There are a multitude of sub-£100 gadgets to choose from and we've included a few of our favourites in this roundup.
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First off is the UE Wonderboom: This grapefruit-size Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, sounds great for its size, and travels from room to room (or on road trips) with ease. It retails for £90, but many of its myriad colours are available on Amazon for closer to £70.
Even smaller and lighter than the Wonderboom and the JBL is the Bose SoundLink Micro. You won't find any other speaker this small that sounds this good, especially for only £99. And it's waterproof, too.
The SoundCore Boost comes from the accessory mavens at Anker. It doesn't sound quite as great as the JBL, Bose or the UE, but it's also water-resistant -- not fully waterproof, though -- and it costs £50.
If you don't need battery power and prefer a smart speaker, Amazon's second-generation Echo is a great first choice. Its ubiquitous Alexa voice assistant handles a boatload of queries and smart-home controls, and the audio quality is better than that of the entry-level Echo Dot. And with four plastic or fabric finishes (oak is shown here), it can fit into any decor.
The £77 Roku Streaming Stick Plus has been out for a while but still offers good value in this category. The plug-in design gives you full 4K and HDR compatibility, and a remote with both voice control and the ability to control your TV's volume and power. Oh, and it streams every major video service out there (and hundreds of minor ones), including Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and BBC iPlayer.
Speaking of Amazon: The company makes the only tablet priced under £100 that we can enthusiastically recommend. The 2018 version of the £80 Fire HD 8 tablet supports hands-free Alexa, which means you can issue voice commands without touching the screen by simply saying "Alexa." The screen is "only" eight inches, but stepping up to the 10-inch Fire HD 10 will almost double the price to £150.
Many folks already have a new Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro, but do they have the ultimate USB-C Hub for said MacBook (or any USB-C-based notebook that's got limited port options)? Kingston's sturdy Nucleum allows you to add external ports for HDMI, USB-A (two), standard and microSD memory cards, as well as an extra USB-C port. It can be found for a little more than £42 online.
If you're buying for a reader who prefers reading documents and e-books without the distractions of social media and other apps, a Kindle reader is the way to go. The entry-level £60 Kindle offers a better reading experience in the sun than a glossy-screen tablet or smartphone.
The Plantronics BackBeat 500 (£89) is an attractively designed, affordable on-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone that's comfortable -- for an on-ear model anyway -- and sounds good for the money. It also comes in a version called the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500 that features additional sweat resistance and costs slightly more.
Last year Plantronics put out an affordable wireless on-ear headphone, the BackBeat 500 Series, that sounded decent and fit comfortably -- for an on-ear model anyway. Now the company has brought the same value concept to an over-ear design with the BackBeat Go 600. It lists for £90 but sells for as low as £70 online.
The JBL Reflect Mini 2 doesn't have the absolute best sound quality for a £80 pair of wireless headphones, but they're so comfortable that it kind of makes up for it. And thanks to the reflective cord that glows at night when it catches the light, these are ideal for students who run or walk.
Moving from wireless to wired headphones: The Sony MDR-7506 model is a true classic. These first debuted in 1991, but they're also arguably still the best-sounding headphones you can get for under £100. Just note that these are so old-school that they lack an inline mic for phone calls.
The Fitbit Versa and Apple Watch are both great, but they'll cost you £200 minimum. In the under-£100 category, you're best off going with the Amazfit Bip. It somehow crams all the must-have smartwatch features into an £80 package that delivers marathon battery life.
If you're shopping for someone who spends all day on a Mac or Windows PC, a top-notch mouse like the Logitech MX Master 2S is just the ticket. It's the sequel to the original MX Master, which we quite liked.
For students who want to relive their parents' school-age gaming, the Super Nintendo Classic is the way to go. It packs 21 awesome retro games into one tiny box that hooks up to any HDTV, and it even includes a second controller for two-player matches in Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II. This one is still terribly hard to find at its normal retail price of £70.
The Nintendo Switch is arguably the perfect gift for the university-bound student gamer, but it does cost £300. For half of that, the Nintendo 2DS XL is a nice alternative. If that's still beyond your budget, though, the standard 2DS is just £80. The one snag: The standard 2DS can't play most SNES titles from Nintendo's library. It does, however, come bundled with either New Super Mario Bros. 2 or Mario Kart 7.
Not only does this fully waterproof speaker (IPX7) have improved battery life and better sound than the Clip 2, it's more durable. That's thanks to the integrated carabiner framing the entire perimeter of the speaker acting as a bumper, according to JBL. It's one of the top speakers for its tiny size, and sells for £50.
This summer, Jaybird -- one of the early leaders in wireless in-ear sport headphones -- introduced its new X-series headphones, the X4. Just a month later it released the Tarah, which looks a lot like the X4 but costs £30 less.
Aside from the price, what's the difference? Well, the buds themselves are shaped a little differently and aren't designed to be worn with the cord looped back around the top of your ear. Also, the Tarah has two hours less battery life than the X4.
Otherwise the specs are similar. Not only is the Tarah sweatproof but Jaybird says it's fully waterproof, with an IPX7 rating (it can be fully submersed to one meter for up to 30 minutes). There's also the same fast-charge feature that gives you one hour of play time from a 10-minute charge.