Need to buy a gift for someone going off to university? We've got a great list of products to choose from that are cool, but won't break the bank. Each of the items that follows is available for less than £100.
Whether they're cord-cutters or "cord nevers," many younger people aren't signing up for expensive cable TV subscriptions -- which makes mini streaming boxes like the Roku 3 a perfect gift. For 2015, it's newly updated to include voice search. And it still streams great services like BBC iPlayer, Demand5, Sky News, Netflix and Now TV. The Wi-Fi remote -- which doesn't require "line of sight" to the player -- also includes a headphone jack for private listening.
If you're already invested in the Apple universe -- you own an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or already have lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes -- Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku. Apple sells it for £99, but you can get it as low as £75.
Amazon's Fire TV (£79), a Roku and Apple TV competitor, is another top streaming media box with particular appeal to Amazon Prime members who get access to lots of free content. Besides access to Amazon's universe of content it also supports BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Curzon Home Cinema, Sky News, Spotify, Vimeo, STV and the obligatory Netflix.
Most kids probably wouldn't run out and buy Logitech's new £80 MX Master on their own. But this is a high-performance wireless mouse with a built-in rechargeable battery that anyone would appreciate as a gift.
As much as we like e-ink readers, though, spending a little will get you a full-fledged color tablet. Sure, it doesn't have much storage (8GB) and it's not super-zippy, but the well-designed Fire HD 6 is one of the better options out there -- especially given its £79 price tag. It does come in a 16GB version for £20 more, and it's also worth mentioning that Amazon occasionally discounts both HD 6 model from time to time, making them even better bargains.
The Seagate Seven 500GB portable drive (£92) may not offer the most storage bang for the buck, but it is the slimmest portable hard drive out there and offers excellent performance. It's great for backing up files from Windows PCs or Macs.
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 is perfect for idealistic millennials who want their tech to be eco-friendly. They can use it with a Mac, iPad or iPhone, and never worry about recharging the battery.
Young people love their digital music, and JBL's Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker will let them stream it from their phone, tablet or computer with style. At around £55, it sounds great for its size and comes in multiple color options.
For anyone who prefers old-school wired headphones, we've got you covered. Beyerdynamic makes some great high-end headphones, but lately it's been putting out some value models with great sound. The on-ear DTX 350p, which comes in black or white, sounds better than a lot of headphones that cost twice the price.
Shopping for someone who's health conscious? The Garmin Vivofit is a low-maintenance step counter that's waterproof and has a one-year battery life, despite its always-on screen. Not bad for about £60.
The Jawbone Up24 lacks a screen, but who cares? You interact with the step and sleep tracking through its best-in-class Android and iOS apps, and it's far more stylish than most competing health trackers. (Just note that the successor Up3 is due out soon -- albeit for more money.)