The Best Gifts Under $500 for 2022

Whereas a significant present would not essentially should be costly, generally it feels good to spend a bit of extra on our family members and provides them one thing distinctive. Whether or not you are looking for a particular birthday, commencement, vacation or simply as a result of, these are a number of the greatest presents within the $200 to $500 value vary. 

Prepared to seek out the proper present? This checklist will assist you discover simply the suitable factor to order and ship. One factor to notice although: As a result of they’re unlikely to be simple to seek out over the approaching weeks, we have left the PS5 ($400 to $500) and Xbox Sequence X ($500) and Sequence S ($300) off this checklist. If you may get your fingers on one, nevertheless, it will make an amazing present.

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Fb’s Oculus Quest 2 could possibly be the machine that makes digital actuality mainstream. It is not solely higher than the unique but in addition cheaper, beginning at $300 for the 128GB model (the 256GB model is $400). 

CNET’s Scott Stein praised it for being lighter and sooner, with revised controllers and longer battery life. The show decision is notably crisper and remarkably simple to learn textual content on. The one draw back: You now should have a Fb login in to make use of it.

Learn our Oculus Quest 2 evaluation.


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The ninth technology of Apple’s entry-level iPad got here out final fall with an up to date A13 Bionic chip processor that provides it a pleasant efficiency increase (a keyboard or case will not be included). In any other case it is just about the identical as final yr’s entry-level iPad, which stays the most effective worth in Apple’s iPad line. Whereas costs begin at $396, you get double the storage over the earlier yr’s mannequin, at 64GB (and $479 for the 256GB model), search for particular gives as this iPad usually will get the flash-deal therapy.


The Theragun Prime is a brand new Theragun included within the firm’s rebrand and launch of 4 new therapeutic massage weapons. Its prior equal was the Theragun Liv, which is reviewed in-depth right here.

Just like the high-end Theragun Professional ($599), the Theragun Prime’s predominant spectacular function is that it is a lot quieter than its now-retired predecessor. In truth, the Prime rivals the famously quiet Hypervolt Plus by way of quantity stage — that is a large enchancment from the Liv.

The enhancements do not cease there, although: The place the Theragun Liv solely had two preprogrammed speeds and got here with two closed-cell foam attachments, the Theragun Prime has 5 built-in speeds (from 1,750 rpm to 2,400 rpm) and comes with 5 closed-cell foam attachments. 

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Sony has launched its new WH-1000XM5 however the WH-1000XM4 stays on sale. Whereas I want the WH-1000XM5 — it is a bit of extra snug, has improved noise canceling, extra refined sound and considerably higher voice-calling efficiency — the WH-1000XM4 remains to be an amazing headphone and a few folks might want its barely extra energetic sound and the way it folds up right into a smaller case than that of the WH-1000M5. It additionally prices much less and we must always see some good reductions on it going ahead.

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No, you possibly can’t get a really high-performance TV for lower than $500, however with TCL’s 55-inch 55S535 you may get an amazing present with a pleasant measurement display screen, very strong 4K image high quality and the most effective streaming system out there (Roku) for $500. In order for you beneath $400, TCL’s newest 4-series 4K line is a decent selection.

Learn our TCL 55S425 evaluation.


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The Hypervolt Plus is the next-generation Hyperice percussive massager, and rivals the marginally better-known Theragun in effectiveness. Regardless of being fairly forceful, because of a 90-watt high-torque motor, it is notably quiet, so it is not annoying to make use of — to your self or others. It is cordless, after all, and the lithium-ion battery provides you about two hours per cost. It comes with 5 head attachments and options three pace settings.

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So perhaps your present recipients have already got a pleasant TV, however they’re caught listening to its horrible built-in audio system. A soundbar is the best approach to repair that drawback, and this $350 Yamaha is one our favorites on this value vary. As a bonus it additionally works with Alexa, so you possibly can ask Amazon’s voice assistant to play your tunes, even when the TV is turned off.

Learn our Yamaha YAS-209 evaluation.


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Nintendo’s massively in style platform might have a more recent, cheaper entry within the Swap Lite at $200, however the authentic bought a minor enchancment within the V2 model with improved battery life. The large distinction between the 2? The Swap Lite has a smaller display screen and is strictly moveable, with out the big-screen TV dockability and removable controllers that make the V2 so distinctive. We break down the variations right here; the primary factor to know is we nonetheless contemplate the larger Swap to be the higher selection.

Learn our Nintendo Swap evaluation.


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