12 can’t-go-wrong tech gifts for under $100

Right around this time of year I get flooded with requests from people asking me what gadget they should get for someone in their family. Of course, the obvious answers are things like an iPad (or iPad mini) or a new Xbox One or Playstation 4. But these things cost a lot of money. I mean, a lot.

So what about the people who want to keep it under $100? Well, to help them out I decided to create a list of 12 gadgets that fit perfectly in their budget. In fact, some of the items on my list are under $50!

Honestly, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like any one of these, provided it makes sense for them. In other words, don’t get a Kindle for someone who doesn’t read books—or Spotify for someone who doesn’t like music—you get the idea.

If you have any questions about any of the items on my list below, submit it as a comment. I’ll do my best to answer all of them.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player, $35

Transfer YouTube and Netflix videos from your tablet to your television for $35. It’s an absolute no-brainer. More services will be added soon.

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player, $88

Stream video and audio content on your television from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, Spotify, Pandora and hundreds more.

Kindle with Special Offers

Kindle, $69 (With Special Offers), $89 (Without Special Offers)

The bare bones Kindle reader with e-ink display. Perfect for people who love to read books but don’t want or need a full-fledged tablet.

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation, $77

Portable battery charger for when your smartphone or tablet runs out of juice on the go.

Netflix gift subscription

Netflix 6-month gift subscription, $48

Whether someone likes watching current movies on DVD or streaming television hits like Arrested Development, Breaking Bad or House of Cards, a Netflix gift subscription is a hit either way.

Belkin WeMo Switch

Belkin WeMo Switch, $40

Think of the WeMo has a high-tech timer. You control when an appliance goes on or off from your smartphone or tablet.

Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, $85

Need to hold yourself accountable to get back in shape. The Fitbit tracks all of your activity, even while you sleep!

SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones

SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones, $99

Great sounding headphones at a great price. Enough said.

Apple TV

Apple TV, $93

For the Apple lover who wants to stream their iTunes content (audio and video) to their television.

Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

Motorola Roadster 2 Universal Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone, $75

If your car doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth for hands-free use of your mobile phone, this will give you the same capability.

Amazon Prime gift

Amazon Prime (1 year), $79

Free 2-day UPS shipping, 1000s of free movies, access to the Kindle Lending Library and now, one free Kindle book each month. The biggest no-brainer on this entire list.

Spotify gift subscription

Spotify, 6-month gift subscription, $60

Listen to whatever music you want, whenever and wherever you want. Perfect for any music lover.

Note: The prices listed alongside each item were the prices the day this post was published and are subject to change.

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