I’ve been covering gadgets over 20 years — and these 7 gifts beat everything else

Nintendo Switch OLED, Ooni Volt 12, Bose QC Ultra, Ray-Ban/Meta Smart Glasses, Twelve South Hi-Rise 3, My Arcade Ms. Pac-Man
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As someone who gets to play with tech toys for a living, you might say that I'm a little bit spoiled. And now that I've been doing it for over 20 years you might also say I'm a little bit jaded. You would be wrong.

Even after all this time I'm excited to try out the latest gadgets, and that's especially true around the holidays, as I get a chance to show off my very top picks on Fox 5's Good Day New York TV show. And this year's lineup is the best I've ever had the chance to put together. Check out the full video clip below. 

Yes, the usual suspects like the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the LG G3 OLED TV are awesome to give and receive. But I wanted to look beyond the ordinary to find something for everyone on your list. From an indoor electric oven that can cook pizzas in 90 seconds and smart glasses that can record holiday memories to a tiny replica of my favorite arcade game ever, here's my 7 favorite gadget gifts. 

Great for Foodies

Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven 

Ooni Volt 12 indoor electric pizza oven

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You know a gift is hot when it makes Oprah's list of favorite things. The Ooni Volt 12 is a stellar all-electric pizza oven that heats up to 850 degrees in just 20 minutes for fresh stone-baked pizza at home. Just make your pizza and put it in the oven and you'll have a finished pie in just 90 seconds. Seriously.

The Ooni Volt 12 is easy to use with its adjustable dials, and there's a built-in timer to make sure you don't overcook your pizza. We actually cooked a pizza with this thing before going on air, and I was amazed with the result, complete with slightly crispy bubbling cheese on top. This oven takes up a decent amount of counter space, but if you really love pizza it's worth it. 

Ooni Volt 12: was $999 now $899 @ Amazon

Ooni Volt 12: was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
The Ooni Volt 12 makes restaurant-quality pizza in just 90 seconds. And it's made to last with a powder-coated shell. It comes with built-in handles so you can move it easily. This Ooni made the list of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2023. 

Great for Gamers

Nintendo Switch OLED + Super Mario Wonder 

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As someone who isn't a hardcore gamer, I love just sitting back and playing the Nintendo Switch OLED, especially on my commute. You get a vibrant OLED display, an improved kickstand over the original Switch and more internal storage for games.

The Switch OLED's screen is the perfect canvas for the new Super Mario Bros. Wonder, a side-scrolling game with loads of playable characters, stunning visuals and badges that give you all sorts of new abilities. I also love how the Wonder Flowers alter levels in wonderfully trippy ways. 

Nintendo Switch OLED (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Bundle): $349 @ Best Buy

Nintendo Switch OLED (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Bundle): $349 @ Best Buy
The Nintendo Switch OLED sports a larger 7-inch OLED display, increased internal storage, a redesigned docking station and an improved kickstand. This bundle also includes the best-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game is the perfect game for playing with friends, just don't get too competitive.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder: $59 @ Amazon

Super Mario Bros. Wonder: $59 @ Amazon
If you love side-scrolling Mario games with a twist, you're going to love the new Super Mario Bros. Wonder. You can choose from a wide range of characters (including Mario, Luigi, Peach and Daisy) and you can transform into an elephant for swinging your trunk against enemies. 

Great for Travelers

Bose QuietComfort Ultra 

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If you have a frequent flier or mass transit commuter on your list, they will be wowed by the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones. These new cans offer a sleek design with pillowy earcups and superior noise cancellation for keeping everything from crying babies to roaring engines silent.

The QC Ultra also offers a new Immersive Audio mode that makes it feel like the sound is coming from all around you while listening to music and watching movies. And you get a strong 24 hours of battery life. 

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: was $429 now $379 @ AmazonSAVE $50! Price check: $379 @ Best Buy | $379 @ Walmart

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: was $429 now $379 @ Amazon
SAVE $50! The QC Ultra Headphones replace the Bose 700 as the new flagship model, and combine class-leading ANC with intuitive features and universal spatial audio to deliver one of the most engaging, peaceful listening experiences money can buy. This $50 price drop is the first discount we've seen on this new model since it launched, and is a great saving on the best noise-canceling headphones money can buy.
Price check: $379 @ Best Buy | $379 @ Walmart

Great for Health Nuts

Ninja Thirsti 

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If you're sick of buying bottles and cans like I am, the Ninja Thirsti is a great alternative. This system can make still and sparkling drinks using a combination of cold water and CO2. And you can pick from multiple flavors, including everything from Lemonade with all sorts of B vitamins to Ripe Raspberry and Peach Mango with Caffeine. 

And unlike the very popular SodaStream, you have control over the amount of fizz and the ability to combine flavors. You can also customize the drink size from 6 all the way up to 24 ounces. The flavored water drop packs are $7 each or about $20 for a 3-pack. 

Ninja Thirsti Drink System: was $179 now $149 @ Amazon

Ninja Thirsti Drink System: was $179 now $149 @ Amazon
Save $30 right now on the Ninja Thirsti, which makes it a breeze to make flavored still and sparkling drinks at home. You can personalize the fizz, flavor and drink size, and it comes with a CO2 cylinder and variety of flavored water drops. 

Best for Influencers

Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses 

Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses

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Okay, I said they're for influencers. But the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses are also for anyone who wants to listen to music on the go or podcasts while hearing the world around them. Or for taking photos and videos without having to get out their phone — perfect for when you're sightseeing or playing with the dog.

I recorded a quick clip walking around Bryant Park to where the ice skaters were gliding around the rink, and I was pretty impressed with the video quality. Plus, you can live stream directly to Facebook and Instagram. These smart glasses are getting smarter all the time, too, as you can now use them to help pick out your outfit

Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses: $299 @ Amazon
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Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses: $299 @ Amazon
These smart glasses are a camera, bluetooth headphones, and stylish designed sunglasses all in one. They're great for commuters and content creators who are always on-the-go. Read our Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses review for more info. Apply Code: RAYBAN50 for $50 in Amazon credit. 

Great for Retro Fans

My Arcade Ms. Pac-Man Micro

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The pang of nostalgia the first time I fired up the My Arcade Ms. Pac-Man Micro, a device that lives up to its name by offering a handheld size replica of the original arcade classic. The gameplay is identical to what you remember along with all of the cute intermissions, music and gobbling pellets and fruit sound effects.

If Ms. Pac-Man isn't your thing, you can choose from 7 other options, including Galaga, Mega Man, Space Invaders and Street Fighter. The joystick is small but I got used to it pretty fast. And I love that I don't have to keep entering quarters to keep playing. 

My Arcade Ms. Pac-Man Micro: $39 @ Amazon

My Arcade Ms. Pac-Man Micro: $39 @ Amazon
Take a trip back to the 80s when the arcade was king with the My Arcade Ms. Pac-Man Micro, which crams one of the best games of all time into a tiny handheld complete with a 2.75-inch color display and mini joystick. Powered by 4 AA batteries or USB-C. 

Great for Apple Lovers

Twelve South HiRise 3 Deluxe

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Raise your hand if you have someone on your list who owns more than one Apple device. Okay, I think that's pretty much everybody. For you I present the HiRise 3 Deluxe from Twelve South, which is a compact 3-in-1 wireless charger that juices your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch all at once. 

The magnetic phone stand supports the handy Standby Mode available in iOS 17, which essentially turns your iPhone into a smart display with an alarm clock, widget access and photos. The pop-up Apple Watch charger puts your wearable front and center, and the back part of the stand can power your AirPods or even a second iPhone. 

Twelve South HiRise 3 Deluxe: $149 @ Twelve South

Twelve South HiRise 3 Deluxe: $149 @ Twelve South
This versatile and compact charger is a great gift for someone on your list who lives in the Apple ecosystem. It can wirelessly charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at 15W and your AirPods at 7.5W. 

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Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.