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Best Holiday Tech Gifts Under $50

These 16 gift ideas are fun, useful — every one can be picked up for under $50 each

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One part of the holiday season that can be both enjoyable and sometimes a bit stressful is gift giving. It's wonderful to find gifts that a loved one and friend will appreciate, but making sure you stick to a budget can be wonderful too. Every one of these ideas come in at under $50 — some far more affordable than that — and we're sure one of these will be perfect for someone on your holiday list this holiday shopping season.

Apple Air Tags

Apple AirTag The Apple AirTag is priced at $29 GearBrain

If looking for a good holiday gift for under $50 for your Apple friends, you have to consider Apple AirTags. These Bluetooth trackers are designed to help you find things using the Find My app that is pre-installed on your iPhone and the internet connections of passing devices, like iPhones and iPads. Priced at only $29, you can even consider getting key rings and bags via a range of accessories sold by Apple and third parties like Belkin to go with the AirTag gift. These accessories, like Belkin's Secure Holder with Key Ring for AirTag (costs only $20), are not expensive and will keep you within your $50 budget.

To learn more about these smart but inexpensive Apple trackers, read GearBrain's Apple AirTags review here.

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myQ Smart Garage Controller

myQ smart garage door controller is less than $25 on Amazon. Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Controller Chamberlain

If the person you are looking to buy a holiday gift this season has a garage door with an opener that. isnot smart or connected to the Internet, you have to consider getting them the Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Controller. This smart home device lets you connect your existing garage door opener to the myQ app so you can control, secure and monitor your home’s garage door.from your smartphone. Plus you can keep all your holiday deliveries safe and entertaining easy when you link to Amazon Key in the myQ app for convenient In-Garage Delivery of Amazon packages and groceries. But the best part of this smart home device is the price. It's only $19.98 between now and December 31, 2021 on Amazon.


MagicMount Pro2 Magnetic Phone Mount


Product shot of Scosche MagicMount Pro2 Magnetic Phone Mount Scosche MagicMount Pro 2 Magnectic Phone Mount for iPhones 12 and 13 series.Scosche

Designed for Apple iPhone 12 and 13 series phones that have a built-in circle of magnets as part of Apple's proprietary MagSafe system, MagicMount Pro2 mounts provide safe and legal, hands-free phone use. These magnets allow iPhone12 and 13 series phones to attach to MagicMount Pro2 mounts straight from the box. These mounts work with earlier iPhone series phones as well as Android phones with the use of an (included) MagicPlate. MagicMount Pro2 Phone Mounts come in a selection of base mounting options including: Window/Dash, Cup-Holder, 4-in-1 kit, and the telescoping Extendo.

MagicMount Pro2 is available now on Scosche.com and at select retailers at an MSRP ranging from $39.99 to $49.99 (depending on base type).

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Phyn Smart Water Sensor


Phyn Smart Water Sensor and box on a countertop. Phyn Smart Water Sensor is available at The Home Depot, Best Buy and Phyn.com GearBrain

One device that can help save you money from water damage in your home is a water leak detector. These little smart devices are easy to set up and work on a Wi-Fi connection. We recently tested the Phyn Smart Water Leak Sensor and like how this device can monitor water leaks, temperature changes and humidity levels in your smart home. And some insurance companies offer added discounts on your homeowner's policy if you install these leak detectors. But the best feature of this product is the price. It costs only $39.99 and available on the company website, Best Buy and The Home Depot.

If looking for a good gift idea for your family member or friend with a home, you can't go wrong with Phyn Smart Water Sensor. There are no fees and it can sure help prevent costly repairs due to water damage.

Read GearBrain's Review of Phyn Smart Water Sensor here.

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Chipolo One Spot

Chipolo One Spot and Apple Find My The One Spot uses Apple's Find My network Chipolo

Chipolo One is a small Bluetooth-based possessions tracker. This small plastic disc is very light, slim enough to fit into your pocket and is IPX5 water resistance. It can help you find our lost keys, bags or anything that you attach it to. What makes this tracker unique is its ability to tap into Apple's own Find My system. It works very much like Apple AirTags but at the fraction of the cost, only $28. It's a perfect gift for a person who constantly loses their keys and things.


VisionTek VTWC20 Premium Full HD 1080p Webcam

VisionTek VTWC20 Premium Full HD 1080p Webcam VisionTek VTWC20 Premium Full HD 1080p WebcamAmazon

If there's one item that almost everyone has grown more comfortable using, it's a webcam. And the $50 VisionTek VTWC20 Premium Full HD 1080p Webcam is one of our favorites. It has a small field of view (77 degrees), but when you're checking in with grandparents or friends who are still some distance away, the webcam does a great job of keeping you or your loved ones in the frame, which is the most important element. You also get dual built-in digital microphone ensure crystal clear audio, a tripod mount, privacy cover keeps your lens protected and assures you peace of mind against spyware and other hacking tools, and — compatible with most video conferencing software including MS Teams, Zoom, Skype, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger and more.


Lenovo Smart Clock Essential Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is just $49.99, and works with Google Assistant GearBrain

As a basic device, the $34.99 Lenovo Smart Clock Essential just works, a walk back in time, and return to simple bedside devices that divulged basic details in square, blocked-off LED numbers. They're easy to read, and deliver just enough information to get you out of bed in the morning. You can certainly set an alarm on your smartphone, and access Google Assistant from that handheld as well. But the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential brings up Google Assistant on request, and also doubles as a USB charger, small speaker and nice little alarm clock too. It's covered in gray fabric, giving it a nice home-like feel too.

Available at Best Buy - $34.99

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds Skullcandy Jib True Wireless EarbudsGearBrain

These $30 earbuds from Skullcandy are going to impress, and they're certainly going to make you look like a big shot even while staying on budget. Calls on the Skullcandy Jibe True Wireless Earbuds are crystal clear, sound is solid while listening to music, and these have a snug fit, staying in place amid running and working out. These wireless earbuds are the budget buy of the year.

Buy on Amazon - $32.76

Rocketbook Think Board X2

Rocketbook Think Board X2 Create an instant white board surface with the Rocketbook Think Board X2Rocketbook

Who doesn't like to write on the wall? That's the idea behind the Rocketbook Think Board X2, a slim sticker that is a white board-like surface allowing you to use dry erase markers, and wipe the board clean each time. With a reusable backing, you can install the rectangular sheet in seconds and also reposition it where you want. (That also means you can orient it anyway you want as well.) With Rocketbook Beacons embedded on the Think Board X2, you can also send the image to multiple locations and people at the same time — and even broadcast it live during a meeting or class. And all this starting at just $12 for an 8 x 11-inch sheet and $40 for a 2 x 3-foot option.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) The Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Amazon

Amazon updated their entire line of Alexa-enabled Echo smart speakers last year with cool new designs, including the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen). The rounded, globe shape is great for sound, and you can stream music from a slew of popular services including Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Music and even Apple Music. Plus, of course, you can call up Alexa for assistance when needed from the $34.99 smart speaker, and still tap into all the regular features you can expect including the ability to mute the microphone when you just want some privacy.

Echo Dot (4th Gen, 2020 release) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Charcoal

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast Google pushed out a new Chromecast this year with a remote for the first timeGoogle

The new Chromecast immediately connects to most streaming services, from YouTube (owned by Google), Netflix and HBO Max, to Disney+ and more. It plugs into your TV's HDMI port, and sports HDMI pass-through of Dolby audio content. It's the first entry device to show off Google TV, a new system that is designed to help organize the way you search and find content to watch.

New to Chromecast is also a remote control, with a dedicated button for Google Assistant meaning you can pull up shows and search via voice. And of course since you have access to the voice assistant you can use it to access other information, including devices you have installed in your home. The remote also has a dedicated button for YouTube and Netflix as well. The new Chromecast comes in three colors including snow, sky and sunrise, a deep pink, all for $49.99.

Buy at Best Buy - $49.99

C by GE WireFree Dimmer and Color Control Smart Switch

C by GE WireFree Dimmer and Color Control Smart Switch Add a dimmer and light switch anywhere in your home with this C by GE deviceGearBrain

The C by GE Wire-Free Dimmer + Color Control Smart Switch has a number of cool features. The device, about $23, can turn the light on and off, it can dim and brighten lights, and it can also shift the color temperature from warmer tones to cooler ones, all from the switch and the app. You can also control lights from outside of a room.

But of course the main feature is you can add a smart switch and dimmer without having to re-wire. This solves a massive pain point that has been a hinderance for many who want to add smart switches to their homes. It's a great device that creates option to put a switch anywhere they want in someone's home, a great option for any friend.



Karaoke Microphone Speaker

Karaoke Microphone Speaker This Karaoke microphone connects to your smartphone via BluetoothUncommon Goods

Sometimes you just need to belt out a song or two wherever you are. That's where the Karaoke Microphone Speaker comes into play, which connects to your music app or library via a Bluetooth connection, so the microphone can amplify your voice, and also act as a speaker. Plus you can recharge this $50 Karaoke device, which holds 8 hours of charge, with a USB charging cable.


X-Cap Light Up Hat

X-Cap Light Up Hat A cap that lights up for late night walks during the winterMOMA

The holidays typically come, for many us, during the colder weather months. And the X-Cap Light Up Hat is a great accessory that's both practical, with a tech edge. The $35 acrylic cap lights up, and this 120-lumen light pops out from the hat, meaning you can wash the hat. Plus this makes it easy to recharge the light itself through a USB port, giving it about four hours of use per charge.

Wyze Scale

Wyze Scale The Wyze Scale works with Apple Health and Google FitWyze

This stylish scale reads nine metrics and integrates with Apple Health and Google Fit. The Wyze Scale has a digital display for showing the basics, then connects to a smartphone over Bluetooth, where the Wyze apps give a more detailed look at body composition. The Scale is also attractive and feels well-made, is easy to set up and use — and it's just $20, making it one of the most affordable gifts we can recommend this year.

Automatic Illuminator

Automatic Illuminator This small light turns on when it senses motion around itUncommon Goods

The Automatic Illuminator is one of those devices that everyone has needed at least once in their life — a light in their backpack, luggage, bag or purse. The $30 LED light turns on by touching it or just by sensing motion around it. And the Automatic Illuminator doesn't stay on for a long time, but just for a few moments, long enough to find what you're seeing inside your bag, and not so long that it drains the battery — and should work 6,000 times before needing to replace the two AAA batteries.

myCharge Portable Charger for iPhone


mycharge portable iphone charger. myCharge Portable Charger for iPhone – Hub Wall Plug Built in Cables (Lightning, Type C)Amazon

A heavy duty power bank is never a bad idea, especially one that can recharge not only your smartphone but also several others. (Who doesn't like to share?) The one-pound myCharge Portable Charger for iPhone – Hub Wall Plug Built in Cables (Lightning, Type C) can actually recharge a smartphone up to three times on one charge, and it has iPhone Charger Lightning Cable & USB Type C Cables which are case compatible and work with most devices. The myCharge has foldable wall plug functions as a wall charger adapter and also recharges the powerbank simultaneously. It's the perfect gift of power. Why not share a cord with family, friends, coworkers, or even a stranger for just $50.

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And if you're looking for more ideas, check out our 2019 Holiday Tech Gift Ideas Under $50 with ideas that are still available this year and at discount prices.

Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with smart devices and are less than $50.

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