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15 Great Gifts Under $50 for the Techie


These are the little extras, small goodies that can make a big impact. Gifts under $50 can sometimes lack in quality, so you must vet products carefully. Lucky for you, our experts gathered the best affordable gifts around, all at extremely reasonable prices.

amazon-programmable-dash-button-gear-patrol-396 Amazon Programmable Dash Button

Instead of just ordering paper towels, laundry detergent or Pop Tarts, this Dash button can be programed to open a garage door, unlock/ start a car, switch on a Philips Hue light bulb, track the use of medications and much, much more. $20

bluelounge-cable-yoyo-gear-patrol-396 Bluelounge Cable Yoyo

Stay organized when traveling with wired earbuds. Wrap the wires around this “yoyo” and the earbuds will stick to its magnetic center. $10

make-spaceship-book-gear-patrol-396 ‘How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight’

In this New York Times Bestseller, discover how and why space travel isn’t just for large government corporations like NASA. $18

welcome-universe-gear-patrol-396 ‘Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour’

Take a tour of the cosmos led by three leading astrophysicists. $27

belkin-12-outlet-pivot-plug-power-strip-surge-protector-gear-patrol-396 Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector

Meet the King Kong of surge protectors. $33

samsung-wireless-charging-pad-gear-patrol-396 Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

If your giftee owns any Galaxy smartphone or Qi-compatible device, this wireless charging pad is a charge-all. $20

apple-iphone-lightning-adapter-gear-patrol-396 Apple iPhone Lightning to 3.5mm Adapter

Because the iPhone 7 ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, and those old headphones miss it. $9

skullcandy-grind-on-ear-headphones-gear-patrol-396 Skullcandy Grind On-Ear Headphones with Built-In Mic and Remote

You won’t find better wireless over-ear headphones at this price point. $50

sandisk-extreme-pro-micro-sd-cardgear-patrol-396 SanDisk Extreme Pro 4GB MicroSD Card

Photographers can never have enough SD cards. This 64GB one has no problem handling 4K Ultra HD video. $44

anker-24w-dual-usb-wall-charger-gear-patrol-396 Anker 24W Dual USB Wall Charger

Efficiency and convenience, combined. $13

belkin-trueclear-laptop-privacy-filter-gear-patrol-396 Belkin TrueClear Laptop Privacy Filter

It’s a laptop screen protector, that also guards against unwanting eyes. $43

dsptch-cable-case-gear-patrol-396 DSPTCH Cable Case

A dopp kit for all your charging cords. $46

satechi-slim-rechargeable-aluminum-bluetooth-wireless-keypad-gear-patrol-396 Satechi Slim Rechargeable Aluminum Bluetooth Wireless Keypad

Not all laptop keyboards have a numeric keypad. If your giftee could really use one, be a hero this Christmas. $40

incase-apple-watch-travel-kit-gear-patrol-396 Incase Apple Watch Travel Kit

Because the Apple Watch needs a place to rest when it’s not on a wrist. $40

roku-streaming-stick-gear-patrol-396 Roku Streaming Stick

Turn any TV into a smart TV. (Perfect for travelers.) $50

17 Perfect Gifts for the Techie

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