Electronics are getting smaller and smaller, and we all seem to have our own special must-have gadgets that we never leave home without. You probably already have a smartphone with you just about everywhere you go, but if you’re in the market for some new tech or are doing some holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up a large handful of cool palm-sized devices that would make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.
Below are our favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a folding keyboard to a cheap smartwatch. We’ve also thrown in a couple cool gadgets that will let you express your geeky side with exclusive new products from ThinkGeek.
SD and MicroSD cards are great, but not all computers have slots for them, and even laptops that do typically only have one. Plus, if you only have a MicroSD card, then you need another adapter to use it with the SD card reader anyway.
The Anker USB 3.0 SD card reader can make your life a little easier. It has both SD and MicroSD card slots that let you read and write both simultaneously on any computer. It’s compatible with all types of MicroSD cards, too, and will only set you back $11 from Amazon. This is a great holiday gift for photographers and on-the-go professionals.
Need a backpack for your backpack? This little Star Wars BB-8 keychain functions like a regular backpack – albeit a very small one – with zip-up compartments where you can store your small electronics. It’s the perfect place to tuck away a couple of the other portable tech gadgets on our list, and it makes for a perfect holiday gift.
This mini BB-8 Astromech droid backpack keychain rings in at $15 from ThinkGeek after a 40-percent discount.
A good pair of earbuds are invaluable if you’re frequently on the move and don’t want to be without your music and other entertainment, and when it comes to in-ear headphones, you can’t beat a classic: The Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds remain one of the best and most popular pairs you can buy, with more than 50,000 Amazon reviews.
If you don’t want to dish out the cash for a pair of wireless earphones like the AirPods, these headphone earbuds are available in a variety of colors at around $9 on Amazon.
For a truly wireless upgrade pick over the Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds, check out these Bluetooth in-ear headphones from TaoTronics. The TaoTronics Bluetooth earbuds offer more than three hours of play time on a single charge.
The included carrying case also doubles as a 3,500mAh power bank that can recharge the earphones up to 40 times before needing to be juiced up itself. At just $43 from Amazon, the TaoTronics Bluetooth earbuds are another great alternative to more expensive picks like the Apple AirPods.
Earbuds are great to have on you, but having the cable become a tangled mess in your bag or pocket is no fun to deal with (and it always seems to happen no matter how neatly you tuck them away). The Tophome earbud holder and cord organizer, made of thick genuine leather, ensures you never have to deal with that hassle again.
This is the perfect gift for anyone who hates tangled cords and is currently just $9 from Amazon, so it’s a smart purchase for traveling techies.
Power banks are one of those cool gadgets you want to have with you when you’re out and about, allowing you to give your portable tech a power boost without having to hunt around for the nearest outlet or USB port. The Anker PowerCore+ Mini power bank takes this portability to the next level with its pocket-friendly size and 3,350mAh internal battery. Anker’s PowerIQ technology also automatically detects the proper voltage for your device to deliver faster charging on the go.
Although the pocket-sized PowerCore+ Mini power bank won’t fully charge your smart devices multiple times over, the 3,350mAh battery is sufficient for full or near-full charges for most smartphones. This handy portable charger can normally be had for as cheap as $20 on Amazon, but a limited-time holiday deal lets you score it for just $11 and give your iPhone the extra juice it needs.
Need a light? Electric lighters like this one put a whole new spin on old-school designs. Fluid lighters can be messy and can run out of fuel quickly — the famous Zippo, while an all-American classic, is notorious for this — not to mention that lighter fluid and butane canisters are an extra expense. The Tesla Coil arc lighter, on the other hand, uses an internal rechargeable battery to project a windproof electric arc that is produced instead of a flame. The design is environmentally friendly and delivers up to 300 lights on a single charge.
When it needs more juice, simply plug it in and power it up via the included USB charging cable. No wicks, flints, fluid, or gases to fuss around with. You can score this unique tech gadget for just $17 from Amazon.
If you love to take pictures with your phone but find the camera’s capabilities a little bit limiting, then this top tech gadget is for you. The Amir clip-on camera lenses feature sturdy aluminum-and-glass construction. The bundle contains a 180-degree fisheye lens, a 0.4x super wide-angle lens, and a 10x macro zoom lens for detailed close-up shots. The metal housing is also water- and dust-resistant.
The universal clip-on design works with most popular brands of Android phones as well as the latest Apple iPhones. The Amir smartphone camera lenses come in at just $16 on Amazon. With most smartphones already sporting a high-resolution camera, this awesome attachment is a great holiday gift for any burgeoning photographer — though it’s not that good for selfies.
Travelambo RFID wallet — $15
A good RFID wallet provides an extra layer of security for the digital age, keeping your credit and ID cards safe from remote readers. You don’t have to sacrifice style for function, however, thanks to the leather Travelambo wallet.
This minimalist wallet is made of genuine leather lined with RFID-blocking material. It has six card slots, an ID window, and a compartment where you can tuck away a few bills. Best of all: It’ll only set you back $15 from Amazon, making it a pretty smart purchase for security-conscious individuals.
It never hurts to have a bit of extra storage (especially when you’re frequently on the move), and now you can replace those bulky thumb drives with this super-compact MicroSD card from Samsung. The Evo Select MicroSD card offers a lot of space and speed for the money, with 95MB per second read and 20MB per second write speeds. It even comes with an SD adapter (or you can use it with the Anker card reader if your computer lacks an SD card slot).
The Samsung Evo Select MicroSD card with SD adapter can be yours from Amazon for as little as $6 ($4 off) for the 32GB model.
Many of us have flashlights on our phones, but they aren’t always convenient to use or the best option. This nano torch from Streamlight, one of the best flashlight makers around, is the perfect addition to any keychain. This powerful and compact flashlight is perfect for navigating small, dimly lit spaces or just providing LED light where it’s needed the most.
The Streamlight 73001 keychain flashlight is available for around $8 on Amazon, and makes the perfect night light when you need it most.
You never know when you’re going to need a tool to get the job done, but carrying around a tool bag with you everywhere you go is both impractical and unfashionable. That’s why the Gerher Shard keychain tool is one of the most useful gadgets on our list. It comes with a miniature built-in prybar, a bottle opener, a screwdriver that does double-duty as a Philips and flat head, and unlike most other multitools, it doesn’t have a blade so it’s totally TSA-approved.
Pick up this must-have keychain multitool for just $5-8 on Amazon, and make sure to keep a spare in your car just in case.
These folding keyboards are nothing new, but most of them — even fairly compact models — aren’t very pocket-friendly gear. This folding wireless keyboard from Jelly Comb is the perfect solution, giving you a miniature set of QWERTY keys that folds down to roughly the size of a large smartphone for easy storage. Its metal and polymer construction is both durable and light, weighing in at just over 10 ounces.
The Jelly Comb folding wireless keyboard is compatible with any capable iPhone, Windows, or Android phone, and is available in a few different shades starting at $29 from Amazon.
The Bellabeat Leaf Urban health tracker is the fitness tracker that she’ll actually want to wear. This fitness accessory can be worn as a necklace or bracelet without looking bulky or obtrusive, and syncs with both iOS and Android to collect activity metrics via the companion app.
The Bellabeat tracks steps taken, calories burned, sleep quality, stress levels, menstrual cycles, and more. You can pick up this perfect hands-free tech gift for $100 from Amazon, and check out our review to see why we love the Bellabeat family of stylish health trackers.
The one major drawback with tiny cool gadgets these days is that they can easily get lost. If you need some help keeping tabs on the small stuff, Tile item finders are just the ticket. The keychain-sized Tile Mate is a diminutive 1.3 inches long and is just 0.2 inches thick, while the larger Slim model is just over two inches on both sides and 0.1 inches thick. Simply attach a tracker to any item and you can use the Tile companion app to locate it virtually anywhere. Even without the app, you can still find nearby items by remotely making the Tile vibrate, flash, or ring.
A single Tile costs around $20, but this four-pack of two Mate and two Slim trackers is available on Amazon for $60. You can also score the four-pack plus Echo Dot smart speaker bundle for just $10 more ($70, saving you $40), and be sure to take a look at our other favorite trackers for more options and new gadgets.
If you grew up with a Nintendo Game Boy, your younger self probably would have never believed that one day we’d be carrying around computer phones and iPads capable of playing 3D games. Now, you can level up your gaming even further with this retro compact gamepad from 8BitDo.
This keychain-sized SNES-style controller features 12 buttons and a Famicom-inspired color scheme. Simply sync the 8BitDo gamepad with your phone or tablet and get playing. The 8BitDo Mini Zero rings in at just $17 from Amazon, making this cheap gadget tough to pass up (and the perfect stocking stuffer for gamers).
This tech gadget isn’t one of those tech accessories you put in your pocket, it’s something you can wear all day. The Aeifond smartwatch is an attractive and affordable entry-level timepiece that syncs with your Android or iOS mobile device and sends notifications and incoming messages right to your wrist, similar to an Apple Watch. The device’s vibrant smart LED touch display is always on and is easy on the eyes. The Aeifond can also be used with a GSM SIM card to make calls right from the watch with no phone syncing required.
If prices on the other top smartwatches give you sticker shock, then you can pick up this affordable smart option for just $27 from Amazon.
If the palm-sized PowerCore+ charger whets your appetite for cool gadgets but you want something with a bit more juice, the Anker PowerCore 10,000 is another excellent pocket-friendly power bank. Its 10,000mAh battery can charge your iPhone multiple times, even though this PowerCore is barely larger in length and width than a credit card.
Like its smaller sibling, this unit also boasts Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology, which optimizes charging speed for different devices, ensuring that you’re not waiting around too long for your gadgets to recharge. This very practical charger typically rings in at just $32 on Amazon, but Anker’s Christmas deals knock it down to just $19 for a short time.
Wireless speakers are arguably the most popular implementation of Bluetooth technology today, allowing you to take your music virtually anywhere. Most of these speakers won’t easily fit in your pocket, but this one from Ewa is an exception. This tiny, cool tech gadget packs a six-hour battery life, delivering great sound from a package that fits in the palm of your hand.
Measuring less than two inches on each side, the Ewa speaker can be your cool pocket party companion for as little as $15 from Amazon. It may not come with Alexa like the Amazon Echo hub, but it’s a great way to bring your music with you.
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