Are you looking for affordable tech gifts for friends and family this holiday season? There are useful tech gadgets you can get under a price tag of $50. These tech gifts range from touchscreen-friendly gloves, handheld vacuum cleaners, and Bluetooth trackers to more popular gadgets like the Amazon Echo dot, wireless Bluetooth earphones, and car chargers.
We’ve compiled a list of the best tech gifts for family and friends, and every item here can be had for under $50.
Echo Dot with Clock
The most popular Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker now comes with an LED clock
Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular smart speaker by Amazon. It gives you all the same Alexa-powered features as the bigger, more expensive Echo devices. Alexa lets you stream music, listen to the news, audiobooks, check the weather, set alarms, and all kinds of other things. Granted, the sound quality is not as good, but it’s not bad either.
This one even comes with an LED display that can show the time, outdoor temperature, or timers. It’s perhaps the best tech gift you can give to your nightstand (or someone else’s nightstand). Under $50, this is one of the best tech gifts you can provide since almost everybody knows what this is.
Buy from Amazon: Echo Dot with Clock
TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds
For under $50, the TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds are an impressive set of earphones and the 4.5 ratings on Amazon by over 13000 customers are a testament to that.
Bluetooth earphones used to cost a lot, but these days you don’t have to rob a bank to pay for one. Even truly wireless earphones like the TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds are available for under $50 and can be a great tech gift. They offer a modern music experience with Bluetooth 5.0 and an IPX7 splash-resistant rating. The company does not go overboard to claim high-quality audio performance.
In their own words, the earphones offer “CD-like quality sound,” but customers have rated it rather highly. Battery life is rated at 5 hours of continuous playback with an extra 35hours using the case.
Buy from Amazon: TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds
Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves for Winter
Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves provide excellent windproof insulation to your hands while the conductive fingertips allow you to still interact with capacitive touchscreens on your phone, tablet and other devices.
Smartphones today are completely touchscreen, but touchscreens are also present on laptops, refrigerators, smart displays, etc. These are capacitive touchscreens that react only to your fingers, though, not clothes. This makes using these in a cold winter night very difficult unless you take off your gloves. Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves were designed precisely to fit into your modern touchscreen centric life.
The touchscreen gloves feature a 3M Thinsulate in a sandwich construction for better insulation. They’re windproof as well. The conductivity of the gloves is not limited either. You can use any fingers to touch the screen. This is the perfect tech gift under $50 for someone who lives in a colder environment or can’t handle winters well.
Buy from Amazon: Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves for Winter
Holife Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner
With a 100W motor and a 2200mAh battery, the Holife Upgraded Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner can run for 30 minutes continuously after 3 to 4 hours of charging time and weighs 3.4 lbs.
This is an upgraded version of the Holife Cordless Handheld Vacuum cleaner above. Holife Upgraded Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner features a 100W motor. This handheld vacuum cleaner can thoroughly clean dust, crumbs, pet hair, and even liquids from your carpets, offices, vehicles, etc. The 2200 mAh battery keeps this thing running for up to 30 minutes. The charging time is also the same at 3 to 4 hours.
The three attachments let you easily clean debris in tight corners & spaces and hair or dirt on delicate surfaces & upholstery. The Liquid nozzle is for cleaning unexpected liquid spills. In case the vacuum cleaner overheats, it automatically shuts down to prevent any damage to the motor or other internal components. All those components together with the motor and the battery weigh up to 3.4 lbs.
Buy from Amazon: Holife Upgraded Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner Rechargeable
AUKEY USB C Power Bank
Shaped like a big smartphone rather than a power bank, the AUKEY USB C Power Bank has a huge 20,000 mAh battery, a maximum current output of 3A via three USB A ports, a USB C, a micro USB, and a lightning port.
The AUKEY USB C Power Bank looks more like a smartphone itself than a power bank. Where most power banks are thick and bulky, this one is thin and flat while still packing in a massive 20,000 mAh battery. This makes it the best tec gift for a traveler, and it costs under $50. For reference, it can charge your iPhone 8 up to 7.3 times, or a 9.7-inch iPad Pro 1.5 times, or a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 up to 4 times.
The surface has been given a matte finish, which makes it fingerprint-resistant. There are three USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a micro USB port, and even a lightning port. So no matter what device you want to charge, you can plug it in. The power bank can provide a maximum output of 3A. There is a minimalist LED indicator to indicate the current battery level.
Buy from Amazon: AUKEY USB C Power Bank
SanDisk 256GB USB-C Flash Drive
This SanDisk USB-C Flash Drive has 256GB of storage, offers a read speed of 150MB/s with USB 3.1 and also features a USB-A port.
These days, even iPads support external storage and also feature USB C ports. USB C ports are also increasingly common on Android smartphones and all kinds of premium laptops. It makes sense to invest in a USB C flash drive. SanDisk is a well-reputed name in this space, and this SanDisk USB C flash drive offers 256GB of storage.
It also features a USB A port on the other end, in case you need it. High-speed USB 3.1 allows read speeds of up to 150MB/s. SanDisk even has for Android devices that automatically backs up your files to the flash drive anytime it is connected. It will be hard to find a person in this generation who couldn’t always use an additional 256GB of portable storage. That’s why it’s another great tech gift and is under $50.
Buy from Amazon: SanDisk 256GB USB-C Flash Drive
BLAVOR Solar Power Bank with Wireless Charger
Blavor Solar Power Bank comes in handy when you go hiking or on a long trip. It’s a wireless charger, but does support wired charging and can also charge using solar power.
Blavor Solar Power Bank is a wireless charger based on the Qi wireless charging standard. The solar power bank is built for outdoor use, though, and is IPX4 splash-proof, dustproof, and shockproof. There’s also a built-in flashlight and compass. Don’t worry, though, if the sun is not out yet because it can also be charged via traditional means, i.e., a charger with a micro USB and Type C inputs.
With a 5V/2A charging, the 10,000 mAh can be recharged in about 6 hours. If you know someone who likes to travel a lot to places where charging a phone might not come easy, what could be a better tech gift for them under $50? Maybe the AUKEY USB C power bank, which is also listed down here.
Buy from Amazon: BLAVOR Solar Power Bank with Wireless Charger
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Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote
With the Amazon FireTV Stick 4K, a normal TV becomes a smart TV powered by Amazon’s FireTV platform with access to Alexa, Amazon’s popular voice assistant.
Amazon FireTV Stick is one of the popular streaming stick options and makes for a great tech gift. This is an upgraded version with support for streaming 4K content from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Hulu, Disney+, ESPN, and of course, Amazon’s own Prime Video. There is no real lack of streaming apps for the FireTV platform.
Along with all the streaming options, your TV also becomes a huge Amazon Echo Show thanks to the built-in Alexa voice assistant. This FireTV Stick also supports Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+.
Buy from Amazon: Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote
Echo Wall Clock
If you have at least one Echo device such as an Echo dot, this wall clock can automatically sync its time with it, including daylights saving adjustment and also display your timers.
Amazon really wants to be everywhere in your house, even your wall clock. The Echo Wall Clock is a clock that pairs up with an Amazon Echo device. That means you can’t ask it questions. The clock does function, of course, and also has a 60 LED display to show any timers you may have set via a connected Echo device. It syncs time to a paired Echo device, including automatic adjustments for daylight savings.
Most analog wall clocks can’t do this. Apart from being the clock, you can visually see your Alexa timers on, and an analog wall clock that always displays the correct time, it is pretty much a regular wall clock. This can be a nice gift under $50 for someone who already owns at least one Amazon Echo device.
Buy from Amazon: Echo Wall Clock
Roku 4K Streaming Stick
The Roku 4K Streaming Stick is the best streaming stick on the market under $50 and makes for a great tech gift to someone who still uses the traditional TV.
For most people, the Roku 4K Streaming Stick is one of the most affordable and pretty much the best streaming stick money can buy. Unlike Amazon’s FireTV platform, Roku has no feud with Google, so you get all Google apps like YouTube Google Play Music, Google Play Videos, etc.
While the app ecosystem is better, this Roku Streaming Stick also supports 4K, HDR, and HD streaming (Roku movie channels). The remote also has more buttons that make it easier to launch certain popular streaming services as well as navigate through the interface. Moreover, it can also be controlled using Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa.
Buy from Amazon: Roku 4K Streaming Stick
Etekcity WiFi Smart Scale
The smart scale measures 12 essential data including weight, BMI, BMR, body water, body fat, etc. All of this can be synced to your phone and Apple Health, Google Fit and Fitbit too.
Trying to lose weight? Everyone knows losing weight is pretty tough, but keeping track of it is no easy job either. The Etekcity WiFi Smart Scale is a rechargeable Bluetooth body fat scale. Once you install the VeSync app on your phone and connect the smart scale via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, your weight data is automatically synced to the app. With the VeSync app, you can sync your fitness data with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit too.
Etekcity Body Scale also calculates Body Fat, Body Water, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, Protein, BMR, Metabolic Age, Visceral Fat, Subcutaneous Fat, Fat-Free Body Weight, and BMI apart from your Weight. The maximum weight it can sustain is 400 lbs or 180kg. A single charge gives you almost six months of battery life.
Buy from Amazon: Etekcity WiFi Smart Scale
Logitech Stereo Gaming Headset with Mic
Logitech 981-000541 G230 is a gaming headset inside and outside and will be a good tech gift for someone who plays a lot of video games.
Gaming headphones have a type, or rather stereotype, that most of them fit into. You can tell the Logitech 81-000541 G230 is a gaming headset by simply looking at it. That can be a good or bad thing, depending on who you ask. But gaming headphones have to be comfortable. The Logitech Stereo Gaming Headset features soft and durable cloth earpads with a lightweight design.
The headphone frequency response ranges from 20Hz to 20KHz, while the microphone response ranges from 50Hz to 20KHz. The microphone folds away when not needed and acts as a noise-canceling mic too.
Buy from Amazon: Logitech Stereo Gaming Headset with Mic
Digital Photo Frame 8″
The BSIMB Digital Picture Frame features 1024 x768 pixels packed in an 8-inch TFT liquid crystal display which can automatically turn off when no one is around.
We love keeping our best memories framed and in places where they’re always visible. But why use one frame for one photo? When everything is going digital, maybe your photo frame should too. The BSIMB Digital Picture Frame is a display that acts as a photo frame for your digital photos. It’s the best tech gift for anyone, be it your parents, your grandparents, relatives, or just friends.
The 8-inch display has a resolution of 1024 x768 pixels and is a TFT liquid crystal panel with a low-consumption LED-backlit. A built-in motion sensor can automatically turn off the screen when no one is around, although this feature is off by default. This is an offline device, although it can display a clock, calendar, reminder, etc.
Buy from Amazon: Digital Photo Frame 8 Inch
Anker 49.5W PowerDrive Speed
Anker 49.5W PowerDrive Speed is a compact but powerful car charger which is good enough to charge any USB-C powered laptops, tablets, smartphones, or any other devices that charge over USB.
The Anker Car Charger is a dual-port adapter with a USB Type C 30W port for MacBooks and laptops. The other port is a USB Type-A 19.5W port for old iOS and Android devices. You can still use the 30W port to charge your iPhones or Androids, though. Anker Power Driver can charge almost anything that charges via USB A or USB C ports.
The Power Delivery technology allows the 30W port to charge a MacBook 2016 from 0 to 100% in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Similarly, the USB-A port is laced with Anker’s own Power 2.0 tech, which allows it to charge devices at full speed. The adapter is built to be compact and therefore has a size smaller than the length of a credit card.
Buy from Amazon: Anker 49.5W PowerDrive Speed
Sena Leather Apple Watch Travel Charging Case
Wrapped in European leather, the Sena Leather Watch Travel Charging Case for Apple Watch is actually a carrying case for the Apple charger not the watch itself.
Sena Leather Watch Travel Charging Case for Apple Watch is not quite what it sounds like. It’s not a case that you put your Apple Watch in to charge it. It is rather a case to hold the charging cable. The cable can easily fold around inside the case, and the connector can pop out from the top of the case. This lets you simply keep your Apple watch on the case to charge it while the other end of the cable is connected to a power supply.
The charging case can hold a 38mm, 40mm, 42mm, or 44mm watch. The case is wrapped in European leather and trimmed with polished gunmetal. It may not sound like the most useful tech gift, but it is certainly as luxury an Apple Watch owner who travels a lot will enjoy.
Buy from Amazon: Sena Leather Watch Travel Charging Case for Apple Watch
Godefa Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
Gofella cellphone camera lens kit contains an 18X telephoto zoom lens, 0.63X wide-angle lens & 15X macro lens, 198°fisheye lens, 6 kaleidoscope lens, and CPL filter lens, Bluetooth camera shutter and a tripod.
Smartphones have tiny camera lenses compared to dedicated cameras like DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras. Yet, thanks to amazing software post-processing, they can take remarkable photos. The only limitation is the size of the camera lenses. Gofella cellphone camera lens kit aims to rectify that problem to an extent.
The kit comes with a tripod as well as a shutter remote, and an 18X telephoto zoom lens, 0.63X wide-angle lens & 15X macro lens, 198°fisheye lens, six kaleidoscope lens, and CPL filter lens. For someone quite serious about smartphone photography, there couldn’t be a better tech gift than the Gofella smartphone camera lens kit.
Buy from Amazon: Godefa Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
BESTEK Smart WiFi Power Strip
The BESTEK Smart WiFi Power Strip has the usual smart features like the ability to be controlled via an app, Alexa or Google assistant but it is also smart about its design that gives you 3 power outlets and 2 USB A ports in a small space.
BESTEK Smart WiFi Power Strip does have a smart design. Instead of a linear or circular design, BESTEK opts for a cube design with three outlets on three sides, two smart USB A ports (0 – 2.4A) on the top side, a cable on one side, and the base on the bottom side. So instead of taking up a lot of space like a traditional power strip, BESTEK’s smart WiFi Power Strip only takes up space for a single socket. That’s not the only smart thing about it, of course.
Besteck Smart Plug can be remotely turned on or off via the BESTEK Home app, Alexa, or Google Assistant. The base holds the strip in place and can also stick to walls, the underside of a desk, etc. pretty securely. It does have safety features built-in to protect your devices. If you know someone who could use a smart plug, this gift is well under $50.
Buy from Amazon: BESTEK Smart WiFi Power Strip
Nutale Nut3 Smart Tracker Key Finder
Nutale Nut3 Smart Tracker Key Finder is based on the same concept as Tile, and it can help you track your phone, keys, dog, kids, luggage, wallet, anything else you attach it to.
The Nutale Nut3 Smart Tracker Key Finder is more than just a key finder. It is based on the same concept as Tiles, which, if you didn’t know, is a Bluetooth tracker. You tie it up with something you tend to misplace often, and it will ring when you need to, kind of like how you usually find your phone when you misplace it. It also records the last detected location of your things on the map so you can get there and find them using the Bluetooth tracker.
This makes for the best tech gift for someone who misplaces things a lot, especially keys. For under $50, you get to gift a pack of two trackers with a range of 10-20 meters indoors and 30-50 meters outdoors.
Buy from Amazon: Nutale Nut3 Smart Tracker Key Finder
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This ends our list of the best tech gifts under $50 that you can give to your friends and family. We have tried to cover a wide range of products for all kinds of people from those who travel a lot to those who misplace things. Hopefully, we were able to help you find something you like.