Gift Exchange Ideas: 30+ Gifts to Get Under $10

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).

For the rest of us, here are 30+ ideas of what to get for that gift exchange part, for under USD$10.

Transformer USB Flash Memory Drive 4GB

Another interesting flash drive aimed at the young at heart community. And it doubles as the perfect office desk decor.

Transformer USB Flash Memory Drive 4GB
DSLR Camera USB Drive

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.

More: Gifts for photographers.

Nikon Camera USB Drive
Black Wristband USB Flash Memory Drive 8GB

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.

Black Wristband USB Flash Memory Drive 8GB
Muted Cable Management System

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.

More: Organizers to tame your cables and wires.

Muted
iMag Magnet Phone Stand

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!

iMag Magnet Phone Stand
Cable Monkey Cable Organizer

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!

More: Organizers to tame your cables and wires.

Cable Monkey Cable Organizer
USB Mug Warmer

Know a team-mate who complains that his coffee never stays hot long enough? He needs a warmer, a mug warmer.

USB Mug Warmer
USB Plasma Ball

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.

USB Plasma Ball
USB Flash Drive Security Lock

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.

USB Flash Drive Security Lock
Phantom Keystroker

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.

Phantom Keystroker
Ctrl-Alt-Delete Cup Set

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.

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Cup Set
Waboba

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.

Waboba
Angry Birds Mini Plush with Sound

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.

More: Angry birds goodies

Angry Birds Mini Plush with Sound
Geek Ball

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…"

More: Gifts for geeks, or geek dads.

Geek Ball
Plants vs. Zombies Vinyl Figures

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!!

Plants vs. Zombies Vinyl Figures
LightInTheBox LED Kitchen Sink Faucet Sprayer Nozzle

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.

LightInTheBox LED Kitchen Sink Faucet Sprayer Nozzle
Light Up Flashing Shoelaces

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!

Light Up Flashing Shoelaces
3-D Drawing Pad

Here’s an absolute fun for one who is crazy about sketching. It’s time to start sketching or doodling in 3D!

3-D Drawing Pad
Infectious Disease Balls

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!

Infectious Disease Balls
Hydro Power Clock

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.

Hydro Power Clock
Barnacle

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)

BARNACLE
Light Changing Glow Ball

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)

Light Changing Glow Ball
Tap Shower Radio

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)

Tap Shower Radio
Work-Less Play-More Notepad

A 48-page notepad featuring prints of balls from 8 diffferent sports. Crumple up a page for a few rounds of wastepaper basketball.

Work-Less Play-More Notepad
Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug

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.

Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug
Batman Night Light

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.

Batman Night Light
Shark Fin Ice cube Tray

Who wants some shark fin ice cubes? Iconic Jaws theme not included – you’ll have to hum it yourself.

Shark Fin Ice cube Tray
Personalised Wooden Spoon

Get a totally unique wooden spoon that is personalised with your name and a short message for just 9 bucks.

Personalised Wooden Spoon
Beanie hat With Built-in headphones

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.

Beanie hat With Built-in headphones
Minesweeper Post Card

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.

Minesweeper Post Card
Dustin Screen Cleaner

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.

Dustin Screen Cleaner
100 Film Toilet Paper Box

They may have done away with Kodak film but you can still have one of these as a waterproof toilet paper container.

100 Film Toilet Paper Box
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