We live in a digital world, so tech gifts are a win for everyone. Even self-proclaimed non-techies can benefit from an e-Reader or a pair of noise-canceling headphones — and we’ve put together a huge list of tech gift ideas under $200 for everyone in your life.
The Best Headphones for Under $200
A premium pair of ANC headphones will set you back about $300, which isn’t necessarily ideal (especially around the holidays). We recommend setting a Deal Alert on your favorite ANC pair just in case they slip under $200 — or choosing a more budget-friendly pair of headphones instead.
The Apple Airpods Bluetooth Earbuds (with charging case) retail for $199 and regularly go on sale for under $150 on Amazon, Costco and other retail sites.
Similarly, the Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds retail for $189.99 but have been spotted for as low as $67.99 for a like-new, company-refurbished pair. For the true audiophiles in your life, the Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX Planar Magnetic Headphones are a great over-the-ear style and have sold for $130. Slickdealer osirisdean calls them “great headphones for a great price: planar magnetic, open back; airy and not super bassy, but crystal clear and fast resolution. Metal sounds fantastic on them.”
The TaoTronics Wireless Bluetooth Headphone BH047 are a budget pair of noise-canceling headphones that are affordable enough to gift. Usually $64.99, we have seen these headphones go on sale for $29.99 with a coupon code.
The Best Speakers for Under $200
Need a cool gift almost anyone would love? Try giving a speaker this year.
We love gifting the JBL brand because it produces quality speakers that are also affordable. You’ll see frequent deals for different models (like the JBL Link 20 Water-Resistant Voice-Activated Smart Speaker with Google Assistant reduced to $59.98 instead of its usual price of $230). The JBL Xtreme 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker retails for $299, but we’ve spotted it as low as $188.99.
For those gifting standing speakers for a home theater experience, consider checking out Pioneer’s Andrew Jones SP-FS52 5.25″ Floor Standing Loudspeaker. These speakers are sold individually, and retail for over $240, but we’ve seen them priced at $79 with free shipping.
Slickdealer gz00000 recommends getting the Pioneers if you like playing your music loud. “I turned the volume to about 80-90 with very loud sound, what difference I heard!” they said. “These Pioneers are phenomenal. Their high, middle were so good! By comparison, Polk lacks high and not that clear on middle, but still have better bass.”
The Best Tablets for Under $200
Whether you’re looking for an affordable tablet to keep your kids entertained or want an e-Reader that will host your entire digital library, there are several choices under $200.
Amazon Fire Tablets are a suitable alternative for the iPad. Even without special offers, the Amazon Fire 8” HD 32 GB retails for less than $125 whereas you can’t get any new iPad model for under $300. The Amazon Fire Table regularly has deals or packaged sales that make the tablet less than $40. Splurge for the ad-free version for a less frustrating experience.
If you just want your tablet for reading, the 8GB Kindle Paperwhite WiFi Waterproof E-Reader w/ Special Offers can be found on sale for $90 (it’s regularly $129.99). This deal also comes with the option for a three-month trial of Kindle Unlimited valued at $29.97.
For Android fans, Lenovo has its 32GB Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus 10″ LTE Android Tablet for $99.99 with free shipping. California shoppers might experience a shipping charge, though. Slickdealer Mojo Rising says, “I have had one for a year and a half. It still works well. It’s not blazing fast but for simple browsing and watching movies on a plane it’s fine.”
The Best Digital Assistants for Under $200
The Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display with Alexa is a great gift for individuals who just have the standard Alexa speaker. Its smart display is more helpful to individuals who use Alexa for news updates, cooking or light media consumption. Usually $129.99, it’s common to see the Echo Show priced around $50 this time of year.
You can also give a 3rd Gen Echo Dot with one month of Unlimited Music from Amazon for only $8.98 (an 85% savings). This makes a great stocking stuffer for teens or for those distant cousins you don’t know how to shop for.
Don’t forget to consider gifts that connect multiple smart home devices, as well. Erase the automation headache with gadgets like the Hive Smart Home Hub, which works with both Alexa and Google Home. The Hive Smart Home Hub retails for $38.35, but we’ve seen it on sale for as low as $13 in the past.
The Best Entertainment Tech/Streaming Devices for Under $200
One of the most popular gift-giving items on this year’s list is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player w/ Alexa Voice Remote. The Amazon Fire TV Stick, originally $49.99, makes streaming and searching thousands of shows user-friendly. Right now, you can find the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $24.99, and you can expect similar prices throughout Christmas. Here’s the best current deal on Firesticks:
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NVIDIA just released an updated version of the SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV PRO streaming devices, which are perfect for anyone who’s looking for top-of-the-line, 4k visuals and other premium features. Both devices can stream all major video services as well as nearly 400 games and support HDR visuals and even Dolby Atmos. The regular SHIELD TV retails for $150, while the SHIELD TV PRO features some upgraded specs and goes for $200.
Alternatively, the Roku Ultra is the most powerful Roku device that streams HD/4K/HDR. It grants access to over 500,000 movies, TV episodes and channels that don’t require a fee or additional membership subscriptions. Retailing for $99, the Roku Ultra can be found for as little as $59 at select Walmart stores or for $89.94 on Amazon.
Apple TV+, the all-new streaming service from Apple, is scheduled to launch on November 1st. If you buy an Apple device through Apple, you can score a free year of Apple TV+ worth $60 (or $5/month). The cheapest way to get Apple TV+ is to purchase an Apple TV 4K, which starts at $179.
Feeling extra generous this year? Skip the streaming devices and give a TCL 43 inch 4k Roku TV with all of Roku’s benefits built-in for only $191.99 (originally $219.99). Slickdealer Jackmae highly recommends this particular TV. “The affordable TCL 4K S series has excellent overall image quality with deep black levels, very good brightness, rich contrast and accurate color. Its Roku smart TV platform is the best available with a simple interface and extensive streaming app support!”
The Best Gaming Equipment for Under $200
The Fosmon Xbox One Controller Charger is A good stocking stuffer for every Xbox or PC gamer in your life, This neat gadget charges your Xbox One controllers faster and extends their battery life for over 30 hours of gameplay — and it can be found for under $12 (reg. $23.99). A model for PS4 controllers is also available.
Another fun stocking stuffer is the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse, which can be found for as little as $25.99 (reg. $59.99).
For those looking to overhaul their current PC, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Desktop Processor w/ Cooler can give the biggest gaming bang for under $200. The Ryzen 7 processor retails for $319.99, but you can currently purchase it for $159.99. Even better, you’ll receive a 3-month Xbox Pass worth $24.99 that you can give to someone else plus your choice of PC Digital Games The Outer Worlds ($59.99) or Borderlands 3 ($59.99).
How to Save Money on Tech Gifts
Want to save even more money on your tech gifts? We suggest trying these strategies:
- Use discounted gift cards. If you already know where you’ll do most of your tech shopping, consider purchasing discounted gift cards through a reputable eBay seller or gift card website. Even buying a merchandise return card for 5–10% below value can keep your holiday budget on track.
- Pair coupons with sales. Look for opportunities to stack coupon codes with current sales and cashback opportunities. For example, Kohl’s offers tech items like JBL speakers and lets shoppers earn Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards with their purchase.
- Shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Tech is a hot seller during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so prep your shopping list and set any necessary Deal Alerts beforehand.
Should You Put Your Tech Gifts on a Credit Card?
With so many credit cards axing their purchase protection benefits, is it still worth putting your tech gifts on a credit card? Yes! Depending on the credit card you use, you can enjoy an extended warranty or earn cashback for your purchases. For tech items you’ll use daily, such as laptops or tablets, use a credit card that offers an additional layer of warranty on top of your product’s warranty. This will give you two to three years of using your tech worry-free.
If you want to pay off your purchase over the course of a few months without worrying about high-interest payments, look for cards that offer a special 0% APR for the first 12, 15 or 18 months. Buying all of your tech gifts on a single card with a sign-up bonus is a smart way to reach your minimum faster, as well.
Find out which cards are the best ones for your tech gift purchases by comparing current offers in our Credit Card Hub. Filter by issuer or perks, and see which cards others have rated as their top picks.
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