Best Gifts 2016

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Whether you're buying a high-tech token of affection for that special someone or a birthday gift for Mom, everyone loves gadgets. With so many compelling products vying for your attention, however, finding the right gift can be a challenge. Fortunately, we've picked the best products for everyone on your list.

From budget-friendly Chromebooks to the fastest tablets and the sleekest-looking bags, these are the hottest gadget gifts available now. For even more ideas, see our full list of 100+ gift recommendations on Tom's Guide.


Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)

Editor's Choice

As the best Chromebook we've seen, the 2015 edition of Toshiba's Chromebook 2 is a stellar way to experience Chrome OS. The keyboard is top-notch, and the superbright display supports 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. But even with a screen that sharp, Toshiba's machine has some of the best battery life you'll find on a Chromebook: 10 hours and 5 minutes, according to the Laptop Mag Battery Test.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 Review

  • Case Logic Prevailer


    Editor's Choice

    Classy and subtle, the Case Logic Prevailer will fit in with almost anyone's style. It also holds just about everything. A dedicated laptop compartment can hold a 17-inch desktop replacement, if you need it to. There's also a 10-inch tablet slot and plenty of space left over for gym clothes, books, headphones and more.

  • Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB


    Store your data in style with Western Digital's My Passport Ultra. You can get a full 1TB of space for just $59.99. Plus, you get your choice of colors, including Blue, Black, White and Berry for the unit's color; and Fuchsia, Grape, Sky, Slate and Smoke for the external grip's colors. My Passport Ultra also gives you the option to automatically back up your data locally or straight to the cloud.

  • Minix Neo C


    Apple's 12-inch MacBook is just one of a few different laptops that now come with only one USB port, and it's a USB Type-C port, which means it's used for charging. The Minix Neo C will make those laptops a lot more useful. It sports two USB-A ports that carry power, SD and microSD card slots, an HDMI port and a Gigabit Ethernet jack.

  • Budget Tablet

    Amazon Fire

    If a colorful, 7-inch display is big enough for you, the Amazon Fire tablet is one of the best bargains around. It gets even better if you're an Amazon Prime member, since you'll be able to stream Prime Video and Prime Music on the slate. The screen features a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, and inside, you'll find a 1.3-GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU. It comes in black, blue, pink or orange.

  • Budget Laptop

    Lenovo Ideapad 100s

    The slick design and strong battery life of nearly 10 hours are just two reasons to buy the affordable Lenovo Ideapad 100s. You also get free access to Microsoft Office 365 and an 11.6-inch display with great viewing angles. It is definitely the best Windows laptop you can get for less than $200.

  • Ultraportable Laptop

    Dell XPS 13 (2015)

    The edge-to-edge display on the Dell XPS 13 will turn heads. The quad-HD touch screen is gorgeous, and essentially puts a 13-inch screen in an 11-inch carbon-fiber body. Starting at $799, it also includes an Intel Core i5 processor, which makes it more powerful than other machines in its class. 

  • Kensington WordLock Portable Combination Laptop Lock

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    Keep your laptop safe from sticky fingers with Kensington's WordLock Portable Combination Laptop Lock. Like your usual combination lock, this little guy holds your laptop shut unless you line up the correct combination of numbers and press the push button. The best part about WordLock: It comes in a second version that's all letters instead of numerals. You can use any four-letter combination to secure your notebook, with more than 10,000 to choose from.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

    In addition to being our favorite smartphone all around, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge's camera is the smartphone shooter to beat. The water-resistant smartphone features a long-lasting battery (10 hours and 9 minutes), powerful performance and new uses for its curved Edge screens. Plus the 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1400 Super AMOLED display is just beautiful.

  • Veyem Ergonomic Stand for Laptops and Tablets

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    Veyem's stand alleviates desk clutter by helping you stack a monitor on top of your laptop. The stand sports cable-management holes to keep cords from spilling onto your table space, and folds down to be just less than 4 inches tall. Ergonomics are important to Veyem too: the stand has knobs to adjust your monitor to the perfect viewing angle.

  • External Keyboard


    The 3.5-inch, multitouch touchpad to the right of the keys will be the first thing you notice about the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400. That touchpad also features two buttons. It's wireless, is powered by two AA batteries and weighs just 1.1 pounds, so it's also easy to use anywhere. The company claims that the keyboard has a wireless range of 33 feet. 

  • Wireless Mouse


    Microsoft's Designer Bluetooth Mouse pairs wirelessly with your laptop or tablet via Bluetooth 4.0. The ambidextrous, black-matte design is sleek and simple. It runs on two AAA batteries, meaning it should last up to 6 months on a charge. 

  • Plugable UD-3900 Dual Display Universal Docking Station


    For those with a multimonitor setup, a dock is a must. The price and performance make the Plugable UD-3900 Dual Display Universal Docking Station our top pick. For $95, you get six USB ports, a headphone and mic jack, and slots for HDMI, DVI and Ethernet.

  • AOC 16-inch HD Pro

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    AOC's 16-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display gives you bright colors and a sharp picture on the go. It's slim and lightweight, so it travels well. And a unique, c-shaped stand in the back of this monitor makes it simple to set up in either portrait or landscape orientation. AOC's monitor is USB-powered, so there are no extra power cables.

  • Apple iPad Pro

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    Apple says its new iPad Pro will be faster than 80 percent of all portable PCs released this year, thanks to the superfast A9X processor inside. The 12.9-inch screen features a stunning, 2732 x 2048-pixel resolution. Apple also gave it four speakers -- a first for the iPad -- that apparently triple its loudness. If you're looking to get creative or if you just want to stream videos in the most stylish way possible, the iPad Pro is the big-screen slate for you.

  • Amazon Fire Kids Edition

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    An improvement on last year's Fire Kids Edition at a better price, Amazon's new family-minded tablet boasts an enormous library of content for kids. The tablet comes with a complimentary one-year subscription to Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives you access to 10,000 books, videos, apps and games curated for kids. The device also provides access to more than 20,000 websites and YouTube videos preapproved for kids, which you can add to or subtract from yourself. And not only does Amazon ship every tablet with a blue or pink kid-proof case, but it also promises to replace any broken Amazon Fire Kids Edition, no questions asked.

  • Samsung 850 Evo


    The 850 EVO proves that Samsung can offer really strong performance from an SSD at a very low price. Available in either 2.5-inch or M.2 (80 mm) sizes, this little guy promises up to 540-MBps sequential reads and 520-MBps sequential writes. The TLC V-NAND flash memory in this drive is rated for up to 75TB of endurance, which means the drive will keep on truckin' long after your laptop becomes obsolete.