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Shopping for gifts can be tough, especially when it comes to your family and friends.
If you're scrambling to find the right gifts, tech is always a great place to start — the usefulness of tech gifts means they're much less likely to end up at the bottom of the receiver's junk drawer.
Cody St. Martin, an advisor from Best Buy, told Yahoo Canada that some of the hottest tech products this holiday season include gaming consoles, tablets, fitness watches, smart home tech and headphones.
This year, supply chain issues are also a major reason why people should start shopping early. It's a good idea to get the things on everyone's Christmas list as soon as possible (ahead of Black Friday if possible) because it's unclear if retailers will be able to replenish stock ahead of the holidays.
St. Martin warns that the hottest tech will sell out the fastest this holiday season — which is an added reason to shop early,
"We are encouraging customers to shop early to get the products they want at the best prices," he added.
With the worry of things being sold out quickly, we've compiled a list of 11 popular tech buys you'll want to snap up ASAP.
The Fitbit Charge 5 is the latest in Fitbit's line of health and fitness trackers. It packs the technology and sensors into a thinner, sleek and premium design with a colour touchscreen. With tools to track and manage your stress, heart health and sleep, plus six months of Fitbit Premium, Charge 5 helps you keep a pulse on your overall wellness.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $169 (originally $230)
This smart hub has a bright display and powerful speaker to keep you entertained with shows, videos, or music while also being able to turn on the lights, lock the doors, monitor video doorbells, cameras and more.
"I am a big Google fan! I use the Google Nest Hub as well as the Google Nest Mini the most," says St. Martin. "I like to combine these two smart devices with smart plugs around my home — this helps me start my day off with ease through voice commands.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $70 (originally $130)
Enjoy hours of gaming with your family and friends with the Nintendo Switch Console. It has up to 9 hours of battery and can be used for single and multi-player use. Just attach the Joy-Con controllers to the bright, hi-def display or detach the controllers and give one to a friend so they can play games like Mario Party with you.
St. Martin suggests buying gaming consoles during Black Friday sales, while they are still available for the holiday season.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $380
For the family that always has a package on the way. This holiday season, get your family the gift of security with the new Nest Doorbell. The battery-powered video doorbell with smarts to detect important activity, so you can see what’s happening at your door even when you’re away.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $200 (originally $300)
Smart tech also includes smart gardening. This Click and Grow Smart Garden will monitor the health, growth and life cycle of your plants with built-in sensors and smart soil. Just plug it in, add water and watch your plants thrive throughout the winter.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $90 (originally $130)
Perfect for the student or remote worker looking to stay focused, connected and comfortable. This Microsoft headset features great audio quality and on-ear design includes lightweight.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $56 (originally $60)
With Xbox Series S, users will experience the next generation of gaming with the largest digital launch library yet with the smallest Xbox ever. It also features more dynamic worlds, faster load times and the addition of Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Series S is truly a gift your family members will be thanking you for until the next holiday season
SHOP IT: The Source, $380
Smart-tech can also keep your home clean! The iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum will take care of that for you. Just schedule it to clean up dirt, dust and debris with the app or your voice assistant. It will learn your cleaning habits and offer personalized schedules. This is the perfect gift for someone with a shedding pet or an allergy to pollen.
SHOP IT: Canadian Tire, $440
For the trendsetter in your life, gift trendy and cutting-edge tech such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Maison Kitsuné Edition. They are the perfect gift for any fashion-forward music lover. Available in Moonrock Beige, it infuses the multifaceted Paris-meets-Tokyo lifestyle brand’s signature esthetic with the Galaxy Buds2.
SHOP IT: Samsung, $350 (coming soon)
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are the first phones to be all Google inside and out. With new camera features like Face Unblur and Real Tone technology, to new accessibility features like Live Translate, this is Google’s most inclusive phone yet.
SHOP IT: Best Buy
The Galaxy Tab S7 is designed for both work and play. It can easily transform into a PC-like experience during the day with a keyboard attachment. At night, enjoy your favourite content on the display, write letters to Santa with the S Pen and more.
SHOP IT: Samsung, from $430