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Holidays 2018: 15 Great Tech Gifts to Buy Under $100

Electronic gadgets make one of the finest gifts of all because they’re almost always useful. Tech gifts are becoming more and more popular, especially among young adults, teens, and children.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and if you’re willing to keep a budget of up to $100 for your tech gifts for a loved one, you’ll need some help. There are literally thousands of gadgets you could buy. The choices are simply overwhelming. Everyone in such a situation could do with some direction.

We’ve listed 15 electronic gadgets that make great tech gifts for your loved ones. All of them are below the $100 price point as well for your convenience.

Amazon Echo

You don’t need to spend a fortune to gift someone a smart speaker. The wonderful Amazon Echo is a great way to help someone start a smart home system. This speaker is powered by Amazon’s Alexa assistant and can control smart home accessories and much more.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Smart

Cons

  • Alex app could be better

Amazon Kindle

A Kindle is a great little gift for any bookworm you may know. This famous e-reader can’t replace the traditional paper books, but its an incredibly convenient gadget that can store hundreds of books in a single, clean slate and has a battery that lasts for days. New Kindles can do some much more too, so there’s more than one reason to choose this as a gift.

Pros

  • Long lasting battery
  • Stores hundreds of books

Cons

  • Limited functionality

Anker PowerCore

Modern cell phones don’t have batteries that can last for more than a day or two, and that’s on moderate use. Everyone could do with a power bank, especially travelers. The Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh power bank is one of our favorites due to its lightweight and ultra-compact form factor.

Pros

  • Compact and portable
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Some quality control issues

Anker Powerwave Fast Wireless Charging Stand

We love this wireless charging stand because its fast, powerful, and supports most modern flagship cellphones. It also has an internal cooling fan to ensure nothing heats up. All that coming in at an affordable price make it one of the best tech gifts you can buy for anyone owning a modern phone.

Pros

  • Supports most modern flagship phones
  • Charges fast

Cons

  • Some older phones aren’t supported

Anker Soundcore Flare

Yep, it’s another Anker product. They know how to make great affordable electronic gadgets that serve as fantastic tech gifts. This time around it’s their portable Bluetooth speaker, the Soundcore Flare. It’s one of the nicest sounding compact Bluetooth speakers out there, with adjustable sound settings, built-in LED lighting, and waterproof tech. It makes a great gift for party animals.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Excellent battery

Cons

  • Doesn’t work well as a mainstream speaker

Audio Technica Full Auto Turntable

Know someone who’s interested in the vinyl collection? Don’t let them just collect them. The Audio Technica turntable is a great little gift that can play vinyl discs of old fully automatically. It has a small footprint, works reliably, and makes a great gift.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Fully automatic

Cons

  • Can sometimes have leveling issues

Corsair Void Pro Wireless Gaming Headsets

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You probably know at least one gamer out there, and if he/she doesn’t have a decent gaming headset, then it’s time they got one. From you. The Corsair Void Pro is our favorite because of how affordable it is. Its quite the looker so your gaming buddy will love it, and it’s wireless, which makes it even cooler. Oh, and the logo has RGB lighting too.

Pros

  • Great looks
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Slippery headband

Edifier R1280T

Bookshelf speakers usually cost quite a bit, but Edifier has succeeded in releasing a wonderful set of speakers that not only look classy, but also sound boomy and powerful. It’s a great gift for anyone who loves listening to music from their desktop computers (and that’s a large crowd). Rich, clear, balanced sound for less than $100? What more could you ask for!

Pros

  • Excellent sound
  • Wonderful design

Cons

  • Distorted sound at near-max volumes

Fitbit Flex 2

Know any fitness freak or someone looking to get into better shape? A Fitbit Flex will serve as a great gift for them. It can track your friend’s daily activities such as steps, distances, calories burned, active minutes, and more. All that data is sent to an associated app to track how well they’re living their lives. And it’s waterproof too!

Pros

  • Lightweight and thin band
  • Long lasting battery up to 5 days

Cons

  • Rudimentary functionality

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

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If you know anyone who’s talked extensively about the wonderful experience of instant cameras of old, their eyes will widen with joy when you give them the Instax Mini 9. This instant camera uses widely available Instax Mini films for a great instant photography experience like the Polaroids of old. It’s also one of the best tech gifts you can give to young kids.

Pros

  • Great value for its functionality
  • Easy and cost effective to use

Cons

  • Basic quality photos

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

It’s incredible that a mouse as good as the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is available at such a great price. Any PC gamer would love to get their hands on this bad boy if they don’t own a good enough gaming mouse already, which makes this fantastic gaming peripheral an excellent tech gift for any serious PC gamer.

Pros

  • Amazing performance for the money
  • Ergonomic design for right handers

Cons

  • Exclusive to right handers

Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit

Getting someone to try out smart home appliances is a great gift in itself, but you can make it even nicer by handing them a Philips Hue Smart Bulb start kit. This starter kit comes with two smart bulbs and all the necessary gadgets needed to control them. We promise they’ll talk extensively about how wonderful it is to control the lights with their smartphones or voice (if they have a smart home hub like Amazon Echo) the next time you meet them.

Pros

  • Provides lots of convenience
  • High quality hardware

Cons

  • App is unreliable

Roku Streaming Stick+

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Anyone who owns a TV and has WiFi at their home will greatly benefit from the Roku Streaming Stick+. This streaming device is perhaps the finest out there due to its affordability and access to thousands of channels. Its one of the most useful tech gifts you can give to anyone who watches TV extensively.

Pros

  • Thousands of channels to access
  • Great form factor

Cons

  • Limited voice search

Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

With so many phones abandoning headphone jacks, there’s bound to be someone you know who needs a pair of wireless earphones. The Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds are the best for that purpose, as they feature a microphone and can last up to eight hours on a single charge. For the price, their sound quality isn’t bad either.

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Come with a microphone

Cons

  • Sound quality is what you pay for

Syma X5C Drone

Anyone who hasn’t flown a quadcopter will benefit from their first drone experience. You don’t need to spend several hundred dollars to feel the thrill of flying a drone. The Syma X5C is a tiny drone with a VGA camera that makes for a great little first-time experience for anyone who’s never flown a drone before. It has a 7 minute flight time and can perform plenty of fun stunts when you get the hang of it.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Has good features like headless mode and return function

Cons

  • Poor camera

Tips for Buying Tech Gifts

    Stay Up to Date

    Technology is changing rapidly, and it’s up to you to keep up. There’s no point buying a tech gift if you’re not up to date with technology. Your friend won’t appreciate an older generation Amazon Echo when the newer one is more easily available, has a compact size, and simply better. Make sure you know what’s happening in the current era of technology and whether there is a newer, better version of what you’re about to buy.

    Do Your Research

    Even if you’re up to date and tech savvy, it’s important to do your research about the tech gifts you’re planning to buy for your loved one(s). There’s nothing more embarrassing than buying a gadget that doesn’t work or has such a major flaw that it’s practically unusable. Be sure to read reviews and do your research about what you’re buying before checking out.

    Value isn’t Everything

    This goes both ways. You shouldn’t try to be cheap and get something that downright sucks, nor should you think that spending closer to $100 makes the gift you’re getting better in the receiver’s eyes. Instead, look at what they want and/or need in their life. A $40 power bank for a regular traveler is far more useful to him/her than a $99 Amazon Echo that would just stay on their table at home.

    Tech is Best When Used

    When buying a tech gift, don’t just force something they’re not used to on them. Buy something you know they’ll use. Electronic tech is meant to be used – it’s as good as a brick if its going to lie around doing nothing.

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