It’s challenging to shop for people around the holidays, but what’s the one thing everyone seems to love? New tech! All of these gadgets fall between $50-100, and there’s a wide range of interests and hobbies covered in this list.
There are items for music enthusiasts, like a Bluetooth speaker or a nice pair of headphones or earbuds. We’ve also got readers, coffee lovers, and gamers covered here. Whether you’re looking for a more practical item or something that’s just fun, there’s bound to be something in this list that interests you.
If you’re looking for inexpensive techy gifts stocking stuffers, also be sure to take a look at our favorite tech gifts between $5 and $50. They’re as cool as they are budget friendly!
Happy Holidays! This article is part of our Holiday 2021 Gift Guide where you can find the best-of-the-best recommendations from Review Geek, LifeSavvy, and How-To Geek to help you pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
You’d be surprised how much more interested you are in keeping track of your health when you have a fitness tracker on your wrist. Fitbit’s Inspire 2 tracker can track your daily steps, calories burned, heart rate, and more. And it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, so you can wear it in the pool if swimming is your exercise of choice.
It’ll even track your sleep to let you know how much time you spend in light, deep, and REM sleep; understanding more about your sleep patterns will help you improve your quality of sleep. You can expect it to last about 10 days in between charges.
For Health Nuts
Fitness Inspire 2
Fitbit’s Inspire 2 is a great introduction to keeping track of your health and fitness goals.
Although the main reason you’d get Govee’s Light Bars is for the aesthetic, they do provide some quality light for the room. Plus, they’re smart, working with Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands and syncing up to your music.
There are 16 million different colors to make the light bars perfect for you (or you can choose from 12 preset modes if you’re lazy but still want something cool). There’s an intelligent camera inside that detects the colors on your TV screen (if that’s what you choose to connect the light bars to) and automatically matches them to the bars and syncs with the music.
If you want smart LED lights specifically for your TV, you might also consider Govee’s Immersion, which is equally easy to install and adds a neat, modern element to the room.
For a Modern Aesthetic
Govee Smart LED Light Bars
Govee’s LED Light Bars amplify any mood in the room, with over 16 million colors to choose from and its ability to sync with music.
While this power strip may not seem like the most exciting purchase, it’s incredibly useful. This smart power strip from Kasa has six available three-prong outlets and three available USB ports. Each available spot to plug into is smart, compatible with Alexa and Google Home, and easily controllable via the Kasa app (Android/iOS).
On top of that smart functionality, it’s also equipped with ETL-certified surge protection that’ll protect all of your connected devices during a power surge. You can also monitor all the connected devices via the Kasa app and turn off any that are taking up too much power.
For Practical Smart Power
Kasa Power Strip
Kasa’s Smart Power Strip has six available outlets and three USB ports, all with smart functionality!
A tablet is the perfect device when you want something more portable than a laptop but larger than a smartphone. Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet is an affordable tablet that’ll let you binge all your favorite shows via downloaded apps along with everything else you’d do on your smartphone, just with a larger 8-inch screen.
Inside, there’s 32GB of storage—plenty if you only plan to download a few of your favorite apps—though you can also opt to add up to 1TB of extra storage with a microSD card. On a full charge, you’ll get about 12 hours of use out of it, making it great for daily use; it’ll only take about five hours to fully charge it via a USB-C.
An Affordable Tablet
Amazon Fire HD 8
For viewing your favorite TV shows or browsing your favorite apps or websites, Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet is perfect.
Although nothing can truly replace the feeling of reading a physical book, there’s so much to love about the Amazon Kindle that makes it worth the buy. If you don’t have the space or the money to create the physical library of your dreams in your home, a Kindle is the perfect place to grow your library digitally. The upside is that you can bring a small Kindle on your vacation instead of two or three heavy books.
With a 167 ppi glare-free display, it’s as easy to read as actual paper, even in direct sunlight. Inside, there’s 8GB of storage, which may not sound like a lot but translates to over a thousand books. And the battery doesn’t just last a day; it lasts for about a week!
For the Reader
Amazon’s Kindle is fantastic if you love to read, but you don’t have the space for books in your home or on vacation.
Anyone who takes a while to finish a hot drink in a timely manner before it gets cold (or worse, lukewarm) needs this Ember Smart Mug. This smart mug will keep your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature until you’re finished with it, so you can take your time sipping it throughout the morning without feeling pressured to finish it.
Right out of the box, the mug is set to keep your beverage at a nice 135°F. You can easily change the temperature via the Ember app (Android/iOS), and the mug will remember the last temperature it was set to the next time you turn it on. On a full charge, it’ll last for about one and a half hours. Or, you can set it down on the charging coaster to use it all day.
For Coffee Lovers
Ember Smart Mug
Ember’s Smart Mug is a game-changer for anyone who enjoys coffee, keeping it at the perfect temperature until you’re finished.
Google’s Nest Hub is a smart speaker with a screen upgrade. In addition to having a built-in speaker that produces excellent sound and 50% more bass than the original version, there’s also a screen that lets you view content. You can stream YouTube videos, Netflix shows, and more on the Nest Hub.
Then, of course, you can use Google Assistant to help you carry out routines, set appointments and reminders, and answer random questions. If you have multiple Google Nest speakers throughout your home, you can create groups and play the same audio across multiple rooms.
If you use Amazon’s smart products in your home, try out the Echo Show 5 for a Google Nest Hub equivalent.
There’s just something enjoyable about taking a picture with friends or family and being able to see the final product immediately. Fujifilm’s Instax Mini takes you back to the days of Polaroid pictures with a modern touch.
The Instax Mini is, well, mini, so it’s easy to stick in your bag and take with you everywhere. There’s a built-in macro mode and a selfie mirror, so it’s easy to take the perfect front-facing picture and not waste film. And speaking of film, you will need to pick up some Instax Mini Film separately to get started.
For Fun Instant Pics
Fujifilm Instax Mini
The Fujifilm Instax Mini creates loads of fun and great memories for you and friends with instant pictures.
A good pair of noise-canceling headphones is essential for anyone who gets easily distracted by random noises or conversations around them. Even if you’re one of those few people who never gets distracted, Anker’s Soundcore Life Q20 headphones still provide quality sound for when you want to listen to something and noise-cancellation for whenever you don’t.
Audio on these comes through well-balanced and crisp. For noise-cancellation purposes, there are four microphones inside that help detect and cancel out background noise. On a single charge, Anker’s Soundcore headphones can last for about 40 hours, or roughly 600 songs.
For Comfortable Listening
Anker Soundcore Life Q20
Headphones are always a great investment and this pair from Anker will last you a while and give you awesome noise-canceling sound.
Google’s A-Series Pixel earbuds are some of the best true wireless earbuds you can get your hands on for this price. Inside, there are 12mm dynamic speaker drivers that deliver super high-quality audio. They also have Adaptive Sound technology that adjusts the volume automatically as you move between a noisy space and a quiet one.
Plus, they’re sweat- and water-resistant (IPX4), so you can have a worry-free workout with these in. You can get up to five hours of listening time or about half that much talk time on a single charge. Although five hours may sound short, keep in mind that these buds come in a charging case that’ll provide about 24 more hours.
If you’re not looking to spend this much on earbuds, check out Anker’s SoundCore Life A2 earbuds; these have noise-canceling technology, a 35-hour total playtime with the charging case, and a pretty crisp sound.
Anker has made a name for itself in the world of headphones, earbuds, power banks, and speakers because they deliver quality products at an affordable price point. When a song plays on this Soundcore Boost speaker, the highs sound great because of the titanium drivers inside and the lows sound equally excellent because of Anker’s exclusive analyzing tech that works in real-time to enhance lower frequencies.
On a single charge (done via USB-C), it’ll last around 12 hours. It’s waterproof as well, with an IPX7 rating, so you can take it with you to the pool or on hikes without having to worry about the weather or a few splashes.
A Hefty Bluetooth Speaker
Anker Soundcore Boost
Anker’s Soundcore Boost speaker is a beast, with its titanium drivers and exclusive tech that enhances bass.
Most people don’t realize how bad their TV’s native sound is until they buy a soundbar and hear the difference. TCL’s Alto 6 Sound Bar is an affordable option that delivers quality sound using Dolby Digital decoding.
Although your favorite TV shows and movies will sound better on your TV with the soundbar, you can hook up your phone via Bluetooth and stream your favorite songs on it, too. The Alto 6 is also super easy to set up, using either Bluetooth or a direct connection via HDMI, USB, AUX, or optical.
For Improved TV Audio
TCL Alto 6 2.0 Sound Bar
With TCL’s Alto 6 Sound Bar hooked up to your TV, you’ll realize how bad your TV’s native sound is.
This basic home security system from Wyze includes a hub, a keypad, one motion sensor, two entry sensors, and six months of 24/7 monitoring service. This system is beginner-friendly, with intuitive and easy instructions to follow.
It’s easy to add on to the system as well. You can purchase additional motion sensors or entry sensors for every window and door in your home and integrate them without any fuss. After the six-month 24/7 monitoring service that’s included with your purchase, you’ll need to pay $4.99 per month to continue the required service.
If you want a more affordable option, try out Kangaroo’s security system, which doesn’t require a monthly plan. Or, if you just want a video doorbell to cover the front of your home, consider investing in a Ring Doorbell.
For a Secure Home
Video game controllers are not cheap, but it’s nice to have extras for multiplayer games or even just a new design to add to your collection. There’s a controller for your console of choice: PS5, Xbox Series X/S, or Nintendo Switch.
Any of these controllers can be used via Bluetooth with a PC as well, which makes certain games a lot easier to play (rather than using a mouse and keyboard).
Xbox/PC Gaming Subscription
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the gaming subscription service that gets you the most bang for your buck right now.
A gaming subscription is the perfect buy if you’re constantly finding yourself at a loss for what game to play. For anyone who games on an Xbox or on their PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a great value. You can play new games as they come out, as well as the awesome backlog of a ton of Xbox games.
Or, if you mainly play on a PlayStation, a PS Now subscription is definitely worth it for only $60 a year. Games rotate pretty consistently, giving you new games to play while leaving favorites on the service for quite a while. If you have a PS5, it’s certainly worth it to invest in a PS Plus subscription as well; this subscription gives PS5 players access to the PlayStation Classics Collection, which includes a ton of PS4 hits.
PlayStation/PC Gaming Subscription
PS Now gives you access to a huge library of PlayStation favorites and they’re constantly adding new games for you to play.