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24 Tech (and Tech-ish) Gifts Under $50 That You Can Buy on Amazon

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A color-changing lightbulb, a wireless charger, even an Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass. Photo: courtesy of the Retailers

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.

Tile Slim
$28 at Amazon

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.

Big Mouth Billy Bass – Compatible with Alexa
$40 at Amazon

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.)

Eton The American Red Cross FR1 Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger
$20 at Amazon

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.

3Doodler Start
$45 at Amazon

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.

Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses with SCT-Orange Lens
$8 at Amazon

If they’re worried about spending a little too much time starting at screens, give them blue-light-blocking glasses. These aren’t the most stylish, but they’re Strategist best sellers.

Gamma RAY 010 Slim Vintage Computer Readers
$15 at Amazon

Or, if they’d prefer blue-light-blocking glasses that have magnification, these tortoiseshell ones are a nice option.

Anker PowerCore+ Mini
$20 at Amazon

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.

Tamagotchi Electronic Game, Blue/Silver
$20 at Amazon

Sure, smartphone games are great, but there’s something endearing about an old-school Tamagotchi.

AmazonBasics Steering Wheel for Nintendo Switch
$10 at Amazon

For the gamer who loves their Nintendo Switch, a set of steering wheels so they can take their racing games to the next level.

Philips Hue White A19 4-Pack 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb
$40 at Amazon

These dimmable LED light bulbs are both energy efficient and actually look really good (and are a nice home upgrade for the person who’s trying to be more ecofriendly this year).

TP-Link LB230 Dimmable LED WiFi Smart Bulb
$35 at Amazon

If they’re really into mood lighting, this LED lightbulb can be tuned to any color of the rainbow, using the accompanying smartphone app.

Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine
$44 at Amazon

Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff’s very favorite white-noise machine isn’t the most high-tech thing in the world — just the most effective.

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
$28 at Amazon

Over 28,000 reviews on Amazon (verified purchases, mind you) will tell you how floored people are by the quality of these very affordable wireless headphones.

PopSocket - Glitterati
$10 at Amazon

Ten-year-old girls know all about the beauty of the PopSocket, a retractable stick’em for the back of your phone that allows you to keep it secure while you’re taking selfies.

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Charging Cable
$18 at Amazon

These ten-foot-long charging cables will (practically) free your giftee from the drama of being tethered to the outlet.

OtterBox Symmetry Series Case for iPhone Xs
$30 at Amazon

A slim-but-tough iPhone case for their brand new iPhone from OtterBox.

TORRAS Slim Fit iPhone Xs Case
$10 at Amazon

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.

Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug (4-Pack)
$46 at Amazon

Plug any old thing you want into these newfangled plugs, and you’ll be able to control the power from your phone. It’s magic.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
$30 at Amazon

As of now, the Amazon Echo Dot (an easy toe dip into the world of smart technology) is still 40 percent off.

Verilux HappyLight Compact Personal, Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp
$40 at Amazon

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.

Tryone Gooseneck Mount Holder
$20 at Amazon

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.

Fire TV Stick 4K
$35 at Amazon

For the person trying to turn their regular TV into a smart one.

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
$33 at Amazon

We’ve heard consistently good things about this shockingly affordable Bluetooth speaker.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad
$26 at Amazon

Wireless charging is the way of the future, and the Belkin version lets iPhone X users join in on the fun, as well anyone with a Qi-enabled smartphone.

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24 Tech Gifts Under $50 That You Can Buy on Amazon