/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Best tech gifts under $100 for Dad

Dad will love any of these great gadgets -- none of which will cost you more than a Ben Franklin.

John_Falcone.jpg
John Falcone
Roku_3_35627695_02.jpg
1 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Roku 3

The Roku 3 is our current top pick in the Internet media box category. It's the best overall choice for online streaming, with literally hundreds of channels -- pretty much everything except iTunes and YouTube. Just make sure you help Dad setup his Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Instant, and/or Vudu account first.
AppleTVMarch2012_35160082_04.jpg
2 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Apple TV

If Dad is a full-on Apple person -- iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Mac -- the Apple TV may be a better choice than the Roku.
1.JPG
3 of 10 Dong Ngo/CNET

Seagate Backup Plus

Dad probably isn't savvy to the whole world of online backup, but he gets drag and drop copying. That's why a Seagate Backup Plus USB drive with a whopping 1TB of storage (that's 1,000 GB for just less than $100) is a great gift.
Logitech_Harmony_650_610x646.jpg
4 of 10 Logitech

Logitech Harmony 650

Logitech's most affordable Harmony universal remote is also one of the most recommendable. Program it via the Web on your Mac or Windows PC, and control up to 5 devices at once. Perfect for dads who are couch potatoes -- or control freaks.
02Dayton_Audio_B652_35265150.JPG
5 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Dayton Audio B652

Music lovers will appreciate these "I can't believe they cost less than $60" Dayton Audio speakers. But they're not self-powered, so make sure Dad also has an amplifier (or just toss in the $25 Lepai LP-2020A+ for good measure.)
15KINDLE_35437745_35437745.jpg
6 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Amazon Kindle 2012

Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-book readers. But the $69 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paperlike screen that avid readers will appreciate. And unlike more versatile devices, there won't be any calls, e-mails, or texts to distract the reader, either. (You'll need to pay $119 if you want to step up the self-illuminated, touch-screen Paperwhite version.)
34748399_FT.JPG
7 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

If Dad prefers to hang out at the local Barnes & Noble, the basic Nook Simple Touch may be a better choice than the Kindle. And unlike the slightly cheaper Kindle, the $79 Nook has a touch-screen -- and no ads. (The GlowLight version costs $40 more.)
Logitech_Wireless_Solar_Keyboard_K760_35332361_02.jpg
8 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

If Dad is an Apple fan, this wireless keyboard will work with his Mac, iPad, and iPhone. And because it's solar powered, swapping batteries becomes a thing of the past.
JBL_Flip_speaker_35550919_01.jpg
9 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

JBL Flip

The Jawbone Jambox gets all the press, but the JBL Flip is our favorite Bluetooth speaker for under $100. It's portable, rechargeable, has speakerphone capability, sounds great for its size, and works as a wireless speaker with virtually any smartphone or tablet. The perfect way to introduce Dad to the world of wireless audio.
Panasonic_Headphones_33397148_06.jpg
10 of 10 Sarah Tew/CNET

Panasonic RP-HTX7 Monitor Stereo Headphones

Dad will appreciate the retro look and great sound of the Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones. You'll appreciate the fact that they cost less than $40 and are available in multiple colors.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
The best Christmas movies and where to watch them

More Galleries

The best Christmas movies and where to watch them

18 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
The new Genesis G90 looks incredible

More Galleries

The new Genesis G90 looks incredible

6 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos