2020 has been a tough year, and while there are plenty of big-ticket items that cost hundreds of dollars releasing this holiday season, you don't need to break the bank to get your family and friends some useful and thoughtful gifts. There are plenty of great tech products that sell for $50 or less, and they don't sacrifice on the quality either. Tribit and Anker have some excellent headphones and Bluetooth speakers that compete with the best of them, and Amazon has a ton of affordable smart gadgets and more.
To help you find something great for everyone on your shopping list without breaking the bank, we've collected the best tech gift ideas under $50 and compiled them below. From headphones and controllers to tablets and other gadgets actually worth your money, there are a lot of options that are sure to make your loved ones happy.
Keep in mind that the prices shown below indicate the product's regular price and won't reflect any current discounts or fluctuations. Amazon discounts items all the time, so you may find an even better deal than what's listed here. And if you're looking for more gift ideas, check out our guides to the best tech and gaming gifts as well as the best gift ideas for PlayStation fans, the best gifts for Nintendo Switch owners, and the best Xbox gifts.
The new Echo Dot takes on a spherical shape, though it's still capable of all the skills and features that the original was. That includes controlling various smart devices with your voice, asking the Dot to play music, or taking hands-free calls--and much more.
If you know the person on your shopping list is an Android user, it's hard to go wrong with a Google Nest Mini. This smart Bluetooth speaker has great speakers and boasts an array of voice commands and apps. That should quickly make it a mainstay of any household.
The Blink Mini is a compact camera that can be set up anywhere in someone's home. It lets the user keep an eye on different areas of their house, such as a baby's nursery, the family living room, or even the garage. It's also capable of two-way communication, thanks to its built-in speakers and microphone.
This Bluetooth speaker is great for taking your music on the go, featuring a full 24 hours of battery life, excellent sound, Alexa connectivity, and a lightweight yet sturdy build. It's available in black, blue, and red.
The Doss SoundBox wireless Bluetooth speaker is one of the most popular on Amazon, thanks to its touch controls, portability, and great audio. The Doss SoundBox also comes in five different colours: Black, Blue, Pink, Red, and White.
Wiireless keyboards and mice are convenient, as the user can take them anywhere they like. This particular combo package combines a Logitech MK345 keyboard and mouse, making for a complete setup that's great for someone who needs them for work, social media, or staying in touch with loved ones.
If your loved one enjoys using their PC to game and stream entertainment on their TV, then this Logitech K400 wireless touch keyboard would make an excellent gift. It features all of the keys--except for the number pad--and a touchpad for mouse control. Its compact size also makes it possible to hold it in two different ways, allowing for the user to find the most comfortable position for themselves.
For creative kids, this STEM building-blocks robot is a great choice--maker Sillbird suggests its robot for years 8 to 14. The robot is built much like Lego, using the included blocks to create its body, head, arms, and treads. Once it's built, it can then be controlled with the included remote control or a separate phone app. The robot charges via USB and features removable internal batteries that can run for 40 minutes on a single charge.
Muscles get sore, and while massage sticks and similar products can help, nothing works quite like electronic pulse muscle stimulators. The Belifu dual-channel massager comes with 10 pads that the user can attach to their problem areas. Once attached, the user can then turn on the remote and start sending electric pulses through the massager and into their sore spots. This type of product is especially great for people who tend to pull their muscles in their sleep, during workouts, or anywhere else.
The Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth headphones are among the best headphones of 2020 thanks to their great comfort and sound quality, according to our sister site CNET. They connect to any compatible device via Bluetooth, and when the battery dies, you can plug in a 3.5 mm cord to continue listening before charging it. We've tested these headphones and have been impressed by the audio quality and actual comfort of wearing them.
If you prefer listening to music with earbuds, then Anker's got a great pair that work well for casual listening and working out due to their compact size, great fit, and 10-hour battery life. They're not quite Apple AirPods, but you can buy them for only $26 on Amazon.
The SN30 Pro+ is one of the best Nintendo Switch controllers of 2020, and it's $30 cheaper than Nintendo's own Pro Controller. It features a layout like the classic SNES pad in addition to customizable button inputs, analog sticks, and triggers. You can also create macro commands of up to 16 inputs.
If you're into charging your devices fast (who isn't?), then this Anker PowerCore external battery is the way to go. It's capable of charging a Nintendo Switch in handheld mode while playing a game using a USB-C cable, which means you'll be able to play on the go for even longer.
If you're tired of plugging your phone in and tripping over the cable, then wireless charging is for you. Just plug this bad boy into the nearest outlet and then place your compatible phone on the stand. This type of charger makes your phone stand upright, making for an easier viewing experience from bed, the kitchen, or any other place you happen to set it.
The Echo Wall Clock's main purpose is pretty obvious: displaying the time. However, it also visualizes your Echo timers with 60 LED lights, making it easy to see how much time you have left. This is particularly useful for those cooks and bakers in your life, but note that they'll need an Echo smart device to pair with this clock.
The Fire 7 Tablet is not a very powerful device, so don't expect to do any serious gaming. However, if you want something affordable to read e-books, watch movies and videos, or listen to music with, then the Fire 7 can handle it.
The Fire Stick 4K plugs directly into your TV and allows for 4K streaming from apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. You also have access to any digital movies you rent or purchase directly from Amazon.
The Amazon Smart Plug lets you add voice control to any outlet you want, transforming all the things you usually plug into it into smart home devices--lights and fans being the most popular choice. And you don't need to connect it to any other smart home device; all you need is the Alexa app on your phone.
The Tile Mate is a great way to keep track of any of your belongings, but honestly, it's our keys we tend to lose most, isn't it? You can put the Tile Mate on a keychain, in a bag, or anywhere else it fits and track it with your smartphone. Oh, and if it's your phone you've lost, you can press the Tile Mate's button and make your phone ring even if it's set to silent.
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