11 Innovative Gifts Everyone Will Want in 2019

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With so many innovative products on the market, it’s easy to feel like you’re already living in the future. If you’re really looking for the next big thing, here are 11 ahead-of-the-curve products that will make you look like a time traveler. Everyone else will be asking for them in 2019, but you can get a head start by picking them up today.

1. Mighty Purse; $99.99

Instead of charging your phone behind the bar, take this bag with you on your next night out. It charges your electronic devices while keeping them safe with your other belongings. The best thing about this purse is that, despite all of the technology it packs, it’s not ugly or bulky. It’s sleek and understated enough to be used for any occasion.

Find it: Amazon 

2.  Kwikset 925 Kevo Single Cylinder Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt; $219 

Bluetooth has been crossing over into every aspect of our lives, making almost everything completely wireless. Now it’s possible to unlock your front door without even taking out your key. As long as you have your smartphone in your pocket, a simple touch can unlock the door. You can also send an electronic key to visiting friends and family, saving you trips to the locksmith.

Find it: Amazon 

3. Molecular Gastronomy Kit; $49 - $65

You may think that molecular gastronomy’s high-tech delicacies are only available in some of the world’s fanciest restaurants, but this handy kit will help you combine science and food to create meals of the future—you can turn liquids into cubes and chocolate into powder. With the ingredients and equipment included, you can transform your food into a (delicious) chemistry experiment.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

4. Parrot Zik Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones; $369.99 

Zik Headphones use touch technology to allow the user to easily control their music. Moving your finger up or down on the side of the headphone controls the volume, and moving left or right switches the song. A head sensor recognizes when you are wearing the headphones and pauses accordingly. The product uses Bluetooth, so you can say goodbye to tangled wires.

Find it: Amazon

5. Bird Photo Booth; $112.49 

In the future, no one has privacy— not even the birds. The Bird Photo Booth is a bird feeder that lets you remotely snap pictures of animals enjoying their lunches. Using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you can link to your smartphone or GoPro in the feeder. The device also allows video chat if you want to scare a way a particularly pushy bird or squirrel.

Find it: ThinkGeek

6. Vaportini Complete Kit; $45 

Why drink when you can simply inhale? Vaportini turns your favorite cocktail into a vapor. Simply add your spirits and the equipment vaporizes it with heat from a candle in about five minutes. Liquid cocktails are so 20th century.

Find it: Vaportini 

7. iRobot Looj; $299.99

Hate cleaning out the gutters? This little robot will do it for you. It brushes away dirt, leaves, and other debris with spinning brushes and paddles. The robot moves by itself and travels through your gutters at record speed. The cleanup is easy—just spray it with a hose when its work is finished.

Find it: iRobot

8. Panono; $549 

Throw this cool little ball into the air and it will take a 360-degree photograph when it reaches its highest point. You can also take photos manually by pressing the buttons or using the Panono app. The product is not available just yet, but you can pre-order it and be the first of your friends to take these amazing pictures.

Find it: Panono 

9. Withings Smart Baby Monitor; $216.99 

When audio monitors are not enough, Withings lets parents see their children right on their smartphone or tablet. This product provides high-resolution video and automatic night vision and can also play lullabies or even turn on a nightlight. If the baby starts to stir, parents can talk to their baby through it as well.

Find it: Amazon

10.  Luci; $14.99

Luci is an inflatable, solar-powered light that is cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. It’s easy to use, waterproof, and lightweight—perfect for camping, power outages, or outdoor parties.

Find it: The Grommet

11. Neptune; $103.95

Lots of people wear headphones when they go to the gym, but what about to the pool? Neptune is a waterproof MP3 player that uses bone conduction audio transmission instead of traditional headphones so you can rock out while swimming laps.

Find it: Amazon 

If you still can’t wait for the future to get here, you’ll be happy to know that Intel® RealSense™ technologies like snapshot and gesture recognition will be ushering the future in a little sooner than you probably anticipated. Learn more here: intel.com