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like-pillow-300It’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 The Holidays Are Almost Here! Let Us Help You Buy The Perfect Gift The Holidays Are Almost Here! Let Us Help You Buy The Perfect Gift It's almost the end of November, and in many parts of the world the holidays are fast approaching. Although Christmas is not celebrated in my country, I know all about the agony of choosing gifts.... Read More , 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 Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Read More .

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 happydecals, 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.

Login Books by GunnySack


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.

Videogame Themed Wallets & More by 1UPGallery


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.

Amazing iPhone Cases by CRAFIC


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.

Chisel iPhone Dock by iSkelter


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.

eReader KleverCase


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.

Original Wooden Equipment Stands by NotchedArt


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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  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    The KleverCase and Video Game Wallet are amazing.
    The bamboo dock is nice too, but I don't have iPhone.

  2. Mac Witty
    December 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Chisel iPhone Dock by iSkelter was great
    Would like to have a "upside down" facebook like pillow

  3. Dee Wheat
    December 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Or you can buy some clear static cling film and print whatever you wish on it and then slap it on your laptop.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Cool DIY idea, but I'm not sure it would make a nice present. :)

      • Dee Wheat
        December 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

        That depends on a number of things, but a lot of it is how much effort you are willing to put into it. You can use anything....clip art, ransom or geometric designs, scenery pics, or you could dig out and scan in some old, very personal (not intimate, but perhaps childhood vacation, that kind of thing) and keep arranging and test printing until it looks perfect and then print it off on clear, or even white, static clean.

        These work nicely for smaller electronics as well.

        • Yaara Lancet
          December 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

          When you put it that way, it sounds really cool. :) Thanks!

        • Dee Wheat
          December 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

          Yaara, it really can end up being fun, and it seems to fill that need for something for someone you care about that tells them you put a lot more into it than a trip to Amazon.

          I need to warn you, though, as people see it, and see the possibilities for personalization that just aren't mass-commercial practical, be prepared to end up getting requests from other people who want one too! It might even be a way to generate some side income.

      • Dee Wheat
        December 7, 2012 at 1:12 am

        Sorry, random, not ransom.

  4. Anonymous
    December 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    awesome!! just too lazy to make them...

  5. Shahbaz Amin
    December 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Some interesting ideas, thanks!!

  6. muotechguy
    December 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Loving the ideas, except the login book, which has to be the most insanely stupid security risk I have ever heard of. There's a reason why password locker apps have a password on themselves; imagine the hell one would cause if a thief got a hold of this "unencrypted" login book.

    • Adrian Rea
      December 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Well yes and no. I write down passwords in a particular formula. So long as you keep to a specific method of reading the password then they are probably safer. EG So on the first line you change the first character by 1 so an a becomes b
      4 becomes 5 and either use ascii or keyboard layout for $ to become %. On the second line, change the second letter etc.
      Or use another method. The book is less likely to be lost, it wont be wiped, copied, hacked. and if someone steals it they would have to manually type in the password and try to work out the changes to decode it.
      I agree it is not perfect but no system is 100% perfect.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      I totally agree, of course, but as you well know, some people actually write down their passwords like that regardless of how risky it is. I thought it better to have something like this than pieces of paper lying around which can get lost.

      But yes, it's definitely not very secure. :)

  7. Douglas Mutay
    December 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I like the iPhone case. Original idea!

  8. Gerald Huber
    December 5, 2012 at 2:42 am

    really sweet stuff here. Thanks for the article

  9. Shirley Lim
    December 5, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Hm ... so cool & creative - might just check them out for the holidays. Thanks for sharing! :)