November 30, 2020  | 

Best tech gifts of 2020

By Anthony Marcusa

Electronics are both useful and exciting, which is why they tend to make great gifts — even for people who are hard to shop for. And with everyone spending more time at home, it’s a good year to gift tech that makes being at home easier.

 

We’re tracking consumer trends and continuously monitoring these picks to connect you with the best tech options available as you complete your holiday shopping.

 

*Prices and availability subject to change.

Earbuds that are actually comfortable

samsung galaxy buds

Samsung Galaxy Buds+: $99.99 at Samsung (was $149.99)

These impressive earbuds from Samsung offer comfort, convenience, and a long battery life. They feature a microphone that isolates your voice on calls, so they’re great for virtual meetings. Also available at Amazon and Best Buy.

A popular fitness tracker

fitbit versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3: $229.95 at Amazon

This latest Fitbit Versa allows the user to track exercise and monitor overall health. It features built-in GPS, a free trial to Fitbit premium, and Alexa compatibility. Also available at Best Buy.

The gift of clean floors

roomba i7+

Roomba i7+: $499 at Amazon (was $599)

One of the smartest and most powerful robot vacuums offers easy, hassle-free cleaning. The Roomba i7+ maps any space for efficient coverage and responds to voice commands. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond, and Best Buy.

A top-quality tablet

ipad air

Apple iPad Air: $599 at Best Buy

The latest generation iPad Air from Apple is slim, powerful, and versatile. It boasts impressive cameras and a lengthy battery life, plus it comes in a variety of colors. Also available at Amazon.

A powerful camera

canon digital camera

Canon EOS M200 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera: $549 at Amazon

We love this handy digital camera from Canon that takes high-quality photos and videos. It makes for easy transfer via Bluetooth and WiFi. It also offers vertical video support and streams to favorite social media sites. Also available at Best Buy.

A smart lighting bundle

philips hue

Philips Hue White Starter Kit: $99.97 at Amazon

This kit can make any home’s lighting more efficient, convenient, and safe. It includes four white bulbs and a hub from which can be expanded to include more colors and useful features, like motion sensors and dimmers. Also available at Best Buy and Home Depot.

A home safety essential

ring video doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell 3: $139.99 at Amazon (was $199.99)

Gift convenience and security with a Ring doorbell, allowing the user to see who’s at their door from any connected smart device. The latest model features HD video and motion sensors. Also available at Best Buy and Home Depot.

A must-have smartwatch

apple watch

Apple Watch Series 3: $179 at Best Buy (was $199)

This budget-friendly, swim-proof Apple Watch includes a GPS tracker and the ability to play music and podcasts. It also tracks exercise, receives notifications, and of course, tells time. Also available at Amazon.

An affordable streaming device

roku

Roku Streaming Stick+: $48.84 at Amazon

Anyone can turn their television into a smart TV with a Roku streaming stick. This inexpensive option allows for myriad popular services, including Netflix, YouTube, and Prime Video. It’s simple to set up and easy to control. Also available at Best Buy.

A pet cam

furbo

Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera: $198.95 at Amazon (was $249)

For anyone who’s very attached to their dog, the Furbo allows them to check in on their pup and even give treats. This top model offers HD video, night vision, and a wide field of view.

A smart home hub

echo show

Echo Show (2nd Gen): $149.99 at Best Buy (was $229.99)

The Echo Show is designed to be the versatile, convenient hub to any smart home, offering a chance to connect to your doorbell, stream content, and make high-quality video calls. Most importantly, it boasts Alexa and all her useful skills.

Noise-canceling headphones

bose headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones: $199 at Amazon (was $299)

For those who want to enjoy their music and block out the world, check out these comfortable, noise-canceling headphones from Bose. They pair via Bluetooth but also work in tandem with Alexa while boasting an impressive microphone as well. Also available at Best Buy

A convenient charger

anker usb hub

Anker PowerExpand 7-in-1 USB Hub: $29.99 at Amazon

Anker provides some of the fastest, most powerful, and safest chargers on the market. This versatile option can be a media hub for charging and transfer purposes or connecting USB and HDMI cables. It also has a slot for SD cards. Also available at Best Buy.

A portable library

kindle paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite: $129.99 at Amazon

Bookworms can store countless books, magazines, and other content with the latest Kindle. This Paperwhite edition is also waterproof and features an adjustable light, making it a useful companion anywhere, at any time day or night. Also available at Best Buy.

A name-brand smart TV

lg smart tv

LG NanoCell 85 Series 55” Smart TV: $796.99 at Amazon (was $849.99)

The end of the year makes a great time to buy a high-end smart TV. We recommend this well-sized option by LG that offers impressive 4K and HDR detail, deep blacks, bright colors, and Alexa control. Also available at Best Buy.

An entry-level drone

holy stone drone

Holy Stone HS120D Drone: $159.99 at Amazon

This drone starter bundle features GP-assisted flight, a UHD camera with a wide field of view, and a convenient backpack to store everything. The user can also set a path for the drone to take or tell it to follow them as they move and capture every moment.

An affordable soundbar

polk audio soundbar

Polk Audio Signa S2 Soundbar: $139.99 at Amazon (was $229)

We love this quality, budget-friendly soundbar and subwoofer combo to enhance a movie-lover’s home theater experience. The soundbar is easy to set up and offers both HDMI hookup and wireless connections through WiFi and Bluetooth. Also available at Best Buy

A beginner telescope

gskyer telescope

Gskyer Telescope: $99.99 at Amazon (was $129.99)

We love this versatile telescope that welcomes beginners while also offering more dedicated amateur astronomers some convenient features. This set comes with two lenses, a carrying case, and a wireless controller so you can operate from your smartphone. 

A work-from-home essential

lapgear lap desk

LapGear Home Office Lap Desk: $34.99 at Amazon

For those who like to work on the couch, in bed, or in the car, a lap desk keeps them efficient and organized. We like this inexpensive option from LapGear that features a mousepad and a phone holder. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

A smart notebook

rocketbook reusable notebook

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook: $24.64 at Amazon

A smart reusable notebook is an ideal way to save space, paper, and energy when taking notes, especially in school. This quality option from Rocketbook allows the user to write, scan, and erase so notes are digitized and your notebook clear. Also available at Best Buy.

Fun lights

hitlights strip lights

HitLights LED Strip Lights: $46.99 at Amazon

Strip lights can enhance any room or space inside and around the home. This lengthy, waterproof option offers multiple colors and settings that create any atmosphere desired, whether it’s on a patio, around a TV, or in the bedroom. 

 

 

Anthony Marcusa is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 

 

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