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Best Tech Gifts & Gadgets under $20 - 2014 Christmas Shopping Guide

Updated on November 3, 2014

My Ideas: Tech Gifts and Cheap Gadgets under $20

I think up the ideas so that you don't have to!

Here are ideas for people doing Christmas shopping on a budget. These gift ideas are for geeks, nerds, computer users, and other people who love new technology. New tech costs a lot, but fortunately, there are some cool under $20 items that will probably please your family and friends.

This page has both funny gadgets and useful accessories and stuff. I hope I can help you find just the right present.

Funny Gift: Programmable Scrolling LED Name Tag - For the person on your list who has lots of nicknames!

LED Name Tag / Badge - 7 Programming Keys - Various Displaying Mode - Magnetic (Blue)
LED Name Tag / Badge - 7 Programming Keys - Various Displaying Mode - Magnetic (Blue)

Here's something clever. They can program it and then re-program it. Great item to wear to a party!

 

Camera Lens Coffee Mug - Unique Gift Idea for a Photographer

thumbsUp! Camera Lens Cup, Black
thumbsUp! Camera Lens Cup, Black

This looks like an authentic camera lens. Since camera lenses are very expensive, it can be quite unsettling to see someone pour coffee into one!

 

Don't throw out scratchy CDs & DVDs - Repair them! - There's nothing more frustrating than a disc that won't work!

SkipDr DVD and CD Manual Disc Repair System
SkipDr DVD and CD Manual Disc Repair System

This has pretty good reviews (a solid 4 star rating out of 170+ reviews) and it solves a common problem.

 

Every Computer Geek Likes More USB Ports! - Inexpensive Gadget that's quite useful

Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub
Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub

If they have a laptop, they probably only have 2-3 ports. Since almost every peripheral connects via USB, running out of ports is a common problem.

 

Equalizer T-Shirt that Lights up to the Music! - Unusual Shirt...... Who says a shirt can't light up?

USB Drive Folds out to Look like Ravage of the Transformers - For the Sci Fi Geek / Transformers Fan

Old Fashioned Pocket Radio AM/FM - Outstanding Reception - NOT a toy!

Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver
Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver

OK, you could give this as a toy, but it is certainly not designed to be a toy.

You know Sony did something right here when this item is in the top 50 bestselling electronics on Amazon! I own this radio and when I realized how good it is I bought one for my father-in-law.

Read the reviews..... If you know someone who might enjoy a really good radio, get them this.

 

Rechargable Battery for their Phone - This connects via USB, so will work with any Android phone!

Duracell Instant USB Charger/Includes Universal Cable with USB & mini USB, 1 Count
Duracell Instant USB Charger/Includes Universal Cable with USB & mini USB, 1 Count

It's easy to run out of battery life. The usual suggestion is to buy an extra battery for your phone, but extra batteries are phone specific and a pain to change. This is easier to use than swapping out batteries, plus you can buy it as a gift without worrying about the phone's model.

 

Unique USB Jump Drive - Looks like a key, fits on a key chain! - Today's alternative to the outdated floppy disk.

LaCie iamakey v2 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131105
LaCie iamakey v2 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131105

Sure, every computer user owns a jump drive, but probably not one that looks like this!

 

Stocking Stuffers - It's never too early to start thinking of Christmas!

These are also great gift ideas if you are mailing a gift to someone. Because they are small, you can save money on the postage!

Duracell Fastest Value Charger with 4 AA Batteries 1 Kit (CEF14DX)
Duracell Fastest Value Charger with 4 AA Batteries 1 Kit (CEF14DX)

Many cameras, remote controls, wireless mice, and other electronics use AA batteries. Help them save money by giving them this charger and battery set. The batteries come pre-charged, so they could be used right away, on Christmas morning, if needed!

 
SanDisk Extreme 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-016G-X46
SanDisk Extreme 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-016G-X46

This kind of memory often goes in cameras and camcorders. It's super fast which makes it ideal for recording video. Excellent gift for a photographer.

 
Angry Birds Plush 5-Inch Red Bird with Sound (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Angry Birds Plush 5-Inch Red Bird with Sound (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Angry Birds is a very popular video game for Apple, Android, and Blackberry tablets. Chances are they've played it once (especially if they are under 30).

 

What's your favorite idea? - I want to know about high quality tech gifts that are under $20... I love finding new stuff!

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