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23 awesome hacks and gadgets under $50 that would make great gifts


You may have done most of your holiday shopping during the Black Friday sales, but don’t forget all the stocking stuffers or tchotchkes for white elephant Exchanges.

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, Amazon is your best friend when it comes to finding useful and affordable gadgets you didn’t even know existed. We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorites below so you can get something neat for yourself or someone else for the holidays.


Turn your car headrest into a convenient storage solution with these universal hooks. Each can hold 13 pounds so you can hang coats, children’s toys, umbrellas, or even grocery bags.

You are getting price alerts for Amooca 4 Pack Universal Car Seat Headrest Hooks for Purse, Purse, Coat, Universal, Car, Black with Buckle


This reusable glue gets into all the cracks and crevices of those hard-to-clean places like computer keyboards and car consoles, making it a great buy for just about anyone.

You’re receiving price alerts for Universal Cleansing Gel: $8


Sealing open food bags helps keep the contents fresh, but you don’t want to spend a ton on disposable, re-sealable bags to use every time you eat half a bag of chips. These handy clips in different sizes allow you to quickly close something to eat it later.

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Have you ever reached into your pocket up a ladder to drop the screw you needed because it slipped out of your hand? If not, you’re in luck, and if so, you need this accessory. It holds drill bits, screws, tools and more using its powerful magnets, and it’s adjustable to fit wrists of all sizes.

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Beyond the ease of use, this hair shampoo brush is a great gift for anyone. Use it to massage shampoo into your hair and enjoy a head massage and a clean scalp at the same time. Its ergonomic handle makes it easy to use on a variety of hair types.

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This adjustable gooseneck tablet stand is useful on a desk, in the kitchen, or in the bedroom – pretty much anywhere you might want to have your screen in view while still being able to easily adjust the angle. It is suitable for tablets and phones from 4.7 inches to 10.5 inches.

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With these velcro labels, you no longer have to wonder which cable goes to which device! Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, you will be able to easily identify your different cords and wires.

You are getting price alerts for Cable Labels by Wrap-It Storage, Medium, Multicolor (30-Pack) Cord Labels, Wire Labels, Cable Labels and Wire Labels for Cable Management and Organizer for Wire electronics, computers and more


This neat gadget doubles as a portable fan and power bank, saving space in your purse or backpack. The two-speed fan can run for up to 16 hours, and the 1800mAh battery capacity can also be used to give your phone some extra juice in a pinch.


With all the packages arriving at this time of year, a box cutter is a must. This mini cutter has a retractable ceramic blade which is ideal for cutting cards, tape, food wraps and more.

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While the general public has embraced Bluetooth headphones, airlines are certainly lagging behind, meaning you’ll need wired headphones for in-flight entertainment. But not with AirFly – it plugs into the seatback’s headphone jack and allows you to easily pair your headphones wirelessly.

You receive price alerts for Twelve South AirFly | Bluetooth Wireless Transmitter/Adapter for AirPods/Wireless or Noise Canceling Headphones; use on airplanes and gym equipment, 20+ hour battery life


I have one of these things packed up and ready to go with all the cables and plugs I need so that every time I go I don’t have to worry about looking for chargers. A highly recommended purchase for anyone with a bunch of travel tech to keep them charged.

You are getting price alerts for Cocoon CPG8BK GRID-IT!® Accessory Organizer – Medium 10.5″ x 7.5″ (Black)


This compact multi-tool combines a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, and mini pry bar into a keychain-sized doodad you can take anywhere. Useful when camping or in an emergency, it’s a solid and inexpensive gift idea.

You are receiving Price Alerts for Kershaw PT-1 (8800X) 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Compact Keychain Multi-Tool; Includes bottle opener, flat head screwdriver, mini pry bar and lanyard hole; 0.8 oz, 2.75 in. Total length


In this hyper-connected world, you can never have enough smart plugs. Get one for every kitchen appliance and you can set up your own automated breakfast routine, just like you always imagined.

You get price alerts for Kasa Smart Plug Mini (4-pack): $23


If your phone’s charging cable falls behind your nightstand every time you unplug it or you just want to tidy up your desk, these adhesive cable clips are a great cry. The 16-pack includes clips for one, two, three, and five cables.

You’re receiving price alerts for Lanyard holders (pack of 16): $8


It slices, it dices… Pretty much the only thing this versatile vegetable prep kitchen gadget won’t do is stem the tears that well up in your eyes when it starts working on the onions, although it does reduce the time it takes. to cut one.

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Gone are the days of fumbling around with AA batteries to get your flashlight to work in an emergency. This rechargeable LED flashlight offers 2000 lumens of brightness and can be powered by micro-USB between uses.

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Take this small phone mount with you on the go so you can always hold your phone at the right height, angle, and orientation for any task. It also comes in a bunch of great colors.

You are getting price alerts for Lamicall Foldable Desk Phone Stand – Height Adjustable Cell Phone Stand Mobile Phone Docking Station Compatible with iPhone 13 Pro Max Mini, 12 11 XR X 8 7 6 Plus SE, Smartphone 4- 8”


A classic toy available at a bargain price is the original Slinky. Down to under $4, this retro toy makes a great Christmas gift and is also part of a buy two, save 50% on a promotion if you need more gift ideas.

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Tired of stains on your worktops or losing your spoon in the pan? This neat device holds your spoon for you between blends and can also be used to open a lid to release steam. A few funky designs are available from the same brand.

You receive price alerts for Ototo Spoon Holder: $15


It’s sweater season, and if you want those sweaters to stay stylish, you’ll want to get this amazing little razor. It has three settings, so you can adjust it according to the type of fabric. It’s also addictive: once you start shaving off those bits of fuzz and fluff, it’s hard to stop.

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Having trouble putting on your shoes is a problem that can be solved inexpensively, so why waste time? This travel-sized shoe horn costs just a few dollars, but will save you the stress and hassle of squeezing your feet into a tight spot.

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Unscrew any bolt, even worn or damaged, with this adjustable socket wrench adapter instead of digging through your toolbox to find the right part. A drill adapter is also included.

You are receiving price alerts for Rak Universal Socket Tool: $19


If you know a chicken nugget fiend or just need a gag gift for someone, you can’t go wrong with this keychain – don’t try to take a bite out of it.

You are receiving price alerts for Imitation Food Keychain Fried Chicken Leg Nuggets Wing Creative Pendant Keyring Fun for Handbag Purse Car Accessories – Chicken Nugget



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