What’s a Christmas stocking without something that beeps or buzzes inside?
It’s that time of year when the playful and the practical team up in the form of glorious gadgets. Here is Senior Planet’s list of the Best Tech Gifts to snag for $50 or less — all of which you can buy from the comfort of your couch. Almost everything on our list has cross-generational appeal, and we won’t tell if you buy an extra one for yourself.
The Bluetooth Beanie Hat
For the podcast fan in your family, or if you just want to walk down the street and have a hands-free phone conversation while keeping your ears toasty warm, you’ve gotta get a hat with bluetooth speakers built in. This one, from Amazon, comes in 29 different patterns and is machine washable if you take the headphones out of their pocket. A UBS battery charger comes with it. $39.99.
The Photo Stick
Your best friend is a shutterbug, recording every vacation and family gathering, but finds backing up her pictures a royal drag. Enter The Photo Stick, an 8GB thumb drive that boasts the magical ability to locate all photos and videos on one’s computer and back them up with one click. Works on either Windows or Mac and discards duplicates so as not to waste space. Available for $29.99.
This inflatable solar-powered lantern is marketed to campers as an emergency light, but it’s just as practical in a bathtub, pool or nightstand. Just put it on a sunny windowsill or front porch for seven hours and you get 24 hours of luminous glow. It only takes a minute to blow the lantern up, but it comes flat in its packaging, which makes for a nice space-saving gift if you’re flying to your holiday destination. This “green” gift — good for your most ecologically conscientious giftee — has four light settings, one of which flickers like candlelight. Other versions come in multiple colors. On Amazon for $19.75.
Monocular Telescope for Smartphone
Here’s a great one for the bird watcher on your list. This single-lens telescope attaches to your smart phone with a rubber grip and fits right up against your phone’s camera, providing 12 times magnification. Not only will you be able to tell whether that’s a Purple Finch or a House Finch hovering on that distant tree branch, you’ll be able to snap its picture. Waterproof and shockproof, the telescope is $29.99 on Amazon.
Free Shipping Day
And to make the holidays complete, your gifts can arrive by Christmas with free shipping if you shop on Free Shipping Day (details here with participating merchants) which falls on December 14 this year. Want to know more? Look here.