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Buying gifts, even for your close friends and family, is not easy. You might gift them a book they may never read. Or a gift voucher that they may never use. But if they’re an Android fan or an Android power user, you can drastically narrow down the options for some awesome holiday gifts they’re bound to love.

1. Google Home ($49 – $129)

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Last Christmas was all about the Amazon Echo How to Set Up and Use Your Amazon Echo Dot How to Set Up and Use Your Amazon Echo Dot Just got an Echo Dot and need help setting it up? We'll show you how to set up your Dot and explain everything you need to use it, plus troubleshoot common problems. Read More , and we have a feeling that this one will be all about Google Home. Or at least it can be for your friend who already uses Google Assistant on their Android phone 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Assistant Could Do 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Assistant Could Do Android's version of Siri -- Google Assistant -- is more powerful than most people realize. Read More .

Putting up a Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker in the living room or the kitchen can be super helpful. The full-size Google Home is a bit expensive, but you can gift them the new smaller and cheaper Google Home mini. It has the same features, just in a smaller package, with smaller speakers.

Google Home can do a lot. It will play music for you, answer all your questions, play trivia games, talk to your Chromecast How to Control Chromecast From a Phone With Google Assistant How to Control Chromecast From a Phone With Google Assistant Did you know you can control a Chromecast with voice commands using nothing more than Google Assistant? Read More , do a bit of home automation, and a lot more.

Buy: Google Home | Google Home mini

2. Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Audio ($35 – $70)

11 Gift Ideas for Android Users chromecast

Because Chromecasts are so cheap and so useful 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV The Chromecast is arguably the best device currently on the market for anyone looking to cut the cord. And you'll definitely need these 10 apps to get you started. Read More , it’s possible that your friends already own one. But what they might not have is the new Chromecast Ultra that supports 4K streaming, or the Chromecast Audio that works as an audio bridge.

The Chromecast Audio is great for turning old wired speakers into Chromecast-enabled wireless speakers. All they have to do is plug in the Chromecast Audio, and they’re ready to (rock and) roll.

Buy: Chromecast Ultra | Chromecast Audio

3. Google Play Gift Card ($10 – $50)

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These are a safe choice for that person who’s all in on the Google ecosystem. Using a Google Play Gift Card they can buy apps, movies, TV shows, and even books.

You can buy a Google Play Gift card in denominations of $10, $25 or $50. You can pick them up at a store like Walmart, Target or Best Buy. You can even order them online and just send your friends the redeem code in an email.

Buy: Google Play Gift Card

4. External Battery Packs ($18-38)

External Battery Pack

The battery is like oxygen for an Android power user. If you want to give them the gift of life, gift them an external battery pack so that their Android phone is never out of juice.

And you have a variety of choices here. All the way from battery packs the size of a credit card to 22,000mAh battery packs that can charge multiple devices at once. Take a look at the following options.

Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery with High-Speed Charging Technology, Power Bank for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and more Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery with High-Speed Charging Technology, Power Bank for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and more The Anker Advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by America's leading USB charging brand. Buy Now At Amazon $17.99

5. Fitbit Charge 2

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If you’re going to gift them a Fitbit, start with the Charge 2 (don’t go for the Flex). It’s a bit more expensive, but you get a screen that tells the time and a heart rate sensor (which makes health tracking more accurate).

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version) Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version) PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day Buy Now At Amazon $99.00

Buy: Fitbit Charge 2

6. A Phone Case ($5-$25)

Here’s a universal truth: One can never own too many super cool phone cases. And because phones are so fragile now, you basically have to use a case. So might as well make it a cool one.

You can gift your friend a phone case that’s an inside joke that’s just between the two of you. Or you can choose a case that has a cool design, or that features their favorite fictional character.

If they’re a forgetful kind, give them a case that doubles as a wallet. You can give them a battery pack case as well. Just start searching on Amazon and you’re bound to come across something interesting.

This is a great option for your best friend or someone in your family that you’re close to. You can get an awesome case for less than $25.

Spigen Slim Armor CS Galaxy S8 Case with Slim Dual Layer Wallet Design and Card Slot Holder for Samsung Galaxy S8 (2017) - Gunmetal Spigen Slim Armor CS Galaxy S8 Case with Slim Dual Layer Wallet Design and Card Slot Holder for Samsung Galaxy S8 (2017) - Gunmetal Extreme dual-layer protection made of a TPU cover and polycarbonate back Buy Now At Amazon $13.39

7. Bluetooth Speaker ($30 – $100)

UE Wonderboom

A little portable Bluetooth speaker livens up any gathering. These days, you can get a handheld Bluetooth speaker with pretty good audio quality for relatively cheap. Anker’s SoundCore speaker gives you 24 hours of playback time and a 66-foot Bluetooth range.

For richer sound, look at JBL’s Flip and Charge series. Logitech’s UE brand also makes some amazing sounding (and waterproof) portable Bluetooth speakers. UE Wonderboom is a cute little splash-proof Bluetooth speaker with 360-degree surround sound and 10 hours of battery life.

Anker SoundCore 2 12W Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: Better Bass, 24-Hour Playtime, 66ft Bluetooth Range, IPX5 Water Resistance & Built-in Mic, Dual-Driver Speaker for Beach, Travel, Party Anker SoundCore 2 12W Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: Better Bass, 24-Hour Playtime, 66ft Bluetooth Range, IPX5 Water Resistance & Built-in Mic, Dual-Driver Speaker for Beach, Travel, Party Upgraded Audio: Engineered to deliver the same build and clarity as the original SoundCore, with upgraded 2x 6W high-performance drivers. Buy Now At Amazon $31.99

BuyAnker’s SoundCore 2 | UE Wonderboom

8. Bluetooth Headphones ($25-$90)

Creative Sound Blaster Jam

Creative Sound Blaster Jam headphones are lightweight and they have up to 12 hours of battery life. They’re cheap and give a surprisingly rich sound with an ergonomic fit.

When it comes to neck buds, the Plantronics BlackBeat Fit headphones are a great choice, though a bit more expensive.

Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset Ergonomic fit with soft ear cushions to ensure comfort and long listening hours. Connectivity Technology: Wireless Buy Now At Amazon $14.99

BuyCreative Sound Blaster JamPlantronics BlackBeat Fit

9. Android TV Box ($90-179)

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An Android TV box is a perfect fit for an Android power user who wants more than a Chromecast streaming dongle. Android TV boxes run fully featured Android with all the media and gaming apps you can think of: Netflix, Plex, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and so on.

Our recommendation for the best overall Android TV box Android TV Boxes: What Are They, And What Can They Do? Android TV Boxes: What Are They, And What Can They Do? Companies like Apple, Roku and Western Digital have already capitalized on this with their set-top boxes, but now a new wave of Android options has hit the market. Typically available for between $60 and $100,... Read More is the mighty powerful Nvidia Shield TV. But Xiaomi’s Mi Box also ticks the right boxes — 4K streaming, a physical remote, Plex support, etc. — and it’s a bit cheaper.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV | Streaming Media Player with Remote & Game Controller NVIDIA SHIELD TV | Streaming Media Player with Remote & Game Controller Connected Google Life - Access all your Google content and smart home features with Google Assistant, share your Google Photos in 4K, and cast your favorite apps to your TV with Chromecast 4K. Buy Now At Amazon $169.99

Buy: Nvidia Shield TV | Xiaomi TV Box

10. Wireless Charger ($25-$60)

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If your friend or a family member has a Samsung Galaxy phone The Greatest Smartphone You Shouldn't Buy: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review (and Giveaway!) The Greatest Smartphone You Shouldn't Buy: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review (and Giveaway!) The $800 Samsung Galaxy S8 is, without question, the best smartphone ever made. But you probably shouldn't buy one. Read More (or any other glass-back phone that supports wireless charging), get them a wireless charging pad Best iPhone Wireless Chargers That Are Cheaper Than Apple's Best iPhone Wireless Chargers That Are Cheaper Than Apple's The iPhone X and iPhone 8 can be charged wirelessly. But most Apple fans don't know that there are cheaper and better wireless chargers available. Read More . Wireless charging pads are super convenient. You just put your phone on the pad and forget about it. They can put one on their nightstand and make sure that their phone will be fully charged when they wake up.

Our recommendation for the best overall wireless charging pad is Samsung’s Convertible Stand. For a cheaper alternative, you could try the RAVPower Quick Charge Stand’s 2 coil version.

Even if your friend already has a wireless charging pad, you can consider giving them another one, or of a different kind. Wireless charging pads also go well on the office desk, on the living room table, and even in the car! When you’re buying one, make sure it’s Qi-certified.

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible Stand W/ AFC Wall Charger (US Version with Warranty), Black Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible Stand W/ AFC Wall Charger (US Version with Warranty), Black Easily convert your wireless charger from a pad to a stand Buy Now At Amazon Too low to display

BuySamsungs Convertible Stand | RAVPower Quick Charge Stand

11. Get Them Started on a Smart Home ($35)

11 Gift Ideas for Android Users PhilipsHue

If your friend is an Android power user and they already have a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, you should get them started on a smart home setup Smart Home on a Budget: 10 Cheap Alternatives to Popular Devices Smart Home on a Budget: 10 Cheap Alternatives to Popular Devices All the functionality of your favorite smart gadgets for a fraction of the cost? Yes please! Here are 10 less-expensive devices you can easily substitute in your smart home. Read More . You can gift them a Philips Hue lightbulb kit that works with Google Assistant.

A little Wemo smart plug that works with Google Assistant will make a delightful gift. The same goes for a Nest Thermostat How to Set Up and Use Your Nest Learning Thermostat How to Set Up and Use Your Nest Learning Thermostat Just purchased a new Nest Learning Thermostat? Here's a step-by-step guide for everything you need to know to get it set up and working perfectly! Read More or a Nest security camera.

Philips Hue 464479 60W Equivalent White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit, 3rd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa Philips Hue 464479 60W Equivalent White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit, 3rd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa Bathe your home in millions of colors (with improved, richer cyan, green, and blue) and shades of white light, tailored to your mood or need, controlled wirelessly via a smart device. Buy Now At Amazon $141.87

Buy: Philips Hue Starter Kit | Wemo Smart Plug | Nest Thermostat

Even a Brand New Phone?

There’s nothing an Android fan will appreciate quite as much as a brand new Android phone. And these days, you don’t need to spend over $800 on a Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2 Review: Is This The Best Smartphone Ever? Google Pixel 2 Review: Is This The Best Smartphone Ever? How can Google justify $650 for a smartphone, when the OnePlus 5 sells for $480, or the Motorola G5+ $230. What separates the Google Pixel 2 from its competitors? Read More to get the best phone out there. The OnePlus 5T gives you flagship specs iPhone X Alternative? 9 Smartphones With Better Value iPhone X Alternative? 9 Smartphones With Better Value Looking for an iPhone X alternative? Everything you can get in the iPhone X or iPhone 8 -- Android does better or cheaper. So what's the best alternative? Read More , dual cameras, and a bezel-less setup for under $500. For under $300, the Moto G5s Plus 6 Great Budget Amazon Phones Available Right Now 6 Great Budget Amazon Phones Available Right Now Researching and buying Amazon phones can be difficult. You never know whether a phone sucks or whether it's good. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best Android smartphones for $200-$300. Read More is a great choice.

If someone in your family is on the lookout for a new phone (like your children or spouse), a fancy new Android phone could be just what they’re looking for.

What are you getting the Android-lovers in your life for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Squalle
    November 22, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Honestly, the only thing on this list that I would want that I don't already have is the NFC tags. I've always thought that it would be cool to have some of those.

    Does anyone have a portable battery that works decent. I don't remember the brand I have, probably a cheap one, but it doesn't last very long.

    • Anonymous
      November 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      I have a couple of portable batteries made by ANKER.
      I have a smaller 3200mAh that I keep in my EDC and a larger 13000mAh battery that lives in my electronic/tech bag.
      I've had both for around 2 years and use them quite often and have saved me from sticky situations many times.
      Best things I ever bought.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      yeah the NFC tags are nifty. i have a portable battery but honestly i forget who made it, just some cheap thing i found on Amazon lol -- but it does the job

  2. Anonymous
    November 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Android Wear devices have also dropped substantially in price. It's entirely possible to get name brand (LG, Asus, Motorola et al.) Android watch for under $120.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      true! definitely considering that at this point

  3. Anonymous
    November 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    200GB (not 240 and no I don't know why either) microSDXC cards are available now. They aren't cheap, but I have one in my LG G4 and in my Surface Pro. In my experience, they seem to work in everything that supports 128GB cards.

    Nexus Player? I'm not a fan of it, but if you're in the Google ecosystem and for some reason don't like the vastly better FireTV or Roku options, they're acceptable.

    Mobile Device Repair Kit. Not for any particular reason. It's just a good set of tools.

    Tablet or Phone grips. or wall mounts.

    Quickcharge-capable USB charging center.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      very cool! thanks for the recommendations :D

  4. Anonymous
    November 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    All in $,none in £

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      sorry dude, we cater towards an American audience. :P

      • JOHN
        December 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

        Please could you stop sending this stuff as it's biased towards an Americans so no use in the UK a

        • Riley J. Dennis
          December 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

          "sending"? i'm not sending anything. it's an article on the internet -- no one is forcing you to read it. unfortunately, sometimes on the Internet you're going to find stuff that is not catered specifically to the UK. there are other countries in this world. and a lot of stuff we talk about is applicable to the UK, and a lot of products available on Amazon.com are also available on Amazon.co.uk.

        • JOHN
          December 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm

          It's a pity that I have to open an article in order to ascertain if it's applicable to the UK or the USA. It should be made clear in the header as that is MY complaint that everything seems to be USA centric

        • Riley J. Dennis
          December 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

          everything seems to be US-centric because a lot of stuff is. a lot of major websites are based in the US or cater to US audiences because the largest chunk of their readership and revenue comes from there. it would be impossible to label every article on the internet with which English-speaking country it is applicable towards. should we end every article title in (USA) (UK) (Canada) (Australia) (New Zealand) (South Africa) or (India) ??? that's just unrealistic. I'm sorry but you're going to have to open articles to determine what country they're oriented towards, and like I said, often they're applicable to more than one.

        • JOHN
          December 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

          Pity you don't have a uk equivalent like for example Wired uk

  5. TC
    November 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    How about a thumb up and down on each thing you write about. I see so much I've tried and its either junk, doesn't work as advertised, or can't be done the way you all write about. A simple up and down by your readers would be great foe, well your readers.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      i feel like that would be technically difficult to implement, but idk i ain't the programmer here -- just a lowly writer lol. anyway you're welcome to tell us what you like or dislike here in the comments!

  6. Peter
    November 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I wonder where you guys get the information from but the Satechi is far from being $35 a piece at Amazon. That thing costs $60 at Amazon.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      i mean i literally went on Amazon and it was $35 so..... we get our information from Amazon hahahaha. if you're seeing it at $60 now, that's because the price went up. that happens. sorry.

  7. Art
    November 17, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Bought 2 wireless chargers already... Clicked the link, and it was less expensive than advertised.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      wireless chargers are awesomeeeee, and that's cool !

  8. Anonymous
    November 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    "Some phones support the larger 128GB microSD cards, but not all of them, so you’re probably safest going with the 64GB. Besides, that’s plenty of space considering the base model of most phones comes with only 16GB."

    There are a lot of phones (including two that WalMart's discounting to $10) that have a lot less than 16GB of storage (more likely 4GB for those two). Also, a great many phones are only rated (guaranteed) to work with 32GB SD cards (SDHC instead of SDXC); check web forums if you're not 100% sure a 64GB card is going to work (my 2014 Moto G LTE is rated to use 32GB cards, but 64GB worked as long as I'm patient after startup for launch screen icons to show up - the phone has to scan & reindex media folders).

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      interesting, good to know! and yeah always check online is good advice