Practically everyone loves looking at all the latest tech items like gaming consoles and interactive toys but most of them are pretty pricey. Here are a few fun tech toys for both kids and adults that make great gifts at $100 or less.
Unlike large gaming consoles that cost hundreds of dollars and require a batch of accessories, the Nintendo 2DS is palm-sized and can go anywhere. Great for passing the time while on a plane or just waiting, this tiny console sells for just $99.
If someone you know is addicted to Netflix or Hulu but does not have a smart TV, a streaming device will be a welcome gift. There are several available for $100 or less including the Roku+ for $100 and Amazon’s Fire TV bundle for $90. Even cheaper is the Google Chromecast Ultra starting at $69.
Drones are one of the hottest toys of the year for kids and grownups who love to play at being kids again. The Syma X5C Explorers drone sells for under $60 while the Air Hogs Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad drone is about $80. Walmart has the Extreme Ready-to-Fly Quadcopter drone for $69.99 and several more drones for under $100.
Amazon has a ton of these like the Echo Dot for just $49.99. Even cheaper are the Cambridge Soundworks wireless Bluetooth speaker for $27.99 and the Doss Touch wireless Bluetooth portable speaker for $34.99. A best seller with great reviews, the Anker Premium stereo Bluetooth speaker is just $50.99.
Virtual Reality headsets
These are one of the hottest gift ideas for this year, mostly because not that many of us have them yet and the gadgets are available at a variety of price points . The LANIAKEA VR headset with magnetic front cover and adjustable focal is just $30.99 on Amazon while Walmart has the new EVO Next VR headset with Bluetooth controller for $29.99.
Virtual Reality headsets are so new to the market that it’s not always easy to identify the “best” products, or even the best values. Still, since these high-tech toys are growing in popularity by the day, it is possible to tell which headsets are getting the most sales and best reviews on Amazon. Here are five best sellers, all priced at under $100.
Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality headset – $59.99
This reasonably-priced item is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Cell Phone VR Headsets and received 4 out of 5 stars from 2,198 customers. The downside to the Samsung Gear VR headset is that it works only with a limited number of Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy S6, S7, Note and Edge models.
VersionTech 2nd 360° Virtual Reality Headset – $30.99
If you want a VR headset that’s compatible with a wide variety of smartphones, the VersionTech 2nd is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Animation & 3D. The low price and 3.6 out of 5 star rating are positives but there’s one big negative if you’re planning to buy this as a gift: Amazon will not guarantee that it will arrive by Christmas.
SARLAR 3D Virtual Reality headset – $29.99
Another versatile headset that’s compatible with iOS, Android, Microsoft or PC phones sized 4” to 6.5”, this is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Night Vision Binoculars and Goggles. The low price, adaptability and 3.8 star rating make this headset a good choice but unfortunately, it’s also not guaranteed for Christmas delivery.
Magicoo 3D VR Box – $59.99
Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in 3D Games, the Magicoo headset gets a solid 4.1 stars from users and is compatible with most smartphones. It will be in stock on December 12 and should be available for delivery before Christmas.
View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack – $13.99
The #1 Best Seller in Viewfinder Toys, this budget-priced headset earned 3.9 stars from 777 reviewers. The View Master VR headset is designed for kids 7 to 15 and works with a wide variety of recent smartphones. Best of all, it’s in stock and ready to ship as soon as you order.
Cyber Week is over but the deals are still coming at Amazon, where 12 Days of Deals began on Sunday and will continue through December 15. Amazon truly has something for everybody which should make gift shopping easy this year. Here’s a review of the 12 Days of Deals.
12/4: Presents Opened with Glee—Gifts for kids
This cavalcade of toys featured an Amazon Special Offer of $10 off the Kindle for Kids Bundle which included the Kindle e-reader, 2-year worry-free guarantee and green cover. Prices at $89 had this deal sold out by Sunday night.
12/5: Title Loves—Gifts in books and media
This day also features a Special Offer: $80 off Amazon Fire 16GB + Amazon Tap Bundle. This bundle of the 7” Fire tab plus Tap Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker is regularly priced at $214.98.
12/6: Brunch Friends—Gifts in home and kitchen
This is the day to save on dinnerware, small kitchen appliances and more.
12/7: Brawling Nerds—Gifts in video games
Amazon has one of the biggest selections around when it comes to video and PC games so you’re sure to find a great gift for that gaming fan.
12/8: Golden Things—Gifts in clothing and jewelry
Whether you’re getting the kids bundled up for winter or looking for a glittering gift of jewelry, you’re sure to find just what you need.
12/9: Gears-a-turning—Gifts in tools and DIY
For the Ms. Fixit or DIY Dad on your list.
12/10: Suitcases Brimming—Gifts in luggage and travel
Travel in style at a great price.
12/11: Weights for Lifting—Gifts in fitness and activity
For that fitness program you’re planning to start on January 1.
12/12: LEDs Romancing—Gifts in tech and gadgets
Toys for grown-up kids.
12/13: Makers Making—Gifts in crafts and hobbies
Because everyone should have a hobby.
12/14: Puppies Peeking—Gifts for pets and animals
Pets are part of the family, so they get gifts, too.
12/15: Gifters Grabbing—Stocking stuffers
Little things mean a lot – and you’ll find plenty of them at Amazon.
Check back every day for a new batch of deals!
It’s easy to find mini-tabs on sale for mini-sized prices but great prices on full-size tablets aren’t that plentiful. That’s why Amazon’s deal on their best-selling Fire HD 10 is so impressive. Would you believe a refurbished model for under $200?
If the word “refurbished” puts you off, it shouldn’t because Amazon promises “a Certified Refurbished Fire HD 10 is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.” Amazon backs its refurbished products with the same warranty it offers for new items.
This Fire HD 10 tablet has a 10.1” display, Wi-Fi and 16GB. It’s extra speedy with a 1.5 GHz quad core processor, front and rear-facing cameras. That big, bright display will allow you to enjoy the millions of movies, TV shows, apps, games and more available for this Amazon tab including the exclusive Amazon Underground collection of games and apps. Included is free unlimited Cloud storage for Amazon content and photos taken with this device. A micro SD card can be added for up to 256GB of storage and the HD 10 has up to eight hours of battery life.
Plus, coming soon to the HD Fire 10 is the Alexa cloud-based voice service that provides instant access to news, shopping and entertainment. Super thin and weighing less than a pound, this is an ideal tab for travel or just connecting from the local coffee shop. In short, this full-size tab will do just about anything that an iPad can for several hundred dollars less.
These refurbished Fire HD 10 tablets in black with special offers are now selling for $199.99 at Amazon. Quantities are limited and shipping is free. Amazon promises delivery by Christmas and of course you can get two-day delivery with Amazon Prime.
Whether you’re buying it for yourself or as a gift, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a great full-size tab for a rock-bottom price.
Walmart, Target and Kohl’s all did quite well over this year’s busiest shopping weekend but the big winner was Amazon with a whopping 30.9% of all sales. Lagging far behind were Best Buy with 7.4%, Target with 4.4% and Walmart with 4.1%. Rounding out the top ten were Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Apple, J. Crew and Home Depot.
Slice Intelligence scanned more than a million shopping receipts from Black Friday through Cyber Monday and revealed some interesting facts about how Cyber Weekend 2016 stacks up against the same period last year. Amazon’s slice of the pie actually fell a bit this year from 31.1% to 30.9% while Best Buy took a healthy jump, from 6.1% to 7.4%. Target stayed about the same while Walmart fell from 5.1% in 2015 to 4.1%.
Some retailers are getting a big chunk of their sales from online shoppers. Data from ComScore shows that Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Kohl’s and Target received the most visits from mobile devices and desktop computers on Cyber Monday, proving that people are doing a lot of their holiday shopping from work. It’s no coincidence that all five have smartphone apps that make it easy to place orders from your phone.
Where there are winners, there are also losers and this year the declining chains Sears, Kmart and JC Penney were again left out. It didn’t help that Kmart’s website was a colossal mess that made it practically impossible to find the alleged sale items. These three may be beyond saving, which is especially ironic for Sears, which got its start in the mail order catalog business.
Amazon won again by delivering thousands of deals in a way that kept shoppers coming back looking for more. Giving Amazon Prime customers early access to Lightning Deals is also a smart move. Making online shopping fast and easy is why Amazon is the runaway leader in online sales with $86.78B for the last fiscal year. Second place went to Apple which lagged far behind with $15.40B and in third place Walmart with $13.78B.
Even if you slept through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are still some cool deals out there for you. If you’re still watching those holiday specials on an old 19” tube TV, you just aren’t trying very hard because Cyber Week is loaded with tons of discounts on great big TVs, smart or not! For some retailers, Cyber Week still has a few days left and here are some of the better deals still available on all sizes of name brand TVs. Happy holiday TV viewing on your new set!
If you’re looking for a big TV at a small price, Amazon has three great deals to choose from. The LG 55” Ultra HD Smart OLED TV is discounted $2,003 to $1,997, less than half the list price. The Sony 55” HDR Ultra HD TV is just $698 and the Samsung Curved 55” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is $947.99 with the added bonus of a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
This big box store has a big deal on a really big TV – the Samsung 70” Class LED 4K Smart ULTRA HD TV for $1,299.99, a saving of $700. Save $500 on the Samsung 60” Class LED 4K Smart Ultra HD TV for $1,199.99 and $150 on the Samsung 40” Class 4K LED Smart Ultra HD TV now just $299.99.
This huge chain has savings of over $100 on a pair of mid-size TVs from Vizio. The Vizio SmartCast Class E-Series 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is discounted $130 to $398 while the Vizio 55” 1080p LED TV is just $378, a saving of $120.
This trendy chain has three TV deals that can save you over $100, like the Vizio 55” D Series Class UHD Full Array LED Smart TV discounted $200 to $899.99. Save $130 on the Vizio D Series 50” Class Full Array LED Smart TV now selling for $399.99. The Samsung 43” Flat Panel TV list priced at $599.99 is now on sale for $399.99.