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Holiday Gift Guide

AA holiday gift guide 2019

Not sure what to get this holiday season? Let the Android Authority team help you out!

Published onDecember 23, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are just around the corner and so now is the time to start thinking about what you’re going to get your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

To make things as painless as possible we’ve created a series of guides broken down by price to help you find the right gifts this season. This master guide also highlights some of our favorite product recommendations.

Featured picks

There’s a lot of great gift ideas this holiday season, but in this gift guide we highlight some of our favorite products right now across several categories including smartphones, smart home, television, gaming, and more.

Special deals you can take advantage of now!

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To get in on the promotion you simply put the XR in your cart and set up monthly payments or pay the full retail price. Once you’ve ported over a new line to Verizon, you’ll get a $600 credit spread out over 24 months. To further sweeten the deal, Verizon is even throwing in a $200 Prepaid Mastercard! Not interested in the XR? Verizon has plenty of other phones on sale as well, though the XR is easily the most impressive of the deals (free plus $200). You can learn more about the XR deal and see what else Verizon has to offer here. 

Looking for more deals this holiday season? Below we have links to some of the best deals live right now.


Looking to pick up a new smartphone for that lucky someone in your life? If you’re looking for a great performer that also won’t break the bank, we highly recommend the OnePlus 7T. For those looking for something with more bells and whistles, you’ll want to consider the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. If you’re into photography we recommend the Pixel 4 or 4 XL. And lastly, the best option for those on a tight budget is the Moto G7.

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OnePlus 7T with three free accessories
The OnePlus 7T offers stunning performance and tons of extras features. This deal also throws in $80 worth of free gifts in the form of Bullets earphones, a 3D tempered glass screen protector, and a silicone bumper case.

Looking for more smartphone choices? Check out our smartphone buyer’s guides:

Television and streaming

Looking for a new TV? There’s plenty of great options out there, but the LG C9 OLED Series is among our favorites. Simply looking to add a little smarts to your existing setup? Amazon Fire TV Cube is the most full-featured option here, but the Chromecast is perfect for those that are looking for simplicity. Then there’s the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, which gives you access to Roku’s incredible lineup of channels and one of the best TV UIs around.

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LG C9 OLED Series
The LG C9 is an impressive 4K OLED TV, featuring plenty of AI enhancements and a wonderful picture quality. In terms of price-to-performance, you can't do better than this! The C9 is available in sizes ranging from 55 to 77 inches.

Smart Home

The Google Home Hub is a great device if you’re looking for more than just a smart speaker, as the display adds tons of extras to the experience. Willing to spend a little more? We highly recommend the Google Nest Hub Max, which adds a Nest cam and several other compelling features. For those that have less to spend, the Google Nest Mini and Amazon Echo Dot are both wonderful smart speakers. Lastly, if you’re interested in a security camera but don’t want to spend a fortune, you’ll want to give the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera a look.

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Google Home Hub
The Google Home Hub is your gateway to controlling your smart home and digital life. It gives you everything a smart speaker would offer alongside the ability to watch videos, get step-by-step recipe information, and more.


If you’re looking for one of the best headphones on the market, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is a worthy contender. Excellent noise canceling and balanced sound are two defining factors. Want to save a little? Jabra Move Style Edition is also worth a look. We also recommend two of our favorite bluetooth speakers below.

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Sony WH-1000XM3
Industry-leading noise-cancelling headphones that still sound great.
If you're looking for the noise-cancelling leader, look no further than the Sony WH-1000XM3. In addition to balanced sound and microphone quality, the headphones deliver the best noise-cancelling tech we've heard in over-ear headphones.

Laptops and Chromebooks

If you’re looking for a powerful Chromebook that can replace a conventional laptop in most ways, the Google Pixelbook Go is worth a look. If the person on your gift list is more of a Windows user, the Surface Laptop 3 and Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 are among some of the very best. For Apple fans, you can’t go wrong with the Apple MacBook Air.

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Google Pixelbook Go
As long as you know Chrome OS is for you, the Google Pixelbook Go is your go-to machine. The laptop features a 13.3-inch FHD display, the 8th-generation Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD.


The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 isn’t the most feature-packed tracker on the market, but it’s an incredible value for just a hair over $50. If you want something a bit beefier, check out the Charge 3. On the smartwatch front the Fossil Gen 5 is among our favorites, and Apple users can’t go wrong with the Apple Watch Series 5.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 4
No longer the best, but still dirt cheap
The Mi Band 3 was an excellent fitness tracker, and that doesn't change with the Xiaomi Mi Band 4. It monitors your heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.


Odds are the gamer in your life probably has one of the main consoles, so why not go retro with the new Sega Genesis Mini? A near-perfect replica of the original, you’ll find classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and more. Of course if they don’t have a console, the Switch, Switch Lite, or PS4 are easy to recommend. You can also consider the Xbox One, though if the person on your list has a gaming PC it might be less necessary.

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Sega Genesis Mini
The Sega Genesis Mini takes what you remember about the original Genesis and shrinks it down. It comes with two controllers and 42 games. Games include Gunstar Heroes, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Virtua Fighter 2, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.