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‘Tis the season of giving and most of us are hard at work finding the perfect Christmas gifts for our loved ones. Of course, here at TechRadar, that would mean finding those exceptional tech items that can make a loved one’s life so much better.
The general notion, however, is that most tech costs a lot. While that may be the case, you really don’t have to break the bank to find a wonderful Christmas tech gift under AU$100.
To help you find those gems, we went a-hunting on Amazon – one of Australia’s biggest shopping sites – and found a veritable treasure trove of tech costing under AU$100.
Yes, you can find plenty of great Christmas gifts under AU$100 on Amazon, and each one would light up someone’s eyes on Christmas morning. From smart home gadgets to fitness tech, photography must-haves to gaming gear – there’s really a lot available for under AU$100 and we’ve picked 20 of our favourites below.
OK, so we’re starting off with something that might seem like the most impersonal gift you can get, but when you’re stumped or in a pinch, then a gift card goes a long way. The best part is you can choose how much you want to spend too – while there are readymade choices starting at AU$25, Amazon allows you to choose your budget and enter that instead. All the cards have a Christmas theme, which you can print out, then pack up really nicely in a box with a ribbon.
Know someone who’s been talking about getting smart lights set up in their home? Consider gifting them something from the Philips Hue range. There are some older lights that require a Hue Bridge to work, but the newer ones don’t require it and connect via Bluetooth – so be sure you check they’re Bluetooth compatible. You’ll also need to make sure you know what light fittings your loved ones have as Philips Hue bulbs are available in both bayonet and Edison screw options. It’s not just bulbs though – you can choose from bar lights, light strips, even outdoor lights.
While Philips Hue might be the more popular smart light brand in Australia, LIFX is just as good. And the best part is that every single one of them works with Bluetooth, no extra paraphernalia needed to connect them. From plain white, dimmable lights to coloured option – in both bayonet and Edison screw fittings – there are quite a few LIFX smart lights under AU$100 to choose from.
Smart lights are all well and good, but there’s really no need to swap out a household’s gizmos and gadgets to make it a smart one. Enter the Eve smart plug. Whatever is plugged into this instantly becomes a smart device – whether it’s the kettle in the kitchen or a lamp. You can control these appliances via the Eve companion app or, if you’re an Apple user, set up automations via HomeKit and use Siri voice commands. Schedule the kettle to switch on at a particular time in the morning or get lamps to switch off automatically at night, and then even monitor how much power is being consumed. It’s one heck of a gadget!
You might think we’re overdoing the smart home thing here by adding yet another ‘smart’ device, but this little speaker is a pretty great way to get into home automation. It’s powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, can control any connected device via simple voice commands (including any of the smart lights listed above, and plenty more), all for under AU$100. This is the latest generation of Echo speakers, getting a complete redesign from the old pill-shaped option to one that’s like… well, a UFO. And it gets better sound too.
Let’s not forget the little ones, and if you’d like to teach the tots to enjoy physical activity, then get them a fun little fitness tracker. Fitbit’s Ace 3 is colourful, the clock faces are animated and it will do just fine in the pool too. It can be worn all day and night, with both activity tracking and sleep tracking on board. And it can usually be found for under the AU$99 RRP even on Amazon.
Know someone trying their best to achieve their weightloss goals? Then give them some support and encouragement by getting them a set of smart scales that will help give them a holistic picture. Not only does it display weight on the display, it shows BMI trends in an easy-to-understand graph on the Fitbit app. It connects to a phone via Bluetooth and can be found on Amazon under its usual RRP of AU$99.
The best thing about Logitech’s Bluetooth keyboards are that they work with practically any laptop or tablet. And one of our favourites is the K380. This series has been around for years, but the latest models are sleek, comfortable and just all-round great. And if you’re keen on helping someone’s home office setup get a facelift, this is a great gift for under a hundred.
Here’s another great gift idea for a home office setup – a printer. Admittedly it’s not a gift that screams love and affection, but you’d be surprised how many of your loved ones might actually need one. And Canon has some great options that are affordable too, like this Pixma MG2560 that will only cost you AU$64 on Amazon, or this Pixma TS3160 that connects via Wi-Fi that comes in under the AU$100 mark.
There are a few XBoom Bluetooth speakers available, and the difference between them is essentially size. The PL2 is the smallest and cheapest, but still well made and promises good sound too. There’s up to 10 hours of playback time available on a single charge and it’s IPX5 water resistant, so could even become a travel speaker for someone who loves the outdoors. And while it’s official price on LG Australia’s site is AU$89, you could get it for cheaper on Amazon.
Know someone trying to get into podcasting or streaming? They’re likely going to need a really good microphone and Rode makes some of the best… in Australia! Yes, you can get someone a remarkable Aussie-made mic that’s light, compact and easy to use. The VideoMic Go retails for about AU$98 in Australia, but like a lot of Amazon listings, you could get it for less than that RRP.
OK, it’s not quite tech, but we’re big fans of Lego here at TechRadar and just can’t resist listing them in our gift ideas. They’re great for the whole family and there’s so many creative options to choose from in different budgets. For example, the Lego Ferrari F8 car is under AU$30, while building Dumbledore’s Fawkes phoenix bird from the Harry Potter series will set you back AU$70 (or less when discounted). Even the Darth Vader helmet is under the AU$100 mark.
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