Most people associate the best tech gifts with highest price tags. But there are plenty of great tech gift ideas that won’t decimate your holiday budget and can still make the most serious nerd’s life a little bit easier — like accessories for their new iPhone Xs, gadgets that’ll turn a regular home into a smart one, even an Alexa-enabled singing fish. And to make the hunt for these still-useful-but-not-too-expensive tech gifts a little easier, we found 24 of the best gadgets and gizmos to give your favorite techie this holiday season, all of which are under $50 and readily available on Amazon. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
As thin as two credit cards, this Tile slides easily into a wallet or purse and will let them keep track of where it is through the accompanying app.
America’s favorite singing fish is now a smarter than ever. This newest version of the Big Mouth Billy Bass is compatible with Alexa, able to lip-sync responses to voice commands. (But remember: They need an Amazon Echo device to make it work.)
This hand-crank radio also has a built-in flashlight and phone charger, making it ideal to keep on hand in case the power goes out. Plus, it’s approved by the American Red Cross.
This kid-friendly gadget is like having a 3-D printer but in pen form, letting them draw sculptures in the middle of the air.
Or, if they’d prefer blue-light-blocking glasses that have magnification, these tortoiseshell ones are a nice option.
A portable phone charger that’s about the size of a tube of lipstick, which is ideal for the person whose phone battery is always red.
Sure, smartphone games are great, but there’s something endearing about an old-school Tamagotchi.
For the gamer who loves their Nintendo Switch, a set of steering wheels so they can take their racing games to the next level.
If they’re really into mood lighting, this LED lightbulb can be tuned to any color of the rainbow, using the accompanying smartphone app.
A slim-but-tough iPhone case for their brand new iPhone from OtterBox.
Or an even slimmer iPhone case, in case they don’t want to add any bulk to their shiny new phone, but still want to protect it.
As of now, the Amazon Echo Dot (an easy toe dip into the world of smart technology) is still 40 percent off.
Mood lights help mimic the sun’s rays when you’re living somewhere (like New York) that doesn’t get much sun in the winter — they’ve been shown to actually improve your mood, and even a portable one helps.
Writer Jinnie Lee told us about the best tablet accessory (or Switch accessory or phone accessory) we’ve ever seen — a twisty clip that lets you watch hands-free.
For the person trying to turn their regular TV into a smart one.
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