The 8 Best Stocking Stuffers to Buy in 2017

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When you’re giving the gift of technology, things can get real expensive real fast. But it doesn’t always have to. To help you stuff those stockings and get you through the holiday season without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorite tiny tech gadgets, from earbuds and speakers to streaming sticks and pico projectors.

We’ve never had so much fun with such a little ball. The brand new Sphero Mini is an app-controlled robot the size of a ping pong ball that you can drive around and play games with. A fun new Face Drive feature even lets you steer the ball using facial recognition technology.

The ball packs in a gyroscope, accelerometer and LED lights that glow in millions of colors. The package includes mini traffic cones and six bowling pins to get you started, but the real fun begins when you use your creativity to build obstacle courses and imagine new games. Perhaps our favorite thing about Sphero is the Sphero Edu app, which lets you drag, drop blocks and write your own Javascript text to code your robot.

Anker is an unknown name to many, but they make really solid budget products. Take the SoundBuds, for instance. Their hooked design sits snugly above your ear and the ear tips and hooks come in an array of sizes and shapes for a more personalized fit. They are lightweight (6.4 ounces) and water resistant (IPX4) so they can keep up with you when you’re on the go. As for sound quality? Their six mm drivers deliver solid bass.

The battery earns you about 12.5 hours of listening time, while a 10-minute charge keeps the music pumping for one hour .Still skeptical about buying a budget product? Rest easy with Anker’s 18-month warranty and reliable customer support.

Did you ever guess you could stuff thousands of songs and photos into a stocking? With the Kingston Digital DataTraveler you can. The durable yet stylish design features a hook that you can easily carry on your keychain and despite its small size, can store up to 32GB. (But remember, some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and therefore isn’t accessible for data storage.) The champagne-colors drive supports Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista & Mac and weighs less than ounce, making it the perfect combination of form meets function.

If you have a jetsetter on your holiday shopping list, this universal adapter makes traveling the world a whole lot easier. It accepts plugs from more than 150 countries, includes five different input plugs, and houses two USB ports, which are compatible with iPhones, Androids and loads of other USB devices. It has a power rating of 6A max. 100-240Vac (660W max. at 110Vac. 1380W max. at 230Vac), but note that this adapter converts the power outlet only; it doesn’t convert the current or voltage. That means it’s not suitable for hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons or high-powered electrical appliances. Even so, it’s a compact device that’ll save you time, money, and space in your luggage, too.

Whether you’re navigating to a new place or need to make a call in the case of a flat tire, owning a car charger is really a matter of safety. Our favorite is the AUKEY car charger because when it’s plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter, it sits flush against the outlet. Not only does this save you space, but it looks much nicer, too. It’s capable of simultaneously charging two devices at full speed with 5V 2.4A of dedicated adaptive power output per USB port. And speaking of safety, it has features to protect to your devices from overheating.

Read more reviews of the best car chargers available to purchase online. 

Take your favorite tunes on the go with the Logitech X100 mobile wireless speaker. It delivers fantastic sound quality, with clear highs, mids and bass, not to mention enough volume to soundtrack a small house party. You can stream from your phone via Bluetooth up to 30 feet away and the rechargeable battery powers up to five hours of continuous music. Weighing less than six ounces, the X100 is easy to toss in your bag and it comes in five attention-getting colors: green, orange, red, gray and yellow.

Amazon’s new Fire TV with 4K and HDR makes binge-watching your favorite shows easier than ever. And isn’t that what we all need as we head into a dark winter? Just plug the square dongle into your HDTV’s HDMI port and connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi. From there, you’ll get access to thousands of channels, apps, movies and more from your favorite services like Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Hulu and HBO.

Compared to the previous Fire TV stick, which supported up to 1080p HD at 60 fps, the new Fire TV supports stunning 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, plus HDR to enable more vivid, realistic colors and stellar clarity. Along with the dongle, you get an Alexa voice remote, so rather than fumbling around dozens of buttons, you can simply say, “Alexa, play ‘Game of Thrones,’” and your marathon session will be underway.

Read more reviews of the best TV streaming devices available to purchase online. 

While it’s a bit pricier than the rest of the stocking stuffers on this list, this cute two-inch CUBE projector makes the cut because it’s just so darn cute. Made of weightless aluminum and weighing under two pounds, it can project up to 120 inches of sharp display. With a native resolution of 854x480 and a throw ratio of 1.99:1, it produces a respectable picture quality. As a warning, though, it has a mere 50 lumens of brightness, so reserve this projector for use in very dark rooms.

With support for all HDMI/MHL devices, it’s without a doubt one of the most practical pico projectors on the market. And while you’ll only be able to watch about 90 minutes of media before the battery dies, you can still use the CUBE while it’s charging, so no commercial breaks are necessary.

Read more reviews of the best mini projectors available to purchase online. 

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