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Nintendo 2DS XL

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The Nintendo Switch is much too expensive for this list at AU$470, but at more than half that price (AU$200) the smaller, sleeker 2DS XL is a great consolation prize for on-the-go gamers who love Nintendo's library of titles. Plus, two screens are always better than one.

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Google Home

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Google's first smart speaker is still largely unchanged, but the software behind it gets upgraded all the time. Its Google Assistant works with more than 10,000 devices, the list of Hey Google commands just keeps growing, and only Google promises to place calls on your behalf.

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Amazon Echo Plus

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The Plus-size version of the original Echo is shorter and cloth-covered, and has improved sound quality as well as a Zigbee hub built in. The Sonos One is better overall, but maybe the smart home fan on your list really, really likes Zigbee devices.

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Amazon Echo Sub

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Amazon's sub adds more bass to your Echo speakers, making it a great choice for Echo owners who complain about their little cylinder's weak sound. But if you want the most sonic improvement, buy a second Echo to form a stereo pair.

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Amazon Echo Show 2

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Perhaps your giftee prefers smart speakers with screens. First up is Amazon's new Echo Show, which packs Alexa behind a screen and improves on the sound, and style, of the original. And yes, it can do YouTube.

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Google Home Hub

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With a smaller screen and no built-in camera, Google's first smart display takes a different tack from the Echo Show. Tight integration with Google Photos and other big-G services, a slick design and most of all a lower price, could make it a more appealing gift.

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JBL Link View

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Your gift recipient likes Google Assistants with screens AND improved sound quality? JBL's answer is the Link View, which throws a screen onto the Link and pumps up the bass. (Yes, it's just over AU$250, but worth it.)

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Amazon Fire HD 10

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Moving on to screens that don't have speakers -- but still have Alexa -- we have Amazon's largest tablet, the Fire HD 10. Good luck finding an iPad in this price range.

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Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

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The new fully backlit Paperwhite improves on its predecessor with a smoother finish, slimmer design and Bluetooth. But the biggest difference is full waterproofing, which should be music to the ears of book lovers who like to relax with a Kindle in the bath.

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Apple AirPods

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Does your gift recipient love their iPhone yet hate wires? Chances are they're lusting after these little 'phones, so maybe now is the time to satisfy that craving with the fully-wireless 'phones that started it all.

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Jabra Elite Active 65t

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Wait, what? There are fully-wireless headphones on sale that aren't AirPods? Yep, quite a few good ones in fact, and our favorites are these JBLs. They're better for active users and improve the sound quality compared to Apple's versions. (These, too are just over the AU$250 mark, but also worth it.)

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Bose Soundsport Wireless

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Cheaper than the "Free" versions, these Bose 'phones aren't completely wireless. Instead there's a cord that runs between the two earpieces, behind your neck -- but the connection between the 'phones and your phone doesn't require a wire. It's tough to find a better headphone for the exercise nut on your list.

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Fitbit Versa

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Speaking of activity, and fitness, there's Fitbit. Maybe the person on your list wants a smartwatch, but you don't want to spring for an Apple Watch. The Versa is our pick for an affordable alternative.

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Fitbit Charge 3

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Even less expensive, and more fitness tracker than smart watch, the Charge 3 has a smaller screen and lacks the Versa's app store, but it could be plenty. Battery life and sleep tracking are also better than the Apple Watch.

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Motiv Ring

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Does the fitness person on your list hate watches and fitness bands? Maybe you should put a Ring on them. The Motiv only works with iPhones, and it's more limited than a traditional watch or fitness band, but it works surprisingly well.

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Coros Linx Cycling Helmet

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So what about the serious biker on your list? There's a cap for that. The Coros Linx is less about fitness tracking and more about making it easier and safer to listen to music while you ride. A set of headphones shuts out noise, but the Linx lets you listen to the tunes and keep an ear out for danger.

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Apple TV 4K

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If your giftee already has a 4K TV, the Apple TV 4K can help them take their streaming game to the next level. With support for the highest-quality audio and video formats along with Apple's trademark slick interface, it's the best conduit yet for all those iTunes movies and TV shows.

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Nvidia Shield

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What's that you say? Your streaming, gaming geek wouldn't be caught dead owning an Apple product? For them there's the Shield, a dyed-in-the-wool super-streamer with all of the nerdy fixings and the Google stamp of approval.

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TiVo Bolt OTA

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Yes, you can get a Tivo DVR for AU$250, and this OTA -- designed for over-the-air TV that cord cutters love -- is pretty great. Sure there's that monthly fee (or a single lifetime charge) but you'll be giving the gift of TiVo's awesome interface and a box that can stream apps like Netflix, Amazon and everything else too. It just can't connect to multiple TVs, but as a traditional antenna DVR it's solid.

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Logitech Harmony Companion

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For the dude or dudette with a bunch of audio video gear, nothing beats a universal remote. And despite some innovations in this space recently, the basic Harmony clicker is still a great choice for most AV systems.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube

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A wacky mashup of universal remote, Fire TV streamer and Alexa speaker, the Fire TV Cube does a lot of things right. If your gift recipient likes talking into thin air rather than pressing buttons, it could bring more, er, Harmony to his or her living room.

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HP Tango X

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Let's switch gears a bit and talk about... printers. No, wait, hear me out. Buying one is a necessary evil for some people, but not all of them look like Kinko's refugees. The Tango X is a printer that could blend into a modernist decor and is designed to print from phones as well as PCs. (It's about AU$30 over for this list, but still worth considering.)

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Brother HL-L2395DW

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Then again, maybe your gift recipient just wants a basic, affordable laser printer/scanner that gets the job done. They'll thank you for this Brother, and you'll appreciate not having to play tech support all the time.

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Brother HL-3170CDW

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It's very similar to the last Brother, but lacks a scanner and adds color. Nuff said.

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August Smart Lock, HomeKit-enabled

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A bit of security for your recipient's smart home, this version of the August lock is our favorite overall because it works with Apple's Homekit system. But if you want additional systems to work with it, get the Pro.

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Nest Protect (second generation)

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Yes, it's a AU$100-plus smoke and carbon monoxide detector. But maybe that person on your list already has a Nest system and is looking for the next Nest thing to add.

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