$150 and Under: Holiday Shopping 2018

With holiday shopping gearing up, you might be looking for gadgets and devices for the tech lover in your life (or you. Nothing wrong with buying yourself something nice). Here are some things on our under-$150 wish list this year:

  • For the fitness inclined: The Fitbit Charge 3, the latest of Fitbit’s fitness tracking offerings, is currently $119.95 (but usually costs $150). Some cool features include heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and goal-based exercises. Much fancier than your average pedometer.
  • For the aspiring singer and podcast maker: At $99.99, the Blue Yeti Nano is a more affordable version of the Blue Yeti, a popular USB microphone for voice recording. The Nano is a small, compact, 24-bit sound quality microphone that easily connects to the user’s computer.
  • For the Internetophile/wanderer: The Skyroam Solis is a portable wifi hotspot that currently sells for $149.99 (plus data costs). Users are charged based on how much data they use, and the 4G LTE connectivity works in over 100 countries (and also in the local park).
  • For the slow coffee drinker: Temperature controlled Smart Mugs, like the Ember, which sells for $79.99-149.99 (depending on the model), keep coffee and tea warm all morning. That will seriously cut down on trips to the microwave, or drinking cooled coffee, which is just a little nasty.
  • For the paper conserver: The Rocketbook Everlast is pretty sweet. Selling for $34.00, the Everlast lives up to its name, apart from a few minor quirks.  Cleaning the pages takes a little scrubbing, but it eliminates paper waste. There is an app that will upload whatever is on the pages to the cloud for long-term storage.
  • For the aspiring chef: Right this second, the latest iteration of the Instant Pot is $90.00, and it connects to WiFi. Why would you need to connect an Instant Pot to the Internet, you ask? Because it will allow you to remotely check on your dinner and change the settings on the pot if necessary.
  • For the gamer: Logitech recently released the G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse. It’s $59.00 and very snazzy, at least for the right-handed people on your list. Looking for lefties? Check out this guide.
  • For the music lover: The $12.50 VicTsing shower speaker has a suction cup on the back. This allows it to stick to the walls in the shower and play your music. It also allows you to take calls (not sure exactly why you’d converse and shower at the same time, but whatever blows your hair back).
  • For the guy with the tangled headphone cords: Bluetooth earbuds are the latest and greatest. They range from $130ish to somewhere above $150.

 

Happy holidays!