Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas


Christmas is nearly here, and while most of your shopping is probably done, there's still time to pick up a few stocking stuffers for that tech enthusiast in your life. This article is comprised of budget-friendly items that should fit into your typical Christmas stocking. (For a full list of gift ideas for you late shoppers, see our Holiday Gift Guide.) You can also check out our Deals page to find out where to get the best prices on PC components.

If you still have gifts to buy, you should order soon though, because there are just a few days left to order stuff from Amazon if you want to get it before Christmas.

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Actionpie BS1 Earbuds

Actionpie designed these headphones with two 6mm neodymium drivers in each earbud. According to the company, this allows the headphones to generate deeper bass and higher quality audio with less noise than traditional earbuds that use just one driver in each ear.

Pilot Automotive CA-9911PK4 USB AAA Batteries

These AAA batteries have a high 1040mAh power rating and can be fully recharged in just two hours by any standard USB port. A must-have if you use a lot of devices that require AAA batteries.

Innova 3320 Multimeter

This UL-certified multimeter is designed to be safe and to provide accurate readings on a wide variety of devices. Although it may lack some features found on higher-end multimeters, such as the ability to read temps and RPM speeds, it should work well for hobbyist projects and basic repair work.

Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad

Corsair manufactured this mouse pad out of a resilient anti-fray cloth material. With dimensions of 930mm X 300mm, it gives you a wide area to move your mouse without having to worry about running off the mouse pad.

Rosewill RWCB-1612 120mm Fan

This fan is designed for incredibly quiet operation. Noise production is rated as low as 6.9dBA when the fan is operating at its slowest speed. This increases to a max of 26.2dBA when the PWM hardware kicks the fan up to full speed.

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NZXT Sentry 3

This fan controller fits into a standard 5.25" bay. It has a total of five 15W channels that can be controlled via the touch-screen controls shown in the image above.

Anker USB 3.0 4-Port Hub

This USB hub was crafted with an aluminum chassis, and it can support up to four USB 3.0 devices, and will provide data transfer speeds of 5 Gb/s. Plus it'll fit in your pocket.

Senpaic 4-Inch Personal USB Desk Fan

This desk fan was designed for quiet operation and can be powered via a single USB port. Why have all of those USB ports if you're not going to use them. Comes with two speed settings, and 360-degree positional adjustment. Also comes in white.

P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Power Monitor

P3 designed this power monitor to be accurate to within 0.2%. The monitor can keep long-term track of a devices power usage, and it can calculate that device's estimated energy cost over time.

Rii i8+ Mini Wireless Keyboard With Touchpad

This wireless keyboard is pocket-sized and has a small touchpad. It comes with a rechargeable battery, and the new 2017 edition adds back-lighting to improve visibility in dark areas.

Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.
  • Flame_Runner_Fast
    Please remove that mm. A mm should not have a socket that measures volrage and amperage on one socket, unless you want to blow up your low-level electronics.
  • nitrium
    20484133 said:
    Please remove that mm. A mm should not have a socket that measures volrage and amperage on one socket, unless you want to blow up your low-level electronics.
    Not sure what you mean. It has a com, and then a separate socket for measuring voltage (right) and amperage (left).

  • alextheblue
    The Lithium polymer AA/AAA/etc batteries with the built in USB charger are neat. It is slightly annoying that you can only charge them via USB, due to the higher voltage requirements of the actual LiPo cell. Both rated cycles and subjective data (reviews) seem to indicate durability isn't as good as decent NiMH batteries (Eneloops or similar). But for most usage probably still good enough.

    Also they're not exactly the same size as standard batteries... some devices may have issues with fitment, as these are longer than standard AAAs. I imagine the AAs suffer from similar issues. So you have to keep that in mind. The mAh rating in many rechargeable lithium batteries is also questionable, but these converter-equipped batteries do output 1.5V - unlike NiMH competition. That's a huge coup for devices that have issues with lower-voltage NiMH batteries, which previously might have only run well with disposables.

    Anyway I wish more companies would go the route Kentli does with their Li-ion AA/AAA batteries... they added a recessed ring so you have a 3.7V terminal for charging as well as the 1.5V output terminal. I'm not sure how GOOD the Kentli batteries actually are, and they are not priced competitively, but the concept is really excellent.