Gah! The gift exchange period is here. Whether you are at the office, or part of a community, the gift exchange tradition always has to happen. If you’re playing Secret Santa then you’d probably know what the person wants already but if it’s played in anonymous mode, well, we better start thinking up ideas to not come out looking like the Grinch.
Geeky gifts are all the hype these past few Christmases and if you have stumbled upon this post, you are probably looking for suggestions. For your safety, do not get these gifts for your loved ones (at least break the USD$10 limit for them).
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For the rest of us, here are 30+ ideas of what to get for that gift exchange part, for under USD$10.
Another interesting flash drive aimed at the young at heart community. And it doubles as the perfect office desk decor.
Ideal for the photographer friend who just can’t stop going on about lenses and tripods and camera accessories. This will complete his accessories collection for sure.
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Know a friend who keeps misplacing his flash drives? This would be great as a gift exchange idea. Comes in black and white, and there’s a 16GB version too.
Tame your cables and wires with these neat (in every sense of the word) cable clips. You can even mount it on the side of the desk with its stick on back. This is a gift that would be appreciated by anyone who works in the office.
Don’t worry, there is no magnetism involved in this. Silicon suction cups help it stick safely too just about any electronic gadget. The magnet structure makes it the perfect stand and cable holders. Genius!
If you have a really messy co-worker who just can’t get his cables together, let the cable monkey lend a hand, or a super long tail!
Know a team-mate who complains that his coffee never stays hot long enough? He needs a warmer, a mug warmer.
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A light show worthy of distracting anyone from work, or Facebook, or working on Facebook. Plus, it looks like it would cost more than USD10. Goes to show that it’s always a good idea to shop for a bargain.
Here’s a flash drive with an old school security lock. This is a great gift for your friends who keep forgetting their passwords and gets locked out of their flash drive’s contents. Three digits should be a lot easier to remember.
The ‘gift’ by the office’s ultimate prankster, this phantom flash drive will trigger mouse movements and random keystrokes in an unsuspecting victim’s computer. The only drawback is if you become one of the receiver’s many victims.
When the computer gives up on you, you Ctrl-Alt-Delete the heck out of it but when you need a break, here’s an alternative Ctrl-Alt-Delete break you will probably enjoy. Flip it over and share a cuppa with a fellow colleauge in the pantry. This way, everyone gets a break.
Great for group water sports, all you do with this ball is throw it around on water. It skips off the water surface and is even strong enough to knock a can off upon impact.
How could anyone hate these suicidal birds? Collect all six of them and you can even have an Angry Bird show down at the party itself.
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Stuffed with geek speak like FAIL, LOL and Meh, this Geek Ball brings a new twist to the magic 8-ball we grew up with. Magic Geek Ball, Will you be a great gift exchange idea? "Loading…"
There must be someone in the office you really really loves these zombies. Get them their favorite cellulose-based arsenal or the funky disco zombie to plonk on their desk. BRAINS!!
You know how red is hot and blue is cold in the washroom? This special LED faucet nozzle actually makes your water flow change color as it leaves the faucet.
Step 1, try to rig Santa’s gift bag so that your best buddy gets this gift. Step 2, make him wear this in the office for a week. Step 3, have a great Christmas!
Here’s an absolute fun for one who is crazy about sketching. It’s time to start sketching or doodling in 3D!
Stress balls can only help so much with getting all your murderous urges out of the system. But this disease ball really takes it up to a whole new level!
Seriously. No batteries, no cables to plug in; just add water and you have yourself a clock. Perfect for the colleague with the greenest cubicle.
Great barnacles! This is a nifty idea Now you can let your phone stand on an angle to the desk or stick it on the windscreen of your car for easy access. ($4.95)
These 7-color glow balls can be placed on the work desk or placed on water (they float) to set the mood, although we could think of plenty of other ways to use it – it’s great with kids!($6.39)
If you’ve got a lot of karaoke fans in the office, chances are they sing in the shower too. This little baby is going to make their shower-singing event all the more realistic. You can actually tune in to your favorite station while in the shower. ($9.59)
A 48-page notepad featuring prints of balls from 8 diffferent sports. Crumple up a page for a few rounds of wastepaper basketball.
This heat-changing mug, when filled with hot water, will light up with a scene from the legendary game Pac-Man. A perfect gift for any retro gamer.
Are your kids afraid of the dark? This Batman night light comes with a built-in sensor that turns on the light when it is dark. With Batman watching over you, there is nothing to fear.
Who wants some shark fin ice cubes? Iconic Jaws theme not included – you’ll have to hum it yourself.
Get a totally unique wooden spoon that is personalised with your name and a short message for just 9 bucks.
On a cold winter’s day, what can be better than having a beanie with comfortable built-in headphones? It comes with a 3.5mm output and is made of 100% cotton.
Love Minesweeper? This is the scratch card slash postcard version. There are two levels, easy (80 mines) and hard (120 mines). The problem is, you have to stick your own flags one at a time.
Get rid of smudges on your screens with Dustin Screen Cleaner. There are two sides to each cleaner: one side wipes away bigger messes and the other erases fingerprints or smudges.
They may have done away with Kodak film but you can still have one of these as a waterproof toilet paper container.