The festive season is well and truly upon us, with malls already packed with frenzied shoppers trying to get all their presents.
Buying something for a tech-head can be tricky, especially since many of the most eye-catching gifts are worth well over $100.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Many premium brands are offering wallet-friendly alternatives for the savvy shopper.
Here are our top tech picks for under $100.
Note: Prices are in Australian dollars and accurate at the time of writing. Always shop around to get the best deal.
Bose Soundlink Micro
$99 from Bose AU
Bose for under $100 bucks – sounds crazy right? The Micro is a great compact Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t compromise on Bose’s reputation for excellent sound and sturdy build quality.
For its size the speaker has impressive sound, is waterproof, and features an inbuilt clip that can be attached to a bike, backpack or beach umbrella.
While the recommended retail price is $129, many stores are offering the Micro for $99.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
$88 from Officeworks
The Polaroid revival continues with Fujifilm’s latest little snapper. Now I know what you may be thinking, ‘why would I want a Polaroid when I have a smartphone?’ The answer is the same as why anyone would want a record player when we have Spotify – because it has a nostalgic feel.
This product isn’t one that makes a whole lot of practical sense, but you can’t get past how much fun it is to snap a pic and have in your hand a second later. It’s also a fun way to make a photo scrapbook or to keep a cherished memory in your wallet.
Google Home Mini
$49 from Google
The Google Home Mini is one of the cheapest ways to make your home just a little bit smarter. You can ask the Mini a question, get travel directions, have it read the news headlines or control your TV. That’s pretty impressive for something that fits in the palm of your hand.
At $129, the larger Google Home is also a great option if you have a little more cash to spend. The key difference between the two is the size and increased speaker volume.
Tile Mate Pro (2 pack)
$99 from JB Hi FI
We all have that friend who is always losing their cars keys or wallet. The Tile Mate Pro is a little dongle that can be attached to pretty much anything and help you keep track of your belongings. Just pair it to the smartphone app and Tile will use low-power Bluetooth tech to track your belongings up to 90 metres away.
The app can also show the last known location should the belonging stray outside the required zone.
Nerf N-Strike Mega AccuStrike Thunderhawk Blaster
$75 from Kmart
Ok, so this probably shouldn’t be classified as ‘tech’, but I couldn’t help myself. I am yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy ambushing their friend with an oversized nerf gun.
The Thunderhawk Blaster is particularly cool because it features an inbuilt bi-pod for when you need some consistent cover fire from behind your pillow fort. You can spend the change from your $100 on goggles for your unsuspecting targets.