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- There are plenty of great tech gifts our there for $50 or under.
- Our picks include several big-name devices, like an Echo Dot and Roku Streaming Stick+.
- Check out all of our gift guides for even more inspiration.
Shopping for tech gifts can be a stressful experience – there’s so much out there that it’s hard to know where to start.
But, don’t worry: If you’re having trouble finding quality tech gifts that are also affordable, we’ve got some ideas for you. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, parent, child, cousin, colleague, or even a pet, you’ll be able to find a tech gift here that suits your needs for $50 or less.
Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is a smart display that can make video calls, display family photos, and use a wide selection of apps. Controlled by Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, the Echo Show can also serve as a hub for smart home devices. Keep in mind, it will require a wireless internet connection at home to function properly.
Echo Show 5 normally costs $90, but right now it’s on sale for $50 at Amazon.
A subscription to a huge collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines
For any friend who loves to read, a Scribd subscription is the perfect gift. Scribd has a massive library of electronic books, magazines, audiobooks, and documents, from classics to the newest releases. Scribd is available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, and all web browsers, so your friend can read on the go, wherever they are.
A smart scale that syncs with your phone to track progress
Fitbit Aria Air is a thin smart scale that can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and help keep track of important health metrics over time. Data is stored in the Fitbit app, which includes more tools to help set personal goals and log your results. Fitbit Aria Air does require the app to work correctly, but you don’t need to invest in a separate Fitbit fitness tracker to use the Aria scale.
An electric scrubber for hard to clean messes
This is one of our reviewer’s favorite cleaning gadgets. It can quickly and comprehensively clean any surface, from your bathroom sink to the roof of your car. It comes with five different brush heads to conquer all types of grime.
A small and affordable home security camera
If your friend or relative is looking for a security camera, this is one of the best (and cheapest) gifts you can buy them. It captures excellent HD video, sends phone notifications when it detects movement, and is tiny enough to blend into its surroundings.
Our reviewer called the previous generation model “a shockingly great home security camera.”
A selfie-stick to frame the perfect photo on the go
For a friend or relative who loves to take selfies, a selfie stick is a must-gift. This is our reviewers’ favorite option, though there are some available for cheaper. It can extend up to 29.7 inches and can accommodate many smartphone sizes with its adjustable holder.
An organizer to keep track of small electronics like chargers and flash drives
Bagsmart Electronic Organizer, available at Amazon, $25.99 [Save an extra 30% with a coupon]
If you have a friend or relative who likes to bring a lot of tech on their travels, this gift will make their life a lot easier. It’s just the size of a book, but it has handy pockets and pouches for all tech accessories you need, including cables, cords, adapters, SD cards, flash drives, and more.
A wired tech bag to hold all your gadgets
This bag has mesh pockets and straps to hold your headphones, dongles, cords, chargers, phones, e-readers, and whatever other tech you may need to carry around. It’s also easy to fold into a compact shape, and you can hang it from the seat in front of you with an attached strap.
A smart notebook and stylus that lets you transfer handwritten notes to your phone or computer
The Rocketbook Smart Notebook looks like a standard notebook, but it’s actually a high-tech device. Write or draw on its 36 pages with the included FriXion pen, and you can easily save your work as a PDF or JPEG with your phone. The pages are also re-usable; just wipe them down with a wet cloth to start again.
Protective glasses to block blue light while working
Blue light-blocking glasses make a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time looking at screens. Cyxus sells affordable full-rim, half-rim, and clip-on frames. The company also offers a one-year warranty, so your friend can get them repaired or replaced if necessary.
Warm gloves that still let you use your smartphone
Winter can be a rough time for tech enthusiasts, because gloves make it difficult to use a touchscreen. Never fear: the Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves are here to help. The fingertips are made with “conductive fibers” customized for use with a phone or tablet, and the palms include rubberized grips to keep you from dropping your gadgets.
A wireless stand for quick and easy charging
If you’re not sure what gift to give a tech lover, you can’t go wrong with a wireless charger. This one is just $30, and it can charge any phone that supports wireless charging, even through a thick phone case. As a bonus, it’s got a futuristic, modern design that will look quite nice on your desk.
A strong, sturdy laptop bag
Gift this sleek, professional laptop bag for just under $30. Not only does it look great, but it also has extra compartments for a phone, tablet, passport, pens, umbrella, water bottle, and anything else your friend or family member might need to carry around.
A universal charging cable for all those devices
This cable includes USB-A, Micro USB, and USB-C endings, so it’s a perfect gift for a friend or relative who needs to charge many different devices. It’s 1.5 meters long, and has a braided nylon covering to prevent fraying. Nomad says the cable will last at least five years, so it’ll be a gift that keeps on giving.
An extra-large heating pad for soothing aches
This heating pad is designed to alleviate full-body pain. Drape it over your shoulders and fasten it around your neck, or place on your arms or legs to help relieve muscle tension and pain. It has six temperature settings, from 105 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Bluetooth tracker to keep tags on your keys and other small items
For any friend who’s disorganized or worried about losing their keys, the Tile Pro will be a godsend. They can stick this tiny battery-powered device on their key ring and, if they lose their keys, they can remotely activate an alarm, or locate it if it’s out of range of their phone using a crowd-finding network.
A smart outlet to control with Alexa or Google Assistant
This probably sounds like a boring gift, but hear me out. You can stick this gadget into any regular outlet to make that outlet into an advanced smart outlet. Any device you plug in, be it a lamp, fan, air conditioner, or anything else, becomes a smart device that you can turn on and off using Alexa and Google Assistant. The wall tap includes two outlets and two USB ports, all of which can be controlled separately.
An affordable multicolor smart bulb
TP Link’s Kasa smart bulbs are some of the best cheap smart devices you can get. They work with Alexa and Google Assistant, and can create all sorts of cool effects. You can also incorporate them into scenes and routines, and set them to timers and schedules.
A portable charger with enough power for multiple gadgets
A power bank is an excellent gift for anyone who travels or spends a lot of time out and about. The Elecjet PowerPie is our current pick for the best power bank overall, and it’s available for just under $50. It supports the Power Delivery 3.0 standard via its USB-C port and the Quick Charge 3.0 standard via its USB-A port, so it can accommodate a variety of smartphones and laptops. And thanks to its massive 20,000mAh of capacity, it can provide plenty of juice.
A streaming stick for an entertainment upgrade
If you’re not sure what to buy someone, a streaming stick is usually a safe bet. The Fire TV Stick Lite is one of the cheapest ones out there, and it will allow your friend to search for content with their voice (using the included voice remote) and access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, and (of course) Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 1080p playback with HDR. On the downside, the device is currently missing support for Peacock.
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is a bit more expensive than the Fire TV Stick, but if you’ve got a larger budget, it has a simpler interface and a few apps that are missing from Amazon’s platform, like Peacock. This model also steps things up from HD to 4K streaming. The included remote has dedicated buttons for a few popular apps, along with a microphone for voice search.
An ideal gadget for tech-savvy campers
FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio, LED Flashlight, USB Charger and SOS Alarm, available at Amazon, $29.99
Yes, you read that correctly: This is a radio, flashlight, charger, and SOS alarm in one. Anyone who enjoys hiking or other outdoor activities will love this device, which can be powered by solar power, a hand crank, AAA batteries, or a rechargeable power bank. Oh, and it has a USB port to charge other devices as well.
A Bluetooth keyboard that swaps between devices with ease
This is our favorite Bluetooth keyboard and with good reason: it can remember up to three device connections at a time, it works with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and at just 10.9 x 4.9 inches, it’s compact enough to easily carry in your purse or backpack. Your friend can whip this out and type whenever inspiration strikes, whether they’re in bed, at a coffee shop, on the bus, or anywhere else.
A Bluetooth mouse that’s great for remote work and travel
A Bluetooth mouse makes a great gift, and this tiny one is our favorite. It’s completely wireless — there’s no receiver — so your friend can just whip it out and start clicking without fiddling with their computer’s USB port. They can also customize the device’s six buttons to map to the tasks they value the most. Our reviewer Brandt Ranj liked the M557 so much that he bought a second one to use at work.
A portable Bluetooth speaker with touch controls
You might not expect a small, portable speaker to sound very good. But the Doss SoundBox Touch, one of the top-selling speakers on Amazon weighs just 1.4 pounds and still delivers excellent audio with very full bass. It also features up to 20 hours of battery life, and a Bluetooth range of 33 feet so you’re unlikely to lose connection.
A tasteful leather phone-carrying case
As smartphones increase in size, it’s becoming more of a pain to carry them around, especially for folks who often wear clothing without pockets. That’s why our reviewers recommend Leatherology’s Long Crossbody Phone Pocket, a stylish carrying case for your phone. It has an exterior front pocket to hold other stuff as well.
Note: Make sure that your recipient’s phone will fit, as this pocket is only guaranteed to hold iPhones and a few Samsung models.
A light backpack to fit your laptop and whatever else you need
This is the best backpack to give a tech enthusiast — full stop. It has a laptop pouch, a lockable compartment for valuables, a USB port to charge devices, and a whopping 17 interior pockets for cords, chargers, and other accessories. It’s also water-resistant, so your stuff won’t get ruined in the rain.
A clock with an oversized alarm for late-sleepers
This is a perfect gift for the many, many people you probably know who have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. This device will use pulsating lights, extra-loud noises, and a 12-volt bed shaker to make sure they’re out the door on time.
An automatic feeder or water fountain to give pet owners a break
This is a great gift for a pet owner (or for your pet). It’s a battery-powered feeder that automatically dispenses up to five pet meals on a schedule that you set. If you’re out of the house for a few days, you’ll know your pet is taken care of.
PetSafe also makes a mini fountain that constantly filters and dispenses clean running water. It’ll ensure that your cat has access to a fresh drink at all times, even when you’re not home to refill their bowl.
A Bluetooth controller for games of all-types
8Bitdo SN30 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Controller, available at Amazon, $44.99 [Save an extra 5% with a coupon]
8Bitdo controllers are light and easy to hold, and they work with phones, computers, and Nintendo Switch consoles. They make a great, affordable gift for any game-loving friend or relative, but especially those who enjoy retro gaming. While the wireless Sn30 looks old-fashioned, it has all the buttons you need for most modern games, including dual analog sticks.
Studio quality headphones
These are our reviewer’s favorite cheap headphones for their excellent sound quality, comfortable design, and effective noise-isolation. Note that as studio headphones, these are best suited for use with a computer, TV, or home-entertainment system, rather than a smartphone. They’re attached to a sturdy 3.5mm cable, and come with a 6.3mm adapter for larger audio equipment.
A smart speaker for household tasks and convenience
A Google Nest Mini is a great gift for anyone looking to get started on a smart home, or anyone who just wants a nice smart speaker. It sounds decent for its small size, and it’s got a futuristic design for a modern home. If your friend or loved one hasn’t used a voice AI before, they’ll love playing around with Google Assistant and discovering everything it can do.
Like the Google Nest Mini, Amazon’s Echo Dot is another great way to introduce a friend to smart home tech and voice assistants. The new fourth-generation model features an updated spherical design, but the puck-shaped third-generation version is still available if you’re looking for an even more affordable gift option.
A visually stunning keyboard built for gamers
Any gamer or aspiring-gamer friends will appreciate the gift of a good gaming keyboard. This is our reviewer’s favorite budget option for its full RGB lighting and solid, well-built keys. It also has six programmable buttons which they can customize to their gaming style. Though the K55 is only $49, it has the look and feel of a much more expensive RGB device.
A white noise machine to help wind down before bed
If you have a friend or relative who has trouble sleeping, you need to buy them this white noise machine, which plays ten different types of fan sounds. You might be skeptical, but trust me: The LectroFan’s fan sounds are actually the most calming ambient noise I have ever heard. (For more traditional users, it plays 10 levels of white noise as well). I gave this device to an insomniac friend this summer, and he still uses it every night.
A 2.1 speaker system to bring the bass with a subwoofer
For any friend who is looking to replace their computer speakers (or buy their first set), Logitech’s Z313 is the best budget option. The system includes two stereo speakers and a subwoofer, and while they won’t deliver premium sound, they’re head and shoulders above any monitor’s built-in speakers.