It’s that time of year again.
As a reaction to tech gift guides that recommend notebooks, phones, and tablets, I scout around for tech gifts for more moderate budgets. Please note: There are no cables, batteries, or headphones on this list. Those make sucky gifts.
Plox Star Wars BB-8 Bluetooth Item Finder ($24.99 on Amazon)
Hang this little dongle on your keychain or anything else you’re always losing. When you need to find your missing item, just open the Plox app on your phone and have BB-8 call out to you. The company also makes finders featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, and more. These Bluetooth-based finders are useful, attractive, and fun.
iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard & Windshield Car Phone Mount Holder ($24.95 on Amazon)
The standalone GPS market is dead. Once a hot gift, GPS devices are now rarely seen. That’s because we use our phones to get GPS directions instead. But holding your phone while driving is a recipe for disaster, as is setting your phone in the cup holder. A better idea is to get an easy suction cup mount that holds your phone in exactly the right spot.
Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($19.99 on Amazon)
When is a phone charger a great gift? When it’s this compact fast-charging model from Samsung. It works with any phones that support Qi charging, which is most new Android and iOS models. Set your phone on top and it starts charging, no cable needed. Colored lights on the charger let you know when the phone is full.
Basic Fun Arcade Classics, Tetris and Ms. Pac-Man ($19.99 each on Amazon)
’80s retro has never been so tiny. These games put the look and feel of a standard arcade game in a teensy package. They play and sound just like the arcade classics and have nice bright screens. Finally, video games Dad might be able to win.
Sky Viper Dash Nano Drone ($19.99 on Walmart.com)
This drone can fly inside or outside, and land in the palm of your hand. It includes auto and manual modes for easier flying, and knows eight stunts it can pull with one touch. A great gift for both new and experienced drone pilots.
Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet Power Pac Figure 2 Pack ($10.49 on Amazon)
It’s a collectible toy and a video game, all in one. This blind box contains figurines for two characters from Ralph Breaks the Internet. It’s a surprise which ones you’ll get. The box also includes codes so you can add those characters to a free Pac-Man game you can download to your phone. Once you input each character code, that character becomes part of the game and unlocks new levels and abilities.
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