5 tech gifts that cost less than a C-note and score an A-plus.

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Tech gifts don’t have to be crazy expensive. A practical present that solves an everyday problem is a sure-fire winner. These five ideas cost less than a C-note and score an A-plus.

Philips Hue White A19 LED Dimmable Smart Lighting Starter Kit ($70 at The Home Depot). Light up the holidays with just a voice command or a smart device from anywhere in the world. This streamlined starter kit automates your home with smooth dimming and timers compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant. Contains two soft white LED A19 bulbs, a small square Hue Bridge that controls up to 50 lights, an ethernet cable, power adapter, manual and three-year warranty. 

RHA MA650 Wireless Earbuds ($81 at amazon.com). These premium wireless in-ear headphones offer big bang (and sound) for the buck with up to 12 hours of playback. Bluetooth-enabled, they offer immersive sound with a comfortable, flexible neckband and sweatproof, noise-blocking ear tips. It all adds up to an excellent choice for listening to music or making calls on the run. 

TP-Link AC1750 WiFi Range Extender ($73 at amazon.com). Wirecutter calls it the best Wi-Fi range extender available. They’ll call it a great gift that makes their life better. The device plugs into an outlet to deliver lightning-fast data speeds over 10,000 square feet, eliminating dead spots. A Gigabit Ethernet port boosts speed and performance and connects any wired device, including Xbox, PlayStation, PC or Mac. Includes three adjustable antennas, a two-year warranty and free 24/7 tech support. Game on. 

Holy Stone HS110 Drone ($85 at amazon.com). No need to invest hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to try out a drone when this starter RC model does the trick. The aerial quadcopter is equipped with a 720 HD video/photo camera that can record to your phone, plus 3D VR mode, LED lighting and easy one-button takeoff and landing. Steady altitude hold makes it suitable for beginners, while 360 flips and advanced speed levels amp up the fun. 

SchuttenWorks iPhone Concert Docking Station ($65 at schuttenworks.com). Bring tech and the natural world together with this handsome, handcrafted docking station for iPhone. Designed and made in Portland from solid mahogany, the dock is acoustically amplified so they can wake up to their preferred music. The base hides cords and charging cables for a streamlined look, and an innovative slider accommodates a phone case.