Our best gift ideas over $100 are not intended to i-bankers or sugar daddies willing to find pricey useless gadgets: instead, this content provides inspiration on products that really caught our attention and really are outstanding from our standards. We tested certain of these products or investigated specifically enough to express an informed opinion on their relevance and, above all, on their ability to embody amazing and original gift ideas.
Pogo Stick Vurtego V4
Source: Vurtego Pogo
This pogo stick is absolutely stunning: amazing build quality, powerful, loads of adrenaline at every jump, incredible feeling of lightness, liberty and agility at every bounce. The pogo stick Vurtego V4 is designed not only for enthusiasts, but also for everyone willing to enjoy a good training session. The Vurtego has become a phenomenon in the US because it’s actually an exceptional device. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, you will just love it. One last thing: this pogo stick is assembled by hand in the US and really exudes an impression of solidity and safety. That’s a no-brainer: just buy, test and enjoy the pogo stick Vurtego V4: it’s an obvious gift idea if you (or the lucky one who will get offered the Vurtego) are looking for products which are in a league of their own. In the same vein of the pogo stick Vurtego V4, you might also be tempted to discover the Jumping Stilts Air-Trekkers.
First Wireless Smart Earphones
The Dash from Bragi is the best pair of truly wireless earphones on the market. Either a stand alone or used with your smartphone, you basically have the choice between listening to music without any other device (the Dash include 4GB storage, i.e. ~1,000 songs) or streaming audio from your smartphone. The battery life is alright (3 hours). The Dash integrates cool functionalities like a sensor technology tracking your work outs and sending live feedback while you train (heart rate, number of steps, etc.), either directly via the earphones or the free Bragi app.The cherry on the cake is the (efficient) passive noise cancellation and the waterproof feature of the Dash allowing to listen to music while you swim. Honestly, that’s amazing to see such tiny wireless earphones stuffed with so many superpowers.
Sphero Star Wars BB-8: #1 Of Our Best Gift Ideas over $100
The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 robot is controlled alternatively via an app or via an ad hoc band (the “Star Wars Force Band”). This BB-8 miniature is one of the coolest devices that we tested so far… but also one of the most useless ones! Don’t ask us what you are going to do with it besides playing around with it – we don’t know. The Sphero SW BB-8 is more or less a drone which does not fly. That being said, do we recommend it? Yeah, totally! It’s fun and it works well, the Force Band adds much more fun to the experience. Only downside: your pets will freak out 🙂 This robot is a nice gift idea for every Star Wars fan. This enthralling little robot comfortably stands at the top of our best gift ideas over $100.
The Withings Thermo is a smart thermometer which main upside is to take your temperature accurately and hygienically (i.e. there is no need to touch the skin). Say goodbye to the old-school gross way to take your temperature, if you see what we mean 😉
WiFi Video Doorbell: #2 Of Our Best Gift Ideas over $100
This “new gen” doorbell is impressive (logically, hundreds of thousands of them have already been sold and installed in the US). This WiFi-based doorbell allows to watch, listen or talk to anyone standing at your doorstep – all this from your mobile devices (tablet, smartphone) or your PC. You can speak with visitors in real time. The set up of this video doorbell is quick and easy. The cherry on the cake: this WiFi Video doorbell has a lifetime warranty and will be replaced immediately and for free if it gets stolen. This smart doorbell is by far one of the top picks of our best gift ideas over $100.
The Prynt Case for iPhone: Obtain Instant Photo Prints
The concept is brilliant and the execution is perfect. The Prynt is killing it because the promise is respected: you can print photos from your iPhone (6/6S/7) seamlessly. Just attach your iPhone to the Prynt case, take a picture and print a photo in a matter of second: it is as simple as that. We tested the Prynt, we loved it, we kept it. Top-notch gift idea for every photography enthusiast.
Best-Selling Popular Scooter
The Powerboard is dominating its market thanks to its intrinsic qualities: sturdy, maneuverable, agile, relatively fast (10km per hour), U.S. Government approved, safe (it does not overheat or explode like a Samsung Galaxy S7). The battery life of this scooter is good (~6 hours). Its acceleration is not the best that we observed, but the Powerboard is smooth and reassuring. We tested it: it feels solid at first sight, the build quality exudes quality and robustness; honestly, we tried it, fell, tried it again, fell again, then gave up. Hence, we cannot really judge this Hoverboard’s recent creation without a bit of terror. If you know big fans of Back to the Future who are not scared of falling a bit at the beginning, then the Powerboard scooter is a perfect gift idea.
High-End Electric Scooter
Source: Glion Electric Scooter
Simply the best scooter of its kind released by one of the most respected and tested brands (Glion) of this segment. The Dolly is a top-performing scooter, sturdy, foldable, lightweight (28 pounds), fast (up to 15 mph), coming with a strong autonomy (15 miles range per charge). If you can afford it, the Dolly is at the top of its league and constitutes a fantastic gift idea.
One Wheel Segway One S1
This one-wheeled scooter is not designed for everyone: it’s made for people who are not scared of falling a few times before dominating the beast. The Segway One S1 is an outstanding scooter which delivers unique and thrilling sensations of speed and agility. You can travel up to 12.5 miles per hour (autonomy: 15 miles). We tested the Segway One S1 but were quickly frightened due to repeated falls – but, if you manage to tame this scooter, we bet that you are going to love it. The S2 version was released recently, but is much more expensive: the S1 currently delivers the best bang for the buck.
Top-In-Class Segway miniPRO
Source: Segway miniPRO
We kept the best for the end: the Segway self-balancing transporter miniPRO. Unlike the Segway One, the miniPRO is a model of safety and balance. You try it, you adopt it, it is as simple as that. The Segway miniPRO has a killer feature: you can control it via an app and operate this transporter via remote control. Its autonomy is correct (14 miles per charge). The miniPRO’s top speed is below average (10 miles per hour). In a nutshell, this new device from Segway displays an amazing build quality and irradiates safety and comfort. If you are looking for raw performance, maybe go on your way; if you crave safety and balance, the Segway miniPRO is made for you and represents an incredible value for the money and a great gift idea.
Portable Pizza Oven
Source: The Companion Group
This portable pizza oven shines by its simplicity: it basically enables to cook handmade pizzas on the gas stove top. Hence, your pizzas will taste like actual ones. This smart invention is a bit pricey but is definitely worth a try. It is definitely a relevant gift idea in the perspective of summer BBQ parties.
3Doodler: 3D Printing Pen
The 3Doodler is the new generation of the popular 3D printing pen. The concept behind this 3D pen is both simple and miraculous: you can now draw vertically, horizontally and escape the 2D dimension of the page. The 3Doodler is designed for everyone, from beginners to professionals, and enables to deliver precision 3D creations. This 3D pen is brilliantly innovative and unique: it represents a splendid gift idea that will not disappoint.
Levitating Orb Bluetooth Speaker: #3 Of Our Best Gift Ideas over $100
The ICE floating Bluetooth speaker is simply one of the sexiest devices that we saw while crawling the web. The orb spins in the air above a magnetic platform: the floating effect adds an appreciable touch of originality to the musical experience. This floating orb ranks unquestionably at the top of our best gift ideas over $100.
Instant Print Digital Camera
Sources: Polaroid & Michal Ludowicz
This Polaroid digital camera is a lovely device that allows to develop photos immediately after your took them. It indeed features a natively built-in printer that works without toners or ink and delivers superb and sparkling pictures. This cute instant print camera comes in several colors. It is a serious contender of its category, where you can also find the acclaimed Instax Mini 9 by Fujifilm or the best-selling Prynt.