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SPY Guide: Best Gifts of 2017

SPY Guide: Best Gifts of 2017
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* These will be on everyone’s wish list
* Gift inspiration for that hard-to-shop-for loved one
* Products that are both practical and fun

Whether you’ve trying to find a surprise for someone who seems to have everything, or need some ideas to give to that relative who always gives you junk, we feel your pain. Here are our top picks for gifts everyone wants this year… even if they don’t realize it yet.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A

While Apple’s iPad is the most well-known tablet – not to mention most expensive – Samsung Galaxy Tabs are the real deal. Out of the vast selection of tablets available, they’re among the best because they’re fast, affordable, and can take a beating.

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2. Osaka Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker

There’s no need to leave the house for an iced latte if you have a cold brew coffee maker, much less shovel out your hard-earned dough. It’s super easy to make a refreshing java drink right at home. You’ll feel like you’re living in your own private Starbucks.

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3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera

With the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera, you and your friend can snap away and get instant photo gratification. You don’t have to worry about getting tagged on social media with your eyes half shut either. This little instant camera comes in a rainbow of colors, so you can match your gift to your friend’s personality.

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4. Sous Vide Precision Cooker

If you are serious about poaching—or just want a way to cook inattentively that’s not a crockpot—consider sous vide. If you’re not familiar, it’s a method of cooking using circulating water to heat food that’s placed in vacuum-sealed bags or glass jars. It takes longer than the traditional pot-on-the-stove method, but it cooks much more evenly, and you don’t have to watch it constantly. You can even control this model remotely using your smartphone.

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5. DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone

You don’t have to be a professional videographer or photographer to want a drone like the DJI Phantom 4. Take aerial photos and videos of beautiful scenery, or just have fun flying the thing. Yes, that’s how your favorite Instagrammer takes those shots.

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6. Himalayan Ionic Natural Salt Lamp

Salt lamps emit a warm orange glow that many people find relaxing, particularly at bedtime when bright lights can make you feel too alert to sleep. They also purify the air, which is a must for deep breathing. This model has a wooden base and comes with a dimmer switch, which is a nice extra.

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7. Nest 3rd Generation Thermostat

The Nest thermostat isn’t just programmable. You can use your phone to turn on the heat before you get home from work, and it can even learn from your habits. It’s a little robot whose sole goal is to make you comfortable. It also sends you updates regarding your usage to let you know if you’re heating your home efficiently.

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8. Browning Strike Force HD Camera

For the outdoorsy type, having a quality trail camera is an important part of capturing memories of your adventure, and the Browning Strike Force HD Camera is a top choice of those in the know. It produces brilliant images, has just over a half second trigger time, and records sound and video up to five minutes in length.

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9. ZAQ Dew Essential Oil Diffuser

It’s a relatively inexpensive gift, but it’ll glam up whatever room you put it in. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and let the ZAQ Dew Diffuser work its magic. Its light changes colors, too, making it the perfect companion for a daily yoga routine or at-home spa experience.

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10. iRobot Roomba 980

The Roomba 980 is the undisputed king of smart vacuums – it has all the fancy-sounding cleaning upgrades, and it makes a map of your home as it cleans so that it rarely misses a spot. The long battery life and easy smartphone app makes the Roomba 980 one of the top picks among robotic vacuums.

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11. Audio-Technica Direct-Drive Professional Turntable

This model from Audio-Technica is nothing like your grandparents’ finicky record player – no skipping needle on this one. It’s USB-compatible and can convert records into MP3 for listening on the go, plus its internal stereo preamp allows it to plug straight into components without a turntable input.

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12. Vitamix Professional Series 780

If you’re going to buy a blender for all those green drinks, get the best. The Vitamix Professional Series 780 can mix it all: hot soups, smoothies, nut butters, frozen desserts, etc. It’s also easy to clean and BPA free. The blade is stainless steel, and there’s a removable plug in the lid so you can add ingredients while it whirls.

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13. Sonos PLAY:1

The sleek Sonos speaker makes it easy to play DJ and tucks into any spot (indoors or out). It uses Wi-Fi to stream music or radio via an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and you can pair it with another speaker and a subwoofer to create a surround sound system.

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14. Apple Watch Series 2, 42mm

As anyone who owns one will tell you (whether you ask them or not), the Apple Watch is a category leader that runs circles around the competition. Apple has created an experience that seamlessly integrates with and enhances daily life. The Apple Watch gets everything right, all while holding its own as a stunning fashion accessory.

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15. Sound+Sleep Adaptive Sound Sleep Therapy Machine

Relaxing to whale song or the sound of a cascading waterfall might be a bit of a cliché, but that’s because it actually works! This sound machine from Sound+Sleep is one of the best around. It offers a wide range of “sound stories” that are recorded from real sounds rather than digitally produced, meaning they sound natural.

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16. Roku 3600RW Streaming Stick

For an affordable price, you can buy them a Roku Streaming Stick, and give them access to more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes on Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and PBS KIDS. The remote is user-friendly and portable and can stream to multiple HDTVs.

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17. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity can make even the tightest-lipped, serious person cackle. The darkly humorous card game is a small, lightweight gift that’s perfect for people who are travelling between holidays, and you can all immediately start playing it after opening.

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18. Google Home

Google Home answers your questions, turns on linked devices like your stereo (it takes song requests, too) or lights, and can even save the day by making an emergency call – even if that’s just for pizza delivery.

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