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
If they can’t shower without a podcast
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 …
… And they’d like a low-maintenance pet
If they FaceTime with friends for hours
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)
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)
If they’re too clumsy for AirPods
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
Give the gift of extra power.
If they’ve always wanted a mixtape made by a loved one
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
If they’re always late
If they bike at night
If they run at night
If they’re scared of the dark
If they worry about the effects of their screen time
If they worry about their screens
If they want more out of Alexa
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
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
If they’re into at-home beauty treatments
If they live in a dry climate or a hot apartment
If they’re an amateur handyman
If they have sore joints
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
If they have an Instant Pot
If they love paper and don’t want to waste it
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