The Holiday season can be hectic when trying to find the time - and money - to buy your loved ones a tech gift they’ll actually enjoy using. Perhaps you’re running on a low budget while simultaneously looking to impress your tech-savvy friend, family member or coworker with a new gadget.
From wireless headphones, latte-makers and interactive toys, our round-up includes ten fun, practical and inexpensive Secret Santa ideas that won’t disappoint your gift-receiver - or your wallet.
The Wireless Bluetooth Headphones by Maxnor are one of many products ditching wire connection for a wireless option in today’s tech market.
It’s easy to say that wireless tech products such as Bluetooth headphones and the new wire-free charging iPhone X are much easier to manage than the tangled mess wires can create.
These noise-reducing Bluetooth headphones are not only waterproof and sweat-proof, but also can connect users to incoming calls.
They are a fantastic stocking-stuffer idea for an avid runner, frequent commuter or music lover interested in keeping up with the latest technology.
WaterLuu iPhone 8 LED Case
Know someone that has their hands on the recently-unveiled Apple iPhone 8 Plus? This LED light up phone case by WaterLuu is a brilliant new addition to their smartphone.
In addition to offering external protection and a free screen protector, this LED case illuminates to add the perfect amount of lighting for photographs.
If you know someone who enjoys taking selfies, this is a wonderful gift under £10.
Mini Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Not only are these wireless speakers by niceEshop portable, but they are also small enough to store away in small bags or fit in large pockets.
Around 40 customers on Amazon have assigned 3.5 stars to these tiny but powerful audio amplifiers, which gives us a fairly good idea that they’re good quality. For only £6.99 users can connect to the speakers through Bluetooth and play their music wirelessly.
Zekpro Fidget Spinner
Though not the most complex of inventions, Fidget Spinners took off as a captivating new gadget that both kids and adults can enjoy. The craze stems from the device’s ability to relieve stress, kill time and enhance attention span for those who may struggle to keep focused.
Besides being a fun toy to play with in your spare time, fidget spinners have been proven effective in reducing side effects of stress, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The best part? These gadgets are inexpensive, and you can purchase them essentially anywhere.
LeapFrog Interactive Letter Flash Cards
It seems only right to include a tech gift that serves a deeper purchase then making our lives easier or providing entertainment. The Interactive Alphabet Learner is one of LeapFrog’s many educational products that help young children learn basics, such as the alphabet.
Your child will be excited to sing along to alphabet songs, play letter matching games, learn phonics and more. The set of letter flash cards is equipped with extra online activities that enhance the learning experience of users.
Not only will children enjoy playing with the colourful, interactive cards, but they will also increase their knowledge and understanding of the English alphabet.
The LeapFrog cards require the LeapReader Junior Book Pal to work, but once you've got that you can add lots of additional games and packs to your collection. The Book Pal costs £25 and comes with an introductory book.
Leehur Smart Switch
For less than £10, control any of your household appliances or electronics effortlessly from your smartphone. The Wireless Wifi Smart Switch by Leehur allows users to sync lights, air conditioners, refrigerators and a number of household appliance to a wireless app and make adjustments to their liking.
If you purchase more than one Leehur Switch, one phone can control multiple switches. This device can be set up to work with Alexa and Google Nest, instantly transforming your home into a smart home.
Download Leehur’s APP from the iTunes Store or Google Play to enjoy the Smart Switch’s benefits.
GOMAN Key Finder
We’ve all been there - whether rushing out the door, caught in a crowd of people or perhaps have had one too many pints at the local pub.
Our keys, phones and wallets sometimes just get away from us, and unfortunately we’re left with the choice of vigorously trying to find them or dealing with the consequences of being unable to do so.
This best-selling Key Finder by GOMA not only will locate your missing keys, but also will direct you to your lost item through an easy-to-use app. The iSearching App, available on Google Play and the iTunes Store, sets off an alarm to notify you when your item is out of 25 meters distance so that you can retrieve it before it’s too late.
Radio Control Dump Truck
Another gadget aimed at children - or adults if toy vehicles are your thing - the My First Radio Controlled Dump Truck by Tippi features a construction truck, a remote-control and a miniature figure.
The controls, which are simply forward or reverse, are easy-to-use for children as young as 18 months. The set also features flashing lights, construction sounds and music which brings the toy to life.
Zyurong Electric Handheld Milk Frother
Coffee lovers, you won't want to miss this.
Have you ever dreamed of being able to make cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites and more in your home but couldn’t musk up the courage to buy an espresso machine?
The Zyurong Electric Handheld Coffee Milk frother turns hot steamed milk into foam so users can create barista-style lattes, flat whites, cappucinos and even a variety of desserts.
An easy stock-stuffer idea for your mom, dad or teenager returning to University.
Plug these controllers right into your computer’s USB port for access to a wealth of Super Nintendo Entertainment System games.
The Gamepad Joystick is the perfect gift for gamers who are always on the go. Whether in a hotel or coffee shop, the portable controllers allow users to play wherever, whenever.
No extra driver is needed - just connect the controller to your computer and enjoy. The Gamepad Joystick is compatible with PCs and MACs and supports Windows 98 SE and above and MAC OS X 10.2.8 and above.