Let's start with some can't-miss gifts that are all under $100. The travel-friendly Logitech X100 is one of the better micro wireless speakers, featuring decent sound for its size, an attractive design, and speakerphone capabilities. It's been discontinued by Logitech, but you can still find them for as little as $25 or less.
The ultra-affordable Google Chromecast Audio is one of the best music-streaming devices you can buy -- especially for Android users. It works with anything with an "aux in" port, and you can buy more than one for multi-room audio, too. Best of all, it only costs $35.
A perfect companion to an Echo smart speaker is the Alexa-compatible Philips Hue Starter Kit. It's $70 for two bulbs and a base station, but that's a small price to pay to spend 2017 turning lights on and off with voice commands.
The new NES Classic Edition (aka NES Classic Mini) is an official Nintendo product that crams 30 of the company's most beloved games into a miniature version of the hit '80s game system. It fits in the palm of your hand, and costs just $60. The only problem? It's almost impossible to find one.
The OnePlus 3 was already our favorite midprice phone. Then OnePlus made it even better: The new and improved 3T has an improved front-facing camera, bigger battery capacity and faster processor, all for just $439. But make sure you're getting it for a T-Mobile or AT&T customer -- it doesn't work with all of the wireless bands on Verizon and Sprint.
The most affordable iPhone is also the smallest model (far right): the iPhone SE. It basically stuffs most of the features and components of 2015's iPhone 6S into the familiar body of the iPhone 5. It's great for those who think today's phones are just too large -- but make sure you buy the step-up 64GB version for $500, not the entry-level 16GB one for $100 less.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones were recalled because of a design flaw that results in an usually large number of fires. But there have been no such issues with the tried-and-true S7 Edge, which has a top-notch camera and a unique wraparound screen.
With the Pixel, Google stepped up to bat, called its shot, and knocked it out of the park. It's the first phone with Google Assistant built-in, and it has an awesome camera, too. And its pure Android operating system means you'll get new software updates the minute they're available -- not months later, as with other Android phones.
Want to give the ultimate iPhone? Look no further than the iPhone 7 Plus. It uses its dual rear cameras to deliver true 2x optical zoom and a stunning portrait mode that focuses on the foreground subject while blurring the background.
Buying for a budding photographer who's ready to move beyond the cameraphone? The Lumix ZS100 delivers better photos -- and zoom -- than a phone, and it supports 4K video for the sharpest capture possible.
On the other hand, if your gift recipient needs full waterproofing and GPS -- and they own an iPhone -- the new Apple Watch is ideal. And with its latest software update, the battery life is far better, too.
All that talk of running has us returning to the living room. And you won't find a better all-around sound bar for under the TV than the LG SH7B. Plenty of wireless streaming-audio options seal the deal.
Of course, you'll need to pair the receiver with excellent speakers. And you can't do much better than the Elac Uni-Fi UF5 towers. Each one is a 3-way loudspeaker that offers tremendous performance for the money.
Turning to appliances and smart-home tech: The affordably priced $400 Neato D3 connected robot vacuum is built to automatically scour flooring and carpets for dirt, is programmable, connects to your home network, and can even be commanded via mobile app.
With a 21.5-inch touchscreen and grocery-tracking fridge cams built-into the door, Samsung's flagship $5,600 smart fridge is one of the coolest (and smartest) ever made. The gorgeous design doesn't hurt, either. And it's currently being sold for a much more reasonable $4,000.