December has gone by leaps and bounds, and with the holidays approaching, you may be running out of time for gifts. If you still need to gift someone in your life with an Android phone or they might be an Android fanatic, here are our top picks that you can buy locally or have them shipped quickly.
Chromecast with Google TV (HD or 4K)
Perhaps the easiest gift you can give just about anyone this holiday season is Chromecast with Google TV. Both the HD and 4K models are excellent choices with wide app support for all the major streaming services — Netflix, YouTube, HBO Max, Disney+, Hulu, Prime Video, Peacock, Apple TV+, and more — all at a very reasonable price.
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is only $20 right now from most retailers. You can get it online from the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, etc., or you can get it in person from stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and any other local store that sells electronics if you’re in a hurry. Chromecast with Google TV (4K) supports the same apps and services, but with better support for HDTVs, and currently costs $40-50 depending on where you buy it.
Buy Chromecast with Google TV (4K)
Buy Chromecast with Google TV (HD)
Give the gift of Android Auto
Another great gift for the holidays is the gift of safe driving. Android Auto lets you put your phone’s media and maps on a larger screen in your car and can reduce how much you’ll need to pull out to tune in to songs or get directions.
If you know someone who already has an Android Auto car, the Wireless Android Auto Adapter is a great gift. These handy little devices allow you to convert your wired Android Auto connection into a wireless one, which is very convenient for commutes. AAW wireless is our top pick, with two-day shipping available on Amazon, but you can also pick up a Motorola MA1 or Carsifi from Amazon in time for the holidays. Prices range from $89 to $99.
Alternatively, if their car doesn’t already have Android Auto, you can choose a device that adds Android Auto to the car without any complicated installations. These devices look like an old GPS unit, install in seconds, and can even work wirelessly. Prices vary widely, but we’ve had success with multiple units this year including this one from Awesafe.
Pixel Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
A smartwatch is one of the best gifts out there, and there are two solid options for any Android user.
Google’s Pixel Watch is a compact and stylish smartwatch with clean software and Fitbit integration for great health tracking. It retails for $299 and can be purchased in local stores at Best Buy (buy online to pick up in-store before stock runs low), or you can buy online at Amazon to get it just in time. The Pixel Watch is a great companion for almost any Android phone thanks to how its software is designed.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 5 is an ideal companion for those with a Samsung phone, though it will work with most Android devices. It features powerful health tracking through Samsung Health, is designed with a durable sapphire crystal display, and comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm. It’s a great, more affordable option than the Pixel Watch, dropping to $239 depending on where you buy it. Best Buy is your best bet for getting it in time for the 25th, as Amazon is late for most models.
Google Pixel 7
Do you know someone who needs a promotion? The Google Pixel 7 is a pretty safe bet in this regard, and one that won’t cost you an arm or a leg.
The Pixel 7 now costs $499 from Best Buy, Amazon, and most carriers, has one of the best cameras in an Android phone, a comfortable size, great battery life, and overall one of the best values in a flagship Android phone today.
Alternatively, the Pixel 6a is also a great option, and it’s currently priced at $299.
Buy a Pixel 7
Galaxy Buds 2 or Pixel Buds A-Series
Earbuds are always a solid option, too, with Google’s Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and Pixel Buds A-Series working great with the vast majority of Android phones and readily available from local retailers and through Amazon for fast shipping.
The Pixel Buds A-Series cost $99 — currently down to $69 — while the Galaxy Buds 2 are around $100-150, but can be had for $80 “refurbished” through Amazon with express shipping.
Backup charger is always nice!
You can never go wrong in giving someone a spare charger. This used to be a bit of a headache on Android when everyone used to use different charging standards, but nowadays it has become fairly easy.
Any PD compatible USB-C charger is likely to provide a solid fast charging experience for most recent Android phones. We recommend options from Anker, Nomad, UGREEN, and others for great quality and fast shipping. 30W chargers are a happy medium, too, with support for even the fastest charging Android phones, plus enough wattage for Chromebooks, tablets, and more.
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