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Tech gifts used to be something you would only buy for a tech geek, but not anymore. These days, tech gadgets are so user-friendly that anyone can figure out how to use them. So, whether you’re searching for a present for a tech-obsessed friend or your grandma, there are cool tech gifts out there for everyone.

Unless you’re a tech geek yourself, keeping up with the rapidly evolving tech landscape can be challenging. We wanted to help, so we went out and tested all the coolest tech gear and gadgets. The result is this list of the 10 best tech gifts in 2020.

Before continuing, a note about the methodology. There’s a lot more to tech gadgets than just smartphones or tablets. Rather than give you a list of the 10 best gadget gifts in one specific category, we went out and picked the best gadget gifts in 10 different categories. Below, you’ll see recommendations for the best smartwatch gift, best streaming stick gift, best drone gift, and a whole lot more.

1. Amazon Echo Show 8

The Amazon Echo brand has been the standard-bearer in smart speakers and smart displays since first being launched in 2014. The Amazon Echo Show 8 is the newest in this line of products. It’s similar to the previous Echo Show 5, but with a larger (8”) high-definition screen and the same awesome stereo sound.

Top features:

  • Make video calls to friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen
  • Ask Alexa to play TV shows, movies, news, radio stations, podcasts, or audiobooks
  • Control smart devices such as security cameras, control lights, and thermostats

2. Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit and Apple Watch have long been battling for supremacy in the smartwatch space, and Fitbit has taken the lead with its latest product, the Versa 2. The Fitbit Versa 2 is more affordable, more versatile, and has longer battery life than the other leading smartwatches. It has dozens of fitness and health apps, from sleep tracking to real-time exercise tracking to resting heart-rate measurement.

Top features:

  • Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Battery life of 4-6 days
  • Choice of six sleek designs, including special-edition copper rose aluminum

3. GoPro Max

The GoPro brand is so dominant that it’s almost become a generic term for action cameras, like Kleenex is for tissues and Sharpie is for permanent markers. If you’re buying a GoPro for someone as a gift, then go for the GoPro Max. Equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, this action camera can switch between various modes, including single-lens HERO-style video, 6K 360-degree footage, and Max TimeWarp. GoPro also sells a range of accessories.

Top features:

  • Max HyperSmooth delivers the smoothest video ever from a GoPro, complete with horizon levelling
  • Choice of four digital lenses: Narrow, distortion-free Linear, Wide, and Max SuperView
  • Six built-in microphones capture immersive 360 audio, directional audio, wind-noise reduction, and stereo sound

4. Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick continues to hold its place as the best streaming stick on the market. This portable device lets you stream TV, sports, music, movies, and other content in smooth high-definition. It’s small enough to stick behind the TV or take with you while traveling. Just plug it in, connect to the internet, and start streaming.

Top features:

  • Voice remote with TV power and volume buttons
  • Free Roku mobile app lets you listen to whatever you’re watching on TV through headphones connected to you phone
  • Automatic software and feature updates without you having to lift a finger

5. Amazon Kindle Oasis

Somehow, Amazon manages to keep making its Kindle ebook readers better and better. The Kindle Oasis has all the same features as older versions, such as built-in Wi-Fi and access to millions of books, newspaper and audiobooks. It also has a bunch of new features, such as the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns. Have a friend or family member who loves reading? This is the best gadget gift you can get them.

Top features:

  • 7” paperwhite display
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber
  • Waterproof, so it can be read in the path or by the pool

6. DJI Mavic Mini

In our opinion, drones are number one in the rankings of cool tech gifts in 2020. If you’re buying a drone for someone who’s never owned one before, then you’ll want to buy one that’s suitable for beginners – such as the DJI Mavic Mini. This compact, lightweight, and portable drone offers a simple and intuitive user experience, enabling the user to control and create cinematic shots with just a few taps. The accompanying Flight Tutorial will teach your recipient everything they need to know to get started. 

Top features:

  • Up to 30-minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery
  • The DJI Fly app has a variety of templates that generate awesome videos with just one tap
  • Equipped with 360-degree Propeller Guard that protects propellers and helps the drone hover precisely

7. Oculus Quest

If you’re searching for cool gadgets for men, then look no farther than the Oculus Quest. This is Oculus’ fourth consumer virtual reality headset, and the first that can be used without a PC. The Oculus Quest comes with a headset, two touch controllers, power adapter, and access to a massive library of VR titles. It can be paired with a compatible PC for access to additional titles.

Top features:

  • Easy to set up
  • Built-in sensors translate your movements into VR no matter which way you’re facing
  • Positional audio built directly into the headset, allowing you to hear other players without headphones

8. Rocketbook Core

For a simple but brilliant tech gift, we recommend the Rocketbook Core. Rocketbook notebooks are like pen-and-paper netbooks… but without the pen and paper. These digital notebooks are infinitely reusable. The Rocketbook Core, Rocketbook’s best-selling product, comes in a choice of letter size (8.5” x 11” with 32 pages) or executive size (6” x 8.8” with 36 pages).

Top features:

  • Includes 1 Pilot FriXion pen and 1 microfiber towel for erasing
  • Option of dot-grid pattern or lines on each page
  • Notes can be saved and sent in PDF and other formats

9. Nest Wifi

We’ve all felt the frustration of lacking internet coverage in certain corners of the house. Nest Wifi (from Google) instantly solves this problem, covering the entire home in fast, reliable Wi-Fi and creating a separate Wi-Fi zone in each room. Somehow, Nest Wifi doesn’t just extend your Wi-Fi coverage – it actually strengthens it.

Top features:

  • Fast enough to stream multiple 4K videos simultaneously
  • Each Wifi point can handle up to 200 connected devices
  • Each Nest Wifi point is also a smart speaker with Google Assistant

10. Jackery Bolt Portable Charger

Forbes called the Jackery Bolt Portable Charger the “Swiss Army Knife of portable batteries”, and it’s hard to disagree. This portable charger has built-in cords for multiple iOS and Android devices, as well as an additional USB port for other devices. It’s tiny, making it perfect for travel. This is the best tech gift for the friend or relative who always carries multiple devices with them everywhere they go.

Top features:

  • Choice of two colors: silver or orange
  • Has pass-through charging, enabling devices and the battery pack itself to be charged simultaneously
  • Fully charges an iPhone up to two times within 1.5 hours
How we created this
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Compiled from “Best of” lists published by the world’s most trusted sources, and with our own recommended brands peppered in - this Top10 list aims to help consumers make smarter decisions.