Stocking Stuffers For Under $25
By Tracey Dowdy
Choosing items for stockings is just about my favorite part of holiday shopping. Most of the items I choose are simple and inexpensive – lip balm, purse size lotions or hand sanitizer, crazy socks – but I like to include at least one item that’s a little nicer.
Here’s a list of stocking stuffers under $25 for all the techies on your list.
The Kingston DataTraveler SE9 flash drive has a capacity of up to 64GB and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and Mac. It’s compact – a little smaller than a standard house key – has a sturdy metal casing with a large ring that makes it easy to attach to your keys, and while not the fastest, it’s hard to beat the design and durability at this price point. The 16GB runs around $6 and you can get the 64GB option for around $18.
Who couldn’t use an extra set of earbuds? Panasonic’s ErgoFit RP-HJE120 are better quality than you might expect for under $10. Honestly, for under $10 normally I’d assume you’re better off with two empty soup cans and a piece of string, but this time I’d be wrong. They come in a bunch of fun colors and depending on the color, are as little as $4 a pair.
The Philips SPS2150WA travel charger offers 2 USB ports and 3 AC ports. Keep in mind that with just 1 amp of power, some devices like tablets will take a long time to charge, but as a back-up charger, $6 is hard to beat. Its design is compact and folds up to take up less space in your bag when you travel. It’s not fancy, but it will get the job done.
I have purchased at least 4 AmazonBasics Lightning cables because somehow in my house, they disappear. I can only assume they’ve traveled to wherever single socks and spare keys go. As a side note, always be careful when buying third-party accessories like lightning cords, especially if they’re not certified by Apple. Amazon’s cords are, plus they’re cheaper, range in size from 4 inches to 6 feet, and are available in black or white. The 4” is $5.99 and the six-foot cord is $7.99 or you can buy a two pack for $15.59.
The AmazonBasics Mini Bluetooth Speaker pairs with your Android or iOS phone, tablet or laptop up to 30 feet away and promises ten hours of battery life from a single charge. You can listen to audio as well as use it to make hands-free calls. It’s lightweight enough to be portable but designed and weighted to not tip over if used outdoors in a breeze. The speaker comes in five colors for $19.99 or buy the speaker and a 3.5mm audio cable for $24.98.
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.