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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Set Design & Decoration:

Rose City Props: provided props & set dressing
Art Director: Vanessa Knoll
Food Styling: Helen Kozora-Tell
Art Department: Dan Nisley, Ben Wizansky
Department of Art (DOA): provided set building
Chandler Vinar, Jeff Johnson, Ben Hayden

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