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Best Tech Gifts for Your Buddies 2018

Christmas is just around the corner, so we know you’re getting ready to do a major shopping spree. We already recommended the best tech gifts for him and her but we do know you need even more suggestions. After all, there’s Secret Santa, last minute catch-ups and so on. That’s why we rounded up the best tech gifts for your buddies, all of them incredibly affordable.


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1. We couldn’t help starting the list with the NES Classic Edition, the beloved Nintendo console. This update to a classic not only looks awesome but comes with dozens of the best Nintendo games ever, so you’ll be giving the gift of nostalgia. Why not spend some time with your friends diving back into The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man or Final Fantasy?

nintendo classic edition NES

Fair warning: the NES Classic Edition comes with a single NES Classic controller so, if you want to join your buddies, add another one in the cart. Fortunately, both of them are pretty cheap!

Grab the NES Classic Edition here.

2. Speaking of gifts that make multiple people happy, one of the best tech gifts for buddies is a portable speaker. On that front, none is more affordable or rugged than the JBL Clip 3.

With IPX7 waterproof rating and available in a variety of colors, the JBL Clip 3 will clip on securely for any adventure, providing some great sound quality for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

jbl clip 3

It even includes a speakerphone with built-in noise and echo-canceling.

Grab it here.

3. Nothing spells adventure quite like an action camera but who can afford to gift GoPros to friends? Fortunately, some smaller brands have comparable 4K action cameras at a fraction of the cost. We found the AKASO EK7000 4K action camera to be an amazing pick and, if you look at the specs, you won’t believe how cheap it is!

AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera

Not only it shoots in 4K at 25fps, has a 170° wide angle lens and can take 12 MP photos at up to 30 fps, it also comes with a wrist remote for better controlling and WiFi and HDMI for connectivity. With the iSmart DV app, your friends can edit footage directly on the phone, then quickly share it everywhere.

This one is really one of the best tech gifts for buddies and you can find it here!

4. Smart device this, smart home that, but you know the one thing everyone forgets until it’s too late? To buy a smart plug to handle all those devices.

That’s why the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi plug will be one of the best tech gifts for your buddies money can buy. Available with 2 or 6 outlets, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is certified by Amazon, so it works awesome with Alexa, and also supports Google Assistant or Cortana.

TP-Link Mini WiFi Smart PlugBecause it works on a secured 2.4 GHz wireless network, this smart plug doesn’t need a smart home hub, you can control it with the available phone app.

Best of all? You can find it at a great price!

5. For those long winter nights, nothing quite beats a good old TV binge and the Roku Streaming Stick Plus is a blockbuster of a device.

It can stream in HD or 4K services like Netflix, HBO Now or Prime Video, and also lets you access a lot of free content (including movies) on The Roku Channel. Oh, and it also has local TV network broadcasts in some locations, so your friends can watch TV even without a paid antenna.

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

Grab it here, there’s a reason why the Roku Streaming Stick Plus is usually in demand!

6. Another great tech gift for your buddies is a portable SSD, as it’s just one of those things you always need but always seem to forget to buy/postpone the purchase. The Sandisk 500 GB Extreme Portable SSD not only has generous storage but also has read speeds of up to 550 MBs/s, which makes copying and saving data a breeze.

Sandisk 500 GB Extreme Portable SSD

What makes this particular portable SSD truly great is the ruggedness factor – not only is it compact but it’s also water and shock resistant, so it can be carried around with no extra stress.

Find it here.

7. Got a programmer friend or someone who always tinkers with a device? The CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Desktop Starter Kit is basically LEGO for those types of people, so it’s an amazing tech gift for buddies.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit

This starter kit includes the essentials of building a Raspberry Pi-powered gadget, the only thing the giftee needs to add is a dash of imagination. It even comes with a 32 GB microSD card!

Get it here.

8. This Christmas, give the gift of extra life. Battery life, that is! When it comes to charging on the go, the Power Bank RAVPower 26800 Portable Charger is a true powerhouse.

Power Bank RAVPower 26800Not only it has a 26800mAh capacity but it also has a USB Type-C output of 30W, so it can charge phones, tablets and even laptops like the MacBook.

And check out the price!

9. Stumped for choice? If you want a tech gift for buddies that love the outdoors, the Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker will definitely be a worthy addition to any camping gear. Bundled up with a protective case, this little baby takes up just 15 cm and 336 g of valuable backpack estate.

Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

What can it make? A delicious, energizing espresso on the go.

You know you’ll use it too, so there’s that added bonus in buying it for a friend that’s always joining you on adventures.

Buy it here.

10. And speaking of the great outdoors, one of the best tech gifts for buddies always on the trail is the BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove. With the tagline “Turn fire into electricity,” this tiny camp stove not only heats up your beans but also generates 3 watts of usable electricity that’s then stored in its internal, 2600 mAh power bank.

BioLite CampStove 2

That battery’s more than enough to power the camp site’s LEDs but can also be used to charge a smartphone in a pinch.

See what else the BioLite CampStove 2 can do and get it here.

11. At the polar opposite of that tech gift is the OPOLAR LC05 Laptop Cooler with Vacuum Fan, cheap pun intended! This is a laptop cooler with an unusual design but it’s going to be the best gift for a gamer on the go.

OPOLAR LC05 Laptop Cooler with Vacuum Fan

It can dissipate temperature by 18 to 50 degrees in mere minutes and has 13 speeds to manage the airflow and noise, so it will cool down a gaming or work laptop without sounding like an airplane engine.

It’s also available with or without a temperature display but both options are just as affordable, trust us. Get it here.

12. And lastly, the essential when you’re looking for tech gifts for your buddies. It’s the selfie stick, a trusty companion when documenting your (mis)adventures.

BlitzWolf Selfie Stick tripod

This particular option, the BlitzWolf Selfie Stick, also doubles as a camera tripod and has a bluetooth remote, so it’s amazing for taking more professional photos or GoPro videos.

Find it here!

Also read: ✍Best Tech Gifts For Her in 2018✍

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