Holiday shopping season is in full swing and we’ve got some high-end suggestions for your high-end shopping lists. We’ve already tackled some of our top picks in a variety of categories, like our favorite cord cutting gifts under $25, but this one’s all about those premium presents.
All of the picks in this list normally retail above the $100 mark and can make for a great purchase for those interested in splurging a bit on streaming gear. And with holiday discounts arriving seemingly every day, be sure to check out our Holiday hub page to stay on top of all the latest deals and discounts. You might be able to snag a premium gift for less than you were expecting to pay.
(Note: Availability and prices below are accurate at the time of posting, but are likely to change throughout the holiday season.)
Premium Streaming Devices
NVIDIA Shield TV Pro
Sure, there are plenty of capable streaming devices out there that can admirably serve as your daily driver, but for premium performance and flexibility, a high-end device can serve as a versatile centerpiece within your entertainment center. NVIDIA’s multi-talented Shield TV Pro remains a top performer with strong cloud-based gaming potential.
Apple TV 4K
Meanwhile, the updated Apple TV 4K offers impressive performance and deep integration with the company’s many other platforms, like Music, Fitness+, and Arcade.
High-End 4K TV: LG C1 OLED
If you’re looking to buy that special someone a premium TV, LG’s OLEDs remain a stellar option thanks to their high-end specs and excellent performance. Those specs include some gaming-friendly features as well, including support for variable refresh rate and high-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports.
Solid Audio Upgrades
TCL Roku TV Wireless Soundbar
If you’re shopping for someone who’s rocking a Roku TV, TCL offers a simple audio upgrade path in the form of the TCL Roku TV Wireless Soundbar. Made specifically for Roku TVs (and not the company’s dedicated streaming devices), TCL’s two-channel soundbar connects to your Roku TV wirelessly for some seriously simple setup. You can also tack on a Roku Wireless Subwoofer for some added bass.
If you’re looking for some fancier audio options, Sonos is happy to oblige. The company’s Arc line starts at $899 for a unit with 11 built-in drivers. More advanced setup options up the audio ante even more.
Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X
They’ve been in extremely high demand since their respective launches last year. And this holiday season, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are sure to be hot items once again. Both offer top-of-the-line gaming experiences and can serve as capable, if power-hungry, streaming devices if needed.
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s more affordable option, the Xbox Series S offers a ton of gaming value in a more compact and more affordable package. Despite relatively more modest hardware compared to the PS5 and Series X, the Series S still packs a solid punch and works well as a streaming device.
Nintendo Switch OLED Model
Of course, Nintendo’s Switch continues to pop up on holiday wish lists, years after its launch. For 2021, Nintendo released a new model with a much-improved screen, so demand is naturally high once again.
Premium WiFi 6 Wireless Router: TP-Link Archer AX11000
It’s often overlooked — until it stops working. But the humble router serves as the backbone of many home networks and newer options offer tons of features for multi-device households. Routers that support the WiFi 6 standard in particular can be a smart, solid upgrade for a gadget-heavy family. TP-Link’s Archer AX11000 is an intimidating-looking option that also offers great performance for busy homes.