Every Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s always a ton of hype about the discounts on big-ticket items — you know, the deals on the OLED TVs, game consoles, and tablets of the world. But it never fails that many of the ultra-cheap items make for some of the most clutch deals, namely because spending very little on a small accessory you end up using all the time can be the most gratifying.
This year, we’re once again keeping an eye out for the best tech deals on those little gadgets and gizmos under $25. We’ve also got a roundup for those working with a $100 budget, but the items below are pretty much as cheap as you can get in the tech world without simply buying absolute crap that’s destined to end up as e-waste.
Some of these helpful budget deals include gems like fully compatible MagSafe chargers for the latest iPhones, wired game controllers you can use on either Xbox or PC, Apple’s handy AirTag trackers, and some staff favorites — including the awesome Halo-inspired Nerf MA40 motorized dart blaster. Come on in and peruse these affordable wares.
Apple’s AirTags can help you find your lost items with their ultra-wideband technology. You’ll get the best compatibility with an iPhone, though Apple released an Android app that can detect an AirTag’s location and notify you if one seems to be following you. Read our review.
Belkin’s BoostCharge Pro with MagSafe supports 15W fast wireless charging with MagSafe-compatible iPhones and has a lengthy 6.6-foot built-in cable. Its 15W charging speeds and little kickstand make the BoostCharge Pro with MagSafe the best all-purpose magnetic charging puck.
The new Fire TV Stick 4K streams in 4K resolution, as its name suggests, and features mostly standard specs these days like Wi-Fi 6, Dolby Atmos / Vision, HDR10 Plus, and a 1.7GHz processor.
The Chromecast with Google TV now comes in a version that tops out at 1080p instead of 4K. It’s more affordable as a result, though it retains the same design and feature set aside from UHD content and Dolby Atmos support. Read our review.
Kasa’s apt-titled smart plugs are a solid, inexpensive option that can monitor your energy usage and are compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
With solid performance and support for all of the major smart home platforms, this affordable Wi-Fi smart plug gives you the basics you need to control non-smart devices for less. It doesn’t have Matter or energy monitoring, but that’s alright at this price.
Amazon’s apt-titled Smart Plug doesn’t require a hub and lets you add Alexa functionality to any outlet, allowing you to control a range of devices with just your voice.
The Echo Pop is Amazon’s newest Alexa-enabled smart speaker. It offers a unique semisphere form factor and can function as an Eero mesh Wi-Fi extender. Read our review.
The Echo Pop Kids is the same entry-level smart speaker as the standard Echo Pop, but it comes with either a Marvel or Disney design. It also includes a six months of Amazon Kids Plus.
The fifth-gen Echo Dot touts a temperature sensor, better sound, and faster response time than the prior model. It can also act as an extender for your Eero Wi-Fi system. Read our review.
The Amazon Echo Glow is a multicolored smart lamp for children, one that can cycle through colors and function as an Alexa-enabled sleep timer if needed.
Each Blink Mini includes a ball-and-socket mount, a USB-C cable for powering it, and a power adapter. However, note that you’ll need to opt for the optional Blink subscription plan to take advantage of cloud storage and some features. Read our review.
Max is offering new and returning customers a six-month subscription to its ad-supported plan for $2.99 a month instead of $9.99 a month until November 27th. The base plan provides access to all the same programming as the pricier tiers, including shows like The Last of Us and films like Barbie.
New and returning subscribers can get three months of the ad-supported Paramount Plus Essential plan for $1.99 per month instead of $5.99, or three months of Paramount Plus with Showtime for $3.99 a month instead of $11.99. To take advantage of either deal, just use promo code BLACKFRIDAY before December 4th.
Until November 28th at 11:59PM PT, you can get a year of ad-supported Hulu for $11.88, which works out to $0.99 a month a savings of $68 compared to buying the $79.99 annual plan. New and returning subscribers (who canceled their Hulu subscription at least a month ago) as well as existing Disney Plus and ESPN Plus standalone subscribers are eligible for the deal.
Govee’s basic, 100ft LED smart light strip comes with 64 preset scenes so you can create different vibes based on your emotions, holidays, nature, and more. It also offers various music modes and connects to your phone via Bluetooth or the Govee Home app.
Tunic borrows heavily from classic The Legend of Zelda titles, but its adorable aesthetic betrays the difficulty of this stylish isometric adventure game.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is an excellent turn-based strategy game that pairs classic Mario characters with the chaotic Rabbids for an encore performance.
The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is a budget-minded wired controller for Xbox and PC that connects via Micro USB and features two customizable buttons on its rear. It’s offered in many different colors and licensed designs.
Logitech’s simple, yet impressive wired gaming mouse with an 8,000 DPI sensor, customizable LEDs around the palm, and two side-mounted thumb buttons.
This Samsung Evo Select microSD card offers extra storage for a Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, or Asus ROG Ally at a good price point.
The ChomChom is a reusable cat and dog hair remover that works great for furniture.
LifeStraw’s basic filter removes unwanted viruses, bacteria, and microplastics as you drink, giving you a safe way to hydrate no matter where you are.
The latest Tile Mate is a water-resistant tracker that can keep tabs on items up to 250 feet away and features a non-replaceable battery.
Tile’s apt-titled Mate is as thin as two credit cards, allowing you to stash the simple Bluetooth tracker in your wallet, passport holder, or luggage. It also features a 250-foot range and, more importantly, compatibility with both Android and iOS devices.
The Nerf Halo MA40 is a replica of the Halo: Infinite weapon of the same name. The MA40 has a 10-dart capacity and runs on four C-cell batteries.
Nothing beats a family Nerf war, and the best way to do it is with a six-pack of single-shot Nerf MicroShot blasters, which is going for just $19.99 ($13 off) at Amazon. Each Derringer-style blaster loads and fires one dart, requiring you to pick your shots carefully before having to reload.Nerf’s Zombie Strike Hammershot is down to $12.49 ($5 off) at Amazon. It may be small, but it packs a great punch with a spring-powered hammer and rotating, five-dart revolving chamber. It gives off a great gunslinger vibe, especially if you dual-wield a pair of them.The Original Tamagotchi, a digital creature you can play with and take care of, is on sale at Amazon starting at $11.49 (about $8 off). This specific deal is for the “Mametchi Comic Book” version, which comes in a colorful and bright Mametchi comic book shell.TP-Link’s RE315 Wi-Fi extender is on sale for just $24.99 ($25 off), matching its best price to date. It’s a good option if you’re looking to extend network coverage in your home or add ethernet connectivity to another room.Verge Deals / Sign up for Verge Deals to get deals on products we’ve tested sent to your inbox daily.