The season of frantic holiday shopping is upon us. This year, you’ll be able to find plenty of tech toys that come in under the $100 mark. Even better, these devices are things that the people on your list will actually love.
Panasonic ErgoFit Headphones -- $3
Trying to exercise with headphones that fall out is beyond frustrating. If you have a fitness freak on your holiday shopping list, you can’t go wrong with great headphones. Panasonic’s ErgoFit Headphones deliver great sound, sit snugly inside ears, and are highly resistant to sweat, water, and other outdoor and indoor activity elements. Want to hear the best part? At under $3, these earbuds can easily become a great stocking stuffer.
The Roku LT -- $49.99
Roku has really made a name for itself this year. The Roku LT is a streaming TV box that streams hundreds of different channels from your computer to your television. The LT version doesn’t come with an Ethernet port, but it’s still a really decent deal for a streaming box that’s well under that $100 mark.
Belkin Bluetooth Receiver -- $25
I really wanted to add a wireless music-streaming device to this list. Why? Streaming your tunes is really the way to go these days. Streaming technology has also been around for awhile, so companies have really had time to work on bringing prices down while keeping quality high. Belkin’s Bluetooth device uses Bluetooth to stream music from your device (must be Bluetooth enabled). The one drawback here is that this receiver must be plugged into an outlet.
Amazon Kindle -- $89
Amazon’s Kindle is a great device for the avid reader in your home. The Kindle is also affordable, making it a top choice for holiday shoppers. If you don’t think that special someone will mind a few ads here and there, consider the $69 Kindle that comes with the occasional ad – you’ll save a few bucks.
Apple TV -- $97.99
The Apple TV comes in just under $100 at $97.99. But, this device is hands-down awesome. When hooked up, Apple TV provides access to thousands of television shows and movies (even in-theater movies). Apple TV’s interface is simple to use, the setup is a cinch, and you are billed per movie/show, so no monthly fees apply. Just connect a credit card to the console, and purchase as much as you like. Apple TV also comes fully stocked with a great selection of kid-friendly shows and movies. Of course, Apple TV also connects to all your other Apple devices, and that makes this box a lot more fun.
Vizio Sound Bar – Under $100 through select retailers
This one you may just want to keep for yourself – the Vizio sound bar does the work of two standalone speakers, and will really change the sound coming from your TV. If you have a great TV (or know someone who does), and want better sound, the Vizio sound bar is an inexpensive way to get the job done – excellent for smaller spaces too.