Once you've narrowed down your list of giving this year, don't let the numbers game get the best of you — great gifts can be found for a steal. From the puzzling wonders of the Periodic Table to iPhoneography accessories, our list of presents under $15 might just make you a new member of the gifting hall of fame.
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We've all got someone (or two or three . . .) on our gift list who rocks to their own special beat. So this holiday season, treat them to something spectacular that's easy on the eyes, music to their ears, and perfectly in tune with their personal sense of style.
Not only do Beats Solo HD headphones deliver the superior sound Beats by Dr. Dre products are famous for, but they also look as good as they sound — drenched in colors that are red like a heart, teal like Miami, white like snow, and lots more.
The t-shirt is the most quintessential piece of the geek uniform — and Silicon Valley's got the short-sleeve-baring tech CEOs to prove it. That's why we reached out to Threadless, an amazing t-shirt (and more) shopping destination, to pick its geekiest, funniest tees for the holiday gift-giving season.
Threadless always has laugh-out-loud, knee-slapping designs on hand (honestly, we don't know how they're so good). Every week, the Threadless online community votes on over 1,000 submissions, and the team selects 10 of the top-scoring designs to go to print.
From hundreds upon hundreds of tees, Threadless picked its nine favorites just for us. We've gathered Threadless's geekiest shirts here and got in touch with the artists of the selected designs to find out what exactly inspired their clever creations. So, enjoy this sip of morning tee, and let us know which one you'll be rocking this Winter.
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'Tis the season for brilliant nighttime sparkle — if only we didn't forget to turn that holiday luster on and off every morning and night. Thankfully, it's the 21st century, and there's an app (or three) for that!
Over the next 12 days, we'll be sharing holiday-friendly geek tips to get you through the most wonderful time of the year, and first up is a list of the best gadgets to control your Christmas lights. Even after the holiday decor is packed away, these outlet timers are a great way to minimize and conserve energy use in your home.
Technical tenderfoot, do not be afraid — these picks require no programming, just simple switches, fuss-free apps, and a jolly ol' time. So put your glowing holiday dazzle on a timer with these energy- and time-saving devices after the break.
Remember how exciting credit card gift cards once were? $50 to the store of your choice, instead of Generic Stuffy Sweater Store from great aunt Mildred. Square, just one-upped those plastic cards with the company's introduction of Square Gift Cards, which can be gifted right from the giver's phone to the recipient's Square Wallet.
Plus, for iOS 6 users, the card integrates directly into the Passbook app, ensuring you never forget about the funds and making it easier than, well, toting a physical wallet around to use the gift.
Watch the gift cards in action after the break.
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- Four start-ups changing the face of mobile apps — HuffPost Tech
- The geekiest of Christmas tree toppers — Geek Mom
- Iran releases its own YouTube — Geekosystem
- First reaction to the nine-minute IMAX Star Trek Into Darkness prologue — SlashFilm
- Every single Super Nintendo game in one eBay listing — BuzzFeed
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