As the world progresses with the technology boom and companies bring out new and fancy electronics in the market each day, there are more and more options for us to choose from, especially when it comes to cool gadgets. Laptops, headphones, speakers, smart-gadgets, virtual reality gear is all the rage right now. It can be hard to find the right tech; browsing on websites or watching YouTube reviews can be a tedious task.

Which is why as the year has come down to its last quarter, we have listed down 10 cool and most noteworthy gadgets under $150 which can make nice gifts for your friends and family. Be it birthdays or saving up for a Christmas gift, we have got you covered.

 

 

  1. HP Sprocket Photo Printer – $129.95

Forget polaroid cameras! This pocket-sized instant printer by HP is the new rage. You can print photos (size 2 x 3-inch) on the go directly from your smartphone using Bluetooth or the companion App.

The printer uses Zink photo paper which eliminates the need of ink printing. The Zero Ink technology heats up the crystals on the sheet which then reflect the specific color. The photo papers can be used as stickers too. Also before printing you have the option of editing photos where you can add text, emoticons and doodles. Can it get any more fun?

Specs:
  • Weight: 170 grams
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • ZINK® Zero Ink® technology (No ink cartridges required)
  • HP Sprocket Companion App
  • includes 10-sheet sticky-back photo paper
  • Requires Android: 4.4 and higher / iOS: 8.0 and higher

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  1. Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker, Rose Gold Edition – $139.00

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Leaf Urban by Bellabeat is health tracker is one of a kind smart-jewelry for the ladies. Its functionality includes keeping track of your sleep patterns, daily activity and reproductive health. It helps monitor and keep stress levels under control with mediation and breathing routines. Sync it with the Leaf App and you can track your menstrual cycles as well as keep a record of your daily activities.

The easy-to-carry design and the elegant rose gold color makes a perfect gift for the ladies.

Specs:
  • 8” x 1.1” x 0.4”
  • 5 grams
  • Can be worn as a bracelet, necklace or a clip
  • Made of water-resistant wood composite and hypoallergenic stainless steel
  • No charging – average 6 months battery life
  • Compatible with Android and iPhone

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  1. Grip Gear’s Movie Maker Set – $119.90

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Movie Maker is a tiny electronic slider for smartphones and action cameras. A product by Grip Gear, this is perfect for movie makers who are starting out and want to make some professional-quality short features. It also features a 360° Panoramic Time Lapse System as well.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 2.76 x 10.83 x 14.96 inches
  • Weight: 900 grams; holds up to 550g weight of phone/camera
  • Climb of 90 degrees
  • 360° panorama shots
  • Works upside down
  • Electronic and manual slider
  • No vibration; camera is stable in full-zoom
  • Remote controlled for speed and direction
  • Portable, light in weight and foldable making it travel-friendly.
  • Powered by AAA batteries or a plug it in a power bank
  • ¼ inch threads under each track to attach to any tripod, suction cups etc.

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  1. Amazon Echo Dot – $49.99

Echo Dot by Amazon is a gen-2 smart speaker that is voice-controlled and hands-free powered by Amazon Alexa assistant. Like SIRI but in hardware.

Being 2nd generation, it’s the revised version of Amazon Echo with similar functionality but most importantly the reduced cost of $50 from the original $180.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 1.3″ x 3.3″ x 3.3″
  • Weight: 163 grams
  • Voice recognition
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Controls lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats etc.
  • Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more
  • Built-in speaker for voice feedback. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers.
  • Free ‘Alexa’ App
  • 6 amazing colors

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  1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader – $119.99

Kindle experience just gets better with this top-of-the-line Paperwhite e-reader which is purposely built for avid readers. This is solution when you have lots of Kindle e-books but want to go for a cheaper option.

Specs:
  • 7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″
  • 205 grams
  • 4 GB storage space
  • Black and white colors
  • 6″ screen; no glare
  • Touchscreen
  • High-Resolution Display (300 ppi)
  • Built-in adjustable light – for reading day and night
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Charge monthly, not daily

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  1. Huion NEW 1060 Plus – $89.99

For your friends who love digital art, the 1060 plus graphic tablet by Huion is the perfect surprise. This tablet is perfect for beginners as it provides all the specs that a professional’s graphic tablet would have but a much cheaper price.

With 10″ x 6.25″ as the active area the tablet leaves you comfortable area to work on. The Pen Pressure is rated 2048 Levels for sensitivity. 5080 LPI High resolution ensures less distortion, resulting in smooth and accurate lines and curves. 233 RPS High report rate makes the tablet more responsive to the pen and strokes.

12 physical express-keys on the left and 16 soft keys on the top can help you tailor your software experience and raise the quality of your art.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 kg
  • 8GB MicroSD Card included
  • USB cable for pen and tablet
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  1. Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Turntable – $99.00

The AT-LP60 is a beginner’s turntable for the people rediscovering their love for records or for the younger generation who’s delving into the world of vinyls. This device can be directly attached to a computer, stereo or speakers.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 14.17″ x 3.84″ x 14.02″
  • Weight: 2.98 kg
  • Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
  • Operational in two speeds: 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
  • Available in silver and black
  • Aluminum turntable platter
  • Power requirements: 120V AC, 60 Hz, 3W
  • Knox Carbon Fiber Vinyl Brush and Cleaning Kit

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  1. Google Daydream View – VR Headset – $79.00 (Right now for the Sale Price of $40)

 

For the fans of high-tech and virtual reality games, this gadget is perfect. It provides a high resolution and immersive virtual reality experience with a full 360 degree panoramic view. You just insert your phone in the headset and a companion hand-held remote is used to control the actions.

For its low price as compared to the other VR sets in the market, it scores higher than most in functionality and performance.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 3.8- inches
  • Weight: 455 grams
  • Daydream App – to browse from a collection of games
  • Lightweight and Durable material

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  1. EzPro Brewgenie Smart Coffee Maker – $109.99 (Right now for the Sale Price of $60)

This wonderful piece of technology is a must-have for coffee lovers. If there’s a relative in your family or a dear friend who can’t go on with the day without their fix, this gadget is here to ease their life. This is a Wi-Fi controlled smart coffee maker. It’s affordable as well as easy to work with using its companion App.

You can send the instructions on demand or have the schedule pre-programmed, monitor the coffee and receive notification when the coffee is done. This helps you save time and get ready in the mornings accordingly.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.36 kg
  • Stops brewing if no water to prevent overheating or fire accidents.
  • Easy to program and use.
  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Non-stick coating plate
  • Double transparent gauges with clear level marks
  • Compatibility: iPhone 4S or newer; Android 4.3 or newer
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  1. Kano Computer Kit – $149.99

The project of a Kickstarter company, Kano DIY computers are designed to promote S.T.E.M. learning in kids by building fascination for programming, solving and building. This makes a great birthday gift for the children in the family.

Built around a Raspberry Pi 3 microprocessor and using their own Kano Operating System, this product teaches the basics of programming languages like Python, Javascript, Linux commands, and Terminal commands.

Specs:
  • Dimensions: 14.4 x 8.1 x 2.6 inches
  • Weight: 907 grams
  • For ages 6 and up
  • plug-and-play components
  • included step-by-step storybook
  • 150+ hours of coding challenges

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