The holiday season is just around the corner and, if you didn’t go shopping yet, it’s probably high time to start.
We did some digging on Amazon so you don’t have to wade through the insane marketplace alone.
Here are the best tech gifts for your buddies in a budget-friendly list with the best deals and gadgets that work both as a stocking stuffer and a standalone memorable gift.
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Just like last year, one of the best tech gifts is the tiny Echo Dot and this year the deal gets even better.
You can’t go wrong with the updated Echo Dot Kids Edition, especially since Amazon keeps discounting it anywhere from 20% to 50%.
To sweeten the deal even more, other Echo Dots get you 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited, which unlocks a catalogue of more than 50 million songs.
LED Clock Fan
Another cute tech gift is this gadget LED clock fan that looks like a hologram.
It provides a gentle breeze, which might help those PC gamers who are heating up the keyboard every night, and also displays the time in an eye-catching manner.
This is a great stocking stuffer for geeks and works out of the box – no drivers to install, just plug it into any USB port.
3D Christmas Tree DIY
For the crafty geeks in your life, this DIY Christmas Tree made out of circuit boards will be the greatest thing under the real Christmas tree.
This 3D Christmas tree DIY soldering kit contains all the parts to make a cute tree, so it’s a great STEM gift. With 36 LED diodes lighting up in 7 different colors, it’s going to be quite the flashy gift.
Thanos Glove Bottle Opener
We all have that one friend who’s absolutely obsessed with the Marvel Universe.
To make the wait for the next movie shorter, we recommend this Thanos Glove bottle opener.
Just kick back, open a beer and maybe rewatch Infinity War for the umpteenth time – this Thanos Glove will be an absolute gem of a gift.
Randall Munroe’s How To Book
Speaking of truly geeky gifts, this book from one of the creators of the XKCD comics is probably the best one for a buddy.
Randall Munroe’s How to: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems is definitely top 10 funny books for geeks and any tech-loving friend will definitely find a chapter or two that really resonates.
It can also settle the dispute between boomers and millennials – how about finding out which one you are by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth?
You can order the book here.
New Phone, Who Dis Card Game
Another wireless, non-gadget tech gift is this amazing card game.
Meet New Phone, Who Dis and try not to get offended about today’s dating scene printed in a series of ever more offensive playing cards.
If you’re looking for tech gifts for your buddies still stuck on Tinder or OkCupid, look no further.
Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio Plus Console
Since we’re at the topic of gaming, how about a console for the nostalgic friend?
The Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio Plus console is the best NES clone we have come across and it will definitely be the best play you can make if you want to get an awesome gift. This baby weighs less than half a pound, looks like a Sega Genesis and retails for much less than the price of a games controller for a modern console.
And the best part?
The Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio Plus console supports old school NES cartridges and upscales them to 720p, so you can play on modern TVs.
With two controllers included in the pack, this is also one of those gifts you can enjoy alongside your friend.
8BitDo SN30 Pro Controller
If a games console is a bit outside your budget but you still want a gamer gift for the ages, check out the 8BitDo SN30 Pro.
This controller from 8BitDo is fully customizable! Set up macros and personalize button mapping, stick & trigger sensitivity and vibration control – this controller can be setup to your heart’s desire and for any type of game.
It works with Windows, Android phones, MacOS… it even features support for Steam games, the Nintendo Switch and homemade emulators with Raspberry Pi!
Blade Hawks RGB Mousepad
For the PC gamer in your friends group, the only tech gift that’s not going to headshot your budget but is still worth getting is this.
The Blade Hawks RGB mousepad is an incredibly affordable mouse pad that comes with some features that other vendors charge upwards of $100 for.
It lights up to match any Razer gear your friend might have, with 10 different modes, including 3 dynamic lighting options like rainbow and breathing lighting.
Beyond the looks, it’s also a surprisingly well-made, large mousepad with an aluminum core and anti-slip rubber base.
You can order it from here.
2019 Klim Fusion Earbuds
Everyone appreciates a pair of good headphones, so we recommend you check out the 2019 Klim Fusion earbuds.
They’re incredibly cheap and with a steep discount on top, but don’t let that fool you – with that impressive bass, they sound like they cost triple!
They feature multiple pairs of memory foam buds that provide an unexpectedly strong seal against annoying background noise.
They also come in a fun little tin chock-full of accessories, from the extra pairs of buds for the perfect fit to a convenient carrying sack and stickers.
When it comes to good, cheap earbuds, the Klim Earbuds are a true hidden gem on Amazon, so don’t hesitate.
Belkin Rockstar 5-Jack Headphone Splitter
Another great tech gift for your buddies is this Belkin Rockstar 5-Jack headphone splitter.
This is one of those gifts that can benefit you as well. Out with friends and want to listen to some music without bothering those around you?
Plug the Belkin Rockstar 5-Jack splitter into a phone, add your and your friends’ headphones and you can have yourself a homemade silent disco experience.
It’s so cheap it makes a great last-minute stocking stuffer for friends and a surprisingly awesome gift for audiophiles.
Still have more shopping to do? Check out our other tech gifts ideas here – there’s a suggestion for even the pickiest giftee.