When browsing online for tech gifts, you will surely run into suggestions that will set you back hundreds of dollars, if not more. You don’t have to spend that much though, as there are many options that will cost you much less. We’ve rounded up some of the best tech gifts under $25, for your friends, family, or even just yourself, just in time for the holiday season.
- Omoton C1 Phone Holder — $9
- PopSockets — $9
- Case-Mate CleanScreenz Phone Cleaning Wipes — $10
- Yootech Wireless Charger — $10, was $12
- AmazonBasics 36-pack AAA batteries — $11
- Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer — $11, was $16
- e.l.f. Glow on the Go Selfie Light — $12
- AmazonBasics Wireless Computer Mouse — $13
- Innoplus Desk Pad and Mouse Pad — $13, was $14
- AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning to USB-A Cable — $14
- TP-LINK Kasa Smart Plug 2-Pack — $15
- Tile Mate — $17, was $19
- Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger — $20
- Smartish Cable Wrangler — $20
- PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock for Nintendo Switch — $20, was $25
To provide your mobile device with a solid base, you can’t go wrong with the Omoton C1 Phone Holder. The accessory is made out of aluminum for sturdiness, and also comes with silicon pads to prevent scratching and slipping. The Omoton C1 Phone Holder is compatible with a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and even portable gaming consoles.
You wouldn’t think that PopSockets are useful the first time that you see one, but the collapsible grip and stand for smartphones and tablets is actually a very handy accessory. With the PopSockets installed at the back of your device, it functions as a secure grip while you are texting or taking pictures, and doubles as a stand for propping up your phone or tablet while watching videos.
Keeping your phone sanitized is more important than ever, and Case-Mate’s CleanScreenz Phone Cleaning Wipes promises a cleaner surface with a 99% reduction in bacteria, in addition to eliminating fingerprints, dust, and smudges. The cleaning wipes also work great on other devices with screens, such as tablets and laptops.
For smartphone enthusiasts who always have more than one device on hand, the Yootech Wireless Charger offers a catch-all solution for their charging needs. With three charging modes available, this wireless charger is compatible with the latest iPhones, Samsung smartphones, Google Pixel phones, and other devices such as wireless earbuds that support the technology. The Yootech Wireless Charger also has rubber rings at the top and bottom to prevent slippage, and an LED indicator for confirmation that the device is properly charging.
Batteries power up everything from cameras to clocks to controllers, and the AmazonBasics 36-pack of AAA batteries will make sure that you have plenty to spare. The alkaline batteries have a shelf life of 10 years, so it’s perfectly fine to stock up on them, as you never know when you’ll need one when you have multiple devices in the house that use them.
Keep your cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa hot for hours with the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, so you can enjoy a warm beverage at your own time. The drinking accessory is easy to operate, with an on-off switch and an indicator light to let you know if it’s working on keeping your beverage hot.
Take better selfies with the e.l.f. Glow on the Go Selfie Light, which features 36 bulbs and three levels of brightness. The selfie light, which requires a pair of AAA batteries, clips on top of your phone so that you can add brightness to your selfie camera’s shots for additional color and detail.
A reliable mouse will go a long way in improving your productivity at work or skill at gaming, and the AmazonBasics Wireless Computer Mouse is a low-cost option if you are looking for one. It only takes seconds to set up the three-button wireless mouse, through the nano receiver hidden inside its battery compartment that plugs in to the USB port of your computer.
Innoplus Desk Pad and Mouse Pad — $13, was $14
To add a touch of color to your desk while working from home, the Innoplus Desk Pad and Mouse Pad offers two reversible pads with different colors. The 31.5-inch by 15.7-inch desk pad and the 8-inch by 11-inch
If you’re always complaining that the Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad breaks too easily, is too short, or both, the AmazonBasics Nylon Braided Lightning to USB-A Cable may be what you need. Its durable nylon fiber cloth offers protection and flexibility to the cable, while its length of 6 feet should be long enough to connect your iPhone or iPad’s charger to the wall plug of any room you find yourself in.
It’s easy to transform your house into a smart home with devices like TP-Link’s Kasa Smart Plug. All you need to do is to plug in the smart plug, connect it with your smartphone, and start controlling it through the Kasa app. It is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant for controlling plugged-in devices through voice commands. The Kasa app also allows you to switch on and off your appliances from anywhere, and to schedule when to activate them.
It’s difficult to fix the habit of losing things, but the Tile Mate will at least help you find your stuff. This model of the Bluetooth tracker may easily be looped with items such as keys, bags, and wallets, and with the Tile app, you can make it ring when it is nearby for easier tracking. The Tile Mate is water-resistant, offers a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, and promises battery life of about one year.
Portable chargers are lifesavers in this world where your smartphone does so many things for you, and the Anker PowerCore 10,000 is always ready to come to the rescue with 10,000 mAh of extra juice for your device. However, even if it is capable of providing about three full charges to your smartphone, the Anker PowerCore 10,000 remains small and light so it doesn’t take up too much space in your bag or pockets.
If your desk is littered with charging cables and other cords, the Smartish Cable Wrangler should be able to fix the mess. It comes with a powerful magnet where you can stick all your cables, so they will look neat and organized. The Cable Wrangler is also compact, so it doesn’t need much space itself, and stable, so your cables are securely in place until you need them.
The Nintendo Switch comes with a catalog of multiplayer games for up to four players, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Party, and the PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock will make sure that your controllers are always ready. It can charge four Joy-Cons simultaneously and features individual LEDs to show the charge level for each controller.
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