Starting at $749
Last year’s iPhone X offered a luxury experience with a price tag to match. Fortunately, the new iPhone XR has many of the same terrific features but doesn’t cost a grand. The next generation A12 processor is perfect for gaming or running multiple apps, while the Liquid Retina display brings images to life. Speaking of photos, the camera lets you take the perfect selfie in portrait mode. The XR’s aluminum design comes in six stunning colors and is a delight to hold.
Samsung Gear Sport
The Samsung Gear Sport is an amazing smartwatch for an affordable price. You can tap and pay with your Sport, as well as make hands-free calls and give voice commands. This watch also doubles as an excellent fitness tracker. Spotify members will be happy to know that they can stream their favorite music or even save songs for offline use.
Surface Pro 6
Starting at $899
Microsoft has made the ultimate laptop/tablet hybrid with the Surface Pro 6. The new Pro has all the power of a laptop, with an Intel quadcore processor and up to a terabyte of hard-drive space. However, remove the keyboard cover, and you have the perfect tablet for drawing, taking notes, or streaming shows. The new black design is both eye-catching and lightweight, making it an excellent gift for students, creatives, and on-the-go professionals.
Virtual reality is the future of entertainment, but top-end headsets are expensive and cumbersome. The Oculus Go is a standalone headset that offers the full VR experience without busting your budget. There’s no need to tether yourself to a high-end computer: Simply strap on the headset, and enjoy games, 3D movies, or even sporting events.
Senstone is the ultimate productivity tool for fashionistas. At first glance, this ingenious device appears to be a stylish onyx and silver pendant. However, just tap the stone, and you can dictate your notes, ideas, and tasks completely hands-free. It’s the perfect way to stay productive on the go, and your recordings are saved whether you’re online or not. The Senstone also looks great if you want to wear it as a clip or bracelet.
Fitbit Charge 3 Activity Tracker
Here’s a terrific way to get healthier in the New Year. The new Fitbit Charge 3 offers everything you need in a fitness device, including the ability to track steps, calories, and sleeping habits. Don’t worry about taking it for a swim — the new version is waterproof up to 50 meters. The Charge 3’s lightweight body and seven-day battery life make it the perfect accessory for beginners and athletes alike.
Amazon Echo Dot
Not only does the Echo Dot make for a great stocking stuffer, but it’s also an excellent entry point into the world of smart speakers. The Dot has many of the same features as the more expensive Echo, allowing you to ask Alexa about news and weather, play music, or set a timer. The 3rd Generation Dot also features excellent sound quality, making it a perfect speaker for your bedroom or office. You can even pair the Dot with your Echo to play the same tune throughout your house.