Holiday Gift under $50 for the IT Person in Your Life
Choosing the perfect holiday gift for someone is hard enough, but when it comes to the IT person in your life, it can sometimes prove outright challenging. With all the tech that’s available on the market—how do you know what to get them?
The good news is that there is something out there for all tastes, styles, and most importantly—budgets. We’ve come up with a top 10 list of the best gift to get the IT person in your life for the holiday season.
Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera – $30
The Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera packs a lot of tech into a small device. It detects, then records motion events inside your home. You can use it to monitor the baby, keep kitty off the kitchen counter, or use it as part of your home security system.
One of the more unique features is the built-in Bluetooth chip. If you have family members or guests who do not wish to be recorded, the camera will automatically hibernate when it detects their nearby phone.
The biggest advantage to buying this camera is that images and videos are stored locally, which means you don’t have to purchase a recurring monthly cloud subscription.
JBL GO2 – $29.95
Tech and IT workers often spends long hours at their desks. The JBL GO2 portable Bluetooth speaker will provide ample entertainment as they listen to their favorite podcasts or music while they work.
It measures a scant 2.8 by 1.3 by 3.4 inches, weighs a mere 6.5 ounces, and comes in 12 different colors. The JBL GO2 is also waterproof–and will stand up to the biggest Mountain Dew or coffee spills you can imagine.
Amazon Smart Plug – $24.99
The Amazon Smart Plug has Wi-Fi Simple Setup–an easy way to get non-internet-of-things (IoT) appliances and devices onto the Wi-Fi network. It works with Alexa (so make sure the person you’re buying this gift for has Amazon Alexa) and allows you to schedule fans, appliances, and lights to automatically turn on and off–or control them remotely. It’s super simple to set up. Simply plug it into the wall, and plug the appliance into the device.
Tile Pro – $25.00
Is the IT worker in your life always losing their keys or other small items? The Tile Pro can help them quickly and easily locate missing items. It works through a free app that’s downloaded to their smartphones.
When whatever it’s attached to decides to sprout a pair of legs and go missing, simply press a button on the app and the Tile Pro will emit an audible noise that will allow you to quickly locate whatever it’s attached to.
Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb White and Color – $24.99
Change the lighting–and mood–of any room in a house or apartment with the Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb. It’s controlled via Wi-Fi and a smartphone app that allows you to not only change colors, but automatically turn the lights on and off. Users can also connect the bulb to Alexa and Google Home, enabling a truly hands-free voice experience. With over 16 million colors to choose from, the Eufy Lumos is a great budget smart bulb for any IT professional on your gift list.
Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 – $33.94
The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 works with any Bluetooth-enabled tablet, computer, or cell phone. It provides users with an easier way to type than using the hunt-and-peck on-screen keyboard. Simply pair the two Bluetooth devices and then rest your tablet or cell phone in the yellow cradle. There’s no physical connection required.
Playstation Classic Console – $47.88
If you’re shopping for a GenX or Millennial IT professional, there’s a halfway decent chance they grew up playing the Classic Playstation video game system. This retro reboot features a downsized console for ease of portability and comes with 20 pre-installed Classic Playstation games. Users can hook this up to a computer monitor and game on-the-go!
Hubsan x4 Cam Plus Quadcopter – $40.97
Tech people love gadgets and there’s no better gift than a drone with a 1080p HD camera. The Hubsan x4 Cam Plus Quadcopter provides hours of entertainment as users get a bird’s eye view of the ground below. It’s designed for beginners, but has an expert mode that allows more precise control and maneuvers. The comfortable remote control resembles a video game controller and has a button that instructs the drone to take photos or videos.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Board – $39.88
If the IT professional in your life fancies themselves a tinkerer, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Board will provide them with a way to express themselves creatively and build something cool. It’s basically a bare-bones computer that can be used to create all sorts of interesting devices, such as a kid’s first computer, weather station, and robot car, to name just a few of the thousands of things you can do with it.
Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker – $47.99
IT professionals often work long hours at the office. It’s often much easier to pick up some fast food on the way home from work than it is to cook something from scratch. Give your favorite tech worker the option of a healthy home cooked meal with the Hamilton Beach Programmable Stay or Go Slow Cooker.
They can set it up in the morning and after a long day of coding or programming, they can come home to a delicious meal that’s been cooking for the past 8 hours. Best of all, it’s dishwasher safe, so there’s no messy cleanup.
You can’t go wrong with any one of the above 10 tech gift ideas. We hope this list has provided you with some inspiration when it comes time to select the perfect holiday gift for the IT professional in your life.