouse to your tech-adverse grandpa.

Here are 55 of the best.

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For the Cord Hog

Multi-Device Wireless Charger



This wireless charger fits up to two devices at a time, if the tech geek in your life is multi-phoned (or is Kevin Gates).

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For the City Dweller

Bose Frames

Bose Frames keep the load light on a sunny day by combining two essentials: sunglasses and wireless headphones. The frames have little speakers that stream music into your ears, undetectable to anyone around, while the shades (available in two styles) block the rays. Futuristic, right?

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For a (Not Very) Green Thumb

Smart Garden 3

Click & Grow


It's pretty damn hard to accidentally kill anything growing in this self-watering planter. That means fresh herbs and vegetables for months to come.

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For the Instagrammer

OneStep+ Instant Film Camera

Polaroid Originals


This is hardly an old-school Polaroid; the OneStep+ Bluetooth connects to an app, allowing them to play with photo features and camera settings. The results are incredibly cool (and Instagrammable).

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For the Beer Drinker

DraftPour Beer Dispenser



Beer tastes better on draft. Fizzics figured out a way for anyone to serve their brew of choice on tap, tasting its best, at home.

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For the Artist

Canvas Light Panels Kit



These light panels are controlled via an app to display any color they want. By attaching them to the wall in any configuration, they can make some interesting, high-tech art. 

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For the Workout Champ

The Mirror



Mirror gives them the ultimate at-home workout, projecting training videos and feedback onto its screen for them to follow along with. As they pound through a Mirror class—of which there are a bunch to choose from, including HIIT, yoga, and boxing—they'll be able to see their form in the reflection.

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For Anyone Who s Hot Beverages

Temperature Control Smart Mug

Coffee tastes better hot, and this smart mug will keep it that way for up to an hour per charge. The intuitive Ember app allows any coffee drinker to tinker with the degrees to best suit their preference, and alter settings for espresso, tea, and more.

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For the Art Aficionado

Meural Canvas II



This smart frame makes digital art look, well, not digital art. And it'll improve the look of family photos, too.

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For the Backyard Cook

BioLite Fire Pit

BioLite is a battery-charged, wood- and charcoal-burning fire pit that is controlled by an app and completely portable. Because nothing beats hanging out around a campfire, especially a super-efficient one, on a chilly night. 

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For the Constant Commuter

ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor


Not all of us know what the heck is happening under the hood of a car, even those of us who spend a lot of hours driving. Nonda's reader finds out what's healthy and what's not, and gives them the results though an easy-to-understand app. 

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For the Homeowner

Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser

This device is an automatic, app-controlled fragrance diffuser that lets them mix scents to create their ideal home smell. It comes with four themed scent capsules, and there are more to choose from.

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For the Gamer

Switch Lite



Nintendo's excellent gaming console got a huge update this fall in the form of the truly portable, handheld Switch Lite. And as always, there are a huge selection of Switch games to choose from.

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For the Winter Warrior

1083 Heat Touch Hellfire Glove



Gloves that heat up to protect hands against snow, frost, ice, and really freaking cold wind. That's the dream for anyone living in a very cold locale.

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For the Book Hoarder

Lumio Book Lamp

It doesn't look high-tech, which will please any book lover. But behind its aesthetic appeal is a folding light with a rechargable battery that'll work anywhere (including outside).

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For the Traveler

Google Pixel Buds

Paired with Google’s AI system and rivaling Apple’s AirPods, Google’s Pixel Buds have the ability to translate 40 different languages in real time. That’s some seriously futuristic stuff to take on vacation.

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For the Business Professional

Hybrid Smartwatch HR Collider



A smartwatch with an actual watch face: That's tech paired with good style sense. Fossil's timepiece is the best to use for everyday work tasks and to pair with everyday work looks. 

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For the Cocktail Maker

The Smoking Cloche



A little flavor-enhancing smoke never hurt any cocktail (or food item, if we're being frank).

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For the Kids

mBot Robot Kit


Teach kids the joys of artificial intelligence early on. mBot is a programmable playmate that makes use of S.T.E.M. coding skills to function and move.

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For the Skin Care Expert

My Skin Track UV

La Roche-Posay


This little clip-on (it's about half an inch wide) was built with the sun-sensitive in mind, tracking their UV exposure throughout the day and giving warnings when it's high. It also keeps track of pollen, pollution, and humidity levels. That's some serious peace of mind.

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For the Disney Fan

Disney+ Yearly Streaming Service



So high-tech it isn't even a tangible product, Disney's just-launched subscription service is a great gift for anyone who s franchises. Star Wars. Marvel. Pixar movies. You name it.

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For the Yogi

Fit Smart Yoga Mat



Typically, yoga is about shedding all attachments to the modern world for an hour or so. But a self-rolling smart mat with built-in guidance is a strong exception to the rule. 

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For the Complicated Coffee Drinker

K-Duo Coffee Maker



Do they want a pot of coffee or a single-serve cup of coffee? No need to choose with this machine, which does double duty.

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For the Mindful Thinker

Muse 2 EEG Device



Anyone serious about getting into a meditative state knows how tough it can be; the world is just too damn distracting. But the Muse headband helps, guiding them through a session and tracking their progress as they achieve total mindfulness (or something close).

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For the Kid at Heart

Smart Supercube Puzzle Game

This is a Rubik's cube, and then some. By connecting it to an app, it tracks puzzle-solving progress and gives mini challenges. It even collects game stats on performance.

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For the Wearable Tech Nerd

ORII Voice Assistant Ring

Got someone on the shopping list who's always moaning about screen time? Here's the wearable assistant they need: a ring that manages messaging, calls, and other demands through gestures and bone-conductivity audio technology.

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For the Poorly Wired Homeowner

Nest Wifi Router



Replace a crummy router with this new (and not ugly) Google device for stronger wifi and better coverage throughout the entire home—i.e. no dead zones. It's that easy. And, it doubles as a Google Assistant speaker.

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For the Pet Owner

Whistle GO Pet Tracker


Any dog or cat owner understands the panicked feeling that comes from not knowing where their pet has wandered off to this time. Whistle Go is a GPS tracker that keeps tabs on Fido and also monitors exercise levels. 

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For the Biker

Smart Bike Helmet

For the best in biking safety, get them Lumos' illuminating helmet. Red LED lights automatically indicate when they're braking on the road, and they can remotely control its yellow turn signal lights. 

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For the Outdoorsperson

DemerBox Bluetooth Speaker



This waterproof, drop-proof, everything-proof wireless speaker was built for battle. With 40 hours of charge, it's perfect for camping trips, tailgates, beach days, or any other outdoor event where music with deep bass is a necessity. It even has an inside compartment to keep keys and phones dry.

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