Cool, useful tech gadgets are the best gifts to give (and receive) during the holiday season, but sky-high price tags that usually accompany these smart products can break the bank and your holly-jolly spirit. Black Friday sales will slash the prices on some of the most lust-worthy gadgets of the year, but if your holiday budget is tighter than Kris Kringle’s rear end squeezing down a chimney, anything over $200 simply won’t work.
Fear not, folks, because some of the best brands in the business have released seriously affordable tech gear to upgrade your everyday lives. From smart kitchen gadgets to game-changing music devices, there are plenty of cool tech gifts to give this season that cost less than $150.
Don’t believe us? Here’s our list— that you’ll want to check more than twice—of the best tech gifts under $150 for everyone this holiday season.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Device
Enjoy excellent picture and sound quality with this powerful streaming stick that makes TV and movie watching better than ever. You can use your Alexa voice remote to stream over 500,000 movies and television shows, as well as millions of songs for the ultimate entertainment experience.
The latest version of the Ember Mug keeps your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature for up to 80 minutes, making mornings better than ever (even if you’re not a morning person). Set your desired temperature with the brand’s easy-to-use app and keep it charged using the redesigned coaster.
ibi Smart Photo Manager
Picture hoarders, rejoice! Instead of deleting hundreds of photos of your family, your adorable dog, or your last epic vacation on your smartphone, ibi will collect and backup up to 250,000 photos or 100 hours of video from your smart devices and social media accounts. Organize and safely share your favorite photos with your inner circle and you’ll never have to delete images of your most precious memories again.
Amazon Echo (3rd Gen)
This popular Alexa device just got a major sound upgrade. With the 3rd generation Echo, you’ll have thousands of useful Alexa skills to utilize and stellar 360 audio for an immersive listening experience. Consider this a seriously smart gift idea for any music lover this holiday season.
EA Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Deluxe Edition
Take a trip down Star Wars memory lane with this video game set after the events of “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi in training in a game that’s filled with sharp light saber combat, a creative story, and a perfect Star Wars atmosphere.
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Don’t let the small size of this speaker fool you. The Wonderboom 2 packs a powerful sound with a lightweight feel that makes it easy to carry anywhere. It’s waterproof, dust-proof, and will never fail to provide great jams for all your upcoming adventures.
Sega Genesis Mini
Where did Sonic the Hedgehog get his start? On a mid-1990s console called the Sega Genesis, a machine that made a big deal about its “16-bit graphics”. And now that console is back in miniature form, complete with 40 games (including three Sonic titles and a gem called Kid Chameleon), two controllers, and oodles of old-school gaming goodness.
There aren’t many gadgets these days meant to do just one thing—but the Kindle, which is designed to give you the best e-reading experience possible and nothing else, is one of the best. The upgraded baseline edition introduces a new built-in front light to give you better visibility and extended battery life that measures in the weeks, not hours, so you can take your books anywhere.
Sunpak 12 LED Ring Light Kit
Take your smartphone videos and photos to the next level with this awesome heat-free LED ring light. Whether you’re an aspiring Instagram influencer or just want to level-up your selfie game, this affordable, lightweight tech gadget has multiple settings to make any snap look picture perfect.
OXO Good Grips Punctual Egg Timer
It’s not the hard-boiling that sucks up your morning—it’s all the peeling. This egg timer comes with a “piercer” that pokes a small hole in the bottom of your egg, which helps separate the shell during cooking.
Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure
Here’s a video game that’ll do more than get your thumbs moving. Meet the Nintendo Switch’s RingFit Adventure, a game that has you strapping a controller to your thigh (and another to your arm) so you can run, jump, high-knee, reach, and arm-twist your way through more than 100 wild levels. Remember the last time a video game left you feeling invigorated? This one will.
Samsung Wireless Charger Stand 15W
This sleek 15-watt charging station makes it easy to stay productive while your phone climbs back to full power. Compatible with a wide range of devices—including most Galaxy and iPhones, as well as Qi compatible gadgets—the wireless stand also includes a built-in cooling fan to improve charging time, and works in both portrait and landscape modes.
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock
Your body was not designed to be jolted out of a restful night’s sleep by a clanging bell or a quacking duck. Philips’ ingenious take on an alarm clock mimics a sunrise, using light to help you wake up more naturally and in a better mood. Plus, it’s dual-purpose as an effective reading light for relaxing before bed.
Sony PS-LX310BT Turntable
$148.00 (26% off)
Sony puts its spin on the beloved turntable with a modern upgrade of Bluetooth technology that lets you listen to your favorite vinyl on your wireless speakers or headphones.
Leatherman Free P4 Multitool
Upgraded with magnetic architecture, this 21-tool Leatherman opens and shuts more easily, so it’s faster to access and stow all the tools that made this gadget an icon 35 years ago.
Instant Pot DUO NOVA 6 Pressure Cooker
The latest model of this Internet sensation solves one key problem: not being able to remember if you closed the steam valve. The Duo Nova automatically does this, and it releases the steam faster via a quick-release button.
Hyperice Hypersphere Mini
Tight lats? Sore glutes? Gnarly hamstring soreness? Loosen it all with this miniature ball from Hyperice, which has a 10-watt motor that sends calming vibrations through tight muscles. It’s the perfect on-the-go soft tissue recovery device, and once you have it, you’ll never leave home without it.
Remo+ RemoBell S Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Camera
Knock knock. Who’s there? You know exactly who’s there because you have a Remo Doorbell Cam. Record and stream video 24/7 to have a little more peace of mind about your home security. You can hook it up to your smart device to get alerts whenever there’s motion you might want to check out.
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones
These sports headphones allow you to have your music without shutting you off from the outside world, essential for runners who need to stay aware of their surroundings. The open-ear design uses bone conduction technology, which beams vibrations through your cheekbones straight to your inner ear.
Lenovo Smart Display 7
Meet 7 inches of do-it-all home badassery for your living room. Driven by the power of Google Assistant, Lenovo’s 7-inch screen does just about anything, showing you the latest YouTube video on pushups, telling you the weather, or giving you a rundown on current events. It’s all a “Hey, Google!” away. Plus, you can watch TV on your Smart Display by casting, say, Sling TV from your Android device straight to this 7-inch powerhouse.