Surprisingly Affordable Cool Gifts for Techies - a Techie Gift Basket

 

gifts for techies
Gifts for techies are all about cool gadgets!


A Techie's life revolves around her/his PC, laptop, cell phone and any other hand held, clever looking, multi-functional electronic devices. Any gadget to enhance them will make a techie's day, guaranteed!

Sounds expensive? Not necessarily. That's where this page comes in.

Being a bit of a techie myself, I use many cool inexpensive gadgets to improve my (virtual) life and I am about to share them with you (along with links to my favorite online gadget shop).

You can customize these ideas to meet your gift budget by choosing one, some or even all of the below items as a gift for your techie recipient.

Techie Gift Basket Ingredients

gift basket
Container - basket, laptop tray (see below).
Credit Card Style USB 2.0 Flash Drive- 8GB Memory
Credit Card Style USB Flash Drive
$9.30
Memory Stick - techies are preoccupied by 2 existential problems: running out of memory and running out of battery. Therefore a memory stick (aka USB flash drive or disk-on-key) is one of the best gifts for techies, solving their first problem. See this 8 GB credit card shape one for example, it will fit perfectly in your techie's wallet.
Dual USB Car Charger with a Cigarette Power Socket
Dual USB Car Charger
$3.68
USB power car adapter - this one answers the second problem above. It will charge any device with USB cable while in the car. I like to use this model because it has 2 USB ports plus a cigarette power socket outlet.
10in1 USB Charging& Data Cable for PSP iPod iPhone
10 in 1 USB Charge/Data Cable
$2.68
10 in 1 USB charging cable - together with the USB adapter above it's the perfect solution for charging on the go. This cable has 10 different adapters to charge almost any device using the USB power car adapter - an extremely useful gift for techies (I use mine almost every day).
Mini Doll Style 4-Port USB Hub
Mini Doll Style 4-Port USB Hub
$2.82
USB port hub - splits any USB port into 3-4 ports. This means more available ports for plugging in more USB gadgets (this cool one is shaped as a mini doll).
Cord organizers - a practical gift for techies, sorting out the tangle made by these hubs and wires.
Earphone with Microphone for Laptop
Earphone with Mic for Laptop
$2.50
Operator style mono headset with microphone - great for Skype users or anyone using their computer for VOIP (calls over the internet). This headset enables the user to hear the other party clearly without the rest of the household listening in on the conversation...
Super Mini USB Bluetooth Dongle Adapter for Laptop
USB Bluetooth Dongle Adapter
$1.70
USB bluetooth dongle - a totally cool and very cheap widget. Turns any PC/laptop that doesn't have bluetooth capability into a bluetooth device, allowing it to "communicate" and sync with other Bluetooth devices wirelessly.
 

Especially for laptop users

laptop tray
Laptop tray - Keeps laptop users' lap from heating and allows their laptop to "breath" while working in bed, on a sofa etc.
Cute USB 800dpi Optical Mouse w/ Retractable Cable
USB Mouse w/ Retractable Cable
$5.92
Mini laptop mouse with retractable cable - a great alternative to the ever so uncomfortable laptop pointing devices.
18-Key Numeric Keypad for Laptop
USB Numeric Keypad
$5.61
USB Silicone number keypad - a life savior for number-crunching people. Many laptops don't have a separate number keypad and it is very much needed if you have a lot of number typing to do.
Dual Shock Game Controller USB Joypad for PC
PC USB Game Controller Joypad
$6.88
USB gamepad controller for PC games - will give gamers a game console feel when playing on their computers.
Color Decal for 15 Notebook
Color Decal for 15" Notebook
$4.74
Color sticker for laptop cover - a cool way to personalize one's laptop. Just make sure you order the right size for your recipient's laptop screen.
Mini USB Laptop PC Fan with LED Lights & Flexible Neck
Mini USB Fan with Flexible Neck
$4.29
USB fan - for when work gets intense and things get hot... (this one comes with LED lights for a psychedelic affect).
Flexible Snake Shaped Lamp with LED Bulb
Flexible Lamp with LED Bulb
$2.05
USB keyboard light - for night workers/surfers. Get ones with LED bulbs which keep cool while in use and conserve energy.

Especially for cell phone addicts

Universal 360 Degree Rotatable Car Windshield Holder
Univ. Windshield Holder
$5.89
Cell phone car holder - for cell phone heavy duty users to use in the car. They can adjust the grasp size, place their phone in it and have clear visibility of their beloved device at all times.
Pumping Toilet Stand Pendant (Assorted Color)
Pumping Toilet Stand Pendant
$1.98
Table stand for Cell Phone - for the same phone addicts to have a better view of their cell phone at their desk. This cute one is shaped like a plunger.
Wall Charging Cell Phone Holder - Color Assorted
Wall Charging Cell Phone Holder
$1.84
Wall charging stand for cell phone - you know how you can never find a place to put your cell phone while it's charging? Here's the solution to this problem. This clever portable folding shelf hangs around cellphone's charger. A great gift for techies or for anyone with small chargeable devices.
Universal 8x Zoom Camera Telescope for Mobile Phone
Univ. 8x Zoom Telescope for cell phone camera
$13.13
8x F1.1 Zoom universal mobile phone telescope - with today's phones who needs a camera? for close-up pictures just attach one of these zoom lenses and you are all set to go!
Universal US Cell Phone Battery Charger
Univ.Cell Phone Battery Charger
$2.78
Universal cell phone battery charger - after a while, the charging sockets of some cell phones no longer work properly and it gets very difficult to charge them. This charger can charge any cell phone's battery externally, except Apple devices of course (as their batteries are built into their devices). Note that this charger has a US plug. There are more available plug types at this store.
Hand-Crank USB Emergency Charger for Nokia MOTO LG
Hand-Crank USB Charger
$5.05

Dynamo hand-crank USB cell phone emergency charger- if you want to be extra unique give your cell phone addict this emergency dynamo charger so that he/she will never worry about a flat battery again.
I have one that actually works, but don't count on it to recharge battery fully though, or you'll have muscle cramps (does not work with Apple products).
There are also solar emergency chargers but I have yet to come across a cheap one that actually works.

   
 

Especially for iPhone/iPad addicts

USB Sync & Charging Cable for Apple iPad iPod
USB Sync & Charging Cable for Apple iPad iPod
$1.52
Charging Cable - Apple products come with a single cable for charging and transferring data . This means that you can never have too many of it. Since the Apple charging cables are so expensive, I found this cable that does the job well for a fraction of the price.
FM Transmitter w/ Remote & Car Charger f iPhone iPod - Black
FM Transmitter w/ Remote & Car Charger f iPhone iPod - Black
$6.56
FM transmitter for iPhone/iPod - this cool little gadget is a great gift for techies who also love music. I use it to listen to my iPhone music by transmitting it to a radio frequency of my choice. This way I can hear the music through my car stereo. It's also supposed to charge the phone, but this feature does not always work.
2 x Reusable LCD Screen Protector for iPhone 4G
2 x Reusable LCD Screen Protector for iPhone 4G
$1.15
Screen protectors - touch screens are very sensitive and pretty expensive to replace, so it's best to protect them whenever possible, especially when it's so cheap to do so. There are screen protectors for all types of touch screens. Check for your recipient's device model in order to get the right one for him (the one here is for iPhone 4S).
2 x Stylus Touch Pen for iPhone iPod Touch iPad
2 Stylus Touch Pens
$1.19
Touch pens - a gift for techies who prefer natural hand grip when using drawing / sketching applications on their device. This one is good for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Cute 3.5mm Earphones Anti-Dust Ear Cap Plug Stopper
3.5mm Earphone Anti-Dust cap
$1.62
Anti-Dust cap for earphone plug - if your techie is also an obsessive cleaner, he/she will appreciate this small cap that prevents dust from entering the earphone socket (there are many more cool shapes to choose from).
iPad Style Wooden Mouse Pad
iPad Style Wooden Mouse Pad
$4.04
iPhone style mouse pad - Apple addicts usually like to see their beloved devices design wherever possible, for example on mouse pads such as this one...
iPhone Icon Style Magnetic Refrigerator Sticker
iPhone Icon Style Magnets
$6.90
iPhone magnets - ... or (continuing the above idea) on their fridge door using these cute little magnets.
 

iPhone Specific

Metal + Rubber Protective Case for iPhone 4G - Blue
Metal + Rubber Protective Case for iPhone 4G - Blue
$2.95
iPhone Cases - I don't need to tell you how expensive iPhones are. I guess that's why there's a whole industry around their cases and carrying pouches. If your techie is a fashionable one (I am sure there is one out there), you can get him/her real cool cheap cases in all kinds of textures and colors. The link here is to my current iPhone case. It's pretty stylish, and even has a place to secure a neck strap. Note: you'll need to know your recipient iPhone model because cases are designed a bit differently for each model.
Creative Trumpet Shape Bracket for iPhone 4G - Yellow
Trumpet Shape Bracket- iPhone
$2.73
Silicon speaker - this silicon trumpet shaped item amplifies iPhone's volume when iPhone is placed in its pocket. It is a cool way to hear music, but does not replace real loudspeakers. It's fun to have though!

iPad Specific

Faux Leather Case Cover & Stand f Apple iPad 2
Case Cover & Stand iPad 2
$10.84
iPad case - since iPads are used not only as a computer but also as portable TV screens, you can find some iPad cases with a cool built-in stand function like this one. Pretty useful when watching a movie.
keyboard iPad Keyboard - useful for those who type a lot on their iPads. Much more convenient than touch screen (I did not attach a link because did not get the chance to test one yet).


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