7 ways to spend that $ 25 gift card

Some people may think of gift cards as a sort of dodge when it comes to gifts, but I’ve always been happy to get one for Christmas or birthdays. It’s like free money that I don’t have to feel guilty about not spending it on something responsible. If you’ve found a $ 25 gift card in your bottom this year, you can still use it to cut a big chunk of a bigger purchase. But there are also plenty of nifty gadgets you can buy in the under $ 25 range, especially since there are some good end-of-year deals out there right now.

Here are a few of our favorite picks to help you get the most out of this $ 25 gift card, with options on Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.


Most newer phones support wireless charging, so why not start using the new technology with a cheap wireless charger. This Anker model supports all phones with wireless charging, with the added bonus of magnetically hooking up to iPhones equipped with MagSafe. Definitely worth grabbing a hold of, especially at just $ 16.

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Tamagotchi have been around for almost a quarter of a century and they never really went out of style. These electronic pets – which you wash, feed, and ‘train’ – are equally good for young Pokemon fans and older nostalgic people. There are over 30 different colors and designs, so grab your favorite or start building your collection now.


Have you ever put your hand in your pocket on a ladder to drop the screw you need all the way down because it slipped out of your hand? Otherwise you’re in luck, and if so, you need this accessory. It holds drills, screws, tools and more using its powerful magnets and is adjustable to fit wrists of all sizes.

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Named a CNET editor’s choice, this tiny box can turn any TV with an HDMI input into a smart TV with just one plug. It gives you instant access to all your favorite streaming services, from HBO Max to Disney Plus, in dazzling 4K resolution, along with HDR support for vivid colors and crisp details. The remote not only lets you browse your Roku channels, but also controls your TV, so you can toggle the power and control the volume without changing the remote. This advanced Roku streamer usually costs $ 40, but you can grab it right now for 40% off.

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The Nest Mini is Google’s entry-level smart speaker and offers a great opportunity to start building your smart home without breaking the bank. Check the weather and news, listen to music, or control other smart devices like your lights or TV with just the sound of your voice. The new second generation model also includes a learning chip that will follow all the patterns of your demands and start to anticipate them, helping this smart speaker to fit perfectly into your home and routine. Read our Nest Mini (2nd gen) review.

Read our Google Nest Mini review.


Between your phone, wallet, backpack, or purse, when you leave the house, there’s a good chance you’ll be carrying a lot more than $ 25 worth of stuff with you. This Bluetooth tracking beacon is a great way to make sure you never have to worry about losing track of your belongings, and it’s much more affordable than having to replace any lost item. If you’re within 250 feet of your Tile tracker, you can use the app to activate a loud ringer to locate it, and if you’re far away, you can check the app for its most recent location on a map. And if someone else finds your lost items, the QR code on the back can link them directly to your contact details so they can get them back from you. Just note that Tile is now a subsidiary of Life 360, which would subsidize the low prices of its products by selling the resulting tracking data.


Air fryers have been all the rage this year, and there’s a good reason for that. This mid-sized model can reach temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes, cooking food in a fraction of the time of a conventional oven or deep fryer. And the removable, dishwasher-safe basket and tray also makes cleanup easy. Granted, at $ 30 it’s a bit more than the $ 25 cap, but given its current $ 50 cut, it was too good not to include it here.

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