The holidays are coming quickly and the rush to find the perfect gift is on. Shopping looks a bit different this year thanks to a global pandemic, but there’s still plenty of time to make your purchases. Of course, it can be tough to decide just what to get for the tech-lover in your life. That’s where we come in — here are our picks for the best holiday gifts you can get this year.
If you’ve already started your shopping, then this list might be the perfect way to round out your stocking stuffers. We have recommendations for a few of the most popular price points to get you started. Make sure you have your list and check it twice because it’s time to get shopping!
The best holiday gifts in 2020
Editor’s note: All of these products were live at the time of writing, but we’ll make sure to update our list as gifts restock.
The best holiday gifts under $25
After you’ve made your big-ticket buys, it’s time to turn your attention to the stockings. Each of these gifts is a perfect way to round out your shopping list, and there’s a good chance that your giftee will use it every single day. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out the picks:
Amazon Echo Flex
The easiest way to bring Alexa into your home is with an Echo Flex. This handy little smart plug takes up just one outlet and there are no long cables to worry about. While it may not be the most effective speaker for music streaming, the Flex is a great way to deliver voice commands to your smart home. It’s by far the most affordable option in the Echo lineup to boot.
See also: The best Amazon Echo deals
Logitech MK345 keyboard and mouse
The holidays are a popular time to get new laptops and desktops, and that means you might want some accessories to match. Logitech’s MK345 combo is one of our favorite holiday gifts for the flexibility that it offers. You get both a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. All you need are AA and AAA batteries. The mouse should last about 18 months on a single battery and the keyboard manages as much as three years.
Anker PowerCore Slim power bank
You’re bound to unwrap a new gadget or two this holiday season, and that probably means you’ll need to charge a few batteries. Luckily, the Anker PowerCore Slim is here to help with that. It packs a perfectly portable 10,000mAh capacity, and you can recharge in a hurry with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology. The PowerCore Slim includes MicroUSB and USB-A outputs.
Whoosh! screen cleaner kit
Our last holiday gift under $25 is one of the best ways to keep your tech looking brand new. Too many modern devices fall into the trap of being fingerprint magnets, but they’re pretty easy to clean. Whoosh! is here to help with this helpful starter kit. It includes two bottles of Screen Shine — one travel size and one full size — as well as three premium cloths to wipe off your display. The cloths are also perfect for cleaning off glasses and other surfaces.
Best holiday gifts under $50
Once you get to the best holiday gifts under $50, you’re not really talking about stocking stuffers anymore. These picks aren’t quite your big-ticket items, but they should help to make your home just a bit smarter. We even have you covered if you have a tendency to misplace your wallet or keys — or you know someone who does. Without further ado, here are the gifts:
Tile Starter Pack
We all lose our keys or wallet every now and then, especially around the chaos of the holidays. If that sounds like you or someone you know, then it might be time to invest in a Tile. This starter pack includes the original Tile Mate for your keys as well as a Tile Slim that fits right into your wallet. Tile products even work as reverse trackers if you should lose your phone.
LG PL2 XBOOM Go
The holidays mean that winter is coming back, at least in the northern hemisphere. Winter means that it’ll soon be time to bust out your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes. While we all love to hit the fresh powder, it’s tough to top warming back up in the lodge with your favorite tunes. You can grab the LG PL2 XBOOM Go right now and take full advantage of up to 10 hours of battery life and an IPX5 waterproof rating that keeps the snow at bay.
Bestek Vertical Cube
Anker’s PowerCore Slim is great if you want to charge your new devices on the go, but it’s somewhat limited by the 10,000mAh capacity. If you’re hoping to bring all of your new tech up to speed at once, you might want to look to the Bestek Vertical Cube. It packs three USB-A ports, a USB-C option, and three AC outlets for maximum flexibility. You can also attach the base to walls or desks with screws or the 3M backing.
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential
Traditional digital clocks are quickly falling behind the times, especially when compared to the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential. It’s one of our favorite holiday gifts because you can use Google Assistant and check the weather in addition to the time. Although the Smart Clock Essential isn’t as advanced as some others, it provides great value for your money and you can even charge your phone with the built-in USB-A port.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
You might have your eye on a smart TV this holiday season, but a new Amazon Fire TV Stick is a far more affordable alternative. This 4K version comes in at just under $50 and it includes the latest voice-powered remote. It’s the perfect accessory for sitting down to watch Elf and shutting off the lights with a simple command. As the name suggests, this version of the Fire TV Stick can stream content at up to 4K Ultra HD.
Best holiday gifts under $100
The closer you get to the $100 threshold, the more choices you have. Whether you’re looking to amplify your audio or bring one of your favorite party games to life, there’s a lot to buy for less than a Benjamin. These are also some of the most popular gifts this holiday season, so they may prove tricky to track down. Here are our favorites:
We’ve already mentioned the Echo Flex as one of our favorite holiday gifts, and the Echo Dot is another good alternative. However, if you want the most powerful new smart speaker, the original Amazon Echo is the way to go. It’s been redesigned as a sphere. The Echo now packs an upward-firing woofer and a pair of front-facing tweeters for richer sound. You can still use all of your favorite Alexa-based voice commands too.
Blink Mini 2-pack
If you’re heading over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house this holiday season, then you might want to pick up a few home security cameras. Even if you just want to keep an eye on your furry friends, a Blink Mini two-pack is a worthwhile investment. The pint-sized cameras can record at 1080p HD resolution, and you can use the two-way audio to talk to whoever is in your house. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch someone shimmying down the chimney.
Fitbit Inspire 2
It’s almost time for the holidays, which means that it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution. While almost nobody sticks with resolutions for long, a new Fitbit might be a good way to encourage more walking in 2021. The Inspire 2 is about as basic as you can get, and the simple display only shows the date, time, and your step count. Even still, you can sync up with the app and compete against your family and friends.
See also: Fitbit Inspire 2 review
Jabra Elite 65t
New truly wireless earbuds are another holiday must-have, and Jabra’s Elite 65t are a great option. They’re not the newest on the block anymore, but the five hours of battery life are still pretty solid. You can add more power with the included charging case, and the Elite 65t work well for workouts thanks to an IP55 rating. They’re also great for calls thanks to a unique four-microphone setup.
Ikea Sonos Symfonisk
Holiday music is only acceptable for a few weeks — or maybe a month — each year, so you may as well get the best sound quality while you can. Ikea and Sonos have teamed up for a sleek, minimalist home speaker called the Symfonisk. It’s perfectly sized to fit on a bookshelf or you can mount the speaker right onto your walls. Don’t worry, just because it says Ikea doesn’t mean that you have to assemble the Symfonisk yourself.
Mario Kart Live
Our last holiday gift for under $100 is a great way to bring an all-time great party game to life. Mario Kart Live puts you in control of everyone’s favorite plumber. You can also grab the Luigi version to compete against friends. However, you’ll need a Nintendo Switch in order to control the real-life carts, and you can create your own devious tracks with the included obstacles. It’s a bit hard to find right now, but we’re hoping to see more Mario Kart Live stock by Black Friday.
Best holiday gifts over $100
Our last group of gifts is what we like to call the big-ticket items. These picks might hurt your wallet, but they’re some of the best options you’ll find anywhere. After all, new console season only comes around every few years. We also have one of our all-time favorite pairs of headphones and a great way to blanket your home in speedy Wi-Fi. Check out the best gifts you can get:
A new console
If you’re going for the most memorable holiday season in at least a few years, then a new console is sure to be a hit. The brand-new Xbox Series X just launched, and the PlayStation 5 is coming up shortly. Of course, you can always go for the Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite if you prefer the Mario universe. Unfortunately, the new PlayStation and Xbox are proving to be nearly impossible to track down, but they’re by far the most advanced consoles ever made.
We’ll do our best to update these links if we find any of the consoles in stock. It might help to check out our buyer’s guides for more information too.
Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones
Kids get plenty of loud, exciting gifts around the holidays, and sometimes you just want to tune them out for some peace and quiet. If that’s the case, then the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the only pair of headphones for you. They’re our current noise-canceling kings, and they manage 30 hours of playback on a single charge. While the style hasn’t changed much from the previous version, the WH-1000XM4 pack plenty of punch on the inside.
Google Nest Mesh Wi-Fi
It’s always fun to bring new connected devices into your home, but they can put a little extra strain on your Wi-Fi. If you need to give your signal a boost, then you might want to look to Google’s Nest Wi-Fi. This pair of mesh routers boasts 4,400 square feet of coverage, and you can stretch it even further if needed. Google boasts that the routers can handle up to 200 devices and stream multiple 4K videos at once, but you’ll have to test them and find out for yourself.
See also: Best wireless router deals
Instant Pot Duo Plus
The very last pick on our list of the best holiday gifts for 2020 is a new Instant Pot. The flexible cooker has been having somewhat of a moment all throughout the global pandemic as people give new recipes a shot, and it’s never too late to join the fun. This particular option is the 9-in-1 Duo Plus. It offers 15 one-touch presets for everything from rice to soup and so much more. The Duo Plus features a bright blue LED display, and you can choose from up to a 10-quart capacity.