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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Smart Speakers, Earbuds & More Gifts Under $100

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and some of you are probably on the lookout for gifts. Quite recently, we’ve shared our gift guide for products under $50, and this time around, we’re covering gifts under $100. Considering we already have a separate article for products under $50, in this one, we’ll focus on those between $50 and $100. So, we’ll essentially try to suggest some of the best tech gifts under $100 for you to get.

In the list below, you’ll find 12 products. Most of them are available in more than one place, and we’ve included links as well. You’ll also find price tags for those products, along with descriptions and images. Price tags are constantly changing, though, so they may be slightly different by the time you’re reading this. We’ll do our best to keep the list updated, though.

Product nameCostWhere to buy
Philips Hue starter kit$99.99Amazon
Sennheiser HD 350BT$79.95Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
Amazon Echo (4th-gen)$99.99Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2$99.90Amazon / Best Buy
Fitbit Inspire 2$99.95Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
Native Union Drop$49.99Amazon
Blue Yeti Nano$79.99Amazon / Best Buy / B&H
Anker USB C Hub 8-in-1$89.99Amazon / Walmart
Google Pixel Buds A$99.99Best Buy
Tile Essentials 4-pack$69.99Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
Logitech MX Master 3$78.39Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
JBL Clip 4$79.95Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Philips Hue starter kit

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The Philips Hue starter kit is an ideal present for someone who is planning to get started with smart lighting. This starter kit not only includes three smart light bulbs, but also comes with one smart button, and one hue hub. These products work with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple HomeKit, so you’re well-covered.

These light bulbs are supposed to be used indoors, though, so keep that in mind. By using this setup, you can schedule your own custom light scenes, and control everything with your voice, presuming you’re using one of the three aforementioned platforms.

Philips Hue starter kit - Amazon

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Sennheiser HD 350BT

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The Sennheiser HD 350BT headphones are an excellent choice when it comes to Bluetooth headphones. These headphones usually cost over $100, but they’re currently discounted to only $79.95 (at the time of writing this article). They look minimalistic, and stealthy, while they do provide excellent sound and battery life.

These headphones come equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, and can provide you with 30 hours of listening time, approximately. They do come with a built-in virtual assistant button, and you can activate Google Assistant or Siri by using it, depending on your preference. You can also install the Sennheiser app to fine-tune these headphones to your liking.

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Sennheiser HD 350BT - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Amazon Echo (4th-gen)

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The Amazon Echo (4th-gen) is an excellent smart speaker. It looks quite minimalistic, so it can fit in basically any setup. This orb-like gadget is an Alexa-powered speaker, actually. It can be used to control all your Alexa-supported gadgets. It comes in three colors, so there are some options in that regard as well.

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The speaker itself is quite good, for what it is, and you can stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and more here. You’ll even get some bass from this speaker, while the highs are quite clear. The mids and lows are also well-balanced. All in all, this is an excellent smart speaker, and a great gift.

Amazon Echo (4th-gen) - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

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Do you know someone who simply hates it when the coffee or tea gets cold? Well, if you do, then this is the right gift for that person. The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 is the second iteration of the company’s smart mug. It comes in both black and white color options, and it offers 1.5 hours of battery life.

The mug is app-controlled, and it comes with a charging coaster, as you can see in the provided image. While it’s on that coaster, you don’t have to worry about battery life, of course. This mug is set to heat up to 135°F, and it enters sleep mode if it’s empty for two hours. Do note it’s supposed to be hand-washed, though.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 - Amazon / Best Buy

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Fitbit Inspire 2

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The Fitbit Inspire 2 is a compelling fitness tracker. It comes with a 1-year Fitbit premium trial and it can measure your heart rate 24/7. The device is available in three color options. The tracker itself is black in all variants, but the bands are different in terms of colors. You can choose between Black, Rose, and White bands.

There are two different sizes of those bands included in the package, S and L, so that they fit any wrist size. There are over 20 exercise modes available here, plus this fitness band will track your steps. The company also claims that you’ll get around 10 days of battery life with this gadget. The Fitbit Inspire 2 can track your sleep as well, of course.

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Fitbit Inspire 2 - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Native Union Drop

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The Native Union Drop is a wireless charger, and not a very fast one. It is a gorgeous-looking one, with the premium build quality, though. Its non-slip, soft-touch silicone surface is always a nice addition, just so your devices don’t slip off while charging. This charger is also quite small, as you can probably notice.

It supports 10W charging speeds, which is not particularly fast, but it’s excellent for charging various accessories. A 6.5-foot charging cable is included in the package, and it comes with a genuine leather strap. Do note that a wall adapter is not included.

Native Union Drop - Amazon

Blue Yeti Nano

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Getting a good microphone is important for some people, of course. There are a number of different professions that require one. The Blue Yeti Nano is not the best microphone out there, but it’s a great USB microphone nonetheless. If you know someone who needs it for podcasting, for adding voice-overs, or anything of the sort, this is a great option.

It comes with two custom mic capsules, while it’s boosted by the Blue VOICE software. Multiple pickup patterns are available, while the microphone itself is quite compact. It also looks very nice, non-obtrusive.

Blue Yeti Nano - Amazon / Best Buy / B&H

Anker USB C Hub 8-in-1

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Having a great USB hub is always a good idea. The Anker USB-C Hub is a great all-in-one option. This is an 8-in-1 hub, so it has basically everything you may need. Not only that, but it supports 100W Power Delivery for charging. There is a 4K 60Hz HDMI port included, and 10Gbps USB-C and two USB-A data ports. An Ethernet port is also a part of the package, not to mention microSD and SD card readers.

Anker will also include a travel pouch in the package, and you’ll get an 18-month warranty. Instead of getting a number of different hubs, you can get one that does basically everything. You’ll need to pay a bit more, but you won’t have to lug around a number of extra accessories with you.

Anker USB C Hub 8-in-1 - Amazon / Walmart

Google Pixel Buds A

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If you’re looking for a solid pair of truly wireless earbuds, Google’s are a good option. The Pixel Buds A come with an interesting design, which does differ a bit from the competition, that includes the case as well. These earbuds are equipped with beamforming microphones, and have 12mm dynamic speaker drivers.

Adaptive sound will adjust the volume depending on the environment, while these can be used with various different devices and platforms. Google says that you can get around 5 hours of listening time from them, and about 2.5 hours of talk time, before you’ll need to put them in the case.

Google Pixel Buds A - Best Buy

Tile Essentials 4-pack

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Tile Essentials 4-pack - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Logitech MX Master 3

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If you’re a techie, chances are you’ve heard of the Logitech MX Master 3. This productivity-focused mouse is used by many people in the industry, especially tech YouTubers. Logitech is making some great accessories, and the MX Master 3 is no exception. This mouse is ergonomical, and it feels great in the hand.

It has a darkfield 4,000 DPI sensor, and is equipped with a MagSpeed Wheel. it also has a separate wheel for horizontal scrolling, which makes it great for video editing. It also supports flow cross-computer control across multiple screens. You can also pair up to three devices to this mouse.

Logitech MX Master 3 - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

JBL Clip 4

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The JBL Clip 4 is a highly-portable Bluetooth speaker. This thing is both waterproof and dustproof, and is ideal for pool parties, and camping alike. It comes in seven different color options, and it has buttons on the front, as you can see. There is also that useful handle up top, which doubles as a clip aka carabiner, hence the name.

The package does include a USB Type-C cable, while the device itself is not that heavy at all. The JBL Clip 4 is one of those neat gadgets that don’t take a lot of room, and that are quite resistant as well. It also provides really good sound quality, especially for its size.

JBL Clip 4 - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart