Gift Guide

MobileSyrup Holiday Guide [2020 Edition]

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 SSD

    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.

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    $190
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Joy-Cons

    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.

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    $100
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Kobo Nia

    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.

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    $130
    Best Buy Amazon Kobo
  • 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.
    It also features excellent key travel and its depressed key caps provide great feedback on each key press.

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    $130
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Monitor stand

    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.
    There are cheaper stands and arms out there, but Amazon Basic’s Premium Arm mount is a good option with fluid movement.

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    $146
    Amazon
  • Nest Audio

    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.

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    $130
    Best Buy Google
  • Sonos One

    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.
    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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    $250
    Best Buy Amazon Sonos
  • 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.
    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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    $119
    Best Buy Amazon SteelSeries
  • 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.

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    $130
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Webcam

    An easy upgrade to a lot of home offices is a good webcam. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is a well-reviewed model for under $100 that has a built-in microphone and colour correction tech to make sure that you look natural in any lighting condition.

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    $144
    Amazon
  • Wireless earpods

    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.

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    $109
    Best Buy Amazon