The holidays are fast approaching, and you need to get your gift-giving game in order. This year, we’ll start off by making sure you don’t have to sweat the small stuff! Then again, that’s the beauty of stocking stuffers — you don’t usually need to sweat about them anyway. They don’t have the pressure of being headliner gifts, so you can kinda go nuts and try to surprise your loved ones in the best way. Presents under the tree are boring — the vast majority of them are just ticking boxes off wish lists anyway. Time to throw some curveballs!
We’ll help you get creative with your stocking stuffers this year. We’ve found some of the best little gifts money can buy, and compiled them into this handy guide. And, what better way to start off a list of small gifts than with a small phone? Well, 5.2″ isn’t that small, but we are shrinking the price on the ZTE Axon 7 Mini to nothing — be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win one to stuff a lucky someone’s stocking — or your own. We won’t judge.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini
So, let’s talk about that Axon 7 Mini. It’s a smaller version of ZTE’s flagship Axon 7, and while the specs are midrange, they’ve preserved the top-notch dual forward-firing speakers from the larger phone. The smaller size makes the phone a bit easier to use with one hand, too. You can try to win the Axon 7 Mini here, but if luck isn’t on your side, $300 isn’t a bad price for what you’re getting.
ZTE – $300
Blink Home Security Camera
Blink is one of the best new home security cameras to come out this year. It runs on replaceable batteries, meaning it can be placed anywhere in the home, instead of having to be near an outlet. Like most other home security cameras, it can also stream a live feed to a mobile app or browser. It also works with Amazon Alexa, so if you’ve bought into Amazon’s smart home assistant, you can make Blink work with other smart home devices.
Blink – $100
Misfit makes some fine looking fitness trackers, and we think the Ray is one of their best efforts yet. The tracker can record fitness and sleep stats and transmit them to Misfit’s app over a Bluetooth connection. Pretty standard stuff, but we really like the design — they used an understated shade of rose gold, and while the stock silicone band is nice, the tracker has hidden pins that allow it to be used with standard watch and fitness tracker bands, so you can make Ray look great in all settings.
Misfit – $100
JBL Clip 2
What better speaker to get this holiday season than one that can double as a tree ornament? OK, so the JBL Clip 2 might be a bit heavy for that, but it will give you solid sound on the go. This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is ideal for students who want a small speaker to clip to their backpacks.
JBL – $60
Western Digital My Passport
Western Digital’s line of external hard drives finally got with the times this year, getting a fresh and colorful redesign. The new My Passport external hard drives are available in 1 TB to 4 TB capacities and in black, blue, orange, white, red, or yellow. So, large enough to fit all your family’s holiday photos. Maybe.
Western Digital – starting at $65
ExoLens Zeiss Professional Lens for iPhone
These add on lenses for your iPhone are not toys, nor are they cheap, but they are premium Zeiss lenses. Yep, these are the same kind of lenses you would find in a high-end DSLR and now they’ll be able to strap this high-end lens onto their iPhone and take their mobile photography to the next level.
ExoLens – starting at $199.
Nomad Leather Case
Nomad makes some of the best leather iPhone cases, and we really like the worn look they went for here.
Nomad – $40