You know the type: the one person on your “nice” list who’s impossible to shop for. You love them to death, of course, but they’re either difficult to please, or they claim they “don’t need anything.” The perfect present is as elusive as a needle in a stack of tinsel. If you’re on the quest to find that just-right gift, this list is for you.
All year long, WIRED’s writers and editors test out the newest gadgets, from the strange to the ingenious. By the end of the year, a handful of those stand out to us for their thoughtful design, quality, or good whimsical fun. In this list, you’ll find unique gifts from cameras to clever toys. Once you’ve honed in on that exalted, perfect present, there’s no reason not to get one for yourself, too, as a treat.
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