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With the holiday shopping season starting earlier than ever, Amazon has already released its 2021 gift guides. The massive retailer has rounded up the hottest, gotta-have-it products of the year, including toys, home, fashion and—most eagerly awaited—tech.
Amazon’s Electronics Gift Guide features the latest and greatest in the world of tech, like noise-canceling Apple AirPods Pro, the Nintendo Switch that keeps selling out, the new GoPro for adventurers and even a miniature drone that can fit in the palm of your hand. Here are 20 of the best tech gifts to snag right now before they sell out.
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1. Apple AirPods Pro
If you or someone on your list has yet to hop on the AirPods Pro bandwagon, now is the perfect time to do it. Our experts dubbed them the best earbuds that Apple has made to date, thanks to their noise-canceling technology and comfortable fit. We even think they’re superior to the newly released AirPods 3, although those are a good pick if you’re in search of a more streamlined earbud.
2. Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
Maybe they’re an audiophile or maybe they work from home and need a way to stay distraction-free. No matter the reason, they’ll love these Sony headphones, which we found to be the best noise-canceling headphones out there. Not only do they have amazing sound quality, they’re also comfortable enough to wear all day long and block out even the loudest of sounds.
3. Nintendo Switch
It seems like no one can keep the Nintendo Switch in stock for very long these days. The popular gaming console has been a must-have for all of 2020 and 2021, and it’s still available on Amazon—for now. You can also snag the equally coveted Nintendo Switch Lite for a handheld alternative at a cheaper price.
4. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera
Anyone can be a photographer with the trendy Instax Mini instant camera. Available in five colors including three pretty pastels, the petite pocket-sized camera prints photos immediately, Polaroid-style, and even has a selfie mode for capturing close-up shots.
5. LG OLED C1 Series Smart TV
Looking for a splurge-worthy gift? You might want to consider a TV, specifically the LG OLED C1 Series. In testing some of the best OLED TVs of 2021, our experts found the LG C1 to be the best thanks to its stunning, true-to-life picture quality. It comes in 48-, 55-, 65-, 75- and 83-inch sizes.
6. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Any book lover who doesn’t yet own a Kindle will be thrilled when they find the Paperwhite under the tree this year. We chose it as the number one Kindle you can buy because it has a glare-free screen that illuminates for easy reading in any light. Plus, it’s waterproof and has enough storage for all the books and audio books on their to-read list.
7. Jabra Elite Active 75t Wireless Earbuds
The Jabra Elite Active 75t are a solid alternative to Apple AirPods and our experts chose them as the best wireless earbuds for running. They’re dust- and water-resistant—perfect for working out—and have a ton of extra features, like transparency mode, noise isolation and even a finder function.
8. GoPro Hero10 Waterproof Action Camera
Adventurers and adrenaline junkies could benefit from the newest GoPro. Designed with an even faster frame rate and improved stabilization, it’s durable, waterproof and high-quality, so it’ll capture everything from their surfing trip in Hawaii to their backpacking excursion in the Great Smoky Mountains in high-resolution clarity. They’ll be able to cherish those memories in video form forever.
9. FitBit Charge 5
Give the gift of health this year with the Fitbit Charge 5. It’s our experts’ favorite fitness tracker, with all of the data tracking you could need—from heart rate to steps to sleep—and built-in GPS that makes it easy to record indoor and outdoor workouts. It’s perfect for anyone whose New Year’s resolutions include getting healthier or more active come 2022.
10. DJI Mini 2 Foldable Drone
Know someone whose obsessed with gadgets? Big kids at heart will get hours of entertainment from this miniature drone, which folds up into the palm of your hand and weighs as much as an apple. It has 4K video quality and can fly up to 4,000 meters, so they can explore anywhere and everywhere (and capture it all).
11. Bose SoundLink Micro
A portable speaker like this one from Bose is a great gift for almost anyone on your list. Waterproof and rugged, it has superior sound quality and a wireless range of up to 30 feet. Your giftee can also link two of these mini Bluetooth speakers together for surround sound on the go.
12. Amazon Fire TV Stick
If they’re constantly talking about the latest show they’re binge-watching, get the the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It will give them instant access to all of the most popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Disney+—and they can control it all with their voice as it’s Alexa-compatible. It’s easy to use and easy to set up and will make their TV-watching experience way better.
13. Apple AirTag
There’s always that one person who can’t find their keys or their wallet. That’s why an Apple AirTag (or two or three) will be a game-changer for them this holiday. They can attach the tiny button to almost anything—including a dog collar—and it will instantly sync to their iPhone. AirTags use GPS technology to track the item and will direct them right to it should they ever lose it.
14. Quartet Glass Whiteboard Desktop Easel
While not anything electronic, this glass desktop whiteboard managed to snag a place on Amazon’s list of tech gifts. It’s great for the professional in your life, whether they work from home or are back to the office. The durable sleek glass looks classy and elegant yet is easy to erase and can be adjusted to any angle for easy writing.
15. Google Nest Thermostat
For anyone who wants to make their home a little smarter—or anyone who’s simply tired of fighting their family members in the thermostat wars—consider giving them a Google Nest thermostat. It’s programmable and can be controlled remotely, so they can adjust the temperature from anywhere.
16. Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop
Of all the gaming laptops our experts have put to the test, we like the Acer Nitro 5 the best if you’re looking for one under $1,000. It’s surprisingly powerful and has a long-lasting battery life, so the gamer on your list can play for hours on end.
17. UBeesize Ring Light
If your giftee loves snapping selfies or is always posting pictures on Instagram or to the family group chat, this is the present for them. With 240 LED lights, 10 levels of brightness and five lighting temperatures, this 12-inch ring light will ensure they never take a dimly lit photo again. Plus, it comes with a removable 67-inch tripod and selfie stick.
18. Apple Pencil
Yet another Apple product to make it onto Amazon’s list, the Apple Pencil is a must-have for anyone with an iPad (or anyone who may be receiving said iPad this year!). It writes directly on the iPad screen and can be used for taking notes, doodling on a blank canvas, marking up pictures or documents and more.
19. Amazon Smart Plug
A smart plug is one of those things that your giftee probably never knew they needed. This one from Amazon is Alexa-compatible and can do everything from schedule lights and appliances to turn or off, control them remotely when you’re out of the house and even save you energy.
20. Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset
Virtual reality is one of the biggest tech trends right now. Get your loved ones in on the hype with the popular Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. They can watch movies with 3D sound or play all of their favorite games with friends without ever leaving the house.
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