- With 2015 coming to an end, it is time to prepare for the holidays and start picking up gifts. Tech and Android gifts are by far some of the most popular holiday gift options, and where better to look for budget options than the China and their amazing tech deals.
Our holiday buying guides are going to cover a few different budgets, but to start with we are looking at gifts that can be picked up for less than $50. So get you pens and paper ready to make your shopping list and read our top tech and Android gifts under $50.
There is a lot to look at in this post so for easy navigation the following links will take you directly to the products you are interested in:
- Headphones and earphones
- Bluetooth wireless speakers
- Quadcopters and drones
- Android TV boxes and Media Players
- Wearables and smartwatches
- Battery Packs and Power banks
- Action and sports cameras
Top 25 tech and Android gift ideas for under $50 – 2015
Please note all prices were accurate at the time of writing.
Earphones and Headphones Under $50
Huawei AM180 active noise cancellation earphones
It’s usually the Xiaomi Piston range of earphones we turn to for decent budget Hi-Fi audio, but Huawei’s lesser known offerings are equally good. The Huawei AM180 offer advanced noise reduction and active noise cancellation features and simple one button control.[go_pricing id=”huawei_am180″]
1More Design Super Bass Earphones
1More Design are the same company behind Xiaomi’s range of earphones, so you know they can make great products. The 1More Design Super Bass are in ear buds with alloy construction, high-quality audio and amazing low-price.
1More Design Super Bass Over ear
For better clarity, noise reduction and comfort it is hard to beat a good set of over ear headphones. Again we have a pair from 1More Design, and they actually look considerably better than the over ears then made for Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Hybrid earphones
You can read my Xiaomi Hybrid earphone review here, but for a quick recap they are simple stunning. The new Xiaomi Hybrid feel better made, are more comfortable and offer better bass then the previous Xiaomi Piston 3. They might not come in the same fancy packaging but they are amazing earphones.[go_pricing id=”xiaomi_hybrid”]
Bluetooth Speakers under $50
Splashproof NFC speaker and powerbank
This gift could kill 2 birds with one stone. On the face of it this is a rugged water resistant speaker with easy one touch NFC set-up, but it also boasts a 4000mAh battery pack that can double as a portable powerbank.[go_pricing id=”water_resistant_speaker”]
ADO Mate 3 NFC Speaker
The ADO Mate 3 speaker is a really simple, but very powerful mini Bluetooth speaker. As I reported in my review of the ADO Mate 3, this little cube has enough power to fill a good-sized room with clear audio. NFC means easy set up, and a large battery lets up run the Mate 3 for around 15 hours.[go_pricing id=”ado_mate_3″]
20w Bluetooth Speaker with SD
Here’s another outdoor speaker that can handle the weather plus double us as a power bank. This time around the speaker packs a 4400mAh battery pack, and music can either be streamed over Bluetooth of from an SD card.[go_pricing id=”bluetooth_sd”]
Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker
CNC alloy Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker. Sleek and stylish design for indoor use, with easy NFC set up and built-in 1200mAh battery.[go_pricing id=”xiaomi_speaker”]
Quadcopters and Drones under $50
MJX M901 Nano Hexacopter
As you can tell by the name, this nano drone doesn’t have 4 rotors but instead 6. The extra rotors mean more stability in the air and a more fun, easy to fly drone. Similar to other mini drones the MJX M901 is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.[go_pricing id=”mjx901″]
Cheerson CX10 Mini Drone
We actually reviewed the Cheerson CX10 earlier in the year, and for such a small quadcopter this tiny drone is actually a lot of fun. The small size means you can take off and land in the palm of your hand, but the small motors have enough power for fast flight and even 360 flips.[go_pricing id=”cheerson_cx10″]
HT F803R 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis RTF Quadcopter
The HT F803R quadcopter is an easy to flight drone features 360 degree flip feature for stunts and tricks. The “ready to fly” model comes with a fully functional 2.4Ghz radio transmitter and can be easily charged via USB. LED lights also make this a cool UFO to fly isn low-light.
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2.4G 4CH 6 Axis RTF RC Quadcopter
A mini quadcopter that is suitable for indoor or outdoor fun and fun enough for beginners and experts alike. This quadcopter sports a 6-axis gyro for super stable flight, a 0.3 mega-pixel camera for aerial photos and a flight time of up to 8 minutes.
Android TV boxes and Media Players under $50
The Google Chromecast may have reinvented the TV dongle, but it is the Chinese EasyCast OTA that disrupts at a super low-price. On sale now at only $11.99, the EasyCast OTA simply connects to your TV’s HDMI out for streaming content from your mobile device directly to the big screen.[go_pricing id=”easycast2015″]
Xiaomi Mini TV Box
Xiaomi released a lot of cool kit this year, and that included an update to the the Xiaomi MiTV Android TV Box line. The Xiaomi Mini TV Box is a pint-sized Android box that will allow you to stream content to your TV. Just be sure that when ordering you version has been rooted and has English.[go_pricing id=”xiaomi_mini”]
Beelink MX Mini TV Box
The Beelink MX Mini TV Box has a lot going for it! Although it comes in well under $50, this 0.7-inch tall box features a powerful Amlogic S905 CPU, Mali 450GPU and 1GB RAM, and that allows this Android TV box to play 2K and 4K video.[go_pricing id=”beelink_2015″]
Wearables and Smartwatches for under $50
Zeblaze Rover Smartwatch
Zeblaze have been carefully carving out a niche market for themselves and currently produce two smartwatches. The most affordable of the two is the Zeblaze Rover, but don’t let the low-cost fool you, this wearable has all the features we have come to expect from Chinese wearables.[go_pricing id=”zeblaze_rover”]
No.1 D3 Smartwatch
No.1 are no strangers to making smartwatches but this is their first budget offering so far. The D3 costs just $22.99 and comes in a range of colours (blue, pink, white, black etc). Features are similar to the other watches listed here, but there is also built in call support so you don’t need to have it connected to a phone to make full use of it. The D3 also supports Micro SD support and a large 380mAh battery.[go_pricing id=”no1_d3″]
No.1 S2 Smartwatch
Another entrant from No.1, the S2 has got to be one of the best looking smartwatches on the list. This wearable looks like a traditional watch with full metal construction, choice of black, silver or gold colours and even a 1.3 mega-pixel built-in camera. The S2 comes with a metal strap, but the link below also includes an additional leather strap too.[go_pricing id=”no_s2″]
Rwatch R11 Smartwatch
Rwatch are a new brand to the pages of GizChina, but the R11 smartwatch is a good-looking device at a nice entry price point. The Rwatch R11 has a modern watch design with leather strap, IP67 certification and even a built in infrared remote control.[go_pricing id=”rwatch_r11″]
Battery Packs and Power banks for under $50
Xiaomi 16,000mAh Battery Pack
What would be worse than to run out of juice during the holidays, well with a 16,000mAh Xiaomi powerbank this is not going to be a concern. Xiaomi make a few battery packs, but the 16,000mAh model is a good balance between size and portability.[go_pricing id=”xiaomi_16000″]
Ultrathin 20,000mAh powerbank
If you don’t mind a no name battery pack then these 20,000mAh options offer good value. At just $15.03 they won’t break the bank and with all that power on-board your smartphone should never break connection.[go_pricing id=”ultrathin_20000″]
32,000mAh power bank
Coming with twice the power that the Xiaomi battery pack offers, this 32,000mAh power bank offers huge charging potential. In addition to the large capacity, this unit also features a LCD display, and even has a built-in flashlight making it even more useable.[go_pricing id=”32000_battery”]
Sports Action Cameras for under $50
I’ve tested a few SJCAM action cameras this year and they have all been really impressive. The SJCAM SJ7000 is a budget model with up to 1080p video support which might not sound as impressive as 2K or 4K but is still more than enough for most of us. Like other SJCAM cameras the SJ7000 also has a built-in screen and 170 degree wide angle lens.
Eken H9 4K action camera
The Eken H9 manages to pull of 4K video recording on a serious budget. At $47.99 this is a low-cost action camera so you don’t really need to worry about it that much when being extreme in the wilderness. 4K is the really big feature here but the be aware that 4K is recorded at 10fps. 1080p records at a respectable 60fps however.[go_pricing id=”eken_h9″]
That’s it for our Top 25 Tech and Android gifts under $50 (2015 holiday gift guide), keep posted for tomorrow when we plan to post a under $100 gift guide, and also other upcoming holiday gift ideas.
The amount of affiliate links in this thread.. Nice 😉
You would think those 500 ads on the sides would be enough….. -_-
anyone got any experience with gearbest? the reviews on the site are pretty good – I wont visit china for a period of time and Wanna see if i can get some things from there because their pricing is very agressive
I have heard mixed results from them, but you get that with every reseller. Just always use Paypal and you will never have an issue.
me too , thats why im concerned
Ordered there several times, never had any problem (but never had to use their waranty either)
I ordered 5 times from them and everything was ok for me.
Nice of you to remove my comment 😉
did your comment deleted?
Fake capacity power banks (besides Xiaomi’s).
And this comment will be deleted in 3…2…
No one deletes comments here….
@balcobomber25:disqus, how are you so sure about that? It has happened to me here and even on the GizChina FB page too. Which was the reason why I completely stopped posting in there.
Andi and Yash have both said it many times, I have no reason to doubt either of them. I have probably posted here more than anyone and have never had a single comment deleted, and a lot of my comments are blasting their sponsors.
Like I said, it has happened to me. Whether you doubt them or not is none of my business. Just telling you my experience is all. And yea, people do say things and do another thing.
Happens to me too, whenever I use my disqus account. First they were continuously marked as spam even though this wasn’t making any sense at all. Now the simply disappear after like 5 minutes or so.
No one is deleting them, I don’t have time to be on here watching for comments to delete every 5 minutes.
That would be a full time job for you to read just my comments lol.
That I can verify.
Aside from the Xiaomi power banks, I dont trust any other one in the list. I have bought no name power banks from China and they ended up being just fakes and less than 5000mAh for something that was advertized to have 100,000mAh.
Yea I am with you I made that mistake a few times buying no names in markets in Asia, maybe one out of 5 times the capacity is actually what’s listed.
I am not that willing to embark on a trial and error marketing with my money. If one out of 5 is real, then its not worth it. I might as well buy well known products that I am sure of.
I don’t even really trust the Xiaomi ones unless I buy it direct from them, there is so many knock off Xiaomi products.
Yea so true.
Huawei AM180 vs Xiaomi Hybdrid vs Soundmagic E10s ?
vs OnePlus Icons?
Got a Chuwi Hi8 from Aliexpress on Black Friday for 42$ – best deal of the year!!!
ADO Mate 3 vs Xiaomi CNC Alloy speaker ?? Which one sounds better ?