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Aukey Dual USB Charger

This little guy isn't much larger than default phone chargers, but its dual USB ports mean it can charge your phone and a second device -- wireless headphones, maybe, or even another phone -- simultaneously. The plug folds up for easy traveling, too. You can snag it for under $10.

Buy the Aukey Dual USB Charger on Amazon.

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Anker Dual USB Car Charger PowerDrive 2

Need more charging ports in your car? The Anker PowerDrive 2 has you covered. It's also only $10. 

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Anker PowerCore 5000

Need to juice your phone on the go? The Anker PowerCore 5000 can charge your phone twice over. It comes with a Micro-USB cable, and it's less than $20.

Buy the Anker PowerCore 5000 at Amazon

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Anker PowerCore+ mini

The Anker PowerCore+ Mini has a somewhat smaller battery capacity (3,350 mAh versus the PowerCore 5000's 5,000 mAh), but it's under $15 and a bit more pocket-friendly.

Buy the Anker PowerCore+ mini at Amazon

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Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable

Apple's Lightning cables are notorious for fraying and cracking after just a few months. That's why anyone with an iPhone or iPad will love the Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable. The nylon-braided cable is far more durable, and it comes with its own wallet-style carrying case -- all for $5 less than what Apple's replacement cables cost.

Buy Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable at Amazon

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Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to USB A 2.0 Cable (two-pack)

Buying for someone with a newer Android phone? It's an even better deal: a two-pack of USB-C PowerLine+ cables will run you just $12.

Buy the Anker PowerLine+ USB-C 2-pack from Amazon

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AmazonBasics Nylon-Braided Lightning Cable

Anker isn't the only brand with better cables. The AmazonBasics nylon-braided cables are also quite durable, and they only cost $10.

Buy the AmazonBasics Nylon-Braided Lightning Cable

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120

It never hurts to have a spare set of earbuds around. And considering that they only cost about $8, the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 actually sound pretty great. They're available in a wide variety of colors, too.

Buy the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 headphones at Amazon

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125

For a bit more money -- closer to $12 -- Panasonic offers a version of the ErgoFit buds with an in-line mic and remote. Treat yo'self.

Buy the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125 at Amazon

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JVC Flats

You won't find a better pair of on-ear headphones for less than $20 than the JVC Flats. They're available in plenty of vibrant colors, too.

Buy the JVC Flats at Amazon

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Apple iPhone headphone dongle

If you're buying wired headphones for someone with an iPhone 7, 8 or X, remember that they don't have old-fashioned headphone jacks. Extra headphone dongles are always appreciated. They cost about $9. 

Buy the Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter

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Anker SoundBuds Slim

You won't confuse the Anker SoundBuds Slim with Beats or Bose, but for the price -- just $24 -- these wireless headphones aren't half bad. 

Buy the Anker SoundBuds Slim on Amazon

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AmazonBasics Shockproof and Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

The sound quality on this wireless speaker won't blow you away -- until you realize it costs a mere $12 or so. It's water-resistant and reasonably rugged, too.

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Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter

The Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter adds wireless audio -- from phones, tablets or computers -- to any old stereo, AV receiver or boombox with an auxiliary input. Under $25.

Buy the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter at Amazon

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SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C

This handy SanDisk thumb drive has both USB-C and standard USB-A connectors, making it the perfect way to transfer files between any two computers, including newer MacBook and Windows laptops. It also works with many newer USB-C Android phones, too. The 32GB model can be found for under $20, and the 64GB one is just a few bucks more.

Buy the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C at Amazon

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Logitech M510

The Logitech M510 is a slick midrange wireless mouse with seven programmable buttons. It works with Windows PCs and Macs, but make sure they have a standard USB port for the receiver nub (shown on the lower right). It costs less than $20 and comes in red or black.

Buy the Logitech M510 mouse at Amazon

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Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360

Let's face it: Between the dust, the crumbs and the well-worn palm rests, most of our PC keyboards are downright disgusting. That's why a brand new one is a welcome gift. And Logitech's Wireless Keyboard K360 gets the job done on Windows PCs and Macs (with full-sized USB ports) for under $20. The wireless QWERTY keyboard powered by two AA batteries, and it uses Logitech's Unifying wireless USB dongle -- which also communicates with a Logitech mouse, such as the aforementioned M510. 

Buy the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 at Amazon

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

This full-size wireless Bluetooth keyboard lets you hot-toggle between three separate devices. It's a perfect add-on for anyone who needs to do serious typing on a phone, tablet or computer, and it's a steal at just $25.

Buy the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard at Amazon

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TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router

This TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router isn't a new product, it won't set any records for data speeds and it's not great for large homes. That said, it gets the job done, and it costs... less than $20. If you know someone who has an old 802.11b or 802.11g router, this could well be a worthwhile upgrade.

Buy the TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router at Amazon

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iOttie Easy Flex 3 Car Mount Holder

The iOttie Easy Flex 3 Car Mount Holder holds nearly any size phone on the dashboard with an iron grip, but it also makes it easy to get the handset in and out. At $20, it's a great gift for anyone who uses their phone for navigation or music in the car.

Buy the iOttie Easy Flex 3 Car Mount Holder at Amazon


AmazonBasics 6-foot HDMI Cable (two-pack)

If Santa is bringing a new game console, disc player or streaming box, it never hurts to have an extra HDMI cable in the house. Amazon offers a pair of 6-footers for under $10 total.

Buy the Amazon Basics 6-foot HDMI Cable (two-pack)

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Gift cards

Some call them "thoughtless gifts," but let's be honest: You can't go wrong with a gift card. 

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CNET Magazine subscription

Yes, this one is totally self-serving. But a gift subscription to CNET Magazine delivers the best of our site in handy hardcopy form -- and at a hefty discount off the newsstand price.

Buy a subscription to CNET Magazine

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Splurge pick: Roku Express 2017

OK, this one is outside of the budget a bit. But for just $30, the all-new Roku Express turns any HDTV into a first-class video streamer, with access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and every other big online video service. It also offers the Roku Channel, a totally free (albeit ad-supported) service with plenty of mainstream Hollywood hits.

Buy the Roku Express 2017 at Amazon

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Video: Best tech gifts under $25

These stocking-stuffers are worth a look and won't break the bank either.

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