Best last-minute holiday gifts for under $50

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Searching for some quality gifts you can snag for under $50? You are at the right place.

•             EarFun

You can look into buying some of the best ultrabudget true wireless earbuds. The EarFun Free has an impressive list of features at this price, including Bluetooth 5.0 (the latest standard) with both USB-C and wireless charging. It’s also fully waterproof (IPX7) according to its specs. Do the earbuds sound fantastic? No, but they sound pretty good. They probably not as clear as other higher-end true wireless earbuds that cost $150 or more, regardless, they do have plump bass and enough detail to avoid sounding dull. They’re also pretty solid for making calls.

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•             JLabs JBuds Air

Best Buy sold the JLabs JBuds Air on sale for $30 earlier in the holiday (on Sunday, Nov. 10) It normally retails for $50 which is still within our budget for gift items. JLabs makes a lot of true wireless earphones and this is its most affordable model and frankly, the only one I’d buy. It’s a decent set of true wireless earbuds that’s a relative bargain at $30. It’s also available in white.

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•             Coast HP7 LED Flashlight

There are a lot of flashlights you can buy for $50, but the Coast HP7 is one of the better ones we’ve tried. Relatively compact and rated at 530 lumens, it’s bright for its size and has a slide focus that allows you to shape the beam from flood to spot then lock it with the beam into whatever shape you choose. Its list price is $60, but you can get it for less than $40. It’s powered by four AAA batteries (included).  

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•             Google Home Mini / Nest Mini

We can’t include the Echo Dot in this gift roundup without also including Google’s voice-enabled mini speaker. The Google Home Mini otherwise called Nest Mini is new for 2019. It adds slightly better sound quality and a wall-mounting slot. But the older Home Mini is still worth picking up, especially if you see it dipping as low as $19 to $25, as we’re seeing this season (down from its usual price of $49).

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•             Chemex 6-Cup Classic Coffeemaker

Chemex 6- Cup Classic Coffeemaker is a perfect gift for office workers and coffee lovers in general. A lot of people believe its great gifting it with some pounds of their favorite coffee beans. This will make it even useful form the first day.

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•             Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

The time we spent without computer has made us want to appreciate anything that makes work more fun and a wireless mouse will be perfect for that. The Logitech MX is a premium mobile model with so much comfort for a mini mouse. Thanks to the Darkfield Laser technology, it works on virtually any surface, from a glass table to the Formica-style finish of work desk. And it also has an integrated rechargeable battery that’s supposed to last up to 60 days on a single charge. Works with both Mac and Windows computers.

While its list price is $80 you can pick up the graphite version for just less than $50.

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•             TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds

Buying a pair of Apple AirPods might really be out of our budget (or otherwise fairly pricey totally wireless earphones), there are some affordable options out there, including the TaoTronics True Wireless earbuds ($40), which are pretty decent. Stellar sound might not be what you get from TaoTronics Earbuds (the AirPods don’t either), but most people will find it perfectly acceptable. They have Bluetooth 5.0 and 5 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels. They’re also sweatproof so you can use them at the gym.

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•             Eufy Smart Scale P1

For $40, the Eufy P1 is one of the more affordable smart scales. With this you can track far beyond body weight, you can also track body fat, BMI, muscle mass, bone mass, and more for multiple users. All these can be easily tracked using the EufyLife app,  but the scale also ties into Apple Health, Google Fit and the Fitbit App. It’s available in two colors.

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•             Roku Streaming Stick Plus

Roku are known for the design of several outstanding video streamers that cost less than $50 or slightly higher. Turning virtually any HDMI-equipped TV into an awesome online based entertainment box with Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, HBO, Sling TV and many more with over a hundred channels including the new Disney Plus and Apple TV.

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•             BioLite PowerLight Mini wearable light and power bank

Another gift idea I will suggest is BioLite Power Light Mini which is about $40 and also a handy lantern, it’s a perfect combination of bike light and charger. To use this, you will have to clip it to a pocket or strap, or mount it to your bike (mount included), This is basically powered by a 1,350-mAh USB rechargeable battery which provides up to 52 hours of light. For a second function, it gives you a backup boost for your phone in camp or out of power. Lighting modes include, red night vision, white lanternred and white strobe and white point light. It works perfectly for anyone that enjoys outdoor activities including camping.

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•             Tribit XSound Go

Another candidate for best value wireless speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is one of the best ones for the money — about $32 at Amazon, depending on which color you choose. And if you’re willing to spend a little more, around $55, you can pick up the larger MaxSound Plus, which has richer sound with more bass.

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•             JBL Clip 3

It usually sells for $60 to $70, but the JBL Clip 3 will drop to just $30 later this month at Best Buy. Regardless its size, this little wireless speaker is great for music or podcasts. It’s waterproof, travels well, recharges via USB and the built-in carabiner lets you clip it anywhere. It’s also available in at least a dozen colors, which makes it great for gifting.

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•             Logitech K380 keyboard

Logitech’s K380 has been around for a while, but it’s still a great keyboard for the money — perfect for computers, tablets, phones and more. You can find it for less than $30 online.

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•             Xcentz Portable Charger 10,000 mAh

Although it’s not incredibly personal, no one’s going to be upset with a portable battery pack as a gift, especially one that’s among the smallest and lightest 10,000-mAh batteries with 18-watt power delivery and QuickCharge 3.0 for devices that support it. This one has both a USC-C port and a USB-A port and can be used with both Android and Apple phones, though no cables are included. Certain colors cost as little as $30.

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•             Gunnar Optiks blue light blocking glasses

For years Gunnar Optiks has been designing “computer glasses” that blocks blue light and help alleviate the eye strain that you get from staring at displays for long periods. The glasses come in a variety of styles and a few different tints.

The Vertex Riot and Intercept are all priced at less than $50. You can add a specific lens through the Gunnar website.

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•             Third-gen Echo Dot with Clock

The third-gen of Amazon’s mini Alexa voice-enabled speaker comes with an LED display that can show the time, outdoor temperature or timers. Its list price is $60 but it typically sells for less than $50

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•             RAVPower 61W Dual-Port Charger

With both a USB-C PD port and a good old-fashioned USB-A port, RAVPower 61W Dual-Port Charger can charge any device from phones to a wireless headphone to a full-on laptop. This device charges almost everything, including the Nintendo Switch, Kindle and iPad. It’s another perfect kift idea for someone who loves camping or traveling light.

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