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12 Awesome Gadgets And Gift Ideas For Techies This Christmas

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December 12th, 2017   |   Updated on March 6th, 2019

It’s the holiday season and Christmas festivity is in the air. If you want to gift some special techie in your life, our ideas listed here will resonate with you. Although there are 100s of gift ideas for techies, you will find here some of the excellent gadgets to be gifted to your special techie.

There are of course hobbies and interests in technology but the shiny new gadgets definitely offer exemplary user experience. Your someone special will certainly remember this Christmas gift that made their life special.

These 12 excellent techie-gifts will save you the time doing research. You will love yourself for gifting them and you may secretly wish to own one for yourself.

These are some of the most popular gifts that you have stumbled upon. These are the most sought after gadgets that anyone will love. They are cost effective but not lame.

All of these gadgets are under $50 and most of them under $20. Some of them are under $10. There’s no way you would want to miss this festive Christmas gifting opportunity.

If sticker shock has stalled your decision so long, we bet you may not have to think twice after taking a look at our tech editor’s picks.

1. JBL Clip

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Customer Review : This speaker is super clear and very loud for its size. It doesnt buzz when you turn it up all the way and has good range from bass to acoustic. It sucks that it doesnt show the battery percentage but i did notice that it does show on my phone. Idk about android but with iphone if you pull down the notifications it shows the exact percentage. Get it from Amazon for $49.95

2. LuminAID Inflatable Solar Pack

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Customer Review : The lights are a brilliant idea. They inflate easy and charge in very low light. They came as advertised, partially charged and ready to “light up” your life. One small point is that I must not have read the directions very well as I thought the charge lights would light up to indicate the status. There is a small button that must be pushed to momentarily light up the charge indicators.  Get it from Amazon for $16.99

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3. 2-Port USB Universal Foldable Solar Charger

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Customer Review : Works exactly as advertised. I have a Droid Turbo 2 cell phone, which takes a lot of juice and charges notoriously slowly when not hooked up to a turbo charger. However, plugged into this solar charger, even on a somewhat hazy day, my phone charged to 50% in about 2 hours. That is almost as fast as what a standard wall charger will do with a turbo phone.  Get it from Amazon for $39.99

4. Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Customer Review : I didn’t really know what to expect so when I got the Firestick it was really easy to use,Alexa is great and very dependable,Lots of features and I was even able to pair my Bluetooth headphones!I can watch tv for silent viewing at night while my wife sleeping thanks for the meidong headphones,because the fire stick has no volume control so i have to adjust the volume with my bluetooth headphones,enjoy the moment Get it from Amazon for $39.99

5. An external hard drive

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Customer Review : Bought this to use with my Channel Master DVR. Needed formatting, but the DVR setup program did that with no problem. This is more than enough memory for my bedroom DVR. Just got it, so if things change I’ll let y’all know :-). External Hard Drive, $45.99, available at Amazon

6. A USB hub with micro and regular SD card readers

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Customer Review : If I added up all the hours I spent wiggling in cards into the back of my Mac mini and the time I’ve spent trying to find an open USB port and all the time I spent messing around with card readers… why did I wait so long to buy this gadget? The card reader is blazingly fast. One complaint: the USB 3 cord is way too short. I swapped it out for a 10 foot cord, Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A to Micro-B Cable in Blue 10 Feet and it works great.  USB Hub, $19.99, available at Amazon

7. A hard-shell laptop case

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Customer Review :  For the price, this is a great case. It fits like a glove and the rubberized feel makes me feel a lot safer about carrying this thing around. Very happy with the purchase.  Case, $12.99, available at Amazon

8. A pocket-size Bluetooth speaker

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Customer Review :  The sound that comes out of this little speaker is impressive. I wanted an inexpensive bluetooth speaker to use at work with my ipod and couldn’t be happier. I’m using it with an older ipod and the music sometimes skips a little but I think it’s because of the age of the ipod and probably an older bluetooth version that causes the skipping, not the speaker. It works skip-free with my iphone 6 plus and the sound with that is actually a little louder and better quality that my ipod, Bluetooth Speaker, $19.99, available at Amazon

9. A multi-port USB wall charger

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Customer Review :  I bought one of these in 2014 as the single USB chargers were getting out of hand. This has 5 ports on it with varying amperages to handle the needs of multiple devices. I’ve taken it on travel to keep the phones, tablets and cameras charged in the hotel room or cruise ship. It often has all 5 ports in use and everything gets charged. It is solid and seems to be very well made. Even with hundreds of cable insertions, the USB sockets are as good as new. I wish I could say the same for my phone! So now I’ve bought a second to keep upstairs. The first one is still going strong but I thought it would be handy to have another one in another part of the house. It is nice when a product works exactly as advertised; highly recommended.  USB Wall Charger, $17.99, available at Amazon

10. A clip-on car phone mount

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Customer Review :  I’m using this with my iPhone 6 Plus and it works perfectly. I got tired of holding my phone and trying to follow the navi at the same time, and this solves that problem. I have a low profile case on my phone and it still holds it tight, even over bumpy road. Been using it for a couple days so far, and would highly recommend! Car Phone Mount, $9.90, available at Amazon

11. A suction car phone mount

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Customer Review :  I love how well this mount stays on the windshield, while perfectly holding my Galaxy S7 with OtterBox case. The extension allowed me to position the phone exactly where I wanted it to be; it offers a lot of flexibility for positioning the phone. I used it during a vacation, driving hundreds of miles for several days, and it worked perfectly. Vantrue Car Mount, $12.99, available at Amazon

12. Over-ear headphones

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Customer Review :   Best sound of any headphone in this price range, still the best bang-for-the-buck out there! Very deep bass down to 10 Hz, and highs up to 20,000 Hz. Koss has been making that same diaphragm design for quite a long time, it’s tried and true. Be careful when moving the headset tension pressure adjustment softer…you must push the switch against it’s spring FIRST, then move the ear-peace gently outward, do not force it or it may break. Folds up compact and has a carrying pouch. Otherwise nice comfort, nice price, GREAT sound. Headphones, $39.95, available at Amazon