Charcoal may be an affordable filler, but it’s a miserly gift for anyone who doesn’t have a stove at home. For inexpensive treats that don’t leave a lump in your relationship, choose from one of the Christmas gifts below – all available for £20 or less.
From smart bulbs to wireless headphones, every freebie in our guide is a bargain. And despite the pocket money prizes, everyone is sure to be welcomed on December 25th.
Have you saved your pennies for someone special? Check out our round-up of tech treats for £50 or less. And for the lucky few who top the list, try our selection of gift gadgets under £100.
Our selection of the best Christmas gifts under €20
Another cable seems like the last thing you need to untangle your desk. But the Nolii loop is different. Available with a range of connector combinations (including USB-C and Lightning), the two-meter cord features a silicone slot near the retail end. Lay it on the weighted docking station to keep the cable from disappearing down the back of your nightstand. The whole thing is reinforced with a Kevlar collar, so you can wind it up with impunity.
TP-Link Tapo smart bulb
Christmas lights may be bright in the night of December, but they won’t shine in the dark days of January. Forget those month-long wonders and try something that will shine until spring: turn on this smart bulb to brighten up your home. Available for bayonet and screw sockets, it has 16 million colors in its arsenal, with the ability to alter the white tones for a more comfortable glow. Launch the app for remote control, schedules and connectivity with Alexa and Google Assistant. Beat that, fairy lights.
JLab Go Air Pop
Audiophiles and affordability don’t usually go hand in hand. But while these phones won’t satisfy the pickiest of ears, they promise a better sound experience than their price suggests. Designed for light everyday listening, the sweatproof headphones let you triple tap to switch between three EQ settings. Along with 24-hour backup capability, the charging case’s built-in cable also means one less wire to keep up with.
Elago Floppy Disk AirTag Case
Give someone a floppy disk today and they’ll only be useful as a retro coaster. Gift this silicone equivalent to an AirTag owner and they can track their stuff like it’s lost in a 90s filing cabinet. Smaller and softer than the 3.5-inch original, Apple’s own drive sits neatly inside the case, with an integrated ring for easy key fob attachment. Complete the desktop aesthetic by labeling it “backup” in marker.
You can’t charge your phone using Christmas spirit, but you can give it a wireless boost without breaking the bank. Add this Qi-compatible drive to your desk for a pocket money refueling solution. Topped with fabric and a silicone cross, it plugs into the mains using your existing USB-C cable. 5W charging isn’t the fastest, but at least it’ll give you time to study the power efficiency of pixie dust.
Companions are great for many things, but even your most trusted friend will once forget they left your spare key. Not That Companion: Attached to a keychain, the water-resistant puck keeps track of your details. Compatible with iOS and Android devices, it has a 76m Bluetooth range to help you find from afar. And with a 3-year battery inside, your careless accomplice will have plenty of time to help you find the furniture they’ve misplaced.
Modern cell phones have more lenses than ever, but get grease on the glass and even a flagship phone will produce smudged shots. Keep your photos sharp and even with this compact cleaning stick. Its circular tip uses a carbon compound to absorb the oily marks left by your fingerprints. Good for polishing a dirty lens about 500 times, it’s significantly more effective than the thumb and t-shirt technique.
Humax Wi-Fi Smart Plug
A display of a thousand lights begins with a single take. Give your socket an upgrade with this three-pin winner. Installed in a standard outlet, the smart adapter connects without a hub to your Wi-Fi network. Flip the switch in the app or schedule the light time for later. Support for Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT should mean easy integration, while an energy monitor shows just how much those lumens are losing.
Lego 007 Aston Martin DB5
Christmas mornings are hectic enough without 007 dragging a DB5 through your lawn decorations and then demanding a pumpkin spice martini. For a Q Branch car without the carnage, try this brick-built Bond kit. Small enough to drift around the dining table, the 298-piece Aston Martin won’t spray shoots with machine gun fire, but you can swap out its plates to evade detection. Is it time for dinner? The minifig is in a tuxedo for lunch.
Bags used to be useful. Just ask Santa Claus. Don’t have a sled to carry your bag? With this compact pocket on your keychain, you’ll never be caught without a pouch: the dinky silicone Droplet contains a collapsible drawstring storage bag. Its 2.5 liter capacity won’t hold a huge amount of goodies, but its water-resistant shell will keep the contents from getting soggy in a snowstorm.