25 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100

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  • The right tech can bring your friends and loved ones a much-needed upgrade in quality of life.
  • Even on a budget of under $100, there are plenty of exciting and useful tech gifts to choose from.
  • If you’re on an even tighter budget, here are the best tech gifts under $50.

Technology doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

There’s a surprising amount of excellent tech gifts out there – accessories, fitness trackers, tablets, and smart speakers – for less than $100. That is, if you know where to dig.

Fret not, however: there’s no need to trudge through the pages of Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the best affordable tech. We’ve done that hard work for you.

Through research and direct testing we’ve uncovered the very best tech gifts under $100. We included a number of gifts in every price range, so you’re bound to find the right gifts for your loved ones.

A smart speaker with Alexa, the most popular smart home assistant

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Amazon Echo, $99.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo is an excellent smart speaker and Alexa can answer your giftee’s questions, play music, and control smart home devices like lights and TVs. The new fourth-generation model also features an updated design with a spherical shape that fits nicely with most decor.

Read our full Echo review here

If your giftee isn’t into Amazon’s products but still wants a smart speaker, the Google Nest Audio is a great alternative. The smart speaker is reliable at answering queries, can control smart home gadgets, and play music with good sound.

Google Nest Audio, $99.98, available at Walmart

Read our full Nest Audio review here

A dedicated fitness tracker without the distractions of a smartwatch

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Fitbit Inspire 2, $98.50, available at Amazon

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to track your giftee’s fitness metrics. The tracker has a heart rate monitor that helps improve the accuracy of tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. As an added bonus, buyers also receive a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium.

While more expensive devices like the Apple Watch have many of the same features, they also can bring added distractions and unnecessary steps for a user who primarily wants to keep track of their health.

A countertop display that’s also a smart home hub

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $69.99, available at Amazon

The Echo Show 5 is an affordable smart display that has Alexa built-in. Your giftee can watch recipes and videos on it, see the time at a glance, and ask Alexa questions. It can also play music and control smart home devices.

A Philips Hut smart lighting starter kit

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Philips Hue White LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, $99.99, available at Amazon

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled using an app or a virtual assistant like Alexa or Google Home. That means you can dim the lights, set them to change at specific times, or turn them off with a voice command if you’re using an assistant.

The hub included in this starter kit can connect and control your lights without a separate virtual assistant, and the smart button will let you turn the Philip Hue bulbs in your house on and off without any extra wiring.

A 4K streaming devices to help pass the time

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $39.99, available at Best Buy

Anyone who likes to spend their free time streaming videos at home can make use of the Roku Streaming Stick+. Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Stick+ can stream TV shows and movies from all the major streaming services, including Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. 

Roku Ultra, $69.99, available at Target

If you’re looking for the absolute best features then the Roku Ultra is an ideal streaming player. It’s the best media streaming device we’ve tested, thanks to its easy-to-use interface, 4K playback, voice control, and simple remote. It can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and other streaming services. Unlike the cheaper Roku Stick model, this version adds Bluetooth, a USB port for external playback, and Dolby Vision capabilities for even better HDR performance on select apps. 

Read our full Roku Ultra review here

A PopSocket grip for your phone

PopSockets  Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets, $8.97

PopSocket Grip, $8 and up, available at PopSocket

PopSocket Grips stick to the back of your phone and can expand whenever you need a grip or a stand. Use one to take photos, text, hold a large device, watch movies, and video chat with ease and comfort. Many cost less than $10 and they come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your recipient’s personality.

An ebook reader with a built-in light

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Amazon Kindle, $89.99, available at Amazon

The entry-level Kindle is a great gift for book worms who want a digital library of ebooks to take with them on the go. For young or new readers, the lack of apps on Kindle can help them stay focused on reading.

Newer Kindle models include a front light for night reading, and the Kindle can retain battery for weeks on a single charge. The $90 version includes ads on the home screen, so you may want to consider spending an extra $20 for the ad-free Kindle; though your gift recipient can also pay the $20 later on.

 

 

A smart herb garden

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Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95, available at Amazon

With the Click and Grow Smart Garden, your loved one can grow fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or thyme in a matter of weeks. The garden kit includes LED lights and basil plant pods — once set up, it will automatically water the herbs on a regular basis for two to three weeks.

A phone case that’s lovely to look at and built to last

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Nomad Leather iPhone Cases, $49.95 and up, available at Nomad

Nomad uses genuine Horween leather to craft gorgeous, durable iPhone cases that age beautifully. We can’t recommend the brand’s cases enough. Nomad also makes a few Samsung and Google Pixel cases.

Otterbox case, $40 and up, available at Otterbox

Otterbox has a reputation for bulky protective cases that can withstand a lot of drops, but that doesn’t mean they’re ugly. In fact, Otterbox has tons of super fun cases with Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters on them as well as some stylish designs.

A custom-designed iPhone case filled with familiar photos

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Casetify Custom iPhone 12 Case, $45 and up, available at Casetify

Casetify’s easy to use tool lets you turn your favorite photos into a custom iPhone case. There are three case styles and dozens of templates, so you can turn your friend’s best Instagram photos into a unique way to protect their phone.

An excellent pair of wireless headphones

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Sennheiser HD 350BT Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $99.95, available at Amazon

Sennheiser makes some of the best over-ear headphones. Though not one of its flagship models, the HD 350BT are still strong performers. They’re comfortable, deliver outstanding sound quality, and have a long battery life of up to 30 hours.

Tech-friendly gloves

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L.L.Bean Touchscreen Gloves, $29.99 and up, available at L.L.Bean

Protect your loved ones’ fingers when it’s cold outside and they still want to text their friends and family. These touchscreen gloves are super warm and work well on screens.

A durable, weighted iPhone charging cable

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Native Union Night Cable, $39.99, available at Amazon

Native Union makes some of the most attractive phone accessories around. The Night Cable is the best long lightning charging cable for the iPhone. It has a 10-foot cord and a handy weight to hold it in place while your phone charges.

A desk lamp with a wireless charger

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, $49.99, available at Bed Bath and Beyond

If your giftee has a phone with wireless charging built in, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp is a great gift. It has a built-in wireless charger and a USB port so you can charge your devices wirelessly or with a cable. The lamp is also well made and fully adjustable. It has multiple brightness and color temperature settings so you can make it your own.

A beautiful wireless charger

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Native Union Drop Wireless Charger, from $49.99 and up, available at Amazon

Native Union always impresses with its stylish tech accessories. If your giftee hates boring black and white tech, get them Native Union’s attractive wireless chargers, which come in multiple colors, including rose, sage, indigo, and more.

An instant camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $69.99, available at Best Buy

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they’d lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they’re taken.

A light for better smartphone photography

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Lume Cube 2.0, $89.85, available from B&H

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube 2.0 in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

An iPhone USB memory stick

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SanDisk iXpand and Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone, $49.99, available at Amazon

Even though iPhones now come with more storage built in, it’s still easy to run out of space. For people who take too many photos, download tons of music, shows, and games on their phones, the SanDisk iXpand is the perfect gift.

An iPhone dock

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Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe, $29.99, available at Amazon

An iPhone dock looks nice on any desk, nightstand, or table, and it gives your giftee a good place to charge their phone. The Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe comes with lightning and Micro USB cables. The device also features a handy design that holds your iPhone up off the base. This prevents your phone’s speakers and home button from getting blocked. 

A set of Tile trackers

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One Tile Mate Tracker, one Tile Slim Tracker, and two Tile Stickers, $64.99, available at Amazon

Tile trackers are one of the most practical tech gifts you can give. Once they’re paired, your giftee can use their phone to make the trackers send them a notification to help find a lost item, or show the tracker’s last known location on a map.

This pack comes with one Tile Slim, which is thin enough to slip into a wallet, one Tile Mate, which has loops so it can fit onto key rings, and two Tile Stickers, which can be attached to a remote or other electronic device. 

A temperature-controlled mug

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Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $99.95, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember’s smart mug can keep your loved one’s drink at the perfect temperature so they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time.

A kid-friendly tablet with a year’s worth of children’s books and videos

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Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $99.99, available at Amazon

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon’s Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case and warranty against accidental damage. The Kids Edition also comes with one year of Amazon Kids, which adds tons of kid-friendly content you can find via Amazon apps like Kindle and Amazon Prime Video.

Fire HD 8, $89.99, available at Amazon

The Fire HD 8 tablet is also a solid option for teens and adults who don’t need the extra power of an iPad or Microsoft Surface. The latest Fire HD 8 has a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, 32GB of storage built in, and room for expansion via a Micro SD card slot.

An alarm clock with a soothing light and built-in Bluetooth

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iHome Zenergy Light Alarm Clock, $69.99, available at Bed Bath and Beyond

No one likes waking up to a blaring alarm, so a light therapy alarm clock that tries to awaken you with a gradual, sunrise-like increase of light is a nice gift. The iHome Zenergy offers a number of great light alarm features, but it also has a decent Bluetooth speaker built into it, so your giftee can play music, too.

A waterproof Bluetooth speaker

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JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $79.95, available at Amazon

If you’re shopping for someone who’s planning on a warm vacation — or lives someplace nice all the time — this waterproof speaker will let them rock out without worrying about dropping it into the pool or ocean.

The JBL Flip works in horizontal or vertical position and will play for up to 12 hours with a full battery. While the Flip 5 has an improved battery and charges faster, the Flip 4 is $50 cheaper and will still suit most needs for a portable speaker.

A pair of budget-friendly wireless earbuds

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1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds, from $59.99, available at Amazon

These wireless earbuds are cheaper than AirPods, but they sound even better. They also last for 24 hours of total playtime and 6.5 hours of continuous use. 

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34 affordable tech gifts under $50 – ideas from Amazon, Google, Roku, and more

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  • There are plenty of great tech gifts our there for $50 or under.
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Shopping for tech gifts can be a stressful experience – there’s so much out there that it’s hard to know where to start.

But, don’t worry: If you’re having trouble finding quality tech gifts that are also affordable, we’ve got some ideas for you. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, parent, child, cousin, colleague, or even a pet, you’ll be able to find a tech gift here that suits your needs for $50 or less.

A smart display for video calling, alarms, and household tasks

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Amazon Echo Show 5, available at Amazon, $49.99

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is a smart display that can make video calls, display family photos, and use a wide selection of  apps. Controlled by Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, the Echo Show can also serve as a hub for smart home devices. Keep in mind, it will require a wireless internet connection at home to function properly.

Echo Show 5 normally costs $90, but right now it’s on sale for $50 at Amazon.

A subscription to a huge collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

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6-month Scribd Subscription, available at Scribd, $50

For any friend who loves to read, a Scribd subscription is the perfect gift. Scribd has a massive library of electronic books, magazines, audiobooks, and documents, from classics to the newest releases. Scribd is available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, and all web browsers, so your friend can read on the go, wherever they are. 

A smart scale that syncs with your phone to track progress

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Fitbit Aria Air, available at Amazon, $49.75

Fitbit Aria Air is a thin smart scale that can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and help keep track of important health metrics over time. Data is stored in the Fitbit app, which includes more tools to help set personal goals and log your results. Fitbit Aria Air does require the app to work correctly, but you don’t need to invest in a separate Fitbit fitness tracker to use the Aria scale.

An electric scrubber for hard to clean messes

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Super Sonic Scrubber, available at Amazon, $27.44

This is one of our reviewer’s favorite cleaning gadgets. It can quickly and comprehensively clean any surface, from your bathroom sink to the roof of your car. It comes with five different brush heads to conquer all types of grime.

A small and affordable home security camera

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Wyze Cam, available at Amazon, $29.98

If your friend or relative is looking for a security camera, this is one of the best (and cheapest) gifts you can buy them. It captures excellent HD video, sends phone notifications when it detects movement, and is tiny enough to blend into its surroundings.

Our reviewer called the previous generation model “a shockingly great home security camera.” 

A selfie-stick to frame the perfect photo on the go

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Anker Selfie Stick, available at Amazon, $13.95

For a friend or relative who loves to take selfies, a selfie stick is a must-gift. This is our reviewers’ favorite option, though there are some available for cheaper. It can extend up to 29.7 inches and can accommodate many smartphone sizes with its adjustable holder.

An organizer to keep track of small electronics like chargers and flash drives

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Bagsmart Electronic Organizer, available at Amazon, $25.99 [Save an extra 30% with a coupon]

If you have a friend or relative who likes to bring a lot of tech on their travels, this gift will make their life a lot easier. It’s just the size of a book, but it has handy pockets and pouches for all tech accessories you need, including cables, cords, adapters, SD cards, flash drives, and more.

A wired tech bag to hold all your gadgets

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Lay-n-Go Wired Tech Bag, available at Walmart, $19.99

This bag has mesh pockets and straps to hold your headphones, dongles, cords, chargers, phones, e-readers, and whatever other tech you may need to carry around. It’s also easy to fold into a compact shape, and you can hang it from the seat in front of you with an attached strap.

A smart notebook and stylus that lets you transfer handwritten notes to your phone or computer

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Rocketbook Smart Notebook, available at Amazon, $32

The Rocketbook Smart Notebook looks like a standard notebook, but it’s actually a high-tech device. Write or draw on its 36 pages with the included FriXion pen, and you can easily save your work as a PDF or JPEG with your phone. The pages are also re-usable; just wipe them down with a wet cloth to start again. 

Protective glasses to block blue light while working

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Cyxus Blue Light Blocking Glasses, available at Amazon, $9.99

Blue light-blocking glasses make a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time looking at screens. Cyxus sells affordable full-rim, half-rim, and clip-on frames. The company also offers a one-year warranty, so your friend can get them repaired or replaced if necessary. 

Warm gloves that still let you use your smartphone

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Digits Touchscreen Gloves, available at Moshi, $29.95

Winter can be a rough time for tech enthusiasts, because gloves make it difficult to use a touchscreen. Never fear: the Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves are here to help. The fingertips are made with “conductive fibers” customized for use with a phone or tablet, and the palms include rubberized grips to keep you from dropping your gadgets. 

A wireless stand for quick and easy charging

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Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charging Stand, available at Amazon, $29.99

If you’re not sure what gift to give a tech lover, you can’t go wrong with a wireless charger. This one is just $30, and it can charge any phone that supports wireless charging, even through a thick phone case. As a bonus, it’s got a futuristic, modern design that will look quite nice on your desk.

A strong, sturdy laptop bag

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Ytonet Laptop Bag, available at Amazon, $29.99

Gift this sleek, professional laptop bag for just under $30. Not only does it look great, but it also has extra compartments for a phone, tablet, passport, pens, umbrella, water bottle, and anything else your friend or family member might need to carry around. 

A universal charging cable for all those devices

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USB-C Universal Cable, available at Nomad, $34.95

This cable includes USB-A, Micro USB, and USB-C endings, so it’s a perfect gift for a friend or relative who needs to charge many different devices. It’s 1.5 meters long, and has a braided nylon covering to prevent fraying. Nomad says the cable will last at least five years, so it’ll be a gift that keeps on giving. 

An extra-large heating pad for soothing aches

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Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL King Size Heating Pad, available at Amazon, $34.99

This heating pad is designed to alleviate full-body pain. Drape it over your shoulders and fasten it around your neck, or place on your arms or legs to help relieve muscle tension and pain. It has six temperature settings, from 105 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

A Bluetooth tracker to keep tags on your keys and other small items

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Tile Pro, available at Amazon, $34.99

For any friend who’s disorganized or worried about losing their keys, the Tile Pro will be a godsend. They can stick this tiny battery-powered device on their key ring and, if they lose their keys, they can remotely activate an alarm, or locate it if it’s out of range of their phone using a crowd-finding network. 

A smart outlet to control with Alexa or Google Assistant

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Monoprice Recessed Wall Tap, available at Amazon, $31 

This probably sounds like a boring gift, but hear me out. You can stick this gadget into any regular outlet to make that outlet into an advanced smart outlet. Any device you plug in, be it a lamp, fan, air conditioner, or anything else, becomes a smart device that you can turn on and off using Alexa and Google Assistant. The wall tap includes two outlets and two USB ports, all of which can be controlled separately. 

An affordable multicolor smart bulb

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Kasa Smart Light Bulb, Multicolor, available at Amazon, $14.99

TP Link’s Kasa smart bulbs are some of the best cheap smart devices you can get. They work with Alexa and Google Assistant, and can create all sorts of cool effects. You can also incorporate them into scenes and routines, and set them to timers and schedules. 

A portable charger with enough power for multiple gadgets

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Elecjet PowerPie Power Bank, available at Amazon, $49.99

A power bank is an excellent gift for anyone who travels or spends a lot of time out and about. The Elecjet PowerPie is our current pick for the best power bank overall, and it’s available for just under $50. It supports the Power Delivery 3.0 standard via its USB-C port and the Quick Charge 3.0 standard via its USB-A port, so it can accommodate a variety of smartphones and laptops. And thanks to its massive 20,000mAh of capacity, it can provide plenty of juice.

A streaming stick for an entertainment upgrade

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Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, $29.99

Roku Streaming Stick+, available at Amazon, $39.00

If you’re not sure what to buy someone, a streaming stick is usually a safe bet. The Fire TV Stick Lite is one of the cheapest ones out there, and it will allow your friend to search for content with their voice (using the included voice remote) and access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, and (of course) Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 1080p playback with HDR. On the downside, the device is currently missing support for Peacock. 

The Roku Streaming Stick+ is a bit more expensive than the Fire TV Stick, but if you’ve got a larger budget, it has a simpler interface and a few apps that are missing from Amazon’s platform, like Peacock. This model also steps things up from HD to 4K streaming. The included remote has dedicated buttons for a few popular apps, along with a microphone for voice search. 

An ideal gadget for tech-savvy campers

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FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio, LED Flashlight, USB Charger and SOS Alarm, available at Amazon, $29.99

Yes, you read that correctly: This is a radio, flashlight, charger, and SOS alarm in one. Anyone who enjoys hiking or other outdoor activities will love this device, which can be powered by solar power, a hand crank, AAA batteries, or a rechargeable power bank. Oh, and it has a USB port to charge other devices as well. 

A Bluetooth keyboard that swaps between devices with ease

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard, available at Best Buy, $29.99

This is our favorite Bluetooth keyboard and with good reason: it can remember up to three device connections at a time, it works with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and at just 10.9 x 4.9 inches, it’s compact enough to easily carry in your purse or backpack. Your friend can whip this out and type whenever inspiration strikes, whether they’re in bed, at a coffee shop, on the bus, or anywhere else.  

A Bluetooth mouse that’s great for remote work and travel

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Logitech M557 Bluetooth Mouse, available at Amazon, $37.08

A Bluetooth mouse makes a great gift, and this tiny one is our favorite. It’s completely wireless — there’s no receiver — so your friend can just whip it out and start clicking without fiddling with their computer’s USB port. They can also customize the device’s six buttons to map to the tasks they value the most. Our reviewer Brandt Ranj liked the M557 so much that he bought a second one to use at work. 

A portable Bluetooth speaker with touch controls

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Doss Soundbox Touch Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, available at Amazon, $29.99

You might not expect a small, portable speaker to sound very good. But the Doss SoundBox Touch, one of the top-selling speakers on Amazon weighs just 1.4 pounds and still delivers excellent audio with very full bass. It also features up to 20 hours of battery life, and a Bluetooth range of 33 feet so you’re unlikely to lose connection.

A tasteful leather phone-carrying case

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Long Crossbody Phone Pocket, available at Leatherology, $40

As smartphones increase in size, it’s becoming more of a pain to carry them around, especially for folks who often wear clothing without pockets. That’s why our reviewers recommend Leatherology’s Long Crossbody Phone Pocket, a stylish carrying case for your phone. It has an exterior front pocket to hold other stuff as well.

Note: Make sure that your recipient’s phone will fit, as this pocket is only guaranteed to hold iPhones and a few Samsung models. 

A light backpack to fit your laptop and whatever else you need

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Kopack Lightweight Laptop Backpack, available at Amazon, $39.99

This is the best backpack to give a tech enthusiast — full stop. It has a laptop pouch, a lockable compartment for valuables, a USB port to charge devices, and a whopping 17 interior pockets for cords, chargers, and other accessories. It’s also water-resistant, so your stuff won’t get ruined in the rain.

A clock with an oversized alarm for late-sleepers

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Sonic Bomb Extra-Loud Dual Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $33.07

This is a perfect gift for the many, many people you probably know who have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. This device will use pulsating lights, extra-loud noises, and a 12-volt bed shaker to make sure they’re out the door on time.

An automatic feeder or water fountain to give pet owners a break

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PetSafe 5-Meal Pet Feeder, available at Amazon, $43.99

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Water Fountain, available at Amazon, $44.95

This is a great gift for a pet owner (or for your pet). It’s a battery-powered feeder that automatically dispenses up to five pet meals on a schedule that you set. If you’re out of the house for a few days, you’ll know your pet is taken care of.

PetSafe also makes a mini fountain that constantly filters and dispenses clean running water. It’ll ensure that your cat has access to a fresh drink at all times, even when you’re not home to refill their bowl. 

A Bluetooth controller for games of all-types

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8Bitdo SN30 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Controller, available at Amazon, $44.99 [Save an extra 5% with a coupon]

8Bitdo controllers are light and easy to hold, and they work with phones, computers, and Nintendo Switch consoles. They make a great, affordable gift for any game-loving friend or relative, but especially those who enjoy retro gaming. While the wireless Sn30 looks old-fashioned, it has all the buttons you need for most modern games, including dual analog sticks.

Studio quality headphones

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Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, available at Amazon, $49.00

These are our reviewer’s favorite cheap headphones for their excellent sound quality, comfortable design, and effective noise-isolation. Note that as studio headphones, these are best suited for use with a computer, TV, or home-entertainment system, rather than a smartphone. They’re attached to a sturdy 3.5mm cable, and come with a 6.3mm adapter for larger audio equipment.

A smart speaker for household tasks and convenience

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Google Nest Mini, available at Walmart, $37.49

Echo Dot with Alexa, available at Amazon, $49.99

A Google Nest Mini is a great gift for anyone looking to get started on a smart home, or anyone who just wants a nice smart speaker. It sounds decent for its small size, and it’s got a futuristic design for a modern home. If your friend or loved one hasn’t used a voice AI before, they’ll love playing around with Google Assistant and discovering everything it can do. 

Like the Google Nest Mini, Amazon’s Echo Dot is another great way to introduce a friend to smart home tech and voice assistants. The new fourth-generation model features an updated spherical design, but the puck-shaped third-generation version is still available if you’re looking for an even more affordable gift option.

A visually stunning keyboard built for gamers

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Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard, available at Amazon, $49.88

Any gamer or aspiring-gamer friends will appreciate the gift of a good gaming keyboard. This is our reviewer’s favorite budget option for its full RGB lighting and solid, well-built keys. It also has six programmable buttons which they can customize to their gaming style. Though the K55 is only $49, it has the look and feel of a much more expensive RGB device.

A white noise machine to help wind down before bed

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LectroFan White Noise Machine, available at Amazon, $41.95

If you have a friend or relative who has trouble sleeping, you need to buy them this white noise machine, which plays ten different types of fan sounds. You might be skeptical, but trust me: The LectroFan’s fan sounds are actually the most calming ambient noise I have ever heard. (For more traditional users, it plays 10 levels of white noise as well). I gave this device to an insomniac friend this summer, and he still uses it every night.

A 2.1 speaker system to bring the bass with a subwoofer

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Logitech Z313 Speaker System, available at Amazon, $32.97

For any friend who is looking to replace their computer speakers (or buy their first set), Logitech’s Z313 is the best budget option. The system includes two stereo speakers and a subwoofer, and while they won’t deliver premium sound, they’re head and shoulders above any monitor’s built-in speakers.

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42 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100

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  • Not everyone asks for tech gifts around the holidays, but tech products can certainly bring your friends and loved ones a much-needed life upgrade.
  • Even on a budget of under $100, there are plenty of exciting and useful tech gift ideas to choose from.
  • If you’re on an even tighter budget, here are the best tech gifts under $50.
  • For more gift ideas and deals this holiday season, check out all of our gift guides for 2020 here.

Technology doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

There’s a surprising amount of excellent tech gifts out there – accessories, fitness trackers, tablets, and smart speakers – for less than $100. That is, if you know where to dig.

Fret not, however: there’s no need to trudge through the pages of Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the best affordable tech. We’ve done that hard work for you.

Through tough research and direct testing we’ve uncovered the very best tech gifts under $100. We included a number of gifts in every price range, so you’re bound to find the right gifts for your loved ones.

A smart speaker with Alexa

Amazon Echo 4th gen

Amazon Echo, $69.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo is the best smart speaker you can give as a gift this holiday season. Alexa can answer all your giftee’s questions, play music, and control many smart home devices. The brand-new fourth-generation model also features an updated design with a spherical shape that fits nicely in any decor.

Read our full Echo review here

A pair of wireless earbuds

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1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds, from $50.39, available at Amazon

These wireless earbuds are cheaper than AirPods, but they sound even better. They also last for 24 hours of total playtime and 6.5 hours of continuous use. 

A fitness tracker

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Fitbit Inspire 2, $68.95, available at Amazon

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to track your giftee’s fitness metrics. The tracker has a heart rate monitor that helps improve the accuracy of tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. As an added bonus, buyers can currently receive a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium.

A Philips Hut smart lighting starter kit

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Philips Hue White LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, $69.97, available at Home Depot

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled remotely, set to go on at specific times, and controlled by voice commands if you have a smart speaker.

A swim-proof Bluetooth speaker

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, from $69.99, available at Amazon

The small-yet-mighty Bluetooth speaker can go swimming in the pool or ocean. It’s also dustproof and therefore suitable for hikes and other outdoor adventures. 

A PopSocket grip

PopSockets  Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets, $8.97

PopSocket Grip, $8 and up, available at PopSocket

PopSocket Grips stick to the back of your phone and can expand whenever you need a grip or a stand. Use one to take photos, text, hold a large device, watch movies, and video chat with ease and comfort. Many cost less than $10 and they come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your personality.

An earbud organizer

Bluelounge Cableyoyo Earbud Cable Holders, $9.95

Bluelounge Cableyoyo (2-pack), $16.94, available at Amazon

The Cableyoyo is an affordable rubber and metal spool, around which you wrap your earphones (or any other smallish cable) for safekeeping.

A 4K streaming stick

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $49.99, available at Best Buy

Anyone who likes to stream video in 4K on their TV needs a Roku Streaming Stick+. Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Stick+ can stream TV shows and movies from all the major streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. On the downside, fans of HBO Max will have to look elsewhere for the time being.

The ultimate console for old-school Sega fans

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Sega Genesis Mini, $79.98, available at Amazon

Finally joining the mini retro game console craze is Sega, and it brought the big guns. This console packs 40 games inside pulling both from storied classics to games that were never released in the US. For the retro gamer in your life, this could be a no-brainer.

The best game machine for retro arcade fans

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Neo Geo Mini International, $45.97, available at Walmart

If the gamer in your life was more of an arcade nut, then consider this console that doesn’t even need a display. This contains 4o of the most popular Neo Geo arcade games ever, including the entire Metal Slug shooter series.

An ebook reader

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Amazon Kindle, $89.99, available at Amazon

The entry-level Kindle is a great gift for book worms who want to have a digital library of ebooks to take with them on the go. This version includes advertisements and lasts for weeks of reading on a single charge.

A smart herb garden

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Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95, available at Amazon

With the Click and Grow Smart Garden, your loved one can grow fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or thyme in a matter of weeks.

A phone case that’s built to last

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Otterbox case, $40 and up, available at Otterbox

Otterbox cases are built to protect phones and withstand a lot of drops, but that doesn’t mean the brand’s cases are ugly. In fact, Otterbox has tons of super fun cases with Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters on them as well as some stylish designs.

A smart display

Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon Echo Show 5, $44.99, available at Amazon

The Echo Show 5 is an affordable smart display that has Alexa built-in. Your giftee can watch recipes and videos on it, see the time at a glance, and ask Alexa questions. It can also play music and control smart home devices.

The Echo Show 5 will be in stock on December 20.

A fun case for the Echo Show

Otterbox Echo Show 5 case

Otterbox Echo Show 5 Den, $19.96, available at Otterbox

If you are getting your loved one the Echo Show 5 mentioned above, you may also want to get them this hilarious Toy Story case.

A cleaning kit for your phone

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Whoosh! Cleaning Kit, $13.99, available at Amazon

Phones are breeding grounds for germs, so a good cleaning kit is both a thoughtful and practical gift. This one from Whoosh! leaves your phone clean without leaving any streaks behind.

An excellent pair of wireless headphones

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Sennheiser HD 4.40 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $79.99, available at Best Buy

Sennheiser makes some of the best over-ear headphones. Though not one of its flagship models, the HD 4.40 are still strong performers. They’re comfortable, deliver outstanding sound quality, and have a long battery life of up to 25 hours.

A waterproof phone case

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LifeProof Fré Case, starting at $42.26, available at Amazon

The LifeProof Fré iPhone case is perfect for people who love to be in or near the water all the time, and for those who always drop their phone in some kind of liquid. This case is fully submersible in water that’s up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep for 1 hour. It’s also fully sealed with its built-in screen protector and port covers, so it’s safe from the elements.

Tech-friendly gloves

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L.L.Bean Touchscreen Gloves, $24.99 and up, available at L.L.Bean

Protect your loved ones’ fingers when it’s cold outside and they still want to text their friends and family. These touchscreen gloves are super warm and work well on screens.

A custom-designed iPhone case

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Casetify Custom iPhone 12 Case, $45 and up, available at Casetify

Casetify’s easy to use tool lets you turn your favorite photos into a custom iPhone case. There are three case styles and dozens of templates, so you can turn your friend’s best Instagram photos into a unique way to protect their phone.

A durable, weighted iPhone charging cable

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Native Union Night Cable, $39.99, available at Amazon

Native Union makes some of the most attractive phone accessories around. The Night Cable is the best long lightning charging cable for the iPhone. It has a 10-foot cord and a handy weight to hold it in place while your phone charges.

A desk lamp with a wireless charger

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, $49.99, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

If your giftee has a phone with wireless charging built in, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp is a great gift. It has a built-in wireless charger and a USB port so you can charge your devices wirelessly or with a cable. The lamp is also well made and fully adjustable. It has multiple brightness and color temperature settings so you can make it your own.

A sleek leather iPhone case

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Nomad Leather iPhone Cases, $49.95 and up, available at Nomad

Nomad uses genuine Horween leather to craft gorgeous, durable iPhone cases that age beautifully. We can’t recommend the brand’s cases enough. Nomad also makes a few Samsung and Google Pixel cases.

A set of screen protectors

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InvisibleShield Screen Protectors, $8.99 and up, available at Zagg

Smartphone and tablet screens are fairly fragile and often shatter or get scratched, so it’s a good idea to gift the klutz you love a screen protector from InvisibleShield. The brand makes excellent screen protectors that offer special features like blue light blocking and privacy shielding in addition to protecting your screen.

An Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot 2020

Echo Dot, $29.99, available at Amazon

The all-new Echo Dot is a great way to incorporate a smart assistant into any home without spending a ton of money. Alexa can do everything from answer questions, play games, play music, and control smart home devices. The fourth-generation model features an updated design with a spherical shape rather than the traditional puck shape. 

A Google Home Mini

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Google Nest Mini, $24.98, available at Walmart

If your giftee isn’t into Amazon’s products but still wants a smart speaker, the Google Nest Mini is a great alternative. The smart speaker is reliable at answering queries, can control smart home gadgets, and play music with good sound.

Read our full Nest Mini review here

A beautiful wireless charger

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Native Union Drop Wireless Charger, from $49.99 and up, available at Amazon

Native Union always impresses with its stylish tech accessories. If your giftee hates boring black and white tech, get them Native Union’s attractive wireless chargers, which come in multiple colors, including rose, sage, indigo, and more.

An instant camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $69.99, available at Best Buy

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they’d lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm’s Intax Mini 11 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they’re taken.

A light for better smartphone photography

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Lume Cube 2.0, $89.85, available from B&H

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube 2.0 in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

An iPhone USB memory stick

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SanDisk iXpand and Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone, $45.99, available at Amazon

Even though iPhones now come with more storage built in, it’s still easy to run out of space. For people who take too many photos, download tons of music, shows, and games on their phones; the SanDisk iXpand is the perfect gift.

An iPhone dock

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Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe, $19.99, available at Amazon

An iPhone dock looks nice on any desk, nightstand, or table, and it gives your giftee a good place to charge their phone. The Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe comes with lightning and Micro USB cables. The device also features a handy design that holds your iPhone up off the base. This prevents your phone’s speakers and home button from getting blocked. 

A pair of blue-light blocking glasses

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Felix Gray Glasses, $95 and up, available at Felix Gray

Blue light can interfere with sleep patterns and cause eye strain, so your giftee is sure to love these blue-light-blocking glasses.

A set of Tile trackers

Tile Mate Essentials pack

One Tile Mate Tracker, one Tile Slim Tracker, and two Tile Stickers, $68.04, available at Amazon

Tile trackers are one of the most practical tech gifts you can give. This pack comes with one Tile Slim, which is thin enough to slip into a wallet, one Tile Mate, which has loops so it can fit onto key rings, and two Tile Stickers, which can be attached to a remote or other electronic. Once they’re paired with your giftee’s phone, the trackers will send them a notification when it’s lost contact with the tracker, and show them its last known location on a map.

Basically, you’re giving someone in your life the gift of being able to digitally retrace their steps.

A temperature-controlled mug

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Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $99.95, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember’s smart mug can keep your loved one’s drink at the perfect temperature so that they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time.

The Fire HD tablet

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Fire HD 8, $64.99, available at Amazon

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great tablet, and the all-new Fire HD 8 proves that. This 8-inch tablet has a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, 32GB of storage built in, and room for expansion via a Micro SD card slot.

A light-up alarm clock

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iHome Zenergy Light Alarm Clock, $59.99, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

No one likes waking up to a blaring alarm, so a light therapy alarm clock that tries to awaken you with a gradual, sunrise-like increase of light is a nice gift. The iHome Zenergy offers a number of great light alarm features, but it also has a pretty great Bluetooth speaker built into it, so your giftee can play music, too.

A waterproof Bluetooth speaker

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JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $89.95, available at Walmart

If you’re shopping for someone who’s planning on a warm vacation — or lives someplace nice all the time — this speaker will let them rock out without worrying about dropping it into the pool or ocean.

A phone sanitizer

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PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, $79.95, available at PhoneSoap

If your loved one hates germs, they’ll love this phone sanitizer. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that lead to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, the flu, and the common cold — without harming their phone.

A high-end, clip-on smartphone lens kit

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Olloclip Lens Kit, $24.99 and up, available at Olloclip

Olloclip makes great lenses that you can attach to many different phones so that you can get a wide-angle, fish-eye, or macro effect on your photos. 

A 4K media streamer with HDR

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Roku Ultra, $99.99, available at Target

The Roku Ultra is the best media streaming device we’ve tested, thanks to its easy-to-use interface, 4K playback, Dolby Vision support, voice control, and simple remote. It can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The only notable downside is that it doesn’t currently support HBO Max.

Read our full Roku Ultra review here

A record player

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Audio Technica Turntable, $99.99, available at Best Buy

Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s getting into vinyl for the first time, or wants to resurrect a collection they haven’t touched in years, they’ll need a turntable. Audio Technica’s has an RCA output, so you can plug it into any pair of powered speakers or stereo receiver, drop the needle, and enjoy.

A kid-friendly Fire tablet

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $79.99

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $69.99, available at Amazon

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon’s Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case, warranty against damage, and tons of kid-friendly content.

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