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Top 10 Cool Gadget Gifts

Updated on November 8, 2014

Unique Electronic Gifts for all Occasions

It can be hard to shop for gadget gurus, as they usually keep up with the newest technology. Don't worry though: this list of cool gadget gifts should give you some ideas on what to get for your favorite geek for their birthday or other occasion.

Rather than buying the latest tech, you can go for some unique electronic gadgets and get something quirky and fun. The opposite can also work: a practical and useful item is always a safe choice. You will find gadgets belonging to both categories on the page below.

Available at ThinkGeek.com.
Available at ThinkGeek.com.

#1. Sonic Screwdriver TV Remote

The best gadget gift for a Doctor Who fan

Doctor Who fans will no doubt love the Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote from ThinkGeek. This cool gadget works with any TV and allows you to change channels and more with a flick of your wrist. Guided setup will help you program your remote and learn the gestures easily. Optional sound effects will let you truly feel like a time lord as you control your TV.

#2. Portable Keychain Breathalyzer

Great gift for party goers

Make no mistake, despite its size this is a fully functional breath alcohol tester which operates on one AAA battery and is small enough to be carried on a keychain. If you're looking for a gadget gift for a party animal, this is a great choice. Everyone will want to test their BAC at a party or a restaurant. This amazing gadget will help them make an informed decisions based on their blood alcohol content. Carrying the device together with your keys, you will never lose it or forget it at home.

#3. Sports Watch with GPS and Heart Monitor

The perfect present for an athlete

Forerunner 310XT is a high-tech workout tool which provides distance, heart-rate, and pace monitoring. The latest from Garmin, it provides more accurate tracking and improves on comfort. The device is also waterproof up to 50 meters in depth. The 310XT is a highly useful - if not inexpensive - gadget gift for athletes, including runners, cyclists, skiers, etc.

#4. Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is an unbelievably convenient and inexpensive gadget. This HDMI stick plugs into any modern HDTV and allows you to stream videos or music via Wi-Fi from your other devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets, and desktop PCs. Not only this turns your boring TV into an web-capable device at a fraction of price of alternatives like Roku, it lets you control your television set from another room or wherever your home Wi-Fi reaches. Chromecast also offers some additional features like screen sharing.

#5. Lytro Light Field Camera

Revolutionary camera for beginner photographers and enthusiasts

Lytro Light Field Camera is an awesome electronics gift for a photography geek. This unique gadget captures the entire light field, which means you can refocus the photos as often as you want after taking them. This feature will be appreciated by beginner photographers as well. While this is a very cool gadget, unfortunately, the overall image quality it produces isn't that great. The new Lytro Illum from the same company solves these problems; it is a lot more powerful, but also more expensive.

Available at hammacher.com.
Available at hammacher.com.

#6. LP / Cassette to Digital Media Converter

A unique gadget for converting vinyl to digital

Know someone who has an extensive cassette and LP (vinyl) collection? Help them move on to the 21st century with this unique gadget which is part recorder, part stereo system. The device will transfer audio from a cassette or LP recording to digital audio CD-R, or convert it to MP3 for listening on your portable player. It also plays 33s, 45s, 78s, and cassettes, plus AM / FM radio. The converter is a bit pricy, and only available at Hammacher Schlemmer.

#7. Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears

Cute gift for cosplayers and anime fans

Leave it to Japan to come up with the coolest and weirdest gadgets. These Necomimi Cat Ears from NeuroSky are one such invention. Simply insert the batteries and put the headband on. The ears will react to your brainwaves, drooping down when you're relaxed, and perking up when you're focused. Different colors are available.

Necomimi Ears in Action

#8. Credit Card-Sized Cell Phone Backup Battery

Universal backup battery: a useful item for all cellphone owners

This compact battery can provide power to any phone with a micro USB port. It is great for those times when your cell phone is about to die and you are away from any AC power outlets. The battery is only 3mm thick and has a fold-out cord, so it will fit nicely inside your wallet. This is a practical and useful gift for any mobile phone owner who travels a lot.

#9. Adjustable AC Power Strip

Ingenious-design power strip for powering your gadgets

Everyone has a power strip or two in their house. And we all know how annoying it is when you have to plug in those bulky adapters and they block the nearby outlets. Pivot Power solves this problem: it is a flexible power extension block with six outlets, surge protection, and a six feet cord. Large adapters will fit into every outlet now. Another very practical and inexpensive electronic gift idea.

#10. The Useless Box

A hilarious gag gift that doesn't do much but never fails to put a smile on your face

Before considering this item as a gift you should know that this is the most useless gadget on the list... Scratch that, it's the most useless gadget in the world! All this piece of electronics does is turn itself off when you flip the switch. And yet you won't be able to stop doing it...

There are several versions of this classic toy, the one on the right being a DYI kit which requires some assembling.

#11. Amazon Gift Card

A bonus entry for those who didn't find what they were looking for

If you haven't found a suitable electronics gift on this page, you can always go with an Amazon Gift Card. It is a safe, if a bit boring option that will allow your family members or friends to pick out their own gadgets from the wide selection on Amazon. These cards can be customized with your own pictures or videos, and you can also suggest a particular gift to use them on. The recipient will be able to purchase the item you recommended, or a different one.

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      mehar 2 years ago

      The Credit Card-Sized Cell Phone Backup Battery is a pretty good buy for $9.99.

      http://coolshitibuy.com

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      Iyanna 2 years ago

      Google Chromecast is a good choice..

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I liked the sonic screwdriver, great gift for Doctor Who fans.

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      carny 5 years ago

      @tabster2: Thanks for letting me know, fixed.

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      tabster2 5 years ago

      heads up--the useless box link is going to an iron man t-shirt

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      tabster2 5 years ago

      I love the neko ears, very funny :D