The best tech to distract your guests this Thanksgiving

Errr I mean "entertain"...

Google Cardboard
Upgrade from Google Cardboard with a Daydream headset for extra distraction points!Flickr user Lars Plougmann

We get it — being with your family is stressful. This year, use technology to your advantage and distract them with shiny new gear. While they’re all ooh-ing over the gadgets, you can sneak out back to the beer you’ve been hiding in the garage. Go ahead. You deserve it.

Google Daydream VR Headset

Google Daydream VR Headset

It's not nice to laugh at people, but we should make an exception for virtual reality goggles. Hand these to your aunt and watch her figure out how to wield a virtual wand or walk around the Taj Mahal — now try not to laugh. You'll need some levity to cut all the tense political discussions anyway. And at the very least, you'll buy yourself time to think of your answer to the inevitable holiday questions: "why are you still single?" and "when are you going to have kids?". Let them have fun with it. $79 on Google.Google
Rocketbook

Rocketbook Wave

Draw. Scan. Microwave. Erase. Repeat ad nauseum. The special pen that comes with the Rocketbook Wave lets you draw on what looks like normal paper and then upload the pages instantly to the cloud. You can even send it to particular services — iCloud, Evernote, Dropbox, etc. — by filling in certain dots at the bottom of each page. Sure, your cloud accounts will be filled with your uncle's hilarious attempts at political cartoons, but think of all the hours he won't spend talking. Just make sure you can spare the microwave for a while. $27 on Amazon.Rocketbook/Amazon
Google Home

Google Home

You know how when Siri came out, everyone found endless amusement in asking her questions? Imagine that, but hooked up to the power of Google’s search engine. It can tell you actual information — “Ok Google, how many calories are in mashed potatoes?” — that you can explore endlessly. Better yet, have your family go hunting for Easter Eggs. A few to try: “Ok Google, beam me up, Scotty!” “How old are you?” and “What am I thinking right now?” BONUS: Get an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and enjoy a 20-minute lecture from your tech-savvy cousin about which one he thinks is better. $99 on Amazon.Google
Star Trek Enterprise Quadcopter

Star Trek Enterprise Quadcopter

All drones are cool, but some drones are cooler than others. Drones that look like Star Trek's U.S.S. Enterprise fall into the second category. Your whole family will want to glide this quadcopter around the house, and its smooth-flying design will (hopefully) minimize the number of crashes into the pumpkin pie. Plus, it can only fly for seven minutes at a time after a one-hour charge, so it'll take all day for everyone to have their turn. $129.99 on Think Geek.Think Geek
BB-8 Sphero

Special Edition BB-8 Sphero with Force Band

BB-8 is no R2-D2, but he's darn cute. And your little cousins will be even cuter as they try to use the Force Band to control where this lil' BB-8 rolls off to. You can even turn on its autonomous mode and let it guide the kids (or, let's be honest, your parents) through the Star Wars universe. Just don't tell anyone about the holographic videos it can send, or you'll be getting fart noise messages all day. $199.99 on Think GeekThink Geek
3Doodler 3D pen

3Doodler 3D Pen

Gone are the days of crayons. There's a new doodler in town, and it's a 3Doodler. Draw a little plastic turkey — alive or cooked — or maybe The Donald's hairdo. As long as you buy lots of the plastic strands that feed it, this little 3D pen will distract you and yours from one another for hours and hours. $99.99 on Amazon.Amazon