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The best holiday tech gifts for under $100

Here's a look at some of the best tech-related gifts available now for less than $100, often the budget for close coworkers and good friends.

For the budget conscious, and even for those who don't have monetary constraints, the pending holiday season can bring cheer, but also anxiety, especially for those who are invested in giving those on their gift lists something meaningful, but useful. You won't hear the dated term "gadget" as frequently as you used to because these reasonably priced tech items are not only fun gifts, but practical, too.

The Eastwood Hybrid Turntable

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Image: Victrola

What's old is new again, and clearly vinyl is trending, with used albums that once sold for $1 edging towards the prices they were when they were new-and-sealed records. Victrola is a name long-recognized and respected for decades, for the manufacturing of turntables. The Eastwood Hybrid Turntable, featuring the Audio-Technica AT-3600LA cartridge, is a three-speed record player that will play 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records. Dual Bluetooth connectivity allows streaming from a smart device, or you can play records through any external Bluetooth speaker. 

$100 at Victrola

We took a look at some of the best tech-related potential presents that priced less than $100.

Solo's Re:utilize Hybrid Backpack

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Solo

It's two bags in one! Depending on the image you'd like to convey, you can use this bag as a backpack, or as a carry case. It can be used for travel or for everyday use. It features a 15.6" compartment, internal iPad/tablet pocket and two quick-access pockets. The bag also includes padded carry handles and hideaway padded backpack straps.

$71 at Amazon

Akaso KeyChain action camera

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Akaso

If you're looking for a gift for a social-media influencer, an occasional YouTuber, or a mum or dad who's always trying to catch you kids in action, you might want to consider KeyChain, which the manufacturer claims that at 36g, is "the world's lightest action camera with the capability of recording 4K video at 30fps in top-notch quality." It takes 12MP stills, has in-built image stabilization software, and comes with a 124° FOV wide-angle lens. There's also slow-motion video at 1080P60 or 720P120, time-lapse video, a stills timer, and metering and exposure options, making to vlog on the go. It was made available on Oct. 29th.

$99 at Akaso

DDPAI Mola N3 dash cam

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DDPAI

The just-launched (Oct. 15) Mola N3 includes six sets of full-glass lenses with infrared filters, a 140-degree wide angle, 1600P ultra HD, 2k+ lossless UHD resolution and 5MP CMOS image sensor, to deliver images day or night. It records in 1600P ultra HD, 5 MP with 6 sets of full-glass lens and F1.8 large Aperture to capture a crystal picture and also includes infrared night-vision, 24-hour motion sensor parking mode, supports a 128 GB drive, intelligent voice control, AI driving assistance, loop recording and a mobile phone traffic interconnection. It is available in a model with GPS for $76, too.

$60 at Amazon

Wacom Intuos (Small) Drawing Tablet

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Wacom

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet is designed for anyone interested in drawing, painting or photo editing with their Mac or PC and comes with three creative applications. The pen tablet is designed to provide the tools to enhance creativity. Use it to draw manga art, paint digital watercolors, or retouch photos.

$80 at Wacom

Touchless Infrared Head Thermometer

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ExactMade

The pandemic is still upon us and it doesn't seem like it's going to go away anytime soon. Everyone is cautious and should be! This is a personal version of the touchless thermometers businesses are using all over to ensure the health and safety of their shoppers.

The ExactMade thermometer has digital one-touch technology, single-button design, one-second response time for quick reading, LED display, a shell made of antibacterial ABS, and three lights to make temperature status easy to see.

$55 at ExactMade

Flex Torch

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Whip-It!

The Flex Torch won the most "Innovative Technology Product" award at the StarChefs International Chefs Congress (ICC) in Brooklyn. It features a flame that rotates in three different angles (0°, 45°, and 90° angles) for a variety of applications at home or professionally. Manufacturer Whip-it said it uses "Piezoelectric Ignition Technology" with a precision flame tip. The Flex Torch is available in a collection of colors and includes a carrying case and recipes booklet.

$60 at Whip-It!

PuroQuiet active noise canceling Bluetooth headphone

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Puro Sound

The Puro Sound PuroQuiet was developed by a father who realized his 10-year-old daughter had sustained Noise-Induced Hearing Loss from listening to music too loud, for too long. Made from quality aluminum, with noise-isolating ear-pads, Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless audio, a highly sensitive microphone, and up to 23-hours of active battery life with ANC and 35-hours without. The PuroQuiet headphones have an active noise cancellation feature that suppresses ambient noise levels and provides superior listening experience even in loud environments. It blocks out daily noise and background sounds up to 22 dB, and 82% noise isolation. Wireless range is up to 32 ft. From Bluetooth source. Available in red, teal, blue, light pink.

$99 at Puro Sound

NexiGo 1080p streaming webcam with stereo microphone

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NexiGo

NexiGo 1080p streaming webcam with stereo microphone and privacy cover, this USB web camera can be used for Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or any other service for video/audio connection. It has a two-megapixel CMOS feature and autofocus. A built-in noise canceling microphone reduces ambient noise. Supports: MAC OS X 10.7 and higher/ Windows 7, 8, &10/ Android 4.0 or higher/ and more. Supports a wide variety of video conferencing software like Zoom, Yahoo, and Skype. One-year manufacturers warranty with phone and email technical support for help with any issue. Firmware updates available.

$55 at Amazon

Fast UV light sanitizer UVC sterilizer box with wireless charger

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VANELC

It may not be a very romantic gift, but it's definitely thoughtful and practical. This sterilizer will disinfect, kill 99.9% of germs, viruses and bacteria on cell phones, watches, jewelry, spectacles, makeup brushes, face cleansing brushes, MP3 players, toothbrushes, forks, knives, underwear, socks, baby toys, AirPods and any other small non-living item. A magnetic switch design stops working as soon as the top is open, avoiding exposure to eyes and skin. The lamps have a wavelength of 253.7nm

$63 at Amazon

Bluetooth VR Headset with Earphones

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Sharper Image

The Bluetooth VR headset with earphones immerses you in a virtual reality 3D experience. It features built-in speakers, a touchscreen button, and Bluetooth technology for wireless. Insert a smartphone for hundreds of free games, apps, and videos. Compatible with all iPhones, Galaxies and Android smartphones up to 6.2"

$60 at Sharper Image