Top tech gifts for the holidays

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Top new phones from Google, Apple and Samsung all have something missing – a headphone jack.

Lindsey Turrentine of CNet says, “Things are changing!”

That’s driving sales of wireless headphones.

Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge says, “Bose and Sony noise-canceling headphones are very high in demand.”

Many of those high-end models are pricey, 150-300 bucks, but with more manufacturers entering the market, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg.

Turrentine notes, “What’s different this year is that you can get nice wireless headphones as low as $50.”

Nintendo is having a happy holiday with record sales of its switch console.

Gartenberg says, “One of the other interesting trends that we’re seeing especially this year is the miniature retro console.”

Nostalgic gamers are fueling sales of the Nintendo SNES Classic and the Playstation Classic toy-like versions of old-school consoles with vintage games included.

But the top trending tech this year? All things smart home.

Says Gartenberg, “There’s been an increasing push especially from Amazon and Google.”

Both launching new products ahead of the holiday season, Google’s “Home Hub” and an update from Amazon on its entire Alexa product line.

All those top-sellers add up to record spending in the electronics category.

Turrentine adds, “I wouldn’t be surprised if almost every person in the country gets a tech-related gift this year.”

With tech topping the holiday wishlist, Santa might have a gift-wrapping robot on his.

And just out this morning, more of this season’s most popular tech items according to Adobe Analytics:

  • LG and Samsung televisions
  • Apple iPad
  • Amazon Fire tv, Roku and Chromecast
  • Lenovo and Dell laptops

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