Best tech gifts: The 10 coolest presents that will arrive by Christmas—some are 50 percent off!

Rudie Obias
·11 min read

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Something to thrill and delight everyone on your list. (Photo: Amazon)
Something to thrill and delight everyone on your list. (Photo: Amazon)

Tech fans are some of the most fun people to shop for at the holidays. They get as excited about the latest iteration of gizmos and gadgets as little kids do about new toys.

So whether your giftees crave the latest gaming titles, need a great pair of noise-canceling headphones, or have been meaning to get their smart-home plans in gear, we’ve got picks for them from the top names in tech. We’re talking Beats, Sony, Microsoft, and more. Buy today and these gifts will be in hand in time for Christmas. But don’t hesitate. Lots of these picks are on sale, so stock is moving fast.

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.) Here are 10 great tech gifts for Christmas 2020:

This TCL HD Roku Smart TV on sale for only $150

Perfect size for a bedroom or small apartment. (Photo: Amazon)
Perfect size for a bedroom or small apartment. (Photo: Amazon)

Ahead of Christmas, you can snag this 32-inch TCL Class 3-Series HD Smart TV for just $150 on Amazon, down from $190. And more than 30,000 reviewers give it an impressive 4.6 rating. This model has a 32-inch LED display with Full HD resolution; colors are vivid and black levels are dark.

“This smart TV has endless viewing capabilities,” raved a five-star Amazon reviewer. “Picture quality is excellent and configurations are user friendly. What my family and I like the most is the TV’s remote. It fits perfectly in all our hands. And you can actually reach every single button with your thumb.” This model is just right for a bedroom or guest room—and a great TV for someone’s first apartment or dorm room.

These Beats wireless earphones on sale (everyone wants them)

Top shelf, on all counts: Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones. (Photo: Amazon)
Top shelf, on all counts: Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones. (Photo: Amazon)

Normally prices at $250, these Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones are currently on sale for $170. They have everything—and we mean everything—a great pair of wireless headphones should have, including a compact build, a nine-hour battery life, stylish and functional earhooks that provide a secure fit, and, most important, top-notch sound with heart-thumping bass. They also feature the brand’s ‘Fast Fuel’ technology that gives about an hour-and-a-half of battery life on a five-minute charge. The greatest gift of all (in fact, at this price, you should get yourself a pair too.)

“First, I need to start with the fact that I’m extremely picky when it comes to headphones and I’ve bought over 20 pairs from Amazon from brands to no brands,” one enthusiastic reviewer shared. “These are the first pair of headphones that I’ve worn to the gym that have not needed a single adjustment! I have weird ears and no in-ear headphones have ever fit me this well. The seal is great and it just doesn’t move!”

And another: “...Comfort is the best feature. They feel secure on your ears and fit into the ear canal because of the flexible tips. The piece that goes on the outside of the ear is soft and flexible and does not hurt.”

This small but brilliant Wyze HD security cam for only 20 bucks

For keeping an eye on the dog and monitoring for intruders. (Photo: Amazon)
For keeping an eye on the dog and monitoring for intruders. (Photo: Amazon)

This Wyze Cam HD detects motion and can record whenever it senses activity. It has an HD live stream feed with a nice clear picture. It even has night vision, so if you hear a scary thump downstairs, you can check your feed and see that it was just the cat. This camera records video and audio on a microSD card (up to 32GB), and also saves to the Cloud—so your footage is always there should you need to check it. Anyone looking a little more security with an easy setup would love this. Gift a pair, for double the coverage.

“I was a Nest user, had purchased a few cams for me and did a full setup for my parents...,” wrote a savvy Amazon shopper. “While browsing for other options...since Nest is very expensive, I came across Wyze and it has changed the game for me. After installing it (by the way very simple and easy), I realized how good it was and ended up buying six more (I gave away some)—that’s how impressed I was...Cannot rave enough about this device!”

This speedy new Fire HD 8 tablet, for the ridiculous price of $65

A great universal gift at a great sale price. (Photo: Amazon)
A great universal gift at a great sale price. (Photo: Amazon)

The Fire HD 8—which is on sale for $65 from $90—is one of Amazon’s most wallet-friendly tablets and a great iPad alternative. It has a brilliant eight-inch HD display, a lightweight design, and an amazing price right now.

This model has a sleeker look and a faster processor—and it’s quicker to charge (it has a USB-C port built-in, unlike the previous version). It gets 12 hours of battery life per charge and offers plenty of memory (2GB of memory paired with 32GB of on-board storage).

Amazon shoppers love it. “This [Fire] HD 8 boots up extremely fast. The screen movement is very smooth,” wrote a delighted purchaser. “I own an HD 10 but I like this better because the size makes it easier to hold and maneuver. It is much lighter than the 10...the sound quality is very good. The charge time is fast and the battery holds charge for a long time.”

The newest (and coolest) Echo Dot smart speaker, just $30

Great sound, good looks—and a glow light, to boot. This updated smart speaker is just 30 bucks. (Photo: Amazon)
Great sound, good looks—and a glow light, to boot. This updated smart speaker is just 30 bucks. (Photo: Amazon)

With an all-new sphere design, the fourth generation Echo Dot—which is on sale from $50 to just $29 at Amazon—is a small but powerful speaker with a glow-light base. It can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM and more with clearer and more robust audio quality than earlier iterations. It’s obviously the perfect gift at the perfect price.

It can pair with another Echo Dot via Bluetooth to create amazing stereo sound too. Alexa is included for the latest news and weather—and your giftee can control other smart home devices with just the sound of her voice. Shoppers love the compact dimensions, which make the Echo Dot great for smaller rooms.

“This is exactly what I am looking for,” raved a happy Amazon shopper. “This fits perfectly in my bathroom after my Sony shower radio malfunctioned and was discontinued. The sound is loud and clear. Now I am able to hear all online stations with no interference. The design is space-saving, with rubber underneath to prevent sliding off from the tile.”

These epic Sony Noise Canceling Headphones, at 50 percent off

Extra Bass Technology makes music sound amazing. (Photo: Amazon)
Extra Bass Technology makes music sound amazing. (Photo: Amazon)

Okay, this is serious. Right now, these wireless Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones are on sale for just $123, down from $248. That’s more than half off. If there’s anyone in your life who would not love these as a gift, we’d be shocked. As great for music as they are for work, these headphones deliver crisp, clear audio thanks to Sony’s ‘Extra Bass’ technology; it really brings tunes (and even podcasts) to life.

‘Touch Sensor’ controls make it easy to play, pause, skip tracks, control volume, and more with just a tap or swipe on the right ear cup. Paired with a phone, these headphones enable you to answer calls with a tap.

“These Sony headphones are some of the best wireless headphones I've used,” wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer. “They're really comfortable, have lots of bass and fold up for travel. I always opt for the noise-canceling mode, and it blocks out everything. My wife has to throw a couch pillow at me to get my attention, and by the time I look up she's already in irritated mode, so I can tell she's been yelling my name for at least a minute.”

This life-changing Yeedi Robot Vacuum, which is $70 off

Make cleaning easier for someone you love. (Photo: Amazon)
Make cleaning easier for someone you love. (Photo: Amazon)

Give the gift of ‘someone else doing all the hard work around the house.’ On sale for $130 with this on-page coupon—down from $200—the Yeedi K650 Robot Vacuum is a powerful model that can seamlessly transition from carpets to hardwood floors to kitchen tiles, and does a great job on all surfaces.

App-controlled, it starts with the push of a button on a smartphone or tablet. With up to 130 minutes of running time (way more than is needed, probably), it’s smart enough to return to the base for a charge when it’s low on juice. It has an extra-large dust bin that can hold up to 27 ounces of dust, dirt, pet hair, and crumbs.

“I have multiple cats and dogs. Normally they freak out when I use a traditional vacuum—however, my cat was following this robot around as it cleans,” wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer. “It would go around the room and clean up the hairs and litter my cats leave behind. Works great on my carpet. The cleaning brush is easy to take off and the trash bin is easy to dump out.”

The 2021 version of this Xbox game, to keep them happy and active

Right now you can save 50 percent on Just Dance 2021 for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. There's no better gift. (Photo: Amazon)
Right now you can save 50 percent on Just Dance 2021 for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. There's no better gift. (Photo: Amazon)

The new Xbox was just released a few weeks ago, but it’s hard to come by titles that are on sale... or it was until now. Just ahead of Christmas, Amazon is offering Just Dance 2021 for Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One on sale for $30, down from $50.

Just Dance 2021 comes with 40 hit songs—including “Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, “Adore You” by Harry Styles, “Don't Start Now” by Dua Lipa and much more. The game is designed for up to six players (or should we say dancers). Quarantine fun for the whole family. A gift for everyone.

“They did a great job this season providing variety and songs from different cultures while also delivering great songs from popular artists,” raves a delighted gamer. “What really strikes me is that some of the dances have really "cool" moves that are amazing to watch and which feel good to attempt...There is plenty of great material to dance to, and in my opinion, it's well worth it. Happy dancing!”

Just Dance 2021 is also on sale for PlayStation 4 for just $25, or half off. It’s even on sale for the new Sony PlayStation 5 for $30, or $20 off its list price too. So no matter the gaming system, this gift is ready to go.

This Fire Stick video streaming device for its lowest price ever

Save 40 percent with this gift of Netflix, Hulu, and more. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 40 percent with this gift of Netflix, Hulu, and more. (Photo: Amazon)

This video streamer is on sale from $30 to just $18—the all-time lowest price ever, and an amazing deal, as a gift or for yourself. It’s easy to set up: It plugs into just about any HD TV’s HDMI ports, syncs to Wifi, and then provides access to hundreds of streaming apps and channels, including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, HBO, Starz, Showtime, and more. For someone looking to “cut the cord” with a cable provider, this is perfect.

“I admit that the thought of cutting off cable caused me actual emotional pain,” shared an Amazon shopper. “But so did paying that cable bill. The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite delivers everything I need for TV viewing. I am not missing cable at all! I am so happy that this technology is available and delivers television viewing in a remarkably easy and painless way at such an affordable cost. Now, what to do with that $120 extra per month.”

And for anyone wondering: The Fire TV Stick 4K Lite is exactly the same as the standard Fire TV Stick, with a different remote (this remote has Alexa voice assistant built-in, but it doesn’t have TV on/off or volume controls).

This super-popular Ring Video Doorbell, on sale

Save 30 percent, gift it to your spouse, and get that smart home system going. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 30 percent, gift it to your spouse, and get that smart home system going. (Photo: Amazon)

Down from $200 to $140, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 (an Amazon’s Choice product) is a smart doorbell with 24/7 HD video streaming and a wide field of view. Synced with a smartphone, tablet or laptop via Wi-Fi and the Ring app, it lets your giftee keep an eye on her home—even if she’s far away (and in 2021, we all hope to be able to go on vacation, right?).

The system has two-way talk, so folks can chat with anyone at the door without physically answering it. Great for taking deliveries while social distancing—or when confronting someone like an intruder or unwanted guest.

“I never miss a package or a visitor,” shared a five-star Amazon reviewer. “For years we had an old door with a big knocker and a dog, so we were very aware of visitors and people coming onto the porch. We now have a new door (no knocker) and, unfortunately, no dog. Very quickly we realized that we were missing knocks, and packages would sit outside for hours or even all day. With the Ring, we always know when it's time to check the porch!”

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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