The holidays can be an expensive time of year, not to mention stressful. And this year there are all sorts of COVID-related stresses and uncertainties.
With the idea of reducing the workload somewhat, I've compiled this list of cool and useful gadgets for less than $50.
I know that everything on this list is good quality and will last the test of time because everything here has been thoroughly tested to ensure quality and long-term durability.
These may be small, but they are mighty and powerful! I've used these petite water pump pliers to undo some seriously stuck fasteners -- even going so far as to put my foot on them -- and they haven't let me down!$43 at Amazon
Charge two devices simultaneously using this 5-coil wireless charging pad. Also, the 5-coil design means that it's harder to drop a phone on the pad, get the alignment wrong, and not get a charge.
I like this kit because it comes with an 18W charger, so you don't need to buy a separate one for the pad (which is annoying as it adds to the price).$35 at Amazon
Never lose your keys or wallet again! A superb 2-pack of Tile trackers that will probably get you buying more when you realize just how useful they are!$49 at Amazon
Still one of the best keychain multitools out there. Touch, reliable, well-made, awesome warranty, and a great selection of tools!
I have one and I've been using not -- and using it hard -- for many years, and while it's looking a bit rough, it works like new.$29 at Amazon
The perfect tool for securing your digital assets. Everything from your social media accounts, email, password manager, and much more can be secured by this one hardware key.
I've been using these for well over a year now, and not only have they streamlined my online security, they've also been super reliable.$45 at Yubico
There are a lot of different Swiss Army Knives out there (and take my advice -- don't bother with the cheap clones), but for under $50, this Huntsman is probably the best.
It offers a well thought out selection of tools, and yet is compact enough to slip into a pocket. Manage not to lose it, and this will give you years of service.$40 at Amazon
The best pen I've ever owned, and I've had one for years, and despite trying other pens, I keep coming back to this one. Tough, comfortable to use, writes well on almost every surface, and it comes with an unconditional warranty (just don't lose it!).$24 at Amazon
A set of the six most popularly used screwdrivers. And these aren't any old screwdrivers, these are insulated and tested to protect against accidentally touching live domestic wiring.
They also come in a nice wall-mounted holder.
A great set that's perfect for home use.$28 at Amazon
Most headlamps emit a beam of light. This one is different. Instead, the ACTIV 520 emits a 210-degree wide flood of 520 Lumens. It has five settings -- high, medium, low, red light, and pulse -- and can run for up to 32 hours from a single charge of the 1800mAh lithium-ion battery.
The whole package is comfortable and weatherproof to IPX4 standards.$49 at Amazon
At a little over $6 a smart plug, these are a great way to schedule things that happen in your home. Just bark a command at Alexa, Google Home Assistant, or using the app, and you can take control of power outlets in your home.
A very cheap and simple way to transform a home into a smart home.$25 at Amazon
Need more gift ideas?
Our sister sites also have the following gift guides:
- CNET: Stellar gifts for 2020
- GameSpot: Gift Ideas for 2020
- TechRepublic: Holiday gift guides for techies, remote workers, and everyone else on your list