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8 best Christmas gift ideas under £100

8 best Christmas gift ideas under £100

£50-£100 is right in the sweet spot for 'proper' Christmas presents. But you want your money to go as far as it can – and these top value-for-money ideas will delight and entertain in equal measure.

From headphones to wireless speakers, via speaker cable and subscription services, there's something here to thrill the music and movie lovers in your life.

Klipsch R6i II

If you've got a friend or relative who has kept the headphones that came bundled with their new smartphone, look no further than these £90 Klipsch in-ear headphones as the perfect gift. These Product of the Year Award winners will knock the happy recipient's socks off with the overall improvement they will hear in their on-the-move music.

Cyrus soundKey

If, on the other hand, a headphone upgrade is no longer necessary, you should seriously consider getting the music-lover in your life a portable DAC, as the next step towards mobile music magic. This little £99 dongle from Cyrus sits between your mobile device and your headphones – and it's there to improve the sound coming from your source. Which it does with seemingly nonchalant ease, opening recordings up and giving space for details to reveal themselves. And it's especially effective with hi-res recordings (up to 24-bit/96kHz).

Ultimate Ears Roll 2

If it's more music to share you're interested in, you won't go far wrong with this four-time Award winner. This £60 Bluetooth speaker is fun, portable and compact – and, most importantly, it sounds remarkably composed for its size and cost.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

This £50 dongle is your best bet for video streaming, unless you can spring for the impressive Apple TV, which is a chunky £100 more expensive. (And you can see right on this page what else you can get for that sort of money.) 

The Amazon Fire TV stick brings you a much nicer user experience, we find, than most built-in apps in a television. And this one also brings  4K and HDR streaming to the party. For what you're asked to pay, it's a very impressive piece of kit.

AudioQuest Rocket 11

Now, we're aware that, for some people, a run of £12.50/metre speaker cable may seem a slightly odd gift. But choose your target wisely and this Award-winner could just be the present that the happy recipient will be most grateful for this Yuletide - and the thing they will still be using the most in years to come.

If they're still using the cable that came with their system, we can pretty much guarantee that a couple of three- or four-metre runs of the AudioQuest Rocket 11 will be an ear-opener for all concerned.

Netflix subscription

Our streaming service of the year is a great gift for anyone who has yet to succumb to the charms of Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Daredevil, Stranger Things and The Crown, among many, many others.

Your £100 will cover only the basic £6 a month service if you're after gifting an annual sub – but we'd probably go for a six-month stretch of the £10 a month premium service. That gives you 4K and HDR streaming, and allows up to four people to watch at the same time on different screens – so it's ideal for the whole family.

Pure Evoke H2

Pure has been pretty much a shoo-in as far as winning our Award for Best radio under £100 for the past few years. And, sure enough, this year's winner is the Evoke H2

It has improved bass over its (also Award-winning) predecessor, and a wonderful clear midrange – so vital for a radio, of course, with the human voice occupying those middle registers.


Now, you'll have seen these headphones before. The AKG Y50s seem to have won our Award in this category for the past four years. 

That ought, really, to be all you need to know about the £60 cans – but seeing as you're here, we'll just mention the outstanding build quality, the superb timing and the expressive nature. Oh, and that we haven't heard better at this price.