Snow may be a few weeks away (for some of us, anyway), and shop windows aren’t yet filled with tinsel, but there’s a chill in the air and a spring in the step of many a tech fan right now. Most of the latest gadgets are hitting shelves in time for the holidays, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on the best gifts for your friends, family and, of course, you!

Google Pixel 2

It’s no surprise that Google’s Pixel 2 is good, but we’re surprised by how good. Fast, fluid, with an impossibly good camera, the Pixel 2 fits well in the hand and provides the best Android experience out there right now.

$649 Buy now

Moto G5 Plus

Motorola got everything right with its “budget flagship” in early 2017, and it’s still our favorite device under $300. With amazing performance, a better-than-the-price camera, and excellent software, there isn’t one thing we’d change about this budget powerhouse.

from $229 Buy Now


There’s something to be said about the underdog, and the LG G6 fits in that category nicely. It’s every bit a flagship, with one of the most fun, unique camera setups on the market, but LG has been forced to lower its price to make it more tantalizing. Well, their loss is your gain!

$449 Buy Now

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The best big phone you can buy, and there’s a lot of competition. Samsung has crafted a phone with an incredible screen, effortless performance, and the best stylus implementation in the business. You’ll pay for the privilege, but what a privilege!

$949 Buy Now

Samsung Tab S3

In a world of not-so-great Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a bright spot. It’s built extremely well, has a big wonderful display and with the optional keybord it can turn into a capable productivity tool.

$490 Buy Now

Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0

It’s fast, has a great display, and it’s under $200. The Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0 — that name is a mouthful! — is an easy choice as a gift or for yourself.

$199 Buy Now

Amazon Fire Tablet HD 10

The Amazon Fire Tablet HD 10 is good — not great — but extremely versatile considering it costs less than $200. If you’re all-in on Amazon, this is the best tablet you can buy.

$150 Buy Now

Chromecast Audio

The Chromecast Audio is an easy and cheap solution for getting you favorite music to any speakers. A must-buy for audiophiles and audio fans alike!

$35 Buy Now

JBL Charge 3

This is a big speaker, but it has big sound to match. Inside is a huge battery that helps the speaker last a long time, but also charge up your phone so you’re never without your tunes.

from $120 Buy Now

UE Roll 2

Waterproof, portable, and decent-sounding. That’s all you really need to know about this incredible portable Bluetooth speaker from one of the most trusted names in the business. Oh — it floats.

from $67 Buy Now

Sonos One

It’s the gateway drug of great audio and ridiuclously easy wireless music, at a price that’s set to sell. Connect to Alexa now and Google Assistant next year, with Sonos’s best-in-class audio quality.

$199 Buy Now

Bose QC35 II

They’re known as a traveller’s best friend, but their comfort, amazing noise cancellation and long battery life make them great for every day use. The second generation adds Google Assistant support as well, making them extra capable.

$349 Buy Now

Marshall Mode EQ

Premium in-ear monitors from a name you trust. These earbuds bring huge sound in a small package. Best of all, they’re really comfortable, so you can wear them for a long time without fatigue. Win, win!

$75 Buy Now

Some headphones get high marks for isolating sound, but AfterShokz deserves a mention for making headphones that intentionally allow you to hear everything. These bone conduction headphones fill your head with quality sound, but also keep you safe when out in the world.

$100 Buy Now

LG Tone Infinim Headphones

Neckbuds — I know what you’re thinking. But hear me out. LG has something great here, mainly because the Tone Infinims avoid all of the neckbud’s traditional problems. They’re comfortable enough to wear for hours, and sound fantastic. Oh, and they’re priced right.

$104 Buy Now

Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung has discovered the perfect placement for a 360-degree camera that is fun for experienced photographers to experiment with and inexpensive enough for new users to try a new hobby. If 360-degree photography is something you are interested in, this is where you start.

$162 Buy Now

Moment Cases and Lenses

Take the best cameras on a smartphone, add a fantastic case, and then tighthen the sharpest, most versatile glass you can find. Those are the Moment lenses for the Pixel, Pixel 2, or Galaxy S8.

from $99 Buy Now

Chromecast Ultra

Google’s TV dongle is mighty capable, especially when paired with a 4K TV and a Google Home speaker.

$70 Buy Now

Amazon Fire TV 2017

For less than $100 you get a capable 4K streaming box with access to all of Amazon — and so much more.

$70 Buy Now


The NVIDIA Shield TV is the best set-top streamer you can buy, and it doubles as a game console. It’s extremely powerful, has an amazing built-in controller, and supports 4K HDR streaming!

from $179 Buy Now

Google Home

Google Home isn’t just a helpful tool in the kitchen or office — it’s a great-sounding speaker that plays music, podcasts, or your favorite radio station exactly when you want it. It’s not new, but Google Home is a lot smarter than it was a year ago.

$129 Buy Now

Amazon Echo Dot

Don’t think. Just buy. There’s no easier way to get started in the world of connected tech.

$50 Buy Now

Philips Hue Starter Kit

It’s not a new concept, but smart lighting is still the easiest, cheapest and best way to try out the smart home experience. It works with Google Assistant and Alexa and makes your house cozy. What more could you want?

$138 Buy Now

Echo Spot

This Echo fits the sweet spot between a bland Dot and an overpriced Echo Show with its small color screen. This is going to be the best bedside alarm clock ever!

$129 Buy Now

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam is still the best cam. Available at all times, with excellent video quality and a slick app that works with Google Assistant, you’ll be spying on all the things.

$198 Buy Now

Samsung Gear Sport

It took several generations, but Samsung finally got all of its great design and features into a watch that’s small enough for most people to wear. The Gear Sport is sleek, has a great screen and is packed with features. A perfect companion for workouts and daily wearing.

$299 Buy Now

Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is mostly a fitness tracker with some awesome smartwatch capabilities, but its best feature is its 5+ day battery life. Plus, you can take it swimming!

$299 Buy Now

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Samsung made minor but important improvements to its best-ever fitness tracker, and the Fit2 Pro lives up to the suffix. It’s waterproof and has incredible battery life. I like it more than most smartwatches.

$199 Buy Now

Sphero Star Wars R2-D2

Sphero delighted and surprised the world with its rolling BB-8 droid, and this year the company saw to it that every Star Wars fan had something to enjoy with multiple new droids. The most impressive of the batch is RD-D2 and its Imperial counterpart, R2-Q5. These droids are mirror replicas of the movie versions, come packed with attitude from the mobile app that controls the experience, and exceeds every expectation when it comes to being just plain fun to play with.

$165 Buy Now

Lenovo Jedi Challenges AR

Who hasn’t picked up a toy lightsaber and swung it around as though it were the real thing? Star Wars: Jedi Challenges gives you a movie-accurate saber with an Augmented Reality headset filled with opponents for you to swing your weapon at as though they were really in the room with you. A must-have!

$199 Buy Now

DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is an portable and accessible entry point for anyone interested in flying drones as a hobby. It’s smart, fun, and super quick — so pay attention!

$499 Buy Now

Google Pixelbook

Half laptop, half tablet, all awesome. The Pixelbook is the best — and priciest — Chromebook you can buy. It can run all your apps, including those built for Android, and with the Pixelbook Pen, can double as a note-taker.

from $999 Buy Now

Samsung Chromebook Pro

This is everything you could ask for from a Chromebook at a great price. And that screen! If you don’t need the Pixelbook, the Chromebook Pro does everything you need at half the price.

$425 Buy Now

ASUS Chromebook Flip C100

An ultra-portable Chromebook that’s perfect for students or anyone who’s always on-the-go. This is our favorite budget Chromebook because it just works.

$255 Buy Now

RAVPower 20100 Battery

Charge the crap out of your gadgets with this RAVPower battery, which packs more than 20,000mAh of juice and supports Quick Charge 3.0, alongside 3A/5V charging over USB Type-C. Charge or discharge via Type-C, or charge over Micro-USB using older cables.

$50 Buy Now

Anker PowerCore 10000 Battery

This durable battery pack delivers ample portable power at a great price. A great stocking stuffer for anyone on Santa’s list.

$26 Buy Now

SanDisk 200GB microSDXC card

This 200GB Sandisk micro SD card is a steal at just $76, but make sure their phone supports expandable storage first!

from $76 Buy Now

Aukey USB-C Car Charger

What’s there to talk about? You need to charge stuff while you’re driving, and this $16 Aukey charger has a USB 3.0 port and a USB-C port. Go buy it.

$16 Buy Now

Aukey Amp 6-port AC adapter

Aukey makes great chargers, and when you have a lot of devices, this one comes in real handy. It supports 60W total, with four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports. What’s not to love?

$32 Buy Now

Daydream View (2017)

Google took the most comfortable VR headset of the last year and made it better for heat management, easier to fit smaller heads, and available in fun new colors. All you need is a great phone and a comfy chair to enjoy a wide world of VR experiences.

$99 Buy Now

Samsung Gear VR (2017)

If you have a modern Samsung phone and care at all about exploring VR, this is a nice option to have. Combined with the Gear VR Controller, you’ve got a mobile entertainment center with everything you could possibly want to watch or play right in front of you!

$129 Buy Now

Oculus Rift

If you’ve tried mobile VR and want to up your game, Oculus delivers the best bang for your buck right now. The best games come to Oculus Rift first, and this kit is one of the most portable you can get today.

$399 Buy Now

littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

More R2?! Yup! Teaching kids the basics of robotics and programming by showing them how to assemble their very own RD-D2 droid is incredibly cool, and the individual “Bits” can be used for much more when the kids are ready to explore outside of the instruction manual.

$99 Buy Now

Kano Computer

Team Kano has figured out how to make every aspect of building and maintaining a computer a game, right down to system updates and installing fun new hardware accessories. This is the golden standard in teaching kids about computers today.

$119 Buy Now

Sphero Mini

Sphero Mini may look like a marble, but it’s got the brains of a genius. One of the best toys you can give your kid this holiday season, the $50 Sphero Mini is a smartphone-controlled robot that can do tricks, annoy the dog, and keep your little one occupied for hours.

$48 Buy Now

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo cleverly combined the gaming portability you expect from your phone with enough power to deliver new AAA games in both your hands and on the TV. Coupled with unique motion controls and Nintendo’s incredible library of games, there really is nothing else quite like the Nintendo Switch available today.

$299 Buy Now

PlayStation 4 Pro

The Playstation 4 has been a crowd favorite forever, and the beefed up Pro version is even better. The new GPU and CPU are great for Playstation VR, too!

$399 Buy Now

Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is not only the best Xbox yet, but it’s also the most powerful console ever built. And it’s able to play plenty of the Xbox games you already have.

$499 Buy Now

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