The year is coming to an end, which means only one thing: the Holiday season is finally upon us! There are many exciting things you can purchase this year as gifts (or maybe just for yourself).
Plus, with Black Friday just around the corner, there are already a bunch of deals and offers you can take advantage of right now.
Unfortunately, shopping brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday isn’t as much of a simple choice as it was before, so it’s better if you start thinking about buying early this year.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for us tech enthusiasts. There are countless gadgets, accessories, games, and more you can buy without ever leaving your house.
Consider this your one-stop-shop for everything you can a should get this Holiday season. It’s a huge list, so strap in and let’s get started.
You might think this was an obvious choice on our part, but the iPhone 12 lineup is one of the best Apple has released in years. There are four different models to choose from, all with different sizes and prices. But the best one for most people is definitely the iPhone 12. It’s got one of the best cameras on the market right now, the best display an iPhone’s ever had and its performance is just as good as the iPhone 12 Pro models. All that combined with a new sleek design that reminds you of the iPhone 5. No matter how you look at it, you can’t go wrong with the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 12 Pro has everything you’d love from the iPhone 12 and a little bit more. There aren’t many differences between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12, but the ones they have count more than you’d expect. The biggest difference you’ll see is in the camera. The iPhone 12 Pro has a third, 12MP telephoto camera in addition to the wide and ultra-wide cameras. Not only that but for the first time ever, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with a LiDAR scanner, which is mostly used for augmented reality, but it also helps you take better shots and focus faster. If you’re planning to take your pictures to the next level, you should consider picking the iPhone 12 Pro. Plus, you’ll get base storage of 128 GB, which means you’ll never have to worry about storage.
If you’re into smaller smartphones, but you don’t want to lose performance or quality, the iPhone 12 mini is the one for you. The iPhone 12 mini is exactly the same as the iPhone 12, but it’s smaller, and $100 cheaper. While the iPhone 12 mini might not be for everyone, it’s a perfect iPhone for casual users, people who prefer smaller devices that can fit in their pockets, or if you don’t want to spend that much money on an iPhone.
There’s not much I can say of the iPhone 12 Pro Max that you don’t know at this point. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest and the best iPhone this year. It has everything the iPhone 12 Pro has, but bigger: The same display, but bigger. Same cameras, but with a bigger sensor to take better shots. And, of course, a bigger battery. If you love big phones, then this first-of-its-kind iPhone might be what you’re looking for. You’ll have battery life that lasts you the whole day, the best camera of the bunch, and the same amazing display, but in a bigger package.
Probably one of the coolest accessories you can buy for your iPhone 12 this year is a MagSafe charger. In case you don’t know, MagSafe is a ring of magnets inside the back of the iPhone. This lets you seamlessly attach accessories on the back of your iPhone without applying pressure or worrying they might fall. Not all accessories are perfect. In fact, some people have had issues with their MagSafe Wallet, which is why we’re not adding it to the list. Other accessories, however, are working as expected. That includes the MagSafe Charger. With it, you don’t have to worry about not placing your iPhone correctly. It’ll “stick” to your iPhone thanks to its magnets, guaranteeing your iPhone will always start wirelessly charging.
Another great MagSafe accessory is a MagSafe Case. This year, Apple made the screen of the iPhone 12 4x more fall-resistant. The back, on the other hand, is still as sturdy as previous models. If you want your iPhone to last longer, you need to protect it, and the Magsafe Cases are a great option for that. The best part is, you can still wirelessly charge your iPhone even with the case on, making it even easier to use.
Sadly, the iPhone 12 doesn’t come with a charger. It’s part of Apple’s plan to help the environment while making a bit of extra money. If you don’t already have a charger, you’ll need to get one. We already talked about the best chargers for iPhone 12 in a previous article, which you should check out if you want to know your options. But, for this list, we’ll recommend the Anker Nano charger. It’s small but powerful. And the best part, it’s cheap, which is great news when you’ve already spent over $700 on a new iPhone.
The iPad Air had the biggest upgrade in its history this year. Now, this iPad is the best option for most people. It has top-of-the-line performance, just like the iPad Pro, but it’s $150 cheaper. The new iPad Air now has a similar design to the iPad Pro – you won’t find a Home button anymore, and Touch ID has been moved to the Power button, which is a first for Apple. Not only that, but Apple included the A14 Bionic Chip in this year’s iPad Air, which is the same you’ll find in the iPhone 12. On top of that, the iPad Air changed to a USB-C port and it now supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which was the major reason to choose the iPad Pro. The iPad Air is the best option for everyone, casual and professional users included. If you’re thinking of buying an iPad, this is the best option for you.
If you’re serious about using the iPad Air as a substitution for your computer, you might want to consider getting a Magic Keyboard. Apple’s Magic Keyboard lets you switch between an iPad and a laptop with ease. You can snap it onto the Magic Keyboard to have long work sessions, or take it out to use your iPad on the go. The best part is that you can use the Magic Keyboard with your 2018 iPad Pro, your 2020 iPad Pro, or your 2020 iPad Air. If you have any of these iPads, you can turn them into a work station with a simple case.
The best companion for your iPhone is definitely an Apple Watch, and the best one right now is the Apple Watch Series 6. Despite not being a big upgrade from the Series 5, the Apple Watch Series 6 brought new features that make it worth considering, including a new sensor that lets you track your blood oxygen levels. The best part is that if you go to Amazon right now, you can buy the 40mm Apple Watch for $384, which is $16 cheaper than usual. The same goes for the 44mm one.
Apple also released a cheaper Apple Watch model this year, called the Apple Watch SE. If you don’t really care about the new Blood Oxygen sensor, an Always-On Display, or you just want a cheap Apple Watch, then this is perfect for you. You’ll get the basic features of the Apple Watch Series 6, and the same level of performance for almost $100 less. Also, if you buy it from Amazon, you’ll pay $10 less to the regular price.
Also, the Apple Watch SE is also a great option for your kids or even your parents. Now that you can set up and control an Apple Watch for people without an iPhone, you can use the SE to keep your kids safe without giving them an iPhone. But, if you’re really looking for the best option for an Apple Watch, you can also try the Apple Watch Series 3. It’s only $180 and it also has the basic features you might be looking for. Keep in mind, though, it’s a 3-year-old device, so it probably won’t get many software updates in the future.
If haven’t already, you should pick up a pair of AirPods Pro. Apple hasn’t updated the AirPods Pro hardware in a while now, but you don’t need to fix it if it hasn’t broken. The AirPods Pro are some of the best Bluetooth earbuds available. They have great sound quality and active noise cancellation. Plus they have Transparency Mode, which lets you hear the world around you without taking your AirPods out. If you struggle to find the right size of earbuds for you, the AirPods Pro comes with three different sizes of silicone tips. Even though the AirPods Pro is the best option for your iPhone, you can also get the regular AirPods with a wireless charging case. They’re also a great, but more affordable option.
One of the best Holiday gifts you can give to someone (or yourself) is a Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch console has been around for a little over three years now and it’s still going as strong as ever. Covid really put these in high-demand, but now that they’re back in stock, you should get one while you can. The Nintendo Switch library is full of great games for everyone, but we’ll talk more about that in just a moment. The greatest benefit of having a Nintendo Switch is how versatile it is. You can play it on the go, or put it in its dock to play it on your TV. That means it’s not the most powerful console in the market, but games still look great and run smoothly.
If you’re like me and you’re only planning on using your Nintendo Switch in Handheld mode, then you’ll like the Nintendo Switch Lite. Nintendo released the Switch Lite as a cheaper, sturdier option for those who game on-the-go. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a little over $150 cheaper than the regular Nintendo Switch but it offers the same power and the same library of amazing first-party Nintendo games. The downside is that you’ll never be able to play it on your TV, but it’s not a problem if you’re used to having a Nintendo 3DS or a PS Vita.
What is a Nintendo Switch without games? If there’s one thing Nintendo excels at is its first-party games. There are a bunch for you to choose from, including some of the classic games that are making a comeback this year. Since they are so many games, we’ll only give you a quick list of the best and newest ones you can get right now.
- Pikmin 3 Deluxe: Nintendo brought back the whimsical Pikmin 3, an almost 10-year-old title that came out for the failed Wii U. If you never played this great game, now it’s your chance to give it a go.
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Some of the best 3D Mario games are now available for the Nintendo Switch. The 3D All-Stars Collection brings back Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. It’s a must-have for old and new gamers alike.
- Pokemon Sword & Shield + Expansion Pass: Ok, Pokemon Sword & Shield aren’t new games. Both titles came out almost a year ago. But the Pokemon Company recently released downloadable content, or DLC, for both titles. Now, you can buy the complete game and the Expansion Pass altogether.
Hardcore Nintendo fans or collectors, in general, will love the Nintendo Game & Watch. In honor of Mario’s 35th anniversary this year, Nintendo announced the return of the Nintendo Game & Watch system for a limited time. This digital clock also works as a console. You can play the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and Game & Watch: Ball. More than games, this is a piece of Nintendo’s history that you might like to buy and keep for years to come. The Game & Watch system will be available on November 13.
The new PlayStation 5 just launched and we’d love to add it to our list. The sad thing is, it’s really hard to get one right now. If you or someone you know were one of the lucky ones to catch one before they sold out, then you’ll need to add these games into your collection to make it worth your while.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales: If you played the first Marvel’s Spider-Man, then I don’t need to explain why you need to try this game. It’s got everything you loved from the first one in a new, exciting story with none other than Miles Morales. If you didn’t play the first one, you’re in luck, because this game includes the remastered version of the original Marvel’s Spider-Man.
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla: The newest installment for the Assassin’s Creed Franchise, Valhalla, recently hit the stores for PS4 and PS5. If you’re a fan of the series, you might want to play it for yourself. The best thing is that, if you buy this game for the PS5 from the PlayStation Store, you can also download it and play it on your PS4.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Another popular game returns with a new title in the franchise. This time, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War makes its first appearance in the next-gen consoles.
- Demon’s Souls: You’ve probably heard of Demon’s Souls, the classic PlayStation game. This remake brings back all the demon-slaying action while improving the visuals to a level only the PS5 can manage.
Still looking for one? Here are 11 places to buy the PS5.
Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are pretty hard to come by right now, but if you happened to have snatched one before they were gone, you’re pretty lucky. But also, you’ll have to try these games.
- Gears Tactics: If you’re a fan of the Gears of War universe, Tactics is a great first game to try on your new Xbox, Series X, or S, or even in your Xbox One. Gears Tactics is a turn-based game that takes you to the events before the first Gear of War game. It has all the action you remember with new strategic gameplay.
- NBA 2K21: Fans of basketball will already know and love the 2K game series. 2K21 brings new game modes, better graphics, the chance to show the world your G.O.A.T, and much more.
- Dirt 5: If you already have an Xbox One, you should get Dirt 5. This game takes you around the world to the best races you can ever dream of, and an amazing roster of cars. Not only that but if you buy the Xbox One version, you get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X or Series S.
- Halo Infinite: If you’ve had an Xbox, then you know the go-to game is Halo. And just as expected, Halo will return to the Xbox Series X and Series S with Halo Infinite. Keep in mind, though, the game will release on December 31, but you can pre-order it now, so you’ll be one of the first ones to get it.
Want to get an Xbox? Check out these 11 places to buy the Xbox Series S or Series X.
All this talk about the next generation of consoles is ok, but some of us are still retro gamers at heart. And for all of us, there’s no better present than the Sega Genesis Mini. The Genesis Mini brings back all of your childhood games into a compact console that fits anywhere. Forget about first-day updates, expansions passes, or online issues. With the Sega Genesis Mini, you just have to plug it in and start enjoying the 42 games it comes with, including Street Fighter, Castlevania, Mega Man, and of course, Sonic the Hedgehog.
Believe it or not, console wars aren’t exclusive to next-gen consoles. The older consoles are still giving a fight, and that includes the Sony PlayStation Classic. Just like Nintendo and Sega, Sony released a mini version of the first PlayStation. This one includes 20 pre-loaded games, including Tekken 3, Ridge Racer, and Final Fantasy VII. Plus, it comes with two controllers to play and fight with friends.
Apple just announced its first Mac lineup with the all-new M1 Chip, a chip was created by Apple to leave the Intel Processors behind. And the first MacBook that the company revealed was the new MacBook Air. According to Apple, this MacBook will have 3.5 times faster CPU and up to a 5 times faster GPU while also extending the battery life. Now, the MacBook Air will last up to 18 hours on a single charge. The M1 Chips is Apple’s first leap forward to the future of the Mac computer. If you want to be part of that future, you should consider getting this MacBook, or one of the others.
Apple also updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with its new M1 Chip. There’s not much to say about the MacBook Pro that you don’t already know. It’s a beast for productivity and the best performing notebook available. The M1 chip only takes the power of the MacBook Pro to another level, which makes it perfect for developers, video editors, or any other type of professionals with high-demanding tasks.
Last but not least, the last Mac that Apple upgraded recently: the Mac mini. The Mac mini is the smallest and most affordable Mac desktop right now. But that doesn’t mean it lacks power. Especially now that it comes with the M1 Chip. The best part about the Mac mini is its accessibility. It comes with a bunch of different ports, including USB-C and USB-A ports and HDMI 2, and even a headphone jack, which is pretty strange these days. The downside is that you’ll need to buy an extra monitor, keyboard, and mouse separately. But we’ve got you covered.
A new monitor doesn’t have to be expensive, if you don’t want it to be, that is. That’s why the ViewSonic ELITE XG270 offers the best of both worlds. Starting out at $260, you can get a 24-inch monitor with Full HD 1080p resolution. For the price, you’ll get a decent monitor with everything you need for work, leisure, or gaming. The good thing about the ViewSonic, is that it’s got different models for you to choose from. You can get the cheapest one, or go for the most expensive model: a 35-inch Curved monitor with 1440p resolution. The best part is that it costs $700, which is way cheaper than other models out there.
When it comes to wireless keyboards, you want it to be fast, ergonomic, and affordable. The same goes for your mouse. Fortunately, Ratel covers checks all the boxes. The Mouse and Keyboard combo by Ratel is small but efficient. The installation process is very quick and one of its best features is battery life. Both the keyboard and the mouse use so little energy that you don’t have to worry about charging it for a very long time. Plus, when you’re not using it, both go to sleep to save more battery, in case you forget to turn them off.
Another great thing is the price. For almost $40, you get both the mouse and keyboard. Other products, like Apple’s wireless keyboard, cost three times as much, and it doesn’t include a mouse. We’re not saying it’s a bad keyboard, but if you’re on a budget, Ratel might be a better option.
One downside of MacBook computers, or notebooks in general, is the limited storage space. If you need to save large files, or you’re thinking about creating a backup before updating to macOS Big Sur, Samsung’s T5 Portable SSD is the way to go. This external hard drive is tiny but powerful. It comes with up to 2TB of storage in a size as small as a wallet. Since it’s an SSD (or solid-state drive), it’ll work faster than many other external or internal hard drives. Additionally, it comes with both USB A to USB C and USB C to USB C cables, which makes it perfect for the MacBook’s limited ports.
If you’re more of a Windows user than a Mac user, there are many other options for you. But the best one right now is the Dell XPS 15 laptop. Now, before you check it out, I have to tell you that it’s a bit expensive. But, if you’re looking for a high-end computer, this is the best there is. If you want storage, a powerful processor, at least 16 GB of RAM, and it even comes with a mouse, courtesy of Dell. If you really need a powerful computer for work, you should consider this an investment. If you buy it now, but the XPS 15 will likely last you for a long, long time.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, you should check out the Lenovo IdeaPad 3. It might be smaller but, for the price, it’ll get the job done. If you’re on a budget, this laptop could be a great option. And, if you want other choices, here’s a list of special mentions.
Apple recently announced a new HomePod mini, which would be just as good as the regular HomePod, but smaller and cheaper. If you’re all about the Apple ecosystem, and you want to start making your home a little “smarter” then the HomePod mini will help you with that. You’ll have Siri as your virtual assistant at home, you’ll be able to control it with your voice and even send voice messages to other people in the house. Not to mention how loud the HomePod mini is despite its size. People say the sound quality is really good and you’ll listen to your favorite music without any issues. If you choose the HomePod mini, you’ll know you’ll get the power of Siri, which you probably already have in your iPhone, while keeping your home safe with Apple’s security.
On the other hand, you can also choose the Echo Dot. The Echo is the home of Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. As of right now, Alexa remains one of the most popular assistants for smart homes, and there’s a reason for that. The Echo Dot is smart, it’s safe, and it’s really easy to use. Plus, it’s cheaper than Apple’s HomePod mini. The greatest advantage of getting the Echo Dot is that you can pair it with more than just Apple products without any issues. And it’ll also help you control your home with your own voice.
If you or someone you know is all about the latest shows and is always looking for something to binge-watch, then an Apple TV 4K would be an amazing gift. You’ll have a wide range of shows, movies, and live events right at your fingertips. From Netflix to Hulu, and that includes Apple TV+, you’ll have the option to watch all your favorite shows in 4K resolution. Plus, if you have Apple Arcade and Apple Music, you can use it for those services too.
Amazon’s response to Apple TV, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is also a great option for binge-watchers. There are a few advantages the Fire TV Stick has over Apple TV. First, if you’re a Prime member, you’ll be able to watch all your shows without any problem thanks to Amazon’s tight integration. Amazon also offers a 1-year free subscription to the Food Network with your first purchase. Perfect for foodies, or if you want to try something new. The best reason to go for the Fire TV Stick is the price. You can get it for a fraction of the Apple TV’s price. You can even buy a bundle for the Amazon Fire TV Stick and an Echo Dot, and you’d still be saving money. Definitely the best choice for Amazon Prime and Alexa users.
Instead of getting a TV box, you can keep it simple and buy the Prima Pocket Projector. This projector is small and light, but it packs a punch. You can connect it to basically any device, including iPhone and Android phones, or add a MicroSD Card and watch your favorite shows anywhere, anytime. You can even use it to play your favorite games on a bigger screen. All that while keeping an HD resolution. If you’re always on the go or want to have the versatility to watch your favorite shows in any place, this pocket projector will be your best friend.
If you’re always forgetting where you leave your keys, your wallet, or even your bag, you might want to invest in a Tile Pro. Sadly, Apple didn’t surprise us with its own first-party trackers supposedly called AirTags. But that doesn’t mean you have to just wait. The Tile Pro is probably the best tracker in the market right now. It’s compact, light, and you can carry it everywhere you go without even noticing it. Even if you’re not forgetful, but you’re constantly moving with a lot of things on you, the Tile can help you keep track of your things without having to constantly worry about them. Plus, if you have a MagSafe Wallet, you might want to add a Title to never lose your credit cards or ID.
A perfect gift for the family photographer. The Kodak Portable Photo Printer lets you print your best memories without having to leave your house. You can connect your iPhone, Android device, or any other device that has Bluetooth. You can print your pictures in different sizes, with a border or without, and many other options. Plus, it’s a really small device. If you’re having a family reunion this year, you can take the Photo Printer with you and print the best family photos of the year to share with everybody.
This wouldn’t be a good list if we didn’t add some wireless headphones in the mix. And our choice is Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones. If there’s anything Sony is good at, it’s headphones. They have excellent sound quality, and some of the best noise-cancellation in any headphones. Plus, battery life is pretty good. Sony claims these headphones have up to 30 hours of battery life, and you can get up to five hours of battery life with just 10 minutes of charge. Of course, these aren’t the only headphones in the market. So here are some other honorable mentions.
If you don’t want to get a virtual assistant for your home, and you’re just looking for a quality speaker, the Sony SRS-XB23 Bluetooth speaker is a great option for you. As we mentioned, Sony makes some of the best products when it comes to sound. And that includes this Bluetooth speaker. The Sony SRS-XB23 offers an amazing sound and battery life while keeping a portable design. You get up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. Combine that with the fact that you can literally take this speaker everywhere, thanks to not only being waterproof but also resistant to saltwater. But, if you want something even smaller, or cheaper, there are other options for you.
Hudly UV Light Sanitizer
If 2020 has taught us something, is how important it is to keep your everyday objects clean. Having a clean iPhone, wallet or watch can make a huge difference for your health and the health of those around you. If you haven’t already, you should consider getting a sanitizer for the things you carry with you. It’s one thing to wash your hands or social distance, but none of that matters if your phone or wallet have been infected. To help you with this is Hudly UV Light Sanitizer, a compact sanitizer that helps you kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on everything that fits in it. You can clean your iPhone, your glasses, wallet, and the list goes on. Hudly doesn’t use any chemicals to work. Instead, it uses germicidal UVC lights. This guarantees your objects will be clean without the chance of being ruined with chemicals or liquids.
The Oral-B GENIUS X Electric Toothbrush is everything you need from a toothbrush and so much more. This rechargeable toothbrush uses artificial intelligence to learn what your brushing style is. Then, based on this, the toothbrush will give you tips and teach how the best way to brush your teeth with the use of its app. It might be more expensive than other toothbrushes you’ve used, but you can’t put a price on dental hygiene. Actually, you can, and it’s pretty expensive. So consider the Oral-B GENIUS X Electric Toothbrush more of an investment than anything else.
If you want to give a camera, or you want to get into photography yourself, the Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera is a great place to start. What’s great about this camera isn’t just the quality it has when taking shots, but the bundle it comes with. When you buy the Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera you also get a bunch of other accessories to help you become a pro photographer. You get different filters, a bag for your camera, a tripod, and other things to take your pictures to the next level. But if you’re looking for another type of camera, like one for content creation, or one made for professionals, here are other honorable mentions.
If you want to give something truly unexpected, a drone is the way to go. And a great, affordable option is the DJI Mini 2. This little drone can fly up to 4,000 meters. Sure, the battery isn’t the best one you’ll see in any drone since it can fly for about 31 minutes. But, with an integrated 4K camera, this little fella will take the perfect video in no time. It can also take pictures with up to 4X digital zoom. The DJI Mini 2 is perfect for beginners or if you want a great quality drone for a good price. Of course, there are other options, like the ones below.
What do you give to someone who has it all? A gift card of course. Let them buy what they want for themselves. Granted, a gift card isn’t the most personal gift out there. But it is helpful, especially in situations where you just don’t know what else you can give. There are a lot of options when it comes to gift cards. But here are some of the best ones.
Last but not least, the Moovy Bag. Because, how else are you going to carry all the tech you recently bought? What’s different about the Moovy Bag is that it comes with a power station included. You can charge your devices with the help of its 22,000 mAh battery. It also comes with a Lightning cable and a USB-C cable so you pretty much can charge all of your devices on the go. The best thing is that there’s also a Moovy Bag with a Solar Power Station. If you’re always on the go you can charge your devices and your backpack just by walking or leaving it under the sun for a while. This backpack is perfect for nomads, commuters, and constant travelers who have to move around with all their tech with them.