Tech is all around us. From the smartphones in our pockets to the computers at our desks to the headphones in our ears. We’re surrounded, like it or not. As ubiquitous as the air we breathe it’s nearly impossible to go make it through an entire day without consuming some sort of media or knowledge or sound from a piece of tech. And with such an omnipresence, it only makes sense that tech items find themselves on this year’s holiday shopping list.
There is one caveat however in following this assumption. Tech can be pricy, especially if reliability is a characteristic that interests you, and searching for the happy medium of price and function can get a bit stressful at times. Luckily, someone’s done the research for you, scouring the web for that happy intersection of form, function, and price. Because a quality gift doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, just some due diligence in the research phase. Keep that in mind as you cruise through this list of the 15 best tech gifts under $50. We’re sure you’ll find something that fits.
It doesn’t get more convenient than a lipstick-sized portable charger and power bank. This little guy hosts high speed charging technology, is one of the most power mini chargers currently on the market, and fully recharges itself within 3-4 hours.
This Is Ground Leather Cord Taco
Keep all those loose wires at bay. The cord taco is the simplest and most stylish manner in which to organized your earbuds, or tech accessories thanks to its authentic Italian leather design and nifty metallic snap closure keeping everything neat and tidy while on the go.
Lightning Nomad Key
Thanks to the Nomad Key, the next time you need a quick charge or to offload some content from your smartphone, the process will be as simple as unhooking your keychain from your belt and plugging in. Best of all, this miniature connector fits just about anywhere and is compatible with any device hosting a USB port.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
Keep your files and personal information safe from harm with this 32GB wireless flash drive for smartphones, tablets and computers. No longer do you need to manually connect. This piece wirelessly allows you to save photos, videos, and files in a moment’s notice. You can stream HD videos and music from this piece to 3 devices at the same time and it also comes with a 1 year limited warranty for good measure.
Audio Technica Professional Headphones
Get all the benefits high-quality headphones without the price tag. These Audio Technica’s host 40 mm drivers with rare earth materials along with copper clad aluminum wire voice coils for superior sound quality, design contours around the ears for sound isolation, and a convenient single side cable exit to keep everything organized.
Mophie Switch Tip Cable
In case your forgot the iPhone charger prior the big road trip, you’ll be thankful you have this switch-top tip cable for smartphones wearable and tablets. It’s over four-inches long, boasts a flat design to reduce tangles, and made from a highly flexible material for ease of use.
Satechi Bluetooth Button Series
With the Satechi, controlling your smartphone remotely is as easy as a push of a button. Shuffle through songs, stop, play and pause music on the go and attached it to your keychain. It has an amazingly long battery life of up to two years, is responsive at distances of up to 40 feet, and comes with a bicycle mount for easy listening during rides.
Tile Slim Phone Finder
Keep tags on your wallet, smartphone or other small electronic items with the help of the Tile Slim. It’s a thin as two credit cards, slides easily into you wallet or can be attached to a laptop, tablet, notebook or lunchbox, and the tile app always remembers the last place you left the tile so finding a lost item is made even easier.
Mujjo Leather Wallet Case
Built out in stylish black leather, the Mujjo iPhone 7 case will be your cherished smartphone’s favorite companion. It boasts enough room for up to 3 of your most used cards and it’s sleek leather design reduces unnecessary bulk in you pocket. No secrets here, this is one of best options on the market right now.
Raspberry Pi 3
A miniature Motherboard is never a bad decision for the aspiring engineer in the family. This 1.2Ghz 64-bit quad core piece is both Bluetooth ready and boasts four USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, a full HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Keep the tunes going no matter where life takes you. The JBL portable clip speaker latches on anywhere thank to it’s integrated carabiner, lasts for up to 5 hours and allows you to effortlessly stream Bluetooth music and wirelessly take phone calls, just in case you want that world to hear your phone conversations.
PolarPro Trippler Tripod
Since the quality of smartphones and action cameras continues to push the limits, it only makes sense to purchase the means to stabilize your shots in an effort to produce professional-quality work. This 4-in-1 offering is a compact tripod, pole, grip, and stand all in one and includes three camera mounts for a cell phone, GoPro, or a 1/4 20 tripod mount.
BioLite Powerlight Mini
With the BioLite Mini, you’ll never be without a light to brighten up the night. Each mini boasts a 135 Lm output, runs off a 1350 mAh lithium-ion battery, is USB rechargeable, features four separate lighting modes and comes with a bike mount as well.
Amazon Echo Dot
Time to embrace the future of the smart home. Amazon’s 2nd generation Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device that plays music on command via Alexa, can control other smart home devices, provide information upon request, keep you updated with the latest news and even set alarms. And with 7 far-field microphones, it’ll respond to your requests from all the way across the room.
Big things do come in small packages. The Mecarmy is here to prove it. Packing a serious 130 lumen max output in design that easily fits on any standard key ring, this will certainly be your go-to flashlight in times of need. It runs off a 10180 lithium ion battery, boast a 6 hour runtime and recharges via Micro USB in one hour.