Must-Have Small Electronics For Gifting

If you have a big family or a lot of friends, birthdays, holidays, and special events can add up quickly and be financially taxing. Not everyone has an endless budget to spend on gifts year-round for all our loved ones. If your friends or family are tech-savvy, though, there are quite a few affordable gifts under $50. From portable speakers to wireless in-ear headphones, home security devices to ebook readers, retailers often have gadgets galore at wallet-friendly prices that let you tell your gift recipient that you like them enough to purchase something a little pricier than a scented candle. Here are some affordable electronics that are sure to please:

8Bitdo SN30 Pro+

The gamers in your life who use a PC or Nintendo Switch will be thrilled to receive the 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ gamepad. While it has a tad less nostalgic appeal than its predecessor, it more than makes up for it with plenty of customization and a more comfortable design. This is also a perfect gamepad to play fighting games on Nintendo Switch.

Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera

Families with young children and single pals will appreciate the Mi Home Security Camera. It offers motion-detection alerts, detects and records motion events, and is reasonably priced. This indoor security camera records motion events locally, meaning that they won’t have to pay for cloud storage.

Google Nest Mini

If you aren’t a fan of Alexa, the Google Nest Mini is an affordable Google Assistant smart speaker alternative. Smaller than the Google Home, this Mini stick knows a few tricks, such as pairing with a more powerful Bluetooth speaker, and serving like an intercom. JBL also has some great smart speakers.

Amazon Fire 7

iPads are great devices, but one will set you back at least a couple hundred dollars. For a more affordable way to surf the web, watch Netflix, and read ebooks, Amazon Fire 7 tablets are easy to use, have a color ebook reader and a good basic video player.

Amazon Smart Plug

The Smart Plug from Amazon is the first electronic with Simple Wi-Fi Setup right out of the box, which will help your loved one get new devices on nearby Wi-Fi networks quickly. It pairs easily with any nearby Alexa-enabled devices such as Fire TV or Echo. This handy little smart plug will allow them to turn on their smart home devices like lights and the coffee maker when they ask.

iHome iSP6X SmartPlug

This smart plug offers the perfect combo of features, affordability, and third-party support. It makes it easy to control pretty much anything in a home with a smartphone. In addition to hooking up with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, it also works with Wink, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple HomeKit.

Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb White and Color

If you know someone who likes to choose their own indoor ambiance, this smart bulb is an easy way to add the ability to change the color of the lighting to their home. While it doesn’t offer nearly as much third-party integration as its competition, it doesn’t require a hub, lets them choose from a massive 16 million colors, and it supports voice commands from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.


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