Sticking to a budget can be hard at the best of times, but it can be even more difficult during the holidays. If you’re looking for something special that won’t cost a fortune, we have some great ideas for low budget tech gifts that are sure to be well received as a stocking stuffer or white elephant gift.
The 10 Best Low Budget Tech Gifts Under $20
This lipstick-sized external battery can add over six hours of talk time to your phone without having to plug it into a wall socket. A great gift for people on the go, this portable charger is a real (battery) life saver.
Quick Charge 3.0 charges compatible devices (like the Samsung Galaxy S8) up to four times faster than a standard charger. If you know someone with a long commute, or even just a constantly dead battery, they’ll be thrilled with this dual port car charger.
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We present to you a full-sized, backlit keyboard under $20 for the whimsical gamer in your life. It’s water resistant and designed to reduce hand fatigue for those who spend all day – or night – at the computer.
Note: Be careful when buying a keyboard. The MantisTek GK2 keyboard was recently found to be sending key presses to a server in China.
We still can’t get enough of this 34″ illuminated charging cable from Think Geek since we featured it in our Geeky Gift Guide last year. Not sure what to get Star Wars superfan Josh in IT? This. He’ll love it, we promise.
Know someone who could use some extra time for themselves? With the Amazon Dash Wand they don’t even have to think about their grocery list, let alone go to the store. They can use the wand to scan the barcode of the item they want, or say the name into it, and the item will be added to their Amazon cart and shipped with Prime 2-day shipping. That leaves more time for watching Amazon Prime Video.
This compact and stylish Bluetooth speaker is a great gift for fashionistas and music-lovers alike. Portable and wireless, this visual and auditory delight is great for home or the office, and can last up to ten hours on a single charge.
Your friend with a Fitbit would love to receive a replacement band for their fitness tracker. There are a ton of them available online, but we adore this stainless steel bracelet strap with a strong magnetic closure by Maledan. It comes in a variety of colors and is elegant and casual at the same time.
The perfect gift for that unlucky friend or family member who always has a cracked phone screen. Screen Protectors are available on Amazon for almost every type of device, and usually come in packs of two or three. This is a great low budget gift that easily slips into a stocking.
Jackbox Games makes party games for devices and gaming platforms, such as Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and even Amazon Fire (to name a few). These are insanely fun group games that you play on your phone, and are sure to liven up any gathering. Choose from games like Fibbage, Quiplash and Drawful 2 (my favorite). Or you can splurge and buy a Jackbox Party Pack with 5 games for $25 USD. The recipient of such a gift is sure to thank you profusely.
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