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5 On Your Side: Easy, affordable tech gifts under $50

Posted December 4, 2020 3:37 p.m. EST
Updated December 4, 2020 8:15 p.m. EST

— With many people avoiding crowds this year, online shopping has become even more important for finishing your holiday shopping list.

But with the entire internet at your disposal, shopping can feel overwhelming.

5 On Your Side’s Monica Laliberte has put together a list of easy, budget-friendly suggestions for tech gadgets – all for $50 or less.

Tablets: Amazon Fire 7

Consumer Reports recommends the 16 gig Amazon Fire 7.

"This is a great low-cost tech idea for kids. It lets you create profiles, so everyone has their own home screen and the apps they want," said Mary Beth Quirk, Consumer Reports’ Shopping Editor.

Although the display quality and processing power aren’t equal to those of an iPad, the Fire tablet does offer expandable storage with its built-in microSD card reader.

Digital assistant: Amazon Echo Dot

Next, check out the newly redesigned 4th Generation Amazon Echo Dot.

It has a sphere shape and better sound quality than its predecessor, according to CR.

Camera: Kodak Printomatic instant camera

Old-school cameras are back in vogue – especially among kids and teens!

Kodak’s Printomatic instant camera is a great gift for someone who loves taking pictures.

"It’s the fastest instant camera of the ones we reviewed, delivering photos in just 38 seconds!" said Quirk.

It also stores photos on an SD card to be printed again, wherever and whenever you want.

Headphones: Noise-canceling Monoprice

Know someone who could use a little peace and quiet?

CR recommended the wireless noise-canceling headphones from Monoprice, model # BT-300ANC.

Beyond their noise reduction and sound qualities, testers say they work without even listening to music or video, ensuring your loved one will have a very silent night.

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