Gift Guide: 19 Tech Gadgets Under $100
The right tech gadget can change your life, but doesn't have to break the bank. These are 19 of our favourite tech finds for under $100. #WantNeedWant. (20 Photos)
A gadget might not be the first thing you think of when searching for a gift for your parents, spouse or kids, but with so many options available, there’s something for everyone on your holiday list’s unique needs, wishes, and technological experience. These are 19 of our favourite tech finds for under $100.
Snap to It -- Photojojo Phone Lens
For the convenience-loving photographer in your life, these external smartphone lenses create awesome pictures without the hassle of a big camera. They attach to most cell phones magnetically, and are available in fisheye for rounded, wide angle shots, telephoto for long-distance shots, and wide/macro for wide angles and close-ups.
Photojojo Phone Lens Series, $49 for all three or $25 each, Photojojo.com
This retro handset connects to most cell phones and lets you chat in style. It’s comfortable to use and easier to hold under your cheek than a slippery cell phone while cooking and chatting. Great for the person in your life with one foot stuck in the past. Jamie Lee Curtis has it in blue.
Native Union Retro POP Handset in Neon Pink, $40, Chapters Indigo
A Cozy Connection -- Touchscreen Gloves
Save the fingers of the ones you love this winter with these cozy and sleek gloves that let you use any touch-screen device without exposing bare skin to the elements. Conductive threads are woven throughout the entire glove – not just the fingertips – so less precision is required.
Winter Style Glider Gloves in black, $30, GliderGloves.com
Modern-Vintage Mash-up -- Easy-Install USB Typewriter Conversion Kit
Know someone who loves the aesthetic of vintage typewriters, but hates everything else about them (like literal cut and paste, ink ribbons, and carbon copies)? This DIY kit connects any manual typewriter to a tablet to create a lean, mean, word-processing machine.
Easy-Install USB Typewriter Conversion Kit, $74, Etsy
Did Someone Say Bond? -- Gold-plated USB Cufflinks
Possibly the coolest accessory ever, these cufflinks are perfect for transporting national secrets, or the latest episode of Dexter. Buy this for the man — or spy — in your life.
Gold-plated USB cufflinks, $100, Shop Bop
Watch Your Step! -- Omron Pocket Pedometer
For the health-enthusiast on your list, or anyone who will be working off the holiday treats come January, this pedometer measures steps and calculates calories burned. Perfect as a stocking stuffer, or pair it some workout gear for a bigger impact.
Omron pocket pedometer, $30, Well.ca
Dressed-Up Tech -- Etsy Laptop Decal
For the young technophile in your life, this Macbook or iPad decal fits seamlessly with the Mac aesthetic, while adding a touch of playfulness.
Snow White Vinyl Decal (other styles available), $8.90, Etsy
HIgh-Tech, Low-Tech -- Wooden Alarm Clock
If you’re going to use your phone as an alarm clock anyway, you might as well have a stylish base to hide the cords and keep the time in clear view. This retro-styled alarm clock base fits the iPhone 3G, 3Gs, 4 and 4S. A downloadable app displays the time all night long.
Wooden alarm clock, $40, Chapters Indigo
Curl Up With a Good E-Book -- The Kobo Touch
The Kobo Touch is great for anyone who wants the convenience of an e-reader, without the complexity (and cost) of a tablet computer. The touch screen navigation makes page turning simpler and faster than previous versions, and the glare-free screen allows for easy reading even in bright sunlight. It comes in five colours and with and stylish accessories for even the pickiest person on your list.
Kobo Touch, $100, Chapters Indigo
Power Through With the PowerLine Charger
Keep the kids occupied with a movie in the back seat while finishing some last minute work on your laptop in the front (in the passenger seat only, of course) using this clever power adapter. The travel cup shaped base fits into a car cup holder and can power up to three devices at the same time.
PowerLine PowerCup, $33, Amazon.ca
Get the Moves Like Jagger -- iPod Shuffle
Available in seven colours and with 2GB of storage, this mini music machine is worth noticing. It’s small and lightweight with a durable clip, and there’s no screen to drain the battery or worry about protecting — all of which makes it perfect for using at the gym or by the side of the pool. Buy this for young music lovers who aren’t ready for the responsibility of an expensive machine, or anyone else who likes to keep things simple.
Apple iPod Shuffle in blue, $49, Apple.com
No Power Outlet? No Problem -- Solar Charger
The perfect gift for a text-happy teen or travelling spouse, this compact solar-power charger is lightweight and will charge any USB devices on the go.
Sunny Is Power Solar Travel Charger, $36, Modcloth.com
Multi-Tasking Heaven -- "The One" Keyboard
This keyboard connects to your computer via USB, and wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to switch the keyboard output at the click of a button. The perfect gift for a multi-tasker with too many devices, or a more serious developer.
"The One" Keyboard for iPhone and PC or Mac, $100, ThinkGeek.com
Look out, Blackberry! -- Bluetooth Sliding Keyboard Cas
This case features a full slide-out keyboard, combining the precision keyboard of a Blackberry with the coolness of an iPhone. Perfect for the [soon to be] Apple converts in your life or anyone who’s all thumbs.
Bluetooth Sliding Keyboard Case for iPhone, $50, ThinkGeek.com
Stylish Nostalgia -- Crosley Solo Radio
Clean lines and old-school design make this radio a must have. Catch up on the news over breakfast, or plug in an mp3 player or smartphone to show-off your latest playlist. Perhaps it will encourage your husband to toss his old radio/cassette player that’s been cluttering up your kitchen.
Crosley Solo Radio, $80, Chapters Indigo
Good Things in Small Packages -- Grandmax Tweakers
These small but powerful battery-powered, pop-up speakers are a great gift for the traveler in your life. Retractable audio and power cords make them easy to toss in a carry-on bag for use in the hotel room, on the beach, or at the cottage.
Grandmax Tweakers mini speakers in black, $40, Amazon.ca
Hit the Gym in Style -- Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones
Looking good while working out can be a competitive sport all on its own. Sleek and minimalist, these Bluetooth headphones include convenient on-ear controls for music, and a built-in microphone for taking calls without slowing down. Designed for use during tough workouts, these headphones include a non-slip band and a lifetime warranty against sweat damage.
Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones in Runner's Red, $99, Jaybirdstore.com
Take Your Memories Anywhere -- Black Bezel Deflector
Want a truly unique gift? These custom iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch case feature your own images. The hard case snaps on easily, and won’t interfere with the camera or other device features. A thoughtful way to remind someone of the times you’ve spent together.
Black Bezel Deflector, $35, GetUncommon.com
Stay Organized on the Go -- Xperia SmartTags
Tired of having to change 12 different settings on your cell phone when you walk into the office, then do it all again when you go home or to bed? These cool tags work with smartphones that use Android NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, such as Sony Xperia phones, and hold all that setting information. Just by tapping your phone to the tag, the settings are changed. Buy this for the one in your life who is always on the go.
Xperia SmartTags, $25, Sony.ca