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

Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Satisfy the tech lover in your life with any of this gear for under $300. From drones to security cameras, we have it all.

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

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 everyone. Whether you’re shopping for a partner, friend, or sibling, today’s tech gadget gift guide has the devices you need to impress your loved ones at a price that keeps you in budget.

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

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

Tech gadgets gift guide under $300 drones, security cameras, and more Xbox Stereo Headset
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 headaches. And, with spatial sound tech like Windows Sonic, DTS Headphone:X, and Dolby Atmos, you can hear enemies from all sides.

Preorder it for $59.99.

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

Tech gadgets gift guide under $300 drones, security cameras, and more Wynd Plus smart personal air purifier
Wynd Plus on a side table

Help keep their air clean with the Wynd Plus smart personal air purifier. Its compact shape fits in the car, office, and even baby strollers. It made this tech gadget 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.

Tech gadgets gift guide under $300 drones, security cameras, and more Twinkly Flex smart LED tube
Twinkly Flex on a wall

Add a techy splash of color to your friend’s walls with the Twinkly Flex smart LED tube, which is another great item on our tech gadget 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. The DJI Mini SE compact camera drone is great for your creative friend. It’s lightweight, it stays airborne for 30 minutes, and it withstands winds up to 38 kph.

DJI Mini SE compact camera drone
DJI Mini SE in a person’s hand

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

Get it on Amazon for $299.

5. The 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 premium earbuds
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 near a pool

Does your friend like to block out all distractions and just focus on the music? Then 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. The eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro 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. It has a 360° horizontal lens and a 40-foot illumination range. And the AI technology automatically recognizes a human and follows their activity.

Get it on the official website for $299.99.

7. The Nest Doorbell is a smart way to answer the door from anywhere. Plus, it’s wire-free so it won’t look ugly on the front door.

Nest Doorbell Battery
Nest Doorbell (battery) on an outdoor wall

The Nest Doorbell (battery) is another product on our tech gadget 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 let them chat with visitors even when they aren’t home.

Preorder it for $179.99.

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

IKEA Starkvind smart air purifier and side table
IKEA STARKVIND side table in a living room

The IKEA STARKVIND smart air purifier and table aims to reduce indoor air pollution. And it comes in IKEA’s trademark minimalist design, so it actually looks good in your home. It has a 3-filter system and captures particles less than 2.5 micrometers.

It’s coming soon and priced at $129.

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

Logitech Zone True Wireless Bluetooth earbuds
Logitech Zone on a woman in a video meeting

Help your friend who works from home 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 when these $299 earbuds release.

10. The 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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