There are plenty of gifts and gadgets to choose from this Christmas, but finding the ones that won’t put a dent in your budget can be challenging. Here are some of the best tech gifts under $50 to help you avoid overspending this holiday season.
Ozobot Bit Starter Pack
- Price: $44.99
Part-robot, part-coloring book and part-coding lesson, the Ozobot Bit Starter Pack is a fun, interactive way to introduce kids to computer programming. The Ozobot operates simply enough: Users draw lines and scribble in codes with different markers, and the tiny Ozobot uses its color sensors to follow codes along the tracks created.
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RCA Voyager Pro Charcoal Tablet
- Price: $44.98
Tablets are one of the hottest tech gifts of 2017. The RCA Voyager Tablet runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a battery life up to 6 hours.
Roku Express Streaming Player
- Price: $29.99
Roku is the most popular device among connected-TV viewers, according to a recent report by eMarketer. Users can access thousands of popular services — such as Netflix, Hulu and Sling TV — and at $24.99, the Roku Express Streaming Player is the cheapest of the major media-streaming devices out there.
Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker
- Price: $49
Give the busy foodie in your life the gift of convenience with the Hamilton Beach slow cooker. The device has three pre-programmed cooking modes, and its clip-tight lid makes food transportation both easy and safe.
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Ematic Nano Drone
- Price: $49.19
One of the hottest new tech gadgets, Ematic’s Nano Drone can fly for approximately 10 minutes on a single charge and is an affordable option for anyone looking to break into the drone market.
Skullcandy Uproar Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones
- Price: $49.99
You don’t need to spend a fortune to score a pair of quality wireless headphones. These Skullcandy headphones provide optimal sound and even include a built-in microphone, should you need to take a call in the middle of your favorite Beyoncé song.
- Price: $13.99
In a world that’s becoming increasingly connected, many people opt to keep their phones by their sides. This stylish portable charger quickly charges your phone and can fit comfortably in your purse or pocket.
- Price: $49.99
The iPod Shuffle is the old-school alternative to the bigger and fancier smartphones of today. This Apple device holds up to 2GB of music, boasts a 15-hour battery life and is light and small enough to carry wherever you go. Get rid of that holiday stress by singing your heart out.
Bluetooth Body Composition Scale
- Price: $51.07
If you know someone who is committed to keeping a New Year’s weight loss resolution, give the gift of fitness to help him or her stay on track. The Zewa Bluetooth Digital Scale with Body Composition measures weight in addition to BMI and body fat.
LED Alarm Clock
- Price: $16.93
Quit using your phone to wake up, and go back to the basics with this Sharp LED alarm clock. The clock’s easy-to-read display and brightness control make it an essential addition for anyone’s nightstand.
- Price: $17.88
What better way to stay warm in the cold months than by huddling on the couch with a steaming cup of hot chocolate? This simple, no-frills electric kettle from Hamilton Beach conveniently and quickly boils water with the push of a button.
Tzumi Tag It Discrete Bluetooth Tracking Device
- Price: $6.51
Give the forgetful person in your life something to remember. When attached to your keys, phone, TV remote or anything frequently misplaced, the Tzumi Tag It Discrete Bluetooth Tracking Device will show you where the item is located on a map within the app.
Flash Drive for iPhone/iPad
- Price: $24.99
SanDisk’s iXpand Flash Drive lets users easily transfer photos and videos to and from an iPhone or iPad. It works exactly like a regular flash drive; just plug it in and go.
Belkin WeMo Switch Smart Plug
- Price: $34.99
Homes are becoming more intelligent, and Belkin’s WeMo Switch Smart Plug is a good example of how. Just download the free WeMo smartphone app, connect the switch to your home WiFi network and control your plugged-in electrical devices from anywhere with this cool tech Christmas gift.
Jelly Comb Universal 6-Port Desktop USB Hub
- Price: $16.99
With six USB ports, the Jelly Comb USB Hub makes the most of any wall outlet. The portable tower is equipped with smart charging technology, quickly and efficiently charging each of your devices.
Photojojo Super Fisheye Lens
- Price: $20.00
Attach this Photojojo lens to any compatible smartphone, tablet or monitor to give your images an ultra-wide, “fishy” look.
RCA USB Car Charger
- Price: $6.21
Don’t run out of juice on the road. This dual-USB port car charger will ensure your phone has enough battery for any journey.
Fitness Tracker Smart Wristband
- Price: $29.99
Whether it’s counting your steps, measuring your heart rate or studying your sleep, a fitness tracker is a valuable tool for your most health-conscious friend.
Smart Table Lamp
- Price: $23.68
Elegant and sleek, this smart table lamp lets you easily control the light’s brightness and can emit a wide variety of colors.
ACTIVEON CX Action Camera
- Price: $49.99
More affordable than a GoPro, the ACTIVEON CX Action Camera shoots crystal-clear, 1080p video at a swift 30 frames per second. Additionally, the camera is waterproof and can be controlled with a smartphone app.
360fly Mobile VR Viewer
- Price: $27
While it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the more advanced VR headsets, the 360fly Mobile VR Viewer is an exciting and affordable option for those looking to experience the thrill of smartphone virtual reality. Just lock any compatible phone into the headset and let your inner child run wild — just be careful not to slam into any walls.
Altec Mini H2O Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
- Price: $24
Enjoy singing in the shower? Now you can do so with the music blaring directly in front of you. Altec’s waterproof speaker is small enough to fit in your shower caddy, right next to your shampoo and conditioner.
Google Chromecast Audio
- Price: $35
Not to be confused with its more popular, video-streaming counterpart, the Google Chromecast Audio is a great gift for the music lover on your list. Plug the Chromecast Audio into an old, non-wireless speaker and stream music to it from your phone — just like any other wireless speaker.
PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller Charging Station
- Price: $24.96
The gamer in your life needs to take the occasional break to rest his or her hands. During this time, the charging station will charge up to two PlayStation 4 DualShock controllers at the same time. Can you say efficiency?
Seal-a-Meal Vacuum Food Sealer
Don't throw away those holiday leftovers. An easy way to save and preserve those extra pieces of turkey, the Seal-a-Meal Vacuum Food Sealer creates an air-tight seal along the specialized bags, preventing freezer burn and keeping your food fresh.
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High-Definition Dash Cam
- Price: $17.51
Give someone you love the gift of peace of mind with this inexpensive, high-definition dash cam, which records 720p video and comes equipped with night vision.
Battlefield 1 — Xbox One / PlayStation 4
- Price: $38.99
Despite coming out in October 2016, Battlefield 1, EA Dice's critically acclaimed WWI shooter, remains one of the most popular video games across all platforms.
And gamers are likely to fall in love with the breathtaking visuals and realistic sound design.
WowWee Fingerlings Monkey
- Price: $28.88
WowWee’s Fingerlings is one of the most popular toys in the world right now. The company has already sold more than a million of the interactive baby monkeys — which contain sensors that respond to touch, sound and motion — and with the holidays quickly approaching, you can expect these little guys to go fast.
Amazon Echo Dot
- Price: $49.99
Hands-free speakers are one of the trendiest tech gifts of 2017. Amazon’s Echo Dot is an affordable option that lets you play music, make calls and adjust smart home devices with simple voice commands. It also comes equipped with a 3.5-mm jack — something the similarly priced Google Home Mini is lacking.
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All prices were accurate as of Oct. 24, 2017. Prices are subject to change at the retailers’ discretion. Please visit the retailers’ sites to see the most up-to-date prices.