40 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100


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  • Tech and electronics are some of the most asked for gifts during the holiday season, but they can be expensive.
  • To help the bargain shoppers out there, we’ve rounded up our favorite tech gifts under $100, including everything from fun phone cases to affordable tablets.
  • Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2019 here.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best tech gifts under $25.

Tech doesn’t have to be super expensive.

You can find amazing accessories, fitness trackers, tablets, and even phones for less than $100 — if you know where to look.

Have no fear — you won’t have to stumble around Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the deals; we’ve done it for you.

We wracked our brains to think of all the very best tech we’ve tested or read about to bring you the ultimate gift guide to tech gifts under $100. We included a number of gifts in every price range, so you’re bound to find the right gifts for your loved ones.

Here are the 5 best tech gifts under $100:

  1. An Amazon Echo
  2. A pair of wireless earbuds
  3. A Fitbit fitness tracker
  4. A Philips Hue smart light starter kit
  5. A fun PopSocket phone grip

Check out all 40 tech gifts under $100:

A smart speaker with Alexa

Amazon Echo, $99.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo is the best smart speaker you can give as a gift this holiday season. Alexa can answer all your giftee’s questions, play music, and control any smart home devices.

A pair of wireless earbuds

1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds, $89.99, available at Amazon

These wireless earbuds are cheaper than AirPods, but they sound even better.

A fitness tracker

Fitbit Inspire HR, $99, available at Amazon

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire HR tracker has no shortage of useful features to track your giftee’s fitness metrics. The tracker has a heart rate monitor that helps improve the accuracy of tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones.

A Philips Hut smart lighting starter kit

Philips Hue White Starter Kit (4 bulbs), $98.99, available at Amazon

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled remotely, set to go on at specific times, and controlled by voice commands if you have a smart speaker.

A swimproof Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, $80, available at Amazon

The small-yet-mighty Bluetooth speaker can go swimming in the pool or ocean. It’s also dustproof and therefore suitable for hikes and other outdoor adventures. 

A PopSocket grip

PopSocket Grip, $10 and up, available at PopSocket

PopSockets Grips stick to the back of your phone and can expand whenever you need a grip or a stand. Use one to take photos, text, hold a large device, watch movies, and video chat with ease and comfort. Many cost less than $10 and they come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your personality.

An earbud organizer

Bluelounge Cableyoyo, $9.95, available at Amazon

The Cableyoyo is a $10 rubber and metal spool, around which you wrap your earphones (or any other smallish cable) for safekeeping.

A 4K streaming stick

Roku Streaming Stick+, $49, available at Amazon

Anyone who likes to stream video in 4K on their TV needs a Roku Streaming Stick+. Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Stick+ can stream TV shows and movies from all the major streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more.

An ebook reader

Amazon Kindle, $89.99, available at Amazon

The entry-level Kindle is a great gift for book worms who want to have a digital library of ebooks to take with them on the go.

A smart herb garden

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95, available at Amazon

With the Click and Grow Smart Garden, your loved one can grow fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or thyme in a matter of weeks.

A phone case that’s built to last

Otterbox case, $50 and up, available at Otterbox

Otterbox cases are built to protect phones and withstand a lot of drops, but that doesn’t mean the brands’ cases are ugly. In fact, Otterbox has tons of super fun cases with Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters on them as well as some stylish designs.

A smart display

Amazon Echo Show 5, $89.99, available at Amazon

The Echo Show 5 is an affordable smart display that has Alexa built-in. Your giftee can watch recipes and videos on it, see the time at a glance, and ask Alexa questions. It can also play music and control smart home devices.

A fun case for the Echo Show

Otterbox Echo Show 5 Den, $24.95, available at Otterbox

If you are getting your loved one the Echo Show 5 mentioned above, you may also want to get them this hilarious Toy Story case.

A cleaning kit for your phone

WHOOSH! Cleaning Kit, $16.99, available at Amazon

Phones are breeding grounds for germs, so a good cleaning kit is both a thoughtful and practical gift. This one from Whoosh! leaves your phone clean without leaving any streaks behind.

A great pair of headphones

Sennheiser Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $79.95, available at Amazon

Sennheiser makes some of the best over-ear headphones, and these $80 ones are comfortable, deliver outstanding sound quality, and have a long battery life. 

A waterproof phone case

Lifeproof Fré Case, $50-$90, available at Amazon

The Lifeproof Fré iPhone case is perfect for people who love to be in or near the water all the time and for those who always drop their phone in some kind of liquid. This case is fully submersible in water that’s up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep for 1 hour. It’s also fully sealed with its built-in screen protector and port covers, so it’s safe from the elements.

Tech-friendly gloves

L.L.Bean Touchscreen Gloves, $29.95 and up, available at L.L.Bean

Protect your loved ones’ fingers when it’s cold outside and they still want to text their friends. These touchscreen gloves are super warm and work well on screens.

A custom-designed iPhone case

Casetify Custom iPhone 11 Pro Max Case, $29 and up, available at Casetify

Casetify’s easy to use tool lets you turn your favorite photos into a custom iPhone case. There are three case styles and dozens of templates, so you can turn your friend’s best Instagram photos into a unique way to protect their phone.

A durable, weighted iPhone charging cable

Native Union Night Cable, $39.99, available at Amazon

Native Union makes some of the most attractive phone accessories around. The Night Cable is the best long lightning charging cable for the iPhone. It has a 10-foot cord and a handy weight to hold it in place while your phone charges.

A desk lamp with a wireless charger

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, $39.99, available at Amazon

If your giftee has a phone with wireless charging built in, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp is a great gift. It has a built-in wireless charger and a USB port so you can charge your devices wirelessly or with a cable. The lamp is also well made and fully adjustable. It has multiple brightness and color temperature settings so you can make it your own.

A sleek leather iPhone case

Nomad Leather iPhone Cases, $34.95 and up, available at Nomad

Nomad uses genuine Horween leather to craft gorgeous, durable iPhone cases that age beautifully. We can’t recommend the brand’s cases enough. Nomad also makes a few Samsung and Google Pixel cases.

A set of screen protectors

InvisibleShield Screen Protectors, $39.99 and up, available at Zagg

Smartphone and tablet screens are fairly fragile and often shatter or get scratched, so it’s a good idea to gift the klutz you love a screen protector from InvisibleShield. The brand makes excellent screen protectors that offer special features like blue light blocking and privacy shielding in addition to protecting your screen.

An Echo Dot

Echo Dot, $49.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo Dot is a great way to incorporate a smart assistant into any home without spending a ton of money. Amazon improved the sound quality, too, so now it’s better than ever. Alexa can do everything from answer questions, play games, and play music, to control smart home devices.

A Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini, $29, available at Walmart

If your giftee isn’t into Amazon’s products but still wants a smart speaker, the Google Home Mini is a great alternative. The smart speaker is great at answering queries, can control smart home gadgets, and play music with good sound.

A beautiful wireless charger

Native Union Drop Wireless Charger, $59.99, available at Amazon

Native Union always impresses with its stylish tech accessories. If your giftee hates boring black and white tech, get them Native Union’s attractive wireless chargers, which come in a nice rose or graphite color.

An instant camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, $49.95, available at Amazon

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they’d lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm’s Intax Mini 9 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they’re taken.

A light for better smartphone photography

Lume Cube Air, $69.95, available at Amazon

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube Air in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

An iPhone USB memory stick

SanDisk iXpand and Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone, $39.99, available at Amazon

Even though iPhones now come with more storage built in, it’s still easy to run out of space. For people who take too many photos, download tons of music, shows, and games on their phones; the SanDisk iXpand is the perfect gift.

An iPhone dock

Native Union Dock+ with Lightning Cable, $41.99, available at Amazon

An iPhone dock looks nice on any desk, nightstand, or table, and it gives your giftee a good place to charge their phone. This Native Union Dock+ comes with a lightning cable for iPhone owners, but can just as easily be used with a USB-C or Micro USB cable.

A pair of blue-light blocking glasses

Felix Gray Glasses, $95 and up, available at Felix Gray

Blue light can interfere with sleep patterns and cause eye strain, so your giftee is sure to love these blue-light-blocking glasses.

A set of Tile trackers

2 Tile Mate Trackers with Replaceable Battery and 2 Tile Slim Trackers, $45.98, available at Amazon

Tile trackers are one of the most practical tech gifts you can give. This pack comes with two Tile Slims, which are thin enough to slip into a back or wallet, and two Tile Mate’s, which have loops, so they can fit onto key rings. Once they’re paired with your giftee’s phone, the trackers will send them a notification when it’s lost contact with the tracker, and show them its last known location on a map.

Basically, you’re giving four people in your life the gift of being able to digitally retrace their steps.

A temperature-controlled mug

Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $71.95, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember’s smart mug can keep your loved one’s drink at the perfect temperature so that they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time.

The Fire HD tablet

Fire HD 8, $79.99, available at Amazon

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great tablet, and the Fire HD 8 proves that. This 8-inch tablet has a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, 16GB of storage built in, and room for expansion via a Micro SD card slot.

A light-up alarm clock

iHome Zenergy Light Alarm Clock, $69.99, available at Amazon

No one likes waking up to a blaring alarm, so a light therapy alarm clock that tries to awaken you with a gradual, sunrise-like increase of light is a nice gift. The iHome Zenergy offers a number of great light alarm features, but it also has a pretty great Bluetooth speaker built into it, so your giftee can play music, too.

A waterproof Bluetooth speaker

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $79.95, available at Amazon

JBL’s Flip 4 is still the best waterproof speaker we’ve ever tested; it survived completely underwater for 10 minutes and continued to work perfectly fine. If you’re shopping for someone who’s planning on a warm vacation — or lives someplace nice all the time — this speaker will let them rock out without worrying about dropping it into the pool or ocean.

A phone sanitizer

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, $79.95, available at Amazon

If your loved one hates germs, they’ll love this phone sanitizer. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that lead to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, the flu, and the common cold — without harming their phone.

A high-end, clip-on smartphone lens kit

Olloclip Lens Kit, $89.99, available at Olloclip

Olloclip makes great lenses that you can attach to many different phones so that you can get a wide-angle, fish-eye, or macro effect on your photos. 

A 4K media streamer with HDR

Roku Ultra, $88, available at Amazon

The Roku Ultra is the best media streaming device with its easy-to-use interface, 4K video streaming, voice control, and simple remote. It can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services.

A record player

Audio Technica Turntable, $99, available at Amazon

Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s getting into vinyl for the first time, or wants to resurrect a collection they haven’t touched in years, they’ll need a turntable. Audio Technica’s has a built-in preamp, so they’ll be able to plug it into any pair of powered speakers or stereo receiver, drop the needle, and enjoy.

A kid-friendly Fire tablet

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $99.99, available at Amazon

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon’s Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case, warranty against damage, and tons of kid-friendly content.