Are you looking to gift your tech-savvy friend or family member something incredible without breaking the bank? Many people are under the impression that anything innovative and new is going to cost them a fortune, but this really is not the case anymore. Just because the price tag is low, doesn’t mean it has to be lame either. Take a look at some of the coolest tech gifts of 2019 that come in under $50.
1. Amazon Echo Dot
Chances are you’ve heard of Amazon’s best-selling voice-controlled Echo. Perhaps what you don’t know is that you can grab the Amazon Echo Dot for a mere $50. Use Amazon’s AI Alexa to listen to music, check the weather, set alarms, or even control your locks and lights. The Amazon Echo dot has something for everyone, and its sheer value can’t be compared to anything else like it.
2. Anker USB Wireless Charging Pad
More and more smartphones are switching from a USB-based charger to a wireless charger. Many people’s phone already have the capabilities but are still using a long, cluttered tangle of charging cords. For $50, this wireless charging pad is the perfect gift for that friend or family member who is always fighting over charging cables or had a dead phone.
3. Etekcity Wi-Fi Smart Plug
These nifty smart plugs let you program them so that your appliances can run when you want them to. No matter your location, control your home appliances with an app on your phone. Track energy use, schedule your lighting fixtures, set timers and more. They are even compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. Plug-in to savings with these $38 smart plugs.
4. Custom Phone Case
Creating a custom phone case truly is the best gift to give. Simply upload photos of the person’s favorite memories, pets and more. Everyone has a generic black phone case, so giving the gift of something truly personal is something they’ll cherish forever.
5. ZenPod AirPods Case
Granted, this product may be a little more niche, but interesting, nonetheless. This case is perfect for your friend always flaunting the AirPods. This high-quality leather case comes in a variety of colors and even has a built-in fidget spinner. This two-for-one gadget may be a little unnecessary, but so are most tech-gadgets, right? It comes it at an attractively low price of $25.
6. Bluetooth Tracking Tag
This gift if perfect for someone who can never find their personal belongings. We all have that one friend who can never find their keys or wallet. Simply attach the Bluetooth tracking tag to something that mysteriously vanishes constantly and simply use the free companion app to locate the missing item. It’s that simple. For $40, your friend will never be able to use the “I’m late because I couldn’t find my wallet” excuse.
7. Pac-Man Connect and Play Remote
There must be something for your gamer buddy, right? This connect and play remote will have the nostalgia creeping in as you load up the arcade favorite onto almost any television. Even better, it’ll cost you less than twenty bucks, coming in at $18.
8. Portable Apple Watch Charger
Despite the ridiculously long battery life of the Apple Watch, I’m sure you’ve heard someone complain about their watch being dead. Ensure that your tech-loving bestie doesn’t have to go another minute with a dead watch with this portable charger. Typically, chargers for watches are quite pricey, but this neat little charger can be yours for only $19.
9. Zoom Cellphone Camera Lens
This incredible attachment for your cell phone turns it into a widescreen pair of binoculars. Perfect for your photographer friend, this lens produces super sharp images at a variety of different zooms. Take a snap of the affordable price too; only $12.
10. Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects
Alright, this may not be a tech gadget on its own, but your geeky friend is sure to love this book. Explore the inner workings of some of the most commonplace tech gadgets out there and learn how they work. A superb read for $27.