Do you find yourself scrambling for gift ideas so close to the holidays? We've all been there—coming up with thoughtful gifts that the people on your list will truly appreciate and use throughout the year (and for many years to come) can be a huge challenge.

For us, the right tech gift can bring your friends and loved ones, tech-savvy or not, a much-needed upgrade in their quality of life.

There is no need to trudge through the pages of Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the best affordable tech given the time constraint. We've eliminated the guesswork for you. Even on a budget of under $100, there are plenty of exciting and useful tech gifts to choose from.

Here are 12 foolproof ones!

1. A toothbrush that will critique how you brush

hum by Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush Kit, $46.54, available at Amazon

A toothbrush that knows you, and an app that shows you. This kit includes: 1 smart electric adult toothbrush handle and head, 1 charger, 1 carrying case, and an extra refill brush head keep you humming for up to 6 months. Like your dentist, its built-in timer reminds you to stick it up for two minutes.

2. An automatic soap dispenser

Monstake Touchless Soap Dispenser, $23.19, available at Amazon

This automatic foaming soap dispenser is widely compatible with soaps such as hand sanitizer, dish soap, and body wash on the market. Equipped with strong non-marking glues, which can be installed without drilling to protect the wall without leaving traces. They should make one of these for ketchup and mayonnaise.

3. A solar-powered wireless rock speaker

Solar Rock Speaker, $88.99, available at Target

Who needs messy charging cords when you're having fun outdoors? Simply place this solar-powered speaker outdoors and let the sun power it up. Perfect for your garden, pool area, yard, deck, patio, treehouse, cabin, and more! Designed to withstand extreme climate changes so you can leave it outside or take it on the go. That rocks!

4. A personal life straw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $12.97, available at Target

Wondering what to gift your backpacker friend or loved one? LifeStraw is the one to beat! This travel-friendly “straw” water filter makes contaminated water safe to drink and helps prevent waterborne diseases. Up to 5 years of safe drinking water! Fill a container to use your LifeStraw on the go. Drink directly from lakes; it is safe, as long as you watch out for alligators.

5. An indoor/outdoor stick-up battery camera

Ring Stick-Up Wire-Free Security Camera, $99.99, available at Best Buy

You wouldn’t give somebody something that would require them to hire a professional to drill holes in their home and run cable, or would you? Fortunately, installing security cameras is no longer a huge hassle like it used to be. Nowadays, you can get smart security cameras that run for months on a single charge, no cable pulling required!

6. A smarter way to light up your yard

Govee Smart String Bulbs, $74.99, available at Best Buy

Is that person in your life looking to host a backyard movie night or to smarten up their outdoor space? The fun, highly customizable Govee Lynx Dream String Lights feature multicolor LEDs that you can control with your phone or voice. Voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant for power on/off, brightness, and mode changes.

7. A kid-friendly tablet with a year's worth of children's content

Fire 7 Kids Ages 3-7 (2022) Tablet, $59.99, available at Best Buy

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon's 2022 Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case and warranty against accidental damage. The Kids Edition also comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee and one year of Amazon Kids+, which adds tons of kid-friendly content you can find via Amazon apps like Kindle and Amazon Prime Video.

8. A professional electronics tool kit

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit, $74.99, available at Amazon

Is that person in your life an advanced technician or a regular household hobby fixer? Well, this toolkit has just about everything they’ll need to fix some of their most prized possessions (and yours) like smartphones, laptops, tablets, and more. This top-rated kit (with nearly 15,000 ratings!) comes with guides that will show them how to do things like replace their batteries, fix the camera on their phone, and so much more!

9. A memory card for extra storage

SanDisk 128GB Ultra microSDXC, $15.43, available at Amazon

If they’re obsessed with the Nintendo Switch, get them a memory card with more storage. With this, they can buy games online and have access to their entire gaming library without having to swap cartridges. This card is affordable and still has plenty of storage and a fast enough write speed to hold all their game data.

10. An instant camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $79.99, available at Best Buy

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they had lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm's Instax Mini 11 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they're taken.

11. A light for better smartphone photography

Lume Cube 2.0, $89.99, available from Lume Cube

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube 2.0 in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

12. A temperature-controlled mug

Ember Temperature Control Smart Cup, $99.93, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember's smart mug can keep your loved one's drink at the perfect temperature so they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time. Gift it to someone you know who keeps forgetting about their coffee and reheating it as part of some tragic loop in time, like the guy in Memento.

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