Electronic gadgets are never a miss during the gift-giving season and the X-mini v1.1  and X-mini II Capsule Speaker is both techy, practical and affordable. The pocket-sized speaker pumps up volume while attached to a laptop or smartphone and turns small gadgets into a full-on party mode sound system. The speakers are available in black, red and white and are priced at $19.90.

Available at Walgreen’s stores and BarnesandNoble.com and BestBuy.com (X-mini II).