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Even for the impossible-to-shop-for person, the latest tech gadgets always double as great gifts to family, friends, or coworkers. Why? Because no matter what their interests are, there’s always something out there that’s perfectly tailored to what they love. We can all but fully guarantee that no one will scoff when gifted a pair of high-quality earbuds, a new backpack for their favorite gear, or a few new accessories to make the most out of their shiny new iPad or MacBook.
To discover the finest and most up-to-date tech gifts for you, we’re constantly keeping an eye out for the latest gadgets to hit the market. The products we handpicked range from impulse buys to big-ticket options such as a laptop and a gaming console. With more than a decade of experience in testing consumer tech products, I can personally vouch for every suggestion in this guide. I’d happily use these products myself or use them to treat someone to a gift I know they’ll love.
So, whether you want to go big and splurge on an item or are looking to spend less than $50 on a new gadget, you’ll find the perfect tech gift for your dad, your brother, your friend, and more in our carefully curated gift guide.
Smart Reusable Notebook
Students and avid note-takers you care about will undoubtedly be impressed by the Rocketbook smart notebook. Available in many colors, the reasonably priced product will allow them to take notes the old-school way, then scan them for easy sharing or cloud storage. We like that its reusable pages are easy to clean via a bundled microfiber cloth, too.
Other key features of the Rocketbook include dot grid page styles and an included Pilot Frixion pen.
Portable Photo Printer
The HP Sprocket Select compact photo printer is one of the best tech gifts you can get for the Instagrammers in your life. The stylish gadget is capable of printing 2.3 x 3.4-inch photos on water- and tear-resistant paper.
Users can edit their photos before printing through Sprocket’s mobile app. There’s even an option to interact with the prints in augmented reality.
Pro Tech Toolkit
The iFixit Pro tech toolkit is the ultimate tech gift for a gadget tinkerer. Developed by a team of experts with years of experience in tearing down and fixing gadgets, it contains enough tools to tackle even the most challenging tech project. It includes 64 screwdriver bits and custom opening tools, among many others.
All of the tools in the kit are neatly organized in a polycarbonate case, as well as a sturdy canvas roll. iFixit backs its impressive creation with a lifetime warranty.
The reasonably priced Holy Stone HS260 drone is a perfect tech gift for aerial photography beginners. It can capture Full HD video from a robust range, and it packs an impressive set of flight and camera controls. Users can tap into the foldable gadget’s stellar capabilities via a bundled remote control, using their smartphone as a viewfinder.
According to its maker, the HS260 can fly for up to 15 minutes between battery swaps. Its retail package includes two batteries, a controller, additional propellers and propeller guards with a screwdriver to help change them, and a storage case.
Portable Solar Panel
The Goal Zero Nomad 10 solar panel is an excellent tech gift option for outdoorsy personalities. Its onboard USB output allows it to easily charge phones, backup battery packs, and other small gadgets.
The Nomad 10 also has a foldable design, an adjustable kickstand, and a built-in hook for attaching it to a backpack.
Studio Buds + Wireless Earbuds
The Beats Studio Buds + are our favorite true wireless earbuds for most consumers and a great tech gift for anyone who needs a new set. The super tiny buds are equally easy to pair with both an iPhone and Android phone and capable of delivering the brand’s signature sound with excellent noise cancellation.
The Studio Buds + can last up to a rather amazing 9 hours between trips to their USB-C charging case. The accessory holds a trio of additional charges.
Shapes Triangles Smart Wall Lights
The Shapes Triangles by Nanoleaf — one 0f the premier makers of smart lights — are an excellent tech gift that doubles as an instant home decor upgrade. The uniquely shaped lights can be arranged in multiple shapes, depending on the users’ tastes and preferences. Their glow can change in millions of colors, ranging from various white temperatures to dramatic shades like purple and blue, to name a few.
Like all Nanoleaf products, the Shaped Triangles lights are compatible with all smart home standards. The easy-to-install starter kit includes seven lights and can easily be expanded into the hundreds.
Catch:3 Wireless Charging Station and Valet Tray
The Catch:3 wireless charging station by Courant is a stylish and useful tech gift option that will make a lasting impression. It will allow recipients to power up their smartphone and other everyday gadgets like wireless earbuds in style. In addition, the product’s integrated valet tray will help them organize small gadgets and other everyday items like keys, jewelry, and glasses, to name a few.
The charging mat has a stylish Belgian linen cover. A pricier version draped in Italian leather is also available. Other key features of the Catch:3 include a built-in USB-A port for charging more gadgets and a bundled USB-C cable and adapter.
622 Magnetic Battery with PopSockets Grip
For someone who’s constantly dropping their iPhone, consider gifting them a PopSockets grip. Developed in collaboration with Anker, this iteration has an integrated 5,000 mAh battery that will extend their screen-on time between charges.
The accessory is made for MagSafe-toting iPhone models, so it’s super easy to attach and remove. You can order it in black, white, or blue.
Elite 4 Active Wireless Earbuds
Jabra’s Elite 4 Active true wireless earbuds are a stellar gift because as we noted in our full review they offer design, durability, comfort, and audio performance that belie their price tag. The earphones’ call quality and battery life are impressive, too.
You can order the Elite 4 Active earbuds in black, mint, and navy. Jabra backs the product with a 2-year warranty against dust and water damage.
Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
The sleek PureVis water bottle by LARQ — the maker of our favorite pitcher — is a surprisingly high-tech gift, thanks to an onboard UV-C light. The nontoxic technology will allow users to seamlessly sanitize the bottle’s interior, as well as the water inside it. The process takes only a minute to complete.
Available in several colors, the bottle has an insulated design, which allows it to keep the liquids hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours. The rechargeable battery of its sanitizer can last up to a month between charges.
Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
This high-tech mug from Ember is the perfect gift for coffee and tea drinkers. It keeps any beverage warm, and you can control all the settings directly through your smartphone via a mobile app. Thanks to a built-in battery, the gadget will maintain the drink’s temperature for up to 1.5 hours.
The Smart Mug 2 is a hand-wash-only device with a maximum liquid capacity of 10 ounces. You can order it in black, white, or red. A smaller version for espresso-based drinks is also available.
Is there someone in your life who feels like they can never keep their herb garden alive? This nifty smart garden will solve that problem for them.
The kit includes the planter base, which features a built-in water reservoir that holds a month’s worth of water, an LED lamp to make sure the plants are getting enough light, and some basil starter pods so the recipient can start growing their indoor herb garden pronto.
Sleep Aid Device
There are so many cool tech gadgets coming out in the sleep space, and the Dodow device is no different. It’s a metronome-type system that uses timed light to teach the user how to fall asleep.
The brand’s website claims that more than 500,000 people are already using and loving the product.
The Weatherman collapsible umbrella is a surprisingly high-tech gift option. Designed by weather experts, the product has an industrial-grade fiberglass frame and water-repellent fabric with Teflon coating, allowing it to withstand wind gusts of up to 55 mph without breaking. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty.
We like that the umbrella has a convenient slot for an AirTag or another object tracker, ensuring that they never lose it. You can order it in multiple colors with a matching storage sleeve.
Electric Lighter with LED Flashlight
The Motli Light flameless lighter will treat candle aficionados and barbecue enthusiasts to a safer, sleeker, and more useful alternative to old-school lighters and matches. It uses electronic plasma that’s fast, efficient, and windproof.
Other key features of the gadget include an on/off button, an integrated flashlight, and an onboard battery that can deliver 1,000 lights between charges.
You can order the lighter in 20-plus colors and design patterns.
SoundLink Flex Wateproof Portable Speaker
The Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker is a great tech gift for any music enthusiast. It is incredibly elegant, plenty durable with an IP67 rating for water resistance (it can even float!), and capable of blasting signature Bose sound with excellent quality for up to 12 hours between battery charges.
Bose offers the SoundLink Flex in black, white, blue, and red. Each speaker has a cool fabric strap.
T01 Tactical EDC Wallet
The T01 Tactical EDC wallet by Dango Products is a sleek, functional accessory. Crafted in the United States from machined aluminum and top grain leather, it has space for up to 12 cards. It comes with a removable multitool, whose features include a prier, and a phone stand, among other functions.
Modern USB-C Speaker
The Microsoft Modern USB-C speaker is an excellent tech gift for anyone working remotely. Easy to set up and use, the gadget does a phenomenal job during video and voice calls. Its convenient button controls include a Microsoft Teams shortcut.
The product is compatible with USB-C-equipped PC and Mac computers. It has a stylish fabric cover, a handy cable management setup, and a storage case with a zipper closure.
The Ekster aluminum cardholder has a sleek, slim design and many smart features, making it a great tech gift for gearheads. We like its patented mechanism that can eject cards from its aluminum storage pocket just by pressing a button. The slim accessory also has an RFID-blocking layer to safeguard against identity theft.
This wallet has enough space for at least 12 cards, as well as a handy strap for carrying cash and receipts. It’s crafted from space-grade aluminum that’s available in a multitude of colors.
iPhone Gaming Controller
The Backbone One mobile gaming controller is a gift that avid smartphone gamers will surely appreciate. Available with a Lightning or a USB-C connector, the accessory rocks a complete set of buttons, thumbsticks, and triggers for console-grade gameplay anytime, anywhere. Its companion app will allow the recipient to find new titles and access their cloud gaming subscriptions, among other things.
A standard audio jack is another BackBone One feature we like. The controller also has a Lightning connector for charging. You can order it in black or white, with the latter being tailor-made for PlayStation remote gameplay.
Authority Laptop Backpack
This backpack by Timbuk2 is one of the finest gifts you can give to a commuting gearhead. It’s elegant, durable (Timbuk2 backs it with a lifetime warranty), functional, and eco-friendly, thanks to its recycled materials.
The Timbuk2 Authority has a soft interior that has a slot for up to a 17-inch laptop and countless pockets and compartments for accessories and daily essentials. You can order it in black, blue, gray, and a shade of green dubbed Eco Titanium.
Tech Kit Organizer
The Bellroy Tech Kit Compact is an amazing gift for techies because it will keep their chargers and cables, as well as their small gadgets, neatly organized. It is excellent not just for traveling but also for keeping things tidy at home or the office.
Bellroy crafted the accessory from an eco-friendly woven fabric that’s available in many colors, ranging from subtle to attention-grabbing. The accessory has a stellar 3-year warranty.
Apple Watch Series 8
Your iPhone-toting recipient will love the latest Apple Watch Series 8. The timepiece has a timelessly cool design with a waterproof case and vibrant Retina display. Compared to Series 7, the latest iteration brings upgraded wellness-tracking tools and cutting-edge safety features that include crash and fall detection.
Xbox Series S
Because it’s easier to find in stock and get a hold of than when it launched back in 2020, the Xbox Series S gaming console is an excellent gift this holiday season. The surprisingly elegant, reasonably priced rig can deliver high-performance, high-resolution gameplay at up to a brisk 120 frames per second. It’s guaranteed to impress a gaming newbie or a seasoned player switching from an older console.
R1 Tablet Stand
Satechi’s R1 aluminum stand is an excellent gift for tablet and big-screen smartphone users, especially those with an iPhone or an iPad. The all-metal accessory has a sleek design with finishes that perfectly match Apple’s tech products. You can order it in black, silver, blue, and space gray.
The R1 stand has a sturdy base and adjustable angles. It can hold their tech devices in landscape or portrait mode, so it’s plenty versatile. It collapses, so it’s easy to pack for on-the-go use.
A smarter take on a legendary toy, the Rubik’s Connected Cube is a cool and memorable gift option. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and a companion app, the interactive gadget can literally teach players how to solve the challenging 3D puzzle.
The toy’s mobile app — in addition to being handy for solving the puzzle — allows users to improve further by delivering helpful stats. Avid players can also compete with other Rubik’s Connected Cube owners.
The Apple AirTag is our favorite object tracker and a great tech gift for anyone with an iPhone. The gadget will allow them to keep tabs on their items via the Find My app. The set includes a quartet of trackers, so it will cover their daily essentials (e.g., bag, wallet, etc.).
The AirTag has a water-resistant build and battery that can last up to a year between replacements. In case you’re looking for a bigger gift, consider pairing the product with one of our favorite accessories for it.
DraftPour Beer Dispenser
The DraftPour dispenser by Fizzics will improve the recipient’s beer ritual, thanks to nifty micro-foam tech. The latter will enhance the brew’s flavor by creating create nitro-style micro foam. It can accommodate bottles and cans.
We like the dispenser’s sleek design and versatile power options. They include a USB charger or a duo of AA batteries.
S380 (MagFit) Stand for AirPods Max
If you know someone who splurged on the Apple AirPods Max wireless headphones, consider gifting them this aluminum stand by Spigen. Designed to complement the pricey wireless cans perfectly, it will showcase them and protect their headband’s mesh fabric.
5-Piece Wireless Home Security System
Buying a first home is an exciting but expensive purchase! This elaborate home security system by SimpliSafe is a great gift for first-time buyers that will bring them of mind — without breaking the bank.
This starter kit includes a base station and keypad, entry and motion sensors, and a keyfob for activating the system. The product is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Best of all, users can expand the security system as their needs change.
Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Charger
The PhoneSoap Pro — deservedly our favorite UV sanitizer — is also a thoughtful tech gift. This editor-favorite, must-have gadget will keep the recipient’s smartphone and other small everyday items consistently germ-free. It has a fast cleaning cycle and powerful light, which has been proven effective against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
We like the understated design of the PhoneSoap Pro. Its two USB charging ports are also incredibly convenient.
AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
Apple’s all-new AirPods Pro are a no-brainer tech gift for Apple users. The second generation has a more compact design, better sound with spatial audio compatibility, and up to six hours of battery life.
3 Card iPhone Wallet Case
This wallet case by Bellroy is a great gift for iPhone users because it’ll keep their cards organized and within reach. The accessory has a discreet pocket for up to three cards, hidden under a closure that doubles as a viewing stand.
Crafted from high-quality leather that’s available in several colors, the case has a tough shell to protect from drops and a soft lining to keep scratches away from the phone. Bellroy offers the case for the current iPhone lineup and older iterations.
MagSafe 2-in-1 Wireless Charger
This MagSafe charging station by Belkin is an amazing tech gift for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users. It’s beautiful and exceptionally crafted, and it can simultaneously charge your giftee’s phone via MagSafe, as well as a set of AirPods or other earbuds with onboard wireless charging.
The space-saving product supports Apple’s fast 15-watt MagSafe charging output, so it can briskly charge your iPhone. Available in black or white, the accessory is backed by a robust 2-year warranty.
Mythical Series FireBot Kit
This dragon-shaped JIMU Robot by UBTECH is a great gift for young tech enthusiasts. The app-controlled STEM learning kit will allow them to build three different robots. It comprises more than 600 parts, connectors, LED lights, and a touch sensor.
Best of all, the JIMU will also allow kids to learn about coding via app-enabled challenges. It’s suitable for gearheads aged 8 and up.
Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen) Smart Display
One of the best tech gifts in its price range, the Amazon Echo Show 5 is a cool smart display with a built-in camera and speaker.
The Alexa-powered gadget will allow its owner to make video calls with other Amazon Echo users, control connected home products with their voice, or simply use it as an awesome smart alarm clock.
This brass pen by Grovemade with an addictive twist-action mechanism is the exact opposite of a tech product. But the writing instrument will help someone you care about to take a break from their screen in the best possible way.
There are two additional metal finishes to pick from: aluminum and titanium. Each pen comes with a beautiful stand. To make it a complete set, consider pairing the pen with a Grovemade leather notebook.
Smart Meat Thermometer
MEATER’s smart thermometer is an equally great tech gift for beginner and advanced home chefs. The Bluetooth-enabled cooking gadget will allow them to always cook meat to perfection. It has a companion app giving users step-by-step cooking instructions and notifying them when their food is ready.
The smart thermometer has a duo of onboard temperature sensors and a dishwasher-safe stainless steel housing with a ceramic handle. It comes with a cool bamboo charging dock.
Geometric Wireless Charger
This wireless charging pad by Oakywood is a great gift option for smartphone users. The accessory is crafted from natural oak or walnut with beautiful geometric patterns. It will look great on a desk, a nightstand, or a side table, to name a few places.
Thanks to a maximum power output of 15 watts, the product can charge compatible products fast. Oakywood will plant a tree for every charger it sells.
A19 Smart Lightbulb
Priced like an impulse buy, the Nanoleaf Essentials A19 smart lightbulb is a wonderful tech gift for anyone with an iPad, a HomePod mini, or an Apple TV. The smart home gadget is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit standard, and will allow the recipients to control it with Siri voice commands or from their iPhone’s control center. It doesn’t require an additional hub.
The A19 can glow in millions of colors. Best of all, the product has captivating design that will look great on exposed bulb fixtures.
PowerPic mod Wireless Charger
Twelve South’s PowerPic mod is a great tech gift for any tech user. The accessory is not a versatile wireless charger that can power up countless smartphones and wireless earbuds but also a legit home decor item. The recipient will be able to customize it with a 4×6-inch landscape or portrait photo.
The product has a maximum power output of 10 watts, so it’s plenty fast. You can order it in black or white.
Pet Camera With Treat Dispenser
Petcube’s Wi-Fi-equipped Bites 2 camera is pretty much the best tech gift you can get the pet parents in your life. The sleek gadget will allow them to keep an eye on their pets and deploy treats for them right from their smartphone: It’s particularly great for interacting with cats and dogs.
The Bites 2 can capture or stream Full HD video via a wide-angle lens. Other key features of the product include two-way audio connectivity, support for Amazon Alexa voice commands, and the ability to send sound and motion alerts. There’s also an option to use the product to connect to a veterinarian.
3-Port Portable Charger Power Bank
This battery pack by Belkin is an awesome tech gift for anyone who can use a little backup power for their gadgets. Sporting a fast USB-C and a duo of USB-A ports, it can simultaneously power up to three gadgets.
The product’s 10,000 mAh battery pack can charge most smartphones twice with power to spare. A version with double the capacity is also available.
Space Q45 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
Wireless headphones are a great gift for any occasion, and the Soundcore Life Q45 wireless headphones are a fantastic option at a reasonable price. The over-ear cans have a cool design, comfy fit, and long battery life. Their retail package includes a stylish case for storage and protection.
Best of all, their sound quality and noise cancellation can compete with products that cost hundreds more. The same goes for their best-in-class companion app.
Kiyo Pro Webcam
Whether your friend or loved one is constantly on Zoom calls with colleagues or has a Twitch channel, this Full HD webcam from Razer should definitely be at the top of their holiday list. The accessory is capable of recording 1080p video at 60 frames per second — an impressive feat for a webcam.
In case you’re unfamiliar, a higher frame rate means smoother footage. This high-end webcam has useful autofocus and lets users manually adjust the brightness, so even the darkest of rooms will look good on camera. Plus, it has four built-in microphones!
HERO11 Black Action Camera
GoPro’s latest HERO11 Black action camera is a great gift for adventure enthusiasts. It’s sleek, compact, durable (can go up to 33 feet underwater without a housing), easy to operate, and more feature-packed than competitors.
The HERO11 Black can capture insanely sharp, instantly shareable 5.3K video and 27MP still images and stream their follies live in Full HD. It doubles as an awesome webcam, too.
FREE T4 Compact Multitool
The Leatherman FREE T4 compact multitool is a thoughtful gift that’s designed and crafted in the United States. The nifty everyday-carry gadget packs 12 handy tools, including a small 2.2-inch blade, scissors, a package opener, and a multitude of screwdrivers, among others.
Leatherman offers the FREE T4 in several finishes: stainless steel, crimson, arctic, evergreen, lunar, and navy. Each multitool is backed by a 25-year warranty.
The Frame Smart 4K TV
Samsung’s The Frame 4K TV is a splurgeworthy tech gift that, in addition to elevating the recipient’s home-entertainment game, will also improve their home decor. As its name suggests, the product looks like a picture frame with swappable bezels. It can showcase over 1,000 classic and modern works of art when not in use.
Of course, The Frame also offers excellent picture quality and a feature-rich smart platform with access to all streaming services. It’s available with up to an 85-inch display panel.
Smart Pressure Cooker
The Chef IQ smart cooker will take their kitchen game to a whole new level. Equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an LCD color display, the connected gadget will help the recipient conquer hundreds of recipes. Its companion app brings access to recipes, how-to videos, and settings, among many other bits.
We really like that the Chef IQ has a built-in scale, as well as an automatic pressure release setup for enhanced safety.
Screen Cleaner Kit
Whoosh! is a powerful non-toxic screen cleaner that’ll keep the displays of any gadget lover’s devices spotless. The odorless liquid is safe for all screens, while a trio of bundled antimicrobial microfiber cloths ensures that you always make the most of every spray.
The kit also comes with a travel-sized spray bottle, so you can keep your phone clean on the go, too!
Tapo 2K Pan Tilt Security Camera
This budget-friendly Wi-Fi security camera is a tech gift that everyone will cherish. The Tapo 2K can detect motion and sounds and will send alerts to the user’s smartphone. It can record and stream crisp 2K video even in complete darkness. It can keep tabs on large areas by panning and tilting.
The camera is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. It is compatible with local and cloud-based storage.
Smart Coffee Maker
This smart coffee maker by Hamilton Beach is an excellent gift for coffee-sipping Amazon Alexa users. The reasonably priced, Wi-Fi-connected device will allow them to power it on and off and even adjust the strength of their coffee with Alexa voice commands. The gadget is compatible with Alexa-powered smart speakers and the Alexa mobile app.
The coffee maker has a conveniently placed brew basket and water reservoir, as well as the ability to send cleaning reminders. Its bundled glass carafe has a 12-cup capacity.
Powerline III Flow USB-C to Lightning Cable
The colorful Anker Powerline III Flow would make an excellent stocking stuffer: It is simply the best third-party USB-C-to-Lightning cable available. It measures 6 feet in length, so it’s a lot more versatile than the standard 4-foot cable.
Better yet, when paired with the right USB charger, it can power up your smartphone significantly faster — think 50% in just half an hour.
Champ Portable Charger
This portable battery pack by Nimble is a great tech gift not only for its impressive speed and ample charging capacity but also for its eco-friendly, recycled plastic build. Thanks to USB-A and USB-C outputs, the convenient accessory can simultaneously power up a couple of gadgets.
Nimble offers the Champ in a trio of colors, and the product comes with a 2-year warranty.
Ultimate Dog GPS Tracker
In addition to offering live GPS tracking for your pets, the Whistle Go Explore can send text and email alerts to its users, as well as medication reminders if necessary. Shock-resistant and waterproof, this gadget will also monitor your pet’s activity to ensure they get enough exercise for their age and breed, making it a great tech gift for dog owners.
Read More: Our Full Coverage of GPS Pet Trackers
Orbi Pro Mini AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi System
High-quality wireless internet is one of the best tech gifts you can give, and the easy-to-setup Orbi Pro Mini AX1800 mesh Wi-Fi system will help you with the task. A standalone router can cover up to 2,000 square feet of space with futureproof Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and you can expand the setup with satellites if necessary.
The mesh Wi-Fi system can reach maximum data transfer speeds of 1.8 Gbps. Best of all, the AX1800 can accommodate up to 40 connected devices.
Surface Laptop Go 2
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is a great gift for anyone who needs a new compact PC. It has a timelessly beautiful design, a 12.4-inch touchscreen, a sleek all-metal build, stellar hardware specs, and reliable performance — all at a reasonable price.
Microsoft offers the Surface Laptop Go 2 with 128 or 256GB of onboard storage. Both iterations pack a capable Intel chip and 8GB of RAM.
Rugged Armor Case for Airpods (3rd Generation)
Any AirPods owner you care about will fall for this reasonably priced protective case by Spigen. The accessory has a cool design and dual-layer build, which will reliably protect their buds from scratches and drops. It has a bundled carabiner for easy carry, too.
Custom Phone Case
This fully customizable phone case by Casetify is a foolproof gift for anyone with an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. They can make it their own by choosing from a ton of case colors, as well as engravings in various fonts.
The eco-friendly accessory is made from plant-based materials and recycled phone cases. It also offers reliable protection against scratches and bacteria.
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