Let’s face it – the holidays can be tough. Before you set out into the cold to tackle everything on your holiday to-do list, take some time to treat yourself. Our Holiday Survival Guide will help you find the right gear to get you through the “most wonderful” time of the year. We’ve isolated the five most manic situations you're likely to find yourself in this season, matched the right cool tech to each one, and given you a few hints about when they'll come in handy.

Office Party

Arrive late. Leave early.

The saying goes, "You’ll never get a promotion at the office holiday party, but you could get fired." If you’re unlucky, you’ll be surrounded by festive sweaters, bad Secret Santa gifts, and drunk coworkers. If you’re really unlucky, that weird guy in operations might tell you everything you never wanted to know about his LARP hobby. The key to the office party is knowing when to leave – hang around long enough to document the HR violations – but leave before you tell your boss how you really feel about those TPS reports. 

TrakR Bravo

$30
Office parties are a bit of a blur, so make sure you can find your valuables afterwards with the TrakR Bravo. It’s a small Bluetooth tag that can be slipped into your wallet or attached to your significant other in case either go missing.

Makerbot Replicator

$3,500
Forgot your secret santa gift? You’ll be able to print out something to make amends. And while you're at it, why not print out something for every one on your list?

BacTrack Mobile Pro

$80
It can be hard to keep track of your drink tally when the alcohol is free. Let this smart breathalyzer determine if you're fit to drive home. If you’re over the legal limit, it will even call you an Uber.

Philips StarMaker

$60
Yes, the StarMaker can be used for endless karaoke. But it's much more enjoyable to pass the wireless Bluetooth microphone to Chip in accounting, so he can loudly announce to everyone what he really thinks of your boss. Happy Holidays!

Samsung Gear 360

$350
In one corner, Paxton from sales has passed out, while in the other, Hayley and Joe are declaring their love for each other. Grab Samsung’s Gear 360 and get them all in the picture - plus the footage is ready to share on Facebook the day after.

Shopping

Avoid the mob.

Focus a steely-eyed stare ahead of you, because you’ve got a job to do. You’re going to have to be quick enough to grab that last turkey/must-have gaming console/assorted smoked meats gift basket, or you’re guaranteed to be elbowed by the guy who was one step ahead.

Luckily the best gifts can be delivered straight to your door, without you having to leave your couch or scrape ice off your windshield. Keep your best presents out of the clutches of an angry horde, and give them to the special people at the top of your list instead.

Yuneec Typhoon H drone

$950
Aerial eyes where you don’t have them. The Yuneec Typhoon H drone goes where you can’t, whether it’s catching breathtaking photos from above or relaying real-time HD footage of how long the store lines are during Black Friday.

Razor Hovertrax

$400
During a shopping frenzy, the slow get knocked down, and the aimless get pushed aside. Razor's Hovertrax is a hoverboard with all the right safety credentials, so your shopping trip doesn't end up looking like it was directed by Michael Bay.

Thync

$199
Starbucks is a welcome oasis for any exhausted shopper. But even the finest Frappuccino can't hit the spot in the same way as the Thync, a wearable that either primes your brain for the final push, or relaxes the mind when it's all over.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1

$2,000
Why go to the store when you can shop online? This year, get everything done from your couch on the world’s lightest laptop. Buy presents, design cards, and even sip your hot cocoa without fear over the spill-resistant keyboard.

Travel

Tech can’t save you from the middle seat.

There are no good tidings aboard a plane, only the survival of the fittest. Strapped in at 30,000 feet, nothing can prevent the onslaught of impatient kids, chatty seatmates, and people who take up both arm rests. Once you’ve rationed away the last of your free peanuts, you’ll have to survive off the beans in your neck pillow.

There is hope. They can take away your leg room, but they can’t take away your sanity – keep it intact with a selection of awesome tech for all travel situations.

Sennheiser PXC 550

$400
There's only so long you can take the sound of a wailing child and the meaningless chatter of other passengers. If it's getting too much, and you need to shut yourself away from the world, put on your Sennheiser noise-cancelling headphones.

Mophie Powerstation XL

$70
Gadgets need power. Otherwise they die, and that's when the madness comes. The Powerstation XL can charge two devices at once with its massive 10,000mAh battery. It can even charge an average phone three times over before running out of juice.

Aurai Eye Massager

$200
You're going to get weird looks from fellow passengers while wearing the Aurai, but you won't care at all. You'll be enjoying the spectacularly relaxing effects of a water-propelled eye massage while seated on a plane, and they won't.

Apple iPad Pro

$799
Yes, it's massive. While on the plane, invite the cutie sitting next to you to join you in basking in the beauty of the iPad Pro's 12.9-inch screen.

Astell & Kern AK70

$600
If you don't own an Astell & Kern AK70, put it on your Christmas list right now. It sounds glorious and looks even better. Make everyone around you green with envy with this compact and easily pocketable music player.

Family Dinner

You can't choose your family. But you can choose your tech.

Put your stretch pants on and open the first of many bottles of wine. The centerpiece of the holidays is when everyone sits down together to eat a metric ton of food. As you make obligatory small talk with relatives (did Aunt Marsha always have that dead tooth?), accept that your fate is either another showcase of baby photos or listening to your drunk uncle’s “opinions”. Once you get through it all, you’ll have some excellent tech to look forward to for the evening’s entertainment.

Amazon Echo Dot

$50
Once the coma sets in from eating your own body weight in turkey, potatoes, and pie, who will turn out the light so you can sleep it off? Don’t get up just yet, because with one command, Alexa can do it for you.

Sony PlayStation VR

$400
Another awkward family dinner. We’ve all been there - but you no longer have to be. Opt instead to immerse yourself in gaming and escape into your own, more perfect digital world with the PlayStation VR.

Meater Wireless Thermometer

$64
This year it's your uncle's turn to cook the turkey. If he can’t be trusted to handle his beverages, he certainly can’t be trusted to not give everyone salmonella poisoning. Secretly check the bird with this accurate wireless smart thermometer.

LG G6 OLED Television

$5,997
Never underestimate the power of the television to bring even the most frantic family together. The LG G6's gigantic screen has such a stunning picture, it guarantees everyone will gather round the moment you turn it on.

Kindle Oasis

$290
You've found the best present for your significant other, and all that stands between you and the cashier is a queue spanning several timezones. Amazon's best e-reader will keep you company as you shuffle towards the checkout.

Off the Grid

Unplug and recharge.
It’s time to wind down and hit the lounge chairs. Enjoy that magical combo of sun on your face and the sand between your toes – or depending on where you live – the driving rain and freezing wind. It’s time to celebrate making it through another year, whether that means beach party hopping or some quiet “you” time. Take a vacation from your vacation, put down the device, and pick up a book instead. Here are the best stories to make your escape memorable.

News of The World

$25
It's 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is traveling through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. As an elderly widower and war veteran, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

Bob Dylan: All The Songs

$25
Bob Dylan: All The Songs is the New York Times bestselling, definitive book that captures Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording.

All The Light We Cannot See

$17
From the highly acclaimed award-winning Anthony Doerr comes the stunningly ambitious New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in the occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of WWII.

From all of us at Digital Trends

2016 is almost over, and judging from the memes, we’re all ready for the ball to drop. But before we get to sing Aud Lang Syne, it is important to be thankful for the people around you. At Digital Trends, we consider ourselves a family. So from our family to yours - we wish you a Happy Holiday.

Credits

Concept:

Pete Jacobs, Nick Woods

Editorial:

Andy Boxall, Adrien Warner, Pete Jacobs

Producer:

Alana Wolfman

Art Direction, Photography,
Retouching & Design:

Nick Woods

Development:

Matt Leong

Talent:

Naomi Vo, Rick Stella, Pete Jacobs, Alexa Lepisto, Rebecca Schulman, Charlotte Janus, Karen & Mike Bell, Jack Phan, Rich Shibley, Jake Shibley, Sarah O’Neill, Tyler Hogstrom, Brendan Hesse, Casimir Kopacki, Hanif Jackson, Bill Roberson, Brad Bourque, Holly Smith

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Rose City Props: provided props & set dressing
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