Looking for a gift for your ‘Secret Santa’? Or just want to give another loved one a gift that doesn’t break your wallet? Don’t worry, we’re here to help with some cheap stocking stuffer gifts ideas that are all under $50.
And so you can do this at the very last minute if you have to, we’ve tried to limit this to what you can get in Australian stores – except for one item, but that’s because it’s a pretty hard to ignore in this gift guide.
It will be interesting to explain to your friends that you gave someone – as a Christmas gift – chlamydia or mad cow disease.
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the actual disease. We’re referring to these little cute plush toys which can be used as education aides or just as a little ‘Secret Santa’ gift to your friend or co-worker. You can get them from the link below, and in university book stores, the CSIRO store, or any geek store (such as Minotaur). And yes, I really only added them to the guide because of the first sentence.
NERF N-Strike Elite Blaster ($12.99+)
Who doesn’t want to have a NERF battle in the park, the office, or at home? It’s probably best to have a couple of friends (and yourself) also having their own NERF guns, so you can immediately start; and spare darts.
32GB USB Flash Drive Bottle Opener ($25)
I’ll leave it to the product description to explain why: “Bring it to work, load it up with all your important files, and then bring it out to happy hour or back to your place for a few brewskis.” Enough said, really.
Hatching Twitter ($32.99/$19.99)
Written by the New York Times’ technology writer Nick Bilton, Hatching Twitter is all about the birth of Twitter and how the key players – as per the blurb – “ultimately struggled to manage the influence and power they have been handed”.
The book was suggested by fellow editor Chris Southcott, who messaged me today and said it was a “great read”. The book might not be for everyone – those who will likely be interested are those working in startups or in business.
Sony USB Portable Charger ($39.99)
Buying someone a battery pack these days is a nice little gift to give – you may never know when that opportunity arises when you need to charge your phone with no power source available. Sony’s entry-level USB Portable Charger may not definitely be the cheapest one, but its definitely pocketable. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 2800mAh – which should give you enough power for the rest of the day (and/or night).
Alright, so its very limited to a select number of apps on your Android device – many of them not accessible (without some trickery) to Australians. And this product isn’t available in Australia just yet. However, this little device simply lets you easily send content from your phone or tablet to your television. It’s really easy to set up (plug it in a spare HDMI port) and, most importantly, it is cheap. Our good friends at Ausdroid have a guide in getting the Chromecast to your doorstep.
SanDisk microSD card/SD cards
If you are going to give your loved ones a camera or smartphone, then it is probably a good idea that you also gift a spare SD card or microSD card respectively. I’ve been a big fan on SanDisk because they tend to be reliable. They are also a bit pricy, but I still prefer them because I have been previously had generic ones fail on me badly. The Extreme line of SanDisk SD cards are considered the best, with read/write speeds of 45MB/s – pretty much make them perfect for almost any camera and all smartphones.
Pricing varies depending on the retailer, but you can get a 16GB SD/microSD card for under $50.