Christmas is coming and although a lot of us aren’t technically finished with our shopping yet, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed with this year’s collection of gizmos. 2012 has brought with it many user-friendly, cost-effective and fun gadgets to make the lives of your loved ones easier and more enjoyable. If you’ve been wrestling with a lack of time, money or inspiration here are 7 clever, useful and affordable tech gifts under $50.00.
Hoodie Buddies ($29)– Isn’t it nice when form and function get it together? Hoodie Buddies are cozy sweatshirts and streamline jackets, which feature drawstring earbuds and a special secure pocket for a listening device. They’re machine washable and available in a variety of sizes and colors. They’ll never worry about forgetting their headphones again!
JAM Speaker by HMDX Audio ($35) - Good things come in adorable packaging and the JAM Speaker is a good thing. This powerful, rechargeable and stylish speaker can connect with any Bluetooth enabled device from up to 30 feet away and will provide up to 4 hours of portable, wirefree rock. Its available in 6 vibrant colors and comes looking like a sweet little jam jar. Everybody’s ready for this jelly.
The Sirius Onyx Dock-and-Play Car Kit ($39) is perfect, not only for music lovers, but also for those who love NPR, are obsessed with great comedy or for crazy sports fans. It has universal docking capabilities, which means it would be easy to your people to move it into their house if the game is not over when they pull into their driveways.
Roku LT ($49) - In an age when many are swapping their cable packages for Internet providers, the Roku LT can come in very handy. This teeny, cost efficient device allows them to stream the most current and popular shows directly to their television using Netflix, HBO GO or Hulu Plus. Help your friends catch up on Girls, Mad Men or Downton Abbey quickly so that you’re allowed to talk to each other when the new seasons start!
Audiovox ECCO Personal Pocket GPS Locator – ($54... okay, it's just over $50!) Most of us have a friend who is a little directionally challenged. And the rest of us are that friend. This Personal Pocket GPS Locator can return them right back to their car, their house or the store where you just forgot your wallet. (I mean, your friend. Where your friend just left her wallet.) It’s LED backdrop and long battery life make it a breeze to use. And no one needs to know if you buy two.
JuiceBar Portable Solar Charger ($45) – You know those people who always have a full schedule and a dead phone? The JuiceBar Portable Solar Charger would be the gift for them. This ingenious little guy is no bigger than an iPhone and allows a person to charge most phones, iPods, Kindles, tablets, handheld games, GPS devices and more. Even better the JuiceBar itself can recharge via USB drive OR by solar panel! It is perfect for those who travel internationally, commute to work daily and for those who like to camp. It also features a built in LED flashlight.
iPod Shuffle ($49) - The current incarnation of the iPod Shuffle is the no brainer, guaranteed to please gift for any member of your inner circle this year. It clips on to any collar, cuff or coattail, making it great for athletes and travelers. It talks to you, telling you a song’s title and artist, which means you won’t miss the screen of a larger iPod at all. It comes in 7 gorgeous colors, so you’ll know whose is whose. And it has new easy to use buttons. Best of all - its $49.99. It can also be engraved at an additional cost. “To Me. From Me. Great job with the presents this year....”