Christmas is coming up fast, and many of us are looking for inexpensive gifts to fill out our Christmas gift lists. The iMums are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas that cost under $30 and will be popular with anyone who finds them in their Christmas Stocking this year. We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend.
iSlip Microfiber Screen Cleaner
Are you constantly trying to clean fingerprints and smudges from your iPad, iPad mini, Android or eReader but can never find a cleaning cloth? Cooper Products have an innovative solution with the iSlip. The iSlip is a strip of high quality microfibre cleaning cloth combined with a rugged elastic strip. It slips onto your tablet or eReader and if you leave it there whenever you are not using your device you’ll always have a cleaning cloth on hand. Available in 2 sizes to fit the full-sized iPad and the iPad Mini/ kindle Available in a variety of colors and prints from Cooper Product for US$8.95 including free shipping.
TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus with Microfiber Tip
The Truglide Pro Precision Stylus from LynkTec features a durable microfiber tip that glides smoothly across the screen. The microfiber tip is just 5mm in diameter. The barrel is slim but nicely weighted to give a good writing experience. It has removable interchangeable tips- you just screw the bottom of the barrel and screw in a new tip, as well as the standard tip there is also a paintbrush tip available for when you are in a creative mood. This is a great stylus for the adults on your shopping list. Available from LynkTec.com or Amazon tru-glide precision pro for US$21.95 -$29.95
eFreesia Duo Charger by eFreesia
Looking for power on the go for your iPad, smartphone or other tablet? efreesia recently introduced the Duo charger featuring 5 amps that allows it to charge an iPad or two smartphones at the same time. The slim charger is compatible with a variety of devices including Kindle Fire, Android Smartphones and most USB compatible services. The device was ready to use out of the box, simply plug in your phone or tablet and then press the small power button and watch your power start rising. There are four levels of power, and when the lights get down to 1 or 2 it is time to charge. Once the battery on your device is charged, simply unplug the Duo and it will automatically shut off within 20 seconds of not being used. I loved the slim profile of the charger which featured integrated cords as well as being about the same size as my iPhone 4s. This charger features a built in USB cable for charging your micro USB smartphone as well as another cable to charge the device. There are two ports, the 5V 2.1A port is best for tablets like the iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Kindle Fire and the like while the 5V 1A port is best for smartphones, iPod Touch and other devices which require a lower level of batteries. Read our review Available from eFreesia for $22.99
Ergo Stylus by Pencil Grip
If you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues the Ergo Stylus by Pencil grip is a great choice. It is a chunky stylus, similar in size to a fat marker pen and with an ergonomic Pencil Grip built in. The Pencil Grip itself is a pear- shaped, flexible grip, which is triangular in cross-section. The Pencil Grip holds the fingers in a relaxed position by supporting the first knuckle of the thumb and index finger, encouraging the user to use a full hand and arm action when writing. It works for both right and left-handed users. Read our full review here. Available from AmazonThe Pencil Grip Ergo Stylus, Ergonomic Touch-Screen Writing Aid (TPG-654)
Agloves Sport Touchscreen Gloves by Agloves
Do you love using your touchscreen device, but hate those chilly mornings when you can’t wear your gloves because you want to use your iPhone? Agloves solve this problem – they fit under your regular gloves or can be worn stand alone and allow you to use your touchscreen device. They are not necessarily warm, but they do the trick and allow you to use your device while keeping your fingers covered up fromo a chill! Available from Agloves on Amazon for US$19.99
Tylt Band Car Charger by Tylt
When getting in the car – I almost always realize my iPhone has a low battery! Lucky for me – I can simply plug in my Band Car Charger and start charging up my phone. I really like this charger because the 2.1A of power means I can charge two smartphones at once – one with the integrated 30 pin Apple cable and the second with a secondary cable. I’ve used it with both my iPhone and a micro-USB at the same time and both have charged fast! You can also use it to charge a tablet such as an iPad by itself! When not in use, the Band Car Charger coils up nicely for storing in the center console. Available from Tylt for US$29.99
Griffin Flat AUX Cable by Griffin
I love to listen to music in my car and have a lot of it stored on my iPhone. The AUX cable connects your iPod, MP3 Player, iPad, iPhone or any device that has a headphone jack directly to your car using the AUX input and then you can play your music or even your favorite podcasts via your car stero. The cable is flat, so you can curl it up and store in the center console when not in use – I store mine in an old glasses case so that it doesn’t get mangled and is easy to pull out on the go. This is a must for any audio lover in your family! Available from Griffin for US$19.99
Avantree Mini Rollable Bluetooth Keyboard by Avantree
Avantree Mini Roll-able Bluetooth Keyboard from Avantree put my true typing skills to the test. This miniature roll up keyboard makes typing with your tablet (any Bluetooth enabled tablet will work) or smartphone easier. The keyboard has approximately a 32 foot/10 meter cordless range – although I doubt you would use it that far from your device and when you are done, you simply roll it up and stow it for the next time. The keyboard is a regular full function keyboard which means that some of the keys did not work while using my iPad like the F1 – F12 keys although they did work to turn on and off my music. The keyboard charges via a included USB cable directly to your computer or other USB included charger. Read our review of the keyboard Available from Mobile Fun for US$25.99
Flexiview by Cygnett
Looking for a slim stand to hold your iPad 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the counter? I use my Flexiview when cooking and using my iPad for recipes. This slim stand folds down flat and stores easily in a drawer when not in use and is the perfect addition to my kitchen! I’ve also used it with a mini keyboard to turn my iPad Mini into a small monitor with a keyboard. Available from Cygnett for US$23.99
The iPhone Viewfinder by Photojojo
This viewfinder attaches to your iPhone screen and becomes an eye piece just like the ones on your digital cameras using a section cup to vacuum itself into place without leaving any marks and attaches to a screen protector for use as well. Although it may look odd, I find it does a great job in helping me frame shots with my iPhone on the go and slips easily into my pocket. Available from Photojojo for US$30.00
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For additional gift ideas check out our other Christmas Shopping lists : The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Tech Savvy Kids 2013, Christmas Gifts for Tech Savvy Moms and Dads, and these articles from The iMums: Cool Accessories for Cool kids 2012, Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids, Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for Women, Great Gifts for Dads -iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories He’ll Love, Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.