50 Tech Gifts under $50


The holidays are nipping at our heels, which means it’s time to unfurl those shopping lists, unfreeze your credit cards, and cast aside any concerns about cost or consequence. However, if you’re not feeling so cavalier with your capital—fear not. We’ve compiled a list of 50 great gifts, all under $50. We’re talking stocking stuffers, high-quality bargain-buys, and all-around great gear for a price that won’t cause your credit score to V-fib.

  1. Nothing’s worse than your phone or tablet running out of battery power while you’re on the go. That’s why the RAVPower Xtreme Portable Power Pack is the perfect gift for preventing premature powerlessness. With a hefty 26,800mAh capacity, the ability to charge three USB devices simultaneously, and up to 5.5A of total output, users will never run out of juice again.
  2. Speaking of portable power: Take advantage of long travel times by charging your devices during transit. The Scosche ReVolt USB Car Charger lets users charge two devices at once, thanks to its dual 12W USB ports. Simply plug the ReVolt into the 12V cigarette lighter socket and it becomes a portable power bank. It’s a great gift for users who spend any amount of time in a car.
Scosche ReVolt Dual USB Car Charger

  1. But if they need USB and AC power, gift them a Power Inverter from CyberPower instead.
  2. A great gift for car owners whose vehicle isn’t Bluetooth ready: the Aluratek Universal Bluetooth Receiver. This handy little device plugs into the lighter port, enabling streaming wireless audio from a compatible mobile device through the vehicle speakers.
  3. Giving a gift to someone who’s interested in photography? Consider one of the most iconic “toy” cameras of all time: the Holga 120N. Renowned for its distinct image quality—light leaks, vignetting, and soft focus—the Holga 120N is a nice, lo-fi camera that brings an element of “fun” back into photography.
  4. The Holga 120N accepts 120-format roll film. It’s a great stocking stuffer. Get some.
  5. Perhaps you’re shopping for someone interested in shooting action footage. Say hello to the Rize H4 Action Camera from MaxxMove. This camera is a solid introduction into the world of action film and photography. It records 4K video at 30 fps and can capture 16MP action stills.
    MaxxMove Rize H4 4K Action Camera
  6. Lens cleaners are kind of like socks: They’re not the most exciting gift in the world but, they are super useful, and a quality set will be greatly appreciated. Speaking of quality and usefulness, LensPen’s DSLR Pro Kit comes with three specialized anti-static pens for cleaning camera lenses, viewfinders, and filters.
  7. Another solid cleaning solution is the ZEISS Lens Cleaning Kit, which offers a total cleaning package that includes cleaning fluid, cleaning wipes, microfiber cloth, air blaster, and a retractable cleaning brush. It even comes with a handy carrying case for storage and travel.
  8. Favored by photographers, the versatile Joby GorillaPod 3K Flexible Mini-Tripod features multijointed legs that allow it to be wrapped around a variety of objects or used on uneven surfaces—allowing for new and creative angles in anyone’s photography.
  9. For the camera bug who loves to take pictures with their phone and wants a higher vantage, the Revo Selfie-Stick is a must have. Extendable to 37", the Selfie-Stick helps users hit those angles for the perfect selfie. It also supports action cams, select point-and-shoots, and compact camcorders—up to 2 lb maximum.
  10. Camera owners will appreciate the slim and sleek Ruggard Journey 24 Shoulder Bag, which, despite its modest size (and price tag), can hold an impressive amount of gear.
Ruggard Journey 24 Shoulder Bag
  1. But if you do need more room, the slightly larger Ruggard Journey 34 provides that extra space, and with an equally friendly sub-$50 price.
  2. If you’re gift-giving to someone who spends a lot of time with their gear out in the elements, consider getting a dry bag. OverBoard’s 5-liter Waterproof Dry Tube Bag protects equipment from rain, mud, and more. It’s easy to carry, easy to use, and can literally save thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment, for only the tiniest fraction of the cost.
  3. For photographers and filmmakers, protecting files and footage is paramount, which is why the Gepe All-in-One Card Safe Extreme is a great gift. This handy holder can store 8 microSD cards, 4 SD cards, and 4 CF cards. It’s watertight, durable, and protects against static-electricity damage. Plus, it floats, so even if you drop it in water or a vat of nog, you’ll be able to retrieve it.
  4. Speaking of memory cards, Delkin Devices offers a wide range of quality cards for under $50. You can give a 32GB card with write speeds of up 300 MB/s—more than enough for cinema-quality video capture—without breaking the bank.
  5. And don’t forget about Lexar. It, too, offers a professional-grade 64GB card for less than $50.
Lexar 64GB Professional 1667x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card
  1. Great for movie lovers and binge-TV buffs, Google’s third-generation Chromecast lets you stream content from a portable device directly to a TV, putting all your favorite shows and streaming services onto the big screen.
  2. Similar to the Chromecast, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into any compatible display’s HDMI port (e.g., a TV) and converts it into a digital streaming superpower. Roku users can access more than 500 channels of entertainment, including from streaming services like Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and many more.
  3. Not everyone streams media. Some people prefer their content the old-fashioned way—from a disk or drive. If you struggle shopping for one of these neo-Luddites, consider a Progressive Scan DVD Player from Panasonic. It might not be able to stream media, but it does support multiple CD and DVD file formats, including MP3 and JPEG.
  4. Smart speakers have officially taken over the tech space, and the Google Home Mini is one of the most popular (and inexpensive) devices on the planet. Play music, check the weather, and get answers to all your most pressing questions with just the sound of your voice.
    Google Home Mini
  5. Another popular smart speaker is the Echo Dot, which uses Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to answer questions, order products from Amazon, and play music. It even has an 1/8" audio output, so you can stream audio through the Echo Dot to larger speakers—effectively turning them into Bluetooth devices.
  6. The GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, from JBL, isn’t technically a “smart” device, but it does sound great whether you line-in audio or stream it from a compatible device. Plus, it does have a built-in mic, so you can use it as a speakerphone between songs.
  7. Perhaps you’re shopping for someone who is more traditionalist than audiophile, harking back to simpler times. Consider the Sony AM/FM Radio. Users can listen to any of their favorite AM/FM stations while they’re on the go. No streaming, no syncing, just good old-fashioned radio waves.
  8. Virtual and augmented reality are still going strong in 2020 and, if you’re shopping for someone who wants in on all the mixed reality revelry, consider gifting them a virtual reality headset. The Spieltek VR-M2 Virtual Reality Headset is a great, inexpensive option. When used with a compatible smartphone, this headset allows users to access VR apps, games, and tons of exciting content.
  9. It’s hard to believe that in the age of high-dollar iPods and other costly portable music players, you can find a high-quality MP3 player for under $50—but it’s true! Just look at the SanDisk Clip Jam, an 8GB portable audio player that supports MP3, WAV, and FLAC audio files—just to name a few. It even features an integrated FM tuner, so you can listen to your favorite radio stations directly from the device.
  10. Skullcandy’s Smokin' Buds 2 Headphones are great for runners, fitness enthusiasts, and people who want a straightforward, no-fuss pair of headphones. They’re Bluetooth wireless, so uses don’t have to worry about getting tangled up in a cord, and they offer up to 7 hours of battery life on a single charge.
Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones
  1. Walking enthusiasts who want to keep track of their steps will benefit from the Konus Zippy-9 Pedometer. In addition to steps, the Zippy-9 calculates distance and calories burned, both of which it shows on its large, easy-to-read display.
  2. Drones are commonly thought of as a costly adult hobby, but the truth is there are plenty of inexpensive drones that are great for pilots of any age or experience level. Take, for example, the Top Race TR-D4 Dragon Drone, a nice beginner drone that features three different flight speeds and can be flown from up to 100' away.
  3. Top Race isn’t the only company offering quality sub-$50 flyers. The legendary BLADE Inductrix is the beginner quad that many a drone pilot started with. It’s simple, straightforward, and will teach new pilots the ins and outs of drone flying.
  4. Know what’s cooler than a flying drone that costs less than $50? A flying shark that costs less than $50. The Top Race Shark Helicopter is exactly what it sounds like: an RC helicopter that looks like a shark. Oh, and it also blows bubbles.
  5. Shopping for a Handyman or Ms. Fix-It? The Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool gives you seven different tools for under $50, making it both handy and affordable.
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
  1. Seven tools not enough for you? Consider the Eclipse Tools Multi-Tool, a 12-in-1 multi-tool that includes everything but the kitchen sink (kitchen sink attachment coming soon). We’re talking a 2.25" blade, LED flashlight, scissors, screwdrivers, wire strippers, bottle opener, can opener, and more.
  2. If you’re shopping for someone who regularly ships items (a professional eBayer, for example), consider the Dymo M10 Digital Postal Scale. This time-saving scale lets users weigh packages and envelopes from the convenience of their own home, freeing them from the back-and-forth slog to postal stores.
  3. Good on the hunt or for panoramic vistas, the Celestron UpClose G2 Porro Binocular offers exceptional up-close detail, thanks to its large magnification and light transmission. Pick one up if you’re shopping for a sky scanner, bird watcher, or anyone who might enjoy magnified viewing of the great outdoors.
  4. The Barska Blueline Scope is a great gift for the golfer in your life. A compact monocular that fits easily into a pocket or purse, this handy optic features an 8x magnification that can help golfers find their ball (or anything else) anywhere on the course.
  5. Serious gamers can burn through a controller fast. If you’re shopping for a PS4 owner, give them the gift of foresight with a brand new Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller. Once they wear the rubber off their sticks, they’ll thank you.
Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
  1. If you’re shopping for a Smash Bros. purist, make the right read with a Gamecube-Style Controller from HYPERKIN. We’ll throw in that “make the right read” joke for free. Trust us, they’ll get it.
  2. Another gaming godsend: the Charge Block Solo for Xbox One Controller, from Nyko, will keep your joystick juiced and ready to use.
  3. PC gamers can also burn through a controller (or benefit from a nice, new one), so consider gifting the Logitech G300S Optical Gaming Mouse. With its 1 ms report rate, G300S is eight times faster than a standard USB mouse, so users can stay ahead of the competition. And its nine programmable buttons and customizable side panels allow the user to personalize layout controls to their liking.
  4. If you’re shopping for an Apple aficionado, a good gift to consider is the Apple Remote. Simple, straightforward, and super handy, the Remote lets you control your compatible Apple devices without having to get up, walk over, and press a bunch of buttons. Being lazy never felt so luxurious.
  5. Guitar players need guitar strings. We got lots.
Guitar Strings
  1. And capos. More than 40 different options for under $50.
  2. We also carry a ton of drumsticks. From Vic Firth to Zildjian, oval shaped to acorn, and every size, style, and shape in between, we’ve got you covered.
  3. Speaking of drummers: Are you shopping for the next Buddy Rich? Maybe a Baby Bonham. If so, consider the HamiltonBuhl Roll-Up Drum Set. This ten-trigger kit delivers plenty of fun and good practice for drummers of all ages.
  4. Great for beginners or hobbyists, the Pyle Pro Portable Keyboard is a 61-key karaoke keyboard that allows you to play music and sing along. It comes with everything you need for your very own karaoke party, including a wired microphone.
  5. The 3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set is the perfect $50 gift for junior inventors. The kit comes with a 3D-printing pen, plastics, and activity guide with more than 12 different projects..
3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set
  1. There’s also a 3D Build and Play Set that comes with an interactive storybook.
  2. The Phillips Voice Tracer 1200 is perfect for students, reporters, or anyone who needs to record conversations or lectures. With 4GB of internal storage and advanced features likes hands-free voice activation, the Voice Tracer is the perfect digital note-taking tool.
  3. Sony’s ICD-PX370 Digital Voice Recorder is another quality recorder that falls below the $50 mark. It comes with 4GB of internal storage, records audio in MP3 format, and offers more than 57 hours of battery life.

There you go: 50 great gift ideas for $50 or less! Do you have any suggestions we can add to our list? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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