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For under $250, you can get a Nintendo Switch Lite or these other great holiday gifts

por Leland Eason (2020-01-05)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Sarah Tew/CNET This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season's best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET. Cyber Monday has been and gone, but it's better late than never to kick off your shopping for the forthcoming holiday season. The $100 to $250 range just might be the sweet spot when it comes to a great gift that will be well-received but will not annihilate your budget -- and we have lots of ideas for the special people on your list. Here are some of our favorites.

Nintendo Switch Lite
For gamers on the go
Sarah Tew/CNET This thing rocks. Kids, adult gamers and frequent flyers will find it perfectly sized for handheld video gaming, with everything they need to access Nintendo's classic, immense and celebrated library of video games. It has a microSD card slot to expand its storage, and a USB-C port for charging and connecting to wired controller accessories. And it's $100 cheaper to buy than the full-sized Switch. Sure, you can't dock it or detach the controllers -- but neither of those are deal-breakers for most people. Straight up: This is probably the best mobile gaming system on the market to buy, and it's the perfect gift for any gamer. Read our Switch Lite review.

$194 at B&H Photo Sony WF-1000XM3
Most comfortable noise-canceling earbuds
Juan Garzon/CNET Sony's WF-1000XM3 ear buds deliver excellent sound quality, strong battery life and a quick-charging USB-C connection. My colleagues who've tested them tend to get a bit breathless when talking about them, claiming they're hands-down the most comfortable earbuds on the market with active noise cancellation. These gadgets make great birthday, holiday or anniversary gifts. Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review.

$228 at Amazon Keurig K-Duo Plus coffee maker: $230
Space-saving dual coffee maker
David Carnoy/CNET Keurig K-Duo Plus is the company's top-end coffee maker. It gives you the option of popping in a K-Cup pod to make a single serving, or multiple cups using ground coffee (a 12-cup thermal carafe is included along with a reusable mesh filter). Aside from its dual-brewing capabilities, its other key feature is its multiposition 60-ounce water reserve that can be positioned to the right, left or along the back of the brewer to optimize counter space. With it positioned on back (as pictured), it's quite compact.

$230 at Best Buy Casper Glow (2-pack)
For easier sleep
Casper There are certainly cheaper smart light options, but the Glow -- a highly portable, rechargeable battery-operated smart lamp that will go great on your wishlist -- is undeniably beautiful, easy to setup and pleasant to use. My family has two of them, and they've become instrumental bedtime tools for all four of us (the adults steal from the kids after they fall asleep).

Thanks to the built-in gyroscope you can flip it over to turn it on and off, twist it to dim it up or down or shake it to trigger a low nightlight setting. The lamp produces a very pleasant ambient glow -- hence the name -- which dims gradually over 15 to 60 minutes. You can control the span (in 15-minute intervals) using Casper's streamlined iOS and Android-compatible app. And you can also set the light to come on in the morning -- a reverse nightlight, of sorts -- for a perfect waking scenario that's more peaceful than the sound of any clock alarm, radio or phone. Read our Casper Glow preview.

$229 at Casper Garmin 235
For athletes looking for data -- not distraction
Sarah Tew/CNET I wore the Garmin Forerunner 235 all summer and it's become one of my favorite gadgets. It's a full-featured fitness tracker that accurately captures all of the details of my workouts, whether I'm running or on my bike. I wear it around the clock, into the shower and while swimming in the ocean, and it tracks my steps and sleep. It has an optical heart-rate sensor and can offer up some pretty complex training data -- including an estimate of my VO2 Max and predicted race times and recovery periods. The battery life is stellar; I charge it about once a week. 

There's a specific use case for this Garmin watch, and it fits me exactly. I wanted a watch that that was free from the uber-connectedness of an Apple Watch -- I don't need any more distractions. (I also tested the newer and more attractive Garmin 245, which is more refined but costs $315, and cluttered with more traditional smart watch features.) Compatible with both iOS and Android, I think the Garmin 235 is a great choice for both casual and hardcore athletes who don't want a smartphone on their wrist. Read our Garmin 235 review.

$170 at Amazon