This year, it’s easy to find a little something for the techie in your life for under $100 – stocking ready!
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – Plug this little device into your HDTV and watch content from your computer, smartphone, iPad or Android tablet on the big screen. It’s all done through your home WiFi. You won’t need a remote – you control the action from your own device. You can currently “cast” content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music onto your TV. You can also project anything in the Chrome browser onto your TV. It’s available from the Google Play Store for $35. If you want more options, check out the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player ($88 on Amazon). Roku 3 offers more entertainment choices, plus a remote control that has a headphone jack and included headphones. Lest anyone think I am dissing Apple, you can shell out a bit more dough and get the 3rd generation Apple TV for $99. Whichever you choose, you have to love how small all of these devices are.
Styli – Typing with chubby fingers is no problem with the Chromo Inc® colorful 10 pack of mini-styli (plural for stylus) for the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and more. Just attach a color-coordinated stylus to the device’s audio jack so you always have it. Around 7 bucks for the whole set.
Jazz up your iPhone camera – For the person who uses their phone as their primary camera, how about an attachable camera lens? The FOM Telescope 8X Zoom Telephoto Long Focal Camera Lens Tripod for iPhone 4 and 4S is just $12.
Custom phone case – For a personalized gift, why not a customized phone case? Use your own photo and have it made into a smartphone case. Sold by many companies online, including MyCustomCase.com and Vistaprint .
Lastly, don’t forget to give yourself a little something. If you have a Kindle and you’ve also bought print books from Amazon in the past, Amazon just started something called Kindle MatchBook. If you previously purchased an eligible print book you can now buy it for your Kindle for a song: one to three bucks. Some are even free.