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This festive phone charger will keep your device merry, bright and fully charged

The fun tech accessory helped me get into the holiday spirit.
TODAY Illustration / Katie Jackson
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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 $14 LED Christmas lights phone charging cable. When I told my friend about it, he laughed. Here's why 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.

Yage Tale LED Christmas Lights Charging Cable

It's popular

While there are several holiday light-themed charging cables on Amazon, I chose this one because it has more than 3,000 five-star ratings and an overall 4.5-star average rating. Admittedly, $14 is the most I've ever paid for a charging cable. But once I remembered it was more than just your run-of-the-mill charger by also functioning as decor, the price was easier to swallow. In hindsight, I should have bought the two-pack for $19. That way I would have had one to gift — because I do think it makes a great white elephant exchange gift or stocking stuffer.

Katie Jackson

Speaking of stocking stuffers, Amazon has a ton of holiday-themed goodies that anyone will be happy unwrapping this season. Here are just a few of our favorite customer-loved finds:

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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 box, it works with every iPhone that came after the iPhone 8.

While it can't transmit data like other USB cords, it seems to charge my phone just as fast as the other generic charging cable I have. 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 my parents have accumulated over the years. But I'm happy this is one of my first pieces. And I'll be thrilled to hear the envy in my family's voices when I bring it home for the holidays and they ask where I got it.

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This article was originally published on Nov. 24, 2020.