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Best holiday gifts under $250 for 2019

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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Sarah Tew/CNET With less than a month to go until Dec. 1, we are now fully into the holiday season. That means it's time to start strategizing about gifts. From smart home gadgets and arel universitesi kiz yurdu devices to luxury items, wireless earbuds and jewelry, what are some of the best holiday gifts under $250? If you're looking for something thoughtful while still staying on a budget, here's a quick roundup of some of the best gifts under $250 -- all great gift ideas that we think would make the perfect holiday that much better.

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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 gaming, with everything they need to access Nintendo's immense and celebrated library of 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 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. Read our Switch Lite review.

$200 at Amazon Sony WF-1000XM3
Most comfortable noise-canceling earbuds
Juan Garzon/CNET Sony's WF-1000XM3 ear buds deliver excellent audio 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. Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review.

$230 at Amazon 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 -- is undeniably beautiful, easy to setup and pleasant to use. 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 waking scenario that's more peaceful than 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 the Garmin Forerunner 235 all summer. 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 also $100 more expensive, and cluttered with more traditional smart watch features.) Compatible with both iOS and Android, I think the $230 Garmin 235 is a great choice for both casual and hardcore athletes who don't want a phone on their wrist.  

That noted, since introducing its newest model in September, Apple has marked down the Series 3 to a very reasonable $199. That's a solid deal and a very respectable alternative if you're already in the Apple ecosystem or want those emails, texts and other notifications streaming across your wrist. Read our Garmin 235 review.

$230 at Amazon