The best budget gifts for £50 and under for Christmas 2017

Fill your stockings with our pick of the coolest gadgets and accessories for less

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We reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how decent a gift you can buy with £50 this Christmas. In fact, some of the tech world’s biggest guns seem hell-bent on proving that a smaller price tag doesn’t necessarily mean smaller smarts. 

The £50 and under category is another fun T3 Christmas gift guide to pull together, as it features something for everyone. If you’re buying for a person who’s unsure of this whole smart home malarky but perhaps, maybe, wants to dip their toe in, a big release has just dropped for under £50. 

We’ve also got budget friendly gifts for binge-watchers, coffee snobs, and those who have made losing their keys a daily occurrence. Also, fancy a spot of smart bowling with a droid? Yours for (a fraction) less than £50! Let’s check out our picks for the best gifts for £50 and under...

Google Home Mini

Dip your toes in smart home tech

Reasons to buy
+A pint-sized smart speaker+Powered by Google Assistant+Use it to control your smart home+Answers your questions via Google Search

Christmas shopping is already awash with mini versions of our favourite gadgets, and Made by Google has jumped on the pint-sized bandwagon with the Google Home Mini. Available in Chalk, Charcoal or Coral, this teeny gadget has ample tech to stuff your stocking.

Like the original Google Home, this miniature version is powered by Google Assistant and has all the answers to your questions (cheers, Google Search). Ask it to tell you the latest traffic, weather or sports news, for example, and Google Home Mini will read it out. 

Use it to boss around your other smart home tech, to personalise your schedule and reminders, or to fire-up your favourite films and music. “OK Google, play Get Santa on Netflix.”

Sphero Mini

Go smart bowling with a robotic ball

Reasons to buy
+The world’s smallest robotic ball+Play a variety of smart ball games+Comes with mini bowling pins+App-controlled droid fun

Hey, do you reckon Sphero’s in cahoots with Santa? The reason we ask is because this loveable tech brand is starting to dominate gift shopping for young and big kids alike. Take the new Sphero Mini, for example. We mean, who doesn’t want to play with the world’s smallest robotic ball?

This Bluetooth droid, available in five colours, is packed with gyroscopic tech and comes bundled with mini traffic cones and bowling pins. There’s lots of smart games to play via the app, including one where the Sphero Mini becomes a controller and blasts its way through space. Dang!

There’s also a playful Face Drive feature, with which you can get the Sphero Mini to pull silly facial expressions. Just pair the ball with the Sphero app and let the good times roll.

Tile Style

A genuinely useful gift for the absent-minded

Reasons to buy
+Bluetooth tracker for keys and phones+Clip it to your bags and clothing+Item’s location displayed on a map+No charging required

You lost your keys again? Seriously, what are we going to do with you? Oh yeah, we’ll attach a Tile Style to your keychain.

Designed to run for a year without replacement and without charging or batteries, the app-controlled Bluetooth Tile Style can be fixed to keys, bags and clothing, or slipped into wallets and purse. If you lose that item, fire up the Tile app and check the map for your item’s last-known location. 

This ultra-lightweight gadget syncs with your smartphone so that you can keep tabs on that too. Left your phone behind somewhere? Press your Tile Style twice and your phone will ring, even if it’s been previously set to silent. You can also track a stolen or misplaced phone via the Tile map. 

Star Wars Iconic Luminart

Illuminated Star Wars wondrousness!

Reasons to buy
+Features an iconic cast line-up+Battery or mains powered+Freestanding or wall-mounted+Did we mention Darth Vader?

From a galaxy far, far away (or, um, Maplin), comes this illuminated piece of Star Wars fan memorabilia, featuring the most famous cast line-up of the entire intergalactic franchise.

The Star Wars Iconic Luminart LED light is a cool retro gift for any Star Wars fan. Standing 12-inches tall and featuring Luke, Leia, Han Solo and the ultimate badass himself Darth Vader, this illuminated artwork can either be left free-standing on a table or deep bookcase, or you can wall-mount it. 

Keep it powered via the included USB cable or with 3 x AAA batteries. Just look at how those lightsabers glow! Way better than a nightlight.

Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker Set

Ignore the family and indulge in a delicious slow brew

Reasons to buy
+Brews tasty pour-over coffee+Variety of sizes available+BPA-free glass carafe+Eco-friendly reusable filter

Come Boxing Day your Christmas hangover will be entering it’s second day, the kids will be making a racket with their new smart toys, and your parents will ‘debating’ the best way to use leftover turkey. Shut the kitchen door on them and put yourself in a time-out to make some delicious pour-over coffee. 

Available in a two-cup, three-cup or five-cup model, the Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker Set is your ticket to rich, deliciously brewed java. 

This manual kit has a glass handle and uses percolation to slowly pass hot water through your ground coffee, where it collects in the BPA-free glass carafe below. A laser-cut, reusable stainless steel mesh filter extracts flavour and keeps out any grainy bits.

Boompods Aquapod

Live life loud with this adventure-ready speaker

Reasons to buy
+Five hours music playback+Waterproof to one meter+Built-in mic for voice calls+Available in four colours

Are you the type of person who loves to share their music with everyone around them, regardless of whether they want you to or not? Great! Then you’re in luck as we’ve found a funky little wireless speaker that’s adventure-ready. 

The Bluetooth Boompods Aqua Pod is one tough cookie, dressed in a rubber bumper and signed off with an IPX7 waterproof rating (so up to one-meter submersion). The integrated controls are also waterproof.

Clip a Boompad to your bike or backpack and take it camping or hiking, enjoying five hours of playback and a 70db punch. That isn’t a green light to blast Eye of The Tiger if you’re on the trail with us, though – we don’t want to hear that racket. But play some Kenny Loggins and we can talk…

PGA Tour Putt Auto Returner with Guideball

Sack off boring lunch hours and get in some putting practice

Reasons to buy
+Perfect your putting technique+Includes auto returner+Alignment ball increases accuracy+Free training DVD

Set up a mini putting range in your office or living room with this automatic golf gadget, made to perfect your putting technique when you’re off the green. 

The PGA Tour Putt Auto Returner with Guideball uses an alignment ball, which helps you get the putter head square, aiming you straight at your target shot. It’s perfect for lazy putters, as the machine pings the ball back to you once you start holeing some putts. 

A free training DVD is included, along with a flag and that all-important alignment ball. 

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Invite Alexa to your annual festive TV and film binge

Reasons to buy
+Plug and go TV stick+Alexa voice support+Use it to watch live TV+Voice-search all content

The forthcoming Amazon Fire TV 4K HDR (2017) is exciting, sure, but if you want to snap up a bargain beauty this Christmas, look no further than the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.

Plug the Wi-Fi stick into your TV’s HDMI port and start streaming content. There’s access to subscription streaming services including Amazon Video, Netflix and Curzon Home Media, and you can also use the Fire Stick to watch live TV. 

The best part of this bundle is the Alexa Voice Remote – use it to find what you want to watch, whether you’re searching by genre, actor, director or theme. Use the remote when watching Amazon Video or Amazon Channels content and Alexa can control the playback. While you’re at it, press the remote’s mic button and ask her to order you a festive pizza.

Gillette Flexball Justice League Gift Set

Enjoy a superhero shave on Christmas Day

Reasons to buy
+FlexBall tech for a smooth glide+Lubrication dampens irritation+Integrated precision trimmer+Includes three blade refills

If you or the man in your live digs a smooth shave while channeling the suaveness of Batman or Superman, snap up Gillette’s special edition Fusion ProShield Flexball Justice League Gift Set, available for a limited time only.  

Illustrated with officially licensed Justice League imagery, this set will appeal to wannabe Batmans and Supermans. But not so much the wannabe Aquamans. You know, with that huge beard and all... 

The Justice League Gift Set comprises a Gillette Fusion ProShield razor with FlexBall technology and a five-precision blade, plus a precision trimmer at the back of the razor. The razor is also lubricated before and after the blades to protect against irritation. Gillette has thrown in three blade refills, too. That should keep you fuzz-free for a while.

Meters M-Ears

These tangle-free in-ears are all about that bass

Reasons to buy
+Strong bass performance+Tangle-free design+Packaged in a carry case+Ideal for everyday use

No music-lover’s Christmas is complete without a fresh set of in-ears. And if you’re a fan of U2 you’re doubly lucky, as Meters has a pair of earbuds designed in collaboration with U2 bassist Adam Clayton. 

The leather-accented M-Ears are fitted with 7mm acoustic drivers, chosen by Clayton ‘for their precision, clarity and musicality’. They’re perfect for everyday use and come with a carry case for slinging them in when you’re not listening to Mariah’s Christmas album. 

You could also use the included add-on magnets, which clip the two earbuds together so that you can wear the M-Ears around your neck without getting them into one unholy tangle. 

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