Swappa’s marketplace is safe, secure, and easy-to-use. We are a remote team spread around the world, and we all share a love for our customers, and for tech. We are now well into the 2020 holiday shopping season, and like lots of people are doing this time of year — we’ve been working to finish our shopping.
Swappa Staff Holiday Gift Picks
Because Swappa is a remote team, we all put quite a bit of thought into which tech works best. Naturally, we all need a good workstation, which for many of us — means an Apple MacBook. We also look towards our smartphones and tablets to stay connected with each other, as well as to provide us with some entertainment when we’re not working. Another hot topic is gaming and despite the recent launches of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, the Swappa team really likes the Nintendo Switch.
Whether you’re just curious about the tech we like, or you’re looking for inspiration — here are our top picks to spread cheer.
Top phone picks
Whether it is keeping in touch with friends and family, on-the-go entertainment, or staying connected with your co-workers — smartphones play an essential role, especially for an all-remote team. But just as each member of the team is unique, so are our reasons for choosing the phone we carry.
Will on the Marketing team likes the iPhone 11 because it is the “current sweet spot for price/features vs performance.” Dawn, our Director of Marketing, picked the Galaxy Note 10 because the “S Pen is really great for functionality for work or play.”
While the iPhone 11 and Galaxy Note 10 are both newer releases, many on the team realize the value (read: prices that are easier on your bank account) in slightly older smartphones. For example, Austin and Tyler, who are both on our Support & Moderation team picked the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.
Rounding out the top phone picks is the iPhone 12 mini, which was chosen by three team members; Chris, Nathan, and Meghan. If you want a small iPhone that is full-featured and full-powered — it is hard to argue against the iPhone 12 mini.
Top tablet picks
We had a bit of variety for our smartphone picks — but as we look towards our tablet picks you will notice that many of us like the iPad. Of course, there are several different options available within the iPad lineup. Not only are there newer and older models to choose from, but you have the iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, as well as the iPad to choose between.
My go-to pick is the iPad Pro 11” (2020). The 11-inch form factor is the sweet spot for me personally, and I also really like that the iPad Pro uses Face ID, which makes it a bit more convenient when using your iPad along with the Apple Magic Keyboard. Tyler also picked an 11” iPad Pro, though he selected the 2018 model, which with current prices — is a really great value.
Will picked the 3rd generation iPad Air because it has a sharp and vibrant display along with excellent price and performance. The Pro and Air models in the iPad lineup are solid picks, but the best overall iPad for most people is probably the regular iPad. Nate, an Administrator and Product Catalog Lead, went this route and picked the 7th generation iPad.
Top laptop picks
Not every Swappa employee uses a MacBook, though you wouldn’t know it by reading this list. Personally, I use a 13” 2020 MacBook Pro, but it is hard to argue against the MacBook Air because of the mix of price and performance. Having said that, my pick is the 13” MacBook Air. I recommend setting your budget and then getting the newest model you can afford.
Chris on the Marketing team also picked the MacBook Air, but he is going straight to the recently released 2020 MacBook Air with the M1 processor. Austin, along with Meghan, our Social Media Specialist, picked the MacBook Pro. Similar to my recommendation for the MacBook Air, when deciding which MacBook Pro to go with — set your budget, and then choose the newest model that fits within that budget.
Top gaming pick
Given the recent release of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S consoles you may think our top gaming picks would be from either Sony or Microsoft. Several people on the Swappa team have picked up one of these new consoles, but Nintendo seems to have a special place in our hearts.
Will and I both choose the Nintendo Switch Lite as a top gaming pick. The Switch Lite is pretty great because it is light and easy to carry on the go, and it has a wide variety of games including the Nintendo favorites such as the Mario and Zelda titles.
The Switch Lite may have been picked by two of us, but the regular Switch was not forgotten. Will offered a split pick by selecting the Switch and Switch Lite, and Meghan, Dawn, Nathan, and Chris also picked the Nintendo Switch. We’ve shared similar picks in other categories, but with five team members picking the Switch — it becomes hard to say that we aren’t Nintendo fans.
Top overall picks
Up until this point we’ve looked at several different categories — specifically phones, tablets, laptops, and game consoles. But we also asked everyone to list their top overall pick, which could be from any category, and this is where we get a bit of fun and variety.
Meghan selected the Apple Watch Series 4, and Austin picked the HomePod Mini. Tyler went with the GoPro Hero 8 because he feels it is “one of the most amazing action cameras” that he has had the opportunity to use. Tyler also mentioned that the Hero 8 has stunning quality and is easy to operate. I went a slightly different route with my top overall pick and selected the Microsoft Surface Duo simply because it is a fun and interesting new form factor.
Top non-tech pick
We love our tech and given we all work remotely, we depend on our tech, but there is more to life. Nate went a completely different route with his top overall pick, and his pick resulted in us creating this final category, for the top non-tech pick.
“It sounds cheesy, but my top pick this holiday season is putting down our devices, being present, and appreciating time with family and friends. It’s been such a crazy year, that’s my top pick, by far.”
We mentioned how the Swappa marketplace is safe and easy-to-use at the top of this post. Part of the safety aspect is due to how we use PayPal for payments because of the extensive protections they offer for buyers and sellers. But the Swappa marketplace wouldn’t be nearly as great if it weren’t for the Support & Moderation team.
- The support and moderation team is available 24/7/365 if you have questions or need help.
- Our moderation team also reviews listings to ensure all devices meet our no junk policy (they also work to keep the jerks out of the marketplace).
Of course, Swappa wouldn’t be successful without everyone who uses the marketplace to buy and sell. Any marketplace can claim to have happy users — but we can back that claim with our Trustpilot rating of Excellent, which comes courtesy of more than 10,000 independent reviews.
Right now is a great time to visit Swappa as a buyer or a seller. As a buyer, you can find great prices in the Swappa marketplace. As a seller, you can sell your unused devices to help fund your holiday shopping.