BUZZ Holiday Gift Guide: Budget Edition

You don’t have to spend half your paycheque to get good tech this holiday season. There are plenty of brands who do it just as well as the bid dogs in the business.

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas fast approaching, here’s a list of alternative tech you can choose this season. These items are great if you’re shopping for gifts, or replacing old tech.


Are you looking for good sound in an affordable package? You don’t have to spend US$250 for Apple’s new, noise-cancelling earbuds.

Enjoy true-wireless technology at a good price. Photo: Best Buy
SoundCore Liberty Air 2

Do you like true-wireless life? The Anker – SoundCore Liberty Air 2 True Wireless earbuds provide that experience for only US$99. The SoundCore Liberty Air 2s has advanced technologies like diamond-coated drivers for sound clarity, Qualcomm aptX audio that offers high bandwidth audio via Bluetooth and wireless charging with the charging case. 

The SoundCore Liberty Air 2 is available at Best Buy.

Audio Technica ATH-M30x
Wired sound in an over-ear design. Photo: Amazon

If you prefer a flatter sound profile and you’re not opposed to wires, the Audio Technica ATC-M30x is a solid choice. At just US$69 on Amazon, they’re great budget options if you don’t want the latency issues associated with Bluetooth technology.

The device has a collapsible design, 40-millimetre drivers for excellent sound reproduction, and comes with a carrying pouch. This option is perfect for content creators who want to want true to life sound while shooting, mixing or editing.


The IdeaPad 330S. Photo: Best Buy
Lenovo – IdeaPad 330S

A new laptop is a great gift idea for a student. If your working needs don’t require heavy processing and graphical prowess, a Lenovo – IdeaPad 330S may be right for you.

Armed with an Intel Core i3 processor, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM and a 15.6-inch screen, this device has enough to power through PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Plus, with all the money you saved, you can buy an external hard drive to bolster the 128 GB storage.

You can find the IdeaPad 330S at Best Buy for a special price of US$265.99.**

Acer Chromebook Spin is a great, budget 2-in1. Photo: Walmart
Acer Chromebook Spin 11

The Acer Chromebook Spin packs all the essential tech for basic computing. It runs Google’s Chrome OS, has 4GB RAM and an Intel Celeron, dual-core processor. 

This 2-in-1 computer also includes an 11.6-inch, multi-touch screen and two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports. This item is a top pick for educational purposes or if you use mostly online services. Pick it up at Walmart for US$229.


Take great photos, even at night. Photo: Best Buy
Google – Pixel 3a

Pixels are Google’s answer to the iPhone and represent the purest Android experience. The Google Pixel 3a is an excellent budget option if you want stock Android and top-notch computational photography.

For US$399.99 unlocked, you get 64GB storage, a 5.6-inch Full HD+ screen, and a stellar 12.2MP primary camera that shoots impressive night shots. Take stand-out portrait mode photos with the 8MP front-facing camera and Google’s grade-A processing.

Check out Motorola’s budget G7. Photo: Walmart
Motorola G7 XT1962

For only US$179.95, you can pick up a Motorola G7. The machine packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset, 64GB storage, a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, Android 9 Pie and a dual-camera array with a 12MP camera and 5MP rear depth sensor. 

Both the Pixel and the Motorola are available at Best Buy and Walmart.

These suggestions show that you don’t have to break the bank to access good tech. Alternatives also provide unique user experiences you’ll enjoy.

Always remember to check your local stores as they may have these items as well.

** At the time of writing.