The holiday season is upon us, and the malls and stores are starting to get a little crowded. However, there are plenty of presents you can buy online, many of which we’ve detailed in our Holiday 2019 gift guides. Of course, there are also those dang stockings, festive socks full of treats and smaller gifts. It can always be a little tricky trying to figure out which stocking stuffers to buy, but we’ve got you covered.
Below, we’ve collected an assortment of smaller, more affordable stocking stuffer ideas that are just begging to be thrown in a sock. If you’re shopping for someone who’s into gaming or tech, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here, from small Bluetooth speakers and wireless earbuds to tiny video game controllers and some of the most useful Nintendo Switch accessories.
Need more gift ideas? Check out our picks for the best gaming headsets, best gaming mice, and best gaming keyboards for Christmas this year. You can also take a look at our 2019 holiday gift guides for more great gift ideas across gaming, entertainment, and tech.
Tile Mate is a small device that you can attach to pretty much any item you own and track its whereabouts. You can make the Tile Mate ring as long as you’re within 200 feet of it, and if that fails, then you can still find it with location tracking. The real killer feature of the Tile Mate is the ability to make your phone ring–even when it’s on silent–if that’s the belonging you’ve misplaced.
Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth speaker
Tribit makes excellent audio devices, and the XSound Go is an awesome, affordable Bluetooth speaker. It’s not as beefy as Tribit’s MaxSound Go–coming in at 12W as opposed to the MaxSound’s 24W–but the price and size make it an attractive option for throwing into that special somebody’s stocking.
Amazon Smart Plug
If you’re tied into Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem, then the Amazon Smart Plug is a no-brainer. It basically allows you to turn on any device that uses the Smart Plug, including lamps, coffee makers, and more.
Anker Bluetooth earbuds
Anker is another company that makes great electronic devices, including headphones and speakers. These Anker Bluetooth headphones are my personal favourite, as they’re a great option for working out and going on hikes with. While they’re not true wireless earbuds, I never worry about them falling out of my ear and getting lost.
Anker wireless charger
Wireless chargers are both cool and convenient, waving away the need to search for the right end of your charging cable before finally plugging it in and setting it down. The Anker wireless charger works with many different phones, but before you buy it, make sure your special somebody’s phone is on the compatibility list.
Aukey Power Delivery external battery
For those who are always on the go, a dwindling battery can be one of the biggest anxieties of your day-to-day life, whether it’s their smartphone, Nintendo Switch, or any other device. With this specific Aukey external battery, you can charge your Nintendo Switch fully twice and most smartphones about three times.
8Bitdo Lite Bluetooth Gamepad
8Bitdo makes great controllers, and while this one might seem a little strange, it’s actually an excellent little pad. The 8Bitdo Lite Bluetooth Gamepad was built with the Nintendo Switch Lite in mind, but it also works on the regular Nintendo Switch and PC.
8Bitdo Gbros Wireless Adapter for Nintendo Switch
The 8Bitdo Gbros wireless adapter lets you connect a Gamecube controller wirelessly to the Nintendo Switch or a PC. It also has an input for NES Classic, SNES Classic, and Wii Classic controllers. The dongle itself features buttons for Home and Screenshot, too.
8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Receiver
The 8Bitdo Bluetooth receiver is an easy way for your special gamer to use their favourite Bluetooth controllers on the Nintendo Switch and PC. The receiver even comes with easy-to-understand instructions for setting up quite a few different controllers.
Xbox Wireless Adapter Windows 10
If your special gamer just wants to connect an Xbox One controller to their PC, then the Xbox Wireless Adapter is a much easier device to use. Xbox One controllers connect automatically after pushing the sync button, making for a painless experience.
KontrolFreek performance thumbstick grips
For a little extra grip on your PS4 or Xbox One controller’s analog sticks, these performance thumbstick grips from KontrolFreek can get the job done. They come in multiple different grip and colour configurations.
PDP remotes for PS4 and Xbox One
This is a particularly great gift for movie fans. PS4 and Xbox One controllers tend to go to sleep pretty quickly while watching a movie, so if you ever need to pause, you have to wait a few seconds for them to turn back on before you can do anything. These PDP remotes work exactly like a regular remote: They’re always on and ready to control your media.
Fastsnail Grips for Nintendo Switch Joy-Con
Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons are small and can be uncomfortable to use for an extended period of time. These Fastsnail grips give you a little extra plastic to hold onto, making for a much more comfortable experience for those Switch fans in your life.
Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand
The Nintendo Switch is a great device for playing in tabletop mode, but using it this way can drain your battery pretty quickly. This charging stand gives your special gamer an improved stand over the built-in one and also keeps the Switch charged for those extra-long sessions.
Hori Game Card Case 24 for Nintendo Switch
For someone who’s always on the go, this game card case will be a perfect stocking stuffer. This case holds up to 24 Switch games, making it easy to bring a huge game collection anywhere they go.