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10 Cool Last Minute Gifts Under $50 For The Geek In Your Life


Yep, it’s that time of the year again (what, you hadn’t noticed?) and we’re all expected to rush around like mad people buying things that we’re not sure of, for people we don’t really know that well. Well, maybe we do know them, but maybe not as well as they hope, otherwise how do you explain all those pairs of socks and bottles of cheap perfume in bottom drawers? So we thought we’d jump in and offer a little help if you’re struggling to come up with the perfect gift for the geek in your life. Tshaw…aren’t we grand?

1. Angry Birds R/C Air Swimmer – $28.45


How could this lose, and who in their right mind wouldn’t enjoy playing with something which combines two of the greatest themes of the year in one glorious funster? The hit game Angry Birds gets real, with this zoom anywhere, slow moving (no broken windows, Janice) Helium filled radio controlled gem of a floater. Buy It Here.

2. Star Wars R2D2 Interactive Money Bank – $48.19


Slot your Android or iPhone smartphone into the top of this puppy, and he’ll happily store and secure your stuff against intruders and young siblings. You’ll need to download a free app first, but that’s all part of the geek charm of course. Great for storing keys, credit cards and anything you don’t want falling into enemy hands. Of course to be doubly safe, you’ll need to chain it to the family Rottweiller, but hey, that’s life. Buy It Here.

3. Bluetooth Keyboard & Case For Samsung Galaxy S3 – $24.97


Chances are you know someone with one of the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S3 Android cell phones, but they’ve been over-shadowed by your Aunt Julie showing off her new iPhone 6. Well don’t fret, because one thing they definitely don’t yet have with their S3 is a cool keyboard case like this. No wires, it’s all wireless Bluetooth, and it will immediately improve the wow-factor with their friends after the holidays end. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Buy It Here.

4. Isotoner Smartouch Gloves for Smartphones – $24.95


There’s no doubt that touchscreens and cold weather don’t work. Icy, fingers, dropsy, problems. So it’s no surprise to see the rise and rise of gloves which are specially designed to let you use your touchscreen cell phone to text or browse in the coldest of weathers. They come in a variety of styles, linings and colors and you can buy them for both male and female geeks. Perfect if you’re in the frozen North, eh? Buy It Here.

5. Smartphone R/C Helicopter With Camera – $43.04


This is the latest model of the hugely popular radio and smartphone controlled helicopter and it comes with the perfect add-on accessory, a digital camera. So now you can not only annoy the cat and the neighbors with your buzzing machine, but also photograph their angry reactions. How perfect is that? The product, which works with both Android and iPhone handsets, comes complete with a 2GB microSD card included in the pack, which should be plenty big enough to capture some snarls. Buy It Here.



6. iPhone To Television Karaoke Player – $49.95


This phone dock not only charges the handset, but also comes with an integrated Karaoke player system, which lets you torture the world with your rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody at all times of the night and day. The unit plugs into a standard television set and comes with a microphone and an app which includes five songs. Sadly you can also purchase 7,000 more tracks online or stream songs from YouTube if you intend to inflict mass pain. Buy It Here.

7. Kuchi-Paku Lion Animal Speaker – $37.79


No matter what your favorite geek has in their life, they will unquestionably not have a lip-synching, gyrating, smartphone friendly lion speaker like this. If they do, seek help immediately. Not only will this strangely named creature have you all in fits of laughter, but if you hook up a microphone instead of your Android or iPhone handset, he will start lip-synching to your words. Of course it’s also a fairly decent sounding speaker as well, bonus eh? Buy It Here.

8. BikeGlow Beacon – $34.99


Visibility is such a crucial part of bicycling safety, and it’s amazing there are not more innovative products out there to offer more. This new LED strip and tail-light combo is a great way to make sure the bike stays visible on all sides in the gloom, and it’s cool enough to appeal to even the most gnarly biker. It’s waterproof, fits any bicycle and provides over 120 hours of light from a pair of AA batteries. Buy It Here.

9. iHealth Bluetooth Scales For iPhone – $49.95


This type of high tech weighing scale usually retail for a lot more than this, so it makes it something of a bargain to find them under $50. The scales wirelessly transmit readings to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth and keeps a track of your weight as it fluctuates up and down. There’s also a free app which lets you input your daily food and exercise stats to help you stay on the straight and narrow. Hopefully. Buy It Here.

10. Dr Who Desktop Patrol Dalek – $39.99


Everybody in the world is only 6 steps away from a Dr Who fan, so this fun electronic robot should be right up geek street in a big way. The villainous creature will remorselessly patrol any desktop it is placed on without falling off the edge, thanks to a set of ingenious edge detectors. And just to heighten the pleasure it will emit the iconic ‘exterminate‘ at every turn. Sorry, but if that doesn’t curl your toes, you’re definitely toe-less. There is an audio off switch you’ll be relieved to know. Buy It Here.

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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