Browsing through holiday gift guides can be an eye-opening blow to your self-confidence. Tech gift guides are especially upsetting. One minute you’re wrapped up in Christmas spirit at the thought of giving a loved one something special, the next you’re sobbing at your bank account. Seriously, who are these people and how the heck can they buy everyone $1,000+ gifts?!You shouldn’t declare bankruptcy just to check off everyone on your list. Though a TV or new stand mixer would be nice, there are plenty of really cool gadgets that are below your budget.
It’s alive! Tervis just made their patented travel tumbler even better for the holidays. To the naked eye, it appears to simply be covered in an adorably festive winter wonderland gingerbread pattern. But there’s a high-tech surprise! Using the Tervis AR app, point your smartphone at the tumbler and watch a gingerbread man get his groove on. Coffee pics on Instagram are about to get a whole lot cooler...or hotter? Either way, let’s see any other travel mug do that. Not into gingerbread men? There's a hip Christmas tree design that's perfect for impressing the youths. (Click here to see why.)Price: $19.99Buy it here
When you're sick of futzing around with a touchscreen, there's this portable accessory. It connects via Bluetooth to computers, smart devices and even consoles for you, letting you click and clack away to your heart's content. It even has a handy touchpad.
Price: $21.99Buy it here
No matter how advanced tech gifts get each holiday, there's no gadget more timeless than a wristwatch. In 2013, MVMT was the second-highest Indiegogo fashion campaign of the year. The idea? “Style doesn’t have to break the bank.” The company’s watches start at $95, but you’d think you were dropping hundreds based on the quality. You’ll be hard-pressed to find 100% genuine leather, hardened mineral crystal glass pieces at that price elsewhere. MVMT watches fit every style and size for both men and women. So go ahead and cross nearly everyone off your list in just one shopping cart. To sweeten the bargain, get $15 OFF by using the code DAILYDOT at checkout.Price: $95+Buy them here
The essential tool for building the home theater of your dreams. Connects to any HDMI friendly device with a handle dongle, letting you broadcast anything from movies, to TV shows or even a Powerpoint presentation. You know, when you need to clear a room.
Price: $99.99Buy it here
Never lose your car keys, purse or anything again. Tile connects to your phone, to send out a loud ring should you misplace it. It even works when you leave your phone on silent. This pack contains two finders, making it twice as awesome.
Price: $59.99Buy it here
A truly gorgeous wireless controller with a smack of old school aesthetics. It connects to computers, smart devices and even a Nintendo Switch, with future firmware updates for every console under the sun. It even comes in your choice of Super Famicom or Super Nintendo colors.
Price: $49.99Buy it here
If you want to get your Hulu/Amazon/Netflix and chill on anywhere but are short on space in your valise, this is the streamer for you. The Roku Express is just that: a tiny and user friendly media streamer built to be used on the go. Best of all, it's one of the cheapest options available.
Price: $29.99Buy it here
Turn your laptop or netbook into a workstation anywhere. This hub connects via USB, expanding available ports to plug in everything from chargers to hardware like a wireless mouse. There's even a slot to plug in every manner of flash memory cards from USB sticks to micro SD. A must have for all laptop owners.
Price: $18.99Buy it here
Solid noise canceling tech shouldn't cost as much as a used car. This pair of headphones does what all the pricey brands do, without leaving a gaping hole in your bank account.
Price: $69.99Buy it here
Don't weep about not nabbing a SNES Classic Edition. This Sega system is not only portable, it contains 85 games, with 45 classics straight from the Genesis era. It's a satisfying nostalgia trip that won't suck batteries like a Game Gear.
Price: $47Buy it here
Finally, a tool that will make you want to floss. Removes plaque and improves the health of your teeth in as little as two weeks. Keep your teeth crystal white, and make your dentist beam with pride at your next check-up.
Price: $59.99 (regularly $89.99)Buy it here
If you're still kicking yourself in the pants for not getting an iOS device with lots of storage, this tool has you covered. It's a flash drive for your smart device, which lets you snap pictures, shoot video and download data with ease or the dreaded "storage low" alerts.
Price: $89.99Buy it here
Matches? You don't need no stinkin' matches! Heck, you don't need to ever buy a canister of butane again for that matter. Charge up this lighter via USB and use it to light kindling, fires or even cigarettes, even in wet or windy environments.
Price: $17.99Buy it here
Face it: after the holidays, you'll probably feel as large as a glazed ham. The Fitbit makes getting back into a healthier groove fun and easy. Instead of being let down once again by astronomical New Year's resolutions about your health, this device makes fitness obtainable. Track your activity and watch as it does all the work for you. You do still have to get moving on your own though.
Price: $72 (regularly $129)Buy it hereMORE BAZAAR DEALS:
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.