Father's Day is Sunday, June 21 this year. Thanks to the, this will be the most unusual and bittersweet one in recent memory. Money is tight and visiting Dad is probably going to happen via a phone call or Zoom meeting. However, you can still send a thoughtful gift and there are plenty of that don't cost a bundle. We've rounded up some of our favorite editorially chosen products for Father's Day gifts under $50, including some top-notch headphones and speakers. Just make sure you order now, as many retailers are still experiencing delivery delays and stocking issues.
The Fiil T1X wireless earbuds deliver very good sound for the money -- there's a touch of presence boost in the treble to add clarity, which is both good and bad. They fit my ears well and I was impressed by how quickly the buds paired with my phone.
These have an IP65 sweat- and water-resistance rating so they can take a sustained spray of water. Battery life is around five hours on a single charge at higher volume levels and there's a quick charge feature that gives you two hours of juice from a 10-minute charge. The simple, fairly compact charging case charges via USB-C. The buds have touch controls and there's a companion app that allows you to tweak the sound with EQ settings (I left it on the default setting).
Adding a clock to the front of Amazon's most affordable smart speaker doesn't sound like a great upgrade -- except that it really is. And now this version of the Echo Dot is back at its lowest price ever, down from its list price of $60. Read our Amazon Echo Dot with clock (3rd gen) review.
Normally $60, the Lenovo Smart Clock is a unique gift currently on sale for just under $50. It's got Google Assistant on board, a USB port on the back to charge your phone, plus no built-in camera, so it's more welcome in the bedroom.
If dad doesn't want an Alexa microphone in the house, go for a "dumb" wireless speaker instead. The EarFun Go is $40 and delivers good sound for its compact size, with just enough bass and volume to make you think you're listening to a significantly bigger speaker. This Father's Day gift idea is also fully waterproof and has up to 25 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels (it charges via USB-C). Two of these can be wirelessly connected to create a stereo pair.
For $10 more, you can get EarFun's Boom ($50), which is also solid value. It sounds slightly better but I prefer the design of the Go.
Aukey's 20,000-mAh Power Bank is relatively slim for the size of the battery and includes one USB-C port and three USB-A ports along with a Micro-USB port (you can charge the battery with either a USB-C cable or Micro-USB cable. With 3 amps of total output, you can charge one USB-C device and three USB-A devices simultaneously. The USB-C port will take the full 3 amps of power on its own if you connect only one device to it.
The fully waterproof JBL Clip 3 is one of top micro Bluetooth speakers you can buy. The integrated carabiner framing the entire perimeter of the speaker acts as a bumper, which provides some fall protection. This unique Father's Day gift is available in multiple color choices for $50. Read our JBL Clip 3 review.
Real AirPods will run you between $129 to $159, depending where and when you buy them. For under $50, your best alternatives are the EarFun Free. They offer wireless and USB-C charging, full water resistance and six hours of battery life between in-case charges. Oh, and for the price, they sound pretty good, too. Read our EarFun Free review.
These days, it's nearly impossible to get a TV without a bunch of "smart" streaming apps built-in. But that's not true of older TVs, and even newer ones don't have all the top new services, like Disney Plus. Enter the Roku Streaming Stick Plus: For under $50, this plug-in streamer will deliver nearly every online video service you can think of -- Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and hundreds more -- at resolutions up to 4K for under $50. (Note, however, that HBO Max remains a notable holdout.) The remote will control your TV's power and volume, too. If you're looking to give that old TV a new lease on life, this gadget is the perfect gift to get. Read our Roku Streaming Stick Plus review.
Half the price of Anker's highly rated Soundcore Liberty Air 2 with similar features, the Soundcore Life P2 earbuds are an excellent value option. The buds charge horizontally in their case rather than vertically and there's a slightly cheaper feel to both the case and the buds compared with the Liberty Air 2. Their sound doesn't have the presence boost in the treble that the Liberty Air 2 buds have, so they're not as clear-sounding with well-recorded tracks and the bass isn't quite as well defined. They are, however, warmer and more forgiving, which I appreciated, plus they sound more like the original Liberty Air. Read our Soundcore Life P2 review.