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Holiday shopping for the tech-junkie in your family, but not sure what to get (Hi, Mom!)?

Well then, this list of the 7 best tech gadgets of 2019 is sure to get you thinking.

When curating this list, I not only looked for futuristic products but I also carefully examined their usability and design. Because what good is a high-tech gadget if you don’t use it and it looks like crap?

So without further ado, here are the tech gadgets that I hope to see underneath the Christmas tree this year.

1. Apple Airpod Pros

A woman putting in the new Apple Airpod Pros

Apple’s recently released Airpod Pros will definitely be the must-have tech gift of the 2019 holiday season. Unlike the regular Airpods, the Airpod Pros feature active noise cancellation, transparency mode, customizable sizing and adaptive EQ technology that automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.

I’m still using the 1st generation Airpods, and I can’t wait to get my hands on these for plane rides and everyday use.

They’re currently back-ordered, so if you want them by Christmas, you better order now.

2. Nintendo Switch Lite

A man playing a Nintendo Switch Lite.

The new Nintendo Switch Lite is without a doubt, the best handheld gaming console on the market. The Lite is the latest version of the Nintendo Switch, but in a slimmed-down case for gaming on the go.

The Switch Lite can’t connect to bigger screens as easily as the standard Switch, but the cheaper price tag and compact size more than makeup for that small loss in functionality.

3. Polaroid Originals OneStep+

A new Polaroid camera.

Polaroid is back with the Polaroid Originals OneStep+. This updated take on the original instant camera comes complete with Bluetooth connectivity, dual lenses for close up portraits and a smartphone app for added artistic flair.

While this isn’t exactly a “serious” camera, most of us aren’t “serious” photographers. The OneStep+ is designed for fun, and that’s precisely what it is.

4. Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation)

A Google Nest Mini with a dialogue box showing how you can ask it to set an alarm tomorrow.

I’ll be the first to admit it; I was a late adopter when it comes to smart home and voice-activated technology. But after I got a free Google Home Mini with my Spotify subscription (sorry, the offer ended a couple of days ago), I became an instant convert.

The Google Nest Mini is the latest iteration of Google’s smallest smart home device. Despite its small size (and price tag), I get plenty of use out of it. I mainly use it to play music, get weather updates, and make barking noises to annoy my dog.

5. Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset

A person playing VR with the Oculus Quest.

Remember, in the ‘90s and early 2000s, when everyone said virtual reality was the future? Well, the future is finally here thanks to the Oculus Quest All-in-One VR Gaming Headset. Unlike most VR headsets, the Quest All-in-One is a stand-alone system, meaning that is doesn’t need to connect to a computer or gaming console.

So far, this is the closest we’ve come to true immersive gaming. And the future is looking bright.

6. Ikea Symphonisk Table Lamp

An Ikea Lamp that's base is a speaker.

It’s rare to see technology and design merge as seamlessly as with the Ikea Symphonisk Table lamp. This modern lamp doubles as a speaker thanks to the collaboration with Sonos. And because it’s Sonos, you know that it integrates perfectly with your existing Sonos setup.

The collaboration also lead to a shelf/speaker, and frankly, I’m not sure what one I want more.

7. Anker Nebula Capsule II Projector

A Nebula Capsule 2 next to a beer can that is roughly the same size.

This powerful projection is in a (literal) pint-size package. The Anker Nebula Capsule II Projector is a breakthrough in projectors. Even though it packs small, this tiny projector can broadcast 720p images up to 100” in size.

Sure, it’s not the brightest and clearest projector, but we’ll take the portability of the Nebula Capsule II 9 times out of 10.

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Nov 20, 2019

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