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Best White Elephant gifts under $20

Get some great budget gifts with these top picks
Last Updated on December 1, 2023
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Here’s where the real challenge starts, trying to find the best White Elephant gifts for under $20. It’s all too easy to nip to Best Buy and buy a bath gift set and pocket the change, but you’d be very surprised at the great tech you can pick up for $20 and under.

We’re serious. Echo Dots, Fire TV Sticks, Tile Bluetooth tracks, and Sony headphones are only half of what’s to come in this handy gift guide. Even if you’re not fond of your giftee in the office, it’s nice to be nice and you’ll end up saving face by picking up something epic. We’ll even make sure you get a bit of change so it makes you feel better!

Best White Elephant gifts under $20

Tile – Mate (2020)

Bluetooth trackers are gaining popularity in 2021, and they’re also a great way to keep an eye on where your keys or bag are. Tile is a giant in the Bluetooth tracker space, and the Tile Mate is a great little product for White Elephant gifting. All that’s needed is the Tile app and an iOS or Android-enabled device to get going. Some smartphones such as Huawei don’t run either, so make sure you check their handset make and model first before buying.

Sony WI-C310 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Yes, we know you can see a wire, but wireless headphones mean there’s no wire going from the earbuds to the connecting device. Resting on the back of your neck, the WI-C310s offer up to 15 hours of playtime and pair instantly with a Bluetooth-enabled device. Its 9mm drivers will deliver powerful sound, and you’ll get 60 minutes of playtime with just 10 minutes of charging.

PopSockets – PopGrip Cell Phone Grip and Stand

PopSockets are a simple answer to a big problem, keeping hold of a smartphone. Providing it’s not being stuck to a silicone surface, PopSockets use a big suction cup to stick to your device, providing something to grip whilst operating your smartphone one-handed. It sounds like a gimmick, but it can be really challenging keeping grip of a bigger smartphone whilst using one hand. It doesn’t look like much of a White Elephant gift, but it’s a practical and useful one.

KontrolFreek FPS Freek Galaxy 4 Prong Performance Thumbsticks for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Have a keen gamer for your White Elephant gift this year? Maybe these will do the trick if they have an Xbox One or Series X/S. A step up from cheap rubber thumb grips, Kontrol Freeks grips are slightly raised for extra maneuverability. What’s more? They come with custom laser-etched grips which means more precision and a better tactile grip for those important FPS online ranked matches. Also, it’s a cheaper alternative to buying an Elite Controller.

Amazon – Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart Speaker with Alexa

If your White Elephant victim hasn’t mentioned Alexa, or if they’re a big fan of smart home tech, an extra Echo Dot won’t go a-miss. The beauty of Amazon Echo devices is it doesn’t matter how many you have, and they’ll work in sync to make sure your voice is heard no matter where you are at home. Users can control thousands of smart home devices with the Echo Dot alone, making it one of the best White Elephant gift ideas in 2021.


Amazon – Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) with Alexa Voice Remote

Fire TV Sticks give people with older TVs the chance to get some Smart TV action by installing apps directly to Fire TV Stick and streaming from there. In fact, multiple Smart TV owners still choose Amazon Fire TV Sticks due to their libraries and versatility thanks to its Android-based platform. You can also play games and surf the internet (not recommended) on Fire TV Sticks, making them a great White Elephant gift.

Blink – Mini Indoor 1080p Wi-Fi Security Camera

A security camera might be an odd White Elephant gift this holiday, but this is actually a brilliant bit of tech, Are you gifting someone with troublesome kids or maybe a Cat or Dog? Blink allows users to monitor their homes indoors via the Blink app day or night in glorious 1080p. You can do things like set motion alerts on your smartphone and hold two-way audio conversations too. Catching your kids watching TV instead of doing homework whilst you work has never been easier.

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Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.