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Anker Dual USB Charger

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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. And you can snag a 2-pack for under $20.

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Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter

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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. It's cheaper than the Chromecast Audio, and doesn't require a Wi-Fi network. 

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SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C

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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 64GB model can be found for under $20, and the 128GB one is under $35.

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Anker PowerDrive+

Everyone can use more charging ports in their car. That's why something like the $16 Anker PowerDrive+ 2-port is a great stocking stuffer for any driver.

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SanDisk MicroSD card

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Whether someone needs extra storage for their camera, Android phone, Nintendo Switch or a host of other gadgets, MicroSD cards are cheaper than ever -- and make a perfect stocking stuffer. Get 64GB for less than $15, and 128GB for just a bit more than $25. And the adapter for full-size SD slots is included, too. 

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JVC Flats

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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.

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125

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It never hurts to have a spare set of earbuds around. And considering that they cost less than $15, the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125 actually sound pretty great. They're available in a wide variety of colors, too. Just make sure you get the version with the in-line mic and remote if you plan on using it for phone calls.

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Apple iPhone headphone dongle

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Yes, new iPhones come with a pair of Lightning-enabled wired headphones in the box. But they no longer include a 3.5mm adapter. That's why these $9 dongles are a perfect stocking stuffer -- the annoying accessory no one wants to buy themselves, but everybody needs. 

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Logitech M510

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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), rather than a USB-C port. It costs less than $20 and comes in red or black.

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Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable

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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 less than what Apple's replacement cables cost.

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

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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. (One end is a standard rectangular USB-A port, the other is the tiny USB-C port used for Android phones, Nintendo Switch and many other mobile devices.)

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Anker Powerline+ USB-C to USB-C cables

If you're buying for someone with a modern Android phone and a fast USB-C charger, go for USB-C to USB-C cables.

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Anker PowerCore 5000

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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.

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Amazon Smart Plug

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Yes, you can get plenty of Alexa-compatible smart plugs for under $25. But getting the Amazon version -- which is new for 2018 -- means easier setup, making it worth the small premium.

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TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router

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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 Wi-Fi 1 (802.11b) or Wi-Fi 3 (802.11g) router, this Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) model could well be a worthwhile upgrade.

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AmazonBasics 6-foot HDMI Cable (two-pack)

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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.

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Gift cards

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Some call them "thoughtless gifts," but let's be honest: You can't go wrong with a gift card. And they're available in nearly any denomination you prefer.

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CNET Magazine subscription

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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.

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$30 splurge pick: Roku Express 2017

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OK, now we're going a bit beyond the original $25 price limit. But everything starting here is no more than $5 more. So if you stretch that budget a bit, you can get some seriously cool gadgets. 

First up is the Roku Express. If you can't quite afford its $50 step-up siblings, Roku's basic model is still a nice way to turn any HDTV into a top-notch video streamer. It's got access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, 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.

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Anker PowerCore II 6700

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This one costs a bit closer to $30 too, but the Anker PowerCore II 6700 is still pocketable and its 6700mAh rechargeable battery can juice up giant-screen phones and nearly any other portable device.

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Anker PowerCore Fusion

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The Anker PowerCore Fusion doubles as a dual-USB wall charger and a battery pack. Charge up the built-in 5000mAh battery and two devices at once -- then bring it on the road with you for more on-the-go power.

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Anker PowerPort II with Power Delivery

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It looks similar to the previous pick, but this Anker charger has a different set of skills. The PowerPort II with Power Delivery includes a USB-C port that can juice up anything from laptops (with that port, of course) and the Nintendo Switch, as well as a secondary gadget with the standard USB port. And again, the foldable prongs make it travel-friendly. 

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Belkin WeMo Mini

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Not sure if the person you're buying for is into Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomeKit? The Belkin WeMo Mini has you covered. This $28 smart plug works with all three, adding home automation functionality to just about anything you can plug into an outlet (think desk lamps and the like).

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

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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 around $28.

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Tribit XSound Go

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Once you go below $30, getting a decent-sounding wireless speaker is almost impossible. But the Tribit XSound Go defies the odds: It's the best-sounding speaker you'll find in this price range, and it makes a great gift.

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Wyze Cam

If you can't quite afford its big brother (with motorized panning), the entry-level Wyze Cam is still an unbelievable deal for a Wi-Fi security camera: Just $26. 

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Anker Fast Wireless Charger

If you're buying for anyone with a new smartphone -- 2017 and 2018 iPhones, most recent Galaxy phones and the newest Pixel phones, to name a few -- a wireless charger is a perfect gift. This $30 Anker model is fast-charging compatible, too. Great for bedrooms, offices, kitchens and everywhere in between.

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Anker Power Strip 3

Anker calls it a "power strip" -- and it is. But the unique shape of this baseball-sized electrical wonder makes it perfect to tuck under -- or leave on top of -- any desk. The perfect answer for our modern plugspreading world, it'll fit 3 any-sized AC adapters, plus 3 USB cords. 

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