We’ve had the best time looking for wonderful tech stocking stuffers that go beyond the usual. And by usual, I mean batteries.
Whether you’re just kicking off your holiday shopping by going through our gift guides or almost wrapping things up after a marathon Cyber Monday spree, please pause to consider the humble holiday stocking. With only so much room for presents, we love the challenge of filling them since every item needs to be carefully considered if it’s going to fit inside.
So here, you’ll find wonderful tech stocking stuffers for basically every family member.
And while visions of tech in our heads tends to be followed by visions of dollar signs, rest assured that most of these picks are not splurges at all. Save those for the big gifts with the fancy gift wrap.
And of course, keep checking back for even more fun additions to our 2021 Tech Holiday Gift Guide. Can you tell we love helping you shop?
Brilliant tech stocking stuffers for everyone on your list
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Affordable wireless earbuds
Super affordable but with great sound and a long playtime, these GO Air POP wireless earbuds from JLab are a great tech stocking stuffer for little and big kids. Comes in a rainbow of colors so you can even tuck a different color into each kid’s stocking. ($20)
A new smartwatch band
Plant-based and compostable, Pela’s watch bands come in a bunch of colors for your favorite eco warrior’s wrist. In styles to fit both Apple and Fitbit watches. ($44.95, but this pretty yellow band is on sale for $22.95 while supplies last)
The selfie smartphone mount that all the cool TikTokers use
Content creators who don’t have their own personal cameraperson chasing them around (ha) will love the new Pivo Pod Lite. Using AI technology, the Pod Lite automatically tracks face and body movements so your TikToker will always be in frame. ($69.99 in six colors on Amazon; the more advanced original Pivo Pod is available for $87)
A speaker disguised as a tiny ornament
Old St. Nick can stuff up to three stockings with himself and a couple of pals when it’s this friendly little trio of Holiday Bitty Boomers. Love how you can hang them on the tree for a little musical cheer as you clean up the wrapping paper. Don’t worry, these tiny speakers play a lot more than just Christmas music. ($24.99 for set of three — or check Amazon for Marvel, Disney, Star Wars and other Bitty Boomers — including SpongeBob!)
Pocket-sized retro gaming fun
Sometimes tech stocking stuffers are gifts in themselves. Take the retro Nintendo Game and Watch: The Legend of Zelda (also above) — pocket-sized and super fun to play, whether you are reliving your childhood or introducing it to your own child. Includes four games in its small console with a look and soundtrack that will return you back to the 80’s. ($49.99 at Target)
A mute button you can’t miss (for those endless Zoom calls)
This may be the ultimate tech stocking stuffer for 2021, especially for those of us for whom home is the office; weknow how important it is to hit mute at exactly the right moment during a Zoom meeting. This light-up, can’t-miss-it mute button from Uncommon Goods is a brilliant tech stocking stuffer! It will give anyone peace of mind that their toddler’s story about what just happened in the bathroom isn’t getting picked up across the office — or at the next PTA meeting. ($49 at Uncommon Goods)
Geeky thumb grip covers
Give someone on your list gaming superpowers with these Captain America thumb grip covers from Jaees, for their game controller. They fit on most popular joysticks and come in other styles too. More than just decoration, they actually help fingers stay on the knobs during an especially exciting game. ($7.99 on Amazon)
A portable, wireless charger
We always recommend portable chargers as smart tech stocking stuffer, but this sleek rechargeable power pack from Tech Candy does a little more, thanks to Qi wireless charging. The digital corner display will also let you know much juice is left, and it works on older devices using a plug, as well as newer devices wirelessly. (In lavender or navy, on sale for $42.99)
A cuddly cable buddy
If they’re tired of playing Untangle the Cables every time they pull their laptop out of their backpack, toss a little Plush Cable Buddy from Smoko in their stocking. Even this slow-moving sloth will have them all together in a moment. ($15 at Urban Outfitters)
Screen cleaners as pretty as these
We’re still disinfecting everything like crazy, and these terrific screen-cleaning towelettes from Well-Kept do the job perfectly. Grab a set of three and then you have the perfect tech stocking stuffer for a couple of lucky family members…and keep one for yourself! ($18 for three of one design at Uncommon Goods)
(Of course we’re still fans of Whoosh! too, should you prefer a refillable spray bottle for a practical tech stocking stuffer.)
A rechargeable USB lighter for the great outdoors (or indoors too)
Got a light? They’ll always have one now with this cool USB rechargeable lighter that is the perfect tech stocking stuffer for someone who lights candles, builds campfires, or perhaps other recreational activities that are now legal in 18 states. ($30 at Uncommon Goods)
A tiny Bluetooth speaker
Grab the portable Go 3 Bluetooth speaker by JBL in one of several cheery colors for your teens (or adults) to stream music at the next sleepover or backyard fire pit night. Great sound, with a sturdy, waterproof construction, this is a great little speaker for a not-so-big price making it a perfect tech stocking stuffer.
Want to turn it into a gift? pair with a year subscription to Spotify or Apple Music if you’re feeling extra generous. ($49.95 on Amazon)
A practical but stylish tech accessory
Recently featured in our post about 12 practical tech gifts to help get us through another long winter, as well as our picks from Oprah’s Favorite Things list, we think Head Lightz Head Lights Hats make a terrific addition to any stocking for adults or kids. Made by a small, Black, woman-run company, these warm hats come in a dozen colors and make it so much easier, and safer, to enjoy these shorter days outside. ($25 on Amazon)
An instant desk de-clutterer
When they don’t have to dig around for their charger under the desk, they’ll thank you for putting a set of bright cable clips from Shintop in their stocking. ($5.59 for six-pack on Amazon)
A guaranteed end to the “that’s mine!” fights
Got kids? Then you probably have plenty of charger-cord theft going on in your house which is why we have loved these personalized cord name tags from Delightful Luna since we discovered them this summer. With 15 different colors, you’ll even be able to tell if someone has swiped your cord from across the room. (from $10 on Etsy)
If that Nintendo Switch is getting low on memory (understandable, given how much screen time we’ve all had during this pandemic), boost their device with a SanDisk micros SDXC card as a stocking stuffer. Suddenly, their old console is new-ish again, right? ($21 for 128GB on Amazon)
A tech stocking stuffer to get the whole family get in the picture
Make sure everyone gets in the shot with this set of extremely affordable wireless remote shutters. Easy to use and incredibly discrete, if the photographer of the family conveniently it hides behind one kid’s shoulder. ($8.99 on Amazon)
Pop Sockets, customized
We recently featured Pop Sockets’ new Snow Globe gribs, and we love them. But for another tech stocking stuffer idea, we also adore the Custom Pop Sockets made from your own photo. Of course teens may want a photo of their besties, but for more intrepid designers, you can combine it with the useful wallet case, and even create cool designs like this guy jumping off the phone. ($30)
Tech gifts cards, because everyone loves them
You know what else fits perfectly in a stocking? A gift card. Grab a physical card or print out confirmation of a digital code. You can grab a gift card to a gaming system like PlayStation or XBox for your gamer, but don’t stop there.
Consider a subscription to Netflix or Hulu for your binge-water, or an app like Calm or Headspace for a year of more zen. There’s a reason the Calm subscription is one of our favorite practical holiday gifts this year. It may not be the most creative tech stocking stuffer idea, but it’s a guaranteed pleaser.
The tech stocking stuffer to ensure you don’t lose the other ones
We’ve long loved Tile for its ability to help us find, well, almost anything that we have a tendency to misplace. And we especially love Tile Limited Edition Performance Packs which pair cool design like florals, bubble tee, or sharp graphics with the “we got you” peace of mind that Tile’s trackers provide.(Trailhead style shown, on sale for $43.99)
Also, be sure to scroll down and check out their Better Together limited edition Tile tracker, which helps support the work of the ACLU. Who says tech stocking stuffers can’t do some good in the world too?
More 2021 Holiday Tech Gift Ideas:
12 practical tech gifts to help get us through another long winter
12 of the hottest high-tech beauty gifts for for everyone on your list…including yourself.
15 awesome tech gifts for teens that will score you major points