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Nintendo Switch

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The surprise hit from the House That Mario Built is rolling strong in its second year. Yes, it works as both a TV console and a portable game tablet, but most importantly, it reminds us of how much fun co-op, same-room gaming can be, thanks to four-way games like Mario Kart 8 and Overcooked. 

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Microsoft Xbox One S

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We absolutely recommend making the leap to the superior Xbox One X (which costs just over AU$600) but if you absolutely have to keep it under AU$500, might as well get the Xbox One S, mainly because it's a very nicely made and cheap 4K Blu-ray player. 

And also all the video games I guess.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Slim

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Much like the Xbox One, we absolutely recommend making the leap to the PlayStation 4 Pro (which costs a smidge over AU$500) but if you need to keep it cheaper, get the Slim. 

The PlayStation 4 has an incredible suite of exclusive titles like God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Spider-Man. Well worth looking into. 

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Apple iPad

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The basic 9.7-inch iPad is the right choice for almost anyone who wants a tablet. The price is right, the latest specs are excellent and Apple has finally added support for the Apple Pencil stylus. 

The 8GB version will set you back AU$469 at the Apple Store

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Apple Homepod ($349)

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Apple's home audio device is more speaker than smart, but Siri can definitely tell you the weather or play songs from Apple Music on request. It's easily the best-sounding single smart speaker, and a pair of them can make a great stereo setup for even big rooms. 

You can get one for AU$499 at the Apple store.

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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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It might feel weird to gift someone a vacuum cleaner, but I'm telling you, these things are ridiculous. They are literally fun to use.

You can adapt them by using the different accessories. Vacuuming goes from a chore to a pleasure. 

You can find it at Amazon for under AU$500.

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Skyboard Mini Electric Skateboard

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You like skateboards, but the whole pushing thing bothers you. Why not get this amazing remote-controlled number that does the pushing for you? 

I've had a go with these. It's weird at first, but you somehow get used to it. Then it's a one-way trip to lazytown.

You can pick these up for AU$499 and right now they're AU$100 off].  

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PlayStation VR

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If you're reading CNET there's a high chance you already own a PlayStation 4. There's also a chance you have at least a passing interest in VR.

PlayStation VR is a great entry point, it's also well supported with a handful of truly interesting games. Tetris Effect absolutely rules and Beat Saber is en route. 

You can pick up PlayStation VR on Amazon for under $400.

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Sennheiser PXC 550

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These Sennheiser PXC 550 noise-cancelling earphones are perfect for travelling. Amazing audio quality and you can easily pick them up for under AU$500.

Get them for $399 at Amazon.

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SodaStream Black

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I'm obsessed with fizzy water right now, so basically this is what I want for Christmas. Someone hook me up. 

The Sodastream Black allows you to make premium sparkling water at the push of a button.

Look, you can also pick this up on Amazon.

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Micro Black Scooter

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This doesn't necessarily have any technology inside. It's just a scooter, but it's a good scooter. And if you're looking for something to dart about the city with, you can't go far wrong with this.

You can pick one up for AU$299.95 here.

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Black 6.5" Sky Walker

The good thing about 'hoverboards' being a bit 2017 is the fact that you can pick them up for relatively cheap. 

This Sky Walker is AU$449 and it's a very reliable piece of kit.

Personally, I never got tired of these segway things. They're a lot of fun.

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Apple Watch Series 3

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Look, much like the Xbox One, you're probably better paying a little more and getting the Apple Watch Series 4 (at AU$599) but if you need to keep things under AU$500 you could go a lot worse than getting the Series 3. Outside of its successor, it's still probably the best smart watch on the market.

You can buy it here.

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Google Home Hub

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It's smaller than the Amazon Echo, but it's also cheaper. 

Also Google Home, for now, is still the best option when it comes to smart displays for a number of reasons. This is a sweet upgrade for people with, say, a Google Home mini.

You can buy the Google Home Hub here.

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Apple AirPods

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We all have AirPod thoughts (check our review here) but if you like them you like them, and if you know someone who is extremely into Apple products, AirPods are just the right level of indulgence to make for a perfect gift.

You can get them for around AU$229 at the Apple Store.

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Sonos One

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If you want a Homepod, but you don't want to be tied to Apple's ecosystem or you just want to listen to Spotify, you can't go wrong with the Sonos One.

You can pick one up on Amazon for under AU$300.

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Fitbit Charge 3

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The Fitbit Charge 3 might be the best fitness tracker in the game. It's sleek, efficient, waterproof and has a great battery life.

You can pick it up for AU$229.95 here

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DJI Spark Series Portable Mini Drone

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If you want a decent drone under AU$500, this is probably your best bet. DJI drones are solid, and while this usually sells around the AU$650 mark, we spotted it on sale for AU$499 on Amazon.

You can buy it here.

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