What can $50 get you these days? Turns out quite a lot; you just need to know where to look. We’ve already rounded up the best early Black Friday deals to get your shopping done early at retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart. But if you’re on a tight budget or looking for gifts that won’t break the bank, you’ve come to the right place.
Do you have a Nintendo Switch, a Go Pro or a phone/tablet/laptop with a microSD slot? Treat it to a huge boost in storage capacity with SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card at Amazon for just $39. This card usually costs around $50.
Amazon’s latest streaming stick is a solid alternative for both Roku and Chromecast devices. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is currently discounted $20 at Amazon, bringing the final price down to just $35. In our review, Chris Welch stated that “the improvements are small, but worth the extra money.” Armed with an extensive library of viewing apps, the Fire TV Stick remains a great way to expand your viewing options, with the bare minimum of settings.
The latest Roku Streaming Stick 4K, which just launched in September, is selling at a low price on Amazon. Normally $50, the retailer is offering the streaming device for just $29. The 2021 model is faster than its predecessor, comes with improved Wi-Fi performance, and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus. Roku’s players now also support AirPlay 2, meaning you can use your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to easily cast content to the device. Read our review.
Google’s accessible Roku alternative offers support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision and is currently on sale at Target and Best Buy for $40, a saving of $10 off the regular list price. The Chromecast with Google TV provides access to all your favorite streaming services and has a built-in voice assistant to help you find your favorite shows. You can even cast media from your phone through the Chromecast app. Read our review.
Google’s diamond-shaped Nest Mini is available for $25 at Best Buy, half the original price tag. In his review, roadside collaborator Cameron Faulkner called the smart speaker a great-sounding upgrade over the last-generation Home Mini.
The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 has a touchscreen display in a form factor that would be right at home on your bedside table. Normally $90, you can currently buy the device with Google Assistant, along with a free Lenovo SmartBlub, for just $40 at Walmart. Read our review.
If you’re looking for a solid gaming mouse, the latest version of the Razer Viper is on sale at Target for $50, its lowest price yet. The latest model retains the same lightweight and ambidextrous chassis that made the original so good, but ups the ante with a 20K DPI sensor and 8000Hz polling rate.
If you need a few more buttons on your mouse, the wireless Basilisk X Hyperspeed is also discounted at Target, dropping the price to just $37. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this high-end gaming mouse, and it’s a excellent value for money whether you are a gamer or not.
These mini speakers from Creative are a great solution for amplifying your desktop audio without sacrificing space. Each speaker on the Creative Pebble 2.0 is just 4.4 inches in diameter and can be powered by a standard USB-A port. Creative also has newer versions of the Pebble that use a single USB-C cable and offer Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a larger version that comes with a modest-sized subwoofer. Regardless of which model you choose, they all fall under $50 at Amazon.
If you’re looking for something a little less professional, Walmart is still selling a Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Plus bundle for just $48, the first discount we’ve seen on the kit. In addition to the instant camera, the bundle includes a 10-pack of Instax film, an assortment of photo frames and pegs to hang your prints.
Abode is currently selling the Abode Cam 2 for just $25. A generally solid security camera, you’ll be hard pressed to find a camera with the same features for less. The Abode Cam 2 can be mounted indoors or outdoors, is motion activated and can record in low light conditions. While the camera can work independently, you’ll need to subscribe to Abode’s online service to unlock its more advanced features, such as a clip history, video timeline, and the ability to cache up to 10 days of footage.