Budget Computer Gifts
If you’re working on a tight budget this year, and most of us are, that doesn’t mean you have to shy away completely from computer related-items. There are some pretty cool gift ideas on the Hardware Channel, even if you’re just looking for something to fulfill that Secret Santa obligation at the office.
In The 5 Ultimate Desk Gadgets, Jesma reviews a few of the neat products that can be found at ThinkGeek.com, including a USB powered beverage cooler shaped like a mini refrigerator. The items in Jesma’s review range in price from $5.99 to $39.99, and they’re all fun as well as useful.
If you’ve considered buying a laptop bag as a Christmas gift but were immediately turned off by all the $100+ price stickers, take a look at Arnold Zafra’s Holiday Shopping Guide: Five Best Laptop Bags. While some of the bags on Arnold’s list are still a bit pricey, there are a couple in his review in the $30 range. That’s not a bad price at all for a sturdy, reliable bag that’s built to last for years.
I know this is supposed to be the November Hardware Picks of the Month, but I still have to mention John Lister’s Ultimate Star Wars Gadgets article from October just because I am and always will be a huge Star Wars fan. As in Arnold’s review, not all of the items in John’s list fall into that “budget" category, but there are some in there that are quite reasonable. I particularly like the Darth Vader Computer Sitter that’s available now for under $10.