As organized as you may be during the holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ll still need to find that one last-minute Christmas gift you hadn’t planned on. If you’ve already blown through your present budget, you’ll also want to get it on the cheap.
In this article, we have eight tech-related last-minute Christmas gifts to help you with your holiday race against the clock. These gifts are all reasonably priced, with all but one coming in under $50.
The one exception to our $50 limit is the recently launched Honor 7x phone. This is easily the best Android phone you can purchase for under $200 and honestly compares with many phones double its price. It’s the latest budget phone from Huawei’s Honor brand, yet it still has high-end features like a 5.93-inch 18:9 display, Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 octa-core processor, 3 GB of of RAM, 32 GB of onboard storage, a dual rear camera setup with a 16 MP primary sensor and a secondary 2 MP sensor, an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 3,340 mAh battery.
You can snap it up now directly from Honor for $199.99. If you’re looking to get a loved one a mobile device that looks much more expensive than it truly is, this is without a doubt a great choice.
Google Home Mini/Amazon Echo Dot
The connected speaker trend continues to gain steam, and the two leaders in that space, Google and Amazon, are currently selling their entry-level speaker products at a $20 mark down. The Google Home Mini
uses Google Assistant as its digital helper. Owners can use voice commands to get news, sports and weather updates, play music, and more. You can even use it to call any phone in the US or Canada. The Google Home Mini, normally priced at $49, is on sale through the holiday shopping season at $29.
The Amazon Echo Dot
is very similar to the Google Home Mini. The small connected speaker also uses a digital assistant, Amazon Alexa. You can shop on Amazon with voice commands, get news updates, stream music from Amazon Prime Music and other services, and much more. It allows voice calls, but only to other speakers or Alexa-based products. The Echo Dot is available from Amazon for $29.99, a $20 holiday discount from its usual $49.99 price tag.
Roku Streaming Stick
We now live in a connected smart TV world, with tons of different streaming services and streaming devices to choose from. The Roku Streaming Stick makes it easy to turn your HDMI-based TV into a one-stop appliance for nearly every TV streaming service available, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others. You can even access live TV with services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and more. Roku even has its own channel, with free movies and TV shows (supported by ads). The Roku user interface is easy to navigate with a remote, and it even supports voice commands for searching and launching programs. For that someone on your list who loves TV, this is the perfect last-minute Christmas gift. Snap it up on Amazon for under $50.
Anker SoundCore Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Most people own a smartphone, but with a few exceptions the audio quality is pretty poor. One solution is to get an external Bluetooth speaker, and Anker is one of the best-known players in that arena. The Anker SoundCore Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker has two 6W high-performance drivers, along with its BassUp technology for excellent audio. And the battery will last up to 24 hours on a single charge. It’s perfect for playing music, podcasts, or audio books from your phone, and it’s available from Amazon for just $39.99.
CB3 Fit Sport Wireless Earbuds Headphones
If you want to listen to your favorite songs and podcasts by yourself without disturbing anyone, you’ll need a good set of headphones. The CB3 Fit Sport Wireless Earbuds are an excellent, affordable choice. They have solid sound quality, and playback controls are built into the earbuds. You should get up to seven hours of use with a single battery charge, and they are IPX4 water resistant certified, so your sweat shouldn’t affect them. Amazon is selling this excellent last-minute Christmas gift for $39.99.
Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger
You can never get too much battery life from your smartphone. Getting an external battery as a last-minute Christmas gift should be a high priority for any friend or family member. Anker offers this 20,100 mAh battery inside a relatively small body (12.5 ounces). The battery should be enough to charge up even the most power-hungry phones several times before needing a recharge of its own. Amazon is selling it now for $41.99.
Amazon Gift Card with Red Gift Box Envelope
Yes, we know, a gift card is the stereotypical last-minute Christmas gift, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be greatly appreciated by those you give it to. We would suggest getting a gift card from Amazon, since your family member or friend can usually get anything they want from the online retailer. While there are tons of different envelops you can choose for your Amazon gift card, our favorite holiday pick is the red paper gift wrapping with gold bow. Best of all, you can get one of these gift cards for as low as $15 to match whatever your budget allows.
That’s our look at eight affordable, last-minute Christmas gifts. Which one would you pick to give to family or friends? Let us know in the comments!
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