Holiday Gift Guide 2014-2015: Top 10 Best Gifts Under $30


Just as we did for gifts under $50, we're going pretty low once again with this, a list of great gifts under $30. There's probably someone in your family or your friends that you know is a big Android fan, or just a gadget fan in general, that could do with a couple of small presents and our list of gifts under $30 should give you some good ideas.

BACtrack Keychain Breathalyzer




We're certainly not trying to say that gadget fans love to drink or anything, but if they were to take their alcohol intake a little more seriously, then some sort of gadget would be the most likely way of getting them to pay more attention to how much they're drinking. BACktrack has become a big name in helping the everyman and woman easily check on their own blood alcohol level and this keychain option is under $30 and is easily taken everywhere to help you get an idea of how much you've been drinking.

BACtrack Keychain Breathalyzer Portable Keyring Breath Alcohol Tester, Black


Andru USB Charger



Let's face it, if we use our devices more, we need to charge them, it's as simple as that. While smartphones and tablets today have gotten much better, if we use them for GPS Navigation or streaming music wirelessly, then chances are you'll be lucky to get a full day out of it. That's where Andru comes in, it's an adorable USB charger for Android smartphones and tablets and will brighten up any desk and bring a little cheer to your overnight back when you plug in your phone. It's available in a range of colors – including pink – and we're sure it'll make a nice smaller gift or secret Santa surprise.


Andru Android Robot USB Cell Phone Travel Charger – Retail Packaging – Green

Anker 2nd Gen Astro Mini 3200 mAh Battery

anker astro mini



Anker is a pretty great company for technology accessories, especially when talking about value for money. This 3,200 mAh battery is a perfect gift for a friend or coworker who could do with one more charge to get them through the day. It's not a massive battery pack, but it's good to give your device a little boost and it'll fit in a jacket pocket or bag without any fuss at all. It's available in a range of colors and will charge absolutely anything over USB.

Anker® 2nd Gen Astro Mini 3200mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable External Battery Charger with PowerIQâ„¢ Technology for iPhone, Samsung, HTC and More (Black)

FRiEQ Hi-Speed Extra Long Nylon MicroUSB Cable




If you know someone that goes through microUSB cables like hot dinners, then the FRiEQ cable might be a good way of putting an end to that. It's built with quality and reliability in mind and it also looks the part, too. FRiEQ's 6ft cable comes in a number of different colors and should take a beating, which is perfect for that friend that just seems to look at technology and it breaks. It's affordable, too making it a nice stocking filler.

FRiEQ® Hi-Speed Extra Long (6 Ft/1.8m) Nylon Braided Tangle-Free USB 2.0 Micro USB Charging/Sync Cable For Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, HTC, Motorola, LG, PS4, Xbox one (Light Blue/Yellow)


PowerGen White 2.4 Amp Dual USB Wall Charger



Another great small gift, this can help your friends or family charge their smartphone and tablet from one outlet or a couple's phones in one go. It will charge two devices at 2.4A each, and it's available in black or white. PowerGen's offering here is pretty unassuming and just gets the job done. It's got great reviews and it's definitely a solid, simple gift that could be a nice little help for friends and family.


Powergen White 2.4-Amp (12 Watt) Dual Usb Wall Charger W/Sviwal Plug Designed For Apple And Android Devices

Motorola Turbo Charger



Know someone who has a new Moto X or DROID Turbo and want to power up their devices nice and quick? Moto's own Turbo Charger can help with that, and can take devices from next to no power to around 8 hours of battery life in around half an hour. It's more geared to newer Motorola devices, but it should work with devices with Qualcomm's Quick Charging 2.0, which is basically anything with a Snapdragon 801 CPU in side.

You can find the Turbo Charger on Motorola's website.

Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Headphones



It's nice to give people nice earphones to enjoy their music to their fullest, but there's a lot, a lot of choice out there and it's not always good. Not only do some of the cheaper earphones out there sound bad, but they also look awful, too. Symphonized's NRG wooden earphones look the part and sound pretty good as well, they also come with a microphone and the overall package is great value for money.

Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Mic (Black)

Anker T300 Bluetooth Keyboard



If you know someone that needs or wants a keyboard for their Android tablet, they can be quite pricey, especially the branded keyboard from Logitech and co. However, Anker is here once again with a quality keyboard for all Bluetooth devices that's great value for money. I bought one of these for my Nexus 9 and while it's not the best-looking or best-built, it's decent enough for occasional typing and it's a great price, too.

Anker® Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard for iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2, Galaxy Tabs and Other Mobile Devices (Black) T300

Omaker Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Car Charger



Omaker's three-port car charger is great for those friends and family of yours that love to drive or use their car as their office. This can help them charger their GPS, their tablet and their smartphone all at once or just keep a number of cables handy. It's a good-looking charger as well and it's also available in black, too.

Omaker Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed USB Car Charger-Hassle Free Replacement For iPhone 6 5S 5C 5 4S,iphone 6 plus,iPad Air mini, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 3 4, Tab 4 3 2 Pro, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), LG G3, Nexus, MOTO X and More-White

GMYLE Tablet Stand

gmyle stand

A portable tablet stand that's foldable to throw in a bag or jacket, this offering from GMYLE is well built and can be used at a number of different angles, making this a nice option for those in an office or those that use their tablet for everything while traveling. It's a great price and does the job well.

Tablet Stand, GMYLE Desktop Universal Compact Metal Mobile Stand Mount Holder for iPad and Tablet PC

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