- It’s true that the best consumer tech products are generally pricey, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gems out there for those on budget seeking ideal tech gifts.
- We’ve managed to find several excellent tech gifts for Valentine’s Day at under $25, including the Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker, the Logitech G300s Optical Gaming Mouse, and more.
- Shopping for all kinds of gifts this season? Read all of our Valentine’s Day gift guides on Insider Picks.
It’s well known by now that gadgets tend to be some of the most expensive gifts out there, which is tough when your Valentine is a total techy. However, you’d be surprised by the level of quality tech gifts you can find under this rather strict price range.
For less than $25, you can find all sorts of fun, useful, entertaining, and creative tech gifts for Valentine’s Day that at least one of your loved ones will love. Trust us, we’ve done the research.
The top 5 cheap tech gifts for Valentine’s Day under $25 include:
- Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker, $15.98
- Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock, $25
- Omton Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard, $13.99
- Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for smart homes, $22.99
- Google Cardboard DIY VR headset, $15
Regardless of whom you’re shopping for, we think we’ve found at least one tech gift for Valentine’s Day under $25 that would serve that loved one in your life well without running up your credit card bill.
A fun phone case
Case-Mate has a wide range of cases for iPhones and Samsung phones, so you’re sure to find one they’ll love. Whether they want a leather case, a clear case, or one that’s iridescent, full of glitter, or covered in real pressed flowers, Case-Mate has an option.
A PopSocket Grip
PopSocket grips stick on the back of any phone to provide a comfortable grip, but they can also be used as a stand. The thing that makes PopSockets so giftable is that they come in so many different styles. You can give your loved one a PopSocket with their favorite sports team, pop culture fandom, or animal on it.
Tech-friendly touchscreen gloves
One of the most frustrating things about being outside in the winter is that you either can’t use your phone, or might freeze your hands off in doing so. Aichou’s bestselling winter gloves have special pads on the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger that will allow you to use your phone comfortably.
A board game powered by Alexa
For any family with an Echo, the super-affordable When in Rome is a must-have. In this top-rated board game, players journey across the globe answering trivia questions and learning interesting facts about many different countries. Alexa facilitates the game as your tour guide and referee.
The smallest Amazon smart speaker yet
Naturally, if you want to play the board game above, you’re going to need an Amazon smart speaker, so that Alexa can referee. That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this tiny, outlet-size smart speaker can do, though.
A phone ring holder
A phone grip or a kickstand? This handy phone accessory is both. It acts as a grip to prevent your phone from slipping while you’re holding it, and a stand to stabilize your phone while you’re watching videos, chatting with friends, or playing games.
A next-level screen cleaning kit
The Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit is the perfect gift for a friend who’s always got a dirty screen. Coming with a pocket-sized bottle of cleaning spray and two cloths, this kit will also clean tablets, e-readers, TVs, Kindles, and anything else with a display.
An iPhone tassel cable with charging
Your friend will never be caught without a phone charger again. This handy leather tassel keychain includes a hidden USB-to-lightning cable that’s perfect for charging an Apple device on the go.
A water-resistant smartphone armband
A great gift for runners and fitness enthusiasts, the Tribe cell phone armband case helps you take your phone on the go. It comes in three sizes, and can accommodate pretty much any phone, from the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy A8 to the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 10. Your phone retains full touchscreen functionality while it’s in the case, and the band also includes a handy key holder and headphone jack.
A tabletop Burger Time machine
For the retro game fan in your life, give them the gift of digital burgers at their desk with a miniaturized version of the original Burger Time cabinet. It’s a great way to get a game fix in on their lunch breaks.
An adjustable phone stand
Whether you’re watching Netflix or video chatting with your parents, the Lamicall Phone Stand is the perfect place to mount your phone. It fits any phone between 4 and 8 inches, from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone XS, and can accommodate most cases. It’s also easy to adjust, and can flip between portrait and landscape modes.
A headphone holder for their desk
The Brainwavz Hengja is an essential gift for a friend who has on-ear or over-ear headphones. This adjustable headphone hanger is super easy to screw onto a table, shelf, or even a thin wall. It’s quite sturdy, and will fit pretty much any headphone size.
An ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard
For a friend who’s always on the go, a portable Bluetooth keyboard is an excellent choice. The Omton Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is slim enough to easily fit in a backpack, purse, or handbag, and can easily connect to any Bluetooth-enabled phone or tablet. No need to lug a laptop around: Whip this out to type wherever you are.
A DIY virtual reality headset
Most people think of virtual reality as something that’s high tech and expensive, but you can gift Google’s Cardboard VR headset for just $15. Stick a phone into this device, and they can watch 180-degree and 360-degree videos, play VR games, and experience the virtual landscape. (Seriously, once you’ve seen Google Street View in VR, you’ll never want to go back).
A cheap but effective laptop bag
Amazon is full of laptop bags of all prices, but the AmazonBasics Laptop Bag is one of the top-rated, and it gets the job done for as low as $8.99. It comes in 11.6-, 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch models to accommodate any laptop size, as well as a smaller version for tablets. Plus, it has extra pockets for mice, cell phones, pens, and other small gadgets you might be carrying.
A Wi-Fi smart plug for smart homes
A smart plug is the perfect gift for anyone looking to start up a smart home. You can connect any device to the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini, from lamps to fans and air conditioners, to make it a smart device. That means you’ll be able to control it with Alexa and Google Assistant, add it to routines, and schedule it to turn on and off whenever you like.
Glasses with a blue-light filter
It seems every day, more and more research is coming out about the dangers of over-exposure to blue light from phone and computer screens. A 2018 study showed that too much blue light can increase your risk of blindness. The Cyxus Vintage Retro Blue Light Filter Glasses are a good, affordable gift for anyone who uses screens and wants to protect their eyes.
A stylish phone charger for suitcases
A smart luggage tag is the perfect gift for a tech-loving traveler. This one from Calpak is a stylish addition to any suitcase, but it’s also a surreptitious power bank that can charge your phone while you’re waiting in the TSA line.
A USB-A to Lightning charging cable
For a stocking stuffer or gift exchange, you can never go wrong with a charging cable. There are so many different lightning cables out there that it might be tough to know which one to buy. But around the internet, many reviewers agree that the 10-foot Powerline+ lightning cable from Anker is the best one.
An affordable waterproof Bluetooth speaker
The Amalen Bluetooth Wireless Outdoor Sport Speaker is a useful gift for pretty much anyone. It’s got a huge sound and comes with a built-in microphone for phone calls. It’s also waterproof, so you can use it in the shower, by the pool, out in the rain, or anywhere else you might want some tunes.
A USB-C adapter for USB-A ports
A USB-C adapter may seem like a boring gift, but it’s an excellent stocking stuffer for a tech enthusiast. If you’ve got an old mouse, a keyboard, a phone, a tablet, and headphones that all need to connect through that laptop’s new USB-C port, the HooToo USB-C adapter allows you to connect three of them at once from just one USB-C port. It’s super portable, and doesn’t require any fancy drivers to install.
A rechargeable LED lantern
The Core 500 Lumen Cree LED Battery Lantern is an excellent gift for campers, or anyone else who has to spend time outdoors in the dark. It’s small enough to carry in a backpack, and has two different brightness settings. Plus, it can illuminate a space of up to 90 feet across, and lasts up to 65 hours.
An effective gaming mouse
The Logitech G300s is a great gift for someone who enjoys gaming, but doesn’t yet have a top-notch gaming mouse. It has a comfortable grip and six programmable buttons, and at just $21, it’s been praised by multiple reviewers as the best budget gaming mouse you can buy. (Don’t let the price tag fool you: The G300s isn’t a bad mouse; it’s just an old model.)
An ultra-wide gaming mouse pad
If you’re not sure what to get your gamer friend, you can’t go wrong with a good mouse pad. There are millions of pads out there, but the Turtle Beach Wide Drift Fast Premium Gaming Mouse Pad is our favorite. It’s nice-looking, comfortable to use, and has a nice ridge around the edge to let you know when you’re about to run off.
A complete first-aid kit for pets
Anyone who has a pet they care about will appreciate the gift of the Rayco International Pet First Aid Kit. In addition to bandages, gloves, gauze, antiseptic wipes, and the like, this kit contains an LED emergency collar with three different flashing settings.
A USB charging adapter with five ports
A multi-device charger is a handy present for college students, New York residents, or anyone else with limited space and outlets. The Anker 40W allows you to charge up to five devices at a time, and gets the job done quickly.
A USB-C car charger
A car charger is a good stocking stuffer for any driver. But what’s great about the Anker PowerDrive USB-C Car Charger is it doesn’t just have a USB port – it also has a USB-C port to deliver a super-fast charge to USB-C devices. The PowerDrive isn’t limited to phones: The USB-C port can charge a computer (such as a Macbook) as well.
An effective dashboard phone holder
If you know anyone who is still using an ancient GPS to navigate, have mercy on them and gift them the iOttie Easy One Touch Phone Holder. This car mount has a one-touch release mechanism for easily inserting and removing your phone, and its arm can pivot 225 degrees to ensure the most comfortable viewing angle.
A Tile Bluetooth item tracker
Attach the Tile Mate to your keys, luggage, backpack, briefcase, or any other valuable possession to ensure you never lose that item again. If you misplace the object that includes your tracker, just check the Tile app to see its location in seconds. As a bonus, if you lose your phone, you can squeeze your Tile Mate to make it ring.
Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock
You probably have at least one friend who complains that they can’t get out of bed in the morning, no matter how many alarms they set. Try gifting them the Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock. This device projects the time onto your walls or ceiling, so that regardless of what side you’re facing, you can see how late you are. It’s also got an AUX input and a built-in AM/FM radio to blast music in the morning.
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