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10 Great Tech & Gadget Gifts Under $50

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As you know, I love gadgets and my own Christmas list  generally has only gadgets on it.  Gadgets don't have to cost a lot to provide a lot.  CNet and a few other places had some good lists so I borrowed heavily from them.  I did do a little editing of items that I thought were placed for marketing reasons and really didn't belong on a proper list of great gadget gifts.  These are presented in no particular order.  As is my custom, the link takes you to Amazon where you can find lots of technical detail and price as well.  But this time of year you have to shop around with all of the sales and competition going on.  I just use Amazon as an easy reference.

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver:  $25
With the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver, you can wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your home stereo or stand-alone speakers. When you pair a Bluetooth-enabled device with your home speakers, you'll not only enjoy superior music quality, but also the convenience of a wireless connection. Change music tracks or skip to another artist from the comfort of your sofa. Freedom from docks and cables means that you'll have complete control.

iPod Shuffle: $45
The colorful, clip-and-go iPod shuffle is perfect for every wardrobe. With built-in buttons and VoiceOver, you have access to your favorite songs, playlists, and Genius Mixes wherever you go.

SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip $38
Ideal for joggers, commuters, and other active music listeners, the Sansa Clip Zip delivers on-the-go music at an affordable price. This compact MP3 player is loaded with premium features, including an integrated FM radio, built in voice recorder, stop watch, and compatibility with a wide range of digital audio formats from nearly every source including AAC for DRM-free iTunes. And thanks to an innovative clip design, the player attaches easily to your clothing, so you can take it wherever you go.

Logitech Harmony 300  $23

One touch changes everything—with TV time that's simple again
Broken remote? Confusing remote? Too many remotes? You can simplify with Harmony 300, the replacement remote that gives you easy control of up to four devices—and starts your TV time with one touch of a button.

Audio-Technica HTM-M30  $32
A perfect choice for project studio engineers, home recordists and recording musicians, Audio-Technica's ATH-M30 dynamic stereo headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy in a design engineered to provide maximum comfort for hours of listening. The headphones' low-profile, closed-back design provides exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations.

LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply  $20

This Lepai Tripath-based mini audio amplifier (2 x 20 watts) is ideal for both home and car audio applications. The Lepai amp's clean, 20 watt output makes it perfect for most any auto or home audio project or DIY application. Google Lepai TA2020 and you'll find this little amp has been discussed and raved about! Each unit has an RCA Left and Right channel input, or you can use the 3.5 mm stereo input jack for plugging in almost any music source, such as iPods, cell phones, or MP3 players. Convenient spring terminals make connections to your speakers quick and easy!

D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router  $38
The Cloud Router gives you a fast home network--up to 300Mbps--for accessing broadband Internet, sharing files, and more. Wireless N technology offers more speed, extended coverage, and virtually no dead spots while still being compatible with previous wireless network standards. This router is ideal for medium-sized or large homes.The Cloud Router includes four Fast Ethernet ports, giving you the flexibility to connect wired devices to the network. The Cloud Router uses Intelligent Antenna technology to transmit multiple streams of data by bouncing multiple wireless signals off of walls enabling you to receive wireless signals in the farthest corners of your home.

Roku-LT   $48
The special-edition Roku LT delivers all the streaming entertainment choices, HD video quality, and ease-of-use that Roku has always been known for. At our lowest price ever. 500 channels and counting. Features the top sources, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Amazon Instant Video.Free movies! Includes hundreds of full-length Hollywood movies and TV series from Crackle—all free and on demand. High-definition streaming—up to 720p HD. The easiest setup. Works with virtually any TV, includes built-in wireless, and sets up in minutes.

Swiss+Tech MMTWSS-PS 19-in-1 Micro-Max Xi Key Chain Multi Tool Set $10
19-in-1 multi-function tool set, 2 hex wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, bottle opener, wire cutter, wire stripper, wire crimper, hand drill, file, 2 rulers, 2 ruler extensions, solid stainless steel, quick release from key ring 2 hex wrenches 1/4 inch, 7/16 inch, 6 screwdrivers no.0, 1, 2 flat no.0, 1, 2 Phillips pliers, bottle opener, wire cutter and stripper, wire crimper hand drill, file, 2 rulers (mm and inch), 2 ruler extensions (mm and inch). Limited lifetime warranty. It comes in a window gift box.

Amp Style Retro Speaker  $40 (with shipping)
Whether you're a little bit country, or a whole lot of rock & roll, your tunes deserve a speaker worthy of every beat, harmony and chorus. Modeled after an iconic guitar amplifier, our amp style retro speaker boasts high-quality sound for your iPod, iPhone or preferred portable audio device. Perfect for office desk spaces, dens or parties, this speaker comes complete with replica knobs that actually work including bass, treble, volume and power button. Simply set the portable audio device in the cradle, connect the player to the mini speaker via the 3.5 mm jack and let the music play. cradle on top of speaker holds your gadget upright includes 3.5mm jack and a USB power cord can be powered by four AA batteries (not included) or a USB cable note: not a charging device 4 1/2 x 4 x 5 1/2H

erick99 posted Nov 09, 2012

Erick, thanks for sharing :)

newguy (rep: 298k) posted Nov 09, 2012


Thanks for this fun list! :)

rockinnrolla (rep: 180k) posted Nov 10, 2012


Again, you have outdone yourself!! Great list of cool gadgets, all of which I would love to have! :)

krmills1 (rep: 14.3k) posted Nov 10, 2012


Thanks for the list, Erick! I'm a bit confused regarding the Lepai audio amplifier. Your link goes to the LP-2020 at Amazon, but you mention TA2020 in your text, which Amazon also has for a couple bucks more. The LP version seems to have a total output of 20w, whereas the TA version states 2x20w. But later in the LP's description it mentions 20w/channel. Which one of these models is supposed to be newer/better?

fluffy (rep: 2.2k) posted Nov 10, 2012


I'm not a real up to date with all these gadgets & at first glance I thought the iPod shuffle was a big condom in pink wrapping! I'm showing my age! "PINK ALERT!"

deby32953 (rep: 260k) posted Nov 20, 2012


Hehe that christmas tree is pretty funny. Like those chinese things that always surprise us :P

marcemusza (rep: 1) posted Dec 07, 2012


wow, nice product

goodonehehe (new user) posted Dec 09, 2012


Some links you have provided me to someother places, i think its time to edit.

Dexterous (rep: 102k) posted Dec 09, 2012


Excellent list Eric. If this is posted elsewhere let me know and I'll Tweet it.

DealLeader (rep: 13k) posted Dec 10, 2012


I like this list. Thinking of Audio-Technica HTM-M30 for a guy

davidxuonline (rep: 12) posted Dec 10, 2012


Awesome! among these all, i love Roku-LT....

bannerbuzz (new user) posted Jan 04, 2013


Hello, thanks for sharing.
You gave us very good list, but I also know the best place, where you can buy electronic gadgets for less then $50. I bought stylish LED watch for $ 10. You can see video on the site and all kind of electronic gadgets for a cheapest price on

Good luck to everybody

tinatin (rep: 7) posted Oct 29, 2013