Every camper, kayaker, and extreme picnicker will have this adventure-ready accessory on his or her wish list. Not your average cooler, the YETI Hopper Flip features high-density fabric that is both water and puncture proof—ideal for any outdoor exploit, from fishing to hiking a mountain. Plus, the combination of superior closed-cell foam insulation and leakproof zipper prepares it to keep ice (and your food or drink supply) cold for days! Give the gift that says, "I hope you survive out there." Available on Amazon; $249.99.
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10 Gifts to Get Now Before They’re Gone
YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler
The newest watch from the trendiest wearables company is sure to be a hot-ticket item (especially on Black Friday). The Fitbit Ionic is more than a time-teller: It's a step- and sleep-tracking, heart rate monitoring, goal-setting motivational coach. It stores more than 300 songs on your wrist, which you can take whenever and wherever you exercise—even in the pool up to 50 meters! While geared toward fitness junkies, anyone who considers themselves "on-the-go" will love that it pulls in texts, runs go-to apps, makes payments, and lasts for up to four days before needing a recharge. Available on Amazon; $299.
What do you get when you add a screen to Amazon’s Echo? The new and innovative Echo Show. The smart system contains your favorite features from Amazon’s original Echo, like voice response and home automation. But the seven-inch screen allows for countless other functions as well; for example, users can stream video content, manage security cameras, project the weather forecast, conduct video calls, and see on-screen lyrics. The Echo Show is sure to please any tech-smart homeowner this holiday season! Available on Amazon; $229.99.
SoundMoovz Musical Bandz
If your friend or family member constantly busts a move, consider giving them SoundMoovz Musical Bandz this holiday season. The motion-activated device recognizes your movements, then uses Bluetooth technology to create corresponding beats and sound effects. Users can broadcast their custom tunes on a speaker or record them for playback later. With over 400 different modes, including instrumental and robot, every type of music lover will be satisfied! Available at Target; $69.99.
Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Analog Instant Film Camera
Shutterbugs, take note: Polaroid is back! True, the original Polaroid remains out of commission. But a brand-new upstart, Polaroid Originals, plans to pick right up where the iconic brand left off, making instant cameras and film for the 21st century. The company's first offering? OneStep 2. Big and boxy (just like always), with minimal, dead-simple controls (just like always), the reincarnated, retro-cool Polaroid seems all but destined for holiday gift greatness. Available at Best Buy; $99.99.
Roku Express+ Streaming Media Player
More and more people consume their favorite shows and movies via streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. The downside? You're stuck having to watch everything on a computer screen, unless you have a "smart" TV—or unless you have something like Roku Express+. The device plugs right into the TV and lets you stream your favorite shows from all the services you're signed up for, plus other cool features. The first company to bring streaming media to the living room, Roku remains one of the best, and with its brand-new set-top Express+, the technology now comes at a lower price point than ever before. Available at Walmart; $39.99.
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Revamped for today’s generation of kids, Teddy Ruxpin is back and ready to share more adventures! The animatronic bear—which was toy of the year in 1985—has traded in his cassette tape stories for a free app loaded with three books. Kids can follow along with the stories on the app or choose to listen to Teddy without needing a tablet or phone. As Teddy reads and sings using TalkSync Technology, his eyes react with over 40 different expressions and animations. And parents, don’t worry if Wi-Fi isn’t available when you take Teddy on the road, he connects to the app using Bluetooth technology. Scoop up the huggable bear for your favorite tyke! Available on Amazon; $99.99
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
Combining the classic building blocks with basic computer coding, the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox provides endless creativity and inspiration for your future engineer. The kit connects with a free app that gives step-by-step instructions for building five different robot models, each one increasing in challenge. Then, using easy-to-understand icons, your LEGO builder gets the opportunity to code specific behaviors for the model—from making a cat meow to creating an automated production line that can build mini versions of the LEGO models. With over 840 pieces and a playmat, the possibilities are boundless with this STEM-inspired toy. Available on Amazon; $159.95.
Echo 2nd Generation
You've already heard of the Amazon Echo. So what makes the newest model—available in early November—special? The second generation model has all the functionality of the original—hand-free calling and messaging, on-demand music, integration with smart home features like lighting, thermostats, sprinklers, and more—plus enhanced sound that's powered by Dolby, and a handsome walnut finish and sleek silhouette. If you've been waiting to get to know Alexa, this might be the moment to get introduced. Perfect as a gift—or a gift to yourself. Available for pre-order on Amazon; $119.99.
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Hardcore gamers know the struggle: You've almost beat the level or made it to the checkpoint but it's time to dash out the door to keep an appointment. Do you finish your game and risk being late or do you power down the console and hightail it to somewhere that's almost certainly less exciting than the world of your video game? With the Nintendo Switch, you don't need to choose. Play any title on your at-home console, then instantly transition to handheld mode to take your game wherever you go. The only question that remains isn't whether you should buy the console but, instead, why didn't anyone think of this sooner? Available on Amazon; $299.99.
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