Technology Gifts

The Best Tech Gifts That Won’t Break Your Bank

With the new decade right around the corner, it only seems fitting that this year everyone’s Christmas list seems to be filled with the latest and greatest pieces of technology. While smart watches, phones with a better camera quality than the human eye, wireless earbuds, and so on would make perfect gifts, they also are expensive. Technology is diverse and innovative, but it comes at a price. Instead of buying the major big ticket tech gifts and spending thousands of dollars, there are plenty of tech stocking stuffers that any lover of all things technology will definitely enjoy and use. 

AirPods, and wireless headphones in general, has been one of the most popular Christmas gifts within the past few years as the technology has grown and become more popular. If you know someone who owns wireless headphones, AirFly might be the perfect accessory gift for them. AirFly is a small device that’s made for plugging into any wired headphone jack and would allow you to connect your bluetooth headphones to whatever the jack is attached to. For example, if you’re on an airplane and don’t want to buy a pair of headphones just so you can watch a movie, you simply can plug AirFly into the TV’s headphone jack and then connect your bluetooth headphones to AirFly. Airplane use was what the original purpose of this device was; hence, the name AirFly. However, you can also use the device to plug into jacks in your car, at the gym, on a public computer desktop, and so on. AirFly is currently on sale for $27 on Amazon but is normally priced around $40 – $50 depending on where you buy it. It’s definitely cheaper than a standard pair of wireless headphones. 

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One of the biggest problems we all can relate to is not having a charger when we need it the most. A company known as Native Union has a line of personal charging cables for all of your devices on Amazon. The best part? They’re all made for on-the-go travel to ensure that you always have a charger on you just in case. One of their most popular products is their key cable, which simply attaches to your keychain. The cable itself is wrapped up tightly, so it’s not too bulky, and if it’s attached to your keys, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll always have a charger on you. Pricing ranges from $30 to $50. 

The perfect gift to go with some new portable charging cables would be a portable charger! This option really does make a perfect stocking stuffer and again, is universal enough for anyone to get use out of. The best part is stores such as Best Buy, Target, and Walmart all have options under $25! Portable chargers are pretty much sold everywhere online; a simple Google search will lead you in the right direction and ensure that you won’t be breaking the bank. 

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A classic tech accessory that’s perfect and universal to give this year is a phone case! Beyond that, any type of personal device case would make the perfect gift this year. Silicone cases are generally the cheapest and can be easily found on any tech accessory website. There’s also a ton of customizable resources you can use online to buy cases that match anyone’s personality. A fun recommendation that I can give is to buy your loved one a plain case in a color that you feel they would love. Then, look up modern/trendy sticker variety packs such as this pack of over 2000 from Urban Outfitters. This way, the individual receiving the gift can make the case their own in whatever way they choose, and it takes the pressure off of you for finding the case that would best fit their personality. 

Finally, if you have someone in your life who is obsessed with all things TV, movies, and streaming, an Amazon Fire TV Stick is the perfect option. The Fire Stick is filled with all of the most popular streaming platforms: Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime Video, Disney +, etc. Additionally, if you have a standard cable package you can log in with your provider’s information and have access to all cable channels that have a viable app on the Fire Stick App Store (most standard channels have an app). Currently, Amazon is offering an amazing deal in which their fire sticks are only $25! If you want to spice it up a bit you can also get their holiday bundle which includes a third generation Echo dot for an additional $25 (for reference the Echo Dot is normally $50 on its own). 

Regardless of what you get for the tech nerd in your life, there’s plenty of options out there that will be sure to give them some Christmas cheer without breaking your bank. If you’re still struggling with what to get, don’t hesitate to go to the retail location for any tech store and ask an associate for recommendations on accessories to get for your loved ones below a certain price point. They’ll be happy to help you find whatever it is to stuff your stocking this year.