A Very Caret Gift Guide

It's beginning to look a lot like...the future.

Why curate a gift guide when you can crowdsource one from people way cooler than you? We tapped our trusty network of tastemakers and creativity-havers to give us their best, most tech-centric gift recommendations. And, boy, did they deliver. From a laser-powered oven temperture gun to a smart scent diffuser to something called "The Korg" (don't ask, just read), we proudly present to you The Caret's first ever holiday gift guide.

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"From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism" by Fred Turner

"Turner's book illustrates how intrinsically linked the Haight-Ashbury counterculture of the 1960s was to the rise of personal computing in Silicon Valley and how their shared ideologies formed our enduring, mostly utopian view of the Internet and tech as tools for personal expression and liberation. Spoiler alert: they're not. Please buy from someone besides Jeff Bezos, thanks!" - Kate Sennert, @newagecocaine creator

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"Only a $100, this digital DIY synthesizer is very powerful, and you have to build it yourself. Great gift for a teenager I'd say, but equally for anyone interested in electronic music." - Marc Kremers, Future Corp founder/creative director

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"Web Design. The Evolution of the Digital World 1990–Today"

"A visual catalog of the best websites from every year since 1998 with anecdotes from their creators. A must-have for any nerd on your list." - Chris Black, @donetodeath creator

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Aera Smart Diffuser

"I will never fully kick my Palo Santo habit, but there is a case to be made for candles and incenses polluting the air inside your home. These chic, wifi-controllable diffusers permeate the air with healthier scent, and deliver the same satisfying click-and-press experience as a Nespresso maker." - Christine Lennon, editor and author

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Bleusalt "The T-Shirt"

"It’s become troubling how often I buy, give, and wear this t-shirt. I want pillowcases made of this Bleusalt stuff —and upholstery and mittens and whole rooms. Partly I like the idea of textile as tech: Developed in Japan in 1951, and later refined in Austria as 'modal,' the Bleusalt fabric is made by pulping beechwood into liquid and then forcing the liquid through micro-holes, then weaving them together. The carbon-neutral process requires much less land and water than cotton, but some modal companies in Asia have earned bad eco-marks anyway. Bleusalt is made in Malibu. I haven't done a full purity test, but the brand claims to use woodstock only from extra-virtuous plantations. Verdict: it's soft as hell, and it's probably not as dirty as cotton." - Virginia Heffernan, journalist and critic

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The Light Phone

"The Light Phone helps kill distraction. The perfect gift for a anyone with an instagram addiction or friends/family who you know are looking to get off of their phones more and into life/nature." - Rachael Yaeger, Human NYC founder and Likeminds Camp co-founder

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"I'm gifting a membership to this new virtual coworking platform to all my favorite freelance procrastinator friends who choose to work from home." - Laurie Trott, creative director

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Etekcity 1022D Dual Laser Digital Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun

"Most ovens are incredibly off when it comes to temperature. People wonder why they don’t have success with recipes, often it’s just as simple as your oven is ten degrees too high or low! This temp gun is the solution! And it's fun to use too." - Julia Sherman, Salad for President and Jus Jus founder

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RFID-Blocking Passport Holder and Wallet

"For the privacy-minded, I recommend an RFID-blocking passport wallet. New passports and many credit cards include an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip that can leave personal information vulnerable. This wallet will help your loved one feel more secure. Plus, every purchase goes towards supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Or, if you'd like to get a better handle on information overload in the new decade, you can always purchase an Are.na Premium subscription." - Charles Broskoski, Are.na co-founder

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Galcher Lustwerk - "Information" MP3

"NYC-via-Cleveland young legend assembles jazz/house/hip-hop into a mellow late nite whole." - Samuel Valenti IV, Ghostly International founder

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“Our sex lives are important and rarely do we find ourselves working on them the way we might the other physical or mental aspects of our lives. The new Coral app is a great gift to give yourself. It's kind of like a Headspace for your sex life.” - Trevor McFedries, @lilmiquela creator and Brud co-founder

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Liquid Screen Protectors

"An alternative to tempered-glass screen protectors for that iPhone you always drop, this strange miracle of science makes a good (and useful!) stocking stuffer. It's a liquid you apply which hardens and makes it impossible (or impossible-ish) for the screen crack. Someone told me this technology was created for airplane windows. Now you can put it on your dumb phone." - Kate Sennert, @newagecocaine creator



"I was oversubscribing so I made myself choose just two: Laura Olin's and Molly Young's 'Read like the Wind.' I think of these newsletters as weekly gifts, since I look forward to opening them, and inside I invariably find a dozen+ brilliant and/or meaningful things to add to my life." - Emily Fiffer, Botanica co-owner



"For the audio nerd in your life. Mix:Analog is a web startup in Ljubljana, Slovenia that allows you to operate analog audio equipment remotely via browser. Twiddle knob on screen... a servo motor robot turns the actual knob on gear in Ljubljana. Most of us have only read about classic analog gear. Or we've used plugins that mimic the hardware. Mix:Analog lets you book time on the real thing." - James Ellis, Public Announcement partner

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Ophidia GG Flora AirPods Keychain Case

"Gucci. AirPods. Case. There, you won Christmas." - Christine Lennon, editor and author