Gift Ideas with a Tech Twist

Nintendo Switch Lite

For grown-up Nintendo fans, playing the latest Mario or Zelda title is less a matter of money than time. That’s why the Nintendo Lite is so great for busy adults — it’s designed specifically for on-the-go play. It costs about $100 less than the Nintendo Switch, yet plays most of the same games. The handheld console comes with local wireless and fits nicely in a purse or backpack, making it easy to challenge your co-workers to Super Mario Kart 8 on your lunch break. Go with the classic gray look, or mix in some color with the yellow or turquoise models. And yeah, your kids will probably want one, too. $199

Ember Mug2 

Never let Jack Frost ruin your cup of your hot cocoa again. The Ember Mug will ensure your hot drink stays the perfect temperature. Simply customize how hot you want your coffee or tea from the Ember app, and the cup’s precision sensors will take care of the rest. The mug is safe to hand-wash and is charged via a coaster. Choose from classic black, white, or copper colors. $100-$130

Levi’s Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google 

Why is a jean jacket popping up in Tech Talk? Well, this is not basic. The Levi Jacquard jacket pairs with your phone so that you can perform basic tasks without ever looking at your screen. Simply swipe or pat your sleeve to play music, hear text or voice messages, or get real-time weather and news updates. You can even take hands-free photos with your phone by touching the cuff. Available for both men and women, the jacket pairs with Apple and Android phones. $198

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Now with built-in Alexa support, the Fire TV Stick makes a great stocking stuffer. Transform any television with an HDMI input into a smart TV, letting you watch Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and most other popular streaming services. You also can give Alexa voice commands to change the channel, check the weather, or play music. $40

iPhone 11

The new iPhone 11 delivers impressive performance while being $300 cheaper than last year’s iPhone XR. It also remains the go-to smartphone for taking amazing photos and videos, thanks to the new dual cameras. Make sure everyone makes it into the holiday group photo with the phone’s ultra-wide lens, or capture details even in low light with night mode. The new A13 Bionic chip makes everyday tasks faster and smoother, including streaming 4K video or gaming. An improved battery and durable, water-resistant casing make sure the 11 will stay up and running. Apple offers a rainbow of eye-catching colors, including purple, yellow, green, white, black, and red. Starting at $700

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 

If you’re looking for a phone with excellent battery life and almost as much power as a laptop, consider putting the Galaxy Note 10 under your tree. The first thing you’ll notice is the spacious 6.3-inch screen, which is perfect for taking pictures, watching videos, or gaming. The new smart battery adapts to how you use the phone, and the Note 10 can fully charge in less than a half-hour. Meanwhile, the Note 10 has some serious hardware chops, with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. You can seamlessly sync with your Windows or Mac desktop to stay productive on the go. Starting at $950

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