Gadget Gifts on the Cheap (But Look Like a Big Spender)

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Gadget Gifts on the Cheap (But Look Like a Big Spender)
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The beauty of gadgets is that they do something cool. Or practical. Or fun. Sometimes all three. That's what makes a gadget such a great gift: It's often so cool, practical, and/or fun, it seems like you must have spent a small fortune. In reality, there are lots of great gadget gifts that will merely make you look like a big spender. Here are seven, all priced below $100--in some cases well below.

ChargeCard
ChargeCard

ChargeCard

Ever notice how there's never a smartphone cable around when you need one? That's because they don't fit in your wallet. But the ChargeCard does: it's literally thin enough to ride alongside your credit cards, yet it incorporates a USB connector and an Apple 30-pin, Lightning, or microUSB plug. Now you can sync and charge your phone just about anywhere. This clever gadget runs $25.

The ChargeCard

ChargeDr Pro USB Charge Booster
ChargeDr

ChargeDr Pro USB Charge Booster

Do you have a friend or family member who's constantly complaining about how long it takes to charge his smartphone or tablet? The ChargeDr Pro ($29.99) is a little USB dongle for laptops that promises to charge them two and four times faster, respectively. It's designed primarily with iPhones and iPads in mind, but will work with a handful of other devices as well (check the compatibility list before ordering).

The ChargeDr Pro USB Charge Booster

Fitbug Orb
FitBug

Fitbug Orb

Fitness trackers are all the rage, but they tend to be expensive. The Fitbug Orb costs just $49.99, yet it performs most the functions of pricier devices: activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and wireless syncing with mobile devices. It can be worn on a wrist, belt, or even undergarment. And no need to charge it every few days: The tiny Orb runs on a replaceable battery that's good for up to six months.

Fitbug Orb

Keyprop
Keyprop

Keyprop

All smartphones should have kickstands. Until that day comes, there's the Keyprop, an ingenious little keychain accessory that props up a phone for perfectly angled, hands-free viewing of movies, photos, books, video chats, and the like. It's compatible with most smartphone models, comes in six different colors, and sells for a stocking stuffer-friendly price of $12.95.

Keyprop

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens
Olloclip

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens

The latest iPhone models can snap pretty decent photos, but they're not so great with close-ups, wide-angle shots, and other lens-oriented specialty work. Olloclip's 4-in-1 Photo Lens ($69.99) is a clip-on gadget that adds a quartet of lenses: fisheye, wide-angle, 10X macro, and 15X macro. It works with all photo and video apps, comes in black, silver or red, and fits the iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5/5S.

The Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens

PKparis K'1 Flash Drive
PKparis

PKparis K'1 Flash Drive

The problem with most flash drives is the way they stick way out from your laptop, meaning you can't just leave them there full-time. The K'1, from French seller PKparis, is a USB 3.0 flash drive that's impossibly tiny, measuring just 1.3 centimeters overall and barely protruding from your PC once inserted. It comes in 32GB and 64GB capacities, with U.S. prices of around $50 and $90, respectively.

The PKparis K'1 Flash Drive

Roku LT
Roku

Roku LT

As gadget gifts go, it's hard to beat the Roku LT ($49.99). This tiny box streams a king's ransom in audio and video content. It supports all the major services (Amazon, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Vudu, etc.) and hundreds of smaller ones. And the LT's remote now has quick-access buttons for Amazon Instant, Blockbuster, M-Go, and Netflix, a feature once reserved for pricier models.

The Roku LT

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