When it comes to tech, there are two types of people in this world: those who stay on top of the ever-changing trends and those who, well, don’t. If someone in your life loves gadgets, you’ll know: They talk about Amazon’s Alexa like she’s a real person, are always at the ready with a solution to your tech issues, and give detailed descriptions of what separates one iPhone model to the next. But if you aren’t savvy with electronics yourself, it can be hard to find cool tech gifts that’ll wow them on Christmas and beyond. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the latest and greatest electronics, many of which fall under $50. Even if they claim to have it all, you’re bound to find something on this list that they haven’t splurged on yet, whether it’s a new security camera, smart device, streaming stick, or noise-canceling headphones.
While some of these tech gift ideas are considered a luxury (a smart coaster for the man who wants to nail the perfect pour, for example), there are a number of affordable add-ons on this list that complement the gadgets they already have at a stocking stuffer price point. A few of them, like a Bluetooth-enabled tracking device, may even give you some peace of mind, which is really the best gift of all.
Even Cool Enough for Teens
Camera Lens 2-in-1 Kit
Even though the newest iPhone models already take high-quality photos, this two-in-one kit will give him the ability to take professional shots with a 10x macro or wide-angle lens — no expensive camera equipment required.
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If they’re notorious for losing, well, everything, then be the ultimate problem solver by gifting them this Bluetooth-enabled tracking device. They can stick it inside their wallet or on their keychain to keep track of their belongings with Tile’s corresponding app.
A Luxury Find That’s Still Practical
Indoor Hydroponic Garden
The best intentions only get them so far, but luckily the LED grow lights in this in-home garden do the heavy lifting. They can just plant the herb seeds, mix in the plant nutrients, and pay attention to when the garden tells them to add water and plant food.
Still Thoughtful Enough for Your Friend
Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Even when they’re miles apart, they’ll still feel connected with these Bluetooth-powered bracelets. When one person taps their bracelet, it causes the other person’s to vibrate, as a subtle reminder that they’re thinking of them.
Give Dad the Latest Gadget
Echo Dot (4th Gen)
Better than a basic alarm clock, Amazon’s latest offering pairs up with Alexa to set timers, play music, answer questions, and recap the news. It’s bigger than older versions of the Dot, so they can see the time clearly, no matter how far.
Outdoor Movie Projector
Turn their next Netflix binge into a true movie theater experience with this at-home projector. Because it’s portable, they can easily move it from their living room to their backyard, and adjust the screen size, depending on their space.
iRoller Screen Cleaner
Get rid of fingerprints and smudges with this liquid-free cleaner. While it doesn’t disinfect, it’ll make their phone, tablet, and laptop screen appear cleaner.
Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook
Rocketbook gives the convenience of a smartphone without losing the feel of putting pen to paper. Fill the 40 pages with plans, lists, and brainstorms and then send everything to to cloud-based services like Slack, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.
UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger
Enter the most 2020 gift ever: As soon as they get home, they can place heir phone, keys, or anything else they took outside in this sanitizer, which uses UV light to zap 99.9% of bacteria. They can even leave their phone plugged in to keep it charged while it disinfects.
Magnetic Phone Car Mount
Whether they use their phone to map our their route or play their favorite jams, this magnetic mount will come in handy. Attach it anywhere on the dashboard, as long as it’s in clear view.
LED Clock Fan with Real Time Display
Upgrade their office space with this nifty clock fan, which Amazon shoppers call a “must-have for any geek.” Simply plug it into a laptop’s USB port to get it moving and displaying the time with an LED light.
Smart Coaster System
They’ll always have a top-notch bartender at the ready as long as they have this smart coaster nearby. Once they place the mixing glass on top of the Bluetooth-enabled coaster, they’ll be prompted to pick a cocktail on the Barsys app and follow along as the coaster tells them when they’ve poured too much, too little, or just the right amount.
Digital Picture Frame
All of the photos on their phone’s camera roll deserve to be seen by all, and this smart picture frame makes it possible. Using Wi-Fi, send up to 10,000 photos photos with short captions and then catch them on the 10″ screen in a matter of seconds.
Apple AirPods Pro
Unlike the original AirPods, these allow them to flip noise-cancelling capabilities on and off, which is perfect if they’re trying to focus while working from home or get in the right mindset as they workout.
Remote Control for Smartphones
The Instagram enthusiast can perfect every shot with this Bluetooth-enabled remote. When she’s ready for a group shot or selfie session, she can sync it up to her phone and take seamless pictures without a mysterious finger popping up in every photo.
Charging Station Organizer
This handy docking station is perfect for the person who has everything — we’re talking phones, tablets, and e-readers galore. They can charge up to six devices at one time, which means they can’t complain about their dying phone battery ever again.
Car Charger with 5 USB Ports
Since the whole family relies on Google Maps, Spotify, and Siri to stay informed and entertained on the road, a multi-port car charger is a must. This pick can charge up to five devices at once, making everyone in the car very, very happy.
MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
If he thought the garage remote was high tech, then he hasn’t seen nothin’. Once synced with this smartphone, he can open and close his garage doors from anywhere, or even schedule it to close at a certain time.
Smart Wi-Fi Plugs
If dad loves his Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant but only relies on it for the basics, introduce him to these smart plugs. After downloading the Kasa app and syncing the plug with his smart device, he can control the house’s lights, appliances, and other household electronics.
Waterproof Shower Bluetooth Speaker
This portable speaker may be tiny, but it can really blast those tunes — especially for their shower dance parties. It also comes in five other colors if aqua doesn’t match their bathroom design, because options.
This camera mounts onto a windshield, recording the road as he drives. He can pull out the footage if he gets into a fender bender or when he wants to relive a particularly scenic route.
Touch Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
35,000 Amazon reviewers say that this is — dare we say — the best Bluetooth speaker out there. Not only does it play music for 12 hours straight without a charge, but it’s so small and lightweight (1.7 pounds, actually) that it can easily be toted around from one party to the next.
PowerCore Portable Charger
If you don’t keep a portable charger with them all times, WYD? This Amazon best-seller can fuel one full iPhone charge and at least 80% to Galaxy S, all while being tiny enough to fit in their pocket.
Multi-Device Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
While they’ve settled for a makeshift work space all year long, now’s the time to make their desk more suitable for their 9-5. This cordless keyboard, which also comes in black and white, can connect up to three devices with Bluetooth, so they can use it for work and play.
Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
For the person who can’t be spotted without their iPhone in one hand and coffee cup in another, this temperature-controlled coffee mug ensures that their morning brew stays warm hours after it’s poured. They can even control the mug and charging coaster with their smartphone, so their coffee is warm upon arrival.
Cut the cable cord and stream thousands of TV shows and movies on Netflix, YouTubeTV, Disney+, and more popular streaming services. No monthly equipment fee required — just set it up with the included HDMI cord and start streaming.
Perfectly aligned with her New Year’s resolutions, this Fitbit gives her a better look at her health holistically by tracking steps, food, sleep, and heart rate. She can even pair it with her go-to apps like Starbucks to fuel up for her next Hallmark movie marathon.
Caseta Smart Dimmer Kit
With this smart lighting system by Lutron, dad can control the lights from anywhere with his smartphone, smartwatch, or voice control. That means he can turn lights off without moving an inch — or turn ’em on to give the impression that someone’s home even when they’re not.
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