Buying tech gifts for people can be tough, and it gets even harder when you look at the insane number of gadgets on the market today. How do you find a great present, at the right price? Fear not, we’ve got an amazing assortment of suggestions that go well beyond the typical laptop, or TV. These devices, or add-ons, start at just $6, and there’s a good chance one (or more!) will be the perfect match for the people on your list.
15 awesome tech gifts for everyone on your list
Sonos OneSmart speakers that let you talk to Alexa or Google Assistant are becoming crazy popular, but we think if you're going to buy one, it should also sound incredible. The Sonos One may cost more than the others, but it's worth it.
$225 from Sonos.com Sonos
Lexar JumpDrive ToughMore and more people are using the cloud for transfering files and sharing photos, but a really good USB flash drive is still a handy accessory. This one is waterproof and crushproof, 128GB in size, and it's fast too. It's also covered by a three-year warranty.
$57 from Amazon.ca Lexar
Roku ExpressMake any TV a smart TV for less than $50. The Roku Express gives you instant access to Netflix, Amazon Video and numerous other on-demand streaming services. Plus it comes with its own dead-simple remote control.
$45 from Walmart.ca Roku
Apple iPadIt's been on every holiday wish list since 2010, but it just keeps getting better. The latest iPad has a gorgeous screen, can play AR games, and is compatible with the Apple Pencil, making it an artist's best friend.
$429 and up from Apple.ca Apple
Scanner Pro by ReaddleYou don't need to own a scanner if you own an iPhone, or an iPad, and this app. Instantly scan any photo or text document, save it, share it, or even fax it (for an additional fee). You won't know how you lived without it.
$5.50 from the Apple App Store Readdle
Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Limited EditionSometimes, you just want to take the party with you. The UE Boom 2 is the most highly rated Bluetooth speaker because nothing even comes close to sounding this good, for this price. Oh, it's also waterproof in case the party gets especially crazy.
$100 from Amazon.ca Ultimate Ears
Huawei Mate 20 ProIt's easy to run out of superlatives when talking about this phone. Stunning screen? Check. Huge battery life? Yep. Fast? Definitely. But we think it's the triple-lens Leica camera that will really wow you. You can officially leave your dSLR at home if you have this phone in your pocket.
from $250 at Virgin Mobile Huawei
Cyrus SoundKeyIt doesn't look like much, but don't worry -- when you plug the SoundKey into your phone, and your headphones into the SoundKey, you'll hear the difference. It's a digital-to-analog converter + amplifier that does a way better job than your phone could ever do on its own.
$219 From Layton Audio Cyrus
Papago Dash CamDash cams are recommended by police and drivers alike for their always-on recording abilities. You won't always need video evidence of your drive, but if you do, you'll be glad you have it. This model offers crystal-clear video in all driving conditions, turns on when you start your car, and can even warn you if a stop sign is coming up.
$192 from Amazon.ca Papago
UGREEN Car Vent MountIf you use a GPS app when you drive, you need a way to keep your phone screen visible. For most cars and phones, this car-vent mount is the way to go. If you're a frequent rental car driver, buy an extra one and keep it in your carry-on bag.
$14 from Amazon.ca UGREEN
ThiEye t5 Edge Action CamDo you need to spend $500 or more for a rugged action cam? No way. The ThiEye t5 Edge shoots 4K stabilized video and stills, responds to voice commands, and comes with a remote control, for the price of a fancy dinner.
$132 from GearBest.com ThiEye
Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless EarbudsApple's AirPods are all the rage right now, but they only work with Apple products, and they're not the best for active people. These Bose wireless earbuds will stay in no matter what you're doing, and they work with any Bluetooth phone or tablet.
$219 from Amazon.ca Bose
Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door OpenerEver made it halfway to work only to wonder if you remembered to close your garage door? It's easy to forget. Luckily this Chamberlain Wi-Fi module can be added to any door opener, and it will not only tell you if the door's open, it will let you close it from anywhere in the world.
$120 from Amazon.ca Chamberlain
Sony PlayStation ClassicRetro gaming is huge this year thanks to Nintendo's re-release of its NES game system as a tiny, inexpensive TV add-on. Now Sony is getting in on the action with a miniature PS1, a.k.a "Classic." It includes 20 of the mosts popular games, and everything you need to get gaming over the holidays.
$130 from BestBuy.caSony