White elephant gift ideas under $25 for tech lovers

That time of gift-giving is quickly approaching. Most of us don’t quite have the cash to gift full-on devices, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give something valuable to those among our friends and family who are tech-oriented. There are plenty of potential gifts under $25 which they would appreciate, so we’ve gathered up a list to assist with your brainstorming this holiday season.

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Cases

This one might take a little reconnaissance on your part for who you plan to gift it to, such as what phone they have and if they have more preference for either form or protection. There are a ton of cases out there, so chances are that they’ve overlooked an offering they would really like.

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OBLIQ Metal Note5 case – $13.99Spigen Armor Nexus 6P case – $12.99Spigen Galaxy S6 wallet case – $21.49

We’re seeing more and more phone compatibility for cases with integrated batteries. If that person you’re thinking about could always use more battery life and wouldn’t mind the extra thickness, a battery case could be a smart choice.

Skins and Screen Protectors

If you know that your giftee isn’t into phone cases, that’s not the only option. Skins are gaining popularity, because a quick 10-minute application transforms your device anew and blooms excitement once again. Here are a couple examples dbrand skins on the Nexus 5X and 6P courtesy of our own Derrick Miyao. They start at $10.

Nexus 6P in copper and the Nexus 5X in carbon fiber.
Nexus 6P in copper and the Nexus 5X in carbon fiber.

A screen protector can also be a good idea. Shop online for these, you’d be surprised how much they’re marked up in stores like Best Buy. For instance, Skinomi screen protectors run from $7-$10.

Battery Packs

Battery life is often the largest pain-point with phones, hence why external batteries are aplenty on the market. You can’t really go wrong with giving the gift of extended battery life. I would just suggest to get a feeling if the person is a power user or just needs an extra boost here and there. Battery packs have a wide range of sizes depending on capacity. You may also want to consider one with an attached charging cable – most people prefer to not have to carry around extra supplies.

Anker Ultra Compact 10000mAh Power Bank

EasyAcc Cable 9000mAh Power Bank

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$21.99$21.99

Headphones

If someone close to you is a music-lover and uses Apple Earpods as their daily driver, do them a favor and gift them a real pair of headphones. It doesn’t even have to be expensive to beat out Apple’s earbuds. However, first find out what type of headphone they like.

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Sennheiser HD 202 II

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Sony MDRZX110 ZX

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Sennheiser CX 200

$24.50$14.74$24.53

Also, being that Bluetooth headphones are mainstream now, there are plenty of choices that won’t break the bank. We recently reviewed a set from Coocheer that goes for only $18.99.

Portable Speakers

Bluetooth-connectable speakers are a big thing these days. They can be pretty pricey when you look at well-known brands (Bose, UE, JBL, etc.), but you don’t necessarily need to spend an arm and a leg to get something that sounds decent.

SoundBot SB571 Bluetooth Speaker

VicTsing Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

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$21.99$17.99

Android Collectibles

Every Android lover would welcome a collectible. There are tons! Most commonly collected are the mini Android figures. There are a multitude of different kinds.

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There are also other Android-relevant products available to decorate a space with, such as an Android plush, backpack clip, magnet set, and even a GoGroove speaker.

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Play Store Gift Card

play_store_gift_cardAnother great gift idea for Android users is a Play Store gift card. The Play Store has all the content we’d want – movies, games, music, apps, and books.

Google provides an easy way to email your friends and family Play Store credit as a gift, which they will be able to redeem instantly.

But wait…there’s more!

  • LG Optimus Exceed 2 (Verizon) prepaid phone – $14.99
  • TYLT Capio 2 Universal Car Mount – $20.63
  • TYLT Dual-port Car Charger – $7.99
  • Momoday Bluetooth Headset Beanie Cap – $13.69
  • Play Music Subscription gift, 1-month – $9.99
  • Netflix Subscription gift card
  • Samsung EVO Class 10 MicroSD card, 64GB – $18.98
  • POP! Google Cardboard VR kits – $14.90

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I hope you found our list helpful. The end of the month is approaching fast, so you better get cracking!