3 Gadgets Under $70 For The Holidays


With the 2013 holiday season getting dominated by new game consoles, smart watches, and other pieces of expensive technology, it can be easy to forget about the abundance of cheap gadgets on the market. Whether you have loved ones that are a few years behind in the gadget world, or early adopters who have already spend hundreds of dollars on the premium offerings of the season, there are a variety of simple devices you can leave in their stockings, with many of them costing less than a family of 4 going to dinner.

Google Chromecast ($34.99)

With the popularity explosion of mobile-streaming apps, there has never been a better time to pick up a device that lets you wirelessly connect your smartphone or tablet to your flatscreen in the living room. Google’s Chromecast slides comfortably into one of your television’s HDMI ports, where it links up with your mobile gadget via Wi-Fi to stream video. With a carrying case approximately the size of a watch box, the Chromecast is an incredibly easy way to connect your handheld device to any modern HD screen and watch Netflix, YouTube and more while still controlling the operation with your smartphone or tablet.

Roku 1 ($59.99)

Another streaming device, the Roku line differs from the Chromecast in that you don’t need another device to pair up with. With a single HDMI plug going into your television and access to your local Wi-Fi network, the Roku lets you stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon video, and dozens of other “channels,” all with a slick and fast user interface and 1080p video. There are a variety of models on the market, but the Roku 1 gives you portable HD capabilities for the same price as an Xbox game, making it ideal for both your living room and your suitcase.

Kindle Classic ($69.99)

With dozens of ways to view e-books already, the last thing you may want to purchase this year is a device meant solely for reading, but Kindle’s classic model reminds you why you can never seem to finish a novel on the 5-inch, backlit screen of your smartphone. With a display that perfectly mimics paper (even on the sunniest day) and a weightless and ergonomically friendly feel, Kindle’s original e-reader is still an incredible bargain for bibliophiles, letting you store thousands of books on a device that won’t lead to eye strain.

All 3 of these gadgets are useful, widely available in every major retailer, and cost less than a month’s cable bill. With people trampling themselves in an effort to run down the last PS4 on Christmas Eve, these gifts let you get home in plenty of time to enjoy the holidays, with enough money left over to avoid the financial hangovers that’ll plague so many shoppers this season.

Author bio:

John is a blogger who has recently seen enough YouTube videos of Black Friday shoppers to question humanity’s future. He writes for protectyourbubble.com, a gadget insurer of smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and every other device you may bring home this holiday season.


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