December and Black Friday are right around the corner, so it’s time for holiday gift shopping season.
This year we’ve added several kinds of items to our ‘MobileSyrup Holiday Gift Guide’ to make buying presents for your friends and family as easy as possible.
If you need stocking stuffers, we have tons of items for under $100, including velcro cable ties, a critical part of any work from home setup. We also have a new smart light from Toronto-based Nanoleaf in this year’s guide that we think is really awesome.
There are items like the new Kobo Nia in the mid-tier price category, a great e-reader for under $200.
Our top of the line gifts revolve around the usual high-end items like laptops and phones, but we also have several game consoles now that the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5 are out.
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External hard drives are still a necessity for a lot of people, so the upgrade in file transfer speeds that an SSD offers could save someone a lot of time at work. SSD based hard drives are still more expensive than older HDD models, but you can often find 1TB models available for under the $200 price point. Anything from Samsung or Sandisk with a USB-C connector should be good for most people.Learn More
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Nintendo Switch controllers aren’t the cheapest on the market, but it’s worth having an extra set. It instantly allows you to add two more players to games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Plus, if you can find them, there are several fun Joy-Con colours out there.Learn More
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The Kobo Nia is a fantastic low-cost e-reader. This device comes in at $129 and provides a crisp reading experience. The battery lasts for days, making it great for taking on a long vacation without having to worry about it dying in the middle of your favourite book.Learn More
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Logitech Mx Keys
When it comes to keyboards, the Logitech MX Keys is hard to beat. It offers chiclet-style keys that won’t be loved by gamers, but people who use a computer for work and are used to a laptop keyboard will love this thin keyboard.Learn More
It also features excellent key travel and its depressed key caps provide great feedback on each key press.
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A good articulating monitor arm can make or break a desk setup. Having the extra desk space presented by getting rid of your included monitor stand and replacing it with something that clamps onto your desk is awesome.Learn More
There are cheaper stands and arms out there, but Amazon Basic’s Premium Arm mount is a good option with fluid movement.
The Nest Audio is the perfect smart speaker for most people. It’s a great little speaker for music all wrapped up in a clean looking little package. If the person you’re buying for doesn’t already have a smart speaker of some kind, this is a great entry point since it’s so good at playing music.Learn More
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The Sonos One is easily the best smart speaker we’ve ever come across. This device sounds amazing under nearly all circumstances. It can also be either a Google Assistant or Alexa-enabled device, plus it has support for Apple’s AirPlay 2.Learn More
On top of that, you get to start building a Sonos ecosystem, which can be really rewarding once you have two or three rooms with speakers in them.
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SteelSeries 3 Bluetooth
If you have a gamer on your Christmas shopping list, a headset from SteelSeries is always a good buy. The company’s 3 Series of headsets are a good option that works with phones, computers and most consoles.Learn More
If you know what console the gamer you’re buying for uses, you could upgrade to the 7 series as well. But be wary since that model comes in separate versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
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TP-Link mesh wifi router
The gift of great Wi-Fi can never be understated. The TP-Link Deco mesh Wi-Fi system is a killer option. While it might not support Wi-Fi 6, at this price point it’s still a great system that offers strong connection points. You can load up on them if you have to cover a large house.Learn More
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Once you’ve used wireless headphones there is no going back. If you’re an Apple user, it’s hard to get better than either the AirPods or AirPods Pro. If you’re on Android, OnePlus has a few good low-cost models, and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live are some of the comfiest earbuds around if you want to wear them all day.Learn More
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