The holiday season is upon us. This means gifting season. If you’ve got to shop for a friend or family member who’s really into technology, gadgets or Apple, with a hard budget of $25, check out our list below.
Quirky T-Shirt With an Apple Logo
The best thing to get an Apple nerd who already has all the best gadgets? Apparel. Surprise them with a cool blue T-shirt with an Apple Logo or something with an original Macintosh on it.
Visit: Redbubble (~$25)
iTunes Gift Card
Give your friend or family the gift of Apple Music, a movie, a game, or something else entirely. All you have to do is buy them a $25 gift card and they can choose how to spend it. If you have a niece or a nephew who’s addicted to iPhone games, this might be the best gift for them.
Buy: Apple iTunes Gift Card ($25)
Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones
Yes, you can now get a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones under $25. And I’m sure your friend doesn’t know about it either. Get this for the active person in your life, or someone who’s just tired of dealing with wires.
Buy: Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones ($25.99)
If your friend constantly drops their phone or if they use an iPhone Plus/Max model, this might be the perfect gift for them. A PopSocket sticks to the back of the phone and it can be extended to give you a secure grip (and it acts as stand too). You can find PopSockets in a variety of designs and you can customize one from the PopSockets website as well.
Buy: PopSockets ($9.99 and up)
SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Rugged Case
You know someone in your life who constantly drops and damages their phone but still won’t buy a rugged case. It’s time for an intervention. Buy them SUPCASE’s Unicorn Beetle Pro rugged case (it’s available for every iPhone from 5s to iPhone XS Max) and make sure they use it.
Buy: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Rugged Case ($19.99 and up)
If your friend or family member doesn’t use a case, get then a Dbrand skin. It will add texture to the back, will protect the glass and will look super cool. Dbrand has a huge variety of colors and patterns to choose from. You can go for a wood finish or a true color. To keep things festive, try the Red Dragon color.
Buy: Dbrand Skin ($11.01)
6-in-1 iPhone Camera Lens Kit
Gift this to your friend who’s always in the pursuit of the perfect Instagram shot. Using these 3 clip-on lenses, they’ll be able to get a fisheye angle like GoPro or they can take a cool Marco shot like it’s from a DSLR. This kit only works on single camera iPhones like iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.
Buy: 6-in-1 iPhone Camera Lens Kit ($23.99)
Manfrotto Mini Tripod
This is the best small tripod for iPhone users. It’s versatile, can be used to take timelapse videos, still shots and even for recording Vlogs.
Buy: Manfrotto Mini Tripod ($22)
For someone adventurous, buy a GorillaPod. It’s a tripod that’s infinitely adjustable. You can wrap it around a tree branch, or set it straight on an uneven surface with ease.
Buy: JOBY GorillaPod ($20)
Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
Everyone under the age of 30 who travels or has friends needs a portable Bluetooth speaker. That’s just a fact. Gift them Anker Soundcore because it has 24-hour playtime, 66ft range, stereo sound, and a built-in microphone.
Buy: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker ($27.99)
Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon’s own Smart Plug is the easiest way to turn a dump outlet into a smart one. When connected, you can use your voice to turn on the lights, fans or appliance. The smart plug is simplest to set up and it’s all done using the Alexa app. Perfect gift for someone you want to get started in a smart home.
Buy: Amazon Smart Plug ($24.99)
ORIA 76-in-1 Repair Tool Kit
This is the perfect gift for the friend who’s always messing around with their MacBook or their PC.
Buy: ORIA 76-in-1 Repair Tool Kit ($27.99)
Tile Mate Key Finder
The best gift for the forgetful friend or family member. When they stick this little Tile to their keychain, wallet or their purse, they’ll be able to locate it instantly using the Tile app.
Buy: Tile Mate Key Finder ($15)
PALOVUE Earflow Plus in-Ear Lightning Headphone
If you know someone who just bought an iPhone 7 and higher and is tired of using the headphone dongle, get them this pair of Lightning headphones. Earflow Plus has a built-in DAC and amazing dynamic range.
Buy: PALOVUE Earflow Plus in-Ear Lightning Headphone ($29.99)
AUKEY USB Wall Charger Dual Port
This is the perfect gift the friend who’s always running out of USB ports. These compact chargers are the same size as a normal adapter but have two ports instead.
Buy: AUKEY USB Wall Charger Dual Port (2-pack) ($18.99)
AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve
AmazonBasics makes a stylish and durable Laptop sleeve with two back pockets and a slammer compartment for tablets. The Charcoal color looks especially cool. A great present for a MacBook user for under $15.
Buy: AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve ($11.99)
Sugru Moldable Glue
Sugru is like silly putty you played it when you were a kid, but it’s a lot more useful. Sugrumoldableeble glue and can be used to fix and hold almost anything – like the ends of Apple charging cable.
Buy: Sugru Multicolor 8 pack ($19.99)
Elago Charging Hub
The perfect gift for the friend who has the trifecta: iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.
Buy: Elago Charging Hub ($19.99)
Elago Mac Charging Stand for Apple Watch
If you know someone who’s a fan of the original Macintosh and uses the Apple Watch, get them this charging stand. It’s cute, adorable and functions as a little night clock.
Buy: Elago Mac Charging Stand for Apple Watch ($9.99)
TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb
This is the perfect gift to get for someone who’s curious about smart home and automated electronics but doesn’t know where to start. This TP-Link smart bulb doesn’t require a hub and works directly with your Wi-Fi network. You can set it up in the app or even use Amazon Alexa to control it.
The bulb is dimmable and has an amazing range (from 1% to 100%).
Buy: TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb ($24.99)
Choetech Fast Wireless Charger
The best gift for a friend who just got the iPhone 8 or iPhone XS. The new iPhones support wireless charging (along with fast charging). And most iPhone users don’t know about the magic and convenience of using a wireless charger (something Android users have been aware for years).
If your friend has never used a wireless charger you can never go wrong by gifting them one. Most Fast wireless chargers from big brands cost more than $50. But we’ve found you a good deal.
Choetech has created a wireless charger which supports QC 3.0 standard (comes with the QC compatible adapter) and is rated at 7.5W (the normal wireless chargers only go up to 5W).
Buy: Choetech Fast Wireless Charger ($23.99)
AmazonBasics Double Nylon Braided Lighting Cable
The iPhone charging cables are feeble and weak. After a couple of months of rough use, they just fall apart. If you know someone who’s been using an old crumpled up Lighting cable to charge their iPhone (which is not a safe thing to do), give them the gift of double braided Nylon cables this holiday.
AmazonBasics makes amazingly durable lighting cables made from copper wire with added kevlar to improve durability. And then they’re wrapped with durable nylon cloth so they’re soft to touch and they don’t tangle up easily either.
AmazonBasics sells the lighting cable in 3-foot, 6-foot, and 10-foot versions. The 6-foot is the best option for most people (it’s double the length fo the regular Lighting cable).
Buy: AmazonBasics Double Nylon Braided Lighting Cable ($14.99)
AUKEY USB-C PD Car Charger
A car charger is nothing new. Everyone has one. But AUKEY’s new car charger brings it to the world of USB-C. It has two ports, one USB-A, and another USB-C. USB-C supports Power Delivery 2.0 so you can draw as much as 27W from it, which is enough to charge the small MacBook, along with an iPhone or even Nintendo Switch.
Buy: AUKEY USB C PD Car Charger ($21.99)
REDPAWZ H36 Mini Drone
Yes, you can buy a drone for under $25 so why haven’t you bought one already? This cute little quadcopter fits in the palm of your hand and comes with its own remote control. It’s filled with features: a headless mode, 360-degree roll, a 6-axis gyroscope and of course LED lights.
You can’t attach a camera to it and it’s meant to be flown at low heights, but that’s a lot of fun you can have for $25.
Buy: REDPAWZ H36 Mini Drone ($23.99)
Your Favorite Holiday Gifts?
What are some of your favorite holiday gifts for under $25? Share with us in the comments below.