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The holidays are about family, and friends, and togetherness. And winning. You can be the person at the office Yankee Swap who drops the killer history of Marvel comics that everyone fights for, or the one who wraps up the world’s best Bluetooth speaker under the tree. These are the gifts for the people you care about most, for whoever in your life needs the best phones and the best vapes and the best way to run roughshod over the Mario Kart competition. You know what’s better than a gift that comes from the heart? A gift that comes from the heart and is awesome. Especially when it comes from you, clearly the coolest member of the family.

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Philips Wake-Up Light

The Philips Wake-Up Light might be the least annoying alarm clock ever made. Combining pleasant bird chirps with a slowly brightening halogen lightbulb, this Light makes waking up at least a little less terrible.

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Lego AT-AT

If someone tells you LEGOs are for kids, first, you hit them squarely in the kneecaps. Then get back to building your AT-AT, the 1137-piece vehicle that puts to shame all the Star Wars figures you tried to build when you were a kid.

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75 Years of Marvel, by Roy Thomas

This massive, 700-page anthology of Marvel history is a must-buy for any comics fan. The book features original artwork, artist biographies, and the expert curation of former Marvel editor Roy Thomas. There’s enough to get lost in for a few lifetimes.

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Sense sleep tracker

Sense is a sleep tracker with real sophistication: it also measures temperature, light, motion, humidity, sound, and even the level of pollen and dust in the air. You’ll be sleeping like a champ in no time. And then you’ll be a champion sleeper, which is cool.

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The Siva Cycle Atom bicycle generator

Mount the Atom on your bike and it’ll use your kinetic energy to power phones, tablets, or anything else you might be carrying. Earn that couch-potato time.

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Jawbone Up 24

There are fitness trackers of all shapes and sizes, but this one is the best. Any time you spend researching others is just time you could be spending doing fit things with fit people and quantifying yourself so just go. Now. Seriously. Go.

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Zojirushi NS-TSC10

This Zojirusji rice cooker is probably the best out there for frequent meals and for cooking healthy brown rice. If you know anyone who’s about ready to graduate from ramen every night but can’t quite afford regular nights out, this is the gift for them. It’s delicious and nutritious! Maybe.

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For advanced amateur photographers, a light meter quickly becomes an important purchase. Why not make it one that integrates with the iPhone and requires no power to operate?

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Karma Go

Karma Go is a simple, elegant way to get online from anywhere and do a little good for those around you. Just pay $14/GB, and get back to work.

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Aura H20

The Kindle might seem like the obvious e-reader choice this holiday season, but the H2O has some great stuff going for it, including Pocket integration and a waterproof design. Reading in the tub is totally back.

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Hue Starter Kit

Regular old lightbulbs are passé. Hue lightbulbs can be configured to show any number of colors, all from inside an app. Whatever mood you’re in, make sure your room matches it.

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iPhone 6

iPhone 6 is the best smartphone you can buy, period, with a sleek new design, upgraded camera, and a significantly improved operating system in iOS 8. But the star is the screen: when it comes to the iPhone, bigger really did turn out to be better.

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Kindle Voyage

Yes, there’s a new backlight and a weird dimmer thing – but the coolest thing about Kindles is still how fast you end up burning through books on them. It’s basically a superpower in a box.

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Fujifilm Instax Share portable printer

There’s something still awesome about taking a picture and turning it into something you can physically hold. (Or put it inside your CD lining, Taylor Swift-style.) The Instax connects to your phone and lets you immediately print anything you shoot — stop shoving your screen in your friend’s face and just show them the picture already.

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Logitech UE Boom

This is still our top pick from a sea of wireless speakers, and for a good reason. It’s got great sound that goes in every direction, and you can pair it up with another UE Boom to get real stereo if you want it. It also comes in yellow.

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The Pax has been compared to the first iPod as a breakthrough for vaping, and that’s a good way to put it. For $250 you get something that’s more expensive than most vape pens, but with a beautiful design with user-friendly features. No iTunes required.

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iPhone 6 Plus

If you know somebody with really big hands, the 6 Plus is their chance to try something completely new from Apple. It’s not just another iPhone, it’s a step toward a phone that can really function as a computer. And it’s huge.

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Moto 360

You could wait until “Spring 2015” (whatever that means) for the Apple Watch, or you could buy the most stunning smartwatch right now — the Moto 360. The beautiful, interactive, round watchface brings all the wonders of the internet to your wrist. Time is a flat circle, people.

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Bose Quiet Comfort 25

Despite the ongoing reign of Beats headphones, Bose cans remain some of the best out there. The Quietcomfort 25 headphones offer high-quality sound with unbeatable noise-cancelling. Which you’ll almost certainly need at some point this holiday season.

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