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When it comes to the tech-savvy man in your life, you might not be able to swing a Tesla Model X or even the iPhone XS for that matter. But there are plenty of gadgets and gizmos that will surely make his holiday a bit brighter.
And yes, before you mention that all the items listed below could just as easily be gifted to a woman, you are correct. But you’re the ones searching “gifts for men” on the interwebs, so here we are, feeding the SEO monster. (Here’s a roundup of gifts for women.) Happy holidays!
Audio-Technica AT-LP60-BT Turntable
There are some guys out there who are really into their vinyl records, but why settle for the old-fashioned way when some new tech will make things a lot more fun? For the man who likes his vinyl, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60-BT turntable will stream his music through Bluetooth speakers. Check out PCMag’s review.</ziffbin>
Anker PowerCore II 20000
If a man in your life is constantly needing a phone charge, it might be a good idea to pick him up an Anker PowerCore II 20000. This pocket powerhouse has fast-charging capabilities and allows you to charge two different devices at once. That means he can keep his Samsung Galaxy Note 9 fully charged without having to neglect his iPad. If he’s the kind of person who obsesses over the battery life of his devices, he will love the Anker PowerCore II 20000.</ziffbin>
Amazon Fire TV Cube
Has he been searching for the perfect way to enjoy all his movies and TV in one place? Look no further than the Amazon Fire TV Cube, which combines the power of the Fire TV with the functionality of an Echo device. He will enjoy sitting on the couch and asking Alexa to cue up Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and any other media he’s looking to consume this winter. it an excellent streamer for anyone who doesn’t already own Fire TV and Echo devices, and earns it our Editors’ Choice.</ziffbin>
Does he like the Amazon Echo, but wished it packed more of a punch in terms of audio quality? Look no further than the Sonos Beam, an Editors’ Choice soundbar that combines multi-room, multi-service audio streaming and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into a deceptively small package and puts it in front of your TV.</ziffbin>
Logitech Harmony Elite
The Logitech Harmony Elite is the most advanced universal remote you can buy without a custom installation, and comes with a hub that can control most of your smart home devices. The bulk of the price is in the powerful touch-screen remote, so you can save some money by just getting the Harmony Hubon its own, or the Harmony Hub with a button-only remote in the $ 150 Harmony Companion bundle. For features and polish, though, the Harmony Elite is Logitech’s flagship remote, and our Editors’ Choice.</ziffbin>
Fitbit Charge 3
Get the health buff in your life a new fitness tracker. One of the best designed for everyday fitness tracking is the Fitbit Charge 3, which offers a few noted improvements over its predecessor while keeping everything that made it such a great choice. But we’ve also rounded up some of the best trackers for runners and those that were made for swimmers.</ziffbin>
Google Daydream View
Virtual reality gaming is cool, but it’s also expensive. You could throw a ton of money down for one of the other top VR headsets on the market, or you could go with the Google Daydream View, which offers a comfortable fit and a fun VR experience that doesn’t break the bank. Just slip your phone into the device and fire up a compatible app. </ziffbin>
GoPro Hero7 Black
Amazon Kindle Oasis
Some guys like music, others like to stay fit, then there are the ones who like to read. For them, the Kindle Oasis is the e-reader of his dreams. It’s expensive, but it’s also the best Kindle you can buy. It’s waterproof, has a large screen, and is filled with the most innovative technology you can get, which just means it will stay relevant for years to come. If the Oasis is too pricey, there are a few good alternatives to consider, like the brand-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.</ziffbin>
LG Minibeam LED Projector (PH550)
This is also on the expensive side, but if you have the coin and he’s a film lover, the LG Minibeam LED Projector is a worthy splurge. The Minibeam is portable, has a built-in TV tuner, includes many connection options, and features great video quality for projecting his favorite movies and TV shows onto the wall at home. It’s our Editors’ Choice for best portable palmtop projector.</ziffbin>
Mangata Triton Leather Wallet Case
Remembering your phone and your wallet can be a hassle sometimes, so why not make it so they are one and the same? The Mangata Triton leather wallet case makes an excellent stocking stuffer for the man who needs all their valuables in one place. Not only will you be protecting his Samsung Galaxy S9+, but the slide-out wallet on the back of the device will protect his cards and cash. </ziffbin>
August Doorbell Cam Pro
If you know a guy who is interested in smartening up his home, the August Doorbell Cam Pro is the gift to beat. This video doorbell will allow him to lock the door with a mobile app and tap into a live video feed to monitor the front door with two-way audio. The app will also notify him if it picks up any movement, and automatically start recording, just in case. </ziffbin>
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
For a wider view of your outside space, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor boasts several improvements over the 2016 version, including a more powerful image sensor, facial recognition, alerts that differentiate between people and other motion events, and enhanced audio. It’s expensive, though; our picks for best home security cameras have options starting as low as $ 30, so you can certainly find something to help keep your home safe.</ziffbin>
Nest Thermostat E
If he’s worried about how hot or cold the house is at any given time, get him a smart thermostat. The Nest Thermostat E offers most of the same smart features as its more expensive siblings, but it can’t control complex multi-stage HVAC systems. For that, look to the original Nest Learning Thermostat, or one of our top picks.</ziffbin>
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit
Curious about smart lights? The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit is a great way to get started. It comes with light bulbs and the Hue Bridge that allows you to connect and control your lighting. Philips Hue leads the way in smart light bulbs, and the company has done a lot to improve its own product over other iterations. The bulbs now last longer, the colored lighting is stronger, and they are compatible with third-party apps like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and others to make sure they stay connected.</ziffbin>
If you’re shopping for a gamer, you can’t go wrong with a Nintendo Switch, a two-in-one rig for gaming on the go. It’s also the cheapest console on the market, and the online store allows him to add several games to the Switch in minutes. There’s also a great assortment of accessories, if you’re looking to add a stocking stuffer or two to the equation.
Nomad Rugged iPhone X Case
If he has an expensive smartphone, it’s a good idea for him to keep it protected with a case. Class things up a bit with the Nomad Rugged iPhone case to give his iPhone X a more sophisticated look. </ziffbin>
Ryze Tello Drone
Drones are usually a big investment, but the Ryze Tello is an affordable gadget that can hang with the big boys. It’s recommended for beginners, considering it lacks some of the high-quality functions of the more expensive variety. Just think of this as baby’s first drone, and let him get his feet wet before he moves up a level. There are some even cheaper options out there, but then you’re getting into toy territory.</ziffbin>
Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT
If you’re looking to get him a nice pair of headphones, you should know what he cares about most. Does he want wireless headphones or earbuds? Would you describe him as an audiophile who obsesses over music quality? The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphones do a lot of things well—bass lovers will enjoy these well-designed Bluetooth headphones—making them an Editors’ Choice in the midrange price point. </ziffbin>
Tile Mate or Pro Trackers
If he’s always losing his keys, wallet, or other important items, it’s time to get him a few Tiles, which work like GPS trackers for things like keys and wallets. Add a Tile Pro to a key ring or slip a Tile Mate inside a wallet, and the next time they’re lost, use the Tile app to locate them. </ziffbin>
With the July release of the G2 over-the-air software update, Nuraphone headphones now boast high-definition personalized sound, active noise cancellation, spoken battery level indication, and “Social Mode,” which allows outside sound in via the external microphone without pausing the music.
But the main attraction here is technology that bounces soundwaves off your eardrums to adjust the music in a way your brain will understand. The headphones produce sound via speakers that sit inside your ear (like earbuds) and also around the ear (like over-ear headphones). The accompanying app can store several unique hearing profiles and offers an “immersion” setting. Adjusting the immersion allows you to control how much sound is produced by the ear cups, which give you the feel of front-row concert seating.
I had my husband, who has hearing loss and uses hearing aids, create a profile with these headphones, and though he said the music was pretty quiet (they are not quiet to my ear), he could hear a wider range of sound with the Nuraphone than with his hearing aids listening through regular headphones. When I listened to music using his profile, the sound was very tinny – a reflection of his hearing loss being in the higher range (right about where the female voice falls, lucky me). —Sarah Kovac
Breville Precision Brewer
The Breville Precision Brewer is for people who know exactly what they want from their coffee but are sometimes hindered by the standard coffee maker’s limitations. This machine, of course makes good old drip coffee, but it also has settings for cold brew (with optional attachment), iced coffee, and fast brews, and you can even have it make a cup of pour-over coffee for you. The thermal carafe keeps your brew hot for about four hours, and it comes with a goldtone filter as well as paper filters and an adapter for cone filters. The bloom time can be adjusted to your liking, and it can brew into a single cup if you don’t need the whole carafe. The only way this versatile coffee maker could be improved would be by the addition of a burr grinder. —Sarah Kovac
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