12 gadget Christmas stocking fillers under £25
8th Dec 2009 | 15:00
Cheap enough you can spoil yourself, too
Best cheap gadget gifts
Whether you're buying for a child's stocking, a teenager's pillow sack or an adult's hand-wrapped gift box, we've got 12 fun tech presents that are bound to appeal.
As they're all under £25 each, you could even buy a couple of early Christmas presents for yourself, too.
With this time of year proving expensive for everyone, it's worth hunting around online for the best deals, checking eBay and Amazon or even signing up for Quidco, which gives you money back on whatever purchases you make through the site.
Just don't forget to buy any extras the gifts may require, such as batteries, film or thread, as you'd be hard-pressed to find a shop that's open on Christmas day.
Enjoy – whether you're watching someone unwrapping one of the following products or if it's a sneaky present to you, from you.
1. Lomography Clear Action Sampler camera - £25
If you're familiar with lomography, then you'll know the plastic toy-like cameras are capable of producing the most wonderful colour-saturated photos. The Clear Action Sampler uses 35mm to create photos comprised of four different shots – perfect for a moving subject.
2. Muji cardboard speakers - £19.95
Collapse these speakers into their flat cardboard state, and transport them easily and safely whenever you have an MP3 player or mobile phone with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
3. Sega Megadrive handheld console - £24.99
Relive the glory days of Sega with this portable handheld. It takes 3 AAA batteries, which powers the built-in speakers and colour LCD screen so you can play the 20 classic pre-loaded games just like you remember them.
4. Handheld sewing machine - £15
Alright, laugh all you want at the inclusion of a sewing machine, but there comes a time when even the most masculine of men has to repair a torn t-shirt. Bundled with everything you need except for the thread, the machine takes 4 AA batteries.
5. Griffin AirCurve - £19.99
You don't need to plug this speaker in or buy batteries for it, with the coiled centerpiece acting as an amplifier for whichever iPhone model is docked. The music is much louder and clearer than anyone would ever expect, and it's very Apple-esque in design too.
6. V-Gauge wine preserver - £21.99
Save the rest of a bottle of wine with a high-tech wine stopper that has its own inbuilt pressure gauge. Pump out any oxygen in the bottle to keep it from going bad, and the wine should last much longer than usual. Unless you don't finish it all in one night, of course.
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7. Alessi Piripicchio clothes shaver - £23
All that separates you from clean, lint-free clothes is a pair of 2 AA batteries. Available in red, blue or green, this design classic is impressive enough that it can be left on display in any room of the house.
8. Urban DJ mixer - £19.99
Hook this glitzy cassette-shaped gizmo up to two iPods, MP3 players or mobiles and mix bangin' beats your whole family will hate you for on Christmas day. Better push headphones into the 3.5mm jack to avoid trouble, and don't forget to buy 2 AAA batteries for it too.
9. Lexon Jet calculator - £25
The Lexon Jet calculator is a design icon perfect for that hard-to-buy-for parent, the brushed aluminum case is stylish and premium-looking in a sea of naff plastic calculators and widgets/Office applications.
10. USB rechargeable batteries - £12.99
We know how hard it is remembering to buy batteries, especially at Christmas when so many presents require them. With these USB rechargeable ones, simply pop them in a laptop and after five hours they're fully charged.
11. Star Trek Wrath of Khan phaser - £17.99
With the whole Star Trek franchise seeing a revival thanks to the recent JJ Abrams film, this phaser will entertain both adults and children with the actual sound effects from the Wrath of Khan classic.
12. 3 mobile broadband dongle £9.99 + £15/month
The cheapest 3G dongle around, you'll have to pay £9.99 upfront for it, and then £15 a month thereafter for 5GB of data. The best bit though is that the contract length is just one month, and can be cancelled at any point, so the lucky recipient can decide if they want to take it on after the initial 30 days.
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