2019 Holiday Buyer's Guide: Best Tech Gifts Under $100

Are you on a budget, but hoping to find the perfect holiday presents for friends and family members? Check out this article from iPhone Life magazine's 2019 Holiday Buyer's Guide to find five great, affordable tech gifts. There's something for everyone on your list, whether that's kids, teenagers, or adults, including a Bluetooth speaker, a portable scanner, and more.

Related: Holiday Gift Ideas under $100 for 2018: Tech Gadgets for Everyone on Your List

Ecoxgear EcoPebble Lite ($27.65)

This tiny Bluetooth speaker is dust and shock-proof, not to mention waterproof and buoyant, making it a perfect pick for your outdoorsy friends and family. About the size of a measuring tape and weighing in at a little over three ounces, the EcoPebble is easy to slip into a pocket or hang from the included bungee and take along with you for the day. The mini’s sound quality is clear and distinct but not powerful enough to compete with loud ambient noise, and its battery life is surprisingly good for the size, lasting seven-hours between charges. This speaker is an ideal option for quieter activities like tubing, biking, or simply taking a shower.


Epson Perfection V39 Scanner ($69.99)

Larger scanners are convenient for home and office use, but the well-named Perfection V39 is the ideal choice for the family archivist or historian who needs a portable option. Since this scanner weighs in at only 3.4 pounds and is the size of an average laptop, it’s a breeze to take along to events and gatherings where old photos make the rounds. Black and white or color pictures can be scanned and converted to PDF or emailed, so they can be preserved for generations to come. There’s even software included to restore faded colors and remove blemishes from dust!


Uncommongoods Kitchen Utensil & Tablet Holder ($60)

The chef in your life needs this gorgeous utensil and tablet holder! Handmade in the United States, this speckled stoneware crock fits in with every design style from country to modern. Large enough to hold all your most-used utensils, it also keeps iPhones and iPads at the perfect angle to follow along with recipes, and safe from wet countertops.


CuffDaddy Silver 32 GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks ($49.99)

These silver accessories come in an elegant, hinged case and make the perfect addition to any well-dressed gent’s wardrobe. While the cufflinks alone are a great gift, it’s the hidden feature that seals the deal. Magnetized caps on each cufflink can be removed to reveal 16 GB flash drives! This fun and surprising way to stay organized is sure to have coworkers asking, “Where did you get those!?”


Sphero Specdrums 2 Rings ($99.99)

This set is tons of fun for every age from toddlers (with supervision) to seniors. This truly unique offering includes two app-connected rings that allow users to create beats, loops, and music by tapping on the included keypad or objects in the world around them. Different colors create different notes and tones, and you can save, remix, and share your arrangements. You can even play along with other Specdrums users to create collaborative compositions!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.