On the 5th Day of Christmas: Tech Gifts Under $250

On the 5th Day of Christmas: Tech Gifts Under $250

Jason Yang
Dec 14, 2011

$250 bones! Now we're talking. Perhaps Christmas and birthday combined together for a mega gift when we were a kid to get the SNES. These gifts are real tech toys that we use everyday - from tablets and video game systems to coffee makers and smartphones. What would you ask for this Christmas for $250?

Apple iPhone 4S

$199 with free shipping

Apple says "It's the most amazing iPhone yet." Well, duh, it's the latest and greatest, so of course it's the best one yet. But seriously, this phone is pretty darn awesome. With a dual-core A5 processor this smartphone sizzles. The 8MP camera takes such great pictures we can finally ditch our point and shoot camera. iOS 5 brings iCloud for online file syncing and introduces Siri, your new personal assistant.

Amazon Kindle Fire
$199 with free shipping
Woowhee this thing is smoking with an estimated 6 million sold this quarter. Not too shabby as a legitimate iPad contender when most all others have failed. 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books plus thousands of popular apps and games, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora make for a pretty compelling little tablet at $200. Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content, touchscreen, fast dual-core processor, and you've got yourself a tablet winner.

Nook Tablet
$249 with free shipping
Once again, if you prefer Barnes & Noble over Amazon, you can try the new Nook Tablet. B&N's full featured 7" touchscreen tablet has access to over 2.5 million books, magazines, comics, and childrens book. Access to e-mail, the internet, streaming video, and thousands of apps for under $250!

Keurig B-70 B70 Platinum Single-Cup Home Brewing System
Monday mornings suck, but they don't have to be without a freshly made coffee ready to go as soon as you wake up. This programmable coffee maker uses the Keurig K-Cup packages for easy one-touch single cup coffee. A 60-ounce water reservoir means you don't have to refill the machine every day as well. For those sick and tired of making a full pot of coffee, this is the easy to use coffee maker for you.

Sony Playstation 3
Sony's PS3 was the powerhouse video game system when it was first introduced among its competitors - the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. It's aging quite well with its strong processing power out-muscling the others as it ages. With the new Move motion sensor system you can dance around with the best of them among all the high end graphic games.

Microsoft Xbox 360
Microsoft's second foray into video game consoles was a smashing success, and now aging along with the others the Kinect motion capture system has captured the hearts and body moves of a new generation and type of gaming where your whole body is the controller! Jump up and move around for some holiday gaming fun. Look for special bundles with the Kinect that bring the price down to $250 or so as it was during Black Friday sales.

Nintendo Wii
$163.78 with Mario Kart Bundle
The Nintendo Wii started the whole get-your-butt-off-the-couch-and-get-involved-with-your-video-game trend. It's cheap too, at around $150 compared to $100 more for the PS3 or Xbox. Lots of the games are kid-friendly too so if you've got young ones in the household this is the perfect gaming system for them. Not that adults aren't allowed to have some silly fun as well. :)

iRobot Roomba 510 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
The Roomba isn't quite as sassy (or vocal) as Rosie the robotic maid from the Jetsons but it gets the job done when you really don't want to do it yourself. It bumps around your home and sucks up the dirt as you sit back and relax. Set the timer to run while you're gone so the sounds of cleaning are silence to your ears.

Evolution Robotics Mint 4200 Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner
$198 with free shipping
There have been many pretenders to the Roomba robotic vaccuum cleaning throne, but the Mint so far has been the only true challenger. To make things interesting, they focus on hardwood floors where the Roomba is the carpet king. Using cheap disposable micro fiber cloths (it even takes Swiffer sheets) you simply toss when you're done, there's no messy cleanup and emptying as with vaccuum cleaners.

Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote
$149.98 with free shipping
It's the Logitech Harmony One Remote To Rule Them All! With commands for over 5,000 brands and 225,000 devices, you'll find the programming codes for almost anything. An online setup process lets you easily set up an automated home theater no matter what equipment you've got.

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