Amazon Echo Dot (second generation)

One of the best £50 gifts you can buy is the second-generation Amazon Echo Dot. Just ask Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, to do your bidding -- play music, control your smart-home devices, set a timer, or even tell you a joke. The audio quality isn't fantastic, but you can connect it to any other stereo or speaker system.

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Google Chromecast Audio

Don't need voice control and want to save a few bucks? The £30 Chromecast Audio turns any old stereo, boombox or dusty PC speakers into a wireless music system. Just tap a button on phone or tablet apps like Spotify or BBC iPlayer Radio, and the music is transported to those bigger speakers via Wi-Fi. It works with iPhones and iPads with a few apps, but Android users can send any audio from their phone without restriction.

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Google Chromecast (2015)

If you don't need Amazon video and don't mind using your smartphone or tablet as your only remote, check out the £30 Chromecast video streamer.

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Logitech X100

We liked the Logitech X100 wireless Bluetooth speaker -- which can play any audio from a smartphone, tablet and many computers -- when it was priced closer to £40. But now you can find it for as little as £15.

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JBL Clip 2

If you want to give a "cheap but good" wireless travel speaker that's also waterproof, the JBL Clip 2 (£50) is the one to get.

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Amazon Basics Portable Bluetooth speaker

The largest Bluetooth speaker on our list is still small enough to travel well, and it delivers a bit more oomph than the micro-mini models listed previously. At £21 it's also available in blue, white and red.

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Panasonic RP-HTX7

Everyone can use a new pair of headphones. The full-size but lightweight Panasonic RP-HTX7s do a good job of blocking out external sounds, and they sound great for the price. They're available in at least five colours (black, white, red, pink and green) for as little as £39.

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Skullcandy Grind

Now that the Grind is selling for less than £40 online, it's easy to recommend this on-ear headphone that surprised us with its refined sound.

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Creative Sound Blaster Jam

The Creative Sound Blaster Jam (£40) is perfect for anyone who likes listening to music on their smartphone or tablet without being encumbered by wires.

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Biolite PowerLight Mini

The £35 Biolite PowerLight Mini is a handy lantern, bike light, and charger all in one. You clip it to a pocket or strap or mount to your bike (mount included) and its 1,350mAh USB rechargeable battery provides up to 52 hours of light or a backup boost to your phone. Lighting modes include White Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe and White Point Light.

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Tylt Energi 2K

The Tylt Energi 2K does double duty as a standard USB charger (with fold-away prongs) and external battery pack. That's because there's a rechargeable 2,200mAh battery built into the unit, which comes in three different colours (blue, black, lime green).

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Logitech K380 Multi-device Bluetooth Keyboard

For about £35, the Logitech K380 is the best multidevice wireless keyboard we've seen to date. Toggle between three devices -- say, a PC or Mac, a tablet and a smartphone -- at the click of a button.

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SanDisk Clip Jam

For as low as £25, this super-lightweight music player boasts a built-in clip, has a no-frills digital screen for easy browsing, and works with both PCs and Macs. The best news? You don't need to sync with iTunes -- just drag and drop your music files.

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Amazon Fire tablet

The entry-level Fire tablet isn't top-notch. But if you're buying a gift for an Amazon Prime member, you could do a lot worse. It costs just £50 but boasts a 7-inch screen and includes expandable storage. (If you're buying for kids, spend up to get the Kids Edition.)

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Amazon Kindle

Amazon has update its entry-level Kindle e-reader with a new, slimmer design and some small feature upgrades. The retail cost is £60, but Amazon occasionally sells it at a discount.

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

The £50 Nintendo Mini-NES is the perfect gift for both kids and nostalgic parents. It includes 30 built-in games -- including classics like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Zelda and Tecmo Bowl -- and connects to any HDTV. Pick up an extra controller for £8 for two-player fun.

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