Gift Guide: 10 really good gadgets that cost less than $100 – TechCrunch
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Less than two weeks left until Christmas! Got your shopping done? No? Yeaaaah me neither.
Want to buy someone a great gadget but don’t want to break the bank? You’ve got options! Down below you’ll find a list of some of our favorite gadgets that (A) you should still be able to get in time for Christmas and (B) won’t cost you more than $100.
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Earlier this year, Apple debuted the AirTag — a little puck-shaped widget meant to be thrown into your bag or attached to your keys to track their location. Know your bag is in the house somewhere but just can’t find it? Tap a button, make it beep.
And, well, these things are quite good! I bought four expecting to not find a use for all of them, then pretty much immediately went back and bought four more. I put one in my wallet, one in my pool bag, one in my favorite jacket so I never lose it at a party, one in my car because I’m bad at parking lots and more. The battery lasts a long time and is easily replaceable.
One catch: They really only work with iOS devices, so consider alternatives for Android users.
Price: one for $30 or four for $99
Apple didn’t invent the concept of fully wireless headphones with the AirPods — but they definitely helped to explode the category.
Lots of competition has since hit the market, much of it worth checking out. Our own Brian Heater checked out Nothing’s $99 Ear (1) buds (pictured above) and found them to be “solid”; Jabra’s Elite 3 in-ear wireless buds, meanwhile, are basic (don’t expect much in the way of noise cancellation) but good.
If they specifically asked for AirPods, you’re gonna have to jump back a generation to get’em for under $100. Gen 2 AirPods are still quite good, but compared to Gen 3 they’ve got a different design, weaker battery life, no water resistance and a few other key differences.
Price: Nothing’s Ear (1), $99 | Jabra Elite 3, $80 on Amazon
Hue smart bulbs
I started tinkering with Philips Hue smart bulbs a few years ago, and they’re slowly taking over my house. They’re a dead simple and relatively affordable way to make any room feel way fancier, allowing you to tweak the lighting (brightness, color, temperature, etc.) in an instant with your phone or, if you’ve got smart speakers around your house, your voice.
I’ve got a dozen of them around my house now and they’ve been absolutely rock solid for years. Want more smart home gift ideas? Check out our smart home starter guide here.
Price: Three for $90 on Amazon