It’s that time of year again, when everyone is scrambling to look for the perfect gift for family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else of importance. We already told you about ways to give the perfect gift, if you don’t mind getting some help in choosing from your recipients, but understandably, many of you would want to keep the gift as a surprise.
Since we’re all tech lovers here to some extent, I’m assuming you’re reading this post because you’re looking for some great, original techy gift ideas. We’ve already given you some great ideas for tech gifts anyone would love, but not everyone can afford or even wants to gift these gadgets, amazing as they are. When it comes to gift-giving, it’s not just the price that counts, but the thought behind it, the originality of it, and the plain coolness factor, and this is where handmade gifts come into play. And for such gifts, there’s no place like Etsy.
Being a tech-lover and craft lover, I’ve spent considerable time browsing the techy Etsy offerings, and the general conclusion I’ve reached is that I want about 75% of everything I’ve seen. Considering that, I’m sure you’re going to find at least one amazing gift for a loved-one in the list below, all of which ship worldwide. Good hunting!
Awesome Laptop Decal
Laptops are getting increasingly popular, and almost anyone who buys a computer these days will opt for one. But alas, laptops, even by Apple, have this annoying tendency to all look the same. Decals are brilliant stickers that can go a long way to personalizing your laptop a bit, and luckily, are available in almost every conceivable shape and color and are made to fit almost any existing laptop or tablet. Now all you have to do is choose your favorite one. On etsy, you should definitely check out MiracleDecal, which offers the awesome Super Mario decal you see above, alone with numerous other options, many of which, but not all, are made especially for Macs. Another great store to check out is , where you can find lots and lots of decals themed around the famous Apple.
While all the really cool decals on Etsy seem to revolve around Apple laptops, remember that you can stick them on any laptop, and most of them come in either black or white. If you’re looking for decals in other colors, you can check out the offerings on ThatsTotallyCool.
How much will it cost you? An average decal costs around $6-$7, with an additional $6 for shipping.
While it might seem ludicrous to some, there are many users who still prefer writing their usernames and passwords on plain old paper with plain old pens. And if you’re going to do this anyway, why not do it in a beautiful and dedicated logon book? GunnySack offers dozens of these books in all shapes and colors, each with 360 spaces for website name, logon and password hint. This can be used to write down actual passwords (keep it safe!) or for mere password hints. It’s small enough to be carried everywhere, and the only thing it’s missing is a master password (or lock) to lock everything in. Definitely a cute thought, but don’t get it to anyone who’s prone to losing things!
How much will it cost you? One logon book is $10, shipping is $2.95-$6.95, depending on where you are in the world.
Really, how awesome is that? If something from this store doesn’t make a videogame lover happy, I don’t know what will. The wallet you see above comes in 10 different colors, and can hold anything from change and credit cards to an Mp3 player or headphones. If you browse the store, you’ll also find Nintendo cartridge desk clocks, videogame earrings and cufflinks, and more. I want one!
How much will it cost you? A wallet like this will cost you $20, with $5.95-$14.95 for shipping. Browse the store for other prices.
iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but the ones on Crafic are truly jaw-dropping. No, I’m not exaggerating – after browsing this store for a while, I’m now sorrier than ever that I don’t own an iPhone, and am seriously considering getting one just so I can put one of these cases to use. The store offers over 100 different cases, each more original and beautiful than the next. No matter who it is you’re shopping for, you’re going to find a perfect fit in this store. From the retro camera case you see above, to cases emulating watercolor sets, makeup sets, a Gameboy, a retro amplifier and even an ice-cream sandwich – these guys have truly thought of everything. The store offers cases for iPhone 4, 4S and 5.
How much will it cost you? The cases range between $17-$20, with shipping ranging from $3 to $7, depending on the item and your country.
Techy Decorative Pillows
This one is for real techies who will feel comfortable decorating their house with these geeky pillows. You can find a huge selection of these at giftpillows, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Windows, iTunes, and more. They come in a variety of colors and designs, are all handmade out of fleece and are 12×12 inches (30x30cm) in size. If you want to go all out, you can get the famous Ctrl – Alt – Del cushion covers from GoldenDesignBoutique. This is a set of three and comes in two different colors. It doesn’t get much more original than this.
How much will it cost you? Each decorative pillow is $19 or $20, with shipping ranging from $5 to $10. The Ctrl – Alt – Del cushion covers are around $50 for the set, with $4-$12 shipping.
For iPhone owners, there are two ways to go. You can either get the accessories everyone has, or you can get something truly original, and if it’s a gift – all the better. The Chisel dock is handcrafted from bamboo, and is available for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S or iPhone 4. When you get right down to it, it’s not much more than a stand, but with its special cord slot, its ability to rotate and its all-around beautiful design, it can make a perfect gift for any iPhone owner with a taste for simplicity.
How much will it cost you? Chisel for iPhone 5 is $39, while Chisel for iPhone 4 & 4S is $29. Shipping is $7-$17, depending on where in the world you are.
The age of eBooks is upon us, and no matter how much we love paper books, it’s hard to ignore the simplicity and accessibility of eBooks. You think of a book, and after 5 minutes you’re reading it. Paper can’t compete with that. So here’s a way to combine the best of both worlds (sort of), with a retro book cover for all models of Kindle, the Kobo Touch, or the Nexus 7. The cases are made to look like old books, and do a pretty good job at mimicking them, at least on the outside. They come in 11 different designs including Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Einstein’s Theory and more. If you want, you can also get a customized case with your own text. There’s even a special James Bond edition!
How much will it cost you? The regular cases are $41 and a customized one is $57. Shipping ranges between $2.95 to $16, depending on where you are in the world.
If you’re looking to spend a bit more, and know someone who will appreciate this clash between the vintage and hi-tech, be prepared to spend some time browsing NotchedArt’s wooden stands. The awesome iPad TV you see above is just a glimpse into the wonderful and quirky ideas that come to life in this store. Most of these stands and docks are made for iOS devices, each with a shape and functionality unlike anything I’ve seen before. Not something I would ever get for myself, which actually makes it the perfect gift.
How much will it cost you? The stands range from $25 for the simplest ones, all the way to $99 for the one you see above. Shipping for these varies as well, starting at $7 and going all the way up to $40, depending on country and item.
This Is Just A Tiny Selection
Etsy is chock full of amazing handmade techy items that can make perfect gift for the holidays and any other time of the year. If you didn’t see anything that meets your fancy, don’t give up. You can browse endless gift ideas for tech lovers on Etsy, and after you’ve done this for a while, it would be impossible to remain giftless.
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