21 gorgeous holiday gifts for your tech-savvy girlfriends

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21 gorgeous holiday gifts for your tech-savvy girlfriends

Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub.

We’re back again for the third year in a row with all the techie gadgets your lady friends could hope for. This year, the trend is towards gifts both beautiful and functional and we’ve got a few suggestions you may want to add to your holiday shopping list.

From sleek chargers to digital decor, here are some of the best gifts for gal pals who’ve been good to you all year.

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Prynt Phone Case

Want fun insta pics to share with your friends? Prynt basically turns your smartphone into a Polaroid camera. Just pop on the special phone case, take a picture and hit print. Then stick the image to your fridge or string a bunch of photos together and put it all over your house to remind you of the fun holiday festivities. The Prynt phone case retails for $150 and can be found on Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Urban Outfitters.

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Mophie Juice Pack

Mophie is the bomb for those with an iPhone. Mine keeps my phone charged all day into the night (and sometimes the next day). Each juice pack comes  in a variety of colors and is perfect for the girlfriend who always seems out of battery. You can get it for a variety of iPhone models at Apple for $100 or for $60 on Amazon.

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ZENTA bracelet from Vinaya

ZENTA is a wearable for your wrist that tracks a number of bodily diagnostics from stress, your heart rate and sleeping patterns but also looks very pretty on your arm. You can get it as a bracelet or a necklace for you or a friend in several colors and gems (the one shown in the picture is in the altruis, rose gold and white combo). The bracelet goes for $195 on Vinaya.

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Saloonbox subscription

Raise your glass to holiday cheer with a subscription to mixed beverages service Saloonbox. The startup specializes in ready-to-make cocktail mixes shipped to your door, starting at $37.50 per month, with the option of canceling anytime. Your best gal pal will thank you later.

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SuperDiamond PureGold Bluetooth Fanny Pack

You’ve seen her around town, that cool girl with the cool girl fanny pack, with its shimmering gold sequins blasting bad beats as she rides her bike down the street. She’s not afraid to shine (or let her fanny pack fly) and neither will you and your girl gang with this fun accessory. Available at Jammypack for a sweet $60.

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DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drone

Give the gift of drone power. The DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drone retails at Apple for $1200 and allows you to shoot 4k aerial video at 30fps and full HD 1080p video at up to 120fps for crisp slow motion footage. You can capture images on your iPhone or iPad and send them to friends and family far away.

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A Kate Spade Everpurse

Everpurse launched on Kickstarter in 2013 and has now teamed up with Kate Spade to offer its signature hidden phone charging pouch built right inside a bevy of purses and wristlets. The bag shown here retails for $198 and can be found in stores or online.

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Q Designs iPhone Charger Bracelet

Q Designs’ bracelet is snappy jewelry and an iPhone charger in one. It’s perfect for those moments you really need a bit of juice at the end of the evening. The bracelet comes in four different colors: matte black, matte silver, polished gold (shown) and polished silver. Find it at Bloomingdale’s for $125.

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Spectacles by Snap, Inc.

The first bit of hardware from Snap, Inc. is selling out fast in yellow pop-up vending machines around the Los Angeles area right now, but any gal into tech culture is sure to be excited for one of these coveted tech gadgets in her holiday stocking if you can get your hands on a pair for her.

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3D Printed Encode Ring

Tell them they’re your bestie in solid gold. The 3D Encode ring from Japanese startup 3Dwave records your voice and turns those sound waves into metal jewelry. Rings vary in price, depending on the substance you choose to make it out of, from $130 – $1300 USD. Those interested in immortalizing their message can do so on the company website.

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Glossier Phase 2 Set

Glossier, the makeup brand from IntotheGloss, has the perfect natural makeup set in Phase 2. Boy brow shapes your eyebrows, the new lip stain gently touches your lips to give them that just melted in your mouth popsicle hue and Glossier’s concealer aims to make your skin look like it’s yours, not hidden behind a caked-on grease mess. Buy the set for you or a friend for $50 online.

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Nomiku

A lot of women I asked for help with this guide mentioned smart cooking tools. While I don’t want to relegate us all to the kitchen, Nomiku, a sous-vide for the digital age, was definitely tops in a couple discussions and deserves a mention. The device connects to your smartphone to help you get a perfect piece of tender cooked meat every time and retails at $200 for the original version or $250 if you want one with WiFi.

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Google's Daydream View

The sleek design and lean price tag of $80 make Google’s Daydream VR headset a fantastic gift for a gal pal. She can travel through space, read the news or go on a meditative journey. Just plop a smartphone in the viewer and use the provided controller to turn the headset on.

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Marc Jacobs Snapshot Velvet Camera Bag

Speaking of cameras…This is either the prettiest or ugliest camera bag you’ve ever seen, depending on how you feel about black feathers and red velvet. But for the goth girl in all of us Marc Jacobs made this small camera bag. And it’s the perfect gift for your friend with an affinity for black lipstick and hi-tech lens power. You can find it on one of my favorite online clothing destinations Shopbop for a cool $495.

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iRig Karaoke Microphone

Got a friend who’s really into karaoke? This is the perfect gift for her. All she needs is an IRig karaoke microphone and a smartphone to make it work. Just hook the microphone into the headphone slot on your phone and then turn on the app for all your memory-making jams. You can find the iRig at various online retail outlets, including Amazon for $35.

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Philips Wireless Picopix Pico Projector

This bright little device is perfect for projecting all your saved up Netflix shows from anywhere. It comes equipped with HDMI, USB and a micro SD slot and can be connected to Bluetooth speakers for a whole cinema in your hand. Found on Urban Outfitters for $270.

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Plants from The Sill

Help the women in your life plant some roots by gifting them a plant from The Sill. This New York City-based startup hand pots every plant and guarantees they’ll last for at least 30 days. So, even if your friend lacks a green thumb she’ll at least have something green and growing for a month after you give this gift. The Sill ships nationwide and delivers even more varieties in the New York area.

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Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is the tinier, cuter Alexa hardware companion, but for $50 it does the exact same thing as the rest of the family. Put one in every room and ask Alexa for the weather, listen to NPR or order more socks online. The dot comes in black or white.

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Thinx Period Panties

Ya, okay, period panties are probably not the first thing you think to get your friend but these Thinx panties are seriously amazing — and a lot of women we asked had a pair on their gift wish list. They come in sexy black or nude colors and can hold up to two tampons worth of blood but still look like regular underwear. Prices vary, starting at $24 for a light days thong. Build your own set (or one for a friend) at shethinx.com.

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Adjustable High Heels from Mime et moi

Go from high to low with the same shoes by switching out the height of the heel. Each shoe from German startup Mime et moi is adjustable and customizable. Pop on the flat heel for day and switch to heels for a night on the town. You can also pick your color and style on the site. Heels shown retail for 175 Euros or just over $185 USD.

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Mime et moi in low heel

Here’s the same shoe but with the low heel attachment.

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3Doodler Pen

Can’t bring your friend to Paris? Bring Paris to your friend by 3D doodling her an Eiffel Tower — or a world of other possibilities with this 3D printer in a pen from 3Doodler. You can find a starter pen set on Amazon for $70 or an exclusive upgrade set with unique pen colors like champagne (shown) and taupe at Urban Outfitters for $100.

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