The holidays are fast approaching but don’t fret—techy gadgets are always a winning gift idea, even for that person who has everything. If there’s someone special in your life that you want to splurge $100-200 on, there’s a fantastic selection of gifts here to choose from.
If you want something that’s just pure fun, we’ve got you covered with a neat instant camera or a popular option for portable gaming. Or, if you want to go the more practical route, there are tons of more useful items like headphones, a keyboard, and even a Wi-Fi router for faster connection speeds. There’s something for everyone here, though it’s kind of hard not to fall in love with every one of these gadgets.
Happy Holidays! This article is part of our Holiday 2021 Gift Guide where you can find the best-of-the-best recommendations from Review Geek, LifeSavvy, and How-To Geek to help you pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
The Ember smart travel mug is a lifesaver if you love coffee, especially if you tend to drink it slowly. Right out of the box, it’ll keep coffee (or tea, if you prefer) at a nice 135°F. You can adjust the mug’s temperature anywhere between 120-145°F either by using the Ember app (Android/iOS) or tapping the + or – symbols on the mug’s display.
Ember keeps your drink hot for up to three hours on a single charge, or you can use it all day with the included charging coaster. When the mug detects you’ve finished your drink (or after two hours), it’ll automatically shut off. Although you can’t run it through the dishwasher, the mug has an IPX7 rating and is fully submersible up to one meter deep.
For Coffee Lovers
Ember Travel Mug
This smart travel mug will keep your coffee at the perfect temperature.
Bose products aren’t always the most affordable, but this small SoundLink Color speaker gives you a lot of powerful sound for not a lot of money. It even features a built-in mic, allowing you to use it as a speakerphone while connected via Bluetooth. Plus, it’s water-resistant, so you can keep it as a bathroom or shower speaker or take it with you to the pool without worrying about water damage. You can expect up to eight hours of playtime on a single charge, making it perfect for all-day parties.
Looking for an under-$200 Bose product that’s a little more unique? Check out the Bose Frames. These creative sunglasses have built-in speakers that let you hear your music clearly while people around you hear almost nothing.
For Room-Filling Sound
If you’ve been wanting an instant camera for a while, this package deal from Fujifilm gets you the camera, 60 film sheets, and a nifty little carrying case. Although you’ll probably get the most out of this camera taking pictures with friends and family, it’s great for selfies, too. It has a built-in selfie mirror and a macro mode that makes it easy to snap an excellent picture of you.
The Instax Mini 11 has automatic exposure, making it easy to get the perfect lighting and shutter speed on the first try (and ensures you don’t waste precious film). Each film sheet is about the size of a credit card, easy to keep in your wallet or make a cute photo board for your room.
Fun Instant Camera
Although physical books definitely have their perks, an Amazon Kindle makes it easy to take your whole library around with you without the weight. This version comes with 32GB of storage and a 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like actual paper, even when you’re in direct sunlight. Plus, it’s waterproof (IPX8), so you can enjoy your favorite books by the pool or the beach.
It features a built-in adjustable light, so if you’re reading late at night or you’re outside in broad daylight, you’ll always be able to see perfectly. You can also pair some Bluetooth headphones to listen to a story if you don’t feel like reading. And what’s best, a single battery charge lasts weeks, not just hours, making it perfect for marathon reading sessions.
Amazon’s Kindle is a go-to if you love to read and don’t want to lug a heavy book around with you.
If you have an iPhone, investing in Apple AirPods is a no-brainer (unless you want to splurge on the AirPods Pro). It’s super easy to set these up with all your Apple devices, and you can even use voice commands with Siri.
The H1 chip inside helps establish a reliable wireless connection that translates to quality sound, whether you’re listening to music or talking with someone on the phone. Apple’s AirPods are IPX4-rated, meaning they are sweat- and water-resistant. On a single charge, these buds will last for up to five hours; the included charging case has about 24 hours worth of total charge time.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone (or any Android phone), check out Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro. Samsung’s earbuds have excellent noise-canceling tech, an IPX7 water-resistant rating, and have battery life that’s comparable to the AirPods Pro.
Easy Listening On the Go
Apple’s AirPods sound amazing and are comfy in-ear for long periods, all wrapped up in a sleek design.
If you need a quality pair of over-ear headphones that are comfortable enough to wear for hours, try out this pair from Sony. The best feature of these headphones is smart noise cancellation, meaning that they will automatically sense the volume of your environment and adjust the sound and noise cancellation accordingly.
You can connect to the headphones via Bluetooth or NFC one-touch and use your phone for hands-free calls or voice commands from Siri or Google Assistant. In between charges, you can get up to 35 hours of listening out of these headphones. And although it’s not the deciding factor for headphones, they also boast an attractive pair with a sleek design.
For Comfortable Listening
Sony WHCH710N Headphones
These Sony headphones are excellent at noise cancellation, look awesome, and feel great on the ears.
Fitbit is a massive name in the world of fitness trackers and its Versa 2 model is an excellent, affordable choice. As you’d expect with a fitness tracker, it monitors your daily steps, calories burned, heart rate, and total distance walked. But it also gives you useful info about your sleeping patterns, like how much time you spend in light, deep, and REM sleep.
The Versa 2 does more than just track your health and fitness, though. You can use the built-in voice assistant to check the weather, control connected smart home devices, set a timer or alarm, and more. And as long as your phone is nearby, you can get notifications for texts, calls, and certain apps. Depending on how much you use it and which features you take advantage of, the battery can last up to six days.
For Staying Healthy
Fitbit Versa 2
The Fitbit Versa 2 is a great choice for a fitness watch, keeping both your health and fitness goals on track.
Some tablets out there cost almost as much as a new laptop, but for a simple tablet, you don’t need to spend nearly that much. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet delivers everything you need behind its 10.1-inch 1080p display.
There are no lock screen ads and 32GB of storage with this version, though you can expand this up to 1TB extra with a separate microSD. You can download all your favorite apps, like Netflix, Instagram, Disney+, and more; it’s worth mentioning, however, that the Google Play store is not supported.
The Fire HD 10 makes it easy to browse the internet, check your email, make Zoom calls, or use Alexa voice commands to find answers to random questions. With regular use, you can get about 12 hours of battery life out of this tablet.
An Affordable Tablet
Fire HD 10
Amazon’s Fire 10 tablet is an affordable smart device that you can take with you anywhere to browse the web, watch videos, and more.
If you play a lot of games or often work from your desktop, a quality keyboard makes a world of difference for your hands and wrists. Corsair’s K70 mechanical keyboard has quite a few different options for key switches, so you can get the exact clicky clacky sound you want. All options are Cherry MX mechanical key switches, but some are more tactile while others are quieter.
Corsair’s software gives you total control over color customization for the RGB backlighting, macro programming, and lighting synchronization. It’s fun to mess around with and helps you match the keyboard to your other desktop pieces with lights, like fans. There’s 8MB of onboard profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback that allows you to keep three stored profiles on the keyboard.
If you have an Apple device, you can still use Corsair’s K70 keyboard, but you might also want to consider Apple’s Magic keyboard.
For Satisfying Typing
Nintendo’s Switch Lite is the best option on the market right now for light, handheld gaming at an affordable price. The Switch Lite has all the buttons and controls of the Joy-Cons for the regular Switch, just built directly into the body (sorry, no detachable controllers with this one).
You can play any game that’s available for the Switch on the Switch Lite, including classic Nintendo hits like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. With comfortable controls and a slew of great games, you’ll game for hours and not even notice how much time has passed.
For Portable Gaming
Nintendo Switch Lite
Play all the classic Nintendo Switch games on the smaller, more portable handheld Lite version.
If you feel like your TV lacks some modern flair, consider investing in Govee’s Immersion Kit. This kit—designed for 55- to 65-inch TVs—comes with a 1080p Colorsense camera, two smart LED light bars, and LED TV backlights.
The static LEDs look cool on their own, but you can also opt to sync them to your music or TV audio. The light show that takes place when you sync up your lights and music is mesmerizing to watch and creates a more immersive experience. You can control settings via Govee’s app (Android/iOS), and it’s compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
For A Sweet TV Setup
Govee Immersion Kit
Govee’s Immersion Kit makes your TV look super modern and also helps colors within the picture look great too.
For sore muscles, there’s nothing better than Hyperice’s Hypervolt GO deep tissue massager. Whether you need extra attention on bigger areas, like your shoulders or your back, or smaller areas, like your feet, the Hypervolt GO has you covered.
There are two attachment heads to help troubleshoot specific areas and three adjustable power speeds. It’s cordless, too, which makes it easy to use and great for travel. No more spending money on expensive massages because you can always get a great one at home with the Hypervolt GO.
For An Awesome Massage
Hyperice Hypervolt GO
This incredible Hyperice massager will do wonders for your sore muscle aches and pains.
Although it might not be the most exciting purchase, the AX50 Wi-Fi router from TP-Link will help boost speeds. It also has lower latency than Wi-Fi 5 routers. With a Wi-Fi 6 router, you’re also able to connect more devices and not notice as much strain on your connection.
This 4-stream router has two bands, one 5 GHz band and one 2.4 GHz band. With the 5 GHz band, you can reach speeds up to 2404 Mbps; with the 2.4 GHz band, speeds can get up to 574Mbps. And TP-Link has a pretty great mobile app (Android/iOS) to boot, which you can use to manage your Wi-Fi network.
For Faster Wi-Fi
TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 AX50
TP-Link’s AX50 router brings speedy Wi-Fi 6 speeds to your home, making it easier for you to game and stream content without interruption.
If you like the idea of a tablet, but you want something with better speakers and a handy built-in stand, check out Amazon’s Echo Show 8. It has an 8-inch touchscreen, stereo speakers, and stands nicely on its own on any even surface.
There’s even a built-in 13MP camera that you can use to make video calls (and don’t worry, there’s a privacy shutter and an off switch for the camera). Additionally, you can do anything on the Echo Show 8 you can do with a tablet, like streaming TV shows and movies from your favorite platforms, managing your smart home devices, and using voice commands with Amazon Alexa.
And as a bonus, you can even use Amazon photos to turn the home screen of the Echo Show 8 into a digital picture frame. What’s not to love about that?
A Handy Smart Hub
Echo Show 8
Amazon’s Echo Show 8 looks great on a countertop and has all the smart functionality of a tablet.
Apple TV is the perfect solution if you’re looking for a 4K streaming option for all your favorites from Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and of course, Apple originals from Apple TV+. With Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Apple’s A12 bionic chip, all the content you watch will both sound and look amazing.
To control everything, there’s a Siri remote with a touch-enabled clickpad. With Apple TV, you can also check out Apple exclusives like Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Music.
And if you’re not into Apple products, consider the Roku Streambar. You can still stream a ton of content (just not Apple TV+ originals) and get a pretty good speaker, too, all for a lower price.
For Binging All the Content
With Apple TV, you can binge all your favorite TV shows and movies from different streaming apps, including Apple originals.