It’s hard enough to find the right gift for the person on you holiday shopping list, but staying within a budget makes it even more of a challenge. With so many shopping options in and around Atlanta, it’s sometimes hard to settle on just the right gift.
When I was growing up, my friends and cousins made a pact to stay under $15 when we bought gifts for each other. Taking into account inflation and the fact that $15 doesn’t buy much of anything anymore, we’ve decided to raise that amount to $30.
The $30 threshold opens up many new avenues when considering gifts, including a smorgasbord of technology and gadget items that are not only wants, but needs for many people.
Here’s a list of great gadget items that can be had for $30 or less.
Rosewill 45 Piece Computer Tool Kit ($19.99)
This should be a “must have” for every computer or gadget owner.
This 45-Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit is designed with the most popular tools needed to fix and upgrade your computer. With this collection you may never be left waiting, and paying, for someone to work on your computer again.
The Rosewill RTK-045 premium computer tool kit comes with everything you need to work with, including a reversible ratchet driver with a 21-piece bit and socket set, a 6″ #1 Phillips screwdriver, a spare parts box, a reversible 1/8″ #0 mini screwdriver, 9 hex key set, 5″ long nose pliers, 5″ wire cutter/stripper, anti-static wrist strap, IC insertion-extraction clipper, three prongs holder, tweezers, and a black zipper case to store them all.
A Lightbulb in Your Wallet ($4.99)
Available from ThinkGeek.com. The mini lightbulb
card looks like a flat incandescent bulb, but push the bulb vertical and it unexpectedly lights up. The rest of the card turns into a stand. Keep one in your wallet or purse to impress family or coworkers at the annual Christmas party.
Logitech iPad Joystick ($19.99)
Whether you are a serious or casual gamer, this iPad joystick really comes in handy. The thumbpad feels comfortable, stays securely in place with suction cups, and completes the classic arcade or Atari 2600 feel that this brings to your iPad tablet. You will really surprise someone with this joystick.
Wireless Mouse $20-$30
More and more people are working from mobile locations. That means they take their laptops to all sorts of places. A favorite gadget of those working in coffee shops and libraries is a wireless mouse. Microsoft makes a good one for less than $30 in their Mobile Mouse 6000.
It has Microsoft BlueTrack™ Technology, so you can work more places than ever before, including on granite countertops, carpets—even on a wood table or a rough, unfinished park bench. A necessary accessory for anyone with a laptop.
Cuisinart DCC-450 4-Cup Coffeemaker ($29.99)
Give the gift of coffee with this coffeemaker that looks more expensive than it really is. This workhorse is just the right size for any size house. The stainless steel carafe has a comfortable handle and a dripless pour spout to make serving flavorful coffee easy. Includes two consumer-favorite features: Brew Pause, to let you sneak a cup mid-cycle, and a worry-free 30-minute shutoff. The compact design takes up minimal counter space and is easy to store.
Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio ($30)
In times of emergency, it’s never a bad thing to have a weather radio. Some also double as flashlight, cell phone charger and and AM/FM radio. No batteries needed for some of these as they charge by solar cells or by cranking.
Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope ($29.99)
Yes, there is a mini telescope for $30. This FirstScope telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience quite extraordinary. The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you when you are on the go.