25 Awesome Tech Gift Ideas Under $250

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ELECTRONICS FOR PENNY PINCHERS

Got a lot of gadget-obsessed friends and family members to buy for this holiday season? The latest and greatest tech gifts don't have to empty your wallet. Here are 25 gift ideas that can satisfy a wide range of needs and interests, and make tech fans' lives easier. They'll also leave you enough cash to buy for the non-techies on your list, too.
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Fitbit Alta
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FITBIT ALTA HR

Price: $129 | Buy it on Amazon
The Fitbit Alta is a sleek alternative to more utilitarian-looking fitness trackers. But it's not all looks: You'll get heart-rate monitoring, a tap-to-activate display with call, text, and calendar alerts, automatic exercise and sleep tracking, movement reminders, and an impressive seven-day battery life. Don’t need a heart-rate monitor? Check out the regular Alta for under $100.

WeMo Mini Smart Plug
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WEMO MINI SMART PLUG

Price: $28 | Buy it on Amazon
Want to turn on lights or appliances from your phone? It’s as simple as plugging them into this sleek Wemo plug. You can schedule them remotely or even randomize lights to make it look like you’re home when you’re actually sipping margaritas on the beach. With Alexa or Google Assistant, you can control Wemo with your voice, too.

Sonos One
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SONOS ONE

Price: $199 | Buy it on Amazon
These compact plug-and-play speakers use your Wi-Fi network to stream music in any room of your home. Different units can be paired for bigger sound, too. The One's biggest claim to fame is that it has Amazon Alexa built right in. Already got an Alexa device you can connect to? Try the cheaper Sonos Play:1.

Kindle Paperwhite
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KINDLE PAPERWHITE

Price: $130 | Buy it on Amazon
Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite is a treat for book lovers. With a 6-inch screen and a glare-free, high-resolution display, it's as close to paper as it gets. It's also waterproof, so you don't have to worry at the pool or the beach. Up to 32GB of storage makes it ideal for literary packrats.

TP-Link AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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TP-LINK AC750 DUAL BAND WI-FI RANGE EXTENDER

Price: $29 | Buy it on Amazon
Smart-home devices demand stronger-than-ever Wi-Fi, and this inexpensive TP-Link range extender can make sure that your home's dead spots disappear. A high-speed mode means you can stream media or play high-powered internet games without frustrating buffering, and the extender can be moved from outlet to outlet to ensure a stronger connection where you need it most.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
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FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9

Price: $57 | Buy it on Amazon
Fujifilm's colorful Instax Mini instant camera has a selfie mirror — no more accidental photos of your neck — and a macro lens attachment that makes close-up shots easier than ever. If you want to upgrade, consider the Instax Mini 70, which is more compact, has special modes for close-ups and landscapes, and includes a tripod mount.

Tile Pro
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TILE PRO

Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon
Tired of tearing up your house in search of your keys, purse, or other important items? Slap a Tile Pro on them. These Bluetooth trackers have a range of up to 300 feet — more than any other Tile — and they're waterproof. Use the Tile app to ring any lost item with a tracker. Lost your phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.

Roku Ultra
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ROKU ULTRA

Price: $89 | Buy it on Amazon
Ditching cable is easier than ever with the Roku Ultra and its easy access to thousands of streaming channels, from Netflix and Hulu to YouTube and PBS Kids. It works with regular high-definition TVs and newer 4K Ultra HD, and a search feature lets you find specific programs across channels. The streaming box even has a lost-remote finder.

Perfect Drink PRO
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PERFECT DRINK PRO

Price: $96 | Buy it on Amazon
Amateur mixologists can perfect their craft with the Perfect Drink Pro, an app-connected smart scale and cocktail shaker that take all the guesswork out of making your favorite drinks. There are more than 400 recipes, and there's no need to measure — just start pouring until you hear the ding.

Rocketbook Everlast
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ROCKETBOOK EVERLAST

Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Rocketbook Everlast, which has pages that can be erased with a moist cloth and written on over and over again using a special kind of marker, pen, or highlighter. Easily send your notes or sketches to a number of productivity apps including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote to share them or keep them for posterity.

Amazon Echo
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AMAZON ECHO

Price: $80 | Buy it on Amazon
The voice-controlled Amazon Echo has never looked better: Now, it comes in five finishes including heather gray fabric, walnut, and oak. Echo uses the Alexa voice assistant to play music, control smart-home devices, call or message friends, tell you the weather — the sky's the limit. For better sound, audiophiles may want to upgrade to the Echo Plus.

Philips Hue Starter Kit
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PHILIPS HUE STARTER KIT

Price: $150 | Buy it on Amazon
Long-lived LED light bulbs are among the most efficient lights you can buy, and these smart bulbs take the savings one step further by giving you the ability to control them and create schedules with your smartphone. Got Alexa? Turn them off or on with your voice.

AMAZON FIRE HD 8 TABLET
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AMAZON FIRE HD 8 TABLET

Price: $80 | Buy it on Amazon
Maybe the kids have broken one too many iPads, or you're looking for a cheaper way to play games and watch shows on the go. The Amazon Fire HD 8 delivers for under $100. It features Alexa and up to 10 hours of battery life. For a faster processor and a bigger screen, considerupgrading to the Fire HD 10. Only need the basics? The Fire 7 is a great value at $50.

Sandisk Extreme Portable Ssd Hard Drive
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SANDISK EXTREME PORTABLE SSD HARD DRIVE

Price: $83 | Buy it on Amazon
Perfect for anyone who needs reliable access to more data storage on the go, this portable, shock-resistant hard drive has anywhere from 250 GB to 2TB of space and no moving parts, keeping your files safe wherever and whenever you need them. Small enough to stash in your pocket, it can withstand water and dust and is compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Jlab Jbuds Pro
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JLAB JBUDS PRO

Price: $20 | Buy them from Bestbuy
Don’t have a big budget for headphones? That doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a wired pair. Bluetooth-enabled JBuds get surprisingly great reviews for the price. You’ll get up to six hours of playback on a single charge. They’re also sweat- and water-resistant.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
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ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM

Price: $61 | Buy it on Amazon
Drop it, toss it in the pool, take it on a hike — the waterproof, shockproof Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker can go anywhere and provide great sound the whole time. It's about the size of a soda can, and two can be paired for even bigger sound. The 10-hour battery life means you have enough juice for any party.

Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor
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WHISTLE 3 GPS PET TRACKER AND ACTIVITY MONITOR

Price: $80 | Buy it on Amazon
If your dog or cat is an escape artist, the Whistle 3 will be your best friend’s new best friend. It uses GPS to pinpoint their location, and sends notifications to your phone if your pet leaves a designated area. The waterproof unit even monitors exercise and rest to ensure they’re staying healthy.

LectroFan Micro Wireless Sleep Sound Machine
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LECTROFAN MICRO WIRELESS SLEEP SOUND MACHINE

Price: $28 | Buy it on Amazon
Compact and ultra-portable, the LectroFan is an ideal travel alternative to a bulky sound machine. It has a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 16 hours of sound, a swivel design to angle noise where you need it, and a Bluetooth-connectable speaker that lets travelers take conference calls or stream their music with ease. At night, choose from fan, white noise or ocean sounds to sleep like a baby.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
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HP SPROCKET PORTABLE PHOTO PRINTER

Est. Price: $120 | Buy it on Amazon
Tired of taking great pictures that never seem to make it out of the digital world? You can actually connect the HP Sprocket to your camera roll or social media accounts and easily turn your pictures into colorful, stickable 2-by-3 prints. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, so it’s easy to take to a party or anywhere else you may go.

Super Nes Classic
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SUPER NES CLASSIC

Est. Price: $80 | Buy it on Amazon
Indulge your inner ‘90s kid with this compact throwback console, which comes ready to play with two controllers and 21 of your favorite classic Super Nintendo games including “Super Mario World” and “Donkey Kong Country.” If the original Nintendo is more your speed, the NES Classic Edition is also available for about $20 less.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead
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KOHLER MOXIE SHOWERHEAD

Est. Price: Starting at $80 | Buy it on Amazon
The Moxie’s built-in wireless speaker syncs with your phone to deliver the very best of your motivating morning playlists. It’s magnetic, so you can pop it out of the showerhead and tote it around. The rechargeable battery provides about seven hours of playback before needing more juice.

Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset
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OCULUS GO VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET

Est. Price: $199 | Buy it on Amazon
Virtual reality offers new thrills for even the hard-to-impress gamer, and the Oculus Go makes it easy to interact with a virtual world. No computer is necessary — discover virtual worlds anywhere you are. Choose from 32 or 64GB of memory to store movies, games, and apps unlike any you’ve seen before.

Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame
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NIXPLAY SEED DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME

Est. Price: Starting at $150 | Buy it Amazon
What if you could frame your favorite photos without going through the hassle of getting prints? The Nixplay Seed makes it possible. Connect it to WiFi and access all of those great photos on your phone immediately, or send photos to someone else’s frame using the Nixplay mobile app. You can even ask Alexa to display certain groups of photos.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
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LEGO BOOST BUILDING AND CODING KIT

Est. Price: $160 | Buy it on Amazon
This kit fuses a can’t-miss classic, Legos, with a trendy new must-learn: coding. Kids can use this 847-piece set to construct one of five different models, then use a compatible mobile app to program their creation. They can choose from a robot, cat, guitar, rover, or auto builder.

Mpowerd Luci Inflatable Solar Light
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MPOWERD LUCI PRO INFLATABLE SOLAR LIGHT

Est. Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon
An inexpensive “wow” gift for any outdoorsy person in your life, this inflatable waterproof light collapses to pack flat and weighs only 5.5 ounces. No batteries are necessary — it absorbs sunlight and the 10 bright LEDs can last up to a whopping 50 hours once fully charged. No sun? You can also charge it via USB.

Really Rad Robots Mibro
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REALLY RAD ROBOTS MIBRO

Est. Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon
This affordable little bot is a tech-obsessed kid’s ready sidekick — it’s loaded up with tons of sound effects and fun functions like “stealth mode” when its microphone can pick up nearby sounds and transmit them to the MiBro remote. MiBro can even fetch snacks and play ball.

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