Most people associate the best tech gifts with highest price tags. But there are plenty of great tech gift ideas that won’t decimate your holiday budget and can still make the most serious nerd’s life a little bit easier — like accessories for their new iPhone Xs, gadgets that’ll turn a regular home into a smart one, even an Alexa-enabled singing fish. And to make the hunt for these still-useful-but-not-too-expensive tech gifts a little easier, we found 24 of the best gadgets and gizmos to give your favorite techie this holiday season, all of which are under $50 and readily available on Amazon.
As thin as two credit cards, this Tile slides easily into a wallet or purse and will let them keep track of where it is through the accompanying app.
Big Mouth Billy Bass – Compatible with Alexa
America’s favorite singing fish is now a smarter than ever. This newest version of the Big Mouth Billy Bass is compatible with Alexa, able to lip-sync responses to voice commands. (But remember: They need an Amazon Echo device to make it work.)
Eton The American Red Cross FR1 Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger
This hand-crank radio also has a built-in flashlight and phone charger, making it ideal to keep on hand in case the power goes out. Plus, it’s approved by the American Red Cross.
FOR THE MOST part, updating apps and your phone is important. Not only will you get improvements to your apps and bug fixes, but it can also mean security updates too.
It’s recommended that you update your apps as soon as they arrive, but you only want to do that when you’re connected to WiFi. Some apps, especially games, are large and updates for them can really eat into your data usage.
In certain cases, your phone is automatically set to update apps but if you want to check and make sure mobile data isn’t being used, you can.
On iOS, go into Settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store. Here you will see some options. The first is automatic downloads which include Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks and Updates.
Underneath it is the option to use mobile data and if you turn it off, the above will only update on WiFi. If you keep it on, downloads are limited to a file size of 100MB or lower but that can still eat into your data allowance.
On Android, you need to go into Google Play itself. Swipe out the left-hand menu and go into settings. Here you will see Auto-update apps at the top of the screen. Tapping on it will give you the option to update via WiFi only or do it at any time.
Scrolling further down will show you other options like adding new apps to the home screen automatically or notifications for when updates are available. You can turn these off if you wish to keep your home screen and notifications uncluttered.