The Network 2017 Gift Guide FEATURE
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The latest and greatest pieces for tech-lovers everywhere.

Maybe you're looking for a gift for your notoriously hard-to-buy-for family member, or perhaps you're searching for a special office White Elephant present. Something useful and cutting-edge is well-loved by most, so here are eight of the coolest tech gadgets to pick up for your community this season.

1. Kindle Oasis

If you have a loved one who is a reader, the Kindle Oasis is the perfect gift—Oasis is the newest version of Kindle that is only seven inches, can fit in the palm of your hand, and can flip for left and right hand users. The Oasis is also waterproof and has 8GB of storage power.

2. SnapPower Outlet Covers

A new smart home gadget for the décor-savvy are these outlet covers from SnapPower. Take off your old outlet cover and use this one instead—this device is completely outfitted with LED lights, USB outlets, and it's completely child-proof as well.

3. Removu S1 GoPro Stabilizer

We at The Network love a good stabilizer camera, as we all know shaky video can be a distraction. This stabilizer coming from Removu can be mounted anywhere a GoPro can be mounted, and it also comes with a hand grip and wireless remote.

4. Kano Pixel Kit

Light up your holiday season with this kit, a fantastic way to teach children how to code. This device uses a programmable LED box called Pixel that—through a coding interface—allows users to set the lights in various pictures and designs.

5. Bluelounge Cable Box

For the cable junkie in your life, check out this cheap and useful box from Bluelounge that can help organize your wires. Cords can be tucked into slits on the box's side, and the top of the box pops up in case you need rearranging.

6. Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a hot get for many this season. Cheap and perfectly gadget-sized, this device can play music, tell the time, and control smart home devices.

7. Makeblock's Airblock drone

This programmable drone is great for adults and kids alike who want to make something to send into the sky. This modular drone works with a companion app that uses coding to control the drone.

8. Apple AirPods

Airpods are in high demand this season; the wire-free listening device allows listening with free movement. Any iPhone user who doesn't already have this would love this much-hyped gift. 

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Stephanie Ellen Chan is the Editorial and Video Producer at Cisco. She has a passion for writing about the intersection of culture, media, art, and technology.