Let's face it; most of us aren't able to give iPads and laptops as holiday gifts every year. But hey, don't sweat it. If you have someone on your gift list that's always after the latest trends in technology, there's a good chance he or she already has those big-ticket items. What they really need are those smaller gadgets they'll likely never get around to buying for themselves.
The good news is there are plenty of cool tech gifts to snag at a reasonable price. Sure a $700 tablet is nice, but we've rounded up 10 awesome gadgets that slide in under the $50 mark.
Portable iPhone charger
$35 on UncommonGoods.com
For the friend who's constantly running around with a dead iPhone, a hip-looking portable iPhone charger is a great gift. Available in four different designs, simply plug the portable battery into an iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S and voilÃ ; the phone will instantly have three more hours of battery life.
Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Angle Bluetooth Speaker
$39.99 on Amazon.com
If you can't afford to buy the oh-so popular Jambox Bluetooth speaker this year, check out Cambridge SoundWorks' Oontz Angle Bluetooth speaker, which is $110 less than the Jambox. Available in a multitude of color choices, the Oontz Angle offers great battery life (up to 10 hours), built-in speakerphone capabilities and even comes with a carrying pouch. At around 10 ounces, the Oontz Angle is easy to take on the go and bust out for any impromptu dance parties or (less exciting) conference calls.
$35 on Google.com
At just $35, Google's Chromecast makes a great gift for that person in your life that's constantly watching TV shows and movies on tiny phone or laptop screens. The Chromecast is a dongle the size of a mini candy bar that plugs into a TV's HDMI slot, enabling the user to stream online videos and music using nearly all tablets, laptops, and smartphones. The Chromecast is compatible with iOS, Android, and Chrome for Mac and Windows. It supports Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora and Google Play with more supported apps to come.
Fitbug Orb fitness tracker
$49.95 on Fitbug.com
Ideal for couch potatoes you want to motivate or that fitness-obsessed friend on your holiday shopping list, the Fitbug Orb is one of the least expensive fitness wearables around. The button-sized Orb, which can be worn on the included watchband or clipped to your clothing, tracks the user's steps, distance, calories burned, speed and sleep. The Orb syncs that info to user's mobile device and the gadget's KiK app, which will send messages of encouragement or an e-nudge to get off that couch. Using energy-sipping Bluetooth 4.0, the Orb is capable of going six months between charges.
Photojojo iPhone and Android Four-Lens Series
$49 on Photojojo
The cameras on most new smartphones are now superior to the point-and-shoot camera you got during the holidays two years ago. If you know an avid Instagrammer, give them the gift of Photojojo's four lens series that includes Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angle and Macro lenses. Looking to spend a little less? Buy the lenses separately for $20 to $25 each.
Apple iPod Shuffle
$49 on Apple
Apple's iPod Shuffle is perfect for any music lover on your shopping list. At just 0.44 ounces, the Shuffle is extremely lightweight and simply clips to the hem of your clothes or bag to provide up to 15 hours of audio playback. It holds 2GB of music and comes in eight different colors. Go a step further by loading a handpicked playlist on to the iPod before giving it to that special someone.
MIMOBOT flash drives
$24.95 and up (depending on capacity) on Mimoco
Surprise! Flash drives can make a great gift. No, we're not talking about your standard, boring drive – Mimoco's designer drives are where it's at. All the superheroes, “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” characters you can think of are offered in flash-drive form, as are characters from “Transformers”, “South Park”, “My Little Pony”, “Hello Kitty,” “Adventure Time,” “G.I. Joe” and “Workaholics.” Available starting in 8GB ($24.95) and going up to 128GB ($129.95) capacities, MIMOBOTs are compatible with Macs and PCs and come preloaded with wallpapers, icons, screensavers, avatars and additional content based on the character you pick.
Snooze iPhone alarm clock
$34.99 to $49.99 on DistilUnion.com
Alarm clocks are so last season. If you're looking for the perfect present for a friend or coworker who's always late, check out the Snooze iPhone Alarm Clock. Snooze is a solid wood dock with a rubber top that provides a safe haven for the user's iPhone. No longer will it get knocked off the nightstand when trying to turn off an alarm or silence a call. With models compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C or 5S the dock comes with a free Snooze Alarm App to transform the iPhone into a genuine alarm clock.
Sony Bluetooth Stereo Headset SBH20
$42.99 plus $5.99 shipping on Amazon.com
Sony's Bluetooth Stereo Headset SBH20 is two gifts in one. Not only are you giving a multipurpose Bluetooth headset, you're also giving a quality set of earbuds. The SBH20 can be used to make calls and listen to music with surprisingly good sound quality. Runners can connect it to a pair of fitness headphones and the SBH20 can even connect to any set of speakers to stream music through a Bluetooth-enabled device. Those with NFC-enabled, or near field communication, smartphones can simply touch the SBH20 to their phone to instantly connect. This is the do-it-all gift your friends and family don't know they need and will thank you for later.
Spotify gift card
$10 and up on Spotify.com
An iTunes gift card is always appreciated, but do something a little different this year and give the gift of Spotify. Available in the amounts of $10, $30 and $60 (you can always buy multiple cards to up the ante), Spotify gift cards can be redeemed for a Spotify premium or unlimited subscription. The unlimited subscription ($4.99 a month) allows users to listen to music without ads from their computers. The premium subscription ($9.99 a month) gives users free rein to listen ad-free on all of their devices, even when they're offline. Plus, if you wait until the last minute to do your shopping, you can just run to your local 7-Eleven, Walmart, CVS, Staples, Target or Kroger store and buy one there.
Editor's note: Prices may vary.