Gadget Gift Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

As the holidays quickly approach, advertisers appear to be pushing smartphones and tablets as the only tech gifts available this season. However, there are thousands of other good high-tech gift ideas that will make that tech savvy relative happy without breaking the bank, and many of these are flying beneath the shopping radar. Some are perfect for the eco-conscious, some are perfect for that inner geek in all of us, and some are even perfect for those lucky ones who already own a smartphone and tablet.

Gadgets make great gifts – whether they’re practical or not

Someone may not love the 40-in-1 Swiss Army Knife, but they may be enamored with the 6-in-1 key chain. Either way, they’ll find a use for it someday. Tech-geek gadgets are particularly suitable for those of us on a budget. So, while the Starship Enterprise pizza cutter ( or these crocheted headphones won’t break the bank, they are certain to please!

Gadgets for the hard-to-shop-for individual

Much depends on their tech savvy-ness, of course. But you might want to ask a quick question first: do they care about the earth? For those individuals who do, plenty of eco-friendly devices are available, from hand-powered paper shredders to solar-powered tiki torches. It depends on how much you’re willing to devote to the recipient, but the options are many.

Tablet or smartphone owners

For people who already own a smartphone and tablet, there are some terrific accessories to brighten their day, from iPhone “wallet cases” to iPad docking stations. As most tablets and smartphones don’t have separate keyboards, here are two accessory ideas, one for the iPad, one for the iPhone. These gadgets will have an immediate effect on the user’s experience!

The best part about gadgets and the reason they’re continuously sought after is that they’re always at hand. Gadgets, simply put, make our lives easier. Although you may not think that there are more gift items out there besides phones or tablets, hopefully we’ve expanded your view to incorporate some that are under the radar!

Posted on: 11.30.11