Top fun tech gifts for Christmas under $100
The festive season is upon us once more. No doubt you’re making a list for friends and family (and checking it twice). As always, technology is a popular gift idea in 2018—who doesn’t dream of finding fun tech and gadgets under the tree on Christmas morning? For online shopping inspiration, look no further.
1. Kid-friendly drone ($49.99)
Last Christmas, drones topped many a tech-head’s wish list. For a beginner-friendly range, get the kids started with this frog-faced USB rechargeable drone. With a range of 150 feet and max ceiling limit of 8 feet, it offers an array of kid-friendly features such as auto take off, auto land and auto align. It'll be a winner this Christmas.
2. Trainable robotic dinosaur ($69.99)
Move over Jurassic Park, this Christmas any kid can bring a dinosaur to life (no dino DNA required). Unlike in the movie, Robotosaur is a tame T-Rex that you can even train. Watch the little robot’s eyes light up as you make it do tricks like spin, roll or wag its tail. In hunting mode, Robotosaur will find specific items, or set it to guard your bedroom from pesky intruders like Mum and Dad.
3. Electronic drum mat kit ($69.99)
For any little drummer boys or girls on your Christmas list, an electronic drum mat might be just the thing to hone their skills. No need to clear out the garage for practice, this colourful kit rolls up neatly and comes with two foot pedals and quality drum sticks. Audio input lets you drum along to your favourite songs—and the neighbours will be glad to hear it plays through headphones as well as speakers.
4. Puppy Bluetooth speaker ($15.99)
Play all your favourite tunes through this puppy-shaped 3-Watt Bluetooth speaker. Choose from three dog-tastic neon colours: blue, pink, or green.
5. Retro portable game machines ($29.99 each)
As great as VR can be, there are many gamers who still appreciate old school tech. Why not revive the classic video arcade experience in the palm of your hand? Luckily, these mini arcade-style consoles are too small to eat up all your coins. Both versions come with 200 or more built-in games at your disposal.
6. Instax camera + film bundle ($99)
Sticking with the retro tech vibe, do you know someone who might want to put aside flashy digital photography for a change? Go back to the days of the one-shot wonder—no filters, editing options or endless attempts at the perfect snap. This instant camera not only comes with a 10-pack of prints, it also includes a very modern accessory: a selfie mirror.
7. Google Chromecast ($49)
We have access to so much great content on our devices and sometimes it’s just too good to confine to a small screen. Chromecast lets you stream from phones, tablets and laptops to your television. Compatible with Apple, Android, Windows and Chromebook, now you can share your favourite cat videos in all their glory.
8. iBright Bluetooth karaoke machine with LED light show ($89.99)
Some technology is designed for entertainment, others let you become the entertainment. Hook this device up to the TV for the authentic scrolling lyrics experience in your own home then let rip with your favourite hits accompanied by a dazzling LED multi-colour light show.
9. iPhone 6 32GB ($379)
Smartphones are always hot-ticket Christmas gifts and tech lovers will be eyeing off the updated offerings from Apple (and major new 2018 releases from Samsung and Google). For those who aren’t after the latest premium devices (or spending a fortune), the Telstra Apple iPhone 6 is the entry level to the Apple iPhone family, packed with great features. Also included is a $30 Prepaid Starter Kit.
10. Pendo 7-inch tablet ($59.99)
The tablet is a must-have portable device and this is perfect for first time techies like teens or older folks, anyone after an affordable second screen around the home or those with an eye for a bargain. With its 7-inch screen and powerful quad core processor, this nifty little Pendo tablet is a gift anyone will be happy to unwrap on Christmas morning.