So net neutrality may be a thing of the past (or maybe not), but no matter what the internet situation looks like for the foreseeable future, even the least tech-savvy among us would appreciate gadgets and gizmos that make life easier (and are affordable to boot). You won’t find your drones or VR headsets here — these are the nuts and bolts of tech stuff: all manner of phone chargers (and cases and protectors) and other fun gizmos that cost under $50.
Spigen Thin Fit iPhone X Case with Premium Matte Finish Coating
An iPhone X case that’s thin and matte and rose gold (though you can get plenty of other colors, like white or black or silver depending on what they like).
Kwmobile Hardcase Cover for Apple iPhone 7 / 8 with liquid
For your iPhone X–less recipient, something a little splashier.
Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural Sound Machine, White
SENSO Bluetooth Wireless Sports Earphones
Review after review on Amazon (verified purchases, mind you) will tell you how floored people are by the quality of these very affordable wireless headphones.
Ten-year-old girls know all about the beauty of the PopSocket, a retractable stick’em for the back of your phone that allows you to keep it secure while you’re taking selfies.
Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Charging Cable
Etekcity Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini Outlet with Energy Monitoring (2 Pack)
Plug any old thing you want into these newfangled plugs, and you’ll be able to control the power from your phone. It’s magic.
iDOO Matte Rubber Coated Soft Touch Plastic Hard Case
Turn that by-the-numbers MacBook into a marble-ized electronic.
Cool Mist Travel Humidifier Stick
Stick this well-reviewed humidifier in a glass of water, plug in the USB, and you’re breathing in hydrating (and hydrated) air.
Braun BT3040 Men’s Ultimate Hair Clipper
Elago Aluminum Mouse Pad for Computers & Laptops
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
As of now, the Amazon Echo Dot (an easy toe dip into the world of smart technology) is still 40 percent off.
Verilux HappyLight Liberty Personal, Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp
Mood lights help mimic the sun’s rays when you’re living somewhere (like New York) that doesn’t get much sun in the winter — they’ve been shown to actually improve your mood, and even a portable one helps.
Tryone Gooseneck Mount Holder
20th Anniversary Tamagotchi Device
Remember Tamagotchis — the electronic pets on keychains that needed to be fed and cared for and cherished? They’re back.
Aibocn Power Bank 10,000mAh External Battery Charger with Backup Flashlight
Nomad NomadKey Lightning Data Cable - Black
If you’re sensing a dying-phone theme on this list, you’d be right. This one puts a lightning cable onto your keychain — simply plug the other end into a USB.
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
We’ve heard consistently good things about this shockingly affordable Bluetooth speaker.
Tech Armor Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 8 Ballistic Glass Screen Protector [2-Pack]
Even with a good case, your screen can get scratched up. A few cheap screen protectors would make thoughtful stocking stuffers.
Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad, Compatible with iPhone 8 / 8 Plus and iPhone X
ZVE Universal 2 in 1 Aluminum Desktop Charging Stand for iWatch, Smartphone and Tablets
Give your recipients the gift of simultaneous phone- and watch-charging, although, note: you still need to buy cables!
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