Did you start looking for gifts yet? We compiled a list of the best tech gifts under $50 so you can find the best gadgets and tools for friends or family, without breaking the bank.
From toys to fitness tech and wellness treats, you’ll definitely find a gift or a stocking stuffer in this list.
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My Arcade Retro Machine Playable Mini Arcade
Your gamer friends might want a PS5 this holiday season but that’s a stretch for realistic budgets, so why not surprise them with another great gaming experience?
Nostalgia is a staple of the holiday season, so why not give your friends this retro playable mini arcade?
It’s just 5.75 inches tall but it’s a fully functional mini-arcade cabinet with 200 retro games built-in.
Your friends only need 3 AAA batteries to play Mario or Space Invaders-style games on a bright 2.5-inch color screen.
This miniature arcade cabinet not only looks cool on any desk, but it’s also functional and sturdy.
8Bitdo SN30 Pro USB Gamepad for Switch, PC, RetroPie, Raspberry Pi
If you have someone who loves tinkering with Raspberry Pi coding or loves playing on the PC, this one will be a great gift!
The 8Bitdo gamepad might look retro but has every modern functionality you’ve come to expect.
It looks like a classic Super Nintendo controller but it’s compatible not only with the Nintendo Switch, but also the PC and Raspberry PI-powered DIY computers.
The 8Bitdo is amazing for fighting games thanks to its d-pad, clickable joysticks and rumble vibrations.
ASUS TUF K1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
If you’re a PC gamer or you have loved ones who love playing on the PC, then you know that the gold standard is having a mechanical keyboard with those satisfying clicky sounds.
Fortunately for your budget, we found a mechanical keyboard under $50 that’s gorgeous and sturdy too.
The Asus TUF K1 wired mechanical gaming keyboard has the clicky but silent caps, anti-ghosting with 19-key rollover response, 8 programmable keys with macro keyboard recordings.
There’s also 5 RGB lighting areas with ASUS Aura Sync to create custom game profiles, so, even though the price is low, all the bells and whistles of gaming keyboards are included.
2in1 Rechargeable Hand Warmer and Power Bank
Want a tech gift that does double duty?
This 2 in 1 device is both a hand warmer and a power bank with 5200 mAh that can charge your phone in a pinch.
It’s small enough to slip in a jacket pocket and has 3 temperature levels to keep your fingers warm (Low – 95~108°F/ Medium – 108~118°F/ High – 118~131°F).
Then, it’s also an universal phone charger thanks to the USB-C to USB converter (Fast charging too!).
Plus, despite its price, this is not a cheap plastic gadget.
This 2 in 1 hand warmer / power bank combo has glowing reviews.
It’s made of shock-proof aluminum and ABS, it’s UL, FCC, RoHS and CE certified and has an intelligent protection chip to prevent it from heating up, overcharging or over-voltage.
iPhone Lightning Cable with Carabiner
And speaking of charging, do you have a friend or family member always asking to borrow a Lightning cable?
This tech gift will solve that in a pinch.
Usually available for under $10, this iPhone Lightning cable with an aluminum carabiner is probably the best gift for the iPhone lover in your home.
It snaps to their keys and the cable is nicely housed and concealed, so there’s no tangles to deal with.
Oh yes, and it also works as a bottle opener!
NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender
We’ve all been stuck at home this year and most had to figure out how to work remotely or set up a home office that does the trick.
That’s why we’re recommending this NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Extender.
It might not look like a flashy option but it’s the best gift to give to someone who spends a lot of time at home, as it adds WiFi range coverage up to 1000 square feet with up to 750MBS performance.
This is an universal WiFi range extender, so your giftee can connect up to 15 devices to it, from laptops to tablets, smartphones, cameras, smart speakers and so on.
And the best part?
Even though it’s already a lot cheaper than $50, we’ve regularly seen it on sale with up to 30% off.
TiVo Stream 4K
And since home is the name of the game lately, why not give the gift of entertainment this year?
In the world of binge-watching, there’s no gadget better than the TiVo Stream 4K.
It’s a new entry into the Android TV / dongle arena but manages to be the best bang for your buck device of this type.
What does it do? Plenty, but this feature is the best.
The TiVo Stream 4K recommends movies and shows based on what you like to watch, no matter the app, in one place. You’ll find your next great watch easily, without having to switch from Netflix to Hulu or Prime.
Then, it has a great app library that lets you easily connect consoles like the PS5 or even the Dreamcast, install games on your Android TV or control your sidebar, plus Google Assistant integration for voice commands.
Pro-tip: You can also usually find a deal for it that comes with free HBO Max trials or Sling TV discounts for unlimited Live TV.
Blue Snowball iCE Streaming & Podcasting Microphone
And speaking of stay-at-home hobbies and activities, another great tech gift is this Blue Snowball iCE microphone.
It’s an almost professional recording mike with a low price tag but amazing sound clarity.
It’s literally just plug and play! It doesn’t need any drivers to install and can pull double duty – a gadget for Zoom work calls and a new hobby machine.
The Blue Snowball iCE is a great entry device in the world of podcasting, streaming or narration, so your giftee can also explore a new passion.
Mpow 45 Hours Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mike
On the audio front, a great tech gift that’s relevant year after year is a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
We searched high and low to find the best deal with the most specs for the lowest price.
These Mpow noise cancelling headphones have an insane battery life, with almost 45 hours playtime with noise cancellation turned on, plus a microphone, so they’re great for FaceTime, Teams or Zoom calls.
With annoying background noise and cables removed, this headset can make any remote worker one happy bee.
Musicozy Sleep Headphones Headband
An even better gift for the music lovers in your life are these Musicozy sleep headphones.
Well, actually it’s a headband, which is the reason why it’s such a great tech gift.
These Musicozy headphones double as a sports headband with IPX6 waterproof rating, so they’re great in two ways.
1 – you can take them for a jog.
2 – you can comfortably sleep, even on your side, listening to a podcast or a nice meditation app.
Even better, they also have active noise cancellation, so they’re a great way to drift off to sleep, no matter what background noises are in the house.
Cheap smart scale with smartphone app
When you’re looking for wellness tech gifts, it’s easy to go over budget thinking the nice sounding features are worth it.
Still, we want you to get the best for the least amount of money spent, so this smart scale is an amazing choice.
It’s a smart scale with incredible sensitivity that can tell weight from 0.4 to 400 pounds.
It comes with an app to log weight and progress.
It also has up to 24 user profiles, so whoever steps on it will be instantly recognized and their weight will be logged for the appropriate person.
Best of all, this smart scale is usually on sale, so you can find it for much much cheaper than $50.
SonicScrubber cleaning brush
And lastly, why not give the gift of easier home care?
We can’t all gift a Roomba, the best time-saver around the house, but there are a lot of great tech gifts for the home, even under $50.
In this case, the SonicScrubber goes for even less but is actually worth more than its weight in gold.
This SonicCare scrubber is an electrical brush that makes rolling your sleeves and scrubbing hard a thing of the past.
It has four heads for even the most hard-to-reach areas and the bristles are good enough so you can use it on most surfaces, from granite to wood, ceramic tiles or grout.
Bye, pesky gunk in hard to reach corners!