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Those last-minute gifts aren’t going to order themselves. As we enter the holiday season home stretch, it’s all too easy to get lost panic-scrolling for the perfect present, just to call it after ordering a few gift cards. With all due respect to the humble and always-appreciated holiday gift card, remember that we live in a device-saturated world — there are a lot of budget-friendly tech gifts that virtually anyone could use.

If you’re stuck figuring out the right gift for a coworker or a family member you don’t know that well, great news — Amazon is chock full of practical, affordable tech gifts under $25. We rounded up a few of our top picks:

The Best Practical Tech Gifts Under $25

High-Speed USB Flash Drive

Samsung BAR Plus 256GB - 400MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive Titan Gray

USB storage gets cheaper and better with each passing year. Right now, you can get two top-rated USB 3.1 high-speed drives from Samsung and SanDisk on Amazon.

Perfect for: Students, programmers, photographers, musicians and that coworker who always borrows your flash drive instead of bringing their own.

Tile Bluetooth Tracker

Tile Slim (2022) 1-Pack. Thin Bluetooth Tracker, Wallet Finder and Item Locator for Wallet

Apple AirTags might be the most popular Bluetooth trackers of the 2022 holiday season, but don’t overlook their affordable Tile counterparts — they cost less, boast most (if not all) of the same key features and don’t rely on the iOS ecosystem.

Perfect for: Daydreamers, frequent flyers, Android users and a child or spouse who would lose their head if it weren’t attached to their body.

Phone Charger Multi-Pack

Micro USB Charger Cable, FiveBox 5-Pack 6ft Micro USB Cable Cord Braided Fast Charging Phone Charger

Are you shopping for the owner of a smartphone, tablet, keyboard, smart home hub, speaker, power bank or pair of wireless headphones? It never hurts to have a fresh multi-pack of USB chargers.

Perfect for: College students, frequent travelers and virtually anyone who owns a battery-powered device.

GE Surge Protector

GE Pro 6-Outlet Extender Surge Protector

Even by “practical gift” standards, a surge protector outlet extender is remarkably boring — but hey, $19 is a small price to pay for electrical safety and effective cable management!

Perfect for: Remote office workers, college students and anyone living in an old building with unreliable circuitry.

Altec Lansing Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Altec Lansing Jacket H2O 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker, IP67 Waterproof Wireless Speaker
Altec Lansing

With so many budget-grade wireless speakers on the market, finding the best Bluetooth speakers under $25 can be overwhelming. Instead of sifting through pages of generic-branded speakers (with questionable build and sound quality), check out this 50% off offer from Altec Lansing, a pioneer of home audio engineering.

Perfect for: Pool owners, cyclists, camping enthusiasts and children of all ages.

Portable Label Maker

Makeid Label Makers Machine with Tape

This Bluetooth-powered label maker from Makeid boasts a simple app-based interface and a chic selection of colors and tape styles. The practical benefits of a label maker are virtually endless, but this particular model allows a remarkable amount of creative expression — you can choose from over 300 icons and 20 fonts and print your own doodles.

Perfect for: Crafters, independent business owners and home organization enthusiasts.

Tripod Smartphone Stand

Texlar 48 Inch Selfie Stick Tripod with Remote

Selfie sticks may not be “on trend” any longer, but the bygone craze did pave the way for affordable, remote-operated tripods designed for smartphone cameras.

Perfect for: Honeymooners, amateur photographers, streamers and teenagers.

Anker High-Speed USB Data Hub

Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Unibody Aluminum Portable Data Hub

Slow transfer times, unsightly desk clutter and connectivity issues are not very festive. For the low price of $20, you can improve someone’s quality of life with a new Anker Portable Data Hub.

Perfect for: Coworkers, students and gamers.

External CD/DVD Drive

Gotega External CD/DVD Drive for Laptop

A USB disc reader probably won’t be of much use to anyone under the age of 25, but it could be a real game-changer for someone with a modern (and likely disc drive-less) laptop and a lifetime collection of CDs and DVDs.

Perfect for: Physical media collectors, archivists and home video digitizing projects.

Faraday Pouches Keep Devices Safe

Faraday Bag for Key Fob (2 Pack), TICONN Faraday Cage Protector - Car RFID Signal Blocking, Anti-Theft Pouch

If you’re shopping for a new (or soon-to-be) car owner, make sure their key fob is secure. You can’t put a price on peace of mind, but you can get a solid discount on Faraday pouch signal blockers on Amazon.

Perfect for: Key fob-controlled car owners, data security buffs.

Give the Gift of Atmospheric Lighting

Kasa Smart Bulb, 850 Lumens, Full Color Changing Dimmable WiFi LED Light Bulb
Kasa Smart

Infinitely customizable and aesthetically pleasing, smart LED light bulbs are perhaps the best practical gift — especially when you can pick up this Kasa Smart Bulb for less than $10.

Perfect for: Anyone, everyone.

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