The best tech stocking stuffers for $25 or less

Call them"stocking stuffers," or just call them "add-ons." These are those necessary accessories and accoutrements you need for those just-unwrapped tech gifts -- everything from batteries and chargers to cables, dongles and memory cards. Down in the real bargain basement, we were able to find a couple of bona fide cool gadgets, including a fitness tracker and a good wireless speaker.

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120

Extra headphones are the ideal stocking stuffers. But when the price gets below $25, your expectation for sound quality falls exponentially. Despite the bargain-basement cost, these Panasonic in-ear headphones sound surprisingly good. Depending on which colour you opt for (they come in a range of rainbow colours, as well as basic black), the price can be as low as just a few dollars a pair. Buy them in bulk -- or spend a bit more to get the ErgoFit RP-TCM125, which adds an inline microphone for phones (but doesn't sound quite as good).

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Kingston DataTraveler SE9

Everyone can use a spare USB flash drive, and the Kingston DataTraveler SE9 is rugged enough to live on your keychain while storing a whopping 16GB of data (almost two DVDs' worth).

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SanDisk Cruzer Fit

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB drive is almost too small -- basically a USB nub similar to the transmitter for a wireless keyboard or mouse. That said, if you're looking for a quick, easy, affordable, and low-profile way to add up to 64GB of storage to a laptop, we can't think of a better way.

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LaCie Petite Key USB drive

You'll pay a bit extra for the LaCie Petite Key compared with other USB drives, but it's worth it for the metal design, which is said to be waterproof to 100 meters.

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Nomad ChargeKey

You always need to top off your phone's battery, but you don't want to lug a cable around with you. That's where the Nomad ChargeKey comes in: the 2.5-inch flexible USB dongle fits on your keychain, and can be used to juice up smartphones and tablets, so long as you can scrounge up a free USB port. It's available in Lightning (for iPhone, iPad) and Micro-USB versions (for nearly everything else). (If you prefer to store it in your wallet, the credit-card-size ChargeCard is available for the same price.)

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Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360

If you're looking for a replacement PC keyboard, Logitech's Wireless Keyboard K360 is a good starting point. You get a QWERTY powered by 2 AA batteries that uses Logitech's "Unifying" wireless USB dongle -- which also communicates with a Logitech mouse, such as the aforementioned M325. Yes, it's a laptop-style design without much "travel" in the keys, but it's a good deal and works equally well with Windows PCs or Macs.

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Logitech Z50 speaker

If you don't go in expecting audiophile-level performance from the Logitech Z50, you'll find a monaural, AC-powered speaker that does a serviceable job of amplifying your phone, music player, or PC -- anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It's available in gray (shown), pink or blue.

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Logitech X100

There are lots of great-for-the-money Bluetooth wireless speakers for around $50, but sound quality and build quality plummet as you go cheaper. The Logitech X100 is one of our favourite cheaper models.

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