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27 Strategist-Approved Techy Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List

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Everyone, no matter their age, will appreciate finding some sort of useful gadget at the bottom of their stocking. So to help you find winning and affordable alternatives to the commonplace chocolate bars, lip balms, and tiny soaps, we sifted through our archive of tech and tech-adjacent products. Here are the 29 best techy stocking stuffers we’ve recommended, all of which will run you $30 bucks or less.

If they’re always losing their wallet

Tile Mate

With the help of an app, this little gadget will chime to let its owner know where it is. Steph Curry has told us he keeps one in his wallet and one on his key chain to save him time searching for them in his house.

If they can’t shower without a podcast

Vtin Q1 Shower Speaker

A cheap and waterproof Bluetooth speaker is much better than a phone when it comes to listening to The Daily while showering. This one was voted best-rated (less expensive) Bluetooth speaker in our article about portable speakers on Amazon, according to enthusiastic reviewers.

If old tech is new to them …

Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera

Disposable cameras are hot with the university set right now, but they’re also a fun stocking stuffer that you can share with the whole family.

… And they’d like a low-maintenance pet

Tamagotchi Electronic Game, Blue/Silver

Round out their ’90s-themed stocking with a Tamagotchi!

If they FaceTime with friends for hours

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger Stand

If their calls are starting to drain their phone’s battery life, they’ll probably love this David Pogue–approved phone stand–Bluetooth charger combo.

If their apartment or dorm has only one outlet (and it’s in an incredibly inconvenient location)

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Charging Cable

This extra-long charger is a college-kid favorite because of dorm-room limitations, but it’d also work wonders for tiny houses, studio apartments, and cramped cubicles.

If they’re not always careful with their laptop (or their drink)

Mosiso Water Repellent Lycra Sleeve Bag

Help them protect the tech at all costs.

If they’re too clumsy for AirPods

4. SoundPEATS Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earphones (New entry)

These headphones are harder to drop or lose than AirPods — and less expensive to replace if they do go missing.

If they’re constantly out of juice

Anker PowerCore 10000 Compact Portable Charger

Give the gift of extra power.

If they’ve always wanted a mixtape made by a loved one

Enfain USB 3.0 Flash Drive 16GB Retro Mixtape USB Memory Stick

This clever trompe l’oeil cassette tape is actually a USB drive that you can load up with sappy love songs.

If they’ve always wanted a mixtape made by an algorithm

Spotify Gift Card

If a mixtape is too much work you can always follow Jonathan Van Ness’s lead and get Spotify to build them a playlist.

If they’re always late

Simple Design Analog Watch with Resin Band

This sleek forest-green watch is so cheap you could put one in everyone’s stocking. It’s also available in red, teal, all black, and black with a white face.

If they bike at night

Vont Bike Light

Keep your loved ones safe with a highly rated set of bike lights

If they run at night

Lighting Ever LE Headlamp LED

Or if, like writer Alice Gregory, they want their partner to be able fall asleep even while they’re catching up on some reading.

If they’re scared of the dark

Sunbeam LED Nightlights

As writer Kayla Levy found out during a power outage, these night-lights also function as flashlights and phone chargers! This multipack means you can stuff three people’s stockings.

If they worry about the effects of their screen time

Gudzws Anti Blue Light Glasses Retro Round Unisex

The problem with blue-light-blocking glasses is that most of them are ugly. These, and a bunch of others we found on Amazon, however are actually pretty nice-looking.

If they worry about their screens

RhinoShield Bumper Case for iPhone Xs/X

These bumber phone cases helped tech writer David Pogue protect his phone when he dropped it over 50 times.

If they want more out of Alexa

Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug Mini Outlet With Energy Monitoring (4 Pack)

Perfect for smart-home newbies, these plugs communicate with Alexa so that she can turn your otherwise unsmart lights, TV, fan, or other appliances on and off for you.

If they’re a tiny fan of death metal

LilGadgets Connect+ Premium Volume Limited Wired Headphones With SharePort for Children

These foldable headphones that we wrote about a while back came recommended by pediatric ear experts so you can stop worrying about the damaging volume of their favorite tunes.

If they’re a kid into coding

Kamigami Lina Ladybug Robot

Once they’ve finished building this paper robot, kids can program it to do different things via a free phone app.

If they’re into at-home beauty treatments

SUNUV 24W UV Light LED Nail Dryer Curing Lamp

This LED lamp will speed up drying time and help prevent chips and cracks.

If they live in a dry climate or a hot apartment

Nano Cool Mist Spray Facial Mister

Folks looking to rehydrate winter skin will enjoy the satisfying stream of cool mist that comes out of this facial mister we tested back in August.

If they’re an amateur handyman

Klein Tools NCVT-1 Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Like writer James Schadewald, they may not know they need a volt pen — a tool that checks the electrical current around outlets and appliances — until it’s too late.

If they have sore joints

Jelbow Ergonomic Gel Wrist Rests Elbow Pads, 2-pack

These sleek pads cushion tired wrists and elbows, something that with long-term use can lessen joint pain.

If they’re a year-round outdoorsman

S.O.L Survive Outdoors Longer Phoenix Survival Tool

Perhaps the earliest tech, fire starting is an important skill to have if you’re camping in the off-season.

If they have an Instant Pot

OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer, Green

Real Instant Pot fanatics will always appreciate another accessory. This one makes steaming veggies a snap.