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Holiday gift guide 2019: CNET editors' top picks

by Kandice Constant (2020-01-10)"article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season's best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET. This year, we've collected dozens of great gift ideas at a wide range of prices. You can check out the full CNET Holiday Gift Guide to see them all, segmented by price and product category. But for those of you who are looking for a concierge experience, we've chosen some of our favorites right here.

Lego Technic Getaway Truck
Under $20, great for kids
Lego This Lego jalopy includes a pullback motor and a pop-out engine block when it crashes. There are actually four in the series, and they can be combined in pairs to create larger vehicles, too. They're great for kids 7 years and older, and unlike some Lego sets, they're very affordable.

$16 at Amazon Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
Under $35: Mini smart speaker adds a timepiece
Tyler Lizenby/CNET The Echo Dot is the go-to smart speaker in Amazon's Alexa universe, and the company added a simple but welcome improvement this year: a digital clock on the side. It's otherwise the same as the previous model, which means it can understand countless spoken commands and control thousands of Alexa-compatible smart home devices. 

This product debuted at $60, but it remains on sale at its Black Friday price of $35. It's on backorder at Amazon through the end of January, but available at Best Buy and elsewhere for the same price. 

$35 at Best Buy Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Turn any TV into a smart TV for under $50
Sarah Tew/CNET Yes, it's nearly impossible to buy a TV these days that doesn't have plenty of built-in streaming options. But if you want to update an older HDTV to have all the latest and greatest apps -- as well as 4K HDR picture quality on compatible TVs -- the Roku Streaming Stick Plus is your best bet. It includes a remote that controls your TV's power and volume, too. And, of course, it adds virtually any app under the sun, from Netflix to Hulu to Disney Plus.

This product dipped as low as $30 during Black Friday sales, but it's still a great deal at its normal price of $49.  Read our Roku Streaming Stick Plus review.

$44 at Amazon $49 at Walmart $50 at Best Buy Disney Plus subscription
$70 buys 12 full months of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and more
Disney After months of hype, Disney Plus arrived on Nov. 12. The new streaming service -- available on most mobile and smart TV devices -- lets you access the full panoply of the Disney entertainment universe. That will eventually be nearly everything from Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar and "classic" Disney, ranging from Donald Duck to old-school live-action family fare like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Snowball Express. And thanks to Disney's recent purchase of Fox Studios, you'll find the full library of The Simpsons here, too. The cost is $6.99 per month, but preordering 12 months of the service brings the price down to $70 -- or 모바일 게임 추천 just $5.83 per month. And because it supports four simultaneous streams and seven discreet user profiles, it's an ideal gift for most families. Just keep in mind that some Verizon and Fios users will already be getting a free year to start.

You can buy Disney Plus for yourself, or give Disney Plus as a gift. Read our Disney Plus review.

See at Disney Plus Google Nest Hub
Under $80: A smart screen for the kitchen or bedroom
Google With its 7-inch touchscreen and capable speaker, the Nest Hub is an ideal companion for any room. It can display videos and recipes, control any Google Home-compatible smart home devices and answer a long list of "OK, Google" queries -- including some that would stump Alexa. And with no built-in camera, many will feel a lot more comfortable with this one in the bedroom. 

The list price is $130, and it's been discounted as low at $60 in the past, but the current sale price of $79 is a solid deal.  Read our Google Nest Hub review.

$79 at Walmart $79 at Crutchfield $80 at Best Buy Echo Show 8
The best Alexa smart display for under $80
Chris Monroe/CNET Why let Google have all the fun? Amazon now has an 8-inch smart display too, and it's our favorite Alexa one of the bunch. Normally $130, this one is also still available at its Black Friday sale price of $80. Read our Amazon Echo Show 8 review.

$80 at Amazon Sonos One
Sweet-sounding smart speaker for under $175
Sarah Tew/CNET Want to buy a smart home speaker that does double duty? The Sonos One can be configured to work with Alexa or Google Home, and with its focus on music, it delivers better sound quality than most similarly priced rivals. The One is compatible with Spotify to Apple Music to Amazon Music to Pandora, and nearly everything in between. And if you set up two in the same room, they can be easily paired for stereo sound.

This is currently on sale for $170, or $30 off its usual price of $200. Read our Sonos One review.

$169 at Amazon $169 at Crutchfield $170 at Best Buy Jabra Elite 75t
Under $180: Our new favorite true wireless headphones
Sarah Tew/CNET Brand new for fall 2019, the Jabra Elite 75t had major competition and big shoes to fill. But it scored an encore CNET Editors' Choice thanks to an improved design, smaller case, solid battery life and fantastic sound quality. If you the AirPods Pro are too pricey -- or if you have an Android phone -- these are a great alternative. Read our Jabra Elite 75t review.

$180 at Amazon $180 at Best Buy Nintendo Switch Lite
Smaller Switch breaks the $200 barrier
Sarah Tew/CNET Introduced in 2017, the Switch delivered a unique value proposition: Instantly transition from playing games on your TV to playing on the go. And as a Nintendo product, it was the only game console that offered the likes of Zelda, Mario and Super Smash Bros. But the $300 price was a deal breaker for some. The Switch Lite fixes the price issue, coming in at a cool $200 -- but it forgoes the ability to connect to a TV. Ultimately, though, it's a win-win: Anyone who wants the Switch big-screen experience can still get the $300 Switch, which has been reissued in an updated version with longer battery life. But if you only want to go mobile, the Lite is a great alternative.

The Switch and Switch Lite are both available for up to 10% off with retailer credits factored in. Read more.

$200 at Walmart $200 at Best Buy $200 at Adorama AirPods Pro
Under $250: The latest true wireless headphone option for iPhone owners
Sarah Tew/CNET Long rumored and finally here, Apple's first foray into the world of active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones is undeniably impressive. Unlike standard AirPods, these press into your ear canal to isolate the listener from external noise, but they deliver an impressive noise-canceling effect, too. And unlike many true wireless headphones, they are excellent for talking on the phone. Read our AirPods Pro first impressions.

$249 at Apple $235 at Amazon $250 at Best Buy TCL 6 Series 4K TV
$800 gets an amazing 65-inch QLED TV
Sarah Tew/CNET For the second year in a row, TCL snags a CNET Editors' Choice for the best TV value out there. If you're gifting a TV for someone's living room, you won't find better picture quality at a lower price than the TCL 6 Series, and the built-in Roku smart TV system means you'll have every app under the sun, from Netflix to Apple TV to Disney Plus. Read our TCL 6-Series (2019 Roku TV) review.

$700 at Amazon $800 at Walmart $800 at Best Buy  Read more: Best TVs in 2019

This story was originally published earlier and is occasionally updated with new picks, pricing and links.