If you're not sure what to put under the tree, electronics are always a crowd-pleaser. There's something for everyone, from smart-home technology to the latest in gaming. And if you're worried that tech gifts are always outrageously expensive, don't be: We have recommendations to fit every budget.
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Price: $89 | Buy it on Amazon
Ditching cable is easier than ever with the Roku Ultra and its easy access to thousands of streaming channels, from Netflix and Hulu to YouTube and PBS Kids. It works with regular high-definition TVs and newer 4K Ultra HD, and a search feature lets you find specific programs across channels. The streaming box even has a lost-remote finder.
Price: $200 | Buy it on Amazon
Fitbit's streamlined, user-friendly smart watch has more than 15 exercise modes for more precise tracking, onboard music storage, and dynamic personal coaching. You’ll also get handy smartphone notifications and an impressive four-plus days of battery life.
SAMSUNG CHROMEBOOK 3
Price: Starting at $204 | Buy it from Amazon
The perfect laptop for kids, college students, or anyone who wants a computer that can handle the essentials without denting their budget too much, the Samsung Chromebook 3 weighs less than 3 pounds and even has a water-resistant keyboard. Get up to 11 hours on a single charge and choose from 16, 32, or 64GB of onboard storage.
XBOX ONE X
Price: $480 | Buy it from Best Buy
The Xbox One X is Microsoft's most powerful gaming console yet, topping Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro when it comes to delivering native ultra-high-definition 4K effects. If you're looking for something to show off on that new TV, the smooth gameplay and graphics of this souped-up gaming system are unmatched.
Price: $100 | Buy it on Amazon
The voice-controlled Amazon Echo has never looked better: Now it comes in five finishes including heather gray fabric, walnut, and oak. Echo uses the Alexa voice assistant to play music, control smart-home devices, call or message friends, tell you the weather — the sky's the limit. For better sound, audiophiles may want to upgrade to the Echo Plus.
Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon
Tired of tearing up your house in search of your keys, purse, or other important items? Slap a Tile Pro on them. These Bluetooth trackers have a range of up to 300 feet — more than any other Tile — and they're waterproof. Use the Tile app to ring any lost item with a tracker. Lost your phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 4
Price: Starting at $399 | Buy it from Apple
The Apple Watch has matured considerably since its debut, and the newest version comes with a bigger screen, more onboard music storage, and even an electrical heart-rate sensor. If those things aren’t priorities, there’s still a lot to love about the Series 3, including a new lower price tag of $279.
Price: $300 | Buy it on Amazon
The latest must-have gaming system should be easier to find this year. Play at home with a TV-connected dock, or play on the go with a handheld touchscreen display that can stand on its own and accommodate multiple players with detachable controls. A compatible smartphone app lets parents put limits on kids' gaming.
Price: $199 | Buy it on Amazon
These compact plug-and-play speakers use your Wi-Fi network to stream music in any room of your home, and units can be paired for bigger sound. But the One's biggest claim to fame is that it has Amazon Alexa built right in. Already got an Alexa device you can connect to? Try the cheaper Sonos Play:1.
ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM
Price: $68 | Buy it on Amazon
Drop it, toss it in the pool, take it on a hike — the waterproof, shockproof Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker can go anywhere and provide great sound the whole time. It's about the size of a soda can, and two can be paired for even bigger sound. The 10-hour battery life means you have enough juice for any party.
RING VIDEO DOORBELL PRO
Price: $249 | Buy it on Amazon
Who's at the door? You don't have to get up and see if you have the Ring, which lets you see and speak to anyone on your doorstep using your smartphone. The Ring Pro is hardwired — no battery to worry about — and has advanced motion detection. But the Ring Video Doorbell 2 has equally clear video and the same night vision for cheaper.
GOPRO HERO7 WHITE
Price: $200 | Buy it on Best Buy
If you can't wait to share your adventures with friends and family, the waterproof GoPro Hero7 can transfer footage seamlessly to your smartphone. Other features include an intuitive touchscreen and high-definition video. Need ultra high-def and advanced video stabilization? Consider upgrading to the GoPro Hero7 Black.
FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9
Price: $56 | Buy it on Amazon
Fujifilm's colorful Instax Mini instant camera has a selfie mirror — no more accidental photos of your neck — and a macro lens attachment that makes close-up shots easier than ever. If you want to upgrade, consider the Instax Mini 70, which is more compact, has special modes for close-ups and landscapes, and includes a tripod mount.
DJI SPARK MINI DRONE
Price: $318 | Buy it from Amazon
This colorful little drone has a body that fits almost in the palm of your hand, but it's much more than a toy. Features include intelligent flight modes, a 12-megapixel (but not 4K) camera, GPS, obstacle sensing, face recognition, and a 16-minute flight time. Control it with your phone, a remote controller, or even hand gestures.
JABRA ELITE 65T EARBUDS
Price: $167 | Buy it on Amazon
If you're over that pesky wire tickling your neck on so-called "wireless" headphones, wireless earbuds are a must. Jabra's Elite 65t earbuds have four microphones and wind-noise protection, perfect for making crystal-clear calls. They’re also compatible with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Want something sweatproof? Try the Jabra Elite Sport headphones.
JACKERY BOLT EXTERNAL BATTERY CHARGER
Price: $40 |Buy it on Amazon
The Jackery Bolt makes a great stocking stuffer for that friend who never gets your texts because their phone died. Built-in Apple MiFi and Micro USB cables charge iOS and Android devices, Kindles, GoPros and others; there's also a full-size USB port and emergency flashlight. A sleek design keeps cords stashed away until you need them.
IROBOT ROOMBA 675
Price: $269 | Buy it on Amazon
It's only natural that you can now control your Roomba robot vacuum with your smartphone and even your voice using Alexa-compatible devices such as the Echo. Roomba automatically adjusts to clean hard floors and carpet, recognizes and focuses on high-traffic areas, and senses obstacles, stairs, and other barriers while cleaning.
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Rocketbook Everlast, which has pages that can be erased with a moist cloth and written on over and over again using a special kind of marker, pen, or highlighter. Send notes or sketches easily to a number of productivity apps including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote to share them or keep them for posterity.
OCULUS GO VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET
Price: $199 | Buy it on Amazon
Virtual reality offers new thrills for even the hard-to-impress gamer, and the Oculus Go makes it easy to interact with a virtual world. No computer is necessary — discover virtual worlds anywhere you are. Choose from 32 or 64GB of memory to store movies, games, and apps unlike any you’ve seen.
AMAZON FIRE HD 8 TABLET
Price: $60 | Buy it on Amazon
Maybe the kids have broken one too many iPads, or you're looking for a cheaper way to play games and watch shows on the go. The Amazon Fire HD 8 delivers for less than $100. It features Alexa voice controls and up to 10 hours of battery life. For a faster processor and a bigger screen, consider upgrading to the Fire HD 10. Only need the basics? The Fire 7 is a great value at $40.
BOSE SOUNDLINK MICRO SPEAKER
Price: $99 | Buy it on Amazon
Big sound can come in a very small package: The Bose SoundLink Micro Speaker is under 4 inches square. Use the attached strap and pair it with your phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device for music wherever you go. It's waterproof and works with Siri and Google Assistant.
Price: Starting at $130 | Buy it from Amazon
Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite is a treat for book lovers. With a 6-inch screen and a glare-free, high-resolution display, it's as close to paper as it gets. It's also waterproof, so you don't have to worry at the pool or the beach. Up to 32GB of storage makes it ideal for literary packrats.
WEMO MINI SMART PLUG
Price: $30 | Buy it from Amazon
Want to turn on lights or appliances from your phone? It’s as simple as plugging them into this sleek Wemo plug. You can schedule them remotely or even randomize lights to make it look like you’re home when you’re actually sipping margaritas on the beach. With Alexa or Google Assistant, you can control Wemo with your voice, too.
HP SPROCKET PORTABLE PHOTO PRINTER
Price: $120 |Buy it from Amazon
Tired of taking great pictures that never seem to make it out of the digital world? You can actually connect the HP Sprocket to your camera roll or social media accounts and turn your pictures easily into colorful, stickable 2-by-3 prints. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, so it’s easy to take to a party or anywhere else you may go.
ANOVA NANO PRECISION COOKER
Price: $99 | Buy it from Amazon
Sous vide cooking isn’t just for professional chefs anymore. Attach the Anova to any water-filled pot, put your food inside in a sealed bag, then set the cooker time and temperature, either on the Anova or with your phone. You’ll get an alert when it’s time to eat.
SPHERO SPRK+ STEAM EDUCATIONAL ROBOT
Price: $106 | Buy it from Amazon
AWAY CARRY-ON SUITCASE
Price: $225 | Buy it from Away
Frequent travelers don’t have to worry about wrangling a seat by the charging station in the airport when they have a durable polycarbonate carry-on from Away. Just plug your phone in right under the handle and you can juice up as many as five times. Need to check your carry-on? Don’t worry — the battery is removable.
PHILIPS HUE STARTER KIT
Price: Starting at $190 | Buy it from Amazon
Long-lived LED light bulbs are among the most efficient lights you can buy, and these smart bulbs take the savings one step further by giving you the ability to control them and create illumination schedules with your smartphone. Got Alexa? Turn them off or on with your voice.
GOOGLE HOME HUB
Price: $149 | Buy it from Best Buy
If you want a little more from your voice assistant, consider a smart display such as the Google Home Hub. It has a 7-inch touchscreen that can show you the news, your favorite photos, your shopping list, YouTube videos, even security footage from compatible smart-home video systems.
NIXPLAY SEED DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME
Price: Starting at $150 | Buy it from Amazon
What if you could frame your favorite photos without going through the hassle of getting prints? The Nixplay Seed makes it possible. Connect it to Wi-Fi and access all of those great photos on a phone immediately, or send photos to someone else’s frame using the Nixplay mobile app. You can even ask Alexa to display certain groups of photos.