Amazon reveals its best-selling gadgets of the holiday season as smart home tech takes over gift-giving

  • Amazon announced a "record-breaking" holiday season with more items ordered than ever before.
  • Top sellers in the tech category included Amazon devices like the new Echo Dot, as well as Bose QuietComfort 35.
  • Smart home items like smart plugs and voice assistant devices dominated the rest of the list.

Gift-giving used to be more portable, with gadgets like iPods and CD players dominating top selling items.

Fast forward to 2018, and it's all about the home — the smart home, that is. For Amazon's top-selling tech items, the list is dominated by smart plugs, voice assistant speakers, and robot vacuum cleaners.

The overall best-selling item was the new Echo Dot, refreshed this fall and now in its third generation. It was both the top-seller overall as well as the best-selling piece of tech on Amazon for the holiday season.

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The device was discounted heavily starting in late November. Starting at $50, it was down to $29.99 for most of the holiday season, hitting a low of $24 on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

Amazon also says the Bose QuietComfort 35 (series II) Wireless Headphones were a best-selling item. Retailing for $349, they dipped to $299 multiple times throughout November and December, according to Camelcamelcamel.com, a site that tracks prices of goods on Amazon.

Here's Amazon's best-selling tech of the holiday season: