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Here are 50 last-minute gifts you can still get before the holidays

Here are 50 last-minute gifts you can still get before the holidays

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There’s still time to pick up some cool gifts for everyone on your list ahead of this weekend.

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Heart rate zone screen in the Series 8’s Workout App
You can still gift the Apple Watch Series 8 in time for Christmas.
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The holiday shopping window is closing fast, but there’s still time to pick up a few things that will arrive in time for your favorite nondenominational gift exchange. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or still have a few names on your list you need to cross off, we’ve rounded up our favorite fire-and-forget gift ideas for all the procrastinators out there.

The collection we’ve put together here includes small-ish gifts that will travel well, like the Apple Watch Series 8, as well as presents that don’t even need to be gift-wrapped, such as a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you’re looking for more gift suggestions, our deals team has also put together a vast selection of thoughtful ideas for everyone on your holiday shopping list, from gamers and fitness enthusiasts to dedicated homebodies and that special paternal figure in your life.

Writer’s note: most of the Amazon picks included here will only arrive in time for Christmas if you’re an Amazon Prime member, however, we’ve also included retailers like Best Buy and B&H Photo, both of which will ship items in time for the holiday without a premium account.

The best last-minute tech gifts


Smart home

  • Amazon’s latest Echo Dot doesn’t look drastically different from older models but is the best version of the orb-shaped smart speaker thanks to better sound and responsiveness. The fifth-gen model is available and will ship in time for Christmas when you buy it from Amazon (if you’re a Prime member) and Best Buy for $27.99. Read our review.

Google Nest Hub Max

$23024% off
$174

The Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch screen and an integrated camera for making video calls. It is Google’s largest and most complete Google Assistant smart display.

$15

Wyze’s Color LED smart bulbs can turn on, off, and dim via Wi-Fi. They’re also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and can reach a peak brightness of 1,100 lumens.

  • Tile’s platform-agnostic Bluetooth trackers take many forms, but all of them can help you keep track of stuff you don’t want to misplace. The standard Tile Mate is perfect for your keys and is currently available for $17.99 on Amazon and Best Buy (in-store), while the $24.51 Tile Slim is designed to be tucked away in your wallet or behind a luggage tag. You can buy the latter from either Amazon (if you’re a Prime member) or Best Buy (in-store).
$70

The Echo Show 8 is the midsized smart display in Amazon’s current Echo lineup and can be used to display the weather, news, calendars, grocery lists, and more. You can also use it to control your smart home devices, stream videos, or listen to music. It even supports video calling via Zoom and Amazon’s Alexa calling service.

Gaming

  • Our favorite controller for the Nintendo Switch isn’t Nintendo’s first-party Pro Controller but the 8BitDo Pro 2. You can currently find the Pro 2 at Amazon and Best Buy for $39.99 ($10 off). While the controller works perfectly well with the Switch, its Bluetooth connectivity also allows it to be used with Windows, macOS, and even mobile devices. Read our review.

8BitDo Pro 2

$5020% off
$40

The 8BitDo Pro 2 offers many of the same features as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller but at a lower price point. It features extra triggers, hand grips, remappable buttons, and back paddles and can pair with Windows, macOS, and mobile devices via Bluetooth.

  • An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is still one of the best gifts for Xbox and PC gamers since it provides unlimited access to a massive library of games in addition to deals on titles you want to keep. Right now, you can pick up a three-month subscription at Amazon for $38.24 instead of $44.99, or Best Buy and GameStop at its full price.
  • The Nintendo Switch OLED is still the best Nintendo handheld you can buy and is the only place to experience awesome titles like Splatoon 3, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Readily available for $349.99 at Target, the Switch OLED has a brighter and slightly larger screen than the standard Nintendo Switch, in addition to better speakers and an improved kickstand, allowing you to play games on the go or on your TV. Read our review.

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Logitech G333
$50

Logitech’s gaming-focused G333 are a wired pair of earbuds that come with a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter for use with Android phones or newer iPads that no longer have a headphone jack.

  • The most stylish shooter for the Nintendo Switch, the digital version of Splatoon 3 is currently available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Nintendo for $59.99. Read our review.
  • Elden Ring, an open-world souls-like and one of the best games of the year, is available for both PlayStation and Xbox consoles at for $59.99 at Best Buy. Read our review.
  • TMNT Shredder’s Revenge might be the best co-op experience of the year. The re-imagined arcade classic is currently available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation consoles, and Xbox systems at Amazon and Best Buy (in-store) for $34.99.
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the perfect game for anyone that’s wanted to star in their own superhero fan-fiction. You can currently find the turn-based strategy title for PC at Steam, Best Buy, and GameStop.

Headphones and earbuds

A pair of AirPods in an open charging case
$200

Apple’s latest AirPods Pro take after the last-gen model but include swipe controls and a new H2 chip that allows for improved noise cancellation. They also come with a water-resistant charging case that offers support for Apple’s robust Find My network.

Jabra Elite 3

$8038% off
$50

Jabra’s Elite 3 earbuds have a refreshed design that’s more stylish than the company’s past earbuds. While they don’t have many frills or extra features, they fare well in the key areas of sound quality, comfort, and battery life.

  • If you’re looking to gift a pair of earbuds more rooted in the Apple ecosystem, the Beats Fit Pro are on sale for around $160 instead of $199.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. The Fit Pro earbuds are currently one of our favorite pairs of workout earbuds thanks to their comfortable fit and integration with Apple devices. Read our review.

Sony WH-1000XM5

$40030% off
$279

With a fresh design, improved comfort, refined sound, and even better active noise cancellation, Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones offer a compelling mix of features for their premium price.

Laptops

$999

The redesigned MacBook Air is a thin, lightweight device powered by Apple’s latest chip. The M2 model also touts a 1080p webcam and a better display than its predecessor, while retaining features like long battery life and MagSafe charging.

The Zephyrus G15 in Eclipse Gray open, angled to the right. The screen displays the ROG logo.
$2000

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is one of the best gaming laptops that you can currently purchase. It’s tough to beat the performance for the cost.

Tablets and e-readers

$140

Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch E Ink display with adjustable color temperature for nighttime reading. It also boasts a faster processor, additional battery life, IPX8 waterproofing, and — finally — a USB-C port.

  • You can also buy the 11-inch, M2 iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and 128GB of storage at  B&H Photo for $729 ($80 off). The latest model offers a better display and performance than its predecessor and other iPad models, save for its 12.9-inch variant. The M2 model also offers with a feature wherein you can “hover” the second-gen Apple Pencil over the display to prompt different actions. Read our review.
  • If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, you can buy Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablet for $59.99 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. So long as you don’t mind its low-resolution display, it’s an otherwise decent entertainment device with good battery life. Read our review.

Smartwatches

Somebody wearing and about to tap on the Apple Watch Series 8.
$349

The latest smartwatch from Apple features watchOS 9 along with crash detection and temperature sensors that enable menstrual cycle tracking — something you won’t find on any other model.

Google Pixel Watch

$35015% off
$299

Google’s first in-house smartwatch has a beautiful domed display and native Fitbit integration for health tracking. It comes with six months of Fitbit Premium and three months of YouTube Music.

Streaming devices

$37

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K supports all the major streaming services, as well as HDR10 Plus and Dolby Vision. It is also compatible with all three voice assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

  • The 2022 Apple TV 4K is available for around $124-$129.99 in its 64GB configuration at Best Buy and Target, but you can also get the 128GB version for around $149.99 at Best Buy. The latest version of the Apple TV 4K has HDR10 Plus support and better performance than previous models thanks to Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU. Read our review.
$40

Amazon’s latest streaming stick offers improved performance and support for Wi-Fi 6. It continues to offer a terrific selection of streaming apps and an easy-to-use interface with the benefit of Alexa voice commands.

Miscellaneous

LG C2 OLED (42-inch)

$140029% off
$997

The LG C2 is available in a 42-inch configuration and is both lighter and brighter than its last-gen predecessor, the C1. It also boasts a “dark room” setting to reduce eyestrain as well as the ability to log in to different user profiles.

  • You can buy the compact Theragun Mini for $149.99 instead of $199 at Best Buy. It’s small compared to other massage guns, but the three-speed device is still powerful enough to provide muscle relief while on the move.
  • Vizio’s M-Series 5.1.2 soundbar is one of our favorite models, one that is currently on sale for $399.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy. The Bluetooth-equipped soundbar comes bundled with two up-firing rear speakers, a six-inch wireless subwoofer, and a backlit remote.
A hand holding Fujifilm’s white Instax Mini 11 instant camera in front of a bush outside.
$70

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 is the best instant camera for most people. While it lacks more advanced features, the simple instant camera takes good-quality shots quickly and easily and offers a built-in selfie mode.

  • Ember’s temperature-controlled smart mug, the Ember Mug 2, can keep your beverages warm all day when it’s resting on its plug-in coaster (or for up to an hour and a half via the mug’s built-in battery). Right now, the 10-ounce model is on sale for $89.99 instead of $129.95 at Best Buy.