Best holiday gifts under $250 for 2020

Like everything in 2020, the holidays are going to be awkward and different. But despite lockdown and quarantine, many of us will be looking for gifts for our friends and families – and perhaps more online shopping than ever before.

The range from $ 100 to $ 250 can only be the sweet spot when it comes to finding a great gift that brings joy without destroying your budget. Here are some of our ideas for the best gifts under $ 250.

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New for 2020, Bose has just released its second generation of frames. Yes, they are sunglasses built with wireless headphones. They also look incredibly good. We really like the Tempo style shown here, but you can also opt for the tenor or soprano styles instead.

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Okay, sunglasses-headphones may not be for everyone. But now that they’re often on sale for $ 220 (if not less), it’s easy to recommend Apple AirPods as a killer pair of wireless in-ear headphones. With a winning design and fit, solid bass performance and very effective noise cancellation, they are excellent for making calls and listening to music – even during workouts. They also now provide an amazing spatial audio feature when used with compatible Apple devices – something you won’t find on other true wireless headphones. Read our Apple AirPods Pro review.

Casper

The Glow Lamp is a highly portable, rechargeable nightlight that is undeniably beautiful, easy to setup and enjoyable to use. It has become an integral part of my family’s bedtime routine, and now we have two of them. we use them everyone Night and we take them with us wherever we go. (And that’s another thing – they’re amazingly difficult.)

Thanks to its built-in gyroscope, you reverse the brightness to turn it on and off, bend it to dim it up or down or shake it to trigger a lower nightlight setting. The lamp produces a pleasant ambient glow – hence the name – which gradually exceeds 15 to 60 minutes. You can control the span using Casper’s streamlined iOS and Android-compatible apps, and set the light coming in the morning – a reverse nightlight, sort of. Read our Casper Glow preview.

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When it comes to gaming consoles, your entry point to the new, cool stuff is basically $ 300 – that’s the price tag for the Xbox Series S, the Oculus Quest 2, or a full-featured Nintendo Switch. But you can get here on our sub- $ 250 budget with the Nintendo Switch Lite, which degrades the detachable controllers and TV-out functionality of its older siblings in exchange for a more wallet-friendly $ 200 price point . You can still play almost all of the same games, including Animal Crossing, Zelda, and the Nintendo-exclusive of the Mario series. After quickly disappearing into the epidemic from the (virtual) store shelves, the switch light is growing rapidly, though still intermittently, available from many national retailers. Read our switch light review.

With so many families working, learning and streaming from home, home wireless networks are not being tested as before. We installed the Google Nest Wi-Fi system at our home this spring and were impressed with its quick performance. The connection is conceptually faster, more detailed and more robust than our prior setup, and a $ 169 router will likely be sufficient for most households. That said, the range-extending WIFI point – which doubles as a Google Assistant smart speaker – may be worth the extra dough. Also keep an eye on Eero Mesh Networking Set. Older three-node versions sometimes drop below $ 200, with a freebie Echo speaker thrown in, and the company debuted a new model for 2020 that would fold in support of the ZigBee Home Automation Wireless Standard is. Read our Nest WiFi review.

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For now, if you want to clear the $ 250 limit, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a no-brainer. While it lacks some of the key features found in newer models – always on-display and blood oxygen level monitoring to name a few – it’s still a solid watch and a solid deal. Saying that, if you can get a few more dollars in your budget, the new Apple Watch SE will start at $ 279, and although it lacks some of the key features of the Series 6, the two models are different. Read our Apple Watch Series 3 review.

monos

After spending hundreds of dollars on substandard suitcases over the years, I can say that Manaus Carry On is worth the money. With an aesthetic and price point similar to the lineup of modern suitcases (which you may have seen on Instagram), the Manos gives you everything you need in one roller bag: a lightweight but durable shell, a good variety of compartments, pockets and straps And well-engineered retractable handle. Additionally, it comes with a 100-day free trial and a lifetime warranty.

Nixon

Made from recycled ocean-bound plastic bottles, this luxurious duffle bag has the right amount of storage capacity, with handles on every surface, and can be worn over the shoulder or as a backpack. Personally, I like Olive Dot Camo Design a lot.

Swiss Army

I have been using this beautiful Victorinox chef’s knife for the past one year and it has become one of my indispensable kitchen tools. The blade is flared, so it won’t stick when you cut it, and the elegant wooden handle gives it the right amount. It is fast enough to give meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and cheese a complete pleasure.

Williams Sonoma

After going through a series of overloaded food processors, the simplicity of this Cuisinart model is attractive. There are two paddle buttons – on and off, which doubles as a “pulse” option – and the large 14-cup bowl is sturdy and easy to clean. It comes with three blades and discs – do you really need more than this? – And the 720-watt motor is strong enough to throw it away.

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I have a small, simple one-zone house, where the thermostat only controls the furnace. Last year, I purchased several different top-rated smart thermostats and, with the assistance of my neighborhood electrician, installed and tested them all at once. The nest was the one I kept. It’s a snap to set up and it completely saves on some features that I wanted: scheduled temperature adjustment, attractive aesthetics, an intuitive interface, and full control via iPhone or Android.

It is noted, Tips Clear’s current top pick for the best smart thermostat, the slightly pricier Ecobee Smart Thermostat, is definitely worth a look. Read our Ecobee Smart Thermostat review.

Solo stove

This is the best camping stove I have come across. The $ 200 campfire kit includes a truly awesome Solo stove that uses wood for fuel and produces a beautiful fire with very little smoke. No further messing with propane or other petroleum products. It also comes with a nifty tied tripod and two cooking utensils. The kit is neither inexpensive nor lightweight – it is not suitable for backpacking – but it is certainly elegant and addictive to use.

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