Ultimate tech gadget guide under $300—smart home, home office gadgets, and more

There’s no better gift than a great piece of tech. And luckily 2021 has given us a host of great new products that make life easier for anyone. Whether you’re shopping for a girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, or sibling, today’s tech gadgets gift guide has the devices you need to impress your loved ones at a price that keeps you on budget.

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From a fantastic pair of earbuds created just for online video calls to security cameras and smart doorbells the gadgets on this guide show you care. And speaking of caring, of course, you’re thinking about their health. So we’ve also included a couple of air purifiers that they’ll actually want to use. Let’s check everything out.

1. Xbox Stereo Headset lets users game comfortably for hours and has spatial sound technologies for high quality audio.

Xbox Stereo Headset on a woman

Give the gift of pain-free gaming with the Xbox Stereo Headset. This new headset from Xbox boasts a universal fit and soft earcups so gamers can play for hours without a headache. And with spatial sound tech like Windows Sonic, DTS Headphone:X, and Dolby Atmos, they can hear enemies from all sides.

Preorder it for $44.99.

2. Wynd Plus smart personal air purifier boasts a bottle-sized design and filters allergens, germs, and more.

Wynd Plus on a side table

Help keep their air clean with the Wynd Plus smart personal air purifier. Its hand-sized shape fits in the car, office, and even baby strollers. It made this tech gadgets gift guide because it was designed by engineers from NASA and MIT and purifies up to 8 liters of air each second.

Get it on the official website for $199.

3. Twinkly Flex smart LED tube adds cool, customizable light to any wall. Even better, it works with popular voice assistants.

Twinkly Flex on a wall

Add a techy splash of color to your friend’s walls with the Twinkly Flex smart LED tube, another great item on our tech gadgets gift guide. This 6.5-foot LED tube twists into any shape and boasts a slew of premade effects and animations. It even has its own app and connects to Hey Google and Alexa.

Get it on the official website for $99.99.

4. DJI Mini SE compact camera drone is great for your creative friend. It’s lightweight, stays airborne for 30 minutes, and withstands winds up to 38 kph.

DJI Mini SE in a person’s hand

Do you have a rising Instagram star in your life? Get them a DJI Mini SE compact camera drone. This superb all-around drone weighs just 8.8 ounces, which allows it to fly longer than most drones. Then, a 3-axis motorized gimbal provides premium stability and detailed footage.

Get it on Amazon for $299.

5. Samsung Galaxy Buds2 are ideal for the music lover in your life. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day and have ANC.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 near a pool

Does your friend like to block out all distractions and just focus on the music? The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 are for them. These buds have a barely-there fit and active noise cancellation. That way, your special someone can be fully immersed in whatever they want to hear. It’s one of our favorite items on this tech gadget gift guide.

Preorder them on the official website for $149.99.

6. eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro home surveillance shows you care about their safety. This outdoor security camera has a 360° view.

eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro in a video

Help your loved one stay safe at home with the eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro home surveillance. It has a 360° horizontal lens and a 40-foot illumination range. Then, the AI technology automatically recognizes a human and follows their activity.

Get it on the official website for $299.99.

7. Nest Doorbell (battery) is a smart doorbell that helps them answer the door from anywhere. Plus, it’s wire-free so it won’t look ugly on the front door.

Nest Doorbell (battery) on an outdoor wall

The Nest Doorbell (battery) is another product on our tech gadgets gift guide that helps keep the people you care about safe. This intelligent camera doorbell recognizes when someone or something is at their door. Plus, the microphone and speaker lets them chat with visitors even when they aren’t home.

Preorder it for $179.99.

8. IKEA STARKVIND smart air purifier and side table are for your health-conscious friend who wants to keep their air clean and their home stylish.

IKEA STARKVIND side table in a living room

The IKEA STARKVIND smart air purifier and table aim to reduce indoor air pollution. And they come in IKEA’s trademark minimalist design, so they actually look good in your home. Both have a 3-filter system and capture particles less than 2.5 micrometers.

These gadgets are coming soon and are priced at $129.

9. Logitech Zone True Wireless Bluetooth earbuds are just what your friend who works from home needs. They’re great for video meetings.

Logitech Zone on a woman in a video meeting

Help your friend who works from home out with the Logitech Zone True Wireless Bluetooth earbuds. These cool buds have three noise-canceling microphones each, along with ANC and dynamic audio. Even better, they zero in on the speaker’s voice and eliminate noise and wind.

Get notified about these $299 earbuds on the official website.

10. Panic Playdate handheld console is for your friend who loves retro games. Its special black and white screen gives impressive contrast.

Panic Playdate in a video

With its classic design and special black and white display, the Panic Playdate handheld console is a gift any gamer will love. But unlike the old Game Boys, this handheld game has a fast processor, connects to Wi-Fi, and boasts a fun analog crank.

Preorder it on the official website for $179.

With tech gadgets as fun and as useful as these, you’re sure to make the people closest to you smile. Which of these gadgets do you plan on adding to your shopping list? Let us know in the comments.

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