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The best holiday tech gifts under $25

ZDNET found the best tech gifts under $25, so you can save big this holiday shopping season.
Written by Allison Murray, Staff Writer and  Christina Darby, Associate Editor
Reviewed by Kayla Solino
Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker | Best cheap tech gift overall
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Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker
Best cheap tech gift overall
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Magnetic breakaway USB-C connector | Best cheap tech tool
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Magnetic breakaway USB-C connector
Best cheap tech tool
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TikTok Remote Control | Best cheap tech gift to scroll and stroll
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TikTok Remote Control
Best cheap tech gift to scroll and stroll
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PopSocket | Best versatile cheap tech gift
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PopSocket
Best versatile cheap tech gift
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OontZ Angle Solo Bluetooth Speaker | Best cheap tech gift for portable music
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OontZ Angle Solo Bluetooth Speaker
Best cheap tech gift for portable music
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Lightimetunnel Wireless Sleep Headphones | Best cheap tech gift for a good night's sleep
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Lightimetunnel Wireless Sleep Headphones
Best cheap tech gift for a good night's sleep
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Omoton Adjustable Cell Phone Stand | Best phone accessory cheap tech gift
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Omoton Adjustable Cell Phone Stand
Best phone accessory cheap tech gift
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WowChic AirPods Pro case | Best cheap tech gift for AirPods users
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WowChic AirPods Pro case
Best cheap tech gift for AirPods users
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Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener | Best cheap tech gift for wine enthusiasts
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Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener
Best cheap tech gift for wine enthusiasts
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Toneof 60-inch Tripod and Selfie stick | Best cheap tech gift for photography buffs
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Toneof 60-inch Tripod and Selfie stick
Best cheap tech gift for photography buffs
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Sokusin Stand for Apple Watch | Best cheap tech gift for Apple users
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Sokusin Stand for Apple Watch
Best cheap tech gift for Apple users
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Buying the right holiday gift for a loved one is never as simple as it seems -- especially if you have multiple people to gift to and are on a budget. While gift cards are a reliable and appreciated option, they're often a last resort. If you want to present a more creative gift while staying financially conscious, we've got you covered. And if you order soon, it should arrive in time for the holidays. 

Also: The 10 best tech gifts of 2023

ZDNET has rounded up the best tech gifts under $25, so your gifts are thoughtful without making too much of a dent in your wallet.

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The best holiday tech gifts under $25 

  • Price: $25

These days, there's a lot to keep track of, and a Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker is a small tool that can be a big help in finding that misplaced key, wallet, or lost knick-knack. The compact design makes it ideal for attaching to a key ring, luggage, wallet, and more. Plus, the free app lets users activate Tile's sound feature, making it easier to track the item that perfectly wedges its way between two couch cushions.

Also: These Bluetooth trackers are handy, but AirTag isn't the only one

  • Price: $25

Take it from ZDNET's tech-tool expert, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, this gadget has saved his USB-C ports from damage "countless times" as well as his laptop from crashing down to the floor upon tripping over a charging cable. Consisting of two main parts: a USB-C port that protects from damage, and another end that fits onto the respective charging cable, the 140W tool is an effective and powerful tool to gift this holiday season. 

Review: My favorite USB-C accessory of all time scores a magnetic upgrade 

  • Price: $20

If your recipient is a multi-tasking master and wants to scroll through social media, emails, and more, then this tiny remote that fits on your finger like a ring is the perfect gift. After going viral on TikTok, this handy device from Adzerd is appropriately dubbed the "TikTok" remote, but it works for scrolling on any app when paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth. I love that while this is an arguably lazy device, it's a great multi-tasking tool and "game changer" for dreaded cardio workouts. 

Also: Why this $20 remote control is a must-have for productive workouts (and more) 

  • Price: $17

PopSockets are perfect for busy people who need an extra grip. PopSockets are versatile -- they come in all sorts of colors and designs for different budgets (including under $25), and even have wallets and MagSafe case PopSocket options. You can even gift the recipient a personalized PopSocket with an image of their pet or a favorite photo of the both of you. 

Also: The best MagSafe wallets in 2023 

  • Price: $20

Cambridge Soundworks produces stellar audio devices without costing you a premium. The Oontz Angle Solo speaker is no exception. The portable music player has a projected 15-hour playtime, enhanced bass-pumping sound, and an angular design that makes it especially easy to carry. With summer finally here, a portable speaker can be a great accessory to blast music by the pool, beach, or backyard bash. 

Also: Best Bluetooth speakers: Here comes the boom

  • Price: $20

Give the gift of peaceful sleep with these wireless sleep headphones. The headphones fit snugly around your head and can connect to your playlists via Bluetooth so you can listen to white noise, nature sounds, or whatever you want as you fall asleep. It also doubles as a sleep mask, blocking out unwanted light and sound. 

Also: The best sleep headphones in 2023

  • Price: $9

Remote workers and FaceTime fiends will appreciate this adjustable phone stand that makes a great addition to any desk, table, or nightstand. You can adjust the stand 270 degrees for ideal viewing angles. In addition, you can still charge your phone while it's on the stand since there's a slot in the back for a charging cord. 

  • Price: $14

The Apple AirPods Pro, and more recently, the 2nd-generation successor, have become an in-ear staple. Sadly, you can't find a pair of AirPods for under $25, but I'll make a case for an AirPods case -- a fun one, that is. These soft silicone 3D cover cases from WowChic mimic crowd-favorite soda cans, coffee drinks, and snacks, which are perfect for a personal touch. 

If your loved one is notorious for misplacing their AirPods or mistaking her own for someone else's, a custom case with a built-in keychain is a personable, affordable solution. Plus, it can protect their AirPods from drops, dings, and scratches. 

Also: The best AirPods of 2023: Pricing and features compared

  • Price: $25

Opening a wine bottle can be an unnecessary hassle, but this electric wine bottle opener makes it easier -- believe me! It's portable size is ideal for bringing to parties with a single push-button operation that can remove the cork of any bottle. Plus, it comes with a foil cutter and charging stand. I can easily say that this device has transformed my wine-opening experience from a complex battle and near disaster to a seamless pop and pour. 

  • Price: $24

For the family member who's always taking group family photos, this phone tripod is compatible with any smartphone and can stretch up to 60 inches tall and fold back down into a compact 11-inch stick. And if self-timer photos aren't their forte, the Bluetooth remote allows for snapping photos from up to 32 feet away. 

It's also super lightweight, making it perfect to tote around for travel at only 332 grams. ZDNET's Sabrina Ortiz uses this tripod to capture vertical video content on the go and is impressed with its quality, reliability, and compact size.  

  • Price: $12

This Sokusin stand is a compact solution to Apple Watch and iPhone charger management, allowing users to lace their cords through, keeping chargers hidden and in place. At 2.89 ounces, it's discrete and lightweight, making a nice addition to your dad's desk, nightstand, or backpack for travel. 

How did we choose these cheap tech gifts?

With affordability at the top of my mind, I chose fun product ideas for smaller gifts, but also items that are suitable -- and budget-friendly -- as larger gifts. 

Where to find the best cheap tech gifts?

You can find the best cheap tech gifts at major retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. 


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