20 awesome tech gifts for under $25
Because you don't have to spend a fortune on electronic presents.
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Giving the gift of tech can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re shopping on a budget this year or staying under a certain amount for a gift exchange with your coworkers, there are so many great gadgets you can get without blowing your budget.
From PopSockets to Amazon Echo speakers, there is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list (and you may even find something you want to gift yourself). To help save you some time, we’ve rounded up the top tech gifts you can buy for under $25.
1. For the person who needs a personal assistant: Echo Dot (third-generation)
While our favorite Echo speaker is the Echo (third-generation), the all-new Echo Dot (third-generation) is also an amazing—and affordable—gift to give for the holidays. The Alexa-enabled speaker can give the forecast, read headlines, manage calendars, set reminders, and more. Plus, it’s tiny enough that it can be placed on a nightstand while still boasting surprisingly good sound quality for its size, so your gift recipient will have no problem using it to play music and listen to podcasts.
2. For the person who forgets to unplug their curling iron: Eufy Smart Plug
Have a friend who is always forgetting to shut off hot hair tools, the TV, or something else that should be turned off before leaving the house? Get them the Eufy Smart Plug (the best value smart plug that we’ve ever tested), which can be controlled via the Eufy Home app, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa. It’s easy to use, the set up is simple, and your friend won’t have to worry about whether or not they remembered to unplug something.
3. For the person who is always working out: Mpow Flame Wireless Earbuds
If you're shopping for somebody who already loves running, a solid pair of exercise-focused headphones like the Mpow Flames is a great gift. They're cheap at less than $30, but they're built to last. We tested them in our labs and they were able to play music for a full 30 minutes while submerged underwater. If you've got a runner or gym freak in your life, these are an affordable gift.
4. For the one who needs more space: SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB
Our top-rated SD card may not be the most exciting product on the list, but for photographers, handheld gamers, and media mavens, it may just be the most practical. For under $25 you can get a whopping 128GB of extra storage on a micro SD card that will fit just about any gadget that takes memory cards, including a GoPro, Nintendo Switch, most laptops, Chromebooks, cameras, and more.
5. For the person who is always hitting the snooze button: hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock
You probably know someone who has a hard time abiding by their alarm every morning. With this alarm clock, they can wake up with the “sunlight” even if it’s not light outside. The hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock gets progressively brighter in the 30 minutes leading up to the alarm time. There's a sleep timer with sunset lighting that dims the room, which is ideal for kids who have trouble sleeping in the dark (and it comes with eight lighting choices kids will love). It also plays nature sounds, has a built-in radio, and a LED clock face that displays the time.
6. For the person who is always misplacing their wallet: Tile Mate Tracker
We all misplace our keys from time to time, but if you know someone who does this on the regular, then a Bluetooth-enabled tracking device like the Tile Mate (2020) is a perfect gift idea. The tracking device connects via Bluetooth and uses the Tile App to help someone locate their keys when they go missing. With a range of 200 ft., your friend, coworker, or family member will appreciate this easy-to-use gadget when their stuff goes missing.
7. For the person whose phone battery is always on low: Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
A portable phone charger is a gift that almost anyone can benefit from because we all forget to charge our phones—or run the battery down to the very last drop. At 3.9 inches tall by 1.18 inches wide, Anker's PowerCore 5000 portable, a cylinder-shaped charger is the right size for pockets and small bags. It holds up to two high-speed phone charges and works with iOS and Android devices.
8. For the person with a new tablet: Arteck Portable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
A wireless keyboard has many benefits—there's no cable to worry about, it's much more portable than a traditional keyboard, and it can be paired with a tablet when they're on-the-go. Arteck's wireless Bluetooth keyboard weighs just 0.37 pounds features two LED backlit brightness levels to help them see if they're typing in lowlight. It works with iOS, Android, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems.
9. For the person who loves virtual reality: Official Google Cardboard
Most VR headsets cost hundreds of dollars, but not Google Cardboard. It might look like something your kid workshopped together, but this $15 headset offers a true VR experience using a smartphone and the Cardboard app.
The laminated box comes with custom-designed, high-quality lenses for an immersive VR experience, and works with most Android or iOS devices that have a four- to six-inch screen size.
10. For the person who is always cold: USB Heated Gloves
If your office is always cold, a pair of USB Heated Gloves is a useful gift to give a coworker for the holidays. These wool hand warmers can be worn fingerless or as regular mittens and have two heating pads built into each glove. Your officemate can wear these while typing and texting, all while keeping their hands at a toasty—yet comfortable—temperature.
11. For the person with multiple devices: 6-Port USB Desktop Charging Station
Sometimes a single outlet isn’t enough. To combat the common problem, a Vogek's Desktop Charging Station comes with multiple USB ports that can charge up to six devices at once. This can power up products like Apple AirPods (with wired case), phones, tablets, and smartwatches.
12. For the person who is always in the car: Aukey Dual Port Quick Car Charger
Phone batteries never seem to last as long as they're supposed to. Aukey's car charger can charge two devices at the same time and claims to do so up to four times faster than a normal charger. It's compatible with iOS phones and tablets, as well as certain Android device models.
13. For the person who loves to rock out: OontZ Angle 3 (3rd generation) Bluetooth Portable Speaker
Know someone who is always listening to music? This portable Bluetooth speaker is a steal for $22. It has a 100-foot Bluetooth range, it’s water-resistant, and it has a battery life of up to 14 hours, so they can pump the jams all day long.
14. For the person who is always taking selfies: QIAYA Selfie Light Ring
Shopping for a teen or college-aged kid? This QIAYA Selfie Light Ring will take their selfie game to the next level. With three light settings, it can brighten up self-portraits taken at night or in a dark room. The light is rechargeable, clips to the top of a phone with ease, and is small enough to carry in a backpack, purse, or pocket.
15. For your blogger friend: Fugetek's Selfie Stick and Bluetooth-Enabled Tripod
Getting the perfect shot takes work—and it’s easy for someone to do all by themselves with the help of Fugetek's Selfie Stick and Bluetooth-Enabled Tripod. It comes with a Bluetooth remote that works with Apple and Android devices and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to one hour of constant use. The tripod extends up to 51 inches to help them get the right picture without any additional help.
16. For the person who is always warm: iKross Mini USB Desktop Fan
The iKross Mini USB Desktop Fan is pretty quiet for a fan, while still offering a steady stream of air to keep them cool. At just 6 inches tall, it's tiny enough that it won't take up much real estate when plugged in to their laptop. Amazon customers love it, too, giving it a 4.5-star rating out of 684 reviews.
17. For the person who enjoys photography: 7-in-1 Cell Phone Lens Kit
Cell phone cameras have come a long way, offering a high-res, crystal clear image for the most part. However, this 7-in-1 Cell Phone Lens Kit can enhance their photography even more. The kit includes a variety of high-def lenses like wide-angle, fisheye, macro, zoom telephoto, and more to create stunning imagery. This works with most iPhone, iPad, and Samsung devices.
18. For the person who loves string lights: Govee LED Strip Lights
Kids and adults alike love playing with Govee's smart LED Strip Lights. The waterproof lights last for up to 50,000 hours (that's a little over 5.5 years) and can be tuned to red, green, blue, white, and 16 other color options to liven up their bedroom or another area of the home. It can even “dance” to music and voices. The set comes with a remote control to manage the light display, as well as 3M adhesive to help them stay in place.
19. For the stylish person in your life: Auzev Bracelet Lightning Cable
Who says tech has to be ugly? This braided leather lighting cable doubles as a bracelet. It's a stylish and practical gift that can be used to charge Apple devices like iPhones and iPads.
20. For the person who is always on their phone: PopSockets PopGrip
A Popsocket is a gadget that sticks to the back of a phone or phone case and can be popped in or out to create an easy carrying handle or stand. This makes talking on the phone, FaceTiming, taking photos, watching YouTube, and anything else you might need your phone for much easier. And with the improved gel adhesive sticker, the PopSocket should stay in place for the long run.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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