The best thing about technology is that it doesn’t have to be costly to be useful. If you’re looking for something for yourself, or for a family member, it’s always good to have an idea of the best tech gifts under $20.
Whether you’re cleaning up the clutter, charging multiple devices, or securing your info, these handy gadgets can help without burning holes in your wallet:
Mighty Mug ($17)
Save your laptop and business shirt from a spilled drink with this Kickstarter-backed travel mug. The Mighty Mug uses smart grip technology so the mug takes hold on any flat surface without toppling over if bumped. It’s also vacuum-insulated so it keeps your coffee hot for up to 6 hours! This is one of the best gifts under $20 for an on-the-go business person. While it comes in a variety of designs and materials, we especially like the Biggie SS – Stainless Steel Silver for its timeless appeal.
Whether you’ve lost your headphones or you feel like you’re about to, it’s good to have spare earbuds handy. But don’t just get any cheap pair. Get a pair that offers superb sound quality and a bevy of fun colors at an affordable price like this pair from Panasonic. It’s lightweight and has flexible ear inserts that keep it secure even as you run with it. Good audio quality, a comfy design, and an undeniable appeal. What more could you ask for?
For the most part, the best portable speakers will cost you a pretty penny. Most of them would not fall into the category of “gifts under $20”. That’s why we’re nothing short of surprised to find one that’s portable and waterproof at this price point. With the AmazonBasics Nano Bluetooth Speaker, you can listen to your favorite tunes (or even take calls) while you’re in the shower. It also comes with a handy silicone loop so you can hang it anywhere. And did we mention that it comes with a built-in mic so you get to make phone calls from it?
Google Cardboard ($15)
Full, immersive virtual reality (VR) accessories are well beyond the budget of everyday folks like us. However, this cheap Google Cardboard viewer will make the futuristic VR experience available to everyone. Just set your smartphone in the viewer, and you’re set to enjoy a neat virtual reality. By providing an inexpensive way to turn any Android phone or iPhone into a virtual reality viewer, the literally-made-from-cardboard device can give you a glimpse of the future of entertainment.
While it isn’t wise to go anywhere with an iPhone that’s half-charged, it happens to the best of us. In worst case scenarios, your phone would be running low on battery and you’d forget to bring a charger. Luckily, this nifty lightning cable fits right into your key ring so you can virtually bring it with you everywhere. Not only is the device handy, it’s importantly Apple-certified so charging/syncing with your iOS device is a breeze. Although the Lightning connector on the Nomad is exposed, the gadget has been designed to withstand being placed in your pocket.
Secure printers, desktop PCs, external hard drives, and any equipment susceptible to theft with these handy lock ports. This kit comes with cut-resistant cables and a key so thieves can’t easily grab your gadgets when you aren’t looking. What we like about the kit is that it comes with a great, easy-to-understand manual. The instructions are clear enough that it’ll take you less than half an hour to install the lock on a desktop PC and all its peripherals. Best of all, the locking kit’s components are made with high-carbon steel that’s resistant to corrosion and weathering.
Travel with your gadgets the smart way with a power bank as powerful as this portable charger from Jackery. This external battery has enough juice to charge your Android device or iPhone/iPad several times over. And it comes with two USB ports to afford you simultaneous charging, too. The battery pack is small enough to carry around but sure packs a punch for its size. The automatic shut-off function preserves the battery’s charge as well as LED indicators that tell you how much power the battery contains.
Bring a degree of organization to a very messy desktop with a wireless mouse like this one from Amazon. It might not be much of a looker but, it does what it’s supposed to do. It frees up your workstation from yet another cable while complementing a Bluetooth keyboard quite nicely. It also feels great in the hand, and the initial setup couldn’t be any easier! It comes with a classy matte finish and consistent laser connectivity. An absolute steal for a sub-$15 mouse.
We’re getting more and more reasons to save data to the cloud by the day. However, moving large files can be a challenge especially in locations or instances where and when internet speeds take a significant dip. Under such circumstances, you’d be better off having this snappy SanDisk Ultra Flash Drive. This affordable thumb drive offers blazing speeds (full-length movie transfers clocked in at 40 seconds in tests) and a large capacity. The device also comes with free optional encryption and a 5-year warranty—not bad considering its price.
With this multi-port charger, you’ll no longer need to fight with your roommate over who uses the lone phone charger. Simply stick an Anker USB charger in a common room and keep everybody’s devices charged at the same time. In addition, this Anker multi-port charger provides the fastest possible charge and comes with excellent energy efficiency rating. It even has temperature control, surge protection, and other advanced safety features to charge all your mobile devices safely.
Having these handy electronic devices makes everyday life a lot more convenient. Not to mention that they’re pretty easy on the pocket, too. And if you ask us, they’re definitely great gifts under $20 to give away this holiday season!