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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Smart Bulbs, Streaming Devices, Power Bank & More Gifts Under $50

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The pandemic forced many people to be quite careful when it comes to spending money. The pandemic has been an issue for quite some time now, and it caused similar problems last year. Still, you cannot really avoid buying gifts for your loved ones, nor should you. Well, to soften the blow, we’ve compiled a list of rather affordable gifts that you can consider buying, updated for 2021. The list we’re talking about contains gift ideas that are all more affordable than $50.

On the list below, you’ll find 10 products that are all technology-related, one way or the other. These products are not listed in any specific order, and if you’re interested, the list is down below. In it, you’ll not only find products and their price tags, but also purchase links, and below that more information about each of these products. Happy shopping!

Product nameCostWhere to buy
Amazon Echo Dot (4rd-Gen)$44.99Amazon
Anker SoundCore 2$40Amazon
Fire TV Stick 4K$50Amazon / Best Buy / B&H
Phillips Hue White 4-Pack Dimmable Smart Bulbs$45Amazon
Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses$21.55Amazon
Tile Sticker (2-pack)$39Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
Chromecast with Google TV 4K$49.98Walmart
Anker PowerCore Slim$31.99Amazon / Walmart
TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip$29.97Amazon / Walmart / B&H
Fitbit Aria Air Smart Scale$49.95Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart
Logitech Z313 Speaker System$40Amazon
Logitech M557 Bluetooth mouse$37Amazon / Walmart / B&H
BAGSMART Electronic Organizer$28.99Amazon / Newegg

Amazon Echo Dot (4rd Gen)

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen

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The third-gen Amazon Echo Dot is still a great device, but if you’d like to get the latest in the series, go for the 4th-gen model. It looks a slightly bit flashier than its sibling, and it has a round shape, for the most part. You can still choose between several colors, and Amazon stuck to the materials that worked in the past. This smart speaker comes with Alexa support, of course, and it offers better audio.

It supports lossless HD audio on some streaming services, and it allows you to stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and more. You can also fully utilize everything Alexa has to offer, of course, like calling someone via this speaker, dictate reminders, control other smart home devices, and more. It’s a really neat gift for someone, that’s for sure. The Echo Dot (4th-gen) tends to be out of stock quite often, and even though it is in stock at the moment, that may change soon. So, we’ve linked the 3rd-gen one below as well, as it’s still an excellent option.

Amazon Echo Dot (4rd Gen) - Amazon

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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) + Sengled Bluetooth bulb - Amazon

Anker SoundCore 2

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If you think someone would enjoy a solid portable speaker as a gift, the Anker Soundcore 2 is a solid choice. This speaker comes with 12W stereo sound, and BassUp support. On top of that, it’s ideal for use next to a pool or something of the sort, as it’s IPX7 certified, so it can handle water just fine.

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This speaker also offers great battery life. It can provide you with 24 hours of listening time, says the company. It’s a great speaker to use at home, and when you’re going on a camping trip, or something of the sort. It can provide much better sound than your smartphone. The device weighs 360 grams, by the way, and it’s also dustproof.

Anker SoundCore 2 - Amazon

Fire TV Stick 4K

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick with 4K streaming capability is an excellent choice for your streaming needs. This thing can stream Prime Video content, HBO, Netflix, Sling, Hulu, ESPN, YouTube, and Disney+. Do note that it doesn’t come with subscriptions for those services, of course, that is paid separately.

This thing has Dolby Vision support, and support for both HDR10 and HDR10+ video. On top of that, it offers Dolby Audio support on some titles. You’ll also get access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes with your Prime membership, and so much more. On top of everything, both the device and its remote are quite compact.

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Phillips Hue White 4-Pack Dimmable Smart Bulbs

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If you know someone who wants to get smart lights into his / her home, and didn’t pull the trigger yet, maybe you can help out. The Philips Hue smart bulbs are a great way to solve that problem. A four pack of these bulbs with white light (dimmable only), can be purchased for $45 on Amazon.

These light bulbs can be used both indoors and outdoors, while they offer 22 years or 25,000 lifetime hours, it is claimed. You can set up these lightbulbs so they’re controllable via both Alexa and Google Assistant, so things end up being really easy for whoever you’ll gift them to.

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Phillips Hue White 4-Pack Dimmable Smart Bulbs - Amazon

Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses

Uvex Skyper Blue Light protection glasses

If you know someone who sits in front of a computer screen a lot, either for work or gaming, this is a great gift. The Uvex Skyper computer glasses block out harmful blue light, which helps the eyes. These glasses come with an SCT-Orange Lens ,and this is actually a 3-pack that we’re looking at here.

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This will set you back $21.55 at the moment. If you want to opt for a single piece, or the ‘Protege’ model, you can buy those as well, for even less cash. All of those glasses are available via the link provided down below. Whoever gets this gift will be grateful, well… at least his / her eyes will.

Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses - Amazon

Tile Sticker (2-pack)

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If you know someone who keeps on losing stuff, getting a tracking device may be a good idea. The Tile Sticker (2020) is a great way to go about it, and a 2-pack costs $39. You can, of course, go for a single one, or a 4-pack instead, it’s up to you. The point is, you can easily stick this to various gadgets, and never misplace them again.

Stick the Tile Sticker to a remote controller, gamepad, headphones, or anything else you can think of. Ping the device via your phone, and based on the sound you’ll instantly know where it is. This thing is also compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, by the way.

Tile Sticker (2-pack) - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Chromecast with Google TV 4K

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The Chromecast with Google TV is a great gift for someone who loves to watch TV. This gadget is small, highly portable, and can play 4K content. It does come with Google TV pre-installed, which is one major advantage over its predecessor. Depending on your subscription model to streaming services, you can stream a wide variety of content with this thing.

You can access Google Assistant via the included remote, while setting up this gadget is really simple as well, just make sure that the TV has an HDMI port. There are two colors to choose from, depending on what the gift receiver prefers.

Chromecast with Google TV 4K - Walmart

Anker PowerCore Slim

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Let’s face it, the vast majority of smartphones out there don’t have great battery life. Well, if you want to make sure you don’t run out of battery, carrying a power bank may not be a bad idea. So, if you know someone who is in dire need of it, the Anker PowerCore Slim is a great solution.

This is a 10,000mAh battery pack that can charge various devices, not just smartphones. It can charge your devices up to 18W, it actually has triple charging modes. There are several ports on it, different ones, and the power bank itself is not bulky at all.

Anker PowerCore Slim - Amazon / Walmart

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

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Having a smart power strip is always a good idea. Not only because most good ones offer good surge protection, like some regular ones, but because you can control them via your phone. Well, the Kasa smart power strip works with both Google Assistant and Alexa, and it doesn’t require you to have a hub.

This cable offers three smart outlets, plus two USB ports. You can charge 5 appliances simultaneously without a problem. It offers ETL-certified surge protection, and Kasa’s smartphone app is actually really good as well.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip - Amazon / Walmart / B&H

Fitbit Aria Air Smart Scale

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If you know someone who could benefit from a smart scale, the Fitbit Aria Air is a really good choice. This smart scale can be really good for health purposes in general, and help someone trying to reach a certain weight. It comes in two colors, and it has a display on the front. The results sync to the Fitbit dashboard via Bluetooth.

This smart scale can measure data for multiple users, and sync them separately. Setting it up is a breeze, and the design is simple, so it will fit with basically any type of setup you have going on. There is also tempered glass included at the top. It’s a really nicely-designed scale.

Fitbit Aria Air Smart Scale - Amazon / Best Buy / Walmart

Logitech Z313 Speaker System

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The Logitech Z313 is a really affordable 2.1 multimedia speaker system. It comes with a subwoofer, and offers full range audio. You can get 50W peak power, a rather strong bass for its size, and there are 3.5mm audio inputs as well. You can use this for your PC setup, or any other type of gaming setup. You can even hook it up to your TV, if you want, though it’s best used with computers and consoles.

There are other variants of this setup, that come with mice and keyboards, you can check them all out via the link below. The variant with two speakers and a subwoofer will set you back $40 at the moment.

Logitech Z313 Speaker System - Amazon

Logitech M557 Bluetooth mouse

Logitech M557 Bluetooth mouse

If you’re looking for a really affordable mouse, with great battery life, the Logitech M557 is a good choice. This is a wireless mouse, it connects via Bluetooth, and offers 1-year battery life. It comes with the side-to-side scrolling function, which is not something you’ll find on other mice in this price range.

It is compatible with both Mac and Microsoft. You can use it with other systems, though we’ll not sure its side scrolling function will work as intended. You can opt for the mouse alone for $37, or go for a bundle with a keyboard, depending on what kind of a gift you’re aiming at. Check out the offers below.

Logitech M557 Bluetooth mouse - Amazon / Walmart / B&H

BAGSMART Electronic Organizer

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It seems like techie people can never get enough storage space for their gadgets. Well, if you know someone like that, who has a lot of smaller gadgets and accessories laying around, the BAGSMART double-layer cable and electronics organizer may be an ideal solution. This thing is mainly supposed to be a cable organizer, though you can fit various other things here.

The bag itself has plenty of space, and the materials BAGSMART used here also feel quite nice. There are a number of elasticized segments here, and multiple mesh pockets as well. This bag can help with organizing cables, small chargers, batteries, SD cards, and so much more.

BAGSMART Electronic Organizer - Amazon / Newegg