2020 Tech Gift Guide: The 10 Best Values + The 10 Best, Period

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It’s an annual tradition to put together my list of the best value in tech gifts for the holiday season: Products that deliver performance, features, quality at a good price.

But, given the weight of a year spent in a pandemic, many of us are feeling the need to splurge a little, particularly on things that make a more locked-down life better. To reflect that, I’m doing something a little different this time around. In addition to the best values in tech gifts, I’m also including a collection of products that I feel are the best pick in their category if you have a little more money to spend. They still offer great value — no diamond-studded smartphones here — but performance and features matter more than the price tag.

Please note: I’m staying out of the battle over what will likely be one of the most popular gifts of 2020: a game console. The next generation Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X have been in short supply, and the continues to rage over which is “best.” From my perspective it boils down to whether the gamer on your list is in the Playstation or Xbox camp. If they don’t care, either console is a great choice — go with the one you can get your hands on, because they disappear as quickly as they’re stocked.

Consoles aren’t the only devices in short supply. If something does sell out, keep checking retailers, because stock does get refreshed, eventually.

Brad Moon
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Brad Moon is a tech industry veteran who contributes to a range of publications including Forbes, InvestorPlace and MSN Money and is an original member of the award-winning GeekDad blog. Over the past decade, he has also written about technology for Wired, Gizmodo, Shaw Media, About.com, The Winnipeg Free Press and others.