Even though 2020 has felt like the longest year ever, the holidays are finally upon us. The shopping season is already in full swing thanks to Amazon’s Prime Day and a whole month of Black Friday deals. If you’ve already grabbed your big-ticket items, then you just might need a few more budget-friendly gifts to check off your list. Here are our picks for the best holiday gifts for under $50 this year.
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It’s not easy to narrow down the perfect gift list. Everyone is different, so we’ve tried to cover a full range of gifts on our list. We have options for the gamers, the power-thirsty battery junkies, and even the smart home engineers. This is far from an exhaustive gift guide though, so be sure to check back for new recommendations.
The best holiday gifts for under $50
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best holiday gifts under $50 as the holidays roll closer.
Echo Dot (4th Gen)
The Echo Dot has been an extremely popular holiday gift ever since it launched a few years back. It’s the easiest way to bring a little smart home power to your living room, and the 4th generation is better than ever. Amazon ditched the signature hockey puck design, opting for a small globe instead. While it won’t be as easy to stash around your house, the new Echo Dot should allow for much louder streaming from Spotify and other platforms.
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This item’s price is barely under $50, but we’ve seen Amazon having some great deals on this and other Echo smart speakers. You may be able to get it for significantly less.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus
The holidays are a great time to grab a new TV, but you’ll have trouble finding one for under $50. Instead, you can make your current TV much smarter with a brand-new streaming device. One of your top options is the Roku Streaming Stick Plus.
It packs a 4K HDR resolution, a powerful remote with fast shortcut buttons, and enough streaming channels to avoid Hallmark’s holiday flicks for good. All you need is an open HDMI port and you’ll be binging in no time.
Anker PowerWave II charging pad
Wireless charging is finally becoming a go-to feature on many new devices. Whether you need to recharge a watch, juice up your new Pixel 5, or power up new wireless earbuds, you’ll need a charging pad you can trust.
The PowerWave II is one of the best options that Anker has to offer. It is also one of our more affordable holiday gifts under $50. The charger automatically switches between 5W and 15W wireless charging so you can get the perfect stream of power. Anker also chose a five-foot power cable which should offer plenty of flexibility.
Tile Starter Pack
Before you head over the river or through the woods, you’ll have to find your wallet and keys. That’s easier said than done in the holiday chaos, but a Tile Starter Pack can help to fix that.
This handy two-pack includes one all-purpose Tile Mate and a wallet-ready Tile Slim. The Slim slides right into one of your card slots as if it were just another slice of plastic, and the Mate fits perfectly on your keys as needed. Even better, if you misplace your phone but you have your Tile then you can use it as a tracking device.
RAVPower 20,000mAh power bank
There’s nothing worse than waiting to charge your new devices after you unwrap them. Luckily, RAVPower’s 20,000mAh power bank features separate USB-A and USB-C inputs.
The USB-C port works with speedy 60W Power Delivery to recharge your capable devices in a hurry. While there are only two total ports on the RAVPower 20,000mAh power bank, it recharges at speeds of 30W so you can get back to full capacity in just three hours. Unfortunately, the charging block is not included so you’ll have to look around for your best options.
Blink Mini camera
If you do get the chance to leave and visit family over the holiday season, it can help to have some peace of mind at home. One way to get that peace of mind is with a handy little home security camera. The Blink Mini is a great pick, and it’s pretty affordable.
The tiny camera can fit anywhere. It supports 1080p video, motion detection, night vision, and Alexa support. The app also offers alerts, making this a great way to get started with your home security on a budget.
Logitech G502 Hero
The holidays are a great time to catch up with your favorite games. Sure, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 might get a lot of attention this year, but we all know that the PC master race is the place to be.
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With that in mind, maybe it’s time to splurge on some new accessories. Logitech is one of the main gaming gear manufacturers around, and the G502 Hero is an amazing contender. If you want to get into the action with 11 programmable buttons and 25,600 max DPI, this is the best holiday gift under $50 for you.
JBL Go 3
Winter and the holidays also mean that it’s almost time to break out your skis or your snowboard. While you’re shredding down the mountain — or the bunny hill — you just might want some holiday tunes to go with it. The JBL Go 3, as its name implies, can be taken around wherever you may roam.
It is both water and dustproof, thanks to its IP67 rating. And while it may look small, it has enough battery to run for five hours on a single charge.
SoundCore Liberty Neo earbuds
Another great holiday gift for hitting the slopes is the SoundCore Liberty Neo earbuds. They match JBL’s Clip 3 with an IPX7 rating, but this time you can keep the music all to yourself.
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The buds are light as a feather, yet they manage an impressive five hours of battery life that jumps to 20 hours with the charging case. SoundCore even boasts that the new Liberty Neo achieves 43% more bass than previous versions. You should stay connected with ease thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
Moment phone case
One last great holiday gift for under $50 is a brand-new phone case. Not just any phone case though, a Moment one. It may not be as durable as an Otterbox, and it’s not crystal-clear, but the Moment case does much more than guard your device. Instead, it’s a creator’s phone case. You can grab a series of additional camera lenses that attach directly to the Moment case itself to completely transform your phone camera capabilities. Moment currently offers cases for Apple, Samsung, Google, and OnePlus devices.