Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Best Tech Gifts For Less Than $200
Yep, it’s that time of year again when you may have already begun shopping around for holiday gifts. If you’re looking for tech gifts that aren’t overly pricey, you’ve arrived at the right page.
Smart digital frameBrookstone
Simply Smart Home’s Brookstone PhotoShare smart digital photo frame comes in 10.1- ($200) and 14-inch ($230) touchscreen sizes, with espresso or black wood frames. Through its smartphone app, you can load photos via email, website, through Facebook or Google Photos. There’s no subscription needed. Holds up to 5,000 photos, via 8GB of built-in memory. You can also add music through an SD or USB thumb drive.
After using these for the first time, I knew TREBLAB’s X5 truly wireless earphones ($60) may be the best I’ve tried. Bluetooth connects quickly and is stable, while sound is rich with deep bass. And you can get music loud without distortion. Comes in a charging storage case that you can power up with the buds inside or not. Sweat-resistant, they stay snug in your ears while you’re running.
Cobra’s SC 201 smart dashcam ($180) simultaneously records and monitors a vehicle’s front and interior, in full high-definition 1080p video. Infrared cabin night vision adds crystal-clear footage of the car’s interior in the dark, on the 2-inch LCD screen or smartphone app. A 16 GB SD card’s included. Additional features: Parking mode, lane departure and forward collision warnings, dual-band Wi-Fi, cloud video storage, and red light camera alerts — among others.
LifeFuels Smart BottleLifeFuels
LifeFuels Smart Nutrition bottle ($99) essentially lets you make your own energy drinks with fresh water. Sync the bottle with a smartphone app, insert three flavored liquid drink pods (each with a clearly labeled health benefit), add water, then select flavor via the app and a button, and watch it mix. You’ll get 30 drinks per pod. Caution: Pods comply with FDA rules and regulations but aren’t FDA-approved.
Cleaner and disinfectantHomedics
HoMedics Ozone Clean ($130) turns tap water into a cleaner that kills up to 99.999 percent of bacteria and viruses — without any chemicals. You can generate this cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing spray in two or four minutes, depending on the setting and then spray it on any nonporous surface. Aerating the water is based on century-old science that’s safe to spray on counters, appliances, toys, and even food.
Rubik’s Connected CubeGoCube
Rubik’s Connected Cube ($60) is a modern digital take on the iconic puzzle that’s made a resurgence during the pandemic. It can teach you how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in seconds. Or it lets you compete against competitors around the world. Its sensors track and measure activity, and keep an inertial measurement unit to track the cube’s position via the app.
Connected paper airplanePOWERUP
Flying is indeed safe these days. POWERUP 4.0 Smartphone-Controlled Paper Plane ($80) is a user-friendly, smartphone-controlled module that’s powerful enough to fly homemade paper, balsa, cardboard and foam planes, with up to 10 minutes of flight time. It features an on-board flight computer, autopilot assist, gyro and accelerometer with fly-by-wire capability, and flight telemetry stats. Propellers add power and maneuverability; LED lights look cool at night.
2nd Generation of this ultra-cool candleLuDela
LuDela’s Gen 2 Remote-Controlled Candle ($99) has a new streamlined design and a larger 1.5-inch real flame that now lasts more than 50 hours per cartridge. A new safety feature blows out the flame when fingers touch the candle top, and its rechargeable battery lasts three-plus months on a single charge. Light it instantly via the included remote.
Eva security cameraSpotCam
SpotCam’s Eva 2 ($49) is billed as an efficient intelligent cloud camera. Compatible with iOS and Android devices, and accessible through any web browser, it can be used indoors or out, records in Full HD 1080P high resolution, and provides free unlimited cloud recording — no subscription necessary. It pans 345 degrees and tilts 90 degrees, has an 8x digital zoom, and two-way talk communication.