Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Tech Gifts For The Lady In Your Life

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What do you buy for the woman who has everything? The good news is that the IT industry is ever-evolving. Even if the lady in your life seems to have it all, there's always a cool new gadget on the market that she might not even know she wants yet. And this year, the tech industry didn't disappoint.

From smartphones to tablets to jewelry, there's something on this list that will fit your lady's personality. And many of these gadgets won't force you to break the bank.

Here's a roundup of 20 tech gifts that are sure to get a reaction from her this holiday season.

Amazon Echo

For the lady who has everything except a personal assistant. Amazon this year introduced its smart-home speaker, Echo. Just shy of 10 inches tall, the cylindrical speaker responds to voice commands. Similar to Apple's Siri, Echo’s Alexa can field questions around news and weather, and can set alarms. Echo can also play your music.

Seattle-based Amazon opened up its APIs to developers and partners, and the company recently updated the smart speaker. Users can now create custom "trigger" commands that will allow Echo to connect with and control other smart devices. Actionable commands include "find my phone" or "lock my door."

Rebecca Minkoff Notification Bracelet

The Rebecca Minkoff notification bracelet for iPhones is a perfect accessory for the fashion-forward woman who doesn't want to miss a call, even during a night on the town.

The stylish Rebecca Minkoff bracelet has gold links surrounding enamel studs, and keeps users silently connected to important incoming calls or text messages through a subtle vibration. The bracelet programs up to 25 different contacts and contains easy Bluetooth pairing with the iPhone. The bracelet holds its charge for up to 30 days.

This bracelet can be purchased on Case-Mate's website, or at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's department stores for $120. The bracelet is compatible with iPhones that have iOS 7.1 or higher.


And speaking of bling, try Ringly, for the lady who wants to stay connected without shamelessly checking her phone during a meeting or meal.

Ringly offers four different stones set in a band that alerts users to cell phone notifications via a subtle light on the side of the band. The rings can connect to users' phones via Bluetooth and contains up to 48 hours of battery life. The rings can connect with both iPhones and Android (4.3 and higher) mobile devices.

Ringly are available in black onyx, pink chalcedony, Labradorite, and tourmalated quartz, and start at $195. This wearable tech can be purchased online at Ringly's website with free shipping.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a great smartphone for business users, packed into a slim form factor. The 5.7-inch-tall smartphone runs on Android's operating system and is powered by a 64-bit, 14nm Exynos 7420 processor.

The smartphone has a handy new stylus S Pen, allowing users take notes and write emails smoothly and easily. For the multi-tasker, Samsung also added multi-window capabilities to the Note 5 so that users can pull up multiple tabs simultaneously.

The Galaxy Note 5 also touts a 16MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera, as well as 4GB of RAM, and an option of 64GB or 32GB of storage. The 32GB unlocked version of the phone starts at $580.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

The slick Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a consumer tablet aimed at satisfying entertainment needs. The tablet, which comes in either an 8- or 10-inch screen, has features for optimal music and video experiences, including HD display, a rotating 8-megapixel camera and up to 20 hours of battery life.

The tablet runs on an Android operating system and is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm SoC. As its name suggests, the Tab 3 has a convertible frame for flexible positioning.

The 8-inch Yoga Tab 3 is available for $169, and the 10-inch version goes for around $219.

iPad Mini 4

Much to the delight of loyal Apple fans, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company introduced its iPad Mini 4 this year, an upgraded version to its iPad Mini lineup.

With a 7.9-inch display and a weight of only about two-thirds of a pound, this tablet really lives up to its name. The iPad Mini 4 is 18 percent thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm, and is perfect for users that want a tablet that can easily fit in a purse or carry-on bag.

The iPad Mini 4 is available for $399, and boasts Touch ID security, as well as a second-generation 64-bit A8 chip that Apple claims is 30 percent faster than previous generations. The iPad Mini 4 also contains an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with 3,264 X 2,448 native resolution.

Kindle Paperwhite (2015)

For the ladies who like to kick it old school and aren't looking for a full-fledged tablet with all the bells and whistles while diving into a good book, the Kindle Paperwhite might just be their speed.

The latest edition of the Paperwhite e-reader contains twice as many pixels as the previous generation, and has an improved HD display for crisp text. Unlike other iterations of the Kindle, the Paperwhite offers a backlight. But unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, Kindle Paperwhite reads like paper and is easy on the eyes.

This Kindle, which is light enough to hold easily in one hand while enjoying a story, is going for about $119 this holiday season.

Vizio Sound Bars Or Stand

For the music lover in your life, consider Vizio Sound Bars to pair with her smartphone, or a Vizio Sound Stand to pair with her TV.

There are several different form factors to choose from as Vizio has a large portfolio of Sound Bars in varying sizes. All the speakers come with Bluetooth capabilities, a 30-day warranty, DTS TruVolume and TruSurround enhancements and a 30-day warranty from Visio. The Sound Stand can hold a TV up to 55 inches with a max weight of 60 pounds. While the price range varies, Vizio Sound Bars were spotted this holiday season on Groupon for as low as $59.99.

Apple Watch

Apple began shipping its highly-anticipated Apple Watch wearable device this year. If the lady in your life doesn’t have one yet, it could make for an exciting holiday gift.

Available both on Apple's website and in retail stores, the watch includes health and fitness features, as well as easy access to messaging, calendar and music-based apps. The watch, which comes in a range of band colors, also comes with Apple's personal assistant, Siri, all right on the user's wrist.

The smartwatch's cheapest version, a 38-mm white sport-banded watch enclosed in a silver aluminum case, costs about $349 but may be found for less at other retail stores, such as Best Buy. For those without a budget, Apple offers midrange models in the $500 range, all the way up to special edition high-end models that are in the $10,000 range.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit Watch

Much to the delight of Samsung users, the Samsung Galaxy Fit Watch has been called one of the best-designed smartwatches on the market.

The watch features a slick, curved AMOLED display. But unlike the Apple Watch that you can add apps to, this watch doesn't support any apps aside from the features it ships with. With its fitness-monitoring features and water-resistant design, this watch is geared toward fitness fans.

The Samsung Galaxy Fit Watch can be found for around $149 this holiday season.

Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR

For those who are looking for an activity and health tracker without everything that smart watches have to offer, Fitbits, the number one wearable brand today, make nice presents.

Fitbit's latest models – the Charge and the Charge HR – are on the high end of the company's product portfolio because they track more activities and body functions than the Fitbit Surge. Both Fitbits include a small OLED display to show the time, real-time stats and incoming caller IDs.

Both Fitbit Charge devices will track such activities as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. There's also a sleep monitoring function and a vibration-based silent alarm option. The Fitbit Charge HR goes one step further and features continuous heart-rate tracking from the wrist.

Fitbit Charges sync to your smartphone or tablet app using Bluetooth 4.0. Both new Fitbit models feature a flexible wristband that comes in three different sizes and four difference colors.

Beats Wireless Headphones

"Feel the beat, not the wire" is the slogan for these headphones that are perfect for canceling out noises at the home office or staying untangled while traveling.

The headphones pair with your Bluetooth device and also allow users to take hands-free calls with a built-in mic. They also feature dual-mode adaptive, noise-cancelling technology and come in a range of colors.

Beats headphones typically range in price from about $200 to $400 and can be found online and in stores. Or, try the much smaller wireless Beats Earbuds that run for about $130.

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot

While the iRobot Roomba 650 vacuum-cleaning robot may or may not be your pet's favorite thing, it's a good gift for that family member who runs a tight ship.

The iRobot Roomba 650 is a robot that vacuums carpets, tile and hardwood floors using AeroVac Technology to handle hair, pet fur, lint and dust. Roomba can be set to start working on a schedule and can be programmed to clean certain areas and surfaces while leaving others alone. The 13.39-inch-diameter circular robot comes equipped with a battery charger.

You can find the iRobot Roomba 650 for around $360 this season.

Nest Cam

For those looking for a little reassurance this holiday season, Google's Web-connected security camera, called the Nest Cam could be a great gift.

The Nest Cam lets users zoom in on different areas of their homes. It also includes sound- and motion-sensing features. While the camera was just introduced this summer, it's already been updated to include integration with other smart devices so users can also control heating and hot water, according to Mountain View, Calif.-based Google.

A single Nest Cam goes for about $199, and a Nest Cam security 3-pack runs about $497. The cameras can also be purchased at Best Buy.

Canon Rebel T5

Sometimes a smartphone won't do the scene justice. For the lady who enjoys sightseeing or capturing moments with loved ones, the Rebel T5 packs a lot of features into a small, lightweight form factor.

The camera features an 18.0-megapixel image sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor for recording high-definition video and high-resolution photos. The Rebel T5 has a large 3.0-inch LCD screen so users can view footage as it's happening or review photos instantly.

The Canon Rebel T5 is priced at $399 online and at Best Buy.

Roku 4

Much like its predecessors, the Roku 4 is the perfect streaming device for TV lovers and "cable cutters." The latest version of the Roku offers a wide range of video, music and gaming content.

With this player, users have access to more than 2,500 channels on demand, as well as more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes. The Roku 4 offers advanced processing for smooth streaming at higher resolutions, as well as new features that any TV watcher would appreciate, like a lost remote finder and voice-activated search functions.

Roku 4 works with both 4K ultra-HD TV and 1080p full-HD TVs. The streaming device can be purchased on Roku's website for $129.99, as well as such stores as Best Buy and Walmart.

Anova Precision Cooker

For the culinary master in your life, the Anova Precision Cooker is a fun kitchen gadget. It's a lightweight, easy-to-use connected cooker device that attaches to a pot with an adjustable clamp. The tool then connects to the user's mobile device, which the chef can use to remotely control cooking using Anova's Wi-Fi app, available on Google Play or the iOS App Store. Users can also browse through recipes from top chefs and food bloggers through the mobile app.

The Anova Precision Cooker costs $129 and is available on the Anova Website and on Amazon.


Avid travelers will love the CalypsoTag. This smart, personalized device is made of leather and attaches to the user's bag or suitcase. The device notifies the user's smartphone if someone tries to steal the luggage.

The CalypsoTag is a useful gift for the lady on the go. This device contains a smart, low-power Bluetooth 4.0 chip that has a range of about 200 feet, as well as a built-in battery that lasts up to six months.

Users can pair up their CalypsoTags with iOS devices running on versions 6.1.3 or newer with built-in Bluetooth 4.0, as well as Android devices with built-in Bluetooth 4.0. To appeal to different tastes, CalypsoTags come in black leather, brick orange, gray leather or Atlanta mist, and start at $169 on Calypso Crystal's website.

Two-In-One Surface Book

Sometimes you just need a laptop with all the bells and whistles, but can do without the clunky body. Microsoft's Two-In-One Surface Book is the company's first-ever laptop, and it comes in an impressive form factor.

The laptop is a cross between a tablet and a computer, perfect for slipping into a workbag or carry-on. The Surface Book features a fulcrum hinge, and users can snap off the display to use as a tablet. The screen portion of the Surface Book includes the main CPU and the body includes Nvidia graphics.

The Surface Book will feature Intel's 6th Generation Core m, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Surface Books have a starting price at $1,500 with key features that include 12-hour battery life, a Nvidia GeForce graphics processor and a 13.5-inch diagonal display that boasts 6 million pixels.

Apple iPhone 6s And iPhone 6s Plus

Who doesn't get excited over a new phone? Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple released its upgraded models of the iPhone 6—the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during the fall, just in time for the holiday season.

While the upgraded phones are physically similar to their predecessors, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. These phones also come in new, flashier colors, like the new rose gold finish.

The iPhone 6s starts at $649, while the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $749, according to Apple's website.