Last minute gift ideas for smartphone and tech enthusiasts: save big bucks on gadgets now

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Last minute gift ideas for smartphone and tech enthusiasts: save big bucks on gadgets now
Christmas is right around the corner! If you've already handled the Christmas gift – congratulations! But if you’re a proud member of the procrastination army, you probably still need to do some last-minute shopping before it's too late.

If you have a special someone, colleague, or friend who's into smartphones or mobile tech, we have a bunch of quick ideas that could help you choose the perfect gift! Keep in mind that there's very little time left until Christmas Day, so you better hurry up and start shopping if you want to put something under the Christmas tree.


For the iPhone fan: ESR cases for AirPods


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Let’s be honest, any iPhone fan probably already has a few cases for their iPhone, a few chargers spread out where they might need them, and a set of AirPods Pro that they never leave the house without. But do they have a cool case for their AirPods?

The ESR Pulse Magnetic Lock Case adds protection, style, and security to any plain AirPods Pro case (2019 / 2022 / 2023)! The lid is held closed with strong magnets that won’t budge even if the case is dropped — an AirPods user’s nightmare would be dropping their case and have the earbuds pop out.

ESR Pulse Magnetic Lock case for AirPods Pro

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A simple rubber slider in the middle of the case will reverse the polarity of the magnets and instantly pop the lid up, so operation is easy (and looks cool, Mr. Bond).

Once seated inside the ESR Pulse Magnetic Lock Case, the AirPods capsule is protected by a hard shell and a soft, shock-absorbing core. Wireless charging is not compromised — the Pulse Magnetic Lock Case has a magnet array at the back, so it instantly sticks to MagSafe chargers.

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It comes with a lanyard and thanks to the strong magnetic latch, can be hooked up to anything for any-situation carrying comfort.

Alternatively, the ESR Cyber Tough Case for AirPods Pro has a more aggressive high-tech look, also provides strong magnetic latching, sturdy drop protection and MagSafe compatibility, and comes with a carabiner instead of a lanyard.

ESR Cyber Tough Case for AirPods Pro

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Gifts under $50


With tech gadgets typically being a on the expensive side, it may be daunting to try and find one under $50 that is good, durable, and will please your gift recipient. No worries, we did the legwork! Based on our experience and user reviews, here are some great tech stocking stuffers!

You can never get enough AirTags

iPhone users love to attach AirTags to their precious items — keys, bags, guitar cases. If your gift recepient already has enough AirTags, maybe consider an AirTag hook or loop that will enable them to attach them to more things!

Amazon Echo Dot

An Echo Dot sounds great for filling the room with music, and now has a stylish LED clock on its face. Of course, Alexa is on board, ready to be ever useful. Extra 20% off is available with a trade-in.

Ugreen RG 65 W - cute charger!

The Ugreen RG 65 W can charge anything from earbuds to a MacBook Air. It has a LED screen to show charging status and battery health — illustrated by a cute smiley face. The plug is portable and comes with a "boots" stand, so you can either carry it around everywhere or just let it stay on the desk and be cute when not in use.


Gifts under $100


Once we lift the limit to $100, we have a bunch of exciting options — especially since there are a lot of deals going on at Amazon still! Drawing from our extensive experience with different devices, and how popular these products are with users, here are the best gift ideas under $100:

Soundcore Space A40

A branch of popular accessory maker Anker, the Soundcore products specialize in excellent audio. The Space A40 offers up to 50 hours of listening time on a single charge. If you engage its smart noise cancelation, it will actively fine-tune the amount applied on its own, keeping the noise out, and the crisp audio in. Bluetooth Multipoint on board allows connecting to two devices at once.

JBL Flip 6

The JBL Flip speakers are well-known for being loud, bassy, and clear. They can instantly fill up a space with sound and are a great pick for the outdoors thanks to their resistance to the elements. PartyBoost mode enables pairing two of these for stereo sound, so it's still a great gift if your person already owns one!

Amazfit GTR 3

A full-fledged smartwatch with Alexa on board! Features GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Activity Tracker, Calorie Tracker, Breath Monitor, Stress Tracking, Blood Pressure Monitor, Sleep Monitor, Cycle Tracking

Amazfit GTR 3 mini for thinner wrists

A full-fledged smartwatch with Alexa on board! Features GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Activity Tracker, Calorie Tracker, Breath Monitor, Stress Tracking, Blood Pressure Monitor, Sleep Monitor, Cycle Tracking

Gifts under $200


At this price tier, we can look at some more premium tech products. Again, the discounts make it much easier to fit some of these gifts within budget — we can pick up more premium earbids, louder speakers, a more popular smartwatch, or even a tablet as a gift for this Christmas!

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2

Samsung's excellent Galaxy Buds Pro 2 are now 47% off! They have active noise cancelation, surround sound, IPX7 protection for workouts, and are available in 3 colors!

TCL Tab 10

10.4" Full HD+ display, stereo speakers, and 128 GB of storage make this a perfect pick-up-and-go tablet for videos, movies, mobile games.

Google Pixel Watch

The OG Pixel Watch just got the new watchfaces and complications of the Pixel Watch 2 via an update. It still has the same clean, simplistic look that can match any outfit, and stays out of the way when exercising!

Gifts under $500


Looking for a cool gadget for that special someone? You can get a pretty good device at this price point. Motorola phones that are excellent, a Pixel Tablet that will cover a lot of use cases thanks to its Speaker Dock, even a Samsung Galaxy Phone or an Apple iPad!

Moto G Stylus 5G

One of the most popular midrange phones — probably because it also comes with a stylus. This is the newest model — comes with Android 13, 50 MP camera, and 256 GB of storage.

Galaxy A54 5G at Amazon

Another awesome deal at Amazon lets you get this incredibly good mid-ranger by Samsung at a 17% lower price. It comes with 128GB of internal storage, a gorgeous 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, and Android 13 out of the box.

Google Pixel Tablet with included Speaker Dock

What makes the Pixel Tablet is its Speaker Charging Dock. Whenever the tablet is not in use, you can plop it on the dock and get bassier, louder sound from it, as well as an interface that turns it into a smart speaker / Home Hub.

Apple iPad 10th gen

The Apple iPad 10th gen comes with the new all-screen design and supports an Apple Pencil (gen 1 or the new Apple Pencil USB C). Additionally, it supports a Magic Keyboard Folio accessory, making it a great device for both work and play. Alternate idea - if your gift recipient already has an iPad model, see if they may want a Keyboard or Pencil!

Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (43mm), LTE

The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is an excellent smartwatch — timeless design, plenty of health and fitness functions on deck, and even support for most Android phones out there. Of course, you can get the most out of this puppy if you connect it to a Samsung phone, but its base functions will also work with other phones, except for an iPhone.

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