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Cool gadgets: Best tech gifts for every budget

Cool gadgets: Best tech gifts for every budget
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Jennifer Murray, Sarah Jordan |

It’s no secret that electronics and gadgets can be very expensive purchases. The good news is if you have a tech-savvy person on your shopping list this year you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a nice gift. In fact, you can find plenty of tech gifts and fun electronics for nearly every budget. See the list below for the best tech gift ideas we’ve found this year! Remember, due to supply chain issues, it’s a good idea to shop early, especially for electronics. You can save even more on electronics by buying open-box and refurbished. 

Remember to check shipping cutoffs as we get closer to the holidays or choose curbside pickup when available. Don’t forget your local dollar store for great deals on gift wrapping, gift bags and stocking stuffers! Note, these items could sell out or change price at any time. Always comparison shop to guarantee you’re getting the best price.

Hot tech gift ideas for the budget shopper

Under $25

Leather AirTag holder

A great gift idea to keep your AirTag stylishly safe and secure. Find it at Amazon for $11

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Compact travel cable organizer

Keep all those cables organized with this product from Amazon!

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PopSockets PopWallet with PopTop

This is a sleek and secure way to carry your cards on your phone with an integrated PopGrip. Find this time at Target.

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Cleaning gel for electronics and more

This might make a great stocking stuffer! Find it on Amazon for around $6.

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Video games

Best Buy has a great selection of video games for nearly every console on sale right now starting at $4.99. GameStop also has preowned games under $10!

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My Arcade Retro Machine playable mini arcade

This is a neat retro gift. Find it on Amazon for around $20.

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USB-powered jellyfish lava lamp

This fun USB-powered lava lamp is a great gift for anyone who spends long hours by a computer. Find it on Amazon for $25.

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IT and software courses

Choose from thousands of courses in AWS certification, Cyber Security, Network Security and more.

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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation

This smart speaker can tell you the weather, play music, add to a calendar and more! Get it for under $20 on Amazon.

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Under $50

Handbag illuminator with charging power 

Is the person you’re gifting always scrambling to find something in the bottom of their purse? This item not only helps with that problem but also offers a phone power boost! Find it on Uncommon Goods for around $35.

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gimbOWL Pro gimble with an ultra-wide-angle camera and movement tracking

This neat device uses smart technology to stabilize video and follow your movements so you’re always in frame. The person you’re gifting can really get some cool shots with this item! Find it at gimbOWL for around $65. You can also get the gimbOWL original version for $30.

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Rechargeable, reusable electric hand warmer

Unlike other hand warmer packs, you can reuse this useful item! See more options here on Amazon.

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Roku Express 4K+ HD streaming media player with voice remote

Make your TV smart! This is available in-store at Walmart or shipped for free.

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Amazon Fire 7 (2019 release)

This tablet on Amazon is a great price at just under $50!

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Echo Show 5

The Echo Show comes with Alexa to help you manage your day. You can make calls and listen to music as well! It is currently $33.23 on Amazon and $79.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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AppSync digital smart scale

This is a great gift for tech-savvy people who want to stay fit. Find it for around $40 at Target.

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Under $100

Zuhafa 1080p HD drone

Get a new perspective on photography. This drone got good reviews and is perfect for a beginner. Find it on Amazon for $60.

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Courant Mag:2 wireless charging stand

This magnetic wireless charger brings a contemporary style look to your desk. Find it on sale at Amazon for $80.

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Wyze Cam Pan

Clark calls this little security camera a “stunner of a bargain!” Or check out the Wyze Cam V3.

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Apple AirTag 4-pack

Similar to Tile Trackers, these AirTags help iPhone users keep track of luggage, wallet, keys and more. Grab this deal from Apple for $99 and pickup at your local Apple Store.

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HP Sprocket Select portable instant photo printer

This printer works with both Apple and Android phones. It lets you print your favorite social media photos with exclusive stickers. Find it on Amazon for around $65.

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Click and Grow Smart Garden indoor herb garden

This gift is great for anyone who loves gardening and technology. It comes with basil plant pods included for $99.95 at Amazon. This product is similar to the AeroGarden Harvest Elite Slim for about $30 less.

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Rubik’s Connected, smart Rubik’s Cube

This is a smart spin on a classic game. This app-enabled Rubik’s Cube lets you compete with friends and cubers across the globe! Find it on Amazon for around $59.

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Under $200

Apple Watch Series 3

Track your workouts and heart rate, take calls, send messages, use Siri and more with this smartwatch. Also, enjoy 6 months of Apple Fitness+ with your purchase. Find it at Walmart for $149.

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$300 and up

2021 Apple iPad 64GB

This is the newest release of the Apple Ipad. It features a 10.2-inch Retina display. It has an 8MP back camera with a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera, and it can hold up to 256GB of storage. The best price we’ve seen on this item is $299 at Walmart. It is currently out of stock but will likely be back soon! The next best price is $329 at Best Buy.

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Furbo Dog Camer: Treat  tossing, full HD Wi-Fi pet camera with 2-way audio

Is your giftee a tech lover and a pet lover? If so, this pet camera with treat toss might make an awesome gift! Find it on Amazon for around $226. Note, we do see this camera go on sale from the Furbo website during shopping holidays.

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GoPro Hero 7 Black action camera bundle

This bundle comes with the Hero7 action camera, floating hand grip, head strap and a 32GB microSD card. It’s perfect for people who love to document their travels and adventures. Find it for around $349 at B&H Photo. Note, you can save even more on this item by purchasing a refurbished model.

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