Great gift ideas for under $100, choosing between two TV speakers (Week 49, 2023)


Sound Advice
By Don Lindich

Week 49, 2023

This week has a lot of great gift ideas under $100!

LumoCube Portable LED Bag Mirror, $89.99: This high quality LED mirror with rugged and stylish traveling case is perfect for grooming on-the-go, providing outstanding illumination and visibility in a single self-contained package with onboard storage for cosmetics and grooming products. The mirror itself has tremendously good optical quality, and the USB-C rechargeable LED ringlight provides multiple settings to suit any user. When my research turned it up online it looked like a real winner of a gift idea, so I purchased one and showed it to women I know before giving it to my girlfriend. All were enthusiastic and discussed buying one for themselves and their daughters, sisters and friends. A male friend said he could even see himself using it to groom his beard and store his Dr. Squatch supplies when traveling. Regularly $109.99, it is on sale for $89.99.

Apple AirTag 4 Pack, $99.99: Keep track of your luggage and valuables with Apple’s innovative AirTags.

Febfoxs 1080P Projector, $79.99-$99.99: Connect your computer, tablet, gaming console, cable box or Blu-ray player to the HDMI input to enjoy big-screen TV with this satisfying budget projector. Though it has the touted ability to connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, I found the wireless operation to be spotty and would only use HDMI. Sold on Amazon, it lists for $109.99 but there is always a checkbox coupon that brings the price well under $100.

Panasonic MultiShape, $68 and up: The award-winning powered MultiShape handle converts into many different grooming and hygiene devices such as a sonic toothbrush, electric shaver, personal trimmer and more.

Roku Express 4K+ Streaming Media Player, $39.99: Add Smart TV functionality to any TV with Roku, the industry-leading streaming player. Even owners of non-Roku Smart TVs will benefit from Roku’s easy-to-use interface and the thousands of free channels. Frequent holiday sales reduce the price as low as $24.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite 8.7″ 32GB WiFi Android Tablet, $99.99: The nicest tablet you can get for under $100, this Galaxy Tab is a great companion with its crisp, colorful display, long battery life and compact dimensions that are a nice compromise between tiny and full-sized.

Soundcore Space One headphones, $99.99: Available in three colors, the Space One offers excellent comfort, fine sound and extremely effective noise reduction that belies the low price.

Tribit StormBox Flow, $79.99: The latest in Tribit’s line of affordable speakers with true high-fidelity sound, two can be paired for stereo operation.

Q. I read the column recommending the ZVOX AV100 TV speaker and visited to purchase. The AV100 is reduced from $129.99 to $89.99 by using the coupon code GIFT23.

On the website I saw the very similar AV120 TV Speaker on sale for $59.99 from $149.99 with no coupon code required. The AV120 has Bluetooth capability but only two levels of voice boost. The AV100 has six levels of voice boost, but no Bluetooth.

I am buying for two older couples and one 20-something couple and would value your opinion.

-S.S., Pittsburgh, PA

A. I would get the AV100 for the older couples and the AV120 for the younger couple. The older couple will appreciate the extra levels of voice boost for their hearing needs, and the younger couple will enjoy having Bluetooth for music listening.