Making a gift-list is easy; picking the right gifts is not. Though, when it comes to picking the gift for your somewhat geeky friends, it may not be as tricky, for you can go the tech way.
Thankfully, there are some inexpensive and yet very cool tech products available in the market you can give away as gifts. Here is our list of best tech gifts for men/women/children this Christmas and New Year under $50.
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) by Amazon
The 2nd generation Echo Dot by Amazon is certainly one of the best tech gifts for men you can give without unsettling your budget. Priced at around $39.99, this hands-free device uses the voice-control technology to set alarms, read out the news, control the smart home appliances, play music and do a lot more. The sound quality isn’t really top-class, but this Echo Dot edition can be connected to the external audio setup. You could connect it to the headphones or speakers with Bluetooth. There is also a 3.5 mm audio jack for the wired connection. You can play the music from TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music and more.
This gadget lets you control the compatible electrical appliances, doors, switches, fans and more from the companies like Philips Hue, Nest, Samsung, WeMo and others. This Echo Dot works well even if there is ambient noise.
Google Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio is a tiny gadget by Google that can be connected to almost any kind of audio setup to stream music using Wi-Fi. When you have set this gadget up, you could use just about any smartphone (including Android and iOS), Windows or Mac computer, and even Chromebook to stream the music to your speakers or headphone.
Available for around $35, Chromecast Audio can transform any old audio setup into a wireless music system. You can stream music from Pandora, Spotify, or directly from your phone memory on certain devices. Chromecast Audio connects to your speakers or audio systems using the 3.5 mm stereo cable.
Roku Streaming Stick
Wondering what to gift a movie buff this holiday? Well, Roku Streaming Stick could be a great choice. Priced at $50, this little gadget can do big things for someone who loves watching movies and TV shows. All they need is an HDMI compatible TV and this stick will stream from just about any channel.
Amazon, Netflix, PlayStation, Sling TV, HBO Now and YouTube are some of the portals from where you can stream your favorite movies and shows. The Stick also has a smartphone app with voice search functionality. This device also lets you mirror your mobile phone or tablet to the TV. Isn’t it really awesome?
If you think $50 is too big a price for a gift, you may want to consider Roku Express. Available for $30, Roku Express may not look as stylish as its more expensive sibling Roku Streaming Stick, but it sure has the same number of channels. Express does not have a smartphone app. However, if what you need is a simple, affordable streaming device that can play your favorite channels without much fuss, Express isn’t a bad choice at all.
If your friend has an old TV with no HDMI connectivity, you could buy the Roku Express+ priced a little higher at $39.99.
Fire TV Stick from Amazon
If you are still exploring the streaming devices that are easy on your budget, Fire TV Stick is another option you may want to look at. Priced fairly at $40, this dongle gives you access to everything that Fire TV is about. What’s really cool is that it features a voice remote that lets you talk to Alexa.
The web is flooded with multimedia content and getting to what you want may not always be easy. But, voice-controlled Alexa makes things easy for you. It lets you stream your favorite movies and TV shows from Hulu, HBO Now, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
Google is known for simplifying things for the users. In order to do so, it eliminates everything that you may not really need. In the process, the company also brings down the cost without compromising on the quality and user experience. For instance, Google Chromecast streams videos on your TV and you don’t even need the remote for it. You can use your smartphone or any other handheld smart device as a remote.
Chromecast is available for just $35 and you can watch the news, movies, TV shows from a number of channels. It doesn’t get you Amazon videos and if that’s not a big deal for you, Chromecast is definitely a nice choice.
We will also guide you on how to setup Google Chromecast.
This compact speaker was once available for more than $50 and yet it had managed to earn some rave reviews. Today, you can buy it at the price as low as little over $20! This Bluetooth speaker can connect to just about all the smartphones, tablets, iPod, and Bluetooth enabled computers and laptops.
It also has the line input to play the sound from the non-Bluetooth audio devices. For the little size (and of course the price), you will find the sound pretty decent. Almost the size of hockey puck, this tiny speaker looks pretty good looking too. X100 features a lithium battery built-in to the housing which can be recharged with the adapter supplied in the box.
JBL Clip 2
JBL not only knows acoustics well, it also knows how to keep the prices at check. Available for a little less than $50, JBL Clip 2 is a perfect travel speaker to own. You could play music on this speaker from your smartphone or tablet wirelessly using Bluetooth. It also has featured a line-in wire integrated to the casing and nicely tucked at the bottom when not in use.
Clip 2 is completely waterproof and hence you can use it while having fun in the swimming pool or at the beach. It features a lithium-ion battery, which when fully charged keeps the speaker powered up for up to eight hours. The speaker can also double as a speakerphone.
AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This one is bigger than the other speakers we have talked about so far in this article. But, it is till compact enough to be your travel buddy. It is a lightweight, portable speaker you can easily pack in your backpack. Since it is a bit bigger, it also delivers better sound quality.
This Bluetooth audio device is available for $35 at Amazon. You can take your pick from white, blue, red, and black colors. If you wish to use it as a speakerphone, this speaker also features a built-in microphone
Amazon Kindle e-reader
Amazon has a wide range of Kindle devices and even the entry-level one, e-reader, could cost you nearly $80.
However, this model is usually available at the discounted price of less than $50 on Amazon. If you have a friend who can’t take their hands off a book, e-reader would be a great tech gift for them.
Tylt Energi 2K
Priced at around $30, Tylt Energi 2K could be your perfect companion when you are on the go. This is because this USB charger also doubles as a power bank; an incredible solution to your battery woes.
This power device features a built-in 2,200 mAh, rechargeable battery. The prongs of the charges can be folded away making it easy to pack. Energi 2K is available for purchase in blue, lime green and black colors.
Logitech K380 Keyboard
There are tons of Bluetooth keyboards in the market and many are cheaper than K380, which costs you $30. But, what sets this keyboard apart is that it allows multi-device connectivity at the same time.
So, let’s say you want to connect your PS4, laptop and tablet simultaneously with a keyboard you will be able to do it with K380. The three function keys after the ESC key allow you to toggle between different devices. It is certainly a perfect gift for someone who has to frequently juggle with multiple devices.
Keyboard Cover for Samsung Galaxy S7
The all-touch screens of the phone have made the physical keyboards obsolete. But, there are still some people who would love to have the Blackberry-esque keypads reinstated on their phone, at least at certain times.
This keyboard cover for Galaxy S7 does exactly that. You can slide your phone from the bottom into the keyboard cover. The keypad will apparently cover a part of the body, but the screen will shrink to accommodate it so that everything is still visible and you miss nothing.
Cougar 300M Gaming Mouse
If you have been wondering what would be the right gift for someone who loves to play games on their computer, consider the 300M mouse from Cougar.
This gaming mouse enhances the gaming experience with customizable buttons, ergonomic design, and smooth surface movement. This $40 gaming accessory features onboard memory and a dedicated button for dpi switching. The finishing of the mouse is smooth and may make it a little slippery to use at times. Yet, it is a great gadget to have if you love gaming.