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The 10 Best Tech Gifts Under $50

Come the holiday season, it can be difficult to shop for gifts for media junkies, photographers, movie buffs, and technophiles without spending an arm and a leg. If you know where to look, however, it is possible to get your hands on some quality gadget and device-focused presents that won’t break the bank — ten of the latest and greatest of which we’ve curated for this handpicked guide to the best tech gifts under $50. 

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SwitchBot Smart Plug Mini 15A 4-Pack

Extremely handy for everything from stereos to coffee pots, the SwitchBot Smart Plug Mini 15A 4-Pack affords the ability to convert any outlet-powered electronic device into a smart home gadget that can be turned on or off using a smartphone.

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WYZE Cam v3

Offering incredible bang-for-your-buck, the WYZE Cam v3 is a smart home security camera that comes loaded with a built-in Google Assistant, two-way audio, motion and sound detection, continuous 24/7 recording, an f/1.6 aperture, color night vision, 1080P recording capabilities, and an IP65 rating that makes this camera suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. 

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Moment Case For iPhone 14

Equipped with a clever ribbed rail design that offers an impressive 10’ of drop protection, the Moment Case For iPhone 14 features a protective microfiber inner lining, special internal shock-absorbing geometry, a 5G-optimized design, and a thinner (M)Force magnet array that still affords MagSafe compatibility.

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Amazon Fire HD 8” 10th Gen Tablet

Another absolute bargain, the 10th generation Amazon Fire HD 8” Tablet is brimming with impressive features including a USB-C-rechargeable battery with 12 hours of life, the Fire OS 7 operating system, a quad-core processor, front and rear-facing 2-MP cameras with 720p HD recording capabilities, and 32GB of internal storage supplemented via a MicroSD slot, that allows for up to 1TB of storage.

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Roku Ultra LT 4K

Powered by a quad-core processor and sold with an included 6’ 4K HDR HDMI cable, a remote, and a set of wired earbuds, the Roku Ultra LT 4K offers an enormous wealth of entertainment options for under $50, with the ability to watch practically every major streaming service currently in existence. This Roku device also pairs perfectly with a gift card from the recipient’s favorite streaming service. 

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Courant MAG:1 ESSENTIALS W/ Custom Monogram

Sold with a travel pouch and premium color-matched soft-touch cable, the Courant MAG:1 ESSENTIALS with Custom Monogram is a top-shelf low-profile wireless charger that consists of a non-slip matte ABS-coated frame cloaked in high-end Belgian designer linen. Offering charging speeds of up to 15 watts, this item’s $48 price also includes a custom three-letter monogram, making for a markedly more personal gift. 

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Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Headphones

A wired pair of studio monitor headphones for under $50, the Audio-Technica ATH-M20X boasts a circumaural design, a frequency response of 15 to 20,000Hz, and 40mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils. Audio Technica also produces a wireless Bluetooth version of these headphones for only $30 more. 

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Clutch V3 Mobile Power Bank

Weighing just 2oz and measuring only 0.16” thick, the Clutch V3 is a credit card-sized (3.50” x 2.50”) mobile power bank that boasts a trio of LED battery level indicator lights, a metal construction housing, an integrated onboard charging cable, and a potent 3300-mAh battery.

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Anker PowerCore 20

Backed by an 18-month warranty, the Anker PowerCore 20 is a small but potent travel and EDC-friendly power bank with enough juice to fully replenish the battery of the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max up to 3 times on a single charge — all while weighing only 12.5oz.

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Aer Cable Kit 2

Constructed around an ultra-rugged ballistic-grade 1,680-denier CORDURA shell with a carbonate polyurethane-coated 840-denier nylon face, the Aer Cable Kit 2 is a second-generation, 1.8-liter tech and cord organizer that features a soft woven lining, YKK zippers, Duraflex hardware, and a dual compartment design that sports a bevy of loops and organizers for accommodating cables, dongles, and other tech peripherals.