15 Tech Gifts from the SkyMall Catalog That Don't Suck

Apartment Therapy Tech Gift Guide 2012

You've just been asked to turn your devices off, you've buckled up, and you decide to rummage through the seat pocket to peruse that guilty pleasure, SkyMall. While the products inside of SkyMall have been the brunt of many a joke, some of which we've even made, there are also some solid tech gifts within its pages...

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Magical Wand Remote Control This remote makes us wish we watched TV on TV. Come on now, you know you would be secretly delighted to receive this present, such a fun and geeky way to change the channels. $90
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iTutor Piano Built for iOS devices that take the 30 pin dock connector (you can always get an adapter if you're rocking a device from late 2012) this accessory and accompanying app is for learning how to play the piano. While it's definitely not a gift that will appeal to a wide range of folks it could be just the ticket for the iPod Touch toting kid in your life that's a piano student. $130
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Functional 2 GB USB Cufflinks Because pretending to be a spy never gets old. Although only 2 GB in size, they definitely are handy considering how close they would be to one's hands. A very nice gift indeed for the cufflink wearer with a fondness for flash drives. $100
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USB Cup Warmer With 4 Port Hub Know someone whose coffee or tea gets cold before they have a chance to finish it? Well this cup warmer with a built in hub could be just the thing. We can see this one being a very popular gift at office holiday parties for its function and price. $12
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Polaroid Z2300 Camera Including this bad boy on our list almost seems like cheating since we've been coveting it long before we ever cracked open the SkyMall catalogue, but since it's in there, we'd be remiss not to include this piece of instant picture digital camera fun. $160
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Best Emergency Radio Hand crank radio with built in LED flashlight and charging port for small electronics like smartphones, this is a handy piece of kit to have around in emergency weather conditions and it's a swell gift for those who like their phone to have power even if their home does not. $60
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LEGO Star Wars Alarm Clock Excellent price and who doesn't love LEGO and/or Star Wars? Really now, we can't see this one going wrong if your recipient is between the ages of 9 - 13. Win. win. $30
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Inflatable Screen This is nice gift for the person who loves having people over for backyard screenings. This inflatable screen is definitely a big upgrade from the sheet tacked up on a fence and will add a certain panache to the screening proceedings. $250
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Jambox by Jawbone One of the best tech gifts we've ever been given, so when we saw it in SkyMall we knew it had to make our list. We use our Jambox on an almost daily basis and think it's one of the best tiny wireless speakers with a solid punch. Oh and the colours and textures are pretty fun too. $200
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Plane USB Hub It wouldn't be a SkyMall roundup without something aviation themed included and so we present this adorable 4 port USB hub and fan. $20
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Seal Shield for iPad Slip on waterproof covering for the iPad makes a great gift for those who like to take their iPad to the pool and beach. Judgement over the wisdom of this activity is sold separately. Would we take our iPad to the beach? No, but we'd use this covering while cooking! $30
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Tabletop Photo Studios Not a gift for everyone, but for those sellers on Etsy and eBay or anyone else who could use a tiny light room this gift is a home run. $100
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Bamboo Laptop Tray One of the nicest looking laptop accessories we have ever seen in SkyMall, this laptop tray made out of bamboo is a nice gift for anyone whose laptop runs a bit too hot. $30
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Custom 3D Reel and Viewer If there is one gift in this whole roundup that comes the closest to being one size fits almost all, it would be this one, which is a great personalised gift for friends and family. $25
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NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner While not nearly as fun and inexpensive as the aforementioned gift, this is a handy device for freelancers and those looking to cut down on their paper files. $200

What's the best tech gift you've ever seen in SkyMall?

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Joelle loves technology and making things and is in an almost perpetual state of problem solving. She's quite fond of airplanes and coffee and is pretty sure she will eventually read all of the books in her library.

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