The Best Tech Gadgets You Can Get For Under $50 In 2019
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The holidays can be an expensive time for families, especially when looking for a great gift quickly finds you in the triple-digit price range. However, there are plenty of excellent gadgets that come in at under $50, all of which make excellent gifts. From Bluetooth headphones and speakers to tablets and 4K streaming devices, there’s a large selection of quality knick-knacks available at affordable prices, and any of these would make a nice gift for a loved one this Christmas. To make your shopping experience a bit easier, here’s our guide to the absolute best tech gifts under 50 bucks.
Need more great gift ideas? Check out more of our 2019 holiday gift guides below for the best gift ideas across gaming, entertainment, and tech.
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Note that prices are accurate at the time of publication but subject to change without notice.
Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones
According to GameSpot sister site CNET, the Tribit XFree Tune are one of the best pair of headphones for 2019, thanks to its great comfort and sound quality. 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. Amazon is currently selling the Tribit XFree Tune for $40, so it's a perfect gift to buy on the cheap.
Anker Bluetooth Earbuds
If you prefer listening to music with earbuds, then Anker's got a great pair that work well for casual listening and working out, thanks 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.
Anker PowerCore PD External Battery
If you're into charging your devices fast (who isn't?), then Anker's line of power banks with PD (aka power delivery) is the way to go. PD-capable batteries will even charge your Switch in handheld mode while playing a game, using a USB-C cable. You can grab the battery for yourself for $45 on Amazon.
Anker Wireless Charger
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. You can order the wireless charger for $30 on Amazon, making them an excellent stocking stuffer most tech lovers can get behind.
Amazon Echo Dot
The voice-control smart speaker, Echo Dot, is an affordable option to use Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant. With the Echo Dot, you can control your music from Spotify, smart home, and more with your voice. Amazon's current price for its Echo Dot is $50.
Amazon Echo Wall Clock
The Echo Wall Clock's main purpose is probably 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 it's important to note you will need an Echo smart device to pair with this clock. The clock by itself is $30 from Amazon.
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
The Fire 7 Tablet is not a very powerful device, so don't expect to do any serious gaming. However, if you want something cheap to read e-books, watch movies and videos, or listen to music with, then the Fire 7 can handle it. You can pick one up from Amazon for $50.
Amazon Fire Stick 4K
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. Its price comes in at $50.
Philips Hue Bulb
The Hue Bulb allows you to set the tone and atmosphere of your room with 16 million colors. It also has several different shades of white, which you can dim or turn off completely with your voice. One bulb costs $47 on Amazon right now.
Another great option to set your TV up for 4K streaming, the Roku Premiere is cheaper than the Fire Stick 4K and comes with a wide selection of apps to choose from. It also lets you stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and much more in 4K. The Roku Premiere currently costs $38.72 on Amazon.
Amazon Smart Plug
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. You can buy the smart plug for $25 on Amazon, so make sure to nab one for all the tech lovers on your list.
SN30 Pro+ Controller
We think the SN30 Pro+ is one of the best Nintendo Switch controllers so far, and $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. You can currently buy it from Amazon for $50.
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? Well, 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. A single Tile Mate currently costs $18.69.
Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker
The Tribit XSound Go is a cheap Bluetooth speaker that is hard to beat when it comes to value. It's waterproof, has up to 24 hours of battery life, and costs $33 on Amazon.