Once December rolls around, it starts to feel like time is speeding up quickly, and before you know it, the rest of your holiday gift shopping starts to clash with shipping deadlines. But if you need some simple and easy gift recommendations that don’t cost a lot of pennies, you’re in luck. In addition to our extensive collection of holiday gift guides, we’re also on the lookout for the great gifts that are currently out there for sale.
So to help you “win” this year’s holiday gift exchange, we’ve hand-selected a handful of tech-related gadgets and deals under $25 that might make a great gift for all kinds of people in your life. Some of these discounts may even make it seem like you spent more than you actually did, but we’ll never tell (it’s the bargain hunters’ honor).
You’d be surprised how much smart home technology you can get for very little money. Now, part of that is because companies like Amazon and Google desperately want a foothold in your home — because once you buy, brand loyalty is bestowed with the best features and integration.
So, if you’re OK with welcoming Amazon into your home, buy The third generation Echo Dot For only $14.99 ($25 off). On top of that, you can get the same Echo Dot with a 1,100-lumen Philips Hue smart bulb for $17.98 (US$38). The disc-like smart speaker may be more than a few years old at this point, but it’s still more than enough if you’re looking to add Amazon Alexa to a room. It can control smart home devices, including the bundled Philips Hue bulb, or read information to you on command, such as weather and sports results. The Echo Dot and smart bulb are like a smart home starter package, but now at a stock price point. Read our review.
This disc-shaped Echo Dot is the third generation of smart speakers from Amazon. It offers better sound than its predecessor, a compact design, and all the smart features that come with having an Alexa device.
Believe it or not, you could offer someone a pair of true wireless earbuds for less than the Jackson and Lincoln — and no, they’re not nameless junk you’d find in the checkout line at the grocery store. The Skullcandy pocket is correct are a nice, colorful set of Bluetooth earbuds with some great sound quality, six hours of battery life, IPX4 sweat resistance, and easy-to-learn physical button controls.
They don’t have features like noise cancellation, sure, but the Jib True sells for as low as $21.56 (about $10) on Amazon in select colors. This is a great price for a pair of wireless speakers, and it makes a great gift for your kids, younger cousins, or nieces and nephews, especially if you have a whole brood to enjoy for holiday gifts.
These budget-friendly headphones offer six hours of battery life, good sound quality (for the price), and an IPX4 sweat-resistant rating.
Wireless earbuds are great, but even in 2022, wired earbuds often sound better for the price and offer their own benefits. Many of them have almost no audio latency, for example, something even expensive wireless earphones struggle with and will jump through hoops to try to circumvent.
If you’re shopping for someone interested in mobile gaming, give a go Logitech G333 Wired Earbuds a look. It’s normally $49.99, but Amazon is currently selling it for just $19.99. They deliver plenty of bass without turning the sound into a mushy, incoherent mess, and they come in three sizes of silicone ear tips to better fit your ears.
In addition to some fun color options, the G333 includes a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter. Most manufacturers charge $9 to $12 for the adapter alone, and with their original 3.5mm jack or the included adapter, the G333s can be used with modern consoles, computers, newer iPads, and Android phones and tablets.
Logitech’s gaming-focused G333 is a wired pair of earphones 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 anyone in your family has a MagSafe compatible iPhone, Belkin BoostCharge magnetic wireless charger On sale for only $14.99 (half off) at Amazon with 20W power adapter included. The charging disc isn’t an official MagSafe accessory, but it’s still magnetically attached to newer iPhone models and charges wirelessly at 7.5W. This is a perfectly decent speed, especially if you mostly charge overnight. Compared to Apple’s MagSafe charger, Belkin has a longer, more convenient cable built in. And the six-foot cable length is a small boon if you want to be able to use your phone while charging wirelessly. This affordable Qi magnetic charger makes a great gift, especially for people who may not even realize their phones have this convenient functionality.
The Belkin Magnetic Wireless Charging Pad can charge a MagSafe-compatible iPhone at 7.5W, which is good for an overnight charge. The long USB-C cable also ensures that you have enough respite to use your phone while charging.
Colorful WISE Wi-Fi smart bulbs are available in two-packs at the moment For just $19.98 at Amazon, this makes an inexpensive gift for someone who just can’t get enough RGB lighting. The $7 discount drops the package into our price limit, meaning each bulb costs just $9.99—a bargain for a bright 1,100-lumen LED bulb.
Wyze bulbs are easy to set up, since they don’t require a hub, and you can control them using the Wyze app as well as Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. While their range of colored lighting options may be a big draw, they’re also appealing to mores since you can pair them with a timer and have them automatically match the sun to cool daylight lighting during the day and cozy warm light in the evening.
Wyze’s colorful LED smart lights can be turned on, off, and dimmed over Wi-Fi. It’s compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants and can reach a peak brightness of 1,100 lumens.