Christmas is coming people. As a matter of fact, it’s less than 3 weeks away as we write this article.
That means you that you don’t have much time left to scramble around on the gift-giving front.
Christmas isn’t the only time that you’re probably feeling the gift-giving pressure either. There’s Easter, birthdays, anniversaries… the list goes on.
That’s why, no matter what the time of year it is, we’ve got some valuable advice for you. If you (or your gift recipients) love tech accessories but hate spending money, you’re going to want to be privy to the best cool tech accessories that’ll set you back less than $25.00.
Our team has scoured the web to put together a list of our 12 favorite techie items that fit those requirements.
Do you or your friends make a living out of losing things? If so, Tile can save you days of your life by helping you find your lost stuff, fast!
Tile is pretty simple. It’s small, white, and has a little hole in its top which allows you to hook it onto certain objects.
When you misplace an item holding your tile, you can boot up its phone app and if it’s within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can track it.
If your item is out of Bluetooth range, you’re not out of luck! When your item comes within Bluetooth range of another Tile user, you’ll get notifications of where it’s popping up so you can continue your search.
2. Phone Camera Lens
If you’re a prolific phone photographer, you can give your pics a serious quality boost by investing in some external lenses.
External lenses clip over your phone’s normal lens and can provide all kinds of cool photo effects that you just can’t achieve through filters. Lenses come in telephoto, fisheye, and a number of other millimeter varieties.
Whatever effect you’re trying to achieve with your phone, there’s a cheap lens out there for you!
3. PowerCore5000 Portable Battery Charger
It seems like every year we’re getting weighed down by more tech stuff. If you don’t want to be lugging around a bunch of spare batteries for all of your items, you’re going to want to invest in a portable USB charger.
The power generator that we feel packs the most bang for your buck is the PowerCore5000.
PowerCore is light, charges devices quickly, and packs 5000mAH, which make them 100% safe to bring through TSA security.
Believe us when we say that soon, you’ll be wondering how you ever got by without this thing in your pocket.
4. Panasonic ErgoFit Headphones
Everyone needs a pair of headphones. Given how often people lose them, we actually think that everyone needs multiple pairs of headphones.
Whether you’re looking to buy a primary pair or are looking to have a backup, the Panasonic ErgoFit Headphones they sell on Amazon is an awesome choice.
These headphones come in under $10.00, sound great, and last forever!
They are the number one selling headphones on Amazon for a reason people. Don’t hesitate and pick up a pair!
If headphones aren’t really your style, you can find earbuds under 10 dollars as well.
5. Touchscreen Gloves
All of this winter cold wreaking havoc on your social media game? Are your gloved hands not letting you “like” Instagram photos, post tweets, or text your grandma on her birthday?
Well, you’re in luck!
Science has brought us gloves that actually work with touchscreens!
There are a ton of different brands out there that are tailor-made for hands of different sizes and different tastes. Hop on Google, search “Touchscreen Gloves”, and you’ll have no problem finding a pair under $25.00.
6. Instagram Photo-Book
Okay… this is less of a tech accessory and more of a tech-inspired accessory. If you’re spending most of your tech-time on Instagram and want to get off of your phone without leaving your feed, you’re going to love Instagram photo books.
There are a number of companies out there that will export images from your feed into a gorgeous book that will make any “Insta-Grid” lover squeal with joy this holiday season.
The best part is some providers will do books for under $10.00.
Our personal favorite photo book creator is ChatBook, so give them a try to start.
WyzeCam is one of our favorite security-focused tech accessories. It’s basically an HD security camera that you can mount outside of your home or stand up inside.
It works with a mobile app that’s pretty easy to use. You can also access your cam’s feed via your web browser.
Where this camera stands tall among its competition is the fact that it comes with 14 days of free cloud storage. That means you can look back on your video feed up to two weeks without needing to opt into a subscription plan.
So, whether you’re trying to keep your home safe or watch your dog while you’re away, WyzeCam is one of those tech accessories that you can’t afford to leave off of your list!
8. Phillips Hue White Bulb(s)
We have no idea what we were doing with our lives before we automated our lighting. If you haven’t automated your lighting, put the Phillips Hue white bulb at the top of your tech accessories list!
For the uninitiated, Hue is a brand of light bulbs that work with your phone and with virtual assistants (Alexa, Siri, Google).
You can turn on and off the lights with the sound of your voice, dim them, and even change their colors!
Color changing requires Hue “color bulbs” which are over $25.00. But for the ability to turn your lights on and off from your phone or with your voice, $10.00 Hue white bulbs will do just fine.
You can pick up a Hue Bridge (which is over $25.00) so you can dim your Hue white bulbs as well!
9. Twitter Tats
Here’s another one of those tech-inspired tech accessories: Twitter tats.
Let’s face it, there are a lot of weird tweets knocking about twitter (mostly from Kanye West’s account). If you want to immortalize the infinite wisdom celebrities have to offer the rest of us common-folk, Twitter tats are the way to go.
Just hop over to twittertats.com, pick your tweets, and start sporting crazy rants all over your body!
PS: These are temporary tats… thank goodness.
10. Amazon’s Echo Dot
Shockingly, the premiere digital assistant “Alexa” has a device that regularly goes on sale for $25.00. This device is called the Echo Dot.
Amazon’s Echo Dot is discreet and very good at hearing your voice commands. With it, you can have its built-in Alexa integration play music for you, news, check your commute, adjust your Hue lights, and so much more!
It’s important to note that the most recent generation of Echo Dot (3rd generation) costs more than $25.00. The second generation device, however, comes in under that number regularly.
11. Casio Illuminator Digital Watch
Tired of checking your phone to see the time? If so, this is a tech accessory must.
The Casio Illuminator Digital Watch is the perfect tech nerd time companion. It tells the time (duh), has a super cool retro nerdy look, and has all kinds of other fun, time-centric functions built in.
At first glance, some people may balk at this watch’s design. Those that do aren’t nerdy enough for your time and have no aptitude for high concept geek sheik!
12. FireTV Stick
Best for last? Maybe. It depends on how much TV you watch.
There are a lot of TV streaming devices on the market. Our favorite when it comes to low price and high quality is Amazon’s FireTV Stick.
FireTV does everything you’d expect from a streaming stick. Namely, it offers a wide variety of TV apps which enable you to quickly access your various shows and accounts.
The newest generation of FireTV also sports Bluetooth, so you can enjoy watching TV with all of your favorite speakers and other peripherals!
That means if you’re sharing a studio apartment with someone who watches annoying shows, they can watch wearing headphones!
Wrapping up Tech Accessories for Under $25
From sexy watches to security cams, there is no shortage of awesome tech accessories out there under $25.00.
So, whether you’re shopping for Christmas, a birthday or are just looking to spoil yourself, pick whichever item above speaks the loudest to you and enjoy nerding out!
Want more nerd-centric product suggestions and reviews? If so, check out more content on Power Inception right now. You’ll be glad you did!