Black Friday is coming fast and the holiday shopping season is just days away from being in full swing.
Instead of wandering around the stores or mindlessly adding things to your online cart, why not buy gifts that your recipients are sure to love? And are things they might not buy themselves?
If the thought of holiday shopping and deciding what to buy for everyone on your list exhausts you, we’ve got you covered. Tech gifts are super popular this year and to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best tech gifts under $30.
Tech on a Budget: Tech Gifts Under $30
Spending on tech gifts is expected to top $96 billion this year and two-thirds of adults say they’ll be buying a tech-related gift this year. Tech is the gift to give this year.
You don’t need to blow your budget on these gifts though. Sure, you can spend a few hundred dollars on a smartphone or tablet, but there are plenty of useful and unique tech gifts on a budget.
1. International Travel Plug Adapter
Buy this for the traveler on your shopping list. Traveling to other countries necessitates travelers to have power adapters to plug their devices in. Not all countries have the same requirements, so getting an adapter that can work in multiple countries is imperative.
If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on earbuds, you can absolutely find some on a budget. The best earbuds under $30 include wireless, Bluetooth earbuds, ones with microphones, and skullcandy ones.
3. Phone Mount
As smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, it’s becoming harder to hold on to them while taking pictures, selfies, and just playing on your phone. A cell phone mount attaches to the back of the phone and you can use it to prop up your phone or to hold on to while scrolling on the phone.
4. Apple Watch Stand
An Apple Watch stand can turn an Apple watch into a bedside clock while it charges overnight. Pop the magnetic charger into the stand and dock your phone while you go to sleep at night and check the time anytime you wake up during the night.
5. Wireless Phone Charger
Finding an outlet and your charger can get to be a pain sometimes. Use a wireless charger and charge your phone wherever you are, without worrying about outlets or if your charging cord is long enough.
You can find wireless chargers for almost any smartphone on the market.
6. Charging Hub
A charging hub can charge ALL of your devices at the same time. Tablet, smartphone, fitness tracker or watch, you name it.
A charging hub makes it much more convenient and organized to have multiple things plugged in and charging at the same time.
7. Waterproof Cell Phone Pouch
A waterproof cell phone pouch can protect your phone while swimming, boating, going to the beach, or hanging out at the pool. You can even take pictures and use your phone while it’s in the pouch.
8. Cell Phone Lens Attachment
The advances in smartphones mean you can take great photos with your phone. A lens attachment snaps on your phone and allows you to capture images as advanced as you can take with a DSLR camera.
9. Tile Mate
Do you have a friend or family member who is constantly losing their keys, their phone, their everything? If so, the Tile Mate is the gift for them. A small square that you can attach to anything, the Tile Mate rings from an app on your phone when you can’t find your stuff.
Lost your phone? Press the Tile Mate button on the Tile and make your phone ring. If you can’t find anything, you can even locate your phone or keys using someone else’s Tile app.
10. Portable Charger Bar
If you’ve ever been out and about and realized your phone battery is low but there’s no charger in sight, a portable charger bar is your saving grace. Give this as a gift and the recipient will be forever grateful.
You can even get ones that include a flashlight to use during an emergency. These are also great to have in an emergency kit for hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms or any natural disasters that could impact electricity.
11. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
A portable Bluetooth speaker can go anywhere. The beach, the pool, outside while you’re doing yard work. These are a great gift because you can often find ones that look like they cost a lot more than they do. Paired with any Bluetooth-enabled device, play your own music or stream music services.
12. Smart Plug
You don’t need to spend a fortune to turn a home into a smart home. Give your tech-obsessed friends a smart plug that they can operate from their smartphones, tablets, or even with Alexa or Google Assistant.
Plug any device into it and use it to control your electronics, lights, or to turn off anything that seems to get left on (like a hair straightener or iron).
13. Dual USB Car Charger
A dual USB charger can alleviate any road trip arguments over who gets to use the charger. Plug it into the car lighter and charge two phones, tablets, or any other devices while you drive.
14. Earphone Splitter
Buy an earphone splitter for that friend who always wants to share music with you. You can share sounds with a friend without having to give up one of your earbuds.
15. LED Strip Lights
Buy an LED strip light for your techie friend who has a great TV set-up. You can put it behind your TV to create an awesome halo of light. You can cycle through different colored lights and eliminate the need for bright and harsh overhead lights.
What’s On Your List?
Now that you have 15 of the best tech gifts under $30 at your disposal, what’s on your shopping list? For more tech gift ideas and product reviews, explore some of our other blog posts.