It’s that time of year again, except it’s 2020. Instead of hopping on a plane to see family and friends, our research shows that more than 70% of Americans say they’ll be celebrating the holidays virtually. But just because you’ll be on a video call doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit—and find the perfect gifts for all your loved ones.
Here at Asurion, our experts not only help you get the most out of the tech you use every day, they’ve been scouring the web for the best gadgets for everyone on your list, whether they’re into traveling, fitness, cooking, or gaming. So, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, queue up your favorite playlist, and check out our holiday gift guide below.
The best tech gifts for travelers
We’ve been cooped up all year, and many are anxiously awaiting their next vacation—especially the travel lovers in our lives. Whether they bought an RV and hit the road or spent the last few months planning their post-pandemic adventure, help them chronicle it with the GoPro® Hero9 camera, which captures 5K video on its dual screens. Worried your friends and family will run out of battery along the way? You don’t have to with the Mophie Powerstation® AC, a portable power bank with multiple USB ports that can travel wherever they do. Another good option for those on the go is the iPad Air®. This packable tablet allows users to work remotely, watch movies, or play games—even when they don’t have Wi-Fi.
The best tech gifts for fitness enthusiasts
Our fit friends have gotten more creative (and jacked) in 2020, turning their living rooms into home gyms. But with kettlebells and weights often still hard to find, they need new and innovative ways to keep moving, like an Apple Watch® Series 6 or Apple® Fitness+ subscription. The smartwatch can detect blood oxygen levels, track sleep, and monitor activity, while the subscription service provides access to different workouts and trainers on compatible devices. For the yogis in your life, or anyone looking to stay in the zone, try the Bose® QuietComfort® 35 II headphones. They have an extra-soft headband and can cancel out noise—so your friends and family can focus on their workout.
The best tech gifts for gamers
Playing video games is an easy way to take your mind off the pandemic and engage in some friendly, socially distanced competition. If you can get your hands on either of 2020’s hottest gadgets—the PlayStation® 5 or Xbox® Series X—you’re already levels ahead of your gift-giving friends and family. Both consoles have different models to choose from and capabilities like 4K graphics and superfast processing power. Already on your holiday shopping list? Pair these systems with a Philips Hue® Play HDMI Sync Box so the colors of the TV screen and smart lights in the room synchronize when it’s time to play. You can also buy your loved ones the Razer™ Kishi smartphone controller—it’s great for the mobile games they can’t put down.
The best tech gifts for foodies
‘Tis the season for home-cooked meals, although many of us have been eating them all year long. For your friends and family members who want to prepare a holiday dish, consider kitchen gadgets like The Instant Pot® Smart Wi-Fi multicooker to heat food 70% faster than a conventional oven or the Meater® Bluetooth thermometer to make grilling steaks simple. Both devices can be controlled with your smartphone. Here’s another perfect pairing: new recipes and the Google® Nest Hub Max™. Your budding chef or favorite foodie will love using Google Assistant™ to get step-by-step instructions for their holiday feast.
The best tech gifts for music lovers
With live concerts and festivals mostly canceled this year, music lovers have had to adapt, watching old shows on YouTube® or listening to countless coronavirus playlists. Make their holiday season special with gifts like the Audio-Technica® AT-LP120X turntable or the JBL® Boombox 2. The record player has a built-in preamplifier and a tone arm with anti-skate control, and the Bluetooth portable speaker has a 24-hr battery life. Want something more private without sacrificing sound quality? Buy them a pair of Bose® SoundSport wireless headphones, so they can listen to their favorite holiday songs without disturbing anyone else.
The best tech gifts for sports fans
This year started off rough for sports fans, but now most professional leagues have resumed play. Those watching at home don’t want to miss a moment, and they won’t have to with gifts like a fuboTV™ subscription, which offers more than 100 channels and live streaming on the go. Attendance is still limited at most sporting events, but your friends can feel like they’re at the game with the Sonos ARC™ soundbar; it features Dolby® TrueHD for a real stadium-like experience. Have a golfer in the family? The Arccos® Caddie Smart Sensors will improve their game by evaluating each swing and sending the feedback to their smartphone.
The best tech gifts for readers
There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book this time of year, especially now that so many of our favorite activities are off limits. And if your friends and family love reading, there are some great gift options for them this holiday season. One is the Kindle Oasis® e-reader. Not only can you download tons of titles, but it features a glare-free screen and is easy to use both day and night. For those who prefer paperbacks, try the MCHATTE® LED Desk Lamp, which has five different lighting modes and brightness levels—because eyestrain isn’t on anyone’s holiday wish list. You know what also doesn’t hurt the eyes? An audiobook. When you gift someone a subscription from Audible™, they can listen to thousands of narrated books whenever they want.
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