9 top tech gifts to give this year

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Whether you’re shopping for a work pal or soulmate, it can be hard to find a present that’s unique and not obvious.

Smart speakers were the hit gift of 2017, so it’s not surprising there are a ton of spin-offs this year. Smart displays like the Echo Show and Google Home Hub are the best new takes on the theme, and Facebook’s Portal is the oddest.

In addition to devices that speak to you, Ben Arnold, senior director of the Consumer Technology Association, expects interest in wireless Bluetooth headphones, such as Apple AirPods and Bose SoundSport Free, to be especially strong this year.

The holiday shopping season is also when many people splurge on new TVs. He says 4K and ultra HD TVs (and 4K-compatible streaming devices) will top wish lists this year, too.

Although there are plenty of predictable tech gift choices that will be appreciated — iPhones and iPads, to name two — there are other interesting gadgets worthy of your consideration.