Once again it’s time to start planning the Christmas tech gifts you’re going to purchase for friends, family, and yourself! Here are 15 affordable and useful tech gifts you can buy now for under $50. Some are fun, some are practical, some are just out there. But, there should be something for everyone, especially if you want to build a smarthome or cut the cord.
#1 Roku Streaming Stick+
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is one of many Christmas tech gifts for cordcutters. It’s fast, has a great voice remote, and streams in 4K. If you or a friend is cutting the cord this is a great tool to have in your arsenal. If you want to save a few dollars, sacrificing the fancy remote and the faster 5Ghz wireless protocols, take a look at the Roku Premiere.
#2 Kasa Smart Wifi Plug
The Kasa Smart WiFi plugs by TP-link are a great way to automate regular things around your house like lamps, coffee makers, and Christmas lights. TP-Link makes some of the most reliable and affordable smart plugs.
#3 Amazon Echo Dot
What list of Christmas tech gifts would be complete without a smart speaker? You can’t go wrong with an Amazon Echo Dot or a Google Nest Mini. Alexa is also bundled into many other smart gadgets like the Echo Auto and the Echo Clock.
#4 Raspberry Pi 4
I recommended this as a good item to purchase as part of a bundle for Black Friday because Raspberry Pis make great presents for the DIY tinkerer in your life (or yourself). There are so many cool things you can make. Mine is currently a retro gaming console. It’s also a great platform for getting into automation software like Home Assistant. If you already have one, think about upgrading.
#5 LIFX A19 LED Smart Light Bulb
This LIFX LED bulb is the brightest (1100 lumens) smart bulb out. It also doesn’t require a hub. A great gift to add some color to someone’s life.
#6 Wyze Cam
Want a security cam that just works and doesn’t break the bank? Take a look at the Wyze Cam. HD Video at an extremely affordable price. If you want to pan, tilt, and zoom, check out the Wyze Cam Pan, also under $50.
#7 Amazon Fire 7
The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (2019) is an extremely affordable tablet. It ain’t an iPad, but it does the things most people do with tablets just fine.
#8 Greater Goods Wifi Smart Scale
For those who are health-conscious, or trying to be more health-conscious, the Greater Goods WiFi Body Fat Bathroom Scale makes tracking your weight (loss?), BMI, muscle mass, and bone mass easy. Just be sure you don’t offend your gift recipient!
#9 Tile Pro
Do you often lose your keys or your wallet? The Tile Pro can fix that. Attach the tracking device to your belongings and you’ll be able to keep track of where they are.
#10 TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds
If AirPods and Echo Buds are more than you want to pay for wireless earbuds check out the TOZO T10s. They have a wireless charging case, are IPX8 waterproof, and come in multiple colors. Oh, and they sound great!
Everybody loves these swappable grips and stands for their phones. PopSockets come in all kinds of designs and make a great, inexpensive gift for your smartphone lover (and really, who isn’t a smartphone lover).
#12 Creative Stage Air Portable Soundbar
The Creative Stage Air Soundbar can add great sound to your TV or to your computer. But since it has a 6-hour internal battery you can take it with you and use it with your cellphone or tablet as well.
#13 Rocketbook Everlast
I’m a big fan of the Rocketbook Everlast, and I’ve been using it for over a year. It’s a great way to get your notes in the cloud, and it cuts down on waste. Rocketbook has expanded its lineup to many additional products.
#14 Panosonite VR Headset
VR is still not what it originally was promised to be but it is getting there. If you just want to play around with VR (and it is fun to explore places and worlds you can’t just teleport to) check out the Panosonite VR Headset. Watch 3D movies, immerse yourself in fantasy places, and visit exotic locations all while sitting on your couch. Make sure you have a compatible phone.
#15 Dikale 3D Printing Pen
Do you have a crafty techie in your life? Or just a crafty person or kids who like to doodle? Consider getting them the Dikale 3D Printing Pen. What you can create is only limited by your imagination!
I hope you enjoyed these Christmas tech gift ideas that won’t break the bank. However, if you are willing the break the bank, check out my list of tech ideas for the hard to shop for techie.
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