Where to Find Gifts for Every Budget

Where to Find Gifts for Every Budget
It's easy to find fun and useful holiday gifts that fit your budget.

One of the best things about the holidays is giving gifts to others. It's even better when your recipients enjoy your gifts and you haven't blown a hole in your budget!

Fortunately, modern technology has made it easier than ever to find gifts that are actually useful and make everyone on your list happy. Here are some great gift ideas within a reasonable budget from $14.99 all the way up to just $199.

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Fingerlings Interactive Toy Monkey

Fingerlings monkeys
Mia (left) and Bella (right), two of the Fingerlings monkeys.

$14.99

There’s always a "must have" gift for kids every holiday season, and this year's may well be the Fingerlings Interactive Toy Monkey. These mini-robot monkeys are small enough to grab onto your finger (and to be stepped on if you’re not careful). These monkeys have over 40 animations and sound effects that happen when you perform an action. For example, the monkey will start to sing when you clap twice.

As with many child toys, there are six monkeys (and even one unicorn) as well as several accessories that your child can badger you into buying. Start your child’s collection by visiting the Fingerlings website. When you decide to buy one by clicking the Buy Now link or button, you’ll see a list of stores from which you can buy your monkey (or unicorn) of choice.

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Sabrent 4-Port Mini Portable USB 3.0 Hub

Sabrent 4-port USB hub
The Sabrent 4-port USB 3.0 hub with power buttons for each port.

$19.99

If you need a few more USB ports, especially if you’re using a laptop where USB ports are at a premium, the Sabrent 4-Port Mini-Portable USB 3.0 Hub. You can plug the hub into your Windows or Mac computer’s USB port, and then plug in as many as four devices with USB 3.0 or older cables into each hub port.

The top of the hub has four individual power buttons you can press to turn each device on and off, and the LED light around each button shows the power status for each port.

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Accell Home or Away Power Station

Accell Home or Away Power Station
The Accell Home or Away Power Station comes in white or black.

$19.99

If someone on your gift list is a frequent traveler and you know they’re concerned about available power outlets and surge issues when they’re on the road, gift them this compact, 3-outlet travel surge protector.

After you plug the Power Station into an outlet, you can plug in up to three devices and rest assured that you’re protected from power surges. What’s more, you can plug in up to two mobile devices into the Power Station’s USB ports and know those devices are surge protected while they’re happily charging.

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Boogie Board eWriter

The Boogie Board Jot 8.5 eWriter
The Boogie Board Jot 8.5 eWriter comes with a stylus that's stored below the screen.

$29.99

Do you have a notepad that’s attached to your refrigerator? Or do you have kids who like to draw and scribble on paper? Save yourself the waste and mess of using paper, and perhaps the hassle of finding a pen or pencil, by using the Boogie Board eWriter digital notepad.

When you write using the included stylus, your writing appears in bright LED light against the black surface. Erase the board by pressing the button at the top of the Boogie Board, and put the stylus back in the holder at the bottom of the device. The free Jot App for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device scans the Boogie Board and saves it in a black-and-white image so you can share it with others.

The back of the Boogie Board has magnets, so you can attach it to your fridge or another magnetized surface. The Boogie Board also runs on a CR2016 coin-cell lithium battery, which you can replace after (about) 50,000 erases.

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Tile Style

The Tile Style
The Tile Style is a white square that attaches to all your important valuables.

$35.00

If you, a significant other, or a parent has problems finding their keys, smartphone, or other important stuff, the Tile Style is what you need.

You can attach it to your keychain, purse, or another valuable and then use the Tile phone app to tell you where it is by making a loud (98-decibel) sound. The Tile Style is also white with gold-colored accents so it’s easy to find. You can also press the Tile Style to find out where your smartphone is.

You can purchase one Tile Style for $35 or two for $60 if you need to track more than one of your valuable things.

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H2oVibe Rain Showerhead Jet with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

H2oVibe Rain Showerhead Jet with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
The speaker appears in the center of the showerhead.

$36.95

If you know someone (maybe your significant other) who likes to sing in the shower or bathroom, and you want to replace your existing showerhead at the same time, this showerhead with built-in speaker with dual microphones is what you need.

The showerhead itself has three times more spraying power than a standard showerhead. You can connect the speaker to the showerhead app on your smartphone via Bluetooth, and the speaker pops in and out of the showerhead so you can put the speaker elsewhere in your bathroom.

What’s more, you can take phone calls by pressing the Push to Speak button. Speak into the dual microphones within the speaker to hear the other person on the speaker. You’ll need to decide for yourself if taking a call while you’re in the shower or bathroom is comfortable for you and the other person on the line.

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Jackery Giant+ Premium

Jackery Giant+ Premium
The Jackery Giant+ Premium comes with two USB ports to power as many as two of your mobile devices.

$39.99

What happens if your smartphone or tablet battery is running low and you’re nowhere near a power outlet? Charge your battery with the Jackery Giant+ Premium portable battery that you have with you.

The Giant+ Premium packs 12,000mAh of battery power in a compact package: It’s only 4.3 inches long by 3.1 inches wide by 0.8 inches thick. And it weighs only 10.4 ounces. You can plug up to two USB cables from your smartphone to your smartphone(s) and/or tablet(s) for either charging or using the battery to keep using your mobile device(s) without worry.

If your gift recipient is always on the go, don’t be surprised if they loudly proclaim your awesomeness upon unwrapping the Giant+ Premium box.

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Western Digital MyPassport 4TB External Hard Drive

Western Digital MyPassport 4TB External Hard Drive
The Western Digital MyPassport 4TB External Hard Drive comes in six colors: Black, red, white, blue, orange, and yellow.

$119.99

If you know anyone who needs to back up data (read: everyone), this is a can’t-miss gift. This external 4TB drive with USB 3.0 connectivity and a three-year limited warranty means that your recipient will be able to back up data safely for years and the technology won’t go stale. All you have to do is plug the external drive into a USB port, install Western Digital’s software, and then use that software to back up your data easily.

The MyPassport is small—4.33 inches high by 3.21 inches wide by 0.85 inches thick—and weighs about a half a pound. The drive is password-protected automatically. Plus, you can choose from one of six colors, too. A can’t-miss gift!

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BioLite CampStove 2

BioLite CampStove 2
The orange battery unit is protected from the fire burning in the adjacent canister.

$129.95

Do you have someone on your gift list who’s both outdoorsy and a techie? The BioLite CampStove 2 gives your happy camper what they need to cook food, stay warm, and keep their mobile device charged.

The CampStove sits on aluminum legs and you put sticks in the main canister to burn a smokeless fire thanks to the canister’s internal fan jets. You can put pots and other cookware on the top of the canister. The battery unit on the side of the canister is protected from the heat and contains a 2600mAh battery that can power one mobile device even when the battery isn’t being powered by the fire. An LED dashboard on the side of the battery tells you about the power output level and the strength of the fire.

When your recipient isn’t camping, the CampStove 2 also works well in emergencies such as when you’re stuck on the road due to winter weather or you have a power outage at home.

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Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera
Take a photo by pressing the red button on top of the Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera.

$149.99

If you know someone (like a parent) who wants to take photos but doesn’t want to deal with processing film or the complexity of a smartphone, Polaroid offers the Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera for easy photo snapping and video recording.

The Snap Touch looks like a simple camera, but it has a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen and offers three color modes: black and white, color, and vintage sepia. The camera has a self-timer and the all-important selfie mirror. What’s more, you can also record videos in 1080p high definition!

After you take a photo or video, it’s saved to a microSD card within the camera. You can also instantly print 2-by-3-inch photos directly from the camera—even with the classic Polaroid border logo. The Snap Touch even has Bluetooth capability so you can transfer photos and videos to the Polaroid Print App on your smartphone.

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Furbo WiFi Dog Cam

Furbo WiFi Dog Cam
Doggie treats are ejected from within the Furbo WiFi Dog Cam through a small hole on the front of the unit.

$199.00

We haven’t forgotten about your furry friend: The Furbo WiFi Dog Cam keeps you connected with your dog through your smartphone. The Dog Cam comes with two-way audio so you can talk to your fur baby while you’re gone, and it also has a 1080p high definition video camera so you can see your dog when he comes to the camera.

You can chat with your pooch using the Dog Cam app on your smartphone. What’s more, you can tell your dog that he’s a good boy by giving him a treat that’s stored in the Dog Cam unit just by tapping the treat icon on the screen. Within the app, you can even take a photo or video of your dog on the Dog Cam and share it with others.

Furbo doesn’t mention whether the Dog Cam works with cats, but that’s probably because they know that cats would ignore you with the Dog Cam as they would in person (except when you’re working, of course).