Budget friendly tech gifts

Have someone on your holiday shopping list who can’t get enough of the latest gadgets? While you might be thinking that it’s tough to buy for someone who always seems to have the newest version of every type of hand-held device, shopping for these folks is easier – and less expensive – than you might think.

Countless other items on the market complement these types of devices and enhance the user experience. And as if that’s not enough, plenty of other affordable tech toys are sure to appeal to both adults and children. If you’re at a loss for ideas, here some thoughts to get you started.

Power up
One of the side effects of accumulating different types of electronic devices is ending up with separate chargers for each device. Keeping track of all these chargers can be difficult both at home and on the road. A helpful gift for any gadget lover is a mobile power pack that’s compatible with many different types of devices.

Some rechargeable power packs carry micro USB, mini USB and even Apple device plug-ins that cover most recharging needs. Or if you know the recipient has a bunch of battery-operated devices, consider giving him a battery charger and rechargeable batteries.

Get in tune
Mobile devices have changed the way we listen to music and you’re sure to have someone on your list who can’t go anywhere without their iPod. Consider a gift card to iTunes or Amazon’s digital music store or a portable device with speakers that will connect to their digital music player.

Active devices
Now more than ever, digital devices are small and durable enough take with you just about anywhere, even on a run or a bike ride. If the person you’re buying for leads an active lifestyle, consider the many different types of bands, clips and mounts available that will allow your recipient to easily bring her phone or music player with her on her workout.

For the movie buff
Shopping for someone who loves TV and film? Apart from buying DVDs, you can always look to buy accessories that will allow them to connect their favourite media player to a television. Or if someone you know watches online or downloaded content on a small laptop screen all the time, an HDMI cable that allows them to connect their computer to the television might be the perfect gift.

If you’re buying for people who love gadgets, try to think about the small things that will help enhance the experience of using the devices they already have. With so many digital devices in use today, you have plenty of options to choose from. WH