Tech gifts that won't break the bank
Here’s our comprehensive list of the best tech gifts for under £30 this Christmas.
Yes, you can spend less than £30 and still get some great tech gifts. Here are our favourites, including everything from video streamers to wireless speakers.
Not everyone’s got a limitless budget, so these cheap pieces of tech are a great way to say thank you without breaking the bank.
Read on for our full list of great tech gifts for under £30
1. Google Chromecast @ Tesco | £28.50
The Google Chromecast forms a wireless bridge between your TV and your phone, tablet or laptop – a cheap shortcut to watching Netflix in comfort.
2. Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker
Logitech’s X100 wireless Bluetooth speaker – which can play any audio from a smartphone, tablet and many computers – was a great piece of tech when it was priced closer to £40. Now, though, you can get it closer to £20 just in time for Christmas.
3. TYLT Energi 2K
The Tylt Energi 2K does double duty as a standard USB charger (with fold-away prongs) and external battery pack. That’s because there’s a rechargeable 2,200mAh battery built into the unit, which comes in three different colours (blue, black, lime green).
4. Sennheiser HD 201 over-ear headphones @ Currys | £17
You could spend hundreds on a pair of Bose or Beats headphones, or you could snap up these from the stately German brand – and they ain’t too hard on the ears either.
5. SanDisk Clip Jam 8 GB MP3 Player
For as low as £25, this super-lightweight music player boasts a built-in clip, has a no-frills digital screen for easy browsing, and works with both PCs and Macs. And the best news is you don’t need to sync with iTunes – just drag and drop your music files.
6. Google Cardboard @ Google Store | £15
Even Google was shocked by the success of its fold-out VR headset, which was designed to promote Virtual Reality technology, rather than sustain it. Five million units of the surprisingly reliable gadget have now been sold.
7. Flic Smart Button @ The Fowndry | £30
The powers of this programmable button are limited only by the imagination. Customise it to your personal requirements: call an Uber, order a curry or turn up the thermostat – the possibilities are endless.
8. Clever Dog
Those who worry about their pets and jewellery might be grateful for this little spy camera, which can stream images through Wi-Fi and alert you remotely if it detects movement.
9. Hubsan Q4 Nano Quadcopter
Proudly proclaimed as the smallest quadcopter in the world, the Nano Q4 is 10cm across and covered in LEDs. A full charge provides five minutes of airborne fun.
10. SoundMAGIC E10 in-ear headphones
These elegant buds are giving their pricier rivals a few sleepless nights, winning widespread plaudits for their deep and clear sound.
11. Misfit Flash Fitness & Sleep Monitor
If you’re after a stylish and cheap activity tracker, then the minimalist Flash Like will help you keep on top of your exercise routine. But it’s far more than a mere step-counter – this £25 bit of tech quantifies your movements, calories burned and alsp distance travelled.
12. Logitech F310 Gamepad
This console-style controller is compatible with a swath of new and classic PC games, as well as “console port” versions. Robustly built, it has the general shape and weight of a PlayStation controller.
13. Neet WiFi Wireless Music Receiver
This device will update your old wired stereo system for the digital age. Connect to your amp and your home Wi-Fi and it will allow you to stream files from your hard drive, iOS or Android device or from streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music.
14. Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand
If you want to experiment with different shutter speeds or time-lapse photography on your phone, then you’re going to need a tripod. Keep your mobile stable with the Joby GripTight GorillaPod smartphone tripod. It has a clamp to hold almost any smartphone and its legs can be bent into any angle you want, or even wrapped around a pole.
15. VonShef 1.7L Variable Temperature Control Cordless Electric Kettle
If you’re into niche teas that have to be brewed a different temperatures, then this is the kettle for you. It goes from 40-100 Degrees and also includes a Keep Warm feature which maintains the right amount of heat for up to half an hour.