The holiday season is upon us and whether you are shopping for gifts for your family, friends or yourself, you have come to the right place. Here you’ll find a carefully curated list of the best affordable tech gifts, including wireless headphones, smart home gadgets, massage machines, all of which cost less than $ 100.
If you’re giving away on a budget, it’s also worth considering home improvement options. When products are from reputable suppliers, they will be serviced, under warranty, and checked for defects before being relisted, often at a substantial discount.
Now on to holiday shopping.
Shades with a jingle
Bose frames make an affordable gift for music lovers (and those who hate the sun). The Alto series are bluetooth enabled glasses that can stream music to your ears without putting anything in them. Still, I found the audio quality of these glasses to be exceptional, with crisp sound that can only be heard by others when you are at maximum volume.
Amid all the marketing and branding, we think the Logitech MX Master 3 truly lives up to its name. The mouse is the mouse to get, whether it’s for a family or friend who is embarking on video production, or for someone who could use the ergonomics for less strain on the wrist.
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For intelligently lit atmospheres
Govee Flow Plus Smart LED Light Bars are an affordable gift suggestion for those who love string lights, lamps and to create ambiance beyond typical ceiling lights. These LED bars can be controlled via mobile device or voice assistant for different colors and brightness, best used for cinema or gaming sessions.
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Sounds good, mate
Affordable, secure, and Android-optimized, the Google Pixel Buds A-Series are the wireless headphones to buy if you’re shopping with a Benjamin. It’s currently discounted to $ 79.99 (down from $ 99.99), but even at its retail price, I think these are some of the best in this price range. They sound great, have a painless fit – thanks to the rubberized ear cups – and charge comfortably in the included case.
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Turn any phone into a professional camera
As a stocking filler or main giveaway, the Bostionye 11-in-1 Universal Movable Lens Kit is worth checking out for photography fans. The kit contains a telephoto, wide-angle, macro and fisheye lens, as well as filters, a carrying case, a tripod and smartphone clips.
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A gift of unlimited massages
After everything that has happened in the past couple of years, I think we can all use a warm, soothing massage. The Nekteck Neck and Back Massager makes a fantastic gift, especially if your recipient works from their desk chair all day. Underneath the durable fabric are rollers that rotate clockwise, kneading all the sticky points around the neck, back, shoulders, and legs.
The gift for bookworms
While a decent tablet or e-reader can cost hundreds of dollars, a slightly older model or one with less storage can still be a valuable gift for those who love to read, whether at home or on the go. At Target, you can buy an affordable 8GB Amazon Kindle, packed with front lighting, e-ink screen technology, and battery life that can last for weeks with judicious use.
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Hard copies, instantly
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera is a fun and colorful gift, perfect if you are planning get-togethers during the holidays. Taking inspiration from old Polaroids, the Instax Mini 11 is a rugged camera with auto exposure, selfie and flash mode, and is capable of printing photos immediately after you say “Cheese.”
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A smart Christmas stocking
A cute little smart speaker with built-in Google voice assistant, the Nest mini makes a fun addition to a dorm, living room, or office. The speaker can be used to control smart home accessories, including lighting and security products, and can also be used to access Google searches, stream content, and manage your daily schedule.
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Get your frenzy
Roku Express is a simple and inexpensive streaming option that has the potential to be especially good for kids and college students. This streaming stick plugs into the back of a TV via HDMI and allows users to access a range of free channels and services, including Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu.
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How did we choose these products?
With affordability in mind, we chose products that not only would fill a stocking or be fun ideas for Secret Santa, but also items that are suitable – and economical – as bigger giveaways.