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Still holiday shopping? This $8 festive phone charger is a jolly stocking stuffer

The fun tech accessory helped me get into the holiday spirit.
Vivian Le / TODAY
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Because I often spend this time of year traveling across the globe, my family accuses me of not having enough holiday spirit. This year, however, I'll be staying home in Montana — and I'm going to deck my halls and every space in between!

For starters, I just got this $8 LED Christmas lights phone charging cable. When I told my friend about it, he laughed. But he's not laughing anymore. Instead, he's asking me where he can get one for himself, and the people on his holiday shopping list.

Cewuidy LED Christmas Lights Charging Cable

It's popular

This isn't your run-of-the-mill phone charger — it also functions as a fun decor piece you can bring with your anywhere. While there are several holiday light-themed charging cables on Amazon, I chose this one because it has more than 4,400 five-star ratings and an overall 4.5-star average rating. In hindsight, I should have bought the two-pack for $10. That way I would have had one to gift — because I do think it makes a great white elephant exchange present or stocking stuffer.

Katie Jackson

It's practical

This cord is first and foremost a charging cable. It comes in two versions: one with the iPhone lightning and USB ends and one with a Type-C end. I got the iPhone version because I have the iPhone XS. According to the product page, it works with every iPhone that came after the iPhone 5.

While it can't transmit data like other USB cords, it seems to charge my phone just as fast as any other generic charging cable. One difference, however, is that it's longer. At 50 inches, it's a few inches longer than my previous cable. My only complaint is that I wish it had the cool right angle feature that makes charging and using my phone at the same time so much easier.

It's pretty

Of course, the thing I love most about this cable is the fact that it's pretty. It has 10 multicolor LED lights in blue, red, green, yellow and white. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a study or two out there on how colorful lights trigger some happy button in the brain because as soon as these lights come on, I swear I get a boost of serotonin!

Katie Jackson

I especially like to use it in my car because I'm often driving when it's dark. It sounds silly, but the lights on this cable make me feel a little less alone and remind me of laying on the carpet in my parents' living room, looking up at the lights on the tree. I have a long way to go until I have a Christmas decor collection like their's, but I'm happy this is one of my first pieces.