Buying Christmas gifts during a pandemic will be interesting. If there's a tech junkie in your life (yourself included), there are lots of goodies to consider this holiday.
Since 2020 has been all about staying at home, it's no surprise many of this year's tech gifts are good for people who are working from home. Prep for your next Zoom meeting with the right tech tools.
"In this time of working and learning from home, good quality and reliable headphones make a great gift option for the upcoming holidays," says Daniel Carter, founder of Zippy Electrics, who recommends the Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless, Bluetooth-enabled headphones.
Carter says the $262 headphones "have the most superior noise-canceling technology in the market," which gives the user exceptional call quality.
Christmas lights are nice for the holiday but don't forget to stock up on lights for your next live-stream, Skype session or selfie. UBeesize's 10'' LED Ring Light with Stand and Phone Holder, which offers three color temperature options and 10 brightness levels, is highly rated and sells for under $50.
We're all germaphobes these days, so sanitize your phone with PhoneSoap. The gadget, which costs $79.95, uses UV-C light to both charge and clean your phone, promising to kill 99.99% of all bacteria and germs. It can sanitize any other items that fit in the device, such as earbuds, smartwatches and keys.
Remember last year's dreaded gift, the Peloton bike? Well, things changed during the pandemic. The at-home exercise bike company is poised to have 89% year-over-year growth.
Users rave about their live-streamed and on-demand sweat sessions, fitness instructors and the exercise motivation. The bike, which has been replacing gym memberships during quarantine, gets great reviews, too. Good Housekeeping named it one of the best home gym equipment essentials of 2020. The basic Peloton package costs $2,245. Peloton membership is $39 a month.
Another tech health tool to consider? A smartwatch. Prices start at $399 for the Apple Watch Series 5. Customization options include watch size, case and bands. At the time of this writing, Apple was expected to release Watch Series 6 in time for the holiday shopping season.
Gamers want to connect with their fave gadgets this Christmas. Look for Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite -- but act fast. These in-demand devices were out of stock early in the pandemic. While they're restocked now, inventory sells quickly. Switch Light prices start at $199. Pick up games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which retails for $59.99.
Staying at home has made everyone want a cleaner house. Perfect timing for robot vacuums like a Roomba and Robovac. CNET spent 120 hours testing 12 robot vacuums and named the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus, which costs $1,100, the best robot vacuum. Their pick for best value was the Eufy Robovac 11S Max, which retails for $220.
Keep your house comfortable with a programmable smart thermostat. The Google T3007ES Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation works with Amazon Alexa. The $219 device, an Amazon bestseller, allows users to program and control temperatures via phone, tablet or laptop.
Speaking of temperature, here's a solution if you're tired of your coffee getting cold. Keep it hot with a smart mug. The Ember temperature control smart mug, which sells for under $135, allows you to program your beverage temp between 120 and 145 degrees. Use your smartphone and an app to control the settings.
Display your favorite videos and photos with Nixplay's Smart Digital Photo Frame. The $279 device can connect with Google Photos, Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram. Users manage the photos through respective iOS and Android apps.
Many of these tech gifts are already in demand so don't wait to start your Christmas gadget shopping!