A new smartphone may be the gift almost anyone would love, but what do you get the person who already has the phone of her dreams? Whether you’re buying a gift for that special friend or treating yourself to a gift that makes your life easier, you’re bound to find what you need in this list of this year’s best phone accessories.
Best Selfie Sticks
The struggle to get a good selfie is real. A good selfie stick is essential for those perfect Instagrammable moments. A selfie stick is more than just an arm extension, though. Each of these top choices offers a little bit extra to help you get great selfies and live videos.
MPow Bluetooth Selfie Stick
The MPow Bluetooth Selfie Stick adds 31 inches to your reach, but unextended it’s small enough to tuck into your pocket. The wireless Bluetooth is compatible with most phones on the market and the price makes it a bargain.
Yoozon Selfie Stick
What’s to love about the Yoozon Selfie Stick? The holder rotates 360 degrees, giving you a full range of camera angles for your live videos. It also doubles as a tripod and has an easy-to-use Bluetooth remote. Finally, it gets cool points for its sleek design.
Brokuca Selfie Stick Tripod
The Brokucua All in One Selfie Stick doubles as a stable tripod and includes a selfie light so that your shots are always properly lit. It extends to 61 inches and includes a wireless Bluetooth remote so that you can operate your phone from a distance.
Blitzwolf Selfie Stick and Tripod
The Blitzwolf Selfie Stick and Tripod ticks all the boxes. Like the other top choices, the Blitzwolf doubles as a tripod and has a detachable remote so you can operate the shutter from a distance of 30 feet. The extended length is about 28 inches, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in flexibility: You get three different ways to rotate the holder to ensure the perfect angle. It’s durable and stabilizes your phone when you’re moving.
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- MPow Bluetooth Selfie Stick
- Yoozon Selfie Stick
- Brokucua All in One Selfie Stick
- Blitzwolf Selfie Stick and Tripod
Car mounts, cycle mounts and tripod stands are among the most wanted accessories for smartphones. They allow you to use your phone in hands-free mode for safe driving and navigating, while still allowing you to access your music, navigation and other tools. These are among the best phone mounts on the market for different uses.
iOttie Easy One Touch Car Phone Mount
iOttie is one of the most cited names in car phone mounts, garnering top reviews from a wide range of auto and tech publications. It’s available as a dash mount, CD slot mount, and vent mount, so you can choose the right one for your preferences. The universal mount holds all the most popular smartphones and it’s easily adjustable. It’s also available with Qi charging.
Quad Lock System
The Quad Lock mount system is one of the most highly rated phone mount systems available. It includes Quad Lock phone cases for your iPhones—or a universal adapter that will fit any hard case—and a range of mounts for your bike, wall, or even sports armband. The versatility makes Quad Lock a standout, though the cases are designed for specific phone models.
Clip Mount With Ring Light
This handy clip phone mount is the perfect gift for that friend who loves doing live video tutorials. The ultra affordable gooseneck mount includes a built-in ring light to ensure that every shot is perfectly lighted.
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- iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi Charging
- Quad Lock Universal Adapter
- Quad Lock Bike Mount
- Sokani Clip Phone Mount with Light
Add-on camera lenses give your phone photos an extra edge that filters and editing can’t quite manage. They’re the perfect gift for your globe-trotting friend who loves to document her travels. These are among the best phone camera lenses for different uses and needs.
Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens Kit
If you’re serious about your photos, then you probably already know the Olloclip name. While the brand makes a range of lenses for specific phone models, it also makes a nifty 3-in-1 lens kit that will fit most Android and iPhone models. The kit comes with a universal clip and three essential add-on lenses — ultra-wide, fisheye, and macro — as well as a remote shutter release. At around $100, it’s in the pricey range, but even Digital Camera World rates it top of the line.
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit
Compatible with most smartphones, including dual camera phones, the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit includes a universal lens, a macro lens and a wide-angle lens. The kit also includes a clip-on fill light to ensure that all of your photos are properly lit and a carrying case on a handy lanyard.
Bostionye Camera Lens Kit
This little kit includes more fun than you should be allowed to have for not much of a cost. It includes two zoom lenses, a wide-angle lens, a fisheye lens, a macro lens, a kaleidoscope lens, a star filter lens, a CPL filter to reduce glare a tripod, clip, a remote shutter control, and a carrying case.
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Wireless Phone Chargers
Now that Apple has added Qi capability to its phones, nearly all high-end phones support wireless charging — it’s about time. Wireless charging pads let you do away with the tangle of cables and adapters — not to mention frantic searches for an outlet at the coffee shop or other public space. These are among the best wireless phone chargers available.
Belkin Boost Up 10W
Belkin is known for quality electronics, and its Boost Up wireless chargers are no exception. The Boost Up 10W is specially optimized for Samsung and Apple Qi models, delivering the fastest charge to those phones. It’s also compatible with any other Qi-enabled smartphone.
Saienitisi Wireless Charging Mount
Swap out your phone mount and car phone charger for this slim all-in-one unit. The Saienitisi Wireless Charging Mount fits smartphones between 4 and 6.5 inches long, and automatically adjusts to the best charging strength for your device. To top it all off, it has a dynamic atmospheric light that you can turn on or off, for distraction-free driving.
Solar Charger 20000 mAh
For your eco-conscious friend or for your camping and hiking excursions, this solar-powered wireless phone charger is just the ticket. The Solar Charger 20000 mAh works with Qi-enabled phones, includes a flashlight, and is rainproof.
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Is there anything worse than a cracked screen? A good protective phone case is worth every penny you spend. These get top marks for protection and appearance.
Tech21 Evo Check Phone Case
The Tech21 Evo Check phone case is among the protective cases most highly rated by Digital Trends, and it’s darned attractive for such a rugged design. It offers 12-foot drop protection and features wrap-around protection—screen included.
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Case
The surprisingly affordable Unicorn Beetle Case is available in a huge range of colors and offers top-notch protection at bargain basement prices. It’s been drop-tested for up to 20 feet and includes a clear screen protector. At around $20, it’s one of the best bargains for your hard-earned cash.
Mosnovo Clear Phone Case Series
In the looks department, you can’t do better than the beauties in Mosnovo’s Clear phone case series. The cases feature both hard shell and shock protection to protect against drops, and a wraparound bumper design with a raised bezel front to protect your screen. That said, if you want full protection, you’d do well to pair one of these with a high quality screen protector.
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Whether you choose accessories that extend your phone camera’s capabilities, charge it on the go, or protect it from the big, bad world, your lucky gift recipient — even if it’s you — is sure to appreciate that you took the time to find the very best phone accessories.
Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
Deb Powers is a freelance writer who specializes in home, education, and lifestyle topics. She draws on her experiences as a teacher, mother, grandmother, and all-around creative spirit to help others achieve their own goals.