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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

We’re here to help you find the best holiday gifts that cost between $50 and $100, and that means coming up with ideas that are both thoughtful and unexpected. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell you to get gift cards or a scarf.)

Highlights include tech gear for gamers, treats for music lovers and even something for 수원셔츠룸 your favorite quarantine cook. Each pick has been either comprehensively reviewed or anecdotally tested by CNET editors.

Read more: Holiday gift guide 2020: CNET editors’ top picks

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Anker’s Soundcore Wakey may be the best clock radio you can buy for the money. Not only does it sound better and play louder than your typical clock radio, but it has an integrated wireless charging dock for Qi-enabled smartphones, which includes all the iPhones and Samsung smartphones from the last few years. What’s also appealing is that there’s a companion app (yes, it’s also a Bluetooth speaker) that allows you to program in your preset FM radio station favorites and dim the LED clock to your liking. 

Currently, the black version is less expensive ($74) while the white version costs $89. 

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The Lumenus ioLight USB bike light isn’t your standard bike light. For starters, it’s Bluetooth-enabled with a GPS-guided app that automatically tells the light to flash red when you come to a stop and display a turn signal when you turn left or right. It’s also really bright (200 lumens) and is rechargeable and water-resistant, with a rubber cover and gasket that covers the Micro-USB charging port. The cover also glows in the dark should the battery die (the ioLight is rated at five hours at maximum brightness and 30 hours in power-saving mode). You can easily mount it to the front or back of your bike or scooter with the included strap.

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The EarFun Air distinguishes itself with a comfortable fit, decent noise canceling (though not great) and nicely balanced sound with good clarity and well-defined bass. They’re smooth-sounding earbuds and a bargain at $56 (there’s a 10% instant coupon to clip on Amazon, and then if you add the code EFAIRPRO2, the price drops to $55.99 before tax. The deal is good through Dec. 13).

Voice calling is also above average — noise reduction outdoors was decent and callers said they had no trouble hearing me (there’s a light sidetone feature that allows you to hear your voice in the buds as you talk). Battery life is rated at up to seven hours with noise canceling on and these have a IPX5 rating, which means they’re splashproof and are fine for working out (I ran with them). 

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Hyperice’s original Hypersphere massage ball ($150) is quite powerful but a bit on the large side and requires its own power adapter to charge. Meanwhile, the new smaller Hypersphere Mini ($99), with a three-inch diameter about the size of a softball, charges with a micro-USB cable. A full charge offers more than two hours of battery life and, with three speeds to choose from, it actually works better for rolling out your muscles. Its size means it also travels better. It’s currently on sale for $79.

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It’s amazing how good this Lightning-connected controller from startup Backbone is compared to the alternatives. It turns any iPhone 6S or later into a Nintendo Switch-style gaming experience, with added smarts for social and chatty gamers. Like the Razer Kishi, it connects via Lightning with pass-through charging but has no built-in battery. The big advantage it has over the Kishi is that it’s just a more ergonomically sound controller and feels better in your hands. .

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Bose’s SoundLink Micro ($100) delivers impressive sound for its size and is fully waterproof. Since it’s been out a while it frequently gets discounted, particularly during the holidays — usually to $79 — which makes it a perfect pick for any audiophile on your list. I haven’t heard of anyone not liking this as a gift.

Read our Bose SoundLink Micro review.

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The Upright Go 2, a little device you stick onto your skin at the top of your back (between your shoulder blades), monitors your posture and vibrates when you’re slouching. Using the companion app for iOS and Android, 수원풀싸롱 you can set up training regimes and keep track of your progress. This new second-gen version is 50 percent smaller than the original. Additional adhesives cost $10 for a 10-pack but some people use double-sided tape to save money.

The adhesives (10 are included) kept the Upright Go 2 on my back just fine — I barely noticed the device was there except for when it vibrated — and you can wear it for several days without replacing the adhesive. Eventually the adhesive needs to be replaced, however, or you risk having the device fall off your back.

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The JBL Clip 3 is arguably the best travel-friendly wireless speaker, but if you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas, the UE Wonderboom 2, which offers improved sound and battery life over the original, is a great choice. This wireless speaker is available in about a dozen fun colors, it really can float and it sounds great, too. Its list price is $100, but sometimes goes on sale (it’s currently $50 for Black Friday).

Read our UE Wonderboom 2 first take.

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If you’re looking to do some Xbox Cloud gaming on your Android phone, 수원가라오케 the PowerA Moga XP5-X Plus is both a wired and wireless game controller for Android smartphone that’s also compatible with PCs. It includes a detachable phone clip, integrated power bank and mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons, plus combo micro-USB and USB-C cables to charge or play in wired mode. The Razer Kishi controller is a more compact solution but the PowerA Moga operates like a standard Xbox controller with better ergonomics. 

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Amazon’s 5-inch Echo Show 5 is its most affordable smart display, but we’d suggest stepping up to the larger Echo Show 8 (8-inch screen), which is currently on sale for $80. It’s been as low as $65 but $80 is still a good price for it.

Read our Amazon Echo Show 8 review.

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The ultimate gift for someone who’s always losing things, Tile Stickers are little round trackers that pair with your phone. To find one, you just tap the app to make it ring. But you can also use a smart speaker. Now, instead of having to find your phone before you can find your other stuff, just tell Google to help you locate the missing thing.

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Assuming there’s still someone who doesn’t own one of these, an Instant Pot is a perfect gift both for people who love to cook and those who hate it. It can pressure cook, slow cook and just about everything in between. Right now, the best deal is at Amazon, where the six-quart model is $79.

Check out CNET’s list of the for the latest bargains.

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It’s been out a while but if you want to give a smartwatch within your sub-$100 budget, the Amazfit Bip is still your best bet. Despite the low price, it’s got an always-on display, water resistance, heart rate tracking and — most importantly — battery life that blows away the Apple Watch. It really goes above and beyond any other stocking stuffer ideas we’ve seen.

Read our Amazfit Bip review.

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Fitbit has several fitness trackers under $200, but only one new adult model in this price category: the Inspire 2. If you want the name-brand cachet and superior smartphone apps, this Fitbit is a good trade-up from the Amazfit mentioned above. 

Read our Fitbit Versa Lite vs. Inspire HR vs. Charge 3 comparison.

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It’s pretty easy to fill up the storage space on your gaming console, and that’s when an external drive like the WD Black P10 comes into play. Starting out around $75 for the 2TB version, this compact drive attaches to the USB port on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and immediately gives you a lot more room to store your games. No more need to delete titles as you add new ones. The drive also comes in a 5TB Xbox version with a white trim (pictured on right), but it costs $140. Either version can be used with PCs and they use a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface. It’s not as fast as more expensive solid-state drives, but the P10 has transfer speeds of up to 130 MBps. Your games will run just fine from it. 

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Yes, the Kindle app is available for free on phones and tablets. But if you’re buying a gift for a book lover, the Kindle Paperwhite beats a phone app because it offers distraction-free reading. Other ways the Paperwhite beats a phone: It’s readable in full sunlight or 인계동셔츠룸 in a darkened bedroom, it’s fully waterproof and its battery lasts days or weeks, not just a few hours. While this great gift normally retails for $130, it was $80 to $85 for Prime Day and Cyber Monday, and it may return to that price before year’s end.

Read our Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review.

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