Being aware of costs doesn’t make you stingy. You are simply having a good time for Christmas. And luckily, you can get plenty of excellent festive tech gifts for under £100.
Okay, so you can’t finish the Xbox Series X on a budget. But you can find a whole bunch of Yuletide desserts without going too deep into the red.
From smart speakers to wireless earbuds, the list below features our pick of the best Christmas gadget gifts you can buy for £100 or less. the best thing? None of them will make the recipient feel short of change.
Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for £100 or less
Amazon Echo Dot (2022)
Of all of Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart devices, the Echo Dot probably still gives you the most bang for your buck. The fifth-generation Dot sticks with the previous speaker design, but features a redesigned acoustic architecture that results in better bass and clearer vocals than before. If Alexa is required to DJ, you can expect an overall improvement. New motion and temperature sensors expand the Dot’s already wide capabilities, while owners of Eero mesh Wi-Fi routers can double as a useful range extender, too. You just got one of the most tech deals ever.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro
Putting a fitness wearable on their wrist is a good way to remind relationships to start their post-Christmas running plan, and Xiaomi’s new Smart Band 7 Pro gives them a lot for under £100. The built-in GNSS promises better tracking and faster position locking than the Smart Band 6, while the 84% larger AMOLED screen allows them to see a lot more information and data without having to swipe.
Marshall’s most backpack-friendly Bluetooth speaker yet is the perfect storage fodder. As you’d expect, it looks no different than a scaled-down version of one of the brand’s legendary amps, but here you’re pairing a smartphone rather than plugging in a guitar. The internal speaker may only weigh 310g, but Marshall manages to cram two passive radiators paired with a 2in full-range driver, for noise-making capabilities that belie its small size.
Logitech Ultra Glow
Shopping for a streamer, or maybe just someone who never seems to be Not In a video call of some description? This replacement ring light ensures that she always looks her best. Logitech promises that its TrueSoft technology delivers full-spectrum LED light for a natural, balanced look across all skin tones, while the monitor’s three-way stand lets you find the perfect position. It’s also passed strict testing guidelines, so it’s fully approved for use for the duration of any one war zone Stream.
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and these wireless cans are no different than the WH-1000XM5 that Sony makes entirely. In our review, we noted good noise cancellation and surprisingly powerful sound for a wallet-friendly pair of headphones, and the 50-hour battery life (with ANC on) is enough to listen to all of the Beatles’ back catalog multiple times. Before you need to find a plug. The big difference between these and Sony’s offerings? A price of under £100 makes it a reasonable ask for Christmas.
Logitech MX Keys Mini. Logitech MX Keys Mini
A writer’s retreat may be just the thing to inspire your next bestseller. Stick Logitech keyboard fits right into your backpack for better typing wherever you travel. Thin, light, and good for up to five months on a single charge, the Mini features full-size keys sculpted to fit your fingertips. Its solid metal construction reduces the complexity that could irritate fellow authors, while its emoji abbreviation means you’ll easily find the right smiley to celebrate when you post it.
GameSir X2 Pro
Despite its continued enthusiasm for cloud gaming, Microsoft has yet to release a handheld Xbox. But with the latest GameSir controllers, you can at least make your Android phone look like one. An officially licensed version of the X2, the X2 Pro is available in black and white (depending on whether you prefer the Xbox Series X or Series S aesthetic), and sports the Xbox’s traditional face button layout and design. New members get a free month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Nokia C21 Plus
Nokia’s budget slimmers are some of the best, and the C21 Plus doesn’t hurt that reputation. Designed with durability in mind, it sports a 6.5-inch HD+ tempered glass display and a 4000mAh battery that promises up to 2 days of use. An IP52 rating means it’s protected from the nastier elements, and if a particularly dramatic thunderstorm decides to kick in, it can be captured on its dual 13MP camera setup.
Nomad Horween Leather Mousepad
Would you prefer your office to look more mature than game? A genuine leather mouse pad is a great addition, like this one from Nomad. It pairs perfectly with the 13-inch MacBook Pro and combines sturdy hand-selected Horween leather with a micro-textured rubber base that ensures your mouse won’t slip, no matter what’s underneath it. The surface works well with the sensors, and you can choose between brown and black designs.
Amazon Kindle (2022)
If your recipient’s bookshelf is starting to creak, maybe they’ll appreciate a lighter way to indulge in bookmaking. Amazon’s Kindle has been updated for 2022, and it may not be its flashiest e-reader, but for a lot of people, it’s all they need. The latest model has a 300ppi screen, up from 167ppi in the previous model, while the storage has been doubled to 16GB and the battery lasts longer.
Matador Camera Baselayer 2.0.0 Update
Wrapped up for a winter photo shoot? Never leave the camera without a jacket. The Matador’s padded bag protects DSLRs and mirrorless models from the elements. The drawstring bottom means you can easily adjust the size to suit the thickness and tube of your snapper, while the magnetic closure makes access quick and easy. Are you heading for heavy rain in December? Roll the top of the dry bag liner closed tightly for IPX6 waterproofing.
Google Nest Cam (wired)
It takes survival to catch Santa in the act. Can’t resist Christmas Zs? Use Google’s Nest Indoor Cam to record the Man in Red coming down the chimney. Designed to intelligently monitor your residence, the wired monitor works day and night to intelligently detect motion and alert your phone if anything happens. Activity zones can be configured to cover the stove, while a Nest Aware subscription unlocks 30 days of 1080p video event history.
TwelveSouth South HoverBar Duo
Have you unboxed your iPad recently? The HoverBar Duo can keep them close in the kitchen but without the cranberry sauce. Clip the board into place and the hinged stand will hold it where you need it. Its weighted base will stand steady on countertops, while the included clamp can be attached to any edge. Tilt your tablet for easy-to-read recipes or switch to landscape mode for lunchtime entertainment.
Nothing Air (1)
You need two decent earbuds to enjoy Apple’s AirPods, but that’s exactly what the EarPods 1 didn’t do. They look great in either white or black, are comfortable in the ear, and offer noise-canceling Christmas listening for under £100 – Which Apple definitely doesn’t do with the AirPods range. And since its launch, it has gotten better with firmware updates. Pair it with the Nothing Phone 1 for sci-fi vibes so intense someone will want to take out a synth every time they enter a room.
Surrey sustainable sonic toothbrush
We can’t say enough good things about toothbrushes, but most disposable items are bad for the planet. This is where Suri comes in. This newcomer to the electric toothbrush scene believes that the magnetic motor in its first product delivers 33,000 plaque-lifting vibrations per minute, despite it being one-third the size of a standard electric toothbrush. And it will recycle the botanical heads for you.