So we've gone over gifts that are under $25, under $50, and under $100. Now it's time to talk about some more big ticket items. Here are ten gifts under $250. There are a few tablets on here as well as some great headphones. There's even a nice Chromebook, which I actually have in-house and in the review process.
10. Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones
For those that like Beats Audio, you'll love these headphones. They are available for $200 and they come in plenty of colors as well, around 17 colors to be exact. Beats Solo HD headphones deliver clearer sound, and deeper bass. Which I love headphones that give off deeper bass, personally.
9. Vizio Co-Star Stream Player with Google TV
I know this is an older device, but it's still a great device. Especially for those that want to experience Google TV without buying a brand new TV. With the Co-Star you can stream movies from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and much more. As well as streaming music from Google Play, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. The Vizio Co-Star is a great addition to any entertainment system.
8. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 family isn't my first choice for a tablet, which is why it's so low on the list. But for $180, this 7-inch tablet is a pretty good buy. Of course you'll see others on this list as well. It's running Android 4.1.2, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. There's also a 3MP camera on the back and a 1.3MP camera on the front.
7. Netgear NeoTV Prime with Google TV
Here's another Google TV device, which we actually saw back at CES in January of this year. It's also under $100. Much like the Co-Star from Vizio, you can stream movies and music from Netflix, Pandora, iHeartRadio, etc., but you can also stream stuff from your home network, stuff that might be a local file on your laptop. That's why I really like the NeoTV Prime.
6. Acer C720 Chromebook
This is Acer's newest Chromebook. This is the 2GB of RAM version since the 4GB version seems to be sold out right now. But this one is a pretty big upgrade in my opinion, from the previous Acer Chromebook. This one has a 16GB SSD, an 11.6-inch Anti-Glare Screen, along with a Haswell chip inside which does give it about 8-9 hours of battery life. Which I can confirm is true. I've been getting about 9-10 hours of battery life on mine.
5. Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Speaker
Here's a great wireless speaker from Jawbone. This one is the JAMBOX and does produce some great sound, especially for the size of the device. It's available in plenty of colors as well, including red, black, silver, blue, and purple. It's also just under $150, which is actually a really good price for something like this.
4. ASUS MeMOPad HD 7
Yes, you're probably surprised to see this one on the list. But surprisingly, it's a pretty good sub-$150 tablet. It is running a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. It also provides quite a bit of battery life which is always a plus. It's available in blue, yellow, pink and white.
3. Acer Iconia B1 7-inch Tablet
Here's the Iconia B1 tablet from Acer. It's actually a pretty nice tablet as well. Especially considering it's only $107. It definitely does have some thick bezels, but then again this is only $100. Which you can't expect much for that price range. But it is nice to have a choice in the cheap tablet range.
2. Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Here's a great Bluetooth speaker from Bose. Yes I'm a fan of their stuff. This one offers an advanced audio performance and makes it super easy to connect. It also offers roughly 7-hours of playback, and is rechargeable which is a plus.
1. Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB
The Nexus 7 (2013) of course had to be our number one choice. We still feel this is the best tablet under $250. In fact, it might even be the best tablet period right now. The Nexus 7 is now running KitKat and also has a 7-inch 1920×1200 resolution display, 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. It's also got a pretty large battery which lasts quite a long time.