We all struggle with finding good gifts, especially around the holidays. More so, finding a great gift for a tech enthusiast may even be a more daunting task if you’re not one yourself. Gift giving is a heartwarming endeavor that lets you show your loved ones how much you care. For a tech guru, there’s nothing that beats that feeling of unboxing a new gadget you just got – its just so therapeutic. So, in case you’re strapped for cash, I decided to scour the internet for the best cheap tech gifts under $30.
1. Joby Gorillapod ($25)
In this day and age, mobile phones have replaced digital cameras as our main tool for taking pictures. However, phones have their limitations when it comes to placing them for good shots or video shoots. The Gorillapod is brilliant. It can stand upright like a traditional tripod but the main selling point here is its legs are flexible, which allows it to grip unto almost anything you can mount a camera on. Also, it’s a great gift for someone who is into photography or video content creation.
2. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 ($29)
The Mi band 3 is one of the best fitness trackers $30 and below. It has an IP67 certification and also works for both iOS and android. In addition to counting steps, calories and sleep tracking, it also has a heart rate monitor which is pretty impressive at this price point. It definitely is one of the best tech gifts under $30.
3. Xiaomi Redmi Airdots ($25)
The Redmi Airdots are a really good pair of earbuds that don’t cost a fortune. At just $25, you get a pair of true wireless earbuds with an IPX4 rating and a 12-hour battery life with the charging case. It is also very lightweight and has noise cancellation features. It’s a steal at this price point, no way this wouldn’t make the list of the best tech gifts under $30.
4. Tile (2nd Gen) Item Finder ($20)
The Tile is a little device that you could clip to your keys, bag or any item of value to keep track of it. The tile would play a song in case you lost the object of value with the use of its dedicated app. If you’re in 50 – 100 feet of the lost object, the tile will place a previously set alarm till you find it. It works both ways, you can use the tile to find your phone too, even if it is on silent or vibrate. It also has a crowd finding feature whereby other user of the Tile can help locate your missing object. The tile connects via Bluetooth to any other Tile around it to determine its location. It’s definitely a cheap tech gift and could also be a life saver.
5. Crystal Blue NFC Tags ($17)
NFC(Near Field Communication) tags allow users to do a variety of tasks with a simple scan of the NFC tags. For instance, say you have 2 of them, you can place one on the kitchen counter. Whenever you place your phone on the NFC tag, your phone starts playing music from your desired playlist. You can also have them in different places performing different actions like turning off the lights, sending messages, putting your phone on silent and much more. The package comes with 11 NFC tags and adhesive tape that lets you stick it to anything. However, you have to do is ensure your phone is NFC-enabled and download a good NFC reading app to configure prompts.
6. ONXE USB LED CLOCK FAN ($15)
This is one cool gadget that can come in handy. In addition to being a fan, it is a clock and also displays temperature. Also, to give an accurate reading, it updates the temperature every 5 seconds. The fan plugs into a USB port and is flexible enough to put in any position. This can be pointed at the user or even used to further cool down say a laptop while gaming.
7. RC Quadcopter mini drone ($29.99)
I think it’s safe to say every kid nowadays would want to fly a drone. It’s the closest some of us will get to being pilots. But drones are not only for kids. The RC quadcopter could make a great for any tech enthusiast. It has a portable and foldable design and can fit in the palm. Just in case you’re buying for a kid, it is very easy to use. It also has a headless mode for kids where the direction of the drone is whichever way the pilot is facing, offering care-free flying. In addition, it has a one key takeoff and landing, making it an easy-to-use and one of the best tech gifts under $30.
8. Sony SRS-XBO1 wireless speakers ($19)
Listening to music or watching content on your phone is cool but adding an external speaker takes it up a notch. The SRS-XB01 are a set of inexpensive Bluetooth speakers which have so much value for money. In addition, at just $19, it comes with IPX5 splash and rain resistance, 6 hours of playback, built-in tactile controls and EXTRA BASS technology for good audio. Also, it comes in a variety of colors such as red, grey, black and blue. In short, at this price point, it is one of the best tech gifts under $25.