Buying Christmas gifts for friends, family or love-ones can be incredibly tricky, to try and help we’ve been scouring the world wide web to find some of the best tech gifts for under a £100. We’ve got everything from music, gaming, productivity and entertainment. If you’re stuck for a gift idea have a look at our best picks for this Christmas.
Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB
Sometimes a simple and honest to god mp3 player can be so much better than a fancy one with a touchscreen. If you’re looking for a simple mp3 player you can’t go wrong with Apple’s new iPod Shuffle. It’s perfect for those of you who want a bit of entertainment when shopping or when you’re at the gym. At a price of £40, it’s a great gift to give someone on your list who loves music but doesn’t need another screen in their lives.
For £69, you can pick up a Kindle that has an excellent E-Ink display and plenty of space to store all of your favorite e-books.
The Kindle changed the publishing industry. It may not have been the first e-book reader on the market, but it was the one that many people know and trust. Amazon’s lending library is just another perk of owning a Kindle. You can enjoy many books (even new releases and popular titles) without having to pay a single penny.
Giving an Apple TV to someone does a lot more than just give them a portal to iTunes on their television. It connects their TV to a world of online services including Netflix, podcasts, and other great content. Apple TV is very easy to use, and the sizeable rental library (including new releases) is a great way to avoid those trips to Blockbuster.
You can also use Apple TV with Airplay to turn your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad where you can play games on the big screen or simply stream your favorite YouTube channels without having to connect a single wire to your iPhone. This alone would make it a welcome addition to any iOS user’s home.
Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote
Universal remote controls have one thing almost universally in common: they all pretty dull. Well, that’s what we believed before we saw the Harmony 650. A universal remote control with a screen, the Logitech Harmony 650 will control up to five multimedia devices, can be programmed using Windows or OS X, and does a lot more than just change channels and adjust the volume.
This is a remote control with a memory, and with 5000+ devices under its belt, it’s sure to be a welcome gift for any frustrated home theater owner.
Roku 2 XS
If the Apple TV isn’t quite your bag, the Roku 2 XS may well be the answer for you. Not only does it have a number of great cord-cutting apps available on it (several hundred and growing), but the motion-sensitive remote doubles as a game controller. Yeah, you can play games on the Roku 2 XS like Angry Birds.
Perhaps our favorite feature of the Roku 2 XS is the USB port which reads USB flash drives. Just download your favourite online show and plug the drive in to expand the media playback capabilities of the Roku well beyond its built-in apps.
Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad
Put the future at your fingertips with Celluon Magic cube virtual laser keyboard. This clever device uses revolutionary laser technology to project a virtual keyboard on any flat surface. Using advanced optics the laser tracks your fingers to give you an intuitive full qwerty keyboard.
You can connect the device via bluetooth to almost any smartphone, laptop or tablet. It comes with a keychain design to make the virtual keyboard really portable. It also comes with a li-on rechargeable battery and can be charged via a simple USB port.
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 has a sleek and stylish design that complements Apple products. An integrated solar panel can charge the keyboard from any light source (including a lamp), so there’s no need to replace batteries. And the K760 can pair with three devices (such as Mac, iPad, iPhone) and switch among them at the touch of a button.
With its built-in solar-powered battery, the sleek Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 will save you money in the long run and is a better deal than Apple’s Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard.
Sol Republic Track HD On-Ear Headphones
Thanks to Dr Dre and Beats, over-ear headphones will be one of the most sort-after presents this Christmas. We love Sol Republic’s Track HD’s, they caught our attention with their unique design where by the speakers can be removed from the headband, it’s might not seem like a clever idea, but if you blow one of the speakers, this clever system allows you to simply replace it. For the price they run rings around the Beats Solos and come with a remote control that will work with almost any smartphone, laptop or tablet.