With just a week left before Thanksgiving and the always mind-numbing retail gold rush that is Black Friday, DC Inno has got your back this holiday season.
We, as you may know if you’ve spent more than 30 seconds on the website, cover technology companies, entrepreneurs and products through the lens of Washington, D.C. That being said, we are also tapped into what’s going on nationally, consistently reporting on the tech behind some of the coolest consumer products that will hit shelves soon. But rather than providing you with a monotonous, copycat listicle complete with iPads, Playstations and a myriad of other dull Samsung products, I am going to take this in a different direction.
Our list offers some alternative, style conscious options for that beloved technologist in your life. Stay locked to what’s hip.
Here’s the 20 best tech gifts for under $200, according to DC Inno:
HTC’s Re Camera — ~$75
- Originally released last year for $199, as a direct competitor to GoPro, this fun and high performance action camera is just $75 direct from HTC via Amazon, today. Though it may have had trouble competing at $199, the new price tag is a steal.
Tech Dopp Kit by This Is Ground — $199
- Handmade to order by heritage leather workers in Los Angeles, Calif., this high quality, complimentary, tech carrying case offers space for cords, adapters, headphones and other everyday work necessities.
Bandito Lifestyle Roll by This Is Ground — $85
- A less expensive option for those that don’t want to drop nearly $200 on the Tech Dopp Kitt, the Bandito brings the same high quality leather and craftsmanship in a smaller carrying case perfect for notes, sunglasses, a passport, pens and a smartphone.
DESTEK Vone 3D VR Virtual Reality Headset for iPhone/Android — $40
- Do you want a higher quality Google Cardboard alternative? Then this headset is just for you. It works for both iPhones and Android smartphone models. Just strap on, click and play. Enter a VR world without a hefty price tag this holiday season.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera — $73
- Old school meets news school in this retro, viewfinder-esque camera perfect for either kids or adults. Snap, print, brag. Boom.
Misfit Shine — $69
- Everyone has got a Fitbit. As you know, wearables are big holiday gifts but people tend to spend too much on them when they’re all relatively similar. The Misfit Shine is an elegant, cheaper option than even the cheapest Fitbit, and it requires less charging and comes with a sleek design finish perfect for the boardroom or gym. Unlike the Apple Watch, the MisFit Shine sticks to what smartwatches are good at today; providing health and other fitness data in realtime directly to a smartphone.
Moment Wide Lens for iPhones, iPads and Androids — $99
- With multiple options all under the same $99 price tag, this fun smartphone add-on is a convenient jumpstart for camera enthusiasts who would like to enhance their picture quality while not needing to carrying around an expensive camera everday.
Tile — $130 X 4
- Stop losing your keys, wallet or any other device with Tile. You’ve likely seen a friend with one of these attached to their car keys, but have you bought one yet? Tile is a small Bluetooth link square that will keep you from losing valuables by tracking their position with a GPS tag.
Google + Asus’s Mini Computer called ChromeBit — $85
- This is a full, Chrome OS-based computer on an HDMI stick. With this device, you can make any monitor or television screen a computer with just a quick plug. Whether it’s for a presentation, quick review or you want something super portable and fun, the mini-CPU model is certainly becoming a trend. I highly recommend a bluetooth mouse and keyboard to be paired with this device, because nobody wants another dongle nightmare.
Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set — $45
- Have you been reading about the so called Internet of Things “revolution” and wondered what it means? Well, getting yourself a nice internet-connected lightbulb starter kit might be one place to start. Make your house a smart home with one purchase. You can control and preset these lights directly from your smartphone.
Eton Blackout Buddy H20 — $19 X 3
- In the case of a large storm, or zombie apocalypse, you’ll likely need a reliable flashlight of some sort. And if that natural disaster happens to be so bad that you won’t have access to batteries after a while then this device will be your go to. It is light, easy to carry and powered by water. For under $20, you can’t go wrong.
Wocket Smart Wallet — $179
- Wocket advertises its LCD-centric credit card carrier as the smartest wallet you’ll ever own. It’s perfect for people that carry multiple credit and debit cards and want to save on space. This device will launch a specially customized plastic payment card with varying account details for use dependent on the account you select. More information per InvestorIdeas’s video [^above^].
SolPro Helios Smart — $119
- You’ve likely gotten an auxiliary battery pack from that loved one who always complains about your smartphone being dead, but this model isn’t quite like others. The Helios Smart can become fully charged from solar power in 90 minutes, providing hours of energy per device. A USB port makes it device agnostic and highly useable. Plus, every Helios Smart comes with a base, one-year warranty. Go on a hike, live off the grid for a weekend but keep a power source handy just in case.
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker with Automatic milk frother — $154
- This is just a quality, budget-friendly espresso machine for all your caffeine needs. The machine is rated above 4 stars on Amazon and comes with a Prime Membership shipping option. Convenient.
Petcube — $199
- This is an internet connected surveillance camera made specifically for catching a glimpse of your household animal back at home. Plus, for those of you who are cat owners, the sleek design brings a laser pointer tool so that you can entertain whiskers from the office. Yes, no joke.
Ring — $149
- At $149 dollars you can go from human to wizard. Okay, not really. But this internet connected, Bluetooth enabled controller will let you control devices with different gestures, including commands that can call for an Uber, turn on lights and/or maneuver a flying drone.
Parrot Store Flower Power — $59.99
- Do you enjoy having a beautiful flower pot in your house but sometimes forget to water it? Well, Parrot Store has created yet another internet-connected device to solve your everyday problem. With the touch of a button, a preinstalled hardware piece with water bottle attached will provide your plant with sustenance from afar.
Master & Dynamic’s all-brass ME05 earphones — $199
- The ME05 headphones were rated as the best in-ear headphones of 2015 by Wired magazine. They wrote, “testing shows that for $199, you really do get it all: top-shelf sound, supreme comfort, dramatic isolation, and exquisite craftsmanship. Not to mention the beautiful look and feel of those brass housings.”
Roku 4 — $130
- Highly rated by numerous publications and similarly by customer, the Roku 4 is one of the best streaming systems and this model comes with impressive 4K resolution capabilities. If you don’t already have a similar product, then the Roku 4 is your best bet this holiday season.
UE Boom 2 — $199
- Lastly, but certainly not least, we have a high quality Bluetooth speakers that has wowed reviewers, critics and customers. This is obviously a crowded market, so coming away with the right choice is critical. Wired magazine has a great review of this product here. It is shock and water resistant and sound quality is top class in the category.