If you thought 2019 was a standout year for tech gifts, then 2020 is going to blow you away. Only a few weeks into the New Year and we’re already seeing some amazing, must-own gadgets perfect for gifting anyone on your list no matter the occasion.
So, what are the best tech gifts in 2020? Based on what we’ve seen at CES 2020, more innovative products designed to enrich our everyday lives. This includes adaptive noise-cancelling headphones, Bluetooth-tracking stickers, foldable smartphones with killer specs, retro everything, smart home do-it-alls and sportier AirPod Pro alternatives.
That’s not to say we’re completely overlooking the biggest releases of last year. These are still hot 2019 tech gadgets that continue to dominate the sales charts and remain atop many people’s wish lists; don’t sell them short of gift-giving options. We’re talking must-haves for any tech lover from industry staples like Apple, Bose, Fitbit, JBL, Nintendo and Samsung, along with some impressive tech from select indie brands.
Whether you’re looking for creative high-tech products to pass on to your loved ones or need an upgrade yourself, there are plenty of options to choose from across different categories and price points. Here’s a list of the best tech gifts of 2020 (so far). Keep in mind that many of these products are very in-demand, which means they may be out of stock (or nearly so).
1. Jabra Elite Active 75t
The only thing more popular than true wireless earbuds right now are sporty true wireless earbuds. If you’ve never been one to fall into the AirPods Pro hype, then Jabra’s newest buds are worth every penny. It’s no secret that the SPY team loves these headphones, as we named these the Best Headphones at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. The Elite Active 75t carries over the dynamic sound and strong connectivity of its critically acclaimed predecessor, the Elite 75t, and squeezes it into the same tiny design, but with added waterproof protection. The Jabra Sound+ app helps personalize audio through customization features like the built-in EQ and music presets. You’re also given more battery life than Apple’s cordless danglers with seven hours of playtime (28 hours total with the charging case).
2. Tile Sticker
Wireless tracker stickers are now a thing, and although we’re waiting to see if the rumors of Apple launching its own location-tracking version come true, Tile has already beaten them to the market with the impressive Tile Sticker. Tiny, waterproof, and with a 150-ft. Bluetooth range, it keeps you from losing anything. This includes wallets, smartphones, water bottles, your Roku remote, and any other valuable that comes to mind. If you really want to get the most for your money, purchase the 4-pack bundle that comes with a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation).
3. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (2019)
The Fire TV Stick has become a staple for UHD TVs, and this 4K rendition ramps up the entertainment value. Picture presentation is stellar with excellent 4K high-def resolution. The interface operates more smoothly due to a stronger processor. We’re also fond of the improved remote which introduces new buttons for power, muting and volume control, so you won’t have to pick up a second control to manage sound. The no-brainer setup, a plethora of streaming apps and Alexa compatibility place it in the unbeatable gift category. Not to mention the price is just right.
4. Nintendo Switch Lite
If the original Nintendo Switch hasn’t already marked the new era of portable gaming, then its smaller sibling must certainly earn that honor. The Switch Lite is exactly what its name implies, a lighter, travel-friendly version that grants access to the platform’s incredible game library at the cheapest entry point. Battery life is much longer than the first-gen Switch models, plus the integrated Joy-Cons with D-pad makes all the difference when playing 2D platformers (cheer with glee, Mario fanboys).
5. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
Have you ever attempted to clean a S’well or Hydro Flask water bottle? It’s torture. The LARQ is a more inventive and resourceful alternative that takes all of the hard work out of maintaining a reusable water bottle by performing the cleaning all on its own. A self-cleaning mode is programmed into each bottle, activating a UV-C LED light that eliminates up to 99.9% of harmful, odor-causing germs on the inside. You can purify water in as little as two hours and store it cold for 24 hours. How refreshing.
6. Courant Catch 3 Wireless Charging Accessory Tray
One of our favorite SPY Finds, this wireless charging tray is an ideal all-in-one solution for the active lifestyler who requires organization and mobile power without being tethered to wires. It is beautifully constructed, with premium pebble grain leather and ample room to store numerous EDC items such as Bluetooth trackers, keys, lighters and travel-sized grooming essentials. But what you really want the Courant Catch 3 for is its ability to wirelessly charge your iPhone, AirPods or Android device when stationed at a desk. The handsome leather design also blends nicely into any setting.
7. Apple AirPods Pro
To say Apple outdid itself seems like an exaggeration these days, but the AirPods Pro isn’t just a remarkable upgrade for the company’s popular wireless buds — it’s a major evolution in the wireless category. The buds are decked out with a more functional design, thanks to the inclusion of ear tips and sweat-resistant protection. Hands-free “Hey Siri” voice control operates flawlessly and registers commands as quickly as it spits out results, while modes like Announce Message read off incoming messages as they come in. Then there’s the mother of all features, active noise cancellation, which is surprisingly effective and makes listening to music on the go peacefully entertaining. If your gifting recipient already has AirPods, then an Apple AirPods case makes a perfect present, too.
8. Braun Series 7 7020s Electric Shaver
There is a belief in the grooming community that the pricier the electric shaver, the better the shave. Absolutely not. Braun’s newest mid-tier line of products — the Series 5, Series 6 and Series 7 — are some of the finest tools designed for premium facial hair maintenance that don’t require splurging. While all three models make great additions to any man’s dopp kit, we’re most fond of the Series 7 7020s, thanks to its ergonomic design and intuitive features. Auto sense technology automates blade sensitivity based on the thickness of one’s beard, gently cutting through every strand without causing any skin irritation. The 360-degree flex head also provides great control and flexibility to carefully follow the contours of your face.
9. Logitech StreamCam
Anyone looking to break into the world of video streaming needs a high-performance webcam. The Logitech StreamCam is an awesome option for beginners and packs plenty of performance into a tiny, redesigned package. It produces crisp 1080p60 videos, giving captured footage a smooth-looking presentation without compression. User-friendly Logitech software takes the guesswork out of video editing by automating exposure, framing, face-tracking, and white balance. However, versatility is the camera’s strongest attribute, as streamers can turn the device sideways to enter portrait mode or use the several mounting options to record from different angles. This cam is also the perfect tech gift for teens who dream of breaking into the YouTube, social media or video game streaming industry.
10. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
Fitbit’s flagship device isn’t just a reliable fitness tracker with smartwatch capabilities — it’s the closest thing to the Apple Watch that you can score for nearly half the price, making it a great gift for fitness lovers. For all these reasons, we’ve rated the Versa 2 as the best Fitbit product available today. Its popular ecosystem promises the same accurate sleep and fitness monitoring, which you can now view on the vibrant Always-On AMOLED display. One swipe up showcases daily insights such as calories burned, heart rate and other health vitals. Lots of apps (including Alexa) work with the Versa 2 to accommodate daily tasks (e.g. calendar management, Starbucks purchases, Uber rides), and it supports mobile notifications.
11. Eero Mesh Smart Router
The average consumer cares little about the technical side of WiFi. They just want something that’s simple to setup and guarantees the fastest results. Well, this revised version of the highly popular Eero Mesh router simplifies your relationship with your home network through smarter wireless management and voice commands. For instance, you can ask Alexa to pause WiFi on all smartphones and route that power towards your smart TV to establish a stronger streaming connection. Excellent. Tech illiterates worried about the setup process can also breathe easy knowing it takes 10 minutes (or less) to get up and running. Its most rewarding feature: that price tag. A set of three should guarantee zero dropout during Fortnite sessions.
12. Apple iPhone 11 Series
All the memes would lead you to believe the iPhone 11 is a joke, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is Apple’s most ambitious smartphone to date with vastly improved apps, stronger components and a compelling ultra-wide camera system. You can expect the same intuitive performance from iOS 13, which benefits greatly from the superfast A13 Bionic processor. Battery life has been given a noteworthy boost, too. However, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max steal the spotlight with triple cameras that provide a better range for amazing results. Simply put, the iPhone 11 maintains the series legacy as the most well-rounded smartphone that money can buy.
13. JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Speaker
One of the market’s top waterproof portable speakers just got better. JBL recently launched the Flip 5 to critical acclaim, highlighted by its enhanced design, sound and battery life. PartyBoost mode lets you pair two speakers simultaneously to achieve stereo sound, whereas the IPX7-rated exterior protects the internals from water damage. You’ll be able to blast music near the pool steps and watch as the booming sonics create a ripple effect in the water. Battery life remains steady at 12 hours, too. Even cooler is the vast number of color options available, which currently sits at 11, along with the option to personalize the speaker using your own distinctive designs.
14. Twelve South AirFly Pro
It happens to all of us. We get into the gym, jump on the treadmill and try to distract ourselves with The Office reruns on the mini-TV console. Unfortunately, it only supports an aux cable and not your brand-new wireless headphones. Well, the Twelve South AirFly Pro serves as a skeleton key for headphone jacks that works with your AirPods or any other pair of cordless headphones/earbuds. It even connects to two devices at once, so you and the missus can enjoy the same in-flight entertainment when flying back home.
15. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
No, you have not been transported back to the early 2000s. Flip phones are back, only they’ve gotten the smart treatment and been rebranded as “foldable phones.” Enter the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This compact smartphone borrows many of the Galaxy series’ standout features (e.g. fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging, speedy performance) and stuffs them into a sleek, clamshell design. Those worried about the device snapping in half can breathe easy knowing that Samsung has made the screen and hinges highly durable, which isn’t something that can be said about the cheaper Motorola RAZR smartphone. What you’ll really want the Galaxy Z Flip for is its awesome split-screen mode (Flex Mode), which lets you use the widened display to perform different activities at once; being able to snap selfies using the top half of the screen and enable controls with the bottom half is pretty dope.
16. Wyze Cam Smart Home Camera
A $25 indoor security camera with 1080p HD resolution, smart features, cloud storage, digital assistant support, and night vision almost sounds too good to be true. Brace yourself, because it’s a reality, and one that you can generously gift to several others who value home privacy. It even has a person-detection feature to inform homeowners when guests arrive, along with a smoke and carbon monoxide detection feature. Now that’s advanced functionality for a cube-sized camera.
17. Click and Grow Smart Garden 3
For beginners who want to cultivate their green thumb, this indoor self-watering garden is an awesome gift that steadily grooms them into their new horticultural hobby. The Smart Garden 3 can grow plants, herbs and veggies using smart soil technology that accelerates growth, while providing enough oxygen, PH, water and nutrients. The built-in LED light is also energy efficient, requiring only 6 watts of energy and saving money on your electricity bill. Click and Grow also provides a wide range of seed pods, which make it super easy to grow your favorite fresh greens. A few of these can turn any home into a jungle.
18. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset
Mom already spent big on a gaming console for baby bro, and now it’s up to you get him a cool accessory that will make his Fortnite Friday nights special. Gift wrap SteelSeries’s popular wireless headset, which guarantees premium performance for the low-low. It works multiplatform (e.g. Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4), feels extremely comfortable on the head, has excellent wireless connectivity and produces better audio than most headsets in its price range.
19. Roku Express HD (2019)
Amazon Fire devices may have a better ecosystem, but Roku devices have always provided a better overall streaming experience. Look no further than the Roku Express HD, the company’s latest palm-sized streamer that affords a ton of performance for an unbelievably inexpensive price. On the checklist: 1080p video output, access to hundreds of media apps and services, effortless setup, intuitive universal search, lightning-quick operation, and the most user-friendly interface to navigate through content.
20. Nikon Coolpix P950
Any shutterbug committed to their craft probably won’t use their iPhone to photograph life’s grandest moments. They’re using a professional camera, ideally a superzoom compact camera with DSLR-like capabilities. The Nikon Coolpix P950 is a portable mid-range shooter boasting a 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor and colossal zoom range. Thanks to Dual Detect Optical VR technology, you’ll be able to capture vivid, blur-free 4K videos and raw images. However, it’s the 83x optical zoom that is the true star here, ensuring you catch even the smallest details in every background and subject from far distances. Available for pre-order until February 27 when it is officially released, this Nikon is going to be one of the top cameras of 2020.
21. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
Think it might be time to replace your old man’s “Best Dad Ever” coffee mug with something more modern? We agree. Our recommendation: The Ember Smart Mug 2. This high-tech cup gives every hot coffee lover the ability to warm up their favorite beverages on command. The smart coffee warmer makes it easy to adjust and program temperatures directly on the mug’s touch display or mobile app. The device also has 50% more battery life than the previous version, which is clutch for forgetful types who need a java fix after getting caught up in their work.
22. Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD
Samsung gives us a glimpse into the future of portable storage with this sexy, credit-card-sized SSD that transfers files nearly 9.5x faster than the average hard drive and has fingerprint security. Wait, what? Yes, this portable drive features a fingerprint scanner with AES 256-bit encryption to easily unlock files with the touch of your finger (or with a password). It’s convenient to travel with and even easier to set up, but what you’ll feel most comfortable knowing is that Samsung promises users top-notch security to keep their data private. The T7 comes available in two capacities (500GB/1TB) and colors (Black/Silver).
23. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Where the popular Bose QC35 line sets the standard for noise-cancelling headphones, the 700 series sets the bar higher with unique performance enhancements. Bose’s new microphone system offers 11 levels of noise cancellation that can be adjusted via companion app to mute droning airplane engines and crying babies. Audio quality remains dynamic to enjoy Spotify playlists with transparency, whereas call quality has been vastly improved to eliminate ambient sounds during wireless chats. Then there’s the stainless steel unibody frame that is beautifully crafted, giving these headphones a lavish exterior fitting of its price tag. Every frequent flyer you know has this marked as their top tech gift of 2020.
24. Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim Portable Charger
Anker devices always appear on lists of the top tech gifts. Now, the company has created another travel gem that solves almost every mobile charging conundrum. The PowerPort Atom III Slim is ultra-thin and delivers high-speed performance to juice up devices 2.5x faster than stock chargers. Even more absurd is the fact that it can fully charge a MacBook 12-inch laptop in just two hours. Hot damn!
25. Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
Amazon’s tiny smart hub has always made for an extraordinary stocking stuffer on the cheap. What makes this updated version worthy of inclusion on our list of the best tech gifts of 2020? For starters, it now features a built-in LED display to show the time and outdoor temperatures and auto-dims at night. Tapping the device snoozes alarms. The speaker quality is much better, along with the mics that produce clearer-sounding music and phones calls. Updates to the Alexa app also make this version smarter by adding many more voice commands and enhanced functionality.
26. Hisense 50H8F 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart LED TV HDR10
The way to any man’s heart is by gifting them a big-ass HDTV. Hisense’s 2019 UHD model is a visual stunner that will leave viewers feeling immersed in the picture. Blu-rays, Netflix content and Xbox games look surreal in 4K. The 50H8F is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing couch potatoes to pull up whatever they want using voice commands. Hisense also flexed its creative muscles on the design end with a “bezel-less” frame that blends perfectly into the living room decor and expands the viewable screen area.
27. Awair Glow C Air Quality Monitor + Smart Plug
It takes true ingenuity to develop a smart plug that also doubles as an air quality monitor. We don’t know how Awair did it, but we appreciate all of the Glow C’s high-tech goodness. Smart integration with Alexa and Google Assistant allows the device to perform smart home tasks like powering on the AC when the house gets too hot or turning off the bedroom lights when you hit the sack. That’s just a small sampling. The plug also houses air quality, temperature and humidity sensors that analyze the air and send real-time notifications to your phone, keeping your health safe from toxic airborne chemicals.
28. iPad Air (2019)
When it comes to tablets, Apple is a clear choice for gift-givers. Splurging on the mid-tier iPad Air will certainly earn you Son/Husband/Father-of-the-Year honors, which has a luminous 10.5-inch display, fast charging, slim profile, and speedy performance. In addition, pairing it with the Apple Smart Keyboard cover transforms it into a solid 2-in-1 productivity tool for students or young professionals. Keep it on your radar when putting together your back-to-school shopping list.
29. Philips Hue Bluetooth Bulbs
Some of the people on your shopping list might already have a few Philips smart bulbs installed on their light fixtures. But they may not yet know about the new Bluetooth-enabled version. Launched a few weeks before the 2019 holiday shopping season, the latest Philips Hue lets you automate smart home lighting from a smartphone, so you won’t have to rely on the wired Hub Bridge. Staying within wireless range allows you to control the same tasks as the previous model, such as change color and lighting effects, set timers and enable other commands using Alexa or Google Assistant.
30. Nebula Soundbar Fire TV Edition
Nebula has risen up the tech ranks in just two years, which can be attributed to its cool and affordable projectors. The company’s latest foray into the audio space is even more impressive, releasing a smart soundbar with Fire TV integration. Say what now? Yes, this elongated wireless speaker acts as a one-stop shop for streaming, awarding access to Amazon’s digital media player and Alexa commands without the need for extra hardware. Dual sub-woofers and proprietary BassUp technology will fill the living room with cinematic sound.
31. Anker Wireless Charger PowerWave 10
Wireless charging pads are making wired charging a thing of the past. The PowerWave 10 lets users charge two mobile devices simultaneously and frees them of all those pesky wires in their work bag (peace out, Lightning cable). Just the thought of tossing an iPhone 11 on one charging surface as the second juices up an Apple Watch sounds heavenly. We like that the pad supports charging through thicker phone cases, too. Its competitive price should entice shoppers to double up; one for the house and one for the office.
32. Dell XPS 13 (2019)
Faster, stronger, and more portable than ever, Dell has finally perfected its flagship laptop. The XPS 13 packs some serious hardware, including all-new 8th gen Intel Quad Core processors, 16GB of internal memory and up to 2TB of SSD storage. That’s just technical jargon for saying you can run Fortnite, Netflix and Adobe Premiere Rush simultaneously without a hitch. Dell pushed its design limits, somehow cutting down the notebook’s weight without compromising its clean and highly durable construction. Bravo, Dell.
33. Ring Stick Up Cam
This more flexible version of the popular security camera provides peace of mind for homeowners who value privacy. Users have the luxury of answering and monitoring the front door, or any area of their property for that matter, directly on their smartphone and can communicate with visitors via two-way talk. There is even an Infrared Night Vision mode to spot intruders and unwanted guests. It’s a smart home gift that your dad or husband won’t see coming.
34. Apple Watch Series 5
If there’s a wrist that you’re looking to spoil with a fancy digital timepiece, settle for nothing less than the Apple Watch Series 5 as your gift. As always, Apple spared no expense with the internals, stuffing twice the storage (32GB) and the efficiently-fast S5 chip into a thinner case. The new Always-On Retina display is stunning and makes touchscreen interactions simpler. Battery life remains steady at 18 hours on a single charge. Intelligible features like raise-to-speak Siri and optical heart rate monitoring give the Series 5 a leg up over all other wrist-based wearables.
35. Smile Direct Club Electric Toothbrush
AI toothbrushes are the newest dental hygiene trend and offer insight into one’s health that they may never have thought was an issue. They can also be very expensive. The Smile Direct Club is undercutting the competition, while saving you a fortune on dental visits, with its newest oral scrubber. The company’s newest creation is programmed to guide you efficiently through the brushing process; 30-second timers indicate when to move on to the next quadrant until reaching the 2-minute completion mark. A tongue scraper has also been built into the design to clear out any lingering bacteria in your mouth. For $25, you can pick up one for each parent and sibling without breaking the bank.
36. Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB Vinyl Player
A record player is one of the most considerate gifts anyone can pass onto a true audiophile. Whoever that may be on your nice list is bound to shower you with daps and hugs upon receiving this gorgeous turntable. The Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB has a painless setup and some cool features that modernize the vinyl listening experience. It pumps out great sound that’s even better when paired with other powerful audio equipment (e.g. amps, speakers). Being able to convert vinyl records to digital audio is freaking sweet, too. Start sharing links to some vinyl subscription services to get them set up in advance.
37. Lume Cube Air
To capture the perfect IG shot, you need great lighting, and that’s not something most camera phones provide photographers. This pocket-sized LED cube can be wirelessly controlled to shoot bright, detailed photos in dark spaces. It is waterproof up to 30-feet, so you can record well-lit aquatic adventures. A range of diffusers and mounting pods come bundled to flex your creative muscles when capturing photos and videos.
38. Google Pixel 3A and 3A XL
The era of the mid-range smartphone is here, and Google has not just one, but two budget-friendly options that look and perform as well as their high-end siblings. Thanks to these phones’ top-notch features and affordable pricing, the Google Pixel 3A and 3A XL are without a doubt some of the best tech gifts of 2020. These smartphones carry over the pure Android experience and industry-leading camera performance of the Pixel 3 — at half the price. Their displays produce vibrant visuals for Instagram and YouTube gazing, while Google’s adaptive battery technology ensures all-day use; a 15-minute charge enables seven hours of use. Access to tons of camera settings, like the remarkable Night Sight mode to clear up low-light photos, make either phone a steal.
39. Amazon Echo Show 8 (2019)
The battle for the best smart home display has yet to be determined, though for its functionality and price, the Amazon Echo Show 8 makes the strongest case of any model. It manages your smart house tasks better than most smart speakers, while operating as a reliable media device that streams music and videos at high quality. Set timers, dim the bedroom lights, video chat and monitor your other smart home devices through Alexa voice commands. Aesthetically, it’s quite the looker, flaunting a chic charcoal fabric exterior and petite design that sits prettily on any kitchen countertop.
40. Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
Beats’ latest creation is its greatest. Yes, it has the same performance conveniences as the AirPods 2019, from impeccable wireless performance to seamless iOS integration. However, those are just appetizers for what the Powerbeats Pro offers as the main dish. Battery life is ranked highest in its class at 9 hours on a single charge; the charging case adds an extra 18 hours. The hooks provide the necessary on-ear stability fitness freaks want from cordless buds, while the sound profile is tighter to enjoy crisp vocals and punchy bass. Black looks cool, but the other colorways (Navy, Ivory, and Moss) are also well suited for casual or corporate attire. If you give the gift of Beats, you’re bound to win major brownie points.
41. Whistle Go Pet Tracker
What a world we’re living in when our pets have their own wearables. The Whistle Go is basically a Fitbit for animals, but with some special tricks programmed underneath its durable shell. All data is accessible through the free Whistle app, which provides insight for numerous activities, from basic performance stats (e.g. calories burned, distance traveled, etc.) to how often they lick themselves. Other advanced features include escape alerts and live location tracking via Google maps. The device itself is lightweight and waterproof, so you can leave it around your pup’s neck during bath time.
42. Theragun G3 Percussive Therapy Device
Nothing beats a deep muscle massage after an intense run. Since most of us don’t have the funds to keep a Swedish masseuse on retainer, the Theragun G3 fills that much-needed void for post-workout recovery, and for a one-time charge. Two different treatment speeds are programmed into the device, which requires no more than 30 seconds per muscle group to relieve soreness, while improving strength and flexibility. There’s a reason why professional athletes and fitness editors swear by it. And if you can’t afford the Theragun, read up on our favorite Theragun alternatives.
43. Oculus Go VR Headset
Virtual reality is the wave of the future for both entertainment and gaming. Oculus’ standalone headset is a technical achievement that brings a premium VR experience to your home, sans the extra hardware and cables. It’s wireless, feels comfy on the head and looks hot for what can be considered gaming headgear. More importantly, it provides access to hundreds of apps and games that look sharp on a 5.5-inch LCD display. Pricing might be its greatest attribute, as the Oculus Go is way more affordable than most VR headsets and next-gen consoles, making it a great gift option. And if you want to go full-on Lawnmower Man, there’s always the Oculus Quest ($400) with higher specs.
44. Plott Cubit – Smart VR Measuring Tool
Picture a home improvement gadget that records measurements in real-time and tells you exactly where to place objects. Insane, right? That’s the Plott Cubit in a nutshell. It employs an array of different technologies like augmented reality and laser sensors to accurately “measure and design with scale and context.” All of that data is then sent and attached to a corresponding image that you can view in a companion app to make any necessary adjustments. There isn’t another digital doohickey at its price point that can help you decorate walls, layout rooms or build out floor plans more efficiently.
45. Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller
Whether they’re an Xbox or PC gamer, this is the gaming pad you’ll want to put in their hands heading into the New Year. Microsoft’s flagship controller receives some notable upgrades like Bluetooth support, longer battery life (40 hours of playtime), wireless charging, and a lighter design with wraparound rubberized grips for better in-hand comfort. Aspiring e-sports competitors will also be relieved to know they can refine their skills on the road by pairing the Elite Series 3 with their high-powered Windows 10 laptop; it’s a dope add-on for the Surface Book 3.
46. HP Sprocket Studio Photo Printer
Are we really living in a time where portable printers are a thing and can instantly print out your smartphone photos? Hell yes! The HP Sprocket Studio is designed for photogs who value physical prints over digital imagery, producing high-quality 4×6″ photos that are smudge-proof and water-resistant. A companion app is available with built-in templates and editing tools to personalize shots. There is also an AR tool to add videos for friends and family to view in augmented reality.
47. Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019)
Amazon’s coveted e-reader was due for an illuminated upgrade. This new version of the Kindle Oasis allows users to adjust the screen’s color tone, creating less-harsh light that’s easy on the eyes when reading at night. It has the seamless functionality of other Kindle models and Audible integration for audiobook lovers. The popular one-handed design comes waterproof, giving bookworms more reason to binge read in splashy environments like the pool or hot tub.
48. Facebook Portal TV
Facebook’s adorable Muppets commercials certainly have you intrigued about its new smart camera. Portal TV makes video chatting with family and friends more convenient by allowing users to make Facebook/Messenger/WhatsApp calls directly from their living room. The setup process is a breeze, and the device comes loaded with intelligent features like auto tracking and room scaling to produce clear 720p video streaming. They can use Alexa to control smart home functions on the camera, while immersive AR effects create interactive story time sessions for kids to enjoy when parents need a breather.
49. GoPro Hero8 Black
Another year, another GoPro release. This time around, the action-camera maker developed its newest shooter with vloggers in mind. Improved in-camera software and a sleek design with new Mods makes recording influencer content far simpler for newbies. There’s also more than enough performance here to record and share wild adventures in vivid detail, courtesy of better image stabilization and cool modes like Live Burst to snap live-action burst shots.
50. Microsoft Surface Pro 7
For those seeking a hybrid tablet with more productivity tools than the iPad, the Surface Pro 7 stands out as the clear choice for gift-givers. This machine is a performance beast loaded with dominant features like faster multitasking, new 10th-gen Intel processors, USB-A/USB-C ports, and up to 10.5 hours of battery life. But a 2-in-1 laptop means nothing without a superior screen, which the Surface Pro 7 boasts — a 12.3-inch PixelSense Display touchscreen that produces stunning visuals and automatically adjusts to lighting conditions. Its super-thin frame leaves plenty of extra room in your messenger bag for other travel necessities, too.