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Eight Affordable Tech Gift Ideas

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Finding the right gift for that tech-crazy friend, family member, or partner can be a real head scratcher, a problem that is only compounded if you are not particularly tech-savvy yourself, and if you are working on a budget. Fortunately, there is no shortage of tech gift ideas out there, which is why I’ve put eight such ideas together in this handy post for your convenience!

Tired of dropping your phone on your face when tweeting in bed? LoveHandle Cell Phone Grip might be the answer.

Tired of dropping your phone on your face when tweeting in bed? LoveHandle Cell Phone Grip might be the answer.

LoveHandle Cell Phone Grip

Do you have one of those friends who just can’t seem to keep hold of their phone? Perhaps you’re one of those people yourself! Your phone is an expensive piece of tech, so why not put a stop to all those unfortunate droppages with the LoveHandle Cell Phone Grip?

Compatible with most cell phones, this ingenious bit of kit attaches to the back of your phone and proves a loop for you to slide your fingers through, making the chances of your dropping your phone practically non-existent. It’s also unobtrusive and easy to your fingers in and out of.

Get the freshest, cleanest tasting water thanks to Brita's plastic water filter bottle.

Get the freshest, cleanest tasting water thanks to Brita's plastic water filter bottle.

Brita Plastic Water Filter Bottle

As a society, we’re more conscious of the importance of good health than ever before, and whether you’re hiking, hitting the gym, or just out in the summer heat, you know it’s important to stay hydrated.

Brita’s offering can hold up to 36 oz of water, and contains a specially designed filter straw. This means that any water you drink through the handy nozzle will have been filtered to perfection by Brita’s impressive tech, reducing chlorine and a range of other things that affect the taste and odor.

Ring Smart Lighting's Steplight enables you to light up any area of your garden or home without the hassle of wiring.

Ring Smart Lighting's Steplight enables you to light up any area of your garden or home without the hassle of wiring.

Ring Smart Lighting Steplight

It is often amazing how much of a difference a few simple lights can make to an outdoor space. A small number of carefully placed lights can easily convert a regular garden into a night-time wonderland, but there is the inconvenient matter of wiring and power sources.

Not so with Ring smart lighting.

These compact lights are battery powered, so you don’t need to wire them in, and they are small enough to be installed just about anywhere. To add a little more convenience, once you have connected them to the Ring Bridge, you can control them from your smartphone! If you’re looking for tech gifts for someone who loves their garden, look no further!

WGP Smart Audio Glasses protect your eyes from harsh screen glare while also providing wireless audio.

WGP Smart Audio Glasses protect your eyes from harsh screen glare while also providing wireless audio.

WGP Smart Audio Glasses

Let’s be honest, you probably spend too long staring at a screen. And if you don’t, you know somebody who does. Unfortunately, prolonged periods of staring at monitors, tablets, and even TVs is detrimental to your eyes.

WGP Smart Audio Glasses offer a solution to this problem with their anti-blue light lenses, reducing the harsh effects of screen glare on your eyes. They also come with built-in Bluetooth speakers, so you don’t have to wrestle with headphones over your glasses, and they are IP67 waterproof. And, if that wasn’t enough, you can expect to get over seven hours of life out of these puppies on a full charge.

Unihertz' Jelly Pro is a compact, affordable smart phone.

Unihertz' Jelly Pro is a compact, affordable smart phone.

Unihertz Jelly Pro 3GB+32GB

There has been a trend in smartphone tech towards bigger and bigger screens, to the point that some phones look comical in the hands of their owners. Of course, there is no reason why this needs to be the case, as proven by the Unihertz Jelly Pro—the self-proclaimed smallest 4G smartphone in the world.

Running Android 8.1, the Jelly Pro is capable of running most modern apps and quite a few games, and would make an ideal gift for a child’s first phone, or just for someone who doesn’t need a 7-inch behemoth in their pockets!

Never lose your keys again thanks to Orbitkey's CHIPOLO tracker.

Never lose your keys again thanks to Orbitkey's CHIPOLO tracker.

Orbitkey CHIPOLO Tracker

Losing your keys is the kind of thing that can bring about a real sense of dread. Especially if your only spare keys are at home, where you’d need your keys to get at them!

With the CHIPOLO tracker, you can relax knowing that, should you lose your keys, you’ll be able to easily find them. The tracker is small, unobtrusive, and can help you find your keys using your Android or iOS phone within a range of up to 150ft. Ideal tech gifts for the forgetful or clumsy friend!

Fitbit's Aria 2 is a set of weighing scales that automatically synchronise with your Fitbit account.

Fitbit's Aria 2 is a set of weighing scales that automatically synchronise with your Fitbit account.

Fitbit Aria 2 WiFi Smart Scale

Trying to change your weight—be it losing or gaining—is a difficult task, and one that can be very easy to lose motivation for. Fitbit already do their part to help with a range of fitness trackers, but did you know they make smart scales as well?

The Fitbit Aria 2 WiFi Smart Scale not only gives you an accurate reading of your weight, it automatically syncs that with your Fitbit account, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to manually input your latest weight. It can support up to eight different users (not at the same time!) and looks great.

Google's Chromecast is an affordable way to get a wide range of streaming content onto your TV.

Google's Chromecast is an affordable way to get a wide range of streaming content onto your TV.

Google Chromecast Smart TV Streaming Stick

Google’s offering in the IPTV realm often gets overlooked in favour of Amazon’s Firestick and Apple TV, but it is a solid offering, and it keeps getting better. This device connects directly to the back of your TV via one of your spare HDMI ports, allowing you to “cast” media content from your phone or other compatible devices.

This is a little different to the way those other options I mentioned work, but if you already have a compatible device (which most of you will if you have a smart phone), then you are good to go!

Final Thoughts

This is, of course, far from a definitive list of tech gifts, but hopefully there is enough here to give you an idea of where to look, if not give you an idea for the gift itself. Just remember, it’s the thought that counts… but also get them something good!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 John Bullock

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