It takes a lot to pull off a great gift that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But lucky for you, we've done all the work. Ahead, check out tech gifts that your friends and family will love, all under $30. At that price, you can stuff their stockings with more than one!
With so many new technology releases around the holidays, it can be daunting to determine what's awesome and what's just a lot of hype. Luckily, we've done the legwork for you and found all the very best geek-chic gadgets out there this holiday season — find out which items made our list right here on The Sync Up!
If our Instagram feed is any indication, weekend nights are all about the ugly sweater parties. We're spinning the time-honored tradition and opting for faux-ugly Christmas sweaters that show off geeky pop-culture taste. From handmade Doctor Who to Pac-Man zipping through an 8-bit tree, find a sweater here that'll be the talk of the eggnog bowl.
If Mom's eyes are always glued to her iPhone or iPad, then we've got must-have accessories that are as chic and practical as she is. Techie moms are too busy to worry about the well-being of their valuable gadgets, so get her something that'll keep it safe, stylish, and within close reach.
Take a look at the cord-organizing, tablet-toting, iPhone-hugging gifts that every mobile mom needs in the gallery, and tell us how you're telling your tech-savvy ma how much you love her this holiday season.
We humans do all we can to stay snug when the temperature falls, layering on wool, fleece, faux fur, and flannel. So why wouldn't we do the same for our precious phones and tablets? Keep those darling devices warm and toasty with these cases made to weather the elements!
Wrapping presents is half the fun of gift-giving, right? Or, at least that's what we chant midway through a Scotch tape catastrophe. So why not hide gifts in quirky paper that's as much fun as the main attraction? From owl post to a Pac-Man ghost, we've found the geekiest gift wrap to keep the mystery alive until the gift exchange.
Now that we're well into the holiday season, it's high time we start thinking about how to ring in the New Year. And since photon torpedo fireworks and Veritaserum Champagne cocktails are still in development, how about a low-tech, but infinitely geeky, wall or desk calendar? Because — face it — even if you receive the time machine on your wish list, you're still going to need to track the passage of time.
My first cell phone was heavier than my purse, but I carried it like it was the One Ring. Several years earlier, you couldn't part me from my Game Boy, which, at the time, was just slightly cooler than the new cordless phone (with the two-foot-long antenna) my dad excitedly brought home from Circuit City. As the years pass, we all get pretty nostalgic about our tech. So to honor the retrophiles on your gift list, we rounded up a few cases and sleeves that will make them reminisce about their own gadgets of yore.
Is there anything better than giving someone a present they truly love? Why yes! Gifting something they love that also contributes to a worthy cause. Ahead, check out six gifts that are practical, stylish, and best of all, charitable.
Double points for LSTN Headphones. Not only are the music accessories made from reclaimed wood, but the company partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to donate a portion of proceeds to helping people hear music for the first time. We especially like the Troubadour collection ($150 each) for their unique shapes.
(PRODUCT)RED by Apple
Buy the PRODUCT(RED) edition of the iPod Shuffle ($49), iPod Nano ($149), iPod Touch ($299), iPad Smart Cover ($39), iPad Smart Case ($79), iPhone 5S Case ($39), or iPhone 4S bumper ($29) and Apple will donate a portion of of the proceeds to the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa. The scarlet-hued PRODUCT(RED) versions do not cost more than the other color options.
Mophie RED iPhone Case
There are so many reasons to love this RED iPhone 5 case ($120) — the ruby color, the fact that it comes with a juice pack air case for when your battery runs low, and most especially, the fact that five percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.
Mend 13-inch Laptop Sleeve
Handmade in Uganda, this laptop sleeve ($59) isn't just gift-worthy for its sleek look. The case was created by the organization Invisible Children to help empower women affected by the Lord's Resistance Movement conflict.
Wondering what devices to wrap and give this year? Allow tech reporter and host of Spike TV's All Access Katie Linendoll to serve as your iSanta this holiday season. As Katie told us, "While there are the obvious must haves — à la Xbox One and PS4 — I’ve put together a list of some less obvious choices to Tech the Halls. Now pass that eggnog!"