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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  • Apple TV 4K

    If you’re an iPhone user with a TV you should probably own an Apple TV set-top box. Apple’s smart TV box may have a weird remote, but it’s got one of the best interfaces around with absolutely stunning screensavers.

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    $229
    Best Buy Apple
  • Fujifilm X-T200

    The Fujifilm X-T200 is Fuji’s low-cost beast. This camera can record high quality 4K video and it has an awesome flip-out screen that’s perfect for vlogging. With its 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, it takes phenomenal pictures too. If you’re looking to step up from smartphone photography, this is a great place to start.

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    $600
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Gaming monitor

    If the person you’re buying for likes to play games at a desk and works from home, a widescreen gaming monitor can make a huge difference. A monitor like the 1440p Asus 34” UWQHD monitor is a great option. It provides support for AMD FreeSync, has a 4ms response time and supports a 1440p resolution.

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    $595
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Lenovo Duet (Chromebook)

    If you’re buying a cool computer for a child, it doesn’t get any better than the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. This small 2-in-1 tablet runs Chrome OS, making it a great media tablet and a solid workstation for most web-based tasks. It also only costs $370.

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    $370
    Best Buy Amazon
  • MacBook Pro

    Apple’s MacBook Pro with an Intel chipset is the best MacBook to buy right now. While the new M1 chipset might bring some awesome improvements, including more battery life and power, going with the Intel variant means you don’t need to worry about the ongoing growing pains of the new ARM-based Macs. That said, in a few months, picking up an M1-powered MacBook Air or MacBook Pro is a great option.

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    $1800
    Best Buy Apple
  • Nintendo Switch Lite

    For gaming on the go, the Switch Lite is unbeatable. In a sense, it’s a modern Game Boy with support for the best games Nintendo has to offer. Sadly, it’s not great for local multiplayer games, but if you just want to use it to game before bed, or while you’re watching TV, the Switch Lite is a great option.

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    $260
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Pixel 5

    The Pixel 5 is one of the best value smartphones released in Canada this year. Google made the right call by offering a reasonable price along with great battery life, a fantastic camera and a decent processor. If you’re looking to jump into the wild world of Google phones, the Pixel 5 is a great place to start.

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    $800
    Best Buy Google
  • PlayStation 5

    Sony’s latest and greatest gaming machine is a next-gen powerhouse. With ultrafast load times, along with 4K and ray tracing support, the PlayStation 5 is shaping up to be a must-buy for gamers hoping to step into the future of gaming this holiday season.

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    $629
    Best Buy Amazon
  • Surface Laptop

    The Surface Laptop is one of the best looking laptops available right now. With its clean lines and a wonderful keyboard, it's one of the top MacBook competitors out there.
    Across the line, the Surface Laptop features great specs, but if you really want to use it to its full potential, getting a model with 16GB of RAM helps a lot.

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    $1149
    Best Buy Amazon Microsoft
  • Xbox Series S

    This console is for more casual gamers, so if you’re looking to upgrade your aging Xbox One, the new Series S is a great option. The Xbox Series S still has support for ray tracing and really fast load times, but it isn’t capable of 4K gaming. That said, it’s still a great console that will delight a lot of gamers.

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    $379
    Best Buy Amazon
  • iPhone 12

    The iPhone 12 is the best iPhone in years. It has a flashy new design with squared-off edges and an OLED screen. Plus, the powerful new A14 Bionic chip is super fast and should be more than capable for years to come. There’s also the new iPhone 12 mini if you’d rather a smaller device.

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    $1130
    Best Buy Apple