The 14 Best Tech Deals Under $25 That Make Great Gifts

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Once December gets going, it starts to feel like time is speeding up fast, and before you know it, your remaining holiday gifts are starting to hit shipping deadlines. But if you need some simple and easy gift recommendations that don’t cost too much pennies, you’re in luck. In addition to our extensive collection of Christmas gift guides, we also keep an eye out for fun gifts that are currently on sale for sale.

So to help you “win” this year’s Christmas gift exchange, we’ve handpicked a collection of gadgets and tech offers under $25 that could make a great gift for all types of people in your life. Some of these discounts may even give the impression that you spent more than you actually did, but we’ll never tell (it’s the credit of the deal hunters).

Save on these convenient, thrifty gifts

You’d be surprised how much smart home tech you can get for very little money. Part of that is because companies like Amazon and Google are desperate to gain a foothold in your home – because once you buy, brand loyalty is rewarded with the best features and integrations.

So if you’re okay with welcoming Amazon into your home, you can get the third generation Echo Dot for just $14.99 ($25 off). Plus, you can get that same Echo Dot with a 1100-lumen Philips Hue smart bulb for $17.98 ($38 off). The puck-like smart speaker may be more than a few years old at this point, but it’s still more than adequate if you want to add Amazon Alexa to a room. It can control smart home devices, including the included Philips Hue bulb, or read information like the weather and sports scores to you on command. An Echo Dot and a smart bulb is like a starter kit for a smart home, but now for a low price. Read our review.

$15

This puck-like Echo Dot is the third generation of Amazon’s smart speaker. It offers better sound than its predecessor, a compact design and all the smarts that come with owning an Alexa device.

Believe it or not, you can gift someone a pair of true wireless earbuds for less than a Jackson and a Lincoln — and no, it’s not the nameless junk you find in the checkout line at the grocery store. The Skullcandy Jib Right are a cute and colorful set of Bluetooth earbuds with great sound quality, six hours of battery life, IPX4 sweat resistance, and easy-to-learn physical button controls.

They certainly don’t have features like noise cancellation, but the Jib True sells in select colors for just $21.56 (about $10 off) at Amazon. That’s a great price for a pair of wireless earbuds, making them a great gift for your kids, younger cousins ​​or nieces and nephews, especially if you’ve got a whole brood to treat to Christmas gifts.

$22

These budget-friendly earbuds offer six hours of battery life, decent sound quality (for the price), and an IPX4 sweat resistance rating.

Wireless earbuds are great, but even in 2022, wired earbuds often sound better for the price and offer their own merits. For example, many of them have barely any audio latency, something that even expensive wireless earbuds struggle with and will jump through hoops to try and get around.

If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys mobile gaming, give the Logitech G333 wired earbuds a look. They’re normally $49.99, but Amazon is currently selling them for just $19.99. They offer plenty of bass without turning your audio into a mushy, disjointed mess, and they come with three sizes of silicone ear tips to best fit your ears.

Plus, in addition to some fun color options, the G333 includes a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter. Most manufacturers charge $9 to $12 for just the adapter, and with their native 3.5mm jack or the included adapter, the G333s can be used with modern consoles, PCs, newer iPads, and Android phones and tablets.

Logitech G333

$20

Logitech’s gaming-focused G333 is a wired pair of earbuds that come with a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter for use with Android phones or newer iPads that no longer have a headphone jack.

If someone in your family has a MagSafe-compatible iPhone, Belkin’s BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Charger is on sale for just $14.99 (half off) at Amazon with a 20W power adapter. The charging puck isn’t an official MagSafe accessory, but it still attaches magnetically to newer iPhone models and charges wirelessly at 7.5W. That’s a decent speed, especially if you mostly charge overnight. Compared to Apple’s own MagSafe charger, the Belkin has a longer, more convenient cable built in. The six-foot cable length is also a minor boon if you want to be able to use your phone while it charges wirelessly. This affordable magnetic Qi charger makes a great gift, especially for people who may not even realize their phone has this useful functionality.

$15

Belkin’s Magnetic Wireless Charging Puck can charge a MagSafe-compatible iPhone at a respectable 7.5W, which is fine for overnight charging. The long USB-C cable also ensures that you have enough slack to use your phone while charging.

Wyze is colorful Wi-Fi Smart Bulbs are now available in a set of two for just $19.98 at Amazon, making them a cheap gift for someone who can’t get enough RGB lighting. The $7 discount lowers the bundle into our price threshold, and it means each bulb costs just $9.99 — a steal for a bright 1100-lumen LED bulb.

Wyze’s lights are easy to set up, as they don’t require a hub, and you can control them using both the Wyze app and Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. While their range of colorful lighting options can be a big draw, they also appeal to normies because you can pair them with timers and automatically adjust them to the sun with cool daylight lighting during the day and warm, relaxing light in the evening.

$20

Wyze’s Color LED smart bulbs can be turned on, off and dimmed via Wi-Fi. They are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants and can reach a peak brightness of 1,100 lumens.

Some more deals under $25 to put on your gift list

  • The Tile Mate location tracker costs just $17.99 ($24.99 normally) at Amazon, Target, and Walmart. They make a great gift for anyone who is a little forgetful when it comes to their keys or other small items – assuming they don’t take offense when they open the gift. Plus, unlike Apple’s AirTags, they are cross-platform and work with both iPhones and Android phones.
  • A microSD card may sound boring to many people, but if you need an affordable gift for someone with a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, they’re part of the vital lifeline of fitting more games onto their console. Currently, the Samsung Pro Plus microSD costs just $24.99 ($8 off) at Amazon in the 256GB configuration, fitting our budget guide.
  • The PowerA enhanced wired controller, our favorite budget gamepad for Xbox consoles and PC, is only $23.91 (normally $37.99) in purple or the two-tone seafoam fade at Amazon. The only real downside is that it still uses Micro USB, but at least the cable is detachable.
  • Instead of special smart outdoor lighting, you can use the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug-in Outdoor Dimmer — which retails for $16.99 ($13 off) at Amazon. It’s compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa without the need for a hub, and it’s perfect for dimmable outdoor string lights to set the party mood.
  • The J Lab Go Air are only $14.99 (about $15 off) at Amazon in their four available colors. The wireless earbuds offer around five hours of battery life with an additional 15 hours in reserve from the included charging case, which includes a built-in USB-A charging plug for added convenience.
  • Streets of Anger 4 is on sale for $19.99 ($15 off) for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 at Best Buy. It’s great for retro co-op beat-em-up action during the holiday season when everyone’s around, as you can play with up to four players locally or two online. Read our review.
  • OlliOlli World is possibly one of the best games of the year, and it’s on sale for $17.99 ($10 off) on Amazon as a Steam download code. This lo-fi skateboarding game mixes in some rhythm-based vibes for a charming and fun experience. Read our review.
  • You can get $30 in PlayStation Store e-gift cards (in $10 increments) for approx $24.46 at Eneba when you use a promo code 10PSPLUS at checkout. Eneba’s prices fluctuate by a few dollars or cents because the retailer is based in Europe, but it’s an easy way to save some while someone can buy the games or DLC they want. Just remember to get creative with the gift wrap as they are just voucher codes.
  • Speaking of game offers, The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox is an excellent book to give as a gift to anyone who enjoys classic video games and appreciates a dose of nostalgia. To be $20.79 at Amazon when you click on the coupon on the page to save $5.20.

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