They may not be the biggest or the baddest gifts of the holiday season, but stocking stuffers are often the first fun things to get unwrapped on Christmas morning. No matter how old we get, we still like breaking into our stockings before moving on to the bigger-ticket items. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite stocking stuffers that are appropriate for techies of all types.
If you’re shopping for someone who likes to snap photos no matter where they are, some version of a Gorillapod will surely add something to their photography arsenal. The flexible tripods are sturdy and will wrap around or onto almost any surface, giving you a stabilized shot no matter what the situation. There are versions for point-and-shoots as well as larger versions for heavier DSLR cameras.
Roku LT, $50
If you don’t have a gaming system or something fancy like an Internet TV, chances are you can’t stream Pandora or videos from your Netflix or Hulu Plus accounts through your home TV. Change all of that easily with the Roku LT set-top box. Tiny and simple, this little guy will give you access to the aforementioned plus over 300 other media channels.
For a stocking stuffer recipient who needs a solid pair of earbuds, we are inclined to recommend Thinksound’s versions, which are made in a sustainable wood housing and offer superior audio quality with almost any music. The earbuds come with comfortable foam tips and you’ll get a rich natural sound from the unique wood construction.
This one might be a little large for some stockings, but we like it so much that we had to include it anyway. If you’re gifting to a gadget-fiend, chances are that they are constantly charging their devices and have an ever-present mess of cords by their desk or nightstand. Clean up the necessary evil of charging with this fun artificial grass charging station. Your gadgets rest peacefully in the mini-lawn and the charging cords are hidden under the base.
Macro Cell Lens Band, $15
For the smartphone photographer, this tiny little add-on gives you an ultra-close look at whatever you’re aiming to capture. The sturdy rubber band features a small macro lens that slides right over your smartphone’s camera lens. Get super-close to get great photos of flowers, bugs, or any kind of detail. The rubber band lens comes with an accompanying stiff card for easy storage in a wallet or pocket.