Holiday Gift Guide: STEM Toys, Tech Gifts, Splurges, And More

Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. With so many options available online, it's easier than ever to find what you're looking for and get everyone marked off your list. These gift guides and shopping tips will help make your 2020 holiday season the smoothest one yet. We will update this article with our latest holiday gift guides.

Mind-expanding STEM gifts for kids: Coding robots, rocket kits, more

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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are core components of numerous educational and career pathways. To heighten the allure of these fundamental fields, there are myriad STEM learning tools and all-in-one hands-on kits. These immersive offerings expose students to a host of critical education fields in an engaging, hands-on experiential format. - Dallon Adams

From rocket propulsion systems and coding robots to hardcover books for aspiring chemists, Dallon Adams lists some of the top STEM gifts for kids.

$30 at Amazon

Gifts to buy the PS5 fan right now: Headsets, controllers, games and gadgets

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The PS5 console and digital edition are sold out everywhere and people are scrambling to score a unit online or with in-person walk-ins at Walmart and GameStop. Some people have given up and plan to look in early 2021. Regardless, there are a lot of cool accessories available to go with the PS5. Some parents might decide that gifting a bundle of accessories with a handmade coupon the gift recipient can exchange for a PS5 console as soon as they're more readily available is the best they can do. 

And if you're lucky enough to have already purchased a PS5 console from a pre-order or a restock, then you're definitely in need of the right accessories to go with it. The PS5 comes with one controller in the box, but sometimes it's great to have a spare on hand, and it's essential for multi-player games like Diablo. You'll also need a charging station, altho the new PS5 version is sold out everywhere. Sony has produced the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, but it's also sold out, although there is a bundle available from one retailer, below. The Arctis 7P wireless headset from SteelSeries is a fantastic alternative. And then you'll definitely want the new PS5 Media Remote if you plan to use the new console as a media center. - Teena Maddox

To find the perfect PlayStation 5 accessory for the gamer in your life, check out recommendations from Teena Maddox in the PS5 gift guide.

$70 at Best Buy

Best holiday gifts for iPhone users and Mac fans

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The 2020 holiday season will prove unusual and unique. For the first time in most everyone's memory, few will be rushing to physical stores and malls to browse and enjoy holiday cheer. Instead, the year is likely to see record spending for online gifting, as the pandemic encourages everyone, regardless of habit and preference, to safely shop from home. Don't despair, as you need not go it alone. - Erik Eckel

Erik Eckel's gift recommendations for iPhone users and Mac fans at a variety of price points are sure to bring a smile this year.

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Best Android holiday gifts in 2020

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Ladies and gentlemen of the TechRepublic universe, it's that time again--holiday shopping season. This Android gift guide can help you shop for those you love, cherish, and tolerate throughout the year. If you don't find anything on this list, consider a Google Play gift card for those on your list who prefer to select their own gifts. - Jack Wallen

From stocking stuffers to big gift ideas, Jack Wallen's Android gift guide can help you find something for all of the Android fans on your list.

$80 at Razer

12 great gift ideas for Raspberry Pi fans in 2020

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The Raspberry Pi has been a runaway success since its launch in 2012, and each year since then has brought us a new Pi board or Pi-related piece of kit to tinker with. In fact, the number of accessories now available for the Raspberry Pi is vast – which is great for Raspberry Pi fans, but less so for the unfortunate journalists tasked with putting together Pi-related gift guides each year.

While the Raspberry Pi makes a pretty good gift by itself – the latest Pi 4 Model B comes in at a very respectable $35 – a new piece of Raspberry Pi kit for the Pi lovers already in your life could make the perfect stocking filler for the coming festive season. - Owen Hughes

Read the Raspberry Pi gift guide for Owen Hughes' recommendations.

$286 at PiBorg

Best tablets to give as holiday gifts in 2020

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'Tis the season of gift giving. Tablets make great holiday gifts, but there are a lot to choose from. With tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and more, you're sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one. - Kristen Lotze

This best tablet holiday gift guide from Kristen Lotze can help take out some of the guesswork.

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Best tech gift splurges in 2020

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Let's face it: 2020 has been a tough year. This holiday season you deserve to splurge on yourself (file it under self care). They may be expensive, but you're worth it. - Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman

You can start by checking out Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman's treat-yourself tech gift recommendations

$300 at Amazon

Best laptops to give as holiday gifts this season

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The holidays are upon us once again, which means it's time to start shopping for gifts. With so many people working from home, you might consider getting your loved one a new laptop to make their workday smoother. - Kristen Lotze

Whether you're buying for a Linux lover, Apple aficionado, Chromebook connoisseur, or Windows whiz, Kristen Lotze's best laptops holiday gift guide can help you figure out the perfect laptop to buy this season. 

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7 coding and STEM toys every kid will want as a holiday gift

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Computer coding not only teaches kids how to think creatively, logically, and collaboratively, but it is a useful skill to know in our digitally connected world. Why sign your child up for a computer programming class when you can consider one of the many STEM toys that teaches kids--from preschool age to teens--coding in such a fun way that they won't even realize they're learning? - Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman 

Check out Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman's gift guide for STEM toys and coding gifts for kids.

$99 at SparkFun

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ

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Selecting the perfect gift for someone can be a challenging undertaking. In this curated guide, we've compiled a selection of gift ideas for space lovers. - Dallon Adams

From top-notch telescopes to Martian themed LEGO sets, Dallon Adams suggests eight gifts for space enthusiasts

$220 at Amazon

Best tech gifts for coworkers in 2020

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COVID-19 has caused many employees to work remotely and some offices to close permanently. Working from home shouldn't stop you from showing your coworkers how much you appreciate them this holiday season. Sending gifts is the perfect way to reconnect with officemates, and with so many gift options available online you are sure to find the perfect gift for even your fussiest coworker. - Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman

Here are some recommendations from Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman for tech gifts for coworkers

$13 at Amazon

More TechRepublic holiday gift guides for 2020

Great holiday tech gifts for under $100

Here's a look at some of the best tech-related gifts available now for less than $100, often the budget for close coworkers and good friends.

Under $50: Modernize your kitchen, workbench, and living room with these 8 holiday gift ideas

This guide will help you find the perfect and perfectly affordable gift for cooks, DIY fans, and music lovers.

Holiday tech gifts for under $25

Not everything in today's tech has to cost a fortune, and there are plenty of great tech-related gifts for those on a budget, or for those who find their holiday list expanding.

>Best smartphones to gift to friends and family this holiday season

A new iPhone 12, a Google Pixel 5 or a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 are gifts that many would like to find in their stocking. Here are some of the top smartphones to gift this season.

The best headphones to give as gifts during the 2020 holiday season

If you've got a music lover, gamer, or frequent video conference participant on your shopping list this holiday season, here are some of TechRepublic's top picks for headphones to give as gifts.

Cool gift ideas for the tech gadget lover who has everything

This tech gadget gift guide will impress the techy in your life.

Pet lovers: Super cool tech-related holiday gifts

Whether it's for the pet lover on your holiday gift list or a little something that will make sharing space with your pet easier or more fun, there are plenty of innovative items to check out.

>Best mobile accessories gifts in 2020: Wireless chargers, iPhone cases, smartwatch bands, and more

This gift guide features cool and handy accessories for smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops.

Best mobile holiday gifts in 2020: Chromebooks, smartwatches, and more

If you're at a loss for what to buy your on-the-go friend or loved one, start with this handy list and let your imagination be inspired.

Best holiday gifts for open source enthusiasts

From Linux laptops and desktops to open source-themed face masks and stickers, this 2020 open source gift guide can help you find the perfect gift for your loved one or co-worker.

Overworked parent survival gift guide

Working from home with kids in virtual school is no easy task. This gift guide can help.

Top fitness, health and sleep gifts for the holidays

Looking for a smartwatch or a cool sleep or health item with a tech edge to gift this holiday season? Here's a roundup of some options.

Top gifts for runners including headphones, hand warmers, wearables, and more

From basic running essentials to gifts for runners who have everything, here are 8 accessories to help fleet-of-foot athletes make the most of their next training session.

>Top kitchen gadget gifts that will make anyone want to cook

From novice to pro--anyone can enjoy cooking with the right tools.

2020 gift guide: The best streaming services for holiday giving

Help your family and friends make it through the winter in the Northern Hemisphere by giving a gift of a subscription to one of these entertainment or fitness services.

8 gifts for bicyclists to boost the bike commute, weekend outing, and casual joyride

From smart cycling helmets and indoor training stands to roadside repair kits, these 8 gifts for bicyclists prioritize safety, recreation, and training.

>8 gifts for commuters en route via train, bike lane, and automobile

From lightweight e-bikes and app-controlled thermoses to travel-friendly backpacks, here are eight of the top gifts for commuters on the go.

8 outdoor gift ideas for adventurers and glampers alike

Tiki torch-inspired Bluetooth speakers, portable solar panels, and a 21st-century firepit top our list of cool gifts for outdoor enthusiasts and adventures.

8 gifts for golfers who have everything

In the era of the autonomous robo-caddie, basic course essentials can underwhelm avid golfers. From AI-enabled golf tips to smart club sensors, here are 8 gifts for golfers who have everything.

Great tech gifts for traveler safety and comfort

Some people may limit how much they're traveling now, but lockdown has likely sent many jonesing for plane, train or automobile travel, so take the occasion to gift items for an anticipated venture.

>T-shirt gift ideas for techies

 

A funny shirt is an ideal holiday present for the person who is impossible to buy for or already has everything they want.

SEE: >How to host a holiday office party on Zoom

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How to shop safely

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways we live, work, and shop. As you're shopping for your gifts this holiday season, here are helpful tips to keep in mind to stay safe.

Also check out the holiday gift guides from sister sites ZDNet, CNETGameSpotChowhound, ETonline, and the Rachel Ray Show

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