It’s that time of the year again, when you’re forced to splash out limited cash on a pointless gift for someone you don’t know that well because your [office/family/friends] want to exchange secret Santa Christmas gifts.
Rather than being a grumpy Grinch, pull your socks up and pick something from the list of secret Santa tech Christmas gifts below. There are 30 ideas that are all under £30 – so, no matter your budget or level of relationship there’ll be something for everyone! Alternatively, you could grab a Greggs gift card and be done with it…
30 Secret Santa Tech Christmas Gifts
Charging Station | £29.99
Is your gift receiver an absolute tech-head? Mad about automation? Cuckoo for computers and raving for robotic (sorry not sorry); then this charging station is perfect.
The product has been reduced by £10 to £29.99 and comes with 6-ports and a design that allows for easy and safe storage of the devices once connected. AND it also works as a portable power station – we love a multi-use item!
Lazy Man Self-Stirring Mug | £7.99
For less than a tenner you can get your hands on this secret Santa classic: the self-stirring mug; however, this one is branded with (in a totally not tacky way) The Lazy Man Mug, just to hammer home all those clichés in case we forget them.
Stick on Bluetooth Shower Speaker | £14.99
A legitimate gift worth giving that the recipient is very likely to use. For less than £20 quid you can stop your musically-challenge housemate from singing in the shower and instead both enjoy real music… rather than their screeching.
Smartphone Projector 2.0 | £19.99
Gone are the days of struggling to see your friend’s phone during the 30-second video that they’re showing you – now you can waste even more time setting up this projector to view it with ease instead. Okay, no, seriously – this secret Santa gift is perfect for someone who you’re not hugely close to.
Vizor Glasses Pro | £14.99
On a similar vein to the one above is the Vizor Glasses Pro – a VR headset for your smartphone. For less than £30 you ask? I know, even we’re shocked. And the best bit? It has an augmented gaming functionality (perfect for Pokémon) and is compatible with most smartphones (4-6 inches in length).
3D Film Maker | £9.99
This awesome smartphone clip-on allows the owner a portable 3D camera – perfect for those amateur pals of yours. The 3D video is even compatible with a lot of VR headsets!
LA Ferrari R/C Car | £29.99
A golden oldie – make your younger sibling/overgrown friends the coolest kids on the block again with this little red number. The remote-control car was always the height of gifts… until you drove it onto the road and under next doors’ range rover.
Mini Desktop Arcade Machine | £17.99
A mini desktop arcade machine (as featured in Cool Gadgets for Desks article) is a great option for a work colleague. Novelty gifts often get a bad reputation but a laugh is a laugh; and besides, this gift is no joke – it’s fighting to the death.
Star Wars Lightsaber Heat Change Mug | £6.99
The classic colleague present… a mug. But not just any mug, it’s a Star Wars Lightsaber Heat Change Mug. What does that mean? It means that the lightsabers change colour and “light up” when in use. May the force be with every sip!
Bright Idea USB Light | £11.99
This is one of those items that doesn’t seem like it’d be a bright idea…. But it is. We’ll see ourselves out now.
Original Stormtrooper: Mini Bluetooth Speaker | £16.99
A Stormtrooper Bluetooth Speaker – is like the many other portable speakers on this list but themed like a Stormtrooper. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin.
RED5 Hex Touch Induction Boom Speaker | £10.00
And now for the industrial style speaker. This unit boasts a 4000mAh rechargeable battery, 5-watt high-quality speaker and 10 hours playback time – the perfect gift for beachgoers, festival regulars and camping enthusiasts.
Smartphone 3 in 1 Lens Set | £12.99
Is your secret Santa receipt an Instagram or selfie fiend? Then this 3in1 lens set with a wide angle, macro and fisheye. The lens is easily clipped onto the front or back camera and comes with a little pooch to keep them safe.
Remote Control Wall Climbing Car| £18.99
Like your other remote-controlled cars but this one defies gravity and can climb walls, so, cool points are 10/10. It’ll drive you up the wall! (Sorry, again).
Worlds Smallest Walkie Talkies | £11.99
Everyone knows that if you make something miniature then it’s automatically better than the original. Them the rules. This product from PrezzyBox claims to be the Worlds’ Smallest Walkie Talkies and also claims to have a range of up to 100 feet and work between walls and floors – sounds like spy equipment!
Henry Desktop Vacuum Cleaner | £11.99
For that messy colleague that simply won’t get the hint – maybe this one will do the trick. A Henry Desktop Vacuum Cleaner; welcome to adulthood where even your novelty gifts are functional and utilitarian.
Tech Will Save Us, Electro Dough Kit | £22.99
The Tech Will Save Us, Electro Dough Kit has been around for a few years now so it’s not new, however, thinking about it as a gift for a tech-head rather than a child may be a new prospect. The little kit allows the recipient to build anything they desire out of dough (animal, building or object), and turn it into a gadget that lights up, buzzes and comes to life.
This is an ideal little DIY gift!
BubbleLick Edible Bubbles | £11.99
Since the last gift successfully ticked the legitimate box, it’s back to the novelty ideas. This Christmas give the gift of edible bubbles – what more could your friends want than to lick bubbles? (Not quite a tech gift but we felt it too good to get missed off the list).
Noise Isolating Brainwavz Delta Red IEM Earphones | £15.00
People will always be endlessly happy to receive earphones as a gift since, after all, we’re always breaking and losing them. These Brainwavz are one of the best budget pairs that you can get hold of; the simple and sleek design boasts a nearly tangle-free cord, secure ear inserts and an inline remote.
Glow in the Dark Star Globe | £17.95
In the words of Luckies: “Whether you know a city gal who complains about not being able to see the stars at night or an astronomy nut who just can’t get enough of the constellations, our Star Globe makes a perfect gift for anyone that’s reaching for the stars (sorry).”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
GOMAN Bluetooth Anti-Lost Location Tracker | £8.99
This is the most utilitarian gift on the list but will be an eternal life-saver. How often do you misplace your keys and think “I wish I could call them” – well – now you can. The GOMAN Bluetooth Anti-Lost Location Tracker Device works both ways; simply download the app (this should be the tagline of 2017) and when you misplace your keys you can ring your smartphone keyring finder. Likewise, you can set the app to make your phone ring, even when it’s set to silent or vibrate just by tapping the keyring.
XCSOURCE Super Nintendo Game Controller Gamepad | £8.89
Just plug in and go with this XCSOURCE Super Nintendo Game Controller Gamepad; the sensitive buttons are ideal for precision control (and whooping your pals butt) and thanks to the USB connection it’s easy to use straight away – no extra driver needed!
The controller is compatible with SNES, PC and MAC, and you can grab two for less than a tenner on Amazon…
TaoTronics Blue Earphones | £19.99
Bluetooth earphone are all the rage this year – get your groove on without the need to be plugged in; you can give the gift of hands-free music for just £19.99!
Rubik’s Cube | £9.75
Another secret Santa tech Christmas gift idea staple; this is an oldie but a goldie: the humble Rubik’s Cube. You really can’t go wrong with this iconic cube, which makes it perfect for gifting someone that you don’t know too well!
Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore | £10.60
This little gem from ThinkGeek is excellent if your gift receiver is a bonified Minecraft addict. The little lamp mimics the pixelated ore that they’ve probably mined time and time again – and even glows and flickers in the same way!
Hubsan Q4 Nano Quadcopter | £15.15
Think of how many hours of flying fun you and your secret Santa giftee will have to buzz around the office and annoying your boss? Really, this idea is the gift that keeps on giving.
Clever Dog Wireless Security Wifi Camera | £29.98
So, you’re doing secret Santa and the person you’ve drawn is a crazy cat lady or daft dog man? The Clever Dog Smart Camera is exactly what they need; whenever the separation anxiety gets too much they can tune in to see and speak to their pup. How thoughtful of you.
BODUM Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder | £29.56
Are you gifting someone that’s a coffee connoisseur? Only drinking the best beans that have been brewed in the most bonkers way? Then why not grab them this electric coffee grinder that has a sleek design, stainless steel blades and can grind up to 60g of coffee beans? You’ll be the winner of Sunday’s forever more.
Make Your Own Neon Light | £13.50
The present of all presents, definitely one of our favourite secret Santa tech Christmas gifts under £30 (can someone please buy it for us)? This little kit not only means a cool neon light but allowing them to make it themselves… so there’s no fear over what word to pick!
Mosquito Repellent Keychain | £16
Perhaps a little premature with this present, which looks towards the summer; but what a little corker it is. The American brand Kikkerland are known for creating tools you never thought you needed – and this little product is no exception.
We’ve given you all the ideas – the rest is up to you. Let Gadget Comparer know on Facebook if you take any of our secret Santa tech Christmas gifts!