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25 Best Tech Gifts Under $50

by Danny Zepeda | November 15, 2018November 15, 2018 12:30 pm PST

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most stressful. There’s a lot of holiday shopping to do and reuniting with distant relatives always leads to a very hectic time. 

The worst part of shopping is that there are so many things you can buy, it is easy to get stuck in a state of indecision, delaying you even more. To make the process a little easier, we found some great gifts to check out this holiday season.

The list includes gifts that are all under $50, making it really easy on your shopping budget, and includes all kinds of gadgets that are sure to be hits during the holiday season.

Here are 25 awesome tech gifts under $50.

Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini is one of the best gifts you can give. It’s a smart speaker with the power of Google search behind it and it easily connects with your smartphone and music service of choice like Spotify, YouTube Music or Pandora. $49 [Google]

Echo Dot

Similar to the Google Home Mini, the Echo Dot is the other affordable smart speaker that makes a great gift. Instead of Google, you get Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Amazon just updated the miniature puck speaker with a new design that includes a fabric exterior. $49

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Chromecast

Streaming content on the big screen instead of your phone is one of the most satisfying things to do. The Chromecast is a super easy way to do that without dropping major money on a set top box. $35 [Google]

Fire TV Stick

Along the same lines as the Chromecast comes the Fire Stick TV with a little bit more robustness. It’s just as easy to use and has an upgraded feature set with Alexa voice control, its own controller and access to a ton of streaming apps such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu and of course, Amazon Prime Video. $49

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Mophie Charge Stream Pad Mini Wireless Charger

Wireless charging is how you charge modern smartphones, making the wireless charger a perfect gift. Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad Mini wireless charger is a fantastic option with a unique design that will stand out on any bedside table stand. $20

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Anker SoundBuds Surge Wireless Earphones

Finding a good pair of Bluetooth earphones isn’t that tough, but finding some that cost under $50 is. Which is why the Anker SoundBuds Surge Wireless Earphones are such a revelation with their solid design, impressive features and even more impressive pricing. $24

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Nomad Universal Cable

The Nomad Universal Cable is here to solve all of your cable problems. It’s a three-in-one nylon braided cable that consists of USB-C, Lightning and MicroUSB connectors that can connect to any device. $35

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Anker PowerCore 10000

Even though smartphones have improved greatly over the last few years, one area they haven’t is battery life. A portable charging bank is a great gift and Anker’s PowerCore 10000 is the one of the best options available. $26

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Amazon Smart Plug with Alexa

Developing a smart home set up can get very expensive and complicated. From standalone products to extra bridges you’ll need, the process isn’t always so easy. The Amazon Smart Plug with Alexa is one of the cheapest options to get started that turns any device, from a lamp to a coffee machine, into a device that has smart capabilities. $25

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LIFX Mini White

Continuing with the smart home set up, the LIFX Mini White is another great and affordable option. You won’t need a bridge and it can be controlled with a smartphone, Google Home or Amazon Echo device. $25

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Fire 7 Tablet

Tablets are a rare breed with only the iPad serving as the main torch bearer, but the Fire 7 Tablet is still around and it costs under $50. You’ll get access to tons of apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime without breaking the bank for a gift family members will surely appreciate. $49

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iPhone XS Leather Case

The most popular phone accessory is a case and the best iPhone XS case you can give someone is the Apple Leather Case. With its soft-touch finish and interior felt lining, it will make the iPhone look great while protecting it. $49 [Apple]

Pixel 3 Case

Since not everybody uses an iPhone, we’ve also included some great cases that will work with other Android phones such as the Pixel 3. For the Pixel 3, Google’s own fabric case is the best option with perfect cutouts and a unique finish that’s very interesting. $40 [Google]

Galaxy Note 9 Case

Last but not least on the case segment is the Galaxy Note 9 (though it can also apply to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus). For the Note 9, Tech21’s Evo Check case provides the utmost protection with its FlexShock frame lining and unique smokey look. $20

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Apple Watch Sport Loop

The Apple Watch is the most popular smart watch and getting a family member an extra band is great gift. Apple’s options are very expensive so we found better ones that are just as good and aren’t as expensive. $14

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Shure SE112-GR Wired Headphones

Though wireless is the way of the future, wired headphones still have a place in our world. As such, you can never go wrong with an excellent pair of headphones and Shure’s SE112-GR headphones are the best bang for the buck. $49

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YI Home Surveillance Camera

More than ever before, people are taking steps to make their homes smarter and a great way to do so is by adding a surveillance camera. The YI Home Surveillance Camera offers all of the functionality of a home camera and is the only one that is remotely affordable. $36

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Tile Sport

As technology becomes a bigger part of our lives,  you’ll want keep close tabs on the gadgets you buy. The Tile Sport is a great way to track these everyday items from worst case scenarios of thievery to just forgetting where you left the item. $22

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Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse

The Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse makes the perfect companion for the mouse user in your family. It comes at a solid price and offers the best features the best mouse maker has to offer. $34

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Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker

A Bluetooth speaker has always been an excellent gift idea for the holidays and none fit the bill better than Anker’s SoundCore speaker. It has solid sound dispersion, is waterproof and comes in three unique colors. $22

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PlayStation 4 DualSchock Controller

If you’re like me, there are many kids who play games in the family and a fantastic gift option is a new controller. The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller is the controller for the most popular gaming system and it comes at a solid price with a bunch of different color options to choose from. $47

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Anker Wall Charger Hub

With the countless gadgets we now own, a wall charger with multiple USB ports comes in handy. Anker’s Wall Charger Hub provides 4 USB ports, 40W charging capability and a slim and elegant design. $26

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Aukey Car Charger

Though most modern cars come with USB ports, they are are significantly underpowered. The Aukey Car Charger makes great use of that volt outlet you have in your car and adds two USB plugs with 24W charging capability all in a discrete profile. $9

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Kenu Airframe+ Car Mount

A great car accessory suggestion wouldn’t be complete without a great car mount. The best option is the Kenu Airframe+ Car Mount, which offers a sturdy frame in a sleek design. $20

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Steve Jobs Biography

This one isn’t exactly a gadget, but books are great gift idea so why not give the Apple user in your family the Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” biography. It’s a great way to learn about one of the most influential people in technology who ushered in the iPod, iPhone and iPad. $25

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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