Every year, Holiday gifts demand more and more in the class of technology. Although, with more gadgets, comes more cash to shell out. Here are my top tech gifts under $100, which will hopefully help you avoid breaking the bank.
Amazon Kindle: Starting at $69
Amazon has been dominating the E-reader market for some time. Now you can purchase a Kindle starting at only $69, connecting everyone in the family to the world of eBooks. Skimping on price most certainly does not mean a skimp on features. The Kindle has an electronic ink screen, making it easy to read even in bright sunlight. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, holds over 1,000 books, and the battery lasts up to a month on a single charge! With over a million books less than $9.99, you’ll never run out of things to read.
Apple TV: $99
Everyday more content is moving towards streaming over the web, so you’re going to need something to stream all those movies, music playlists, and whatever else you see fit to type in the search bar of YouTube. The Apple TV plugs into your television via HDMI cable, connects to your Wi-Fi and streams as much content as you desire. Streaming services include iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.tv, Wall Street Journal Live and a host of others.
Klipsch Image S4 In-Ear Headphones: $79.99
It’s difficult to find in-ear headphones that offer quality sound and that don’t cost an arm and a leg. The Klipsch Image S4 does a very respectable job of combining smooth superior bass, noise-isolating design, and comfortable fit in a very small package. These headphones have stood the test of time, being around since 2009 (which is fairly long by tech standards) and are still a favorite of many. Offered in black or white, these headphones are perfect for the minimalist audiophile in your life.
The Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna: Starting at $39.99
These days it’s pretty easy to stream television shows that could once only be viewed via network programming. Unfortunately, without a paid cable or satellite connection, many can’t even pick up enough reception for major local channels. The Mohu Leaf is a paper-thin High Definition TV Antenna that can work approximately 35 miles from a transmission tower.
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker: $59.95
The Fitbit Zip might be the simplest way to track and sync your steps. A cutting-edge accelerometer makes this no ordinary pedometer. The Zip syncs wirelessly with your computer and also with your smartphone through Bluetooth. You can even stay motivated with achievements, badges and challenges from your friends. New Years Resolution anyone?
Logitech Washable Keyboard K310: $39.99
We all know someone who, no matter how hard they try, just can’t keep their computer keyboard clean. Or maybe you work in an environment where breakfast, lunch and dinner are all enjoyed in front of the company of your trusty computer. Whatever the case may be, the Logitech Washable Keyboard can take everything from a delicate dusting to a downright drenching. This keyboard is submergible and has drainage ports for easy cleanup. Laser printed keys and a UV coating means you won’t have to worry about letters fading away.
Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger: $27.95
It’s something you never think of, yet an item you need almost everyday. Without a charger, most of our electronic devices would be nothing but expensive paperweights.
The Mushroom GreenZero charges any smartphone with a USB cable. What makes this charger special is that when your device is done charging, the GreenZero turns off, avoiding overcharging your device and wasteful standby consumption.
HMDX Jam Bluetooth Wireless Speaker: $49.99
This small yet powerful speaker is made by the power-brand Homedics. Providing extraordinary sound with a very tiny footprint, this speaker is ideal for anyone who loves to turn the music up. Bluetooth devices connect wirelessly up to 30 feet away and it stays connected up to 4 hours between charges. This speaker also has an Aux-in port to connect right to your device, which allows for 12 hours of play, letting the party last all night long.
Logitech Harmony 650 Remote: $79.99
Sometimes remotes tend to control us more than the other way around. The Harmony 650 takes the power back and combines it into one streamline universal remote that is easy enough for anyone to use. This one gadget replaces up to 5 remotes, supports more than 5000 brands and has an easy-to-read color screen providing assistance when you require it. Also, with live costumer support, there will never be any confusion as to which button does what.
Coffee Cup Inverter with USB Charging Port and Two Outlets By Powerline: $34.99
Sometimes we need things charged but we don’t have car chargers for all our devices. The Coffee Cup Inverter by Powerline solves that problem in one fell swoop. Place this coffee cup look-alike in your cup holder and then plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter socket. The “coffee cup” has 2 AC plugs and 1 USB power port that are perfect for charging and powering cell phones, mp3 players, portable DVD players and much more. Great for the traveler on your list.