let’s face it, buying presents for loved ones over the holiday season is expensive. But you don’t always have to reach for the most extravagant items to add to your cart. There are plenty of affordable options that’ll make for great gifts regardless of who you’re shopping for. To help make it easier, we’ve rounded up a plethora of Cyber Monday deals under $50 on streaming sticks, smart displays, video games, and more. Check out our 25 Gifts Under $25 guide for more budget-friendly holiday gift ideas.
Updated November 27, 2022: We’ve added deals from Anker, Satechi, and Dreamegg. We’ve also updated pricing and availability and moved up the Outdoors section.
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WIRED readers and writers alike love the Lifestraw. It’s frequently discounted during deals holidays like this, and if there’s one emergency preparedness product to get, it’s the Lifestraw. It removes 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria, parasites, microplastics, and dirt, so you can stay hydrated while the world burns around you.
Down with itchy beanies. Smartwool’s merino wool is as itch-free as wool can get, and it doesn’t make your forehead perspire as much as a synthetic materials would. There’s a hint of elastane in the fabric for an easy-fitting stretch.
Through camping and mountain climbing adventures, the Actik headlamp never failed to provide us with 350 powerful lumens on the trail. It runs on three AAA batteries, which are easy to replace in the backcountry (if you remember to bring spares), and they’ll last for up to 260 hours on the lowest white-light setting.
This isn’t a crazy discount, but if you ride bikes or scooters and want to use your phone, Peak Design’s mount is extremely convenient and easy to use. You’ll need to pick up the Everyday Case for it to work, which is available for iPhones, Samsung phones, and Google Pixel phones. Snap your phone on the mount and it’ll stay put.
Save weight and space by choosing a non-insulated reusable water bottle. Given the same volume, a non-insulated one will also be lighter to carry, which is nice when you’re hiking. The Klean Kanteen was one of the best bottles we tested, thanks to its scratch-resistant coating, leak-proof lid, and stellar durability.
There are many ways to carry cargo on your bike, but the simplest is to throw a backpack over your shoulders. Not just any backpack, though. We ranked the Heritage as the top budget choice in our Best Laptop Backpacks guide, thanks to its padded sleeve that can fit laptops of up to 15 inches, and for its tough, 600-denier polyester fabric.
This is one of our favorite camera straps—attach one side of the Leash to where you usually attach a camera strap, then stick the other end to the bottom tripod mount via the included anchor mount. This allows the camera to droop with the lens facing down on your body, meaning the grip is the first thing you’ll grab when reaching for it.
If you have multiple spare batteries for various devices, several cables, neutral density filters, and solid-state drives scattered around in your bag then you need Moment’s MTW organizer. It will kit your shit and keep your bag organized. In addition to the organization, these bags are water-resistant with a 350-denier recycled nylon exterior that holds up well to life in your bag.
This camera bag can be worn as a sling across your body or as a fanny pack. It’s comfy whichever way you and the design will turn eyes, but know that its 2-liter capacity means this is meant for carrying a slim point-and-shoot, phone, or compact mirrorless camera, not a huge DSLR kit.
The Oral-B Pro 1000 is one of the best electric toothbrushes. It’s also one of the most affordable. The round brush heads get between every tooth, and the vibrations are powerful (almost too much so). It doesn’t have smart features like app connectivity and tracking, but you really don’t need that—most people don’t want to open an app every time they brush, or spend over $100 on a toothbrush.
If you do want a smart toothbrush, the Colgate Hum (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick. It’s slim and light, with a small brush head that can reach to the back of your mouth without causing discomfort. It also connects to a companion mobile app to offer insight about your habits. The Hum costs significantly less than most app-connected brushes, and the mobile app’s features are superior to other options.
Once your teeth are brushed and you’re all tucked in, falling asleep is the next major feat in the land of self care. The Dreamegg D11 is one of our favorite sound machines, especially because it’s portable. That means whether you’re bunking with your best friend, staying the holiday season with your in-laws, or hunkering down in a hotel, you’ll be able to drift off to the sweetness of sleep sounds.
Something has to keep the sweat from dripping into your eyes during a run, and yes, you can absolutely sweat that hard during a tough workout, even in winter weather. Made in Vermont, these headbands are silky smooth and come in a range of fun designs. Only some designs are on sale.
The Google Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great smart display with no camera (and therefore no risk of unwanted prying eyes). Some WIRED staffers use them in their kitchens to follow along with cooking videos, and you can call up Google Assistant to control smart home gadgets or ask questions. You can also have it rotate through your photo gallery while not in use.
This isn’t the greatest discount, but these sunset lamps make a great addition to any home. The small gadget projects halolike effects with pops of rainbow colors to make the space feel super cozy. All you have to do is place it on the floor, plug it in, and aim it toward a wall. It’s easy to understand why these sunset lamps have been trending all over TikTok.
We like that sleep masks block out all the light, but they can sometimes be uncomfortable or annoyingly obvious against your eyes. This one isn’t. It’s cooling and comfortable and comes in a whopping 38 colors and patterns.
We’ve tried a ton of flat irons across the price spectrum, and this cheapie is one of the best. It straightened WIRED writer Medea Giordano’s curls quickly and easily, so she didn’t have to go over one section multiple times, frying it more in the process. She said it didn’t necessarily add shine, but it also didn’t make it look crispy, which is a common travesty.
The Curvy 3+ is one of the best sex toys we’ve tested and our favorite to use with a partner. The dual-use vibrator has an air-pulse stimulator on one end that provides slow but powerful suction, while the other end is where you’ll feel the vibrations most. It’s fairly low-intensity, even when it’s on the highest settings.
Streaming TV and Audio Deals
The Streaking Stick 4K is the best Roku you can get for this price. Though we prefer the 4K+, which is discounted to $60 ($10 off) right now, this one is similar for a lot less. The difference is that the 4K+ model has a rechargeable remote and offers hands-free voice control (there’s also a way to find the remote if it’s lost. If you don’t care for those features, this Streaming Stick 4K is a great bargain. Rokus are our top choice of streaming devices for most people, even though their interface is basic. They’re just easier to navigate and have nearly every service under the sun.
Rokus are the recommended choice for most people, but this Google Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has the best interface of any streaming device we’ve tried. Browsing across platforms is easier than other devices, whether you’re looking for a specific title or are just in the mood for something scary. If you don’t need a 4K device, Google has a new, cheaper HD-only Chromecast with Google TV for $20 ($10 off).
If you primarily watch Prime Video content or just really like the Alexa voice assistant, go with Amazon’s streaming stick. It works with most apps, but it is obviously geared toward Prime shows and movies. The picture-in-picture feature lets you pull up your security camera feed without interrupting your current binge.
For $10 less, you can get a similarly capable version of the Fire TV Stick. It has 1.5 gigabytes of memory to the 4K Max’s 2 gigs, and its processor is slightly less advanced, but you probably won’t notice much difference. If you don’t plan to upgrade to a 4K TV anytime soon, the cheap Fire TV Stick Lite is also discounted to $15 ($15 off)
Blue microphones are known for their reliability and quality. This one is super affordable too. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a decent upgrade to your laptop’s built-in microphone for video calls. Simply plug it in and you’re good to go—no software required.
If you have a tendency to misplace your earbuds (we’re all guilty of it), these neckband earbuds are an ideal option. Rather than always having to store them when you take them out of your ears, you can just let them dangle loose. The Beats Flex pair quickly with iPhones, complete with access to Siri. They also have long 12-hour battery life and charge via USB-C, so they’ll work great with Android devices too.
The Google Nest Mini (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is your best option if you’re looking to accomplish the basics, like setting timers, asking questions, and controlling your smart home. The fabric cover is made of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles and comes in a variety of fun colors.
We love the cheap Nest Mini, but for a little bit more you can get significantly better sound with the Nest Audio (8/10, WIRED Recommends). Get this one if you like to blast music as you do your chores, cook, or host parties.
Don’t get too excited—this deal doesn’t apply to the ad-free version of Hulu. But you could get a year of the ad-supported version for $24 or $2 a month. Typically, it costs $8 per month or $96 for the full year. So, you’ll get a pretty substantial deal. It is, however, only available to new subscribers or returning subscribers who cancelled over a month ago.
These are our favorite cheap earbuds for under $50. They have decent sound and will get you 8 hours of battery life (in addition to the included charging case). There’s also a built-in USB cable, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting or losing your charger. You can choose between several fun colors.
These ColorBuds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are our runner-up pair of cheap wireless earbuds. They have six hours of battery life, support the AptX Bluetooth codec for better music quality, and have several ear tips in the box so you can get a good fit. There’s an IPX5 rating so they will be fine in the rain and during workouts, and they’re super comfy to wear.
It’s not a huge discount on already-cheap earbuds, but the Tempo 30 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) surprised us. They’re lightweight, well-built, water resistant, and fit small ears really well. You get eight hours of battery life and even basic noise canceling. The bass is boomy, but the audio can lack clarity in the higher tones. Call quality is also not great, and the Bluetooth range isn’t amazing either. But if those quirks don’t bug you, they’re a great and cheap way to enter the wireless audio world (or a spare pair to keep around the home).
If you plan to play video games with friends or family over the holidays, you’ll want to purchase a few extras. The Xbox comes with only one controller. All four color options are discounted, including Carbon Black, Robot White, Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt.
This is our favorite gaming headset for under $100. For budget headphones, the Arctis Nova feels just as sturdy as more expensive options. And they offer detailed, clear, and rich sound. They dipped lower to $48 earlier this month, but this is still a good deal.
This gift card can be applied to your Microsoft account or used at the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft is offering deals on more than 900 titles. You’ll find a lot of these are included in its Game Pass subscription service, which you can get for $1 right now for the first month. Here are a few of our favorite Xbox Series X/S games currently on sale under $50:
WIRED staffers’ kids love the Echo Dot, and this is the updated 2022 version with an improved speaker. It comes in two new cute designs, an owl and a dragon. Kids can listen to bedtime stories, set alarms, or even call parent-approved contacts. Speaking of parents, it has easy-to-use parental controls. You’ll get a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ and a two-year warranty.
If the adults in the house are the ones looking for an Echo device, this is the new version of the Dot we love. It’s the best smart speaker you can get for this price (unless you don’t like Alexa)—it’s also $50 less than the 4th-gen version. The 2022 updates include better audio and a temperature sensor so you can set a routine to turn the fan on or off depending on the temperature in a particular room.
The Echo (4th Gen) holds the spot of Best Overall in our roundup of best Echo and Alexa speakers. It packs decent sound and is compact enough that it’ll fit in any room—you can use it in the kitchen for recipes and timers or in the bathroom to play music while you shower.
The Echo Show is for Alexa fans who prefer a screen over audio-only. It’s nice for watching YouTube while you cook or for video calling, but it can also just be helpful to see your schedule at a glance.
OK, it’s technically over $50, but just barely! This is the brand-new Fire HD 8 tablet with a thinner design and a slightly faster processor. You get an HD display, speedy performance for everyday tasks and plenty of battery life to last a full day. If you want to save some cash, the 2020 version is discounted to $45 ($45 off). But if you want to spend as little as possible, the processor in this 2020 model is still a good buy. You’ll get an HD display, fast performance, and 12 hours of battery life.
The Fire 7 tablet finally received a refresh. It has a more powerful processor, longer battery life (and charges via a USB-C port), and double the RAM. The SD card now supports up to 1 terabyte of storage. If it’s in your budget, we suggest opting for the Fire 8 instead, but the Fire 7 is good enough for basic web browsing and watching video.
The Halo View received an honorable mention in our Best Fitness Trackers buying guide. It’s also at the lowest price we’ve seen yet. The fitness tracker is comfortable, affordable, and has an easy-to-use connected app. But WIRED editor Adrienne So isn’t a fan of how it tells you to strip down in your underwear to measure body fat composition or how it pushes business partnerships.
Totallee cases are for those of us who despise using a case but can’t be trusted without one. These aren’t going to stand up to serious abuse, but they’ll handle everyday scuffs and are some of the thinnest cases around.
Society6 makes cute, cheap iPhones cases so you can show off your personality, whether that’s through ghosties or cats. And designs come in cases compatible with the iPhone 6 all the way to the current 14.
The above cases won’t protect your phone from serious drops, but Otterbox will, and they’re not all as chunky as you might remember. We like this Symmetry Series+ case, which is on sale for $37 ($13 off), for the iPhone 14 series. You should be able to find something no matter which phone you have. Otterbox also has MagSafe chargers, power banks, and cables, most of which can be had for under $20.
This tiny, compact plug is capable of fast-charging iPhones and most Android smartphones. It comes in an array of fun colors, though the prongs don’t fold into the plug itself. And if you can’t find an outlet, the Anker PowerCore 10,000 mAh Portable Battery is also on sale for $17 ($8 off).
The Anker Powerline II is one of our top recommendations in our Best USB-C Cables guide because it can fast-charge your phone or laptop as it’s rated to carry up to 100 watts. It can also handle speedy data transfers, up to 10 gigabits per second.
This expansive USB-C hub adds enough plugs to handle two USB-A devices, an Ethernet cable, a 48-watt USB-C charger to juice up your laptop (enough for a MacBook Air), a MicroSD card, an SD card, and an HDMI cable to connect a monitor.
Case-Mate’s Blox cases make your iPhone look more rectangular, and the bright neon colors will make it stand out from all the other iPhones out there. The buttons are clicky, there’s MagSafe support, and the cutouts for the ports are all accurate.
Is there anything more frustrating, and potentially dangerous, than your phone falling off its car charging mount at the slightest bump? You don’t have to worry about that if you get this iOttie Velox mount. It clips right into your car’s air vent, and in testing, it has never fallen off.
There are a lot of third-party MagSafe chargers, but Apple’s official charger will power up your iPhone the quickest (15 watts) since it aligns precisely with the spot that allows for the best power transfer. But with just a 3-foot cable, it’s annoyingly tough to use your phone while it’s charging unless you’re right next to where it’s plugged in.
This is our favorite tablet stand. It’s very stable—there’s no wobbling around here. You can also adjust the angle quite a bit. It works well even with bigger slates like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It’s even reasonably portable if you want to bring it with you on your travels.
If you’re looking for other accessories, the Satechi Dual-Sided Eco-Leather Deskmate is also on sale for $30 ($10 off) and the Satechi Dual Vertical Laptop Stand for $30 ($10 off) with the code BFCM25.