If your family is anything like ours, there’s always a few people on your list who always ask for practical gifts. And as much as you want to give them a gorgeous necklace or a cool pair of cufflinks, they would much prefer a gift they know they’ll use every single day.

For those special people in our life and yours, we’ve put together a holiday tech guide full of the coolest practical tech gifts, all on behalf of our sponsor Kingston, who knows a little something about practical tech gifts.

Their new little Bolt Duo, depending on the memory you choose, can hold up to 32,000 photos, freeing up storage for more precious photos and video on your iPhone or iPad. Wow!

So, here are 13 practical tech gifts that anyone on your list would appreciate, geek or not. Happy shopping!

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Related: Our 2017 Holiday Tech Gift Guide. Let’s shop!

Cool practical tech gifts: Jackery giant portable charger | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Jackery Giant Portable Charger

We’ve tried lots of portable power sources but this portable charger from Jackery is still our favorite. And at under $30, you’re not breaking the bank. ($22.99-$24.99, Amazon)

Cool practical tech gifts: Whoosh screen shine bottle and wipe | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Whoosh Screen Wipes

Give the gift of a clean, disinfected smartphone. We’re big fans of WHOOSH spray, but the screen shine wipes are smart for life on the go. ($9.99, Amazon)


Cool practical tech gifts: Lifeproof FRE iPhone case | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Lifeproof FRE iPhone X Case

There’s a reason LifeProof cases are so popular. If a lucky someone gets an iPhone X for the holidays, make sure they’ve got a case that will keep it safe. Those drop test results are scary! ($89.99, Lifeproof)


Cool practical tech gifts: Kingston Bolt Duo flash drive - sponsor | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Kingston Bolt Duo iPhone flash drive

The Bolt Duo from our sponsor Kingston will help free up storage on an iPhone or iPad. Like, up to 32,000 photos worth of storage for the 128GB model.

It’s small and portable, and attaches easily to your keyring so you don’t have to worry about misplacing it. And the app opens up as soon as the Bolt Duo is plugged in, with space freed up in a matter of minutes. ($59.99/32gb – $119.99/128gb, Kingston)

Cool practical tech gifts: Spater multi gadget charging station | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Spater Multi-Gadget Charging Station

This multi-gadget charging station from Spater will give the gift of organizational zen to your lucky recipient. Whether they’ve got a family who’s packed with gadgets, or just a few of their own, this is something they’ll definitely appreciate. ($39.99, Amazon) *Editor’s note: Unfortunately, this gadget is no longer available. Here is a similar multi-gadget charging station). 

Cool practical tech gifts: Tomtoc laptop sleeve | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Tomtoc 360° Laptop Sleeve

It’s shockproof and spill-resistant, which are two things you really want in a laptop case, like this one from Tomtoc 360°. Yet, it’s still sleek enough that it can fit in a backpack or tote bag. ($20.99, Amazon)

Cool practical tech gifts: Belkin Road Rockstar multi device car charger | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Belkin Rockstar Multi-Port Car Charger

This Belkin Rockstar multi-port car charger gives the folks in the back seat access to charging ports which will make for much happier road trips — whether you’re home for the holidays, or just heading around the corner for grocery runs. ($39.99, Belkin)

Cool practical tech gifts: Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

For commuters and busy travelers, a multi-device keyboard like this one from Logitech lets any smartphone or tablet user get more work done, since it connects to both tablets and  smartphones for quicker, easier typing. ($27.25 on sale, Amazon)

Cool practical tech gifts: amFilm screen protector | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

amFilm Screen Protector

A screen protector is a must-have for any smartphone user, but they’re not all created equal. This highly-rated screen protector from amFilm is simple to affix, no special skills required. ($7.99, Amazon)

Cool practical tech gifts: MiPOW Playbulb smart bulb and speaker | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

MiPOW Playbulb Color Smart Bulb and Speaker

It might look like a basic gift, because you know, it’s a light bulb. But this Playbulb is so cool, it can be controlled with your smartphone. Power it on and off, change colors, and yes,   even play music with it. ($79.99, Playbulb)


Cool practical tech gifts: Tile Sport and Style combo bluetooth tracker | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Tile Sport and Style Combo Bluetooth Tracker

Never lose keys or your wallet again with Tile, our favorite Bluetooth tracker, which connects with an app on your phone to help you find any objec t– so long as it’s within 150 feet.  And of course, it can help you find your phone, too! ($59.99, Target)

Cool practical tech gifts: This Is Ground cord taco organizer | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

This Is Ground Taco Cord Organizers

With earbuds and chargers and cables oh my, we’re all suffering from cord tangles and nests in our bags and briefcases. That’s where the cord taco comes to the rescue, a favorite of ours that makes everyone on your list more organized. ($25 for a 3-pack, This Is Ground)

Cool practical tech gifts: Native Union lightning charging cable collection | Holiday Tech Guide 2017

Lightning Cable Collection

Every smartphone or tablet user can always use another charging cable, but this cable collection from Native Union makes it a super cool and very stylish gift as well as a practical one. ($56.98 on sale now, Native Union)

Thanks to our sponsor Kingston and their new Bolt Duo flash drive for making the gadgets that help make our lives as parents and busy humans a whole lot easier. Our iPhones thank you for freeing up space for holiday photos! 

More from our 2017 Holiday Tech Guide:
Fun holiday iPhone cases. Festive!
* The hottest new tech gifts of 2017
* Stylish Apple Watch bands and accessories. Rowr.
* Educational and entertaining STEM gifts for kids of all ages
* Cool digital subscription gifts for people who don’t want more stuff

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