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21 Nice Items for $50 or Much less

$25 at Amazon

The Anker Nano Power Bank has an integrated foldable USB-C plug

Anker Nano Energy Financial institution (USB-C)

Finest new compact energy financial institution with foldable USB-C connector

$20 at Amazon


LifeStraw Peak Collection Private Water Filter

Journey water air purifier

$43 at Amazon


Gerber Gear Armbar Drive Multitool

Compact multitool

$29 at Amazon


Apple AirTags

Tiny tracker to seek out misplaced keys and extra

$30 at Amazon


Clckr Stand and Grip for MagSafe (2nd gen)

Finest magnetic stand and grip

$35 at Amazon


Soundpeats RunFree

Finest worth open-ear neckband-style headphones

$40 at Amazon


Anker 622 MagGo magnetic battery

Wi-fi battery that doubles as a stand

$41 at Amazon


iOttie Velox magnetic wi-fi charging automotive mount

MagSafe-compatible wi-fi charging automotive mount

$32 at Amazon


Baseus 65W 2-Port Flat Wall Charger

Slim charger that costs virtually something

$50 at Amazon


Tribit StormBox Micro 2

Finest worth micro Bluetooth speaker

Searching for an important present with out breaking the financial institution? We’re with you. Fortunately, there are many good present choices for lower than $50, and we have rounded up a number of of our favourite worth present picks. And if these do not fairly do it for you, you’ll be able to at all times up your funds a bit and take a look at our finest presents beneath $100

Small JBL Go 3 speaker resting on a table near a stack of books.


The JBL Go 3’s sturdy design, coupled with surprisingly respectable sound for its tiny measurement, make it one of many prime micro Bluetooth audio system on the market. Out there in a number of shade choices, it has an IP67 water-resistance ranking (it may be dunked in water and is dust-proof). Plus, the battery life is rated at as much as 5 hours. It is an important present for the music lover in your life.


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When you’re on the hunt for an honest pair of funds sun shades, Knockaround has numerous fashions, together with these with polarized and mirrored coatings, for $25 and even barely much less. They are not premium glasses clearly, however the lenses are fairly respectable and the glasses look dearer than their low value would point out. These designer sun shades additionally appear fairly sturdy. A number of completely different kinds, colours and lens choices can be found. 

The Anker Nano Power Bank has an integrated foldable USB-C plug

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When you’re on the lookout for a brand new energy financial institution to your new USB-C geared up iPhone 15, Anker’s Nano Energy Financial institution with an built-in foldable USB-C connector is an interesting selection — and it additionally costs Android gadgets (or something with a USB-C charging port). It is accessible in a number of shade choices.

This 5,000mAh energy financial institution weighs in at 3.5 ounces, or 100 grams. It options 22.5W of quick charging energy with the choice to cost two gadgets on the similar time when you plug a cable into the ability financial institution’s USB-C in/out charging port. (Charging two gadgets concurrently divides the charging energy in half, delivering 11.25W to every gadget.) 


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You should utilize the LifeStraw Peak Collection in a few methods: Use it as an precise straw to drink water straight from a lake or stream, or connect it to a plastic soda bottle that you’ve got crammed with water (we’re speaking a few bottle that has an ordinary screw-off prime). The reality is you’ll be able to drink some fairly nasty-looking water utilizing the LifeStraw, which filters out not solely silt, sand and cloudiness however micro organism, parasites and microplastics.

It is clearly good for mountaineering journeys and tenting, however lots of people hold them of their automobiles simply in case they get stranded someplace with out easy accessibility to ingesting water. It is also good for journeys to nations that do not have the cleanest ingesting water. 

Weighted blankets have grow to be a preferred merchandise that folks use to sleep higher. They hug your physique and distribute weighted glass beads evenly in small pockets. This blanket is breathable and machine-washable in a cleansing bag on the light cycle. And you’ll’t beat the value. You’ll want to activate the prompt coupon to avoid wasting just a few further bucks, too. 



Chirp Wheel foam rollers are available just a few completely different sizes and you should purchase a four-pack of them when you’re on the lookout for a set. However if you wish to begin with only one, the $50 10-inch medium measurement is an efficient one. 

Chirp Wheels, notably the bigger ones, have a much bigger circumference than your typical foam curler. They’re designed to suit between your shoulder blades, and I did discover them higher than your commonplace foam curler for stretching and realigning my vertebrae, although they’re pricier.


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Gerber makes some good multitools, and its Armbar Drive is certainly one of its most compact fashions, that includes eight instruments: a fine-edge blade, scissors, axe, 2-sided 1/4-inch bit driver, pry bar, bottle opener and hammer, all fabricated from stainless-steel. (The blade is held securely with a body lock.) I acquired the burnt orange mannequin, but it surely additionally is available in blue and onyx.  


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Here is a present that anybody who’s prone to shedding issues will recognize. Apple’s AirTags equipment work with any Apple gadget and use the corporate’s FindMy community — the identical one used to find misplaced iPhones. Connect them to keys, a backpack or absolutely anything else. It is $29 for one and $99 for 4, and when you purchase them by Apple, you will get free personalized engravings, too.

Learn our Apple AirTags hands-on.


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GSI Outside makes a bunch of insulated mugs and water bottles together with a bunch of camping-related cooking gear, together with stoves and chef’s instruments. But it surely’s additionally identified for its light-weight hip flasks that are available just a few completely different sizes and colours. I’ve used the smaller 6-ounce model, which is really pocketable, however the 10-ounce mannequin might be the correct selection for most individuals. Product of plastic, it has a shatter-resistant physique with rubberized bumpers. It does not price so much and it is a present that tends to be appreciated. 

Ice Shaker shaker bottle in blue

Ice Shaker

Created by former NFL fullback Chris Gronkowski (brother of Rob), the Ice Shaker not solely retains your drinks scorching or cool — for hours — however comes with a detachable twist-in agitator to assist combine your protein shakes (or anything that wants mixing). Out there in just a few completely different sizes and lots of enjoyable colours, it has a built-in deal with for straightforward carrying and begins round $35. It is one of many higher insulated bottles I’ve used and a good way to be sure you keep hydrated.


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Clckr’s new, trimmer Stand and Grip is certainly one of my favourite MagSafe equipment. The accent actually sticks to the again of your MagSafe-enabled cellphone or MagSafe-enabled case and never solely makes it simpler to carry up your cellphone however when transformed right into a kickstand, it props up your gadget properly in portrait or panorama mode for video calls or video watching.

This new model is lighter than the unique and accessible in a number of colours. It is among the finest MagSafe stands on the market.


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After releasing the RunFree Lite neckband-style open sports activities buds final 12 months, Soundpeats has provide you with a brand new, upgraded model with a extra versatile and comfy design and higher sound. Like its predecessor, the buds sit simply outdoors your ears and hearth sound into them from small audio system with 16.2mm drivers. The sound high quality nonetheless is not the best, however this new mannequin does provide higher readability with barely higher bass definition. They’re simply superb for informal listening.

They’re good and light-weight, they usually match my head securely — the headphones’ design undoubtedly feels extra premium (by that I imply much less low-cost). Geared up with Bluetooth 5.3, they’re IPX4 splash-proof and are rated for as much as 14 hours of battery life at reasonable quantity ranges. Anticipate to get lower than that, although, since you’ll doubtless play these at excessive quantity ranges, particularly outdoor the place you may encounter extra ambient noise. In addition they work decently for making voice calls, however do not count on business-class efficiency. 


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What’s cool about Anker’s 622 magnetic battery is that it is a wi-fi battery that has an built-in magnetic flap that converts right into a stand. You will not get quick wi-fi charging from this 5,000-mAh battery (it costs at as much as 7.5 watts), but it surely’s slim and simple to hold round. 

It costs through USB-C, and when you use a USB-C to Lightning cable to cost your iPhone, it can cost at a sooner fee of 12 watts. That is not as quick as what a 20-watt USB-C energy adapter can ship, but it surely’s sooner than 7.5 watts.


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Battery Life Rated as much as 45 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint SureHeadphone Sort On-ear wi-fi headsetWater-Resistant No IP ranking

Identified for its worth headphones and earbuds, JLab has launched a pair of on-ear headphones with an built-in growth microphone — it may be rotated up when simply listening to music — and multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you’ll be able to join them to your cellphone and pc concurrently. I am extra keen on the Jabra Elite 45h, which lists for $100 however often sells for round $75. However when you do not need to spend fairly that a lot, the Go Work is a strong pair of headphones, and headset, for its modest value. They’re additionally snug to put on, with a light-weight design. You will not mistake these for premium headphones however the construct high quality appears superb. 

Battery life is rated at as much as 45 hours at reasonable quantity ranges, and you’ll mute calls utilizing the multifunction button (an LED lights up on the finish of the growth mic when the decision is muted). I would not name the sound high quality for music listening and the headset efficiency stellar, however they’re good, notably for the value. For music listening, there’s ample bass and readability and a cable is included for wired use. The headphones cost through USB-C. Backside line: This can be a strong present for anybody who spends some or all of their time working remotely.


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Battery life Rated as much as 5 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint NoWater-Resistant Sure (IPX4– splash-proof)

What makes these Soundpeats Air3 Deluxe HS buds particular is that they sound surprisingly good for open earbuds — they’re fairly near what you get from Apple’s AirPods 3 for sound. On prime of that, they help Sony’s LDAC audio codec for gadgets that provide it. Not too many low-cost open earbuds have good sound, however these Soundpeats have good bass response and readability. They’re additionally good for making calls and have a low-latency gaming mode. You’ll want to activate the prompt coupon on the product web page to avoid wasting 8%.


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Making your TV sensible for the value of a takeaway meal? The Roku Specific 4K Plus provides lots of of apps and is straightforward to put in on a spare HDMI port in your tv. Roku is our favourite sensible TV interface, and it is easy to arrange with your personal apps. 



iOttie provides this MagSafe-compatible wi-fi automotive charger with a automotive vent mount. It has a powerful magnet, so your iPhone stays on the mount, and it additionally has an built-in USB-C cable and cigarette-lighter energy adapter so that you’re prepared to start out charging out of the field. Word that iPhone “quick” charging caps out at 7.5 watts. It makes for a pleasant present for anyone on the lookout for a magnetic automotive mount for his or her MagSafe-enabled iPhone. 


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This slim energy adapter is without doubt one of the higher values on the market, with twin USB-C PD (energy supply) ports, a USB-A and a complete of 65 watts of energy. That’ll assist you to cost most gadgets, together with some bigger USB-C laptops. It makes use of GaN know-how, which helps scale back the dimensions of the charger, and the plug is foldable. The great factor about it’s how light-weight and flat it’s for a 65W charger.


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Again in 2020, Tribit launched the StormBox Micro, a funds model of Bose’s wonderful SoundLink Micro speaker that delivered surprisingly good sound for its measurement and modest value. The second-gen StormBox Micro 2 provides improved sound and battery life, together with a charge-out function that turns the speaker into an influence financial institution for cell gadgets reminiscent of smartphones and tablets. An built-in strap lets you clip it to your backpack or your bike’s handlebars.

Learn our Tribit StormBox Micro evaluate.

A few of our favourite presents are just a bit greater than $50 — however usually you will see this stuff discounted near or beneath $50. So hold your eye out for offers and resolve when you’re prepared to place in slightly more money to seize certainly one of these indulgent finds, which could possibly be an important possibility as a present or for your self.

The Sony CH-520 is are budget on-ear headphones that sound surprisingly good

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Sony’s new entry-level CH-720N noise-canceling headphones got here out this 12 months they usually’re fairly good, however if you cannot afford them (they record for $150), the corporate’s new funds on-ear CH-520 headphones are an intriguing possibility for the value. They’re promoting for round $60 in the mean time, however we frequently see them on sale for $50 and even much less. 

They lack noise canceling and are fairly no-frills, however they function good sound for his or her value, are light-weight and fairly snug for on-ear headphones, and still have wonderful battery life — they’re rated for as much as 50 hours at reasonable quantity ranges. Moreover, they’ve multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you’ll be able to pair them with two gadgets concurrently (reminiscent of a smartphone and pc) and swap audio. Voice-calling efficiency is respectable, although less than the extent of what you get with the CH-720N. 

Word that there is no wired possibility — these are wi-fi, Bluetooth-only headphones. The CH-520 provide general balanced sound with respectable readability. The bass has some punch to it however does not pack a wallop, and you are not going to get fairly as extensive a soundstage as you get from Sony’s dearer over-ear headphones. However these undoubtedly sound higher than Sony’s earlier entry-level on-ear headphones and sound higher than I assumed they might. I attempted the white shade, however additionally they are available blue and black.



BioLite has a number of transportable lighting choices, and the Alpenglow 250 is without doubt one of the most inexpensive. It is a transportable “lantern” that has a number of modes and shade choices. As its title implies, it delivers 250 lumens of sunshine in just a few shade choices.

The step-up Alpenglow 500 (pictured on proper) provides 500 lumens for $15 extra. Each are rated for five hours of battery life on their excessive setting and as much as 200 hours on the low setting.

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