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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.