Once December gets going, it starts to feel like time quickly accelerates, and before you know it, your remaining holiday gift shopping starts bumping up against shipping deadlines. But if you’re in need of some simple and easy gift recommendations that don’t cost too many pennies, you’re in luck. In addition to our extensive collection of holiday gift guides, we’re also keeping a watchful eye out for great gifts that are currently on sale.
So to help you “win” this year’s holiday gift exchange, we’ve hand-picked a collection of gadgets and tech-adjacent deals under $25 that may make a great present for all types of people in your life. Some of these discounts may even make it seem like you spent more than you actually did, but we’ll never tell (it’s the deal hunters’ honor).
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You’d be surprised how much smart home tech you can get for very little money. Now, part of that is because companies like Amazon and Google desperately want to get a foothold in your home — because once you buy in, brand loyalty is awarded with the best features and integrations.
So, if you’re okay with welcoming Amazon into your home, you can buy the third-gen Echo Dot for just $14.99 ($25 off). What’s more, you can get that same Echo Dot with a 1,100-lumen Philips Hue smart bulb for $17.98 ($38 off). The puck-like smart speaker may be more than a few years old at this point, but it’s still more than adequate if you’re looking to add Amazon Alexa to a room. It can control smart home devices, including the bundled Philips Hue bulb, or read you information on command, like the weather and sports scores. An Echo Dot and a smart bulb is like a smart home starter pack, but now at a stocking stuffer price point. Read our review.
Believe it or not, you can gift someone a pair of true wireless earbuds for less than a Jackson and a Lincoln — and no, they’re not the no-name junk you find in the checkout line at the grocery store. The Skullcandy Jib True are an adorable and colorful set of Bluetooth earbuds with some fine sound quality, six hours of battery life, IPX4 sweat resistance, and easy-to-learn physical button controls.
They don’t have features like noise cancellation, sure, but the Jib True are selling for as low as $21.99 (about $10 off) at Amazon in select colors. That’s a great price for a pair of wireless buds, making them a great gift for your kids, younger cousins, or nieces and nephews, especially if you have a whole brood to treat to holiday gifts.
Wireless earbuds are great, but even in 2022, wired earbuds often sound better for the price and offer their own merits. Many of them have hardly any audio latency, for example, which is something even expensive wireless earbuds struggle with and will jump through hoops to try and circumvent.
If you’re shopping for someone who is into mobile gaming, give the Logitech G333 wired earbuds a look. They’re normally $49.99, but Amazon is currently selling them for just $19.99. They offer plenty of bass without turning your audio into a mushy, incoherent mess, and they come with three sizes of silicone ear tips to best fit your ears.
Plus, in addition to some fun color options, the G333 include a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter. Most manufacturers charge anywhere from $9 to $12 for the adapter alone, and with their native 3.5mm jack or the bundled adapter, the G333s can be used with modern consoles, PCs, newer iPads, and Android phones and tablets.
If anyone in your family has a MagSafe-compatible iPhone, Belkin’s BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless charger is on sale for just $14.99 (half off) at Amazon with a 20W power adapter. The charging puck isn’t an official MagSafe accessory, but it still magnetically attaches to newer iPhone models and wirelessly charges at 7.5W. That’s a perfectly adequate speed, especially if you mostly charge overnight. Compared to Apple’s own MagSafe Charger, the Belkin has a longer, more convenient cable built in. The cable’s six-foot length is also a small blessing if you want to be able to use your phone while it wirelessly charges. This affordable magnetic Qi charger makes for a great gift, especially for folks who may not even realize that their phone has this convenient functionality.
Belkin’s BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless charging puck can charge a MagSafe-compatible iPhone at a respectable 7.5W speed. Its lengthy USB-C cable also ensures you’ll have enough slack to use your phone while charging.
Wyze’s colorful Wi-Fi Smart Bulbs are available in a two-pack right now for just $19.98 at Amazon, which makes them an inexpensive gift for someone who can’t get enough RGB lighting. The $7 discount drops the bundle into our price threshold, and it means each bulb costs just $9.99 — a bargain for a bright, 1,100-lumen LED bulb.
Wyze’s bulbs are easy to set up, as they don’t require a hub, and you can control them with the Wyze app as well as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. While their range of colorful lighting options may be a big draw, they’re also appealing for normies since you can pair them with timers and have them automatically match the sun with cool daylight lighting during the day and warm, relaxing light in the evening.
The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 features a four-inch screen and a built-in speaker for giving you the weather, news, and smart home controls via Google Assistant — and of course, it’s also an alarm clock. Lenovo is currently selling it for an all-time low of $19.99 ($50 off), but you can get it with its night light-equipped wireless charging dock for $24.99 at Best Buy. The dock is super handy since it adds a built-in night light and a wireless charging pad to this smart clock setup, making it ideal for overnight charging if you have a Qi-compatible phone. Read our review.
The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is the smallest smart display you can buy. The latest version functions as a great night light, comes with a charging dock, and brings the full suite of Google Assistant features to your bedside.
Some more sub-$25 deals to put on your gift list
- The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is on sale for just $19.99 ($10 off) at Best Buy. The streaming device maxes out at 1080p, which is fine for older or smaller TVs that don’t support 4K, but it’s got the same excellent interface and remote as Google’s pricier version. Read our review.
- The Tile Mate location tracker is just $17.99 (normally $24.99) at Amazon and Target. They’re a great gift for anyone who is a little forgetful when it comes to their keys or other small items — assuming they won’t take offense to that when they open the gift. Also, unlike Apple’s AirTags, they’re platform-agnostic and work with both iPhones and Android phones.
- If you want to stuff those stockings with quality phone chargers, Anker’s 20W 511 Charger is down to $12.74 (about $5 off) when you click the on-page coupon for 25 percent off.
- A microSD card may sound boring to many folks, but if you’re in need of an affordable gift for someone with a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, they’re part of the vital lifeblood to fitting more games on their console. Right now, the Samsung Pro Plus microSD is just $24.99 ($8 off) at Amazon in the 256GB configuration, slotting nicely into our budget guide.
- The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller, which is our favorite budget gamepad for Xbox consoles and PC, is just $22.71 (regularly $37.99) in two-tone seafoam fade when you click the on-page coupon at Amazon. Its only real downside is that it still uses Micro USB, but at least the cable is detachable.
- In lieu of dedicated outdoor smart lighting, you can turn just about any dumb light into a smart home appliance with the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug-in Dimmer — which is on sale for $16.99 ($13 off) at Amazon. It’s compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa without the need for a hub, and it’s perfect for dimmable outdoor string lights to set the festive mood.
- With the myQ Chamberlain Smart Garage Door Control, you’ll never worry about whether you forgot to close the garage door again. It comes with a hub and sensor and connects to your phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Right now, it’s on sale for $19.98 ($10 off) at Amazon.
- The JLab Go Air are just $14.99 (about $15 off) at Amazon in their four available colors. The wireless earbuds offer about five hours of battery life with another 15 on reserve from their included charging case, which houses a built-in USB-A charging plug for extra convenience.
- Logitech’s G203 wired gaming mouse is only $19.88 ($20 off) at Amazon. For a gaming mouse, it’s got a fairly simple and sleek design, though it packs six programmable buttons and some colorful lighting you can customize.
- Halo Infinite for Xbox Series X and Xbox One is on sale for just $14.99 ($45 off) at Best Buy, complete with a sleek SteelBook case. The game’s online multiplayer may be free to play, but the open-world campaign and recently launched campaign co-op mode require the full game. Read our review.
- Streets of Rage 4 is on clearance for $19.99 ($15 off) for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 at Best Buy. It’s great for retro co-op beat-em-up action during the holidays when everyone is around, as you can play with up to four players locally or two online. Read our review.
- OlliOlli World is possibly low-key one of the best games of the year, and it’s on sale for $17.99 ($10 off) on Amazon as a Steam download code. This lo-fi skateboarding game mixes in some rhythm-based vibes for a charming and fun experience. Read our review.
- Speaking of gaming deals, The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox is an excellent book to gift to anyone who loves classic video games and appreciates a dose of nostalgia. It’s $20.79 at Amazon when you click the on-page coupon to save $5.20.
- Vampire Survivors and its just launched DLC Legacy of the Moonspell are on sale at Steam for a bundled price of $5.42 (22 percent off). It’s a perfect opportunity to buy it for all your friends to get them all Vampire-pilled like some of us Verge writers.
Update December 16th, 12:05PM ET: This article has been updated with new deals and to reflect any small price adjustments to existing ones.