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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 11 great tech gifts at every price point

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Alex Southey Dec 20, 2017 1:06 pm 2,664

With every passing holiday season, it seems like more and more gift spots are taken up by the latest tech.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

If you’ve waited until the last minute and are in the fog about what to get a loved one, but you know they’re into the latest gadgets, look no further.

Here’s a list of some of the coolest items at each price range you can get right now.

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Under $50

Google Home Mini

It’s small, simple, and good for a variety of occasions, whether it’s a lazy day around the house or your New Year’s Party. Just make sure you start with “Hey Google.” Best part? It won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Opt for the bigger Google Home if you want to spend a little more.

Price: $39

Under $150

Instant Pot

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The Instant Pot is the same kind of deal as the Google Home Mini in that its uses are extremely versatile, and it’s as efficient as it sounds. If you can afford to scrape together a little more than your average traditional pot, this is what you buy – a 9-in-1 pot that does everything. It may not be your traditional version of “tech” but it will definitely elevate your cooking.

Price: $74.95

Under $300

Apple AirPods

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The Apple AirPods are the latest in a long line of slowly morphing earbuds from the tech giant. Arguably their best aspect is they connect via bluetooth, which means no more untangling sailor-level knots of wires.

Price: $219

Fitbit Ionic

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The new Fitbit Ionic builds on the classic Fitbit’s expertise with improved heart rate tracking, industry-leading GPS, on-device dynamic workouts, and it’s also water resistance up to 50 meters. It’s also got smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and more.

Price: $269.95

Under $750

Apple Watch Series 3


The new Apple Watch Series 3, like the Fitbit but even more, gauges everything. It’s the majority of your iPhone, and it’s a wearable, customizable accessory that can now do everything. Don’t worry about forgetting your phone behind, because it’s now got LTE cellular support.

Price: $429

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s latest mass market console, the first in years that doesn’t just seem like an add-on (ahem, Wii-U). You want a Gameboy? Get the Switch. You want an at-home system? Get the Switch.

Price: $399.99

Kindle Oasis

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What’s the one realistic complaint you can make comparing a real book to one on Kindle? A book doesn’t lose battery. Well, Kindle can comfortably say they’re on their way to perfecting that, as this is by far the Kindle edition with the best battery, making reading work in one sitting possible.

Price: $389.99

Under $1,500

Apple iPhone X

iPhone X

It’s the latest iPhone, and you need it. Who can be bothered to use their fingers anymore to get into their phone? It’s all about face.

Price: $1319

Apple iPad Pro

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The iPad Pro: iPhone’s arguably bulkier, but more versatile big brother. Type on it. Surf on it. Play on it. Don’t strain your eyes looking at it. It is glorious. Get a pencil too and handwrite on it.

Price: Starts at $869

Samsung Galaxy S8

Splash away with the water resistant #GalaxyS8, and record more poolside fun.

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Talk about not straining your eyes to see — the Samsung Galaxy S8 boasts some of the best resolution quality available on the mass market today, and that includes its camera, too.

Price: $1034.99

Over $2,500

Samsung The Frame TV

Samsung’s The Frame. What is there to say? It’s not only a beautiful piece of technology, it’s art. It borders on admirable not just in its capabilities but in its ability to become the focal point of a room like the television never has before.

Price: $3799.99

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Alex Southey
Alex is a freelance writer for Daily Hive TO, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and BeatRoute based in Toronto, Canada. He works as a freelance screenwriter and script editor. In 2016, he graduated from Vancouver Film School for screenwriting. He spends too much time reading old Roger Ebert film reviews, and new Emily Nussbaum articles.

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