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AA holiday gift guide 2019: Best gifts under $50

From smart speakers to tablets, headphones to retro game systems -- you'll find plenty of great tech gifts under $50.
December 9, 2019
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Tis’ the season to be jolly, or so we’ve been told. In reality, tis’ the season to get super stressed out with trying to pick up all those gifts for your friends and loved ones! It doesn’t have to be so hard, though. Android Authority is here to help. If you’re looking for something decent without spending a fortune, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of good gift ideas that won’t cost a fortune.

From smart speakers to true wireless headphones, streaming devices to security cameras, and even retro game systems — you’ll find plenty of great ideas in our roundup of the best tech gifts under $50.

Press render of the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) tablet.
Amazon Fire 7
The Amazon Fire 7 is the company's cheapest tablet. That doesn't make it a bad one, as it can access Amazon's deep ecosystem of books, music, movies, and more. You can also run other Android apps from the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Featuring a fabric exterior and improved sound quality, the Amazon Echo Dot is one of the cheapest ways to access Amazon Alexa. You can ask Alexa for the weather, to control your music, and to control smart home devices.
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Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation)
The Google Nest Mini takes what made the Home Mini such a good smart speaker and makes it a bit better. You can now hang up the Nest Mini on a wall. For music listeners, the Nest Mini also features improved sound quality and bass.
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Retro-Bit RED Plus
If you want to play out your nostalgia, the Retro-Bit RED Plus is right up your alley. The console features HDMI output and lets you play NES game cartridges. Also, the console includes two wired controllers for co-op or competitive play.
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Xiaomi Mi Home Cam
With a 130-degree wide-angle lens, the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera records what happens in your home in 1080p. The eight infrared lights lets the camera see in the dark. You can even enable two-way communication.
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8Bitdo SN30 Pro+
Arguably the best alternative to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is the 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+. The controller features longer handles for additional comfort, a USB-C port, gyro controls, and vibration motors. You can even enable macros and customize the buttons with different functionality.
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Philips Hue with Bluetooth
Capable of displaying 16 million colors, the Philips Hue white and color A19 light bulb works with your voice. You can use Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Also, you can pair the light bulb for home automation with Nest or Samsung SmartThings. The good news is the Philips Hue Hub is optional.
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Black Box 1080p Dash Cam
In the event of a car crash or accident, you want there to be an objective witness. Enter the Black Box 1080p Dash Cam, which lives on the dashboard of your car. The G-sensor automatically detects when there's a collision and records the event. It also records everywhere you drive, thanks to the 120-degree wide-angle lens with 1080p recording.
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Monoprice True Wireless
By themselves, the Monoprice True Wireless in-ear headphones boast up to 4.5 hours of continuous listening. The case adds an extra 15 hours of longevity, bringing the total to up to 19.5 hours of listening.