Holiday gift guide – 20 Gift ideas under $50 that are surprisingly impressive

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If you’re looking for an affordable gift that will make the recipient smile, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our favorite gift ideas that you can buy for $50 or less.

  • How much should you spend on gifts? That is your decision – but for most people in your life, $25 will seem generous.
  • What are the best affordable gifts? Kitchen products, photography accessories, smart speakers, and multi-tools are all good options
  • Where can you find good gifts for under $50? You’ve come to the right place. Check out this roundup and see our gift guide for more.

Retailers do a really good job of guilt-tripping us when it comes to gifting. But spending more doesn’t always translate to bigger smiles. These affordable gifts will be just as well received.

Belkin BOOST UP Wireless iPhone Charging Pad

Belkin BOOST UP Wireless iPhone Charging Pad - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

BOOST UP offers fast wireless charging

Know someone who has just upgraded their phone? Made for Apple devices, the BOOST UP offers speedy wireless charging.

Price: $49.47 USD

Mujjo 3M Thinsulate Touchscreen Gloves

Mujjo 3M Thinsulate Touchscreen Gloves - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Mujjo gloves work with touchscreens

Using that new phone in the cold weather can be tricky. These touchscreen gloves solve the problem, with conductive fingertips and good insulation.

Price: $49.95 USD

Funcl Powerful Wireless Headphones

Funcl Powerful Wireless Headphones - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Funcl headphones are truly wireless

Friends with a music lover? The Funcl headphones offer impressive wireless sound, with touch controls and 18 hours of battery life.

Price: $19 USD

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Ask Alexa with the Echo Dot

For folks who enjoy music, the Amazon Echo smart speaker is a great gift idea. Users can queue music, ask questions and even buy things with voice commands.

Price: $29.99 USD

Satechi Wireless Multimedia Remote

Satechi Wireless Multimedia Remote - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Play, pause and skip this Satechi remote

This wireless remote from Satechi lets you take manual control of your music and movies. It works with PCs, Macs and some entertainment systems.

Price: $39.99 USD

Philips Hue Tap Wireless Lighting Controller

Philips Hue Tap Wireless Lighting Controller - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Hue Tap provides easy lighting control

Early adopters will love this smart light switch from Phillips. From one portable device, you can control up to 30 smart lights around your home.

Price: $43.15 USD

Atari Retro Handheld Console

Atari Retro Handheld Console - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Revisit the classics with Atari

Folks with a liking for retro gaming will love this Atari console. It comes with 50 titles pre-loaded, including Centipede, Missile Command, Asteroids and Breakout.

Price: $44.25 USD

Waterproof Camera Bag

Waterproof Camera Bag - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Make a photographer smile with this waterproof bag

Any photographer would be grateful to receive this waterproof camera bag. It provides copious space for gear, with soft padding to keep everything safe.

Price: $45 USD

Magnaframe Frame Building System

Magnaframe Frame Building System - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Your friend can display their photos with Magnaframe

Magnaframe makes it easy to show off your photos in style. Each pack includes six mini frames that can connect magnetically to create a mini gallery.

Price: $49.95 USD

Bodega Flip-Fold Slim Leather Wallet

Bodega Flip-Fold Slim Leather Wallet - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

The Bodega wallet offers quick access

This minimal leather wallet has a unique design that offers quick access to all your cards. It also has RFID blocking panels to stop digital theft.

Price: $35 USD, pre-order

Pearl Compact Mirror Battery Pack

Pearl Compact Mirror Battery Pack - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

You can charge and touch up with Pearl

This brilliant 2-in-1 device includes two compact mirrors with ring lighting. In addition, Pearl can charge your phone or any other USB device.

Price: $29.99 USD

Cycle-On 30-Tool Bicycle Multi-Tool

Cycle-On 30-Tool Bicycle Multi-Tool - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Repair anything with Cycle-On

A very different kind of EDC is the Cycle-On multi-tool. With drivers, wrenches, tire levers, rulers, and more, this device is perfect for fixing bikes and DIY.

Price: $39.99 USD

SHIFT Band Performance Band for Smartwatches

SHIFT Band Performance Band for Smartwatches - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

The SHIFT Band is perfect for runners

The SHIFT Band is a good choice for folks with sporty inclinations. This adjustable strap lets you check your smartwatch more easily when you’re getting active.

Price: $39.99 USD

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Treat a movie buff with the Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the ultimate gift for binge watchers. With over 500,000 movies and TV shows available to stream, there is no room for boredom.

Price: $49.99 USD

Rosle Kitchen Torch

Rosle Kitchen Torch - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Foodies will love the Rosle torch

Home chefs will love the Rosle torch. This high-quality burner is perfect for browning crème brûlée and roasting peppers, with a top temperature of 2372 °F.

Price: $40.99 USD

Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster

Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Get your toast from Darth Vader

You don’t need any special cooking skills to appreciate the Darth Vader Toaster. Shaped like the dark lord’s helmet, it delivers perfect Start Wars-branded toast.

Price: $39.99 USD

Sello 2 Wine Preservation System

Sello 2 Wine Preservation System - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Sello 2 is a must-have for wine drinkers

Sello 2 regulates moisture levels and oxygen inside any bottle of wine, making it last longer. It also makes the wine easier to pour, with a non-drip spout.

Price: $49.99 USD

Smart Planter for Kitchen Herbs

Smart Planter for Kitchen Herbs - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Grow kitchen herbs in the Smart Planter

This smart planter makes a nice gift for your green-fingered friends. It uses a cotton wick irrigation system to keep your herbs healthy, and the planter can tell you when to water.

Price: $46.21 USD

Sphero Mini App-Enabled Robotic Ball

Sphero Mini App-Enabled Robotic Ball - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

Roll ont the fun with Sphero Mini

Any kid will want to play with this ball-shaped robot. Sphero Mini has a front-facing camera, allowing you to control the speed and direction of the ball using just your face!

Price: $49.99 USD

Ultra-Durable Futbol by One World Play Project

Ultra-Durable Futbol by One World Play Project - Holiday gift guide – Gift ideas under $50

The One World soccer ball will last forever

This puncture-proof soccer ball is virtually indestructible, making it ideal for backyard games. In addition, a cut of the sale price goes to youth charities.

Price: $39 USD

Gift ideas under $50

This list contains some great gift ideas to suit any budget. But did we miss a great affordable gift? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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