Top 25 Tech and Android gifts under $50 (2015 Holiday Buying Guide)


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      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:

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

Huawei AM180 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.

Huawei AM180 earphones

$44.34
  • Active noise canceling earphone.
  • Oxygen-free copper wire core and rose gold plating 3.5mm earphone port
  • Adjustable design for comfortable fit.
  • Simple one button remote.

1More Design Super Bass Earphones

onemore superbass

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

$16.99
  • Metal construction and textured finish.
  • Beryllium diaphragm.
  • Kevlar coated cable.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS.

1More Design Super Bass Over ear

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.

1More Design Super Bass Over Ear

$45.77
  • Aviation metal composite.
  • Titanium steel memory headband.
  • Kevlar fibre coated cable.
  • 104dB sensitivity.

Xiaomi Hybrid earphones

xiaomi hybrid earphone review

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.

Xiaomi Hybrid Earphone

$24.99
  • CNC machined metal construction
  • Improved bass compared to Xiaomi Piston 3.
  • Kevlar fibre coated cable.
  • 101dB sensitivity.

Bluetooth Speakers under $50

Splashproof NFC speaker and powerbank

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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.

Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker

$25.88
  • Weather resistant portable speaker.
  • Bluetooth and NFC.
  • Shock resistant perfect for outdoors use.
  • Doubles as a 4000mAh power bank.

ADO Mate 3 NFC Speaker

ado m3 speaker review

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.

ADO MATE 3

$15.22
  • Simple NFC Bluetooth Speaker.
  • Built-in 1800mAh battery good for 15 hours use.
  • Compact design 5.0 x 5.0 x 4.8 cm
  • 4w Speakers.

20w Bluetooth Speaker with SD

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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.

Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker

$28.99
  • Weather resistant portable speaker.
  • Bluetooth, SD card and AUX in.
  • Shock resistant perfect for outdoors use.
  • Doubles as a 4400mAh power bank.

Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker

xiaomi speaker

CNC alloy Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker. Sleek and stylish design for indoor use, with easy NFC set up and built-in 1200mAh battery.

Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker

$32.99
  • CNC machined alloy body.
  • Bluetooth and NFC.
  • 1200mAh battery for up to 10 hours audio playback.
  • Measures 154.5×62×25.3mm

Quadcopters and Drones under $50

MJX M901 Nano Hexacopter

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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.

MJX X901 Nano Hexacopter

$21.99
  • Function: Up/Down,turn Left/right,leftward, rightward, sideward flying, 3D flip, 3D rolls, one key to roll button
  • 5 minute flight time.
  • Up to 150m range.
  • Buit-in LED lights.

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.

Cheerson CX10 mini drone

$15.99
  • 4 channel mini rolling quadcopter.
  • Flight time: about 3-5 minutes
  • Control distance: about 20-50M
  • 2.4GHz Wireless 4 channel Remote Control

HT F803R 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis RTF Quadcopter

HT F803R 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis 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.

HT F803R quadcopter

$26.27
  • Quadcopter Size: 140 * 140 * 40mm
  • Flight Time: about 4-5 minutes
  • Control Distance: about 50 Meters
  • 2.4GHz Wireless 4 channel Remote Control

2.4G 4CH 6 Axis RTF RC Quadcopter

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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.

Baynag 6 axis quadcopter

$38.56
  • 6 axis gyro for super stable flight.
  • Built-in 0.3 mega-pixel camera.
  • Flight times of between 6-8 minutes.
  • 2.4GHz 4-channel full function radio transmitter.

Android TV boxes and Media Players under $50

EasyCast OTA

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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.

EasyCast OTA

$11.99
  • 2.4G WiFi 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity
  • Support DLNA, Miracast, EZAir (Airplay)
  • HDMI 1.4, 1080P full HD output

Xiaomi Mini TV Box

xiaomi mini tv android 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.

Xiaomi Mini TV Box

$40.98
  • Mediatek Quad-core MT8685 Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • Dolby Audio and DTS Support

Beelink MX Mini TV Box

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.

EasyCast OTA

$43.13
  • Amlogic S905 Quad-core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • Android 5.1
  • Supports 2K and 4K video

Wearables and Smartwatches for under $50

Zeblaze Rover Smartwatch

zeablaze 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.

Zeblaze Rover Smartwatch

$29.99
  • Mediatek MTK2501 processor for wearables.
  • Tough OGS 1.54-inch touch screen.
  • Leather wrist strap, and water resistant metal body.
  • 250mAh battery, 72 hours standby.
  • Functions include: Bluetooth calling, messaging, health tracker, remote control (for certain phone features), notifications.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS devices.

No.1 D3 Smartwatch

no1 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.

No.1 D3 Smartwatch

$22.99
  • Mediatek MTK6261 processor.
  • 1.22-inch 128 x 128 touch display.
  • Supports micro SD cards of up to 16GB.
  • Large 380mAh battery.
  • Functions include: Bluetooth calling, messaging, health tracker, remote control (for certain phone features), notifications.
  • Heart Rate Monitor.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS devices.
  • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

No.1 S2 Smartwatch

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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.

No.1 S2 Smartwatch

$49.99
  • Mediatek MTK6260 processor.
  • 1.33-inch 240 x 240 touch display.
  • 350mAh battery for 5 day standby.
  • Make calls, Text messages, Synchronization time weather, Photo camera, Call logs,contacts. Independent music player, Heart rate monitor, Pedometer Exercise can also connect a Bluetooth headset to listen to independent music inside the watch

Rwatch R11 Smartwatch

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.

Rwatch R11 Smartwatch

$44.58
  • Mediatek MTK2501 processor.
  • 1.22-inch 128 x 128 touch display.
  • IP67
  • 220mAh battery.
  • Functions include: Bluetooth calling, messaging, health tracker, remote control (for certain phone features), notifications.
  • Heart Rate Monitor.
  • Compatible with Android and iOS devices.
  • Infrared Remote.

Battery Packs and Power banks for under $50

Xiaomi 16,000mAh Battery Pack

xiaomi 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.

Xiaomi 16,000mAh Powerbank

$29.99
  • Vibrant alloy body.
  • 16,000mAh battery has enough power to charge 5.5 iPhone 6.
  • Made to meet and exceed strict safety measures.
  • 2 x USB.

Ultrathin 20,000mAh powerbank

ultrathin 20000mah battery pack

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.

Ultrathin 20,000mAh battery pack

$15.03
  • 9.8mm thin alloy body.
  • 20,000mAh battery.
  • Protecting your phones from overcharging, short circuit, discharging.
  • Four LED indicators show you the energy state of external battery and can be used as flashlight.
  • 2 x USB.

32,000mAh power bank

32000mAh battery

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.

32,000mAh battery with flashlight

$38.56
  • Huge 32,000mAh battery capacity.
  • Built-in display for monitoring charge level.
  • Built-in flashlight for use in emergency.
  • 2 x USB.

Sports Action Cameras for under $50

SJCAM SJ7000

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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.

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SJCAM SJ7000 action camera

$48.99
  • Novatek 96655 chipset.
  • Built-in 2-inch LCD display.
  • 170 degree wide angle lens.
  • 900mAh battery.

Eken H9 4K action camera

eken h9 4k 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.

Eken H9 4K action camera

$47.99
  • Sunplus 6330M OV4689 chipset
  • 4K at 10fps, 2.7K at 15fps, 1080p at 60 / 30fps, 720p at 120 / 60fps
  • 170 degree wide angle lens.
  • WIFI and app for phone control.

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.

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