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Stocking stuffers: Best Tech Gifts under $ 25

Amazon, Walmart and even your local drugstores are all flooded with dirt-cheap tech accessories – but are they really good? Well, look no further: we've put together a nice list of accessories – chargers, batteries, cables and headphones – to get the job done. While not all of them have complete CNET ratings, they are products we've used and like. And although nothing is particularly "sexy" or exciting here, they are all things that are indispensable in the afterlife. (Especially one week later, if you find you've thrown away the box with the charger and the headphones that came with your phone.)

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Here are some of our cheap and useful favorite gifts.

A Great, Affordable Wireless Speaker

Sony SRS-XB01

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The Sony XB01 is splash-proof and available in several colors – and sounds great for the price.

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Adding Wireless Audio to an Old Stereo

Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter

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The Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter adds wireless audio – from phones, tablets or computers – Add to any old stereo. AV receiver or Boombox with an auxiliary input. It's cheaper than the Chromecast Audio and does not require a Wi-Fi network.

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Two-pack for the price of one

Double USB Charger from Anker

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This little guy is not much bigger than standard cell phone chargers, but thanks to the two USB Connections he can be charged your phone and a second device – wireless headphones or even another phone – at the same time. The plug can also be folded. And you can buy a two-pack for under $ 20. (Note that this is not just a reworked version of the Aukey, and it does not get as hot as this.)

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Universal Compatibility

SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C

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This convenient SanDisk USB stick has both USB-C and standard USB-A ports. Connect files between any two computers, including newer MacBook and Windows laptops. It also works with many newer USB-C Android phones. The 64GB model can be found for under $ 20, and the 128GB model is under $ 35.

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It is also a flashlight

Black & Decker Lightdriver Cordless Screwdriver

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It's a cordless screwdriver! It's a flashlight! It's a cordless screwdriver and a flashlight! This handy Black & Decker has an adjustable pistol grip and includes standard and Philips head drills (you can also use third-party ones). Power is supplied by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The LED light can be turned on and off independently of each other, so it also works as a good old flashlight. Everything for about $ 25.

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No more cables

Silk Magnetic Cable Winder

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Do you hate it when these charging cables slip behind the bedside table? The Cable Wrangler solves this problem: It is literally just a big magnet and contains three tiny "collars" (as shown on the white cable here) if the cable head does not have enough metal to stay alone. The entry-level model costs $ 20, and you can pay extra to throw a Lightning cable and charger into the box.

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Compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google

Belkin WeMo Mini

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Want more flexibility in your smart home gifts? The Belkin WeMo Mini can work with Amazon, Google Home, or Apple's Siri (HomeKit) from Amazon, turning any lamp into a smart lamp, no matter which Voice Assistant is used.

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A Cable for Everything

Anker Power Strip 3

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Anker calls it "Power Strip" – and that's it. The unique shape of this electric miracle in baseball size, however, makes it ideal to keep any desk under or on top of it. The perfect solution for our modern world of sockets offers three power adapters of all sizes and three USB cables.

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Pocket Charger

Anker PowerCore II 6700

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OK, here are $ 1 over our $ 25 budget, but I think it's worth it: The Anker PowerCore II 6700 is pluggable The rechargeable 6700mAh battery can spice up giant screens and almost any other portable device. (If you want a $ 25 version, opt for the PowerCore 5000, which costs a bit less.)

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