There are many useful gifts you can get for gadget lovers that won't break your gift-giving budget. Here are a few easy and cheap gift ideas that will still convey your thoughtfulness.
Handango offers thousands of mobile apps and games for every mobile platform. If your gift recipient uses an Android, iPhone or iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, or Palm device, chances are this gift certificate will be put to good use. Choose a gift certificate amount from $5 to $100 (which would get you a lot of apps!).
Limited-edition accessories for music lovers, Headphonies are portable mini speakers with great character (pun intended). You can connect the Headphonie to your computer or mobile device, and the sound quality and performance from something so, well, cute and toy-like is actually remarkable. Various designer characters available including Hello Kitty, Sumo (a sumor wrestler), Koko (monkey), and Inked (tattooed), as well as Skully (shown).
Magazine subscriptions can continue to inform and inspire for months after the gifting occasion, which is probably why they're popular gifts (besides being pretty inexpensive). Find out which computer magazine -- or, if your recipient is more of an entrepreneur, which business magazine -- would be best to give.
This handheld luggage scale was included in my list of unique gadget gifts for everyone because anyone who air travels would probably want to avoid the hefty fees for overweight luggage.
Another common issue that many of us face is a laptop that gets too hot. A laptop cooling pad, such as this one from Belkin, is a practical gift that can not only make the laptop more comfortable to use, but also extend its battery life and protect the computer from the dangers of overheating.
This cushion is ergonomically designed for lower back support and promoting better posture, so it's a great gift to give road warriors who spend a lot of time driving (DC adapter included) or office users who are tied to their desk chairs (needs optional AC adapter). Plus, the lumbar cushion has vibrating massage and heat therapy for your back muscles...is there anyone who wouldn't appreciate that?