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Stocking Stuffer Value Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and the Tom's Hardware Community needs your help! While the season is mostly filled with joy and cheer, it can also be full of dread. Yes, the dread of finding those unique gifts for that special someone, or, in those especially awful situations, special someones.

We in the Community know what a difficult task this can be. That last minute scramble to your nearest big box store, followed by a breathless search for what always remains a complete mystery. How does one find that special gift for that special someone?

If you’re reading this for help than you've come to the right place. Tom's Hardware is the authority in tech for a reason. It's the Community of course! We're turning to you, our dear Community members, to help us find the perfect stocking stuffer for that special geeky person in your life. We created this thread so you can offer your most awesome, most fantastic gift ideas at a value and cost that won’t break the bank.

Welcome One And All The Tom’s Hardware Stocking Stuffer Value Gift Guide!

We’ll be keeping this thread open and stickied throughout the holiday season. Show us your best deals and your go-to gift ideas for the hardware enthusiast in your life. We’re looking for items $50 and under. Think products like thermal paste, cable sleeves, USB Drives, geeky toys, and more!

To get you all started the Editorial and Community Teams have assembled a list of examples below. When submitting please be sure to link to the products and include the product name and pricing, oh and an image of the suggest product can’t hurt.

Help us help you find the perfect gift for this holiday season!


AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback
Although Nintendo's SNES Classics high up on gamers' wish lists this year, limited supply will prevent most of us from getting one of these consoles. There is an alternative, however, which also provides an enjoyable retro gaming experience. AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback comes loaded with 85 original Sega Genesis titles including Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Phantasy Star 2, Mortal Kombat, Shinobi III, and Golden Axe. The system can also play titles loaded from Sega Genesis game cartridges, comes with two wireless controllers and outputs at 720p resolution.


Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
The Raspberry Pi is one of the ultimate gifts for tech enthusiasts. You can use it to study software development, and eventually you can use it as a controller for robotic devices. Or if you aren't interested in developing software, you could use it as a lightweight computer for watching videos, browsing the web, or playing Android games. The Raspberry 3 Pi Model B is significantly more powerful than the original Raspberry Pi or the Raspberry Pi 2. It uses a Broadcomm SoC with a quad-core 1.2GHz ARM processor. The SoC uses Broadcom's VideoCore IV graphics processor as well.


Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger
Portable devices have become a part of our everyday lives, and nothing's worse than when your smartphone or tablet runs out of power while you're in the middle of using it, or worse, when you need it most. Portable power banks are an easy solution for keeping your devices charged on the go, but it is important to pick a high quality unit that is safe and works well. This power bank by Anker has a max charge of 20,000 mAh, which should be sufficient to charge your smartphone multiple times.


Akust Anti-Vibration Rubber Fan Screws
Case fans are essential to keeping your PC cool and functional, but the noise they generate can be bothersome. Anti-vibration rubber fan screws help to remedy this situation by keeping the fans from vibrating against the case, which reduces the amount of noise they produce. Because these are technically unnecessary, they often don't make it into a system builder's budget, which means your techie friends likely won't have them, which will make them very well appreciated.


Google Home Mini
This smart little voice-enabled assistant will become your best friend (or replace one of them), as it answers your queries, plays your music, controls your Nest thermostat or Philips Hue light kits (foreshadow), reminds you of appointments, stores your ideas, and much more. (And sure, it's Google, so insert favorite big brother fear here as well.) If nothing else, it's also a great party piece, solving disputes and serving as endless entertainment -- she even has a sense of humor (try telling her she looks pretty), and she'll play group-oriented games, like group trivia contests, and Mad Libs.


Silicon Power 128GB Elite microSDXC
You may question why someone would need to hold 128GB of data on their smartphone or tablet, but if you travel extensively, having this much content saved on your phone often comes in handy. That's literally days of videos and music, and it could hold dozens of large Android games. If your friend is a gamer or techie and doesn't already have one of these, they will be thankful for it. As a word of caution, however, you may want to double-check what model of smartphone they have first, because not all smartphones will accept a 128GB microSDXC.



TaoTronics Eye-Caring LED Desk Lamp
The TaoTronics Eye-Caring LED Desk Lamp can emit light in five different color modes. This lets you adjust the light to best suit your eyes and the ambient lighting of the rest of the room. This can reduce eye strain when reading over long periods, and help to make you more productive while working in your office.


Elan RFID Blocking Men's Wallet
With banks integrating NFC technology to hasten credit card transactions, it is now easier than ever for someone to steal money from your bank account. By simply standing close enough to you with an NFC enabled card reader, someone could charge your credit card without your knowledge. RFID-protected wallets can prevent this from happening by blocking radio transmissions between your credit card and card readers. This RFID-protected wallet from Elan is a fairly nice wallet as well: it's made of leather, has nine card slots, and two bill pockets.


Belkin 55-Piece Computer Tool Kit
This 55-piece tool kit has a wide range of tools for building a computer or working on electronics. The kit has the basic screw grabber and screw drivers that you find in essentially any tool kit, but it also has a soldering iron and wire cutters for repairing damaged electronics. There is also a small socket set, which really isn't useful for building a PC but still may come in handy.
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  1. Since there are a plethora of budget PC hardware items that can be gifted, listing them all would take way too long. But here are some nice little things under $50 that are good presents to any PC enthusiast.
    (I'm placing all possible gifts under spoilers to stop my reply stretching out.)

    Edit: Added additional items under: cable management, PSU peripherals, eyecandy.

    USB powered tabletop fans
    Arctic Cooling Breeze series

    Whether you're brooding over a concept in the office, you're in the university library writing term papers or the sun heats your home office - the ARCTIC table fan provides the necessary cooling on warm days. Through the USB power connection the fans connects quickly and easily with any computer and laptop.


    specs: https://www.arctic.ac/eu_en/products/accessories/usb-fan.html
    price: $8.93 - $42.66
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_89_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aarctic+breeze%2Cp_89%3AARCTIC&keywords=arctic+breeze&ie=UTF8&qid=1508160844&rnid=2528832011


    Mouse pads
    MSI Gaming

    MSI GAMING peripherals are specifically tailored for gamers and have made quite a splash in the gaming world. Dragon totemed to symbolize strength, MSI’s powerhouse of GAMING peripherals cover highly durable mechanical keyboards, high-precision gaming mice engineered with ergonomics, uniquely themed mouse pads and game-specific hardware tuning software.

    Driven by passion, MSI meticulously crafts its GAMING peripherals to incorporate both functionality and design, making them the best weapon of choice for ultimate gaming.


    specs: https://www.msi.com/Gaming-gear/#category_1153
    price: $5.35 - $32.99
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=msi+mouse+pad&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amsi+mouse+pad


    Bags
    Asus ROG Ranger Compact Case

    ROG Ranger Compact Case has loads of space and features internal pockets to hold your gaming accessories, cables, flash drives, or earphones. And with its removable carabineer, you can easily attach ROG Ranger Compact Case to your belt loops or ROG Ranger Series bag.


    specs: https://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-Ranger-Compact-Case/
    price: $29.19
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Asus-Notebook-Accessory-90XB0310-BBA000-RANGER/dp/B01N7PIJXG/


    Cable management
    EVGA PowerLink

    The EVGA Powerlink has one primary function: to make your PC look even more awesome. This adapter allows you to reroute the power inputs for your graphics card, giving you improved case airflow, a lower profile height, and best of all, cleaner wiring setup. It even supports a unique configuration system allowing you to mix and match power input types to match your EVGA graphics card. The EVGA Powerlink is the best way to revolutionize your cable management.


    specs: https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=600-PL-2816-LR
    price: $25.73
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-PowerLink-Support-Founders-600-PL-2816-LR/dp/B01MQ1YEYH

    NZXT Puck

    Store VR or audio headsets easily with Puck. It’s designed for simple, hassle-free cable management for any of your wired accessories. Split Puck apart for extended cable coverage while powerful magnets make it easy to mount on your PC case or any steel surface.


    specs: https://www.nzxt.com/products/puck-black
    price: $19.99
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nzxt+puck&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Anzxt+puck

    Thermaltake Hyperion

    HYPERION headphone cradle by Tt eSPORTS is designed specifically for gamers and music enthusiasts who appreciate their precious headphones but demand for a stand that can steadily handle any size, but most importantly to fit what you wear! The polished Battle Dragon red pillar and charcoal solid trapezoid-shape foundation base are superbly light and easy to assemble, but rock-solid like a Battle Dragon. Within 2 easy steps, HYPERION is ready to serve on your desktop.


    specs: http://www.ttesports.com/Accessories/31/Hyperion/productPage.htm?a=a&g=ftr
    price: $27.73
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/eSPORTS-HYPERION-Gaming-Headset-EAC-HC1001/dp/B009A8039G


    GPU support
    MSI Graphics Card Bolster

    Heavy gaming will never become a burden on your rig. The Bolster graphics card support features a gas spring which vertically locks in position at the top and bottom of your case. Anti-shock Rubber Bases on both ends absorb the pressure from the gas spring and prevent any damage to your case.


    specs: https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/Graphics-Card-Bolster
    price: $26.99
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GAMING-GeForce-Graphics-Bolster/dp/B01M104I2J


    PSU peripherals
    Phanteks Power Splitter

    Phanteks’ PH-PWSPR_1P2M with Patented Isolated Dual System Technology is a power splitter that will eliminate the need to use two power supplies for dual system configuration. With the Phanteks’ Power Splitter, users will be able to run two fully functional systems with only one power supply. Now you can have two individual system in one case independently of one another. The Power Splitter is cost efficient and doesn’t take up valuable space thanks to its small footprint.


    specs: http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PWSPR.html
    price: $34.99
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-Splitter-Device-PH-PWSPR_1P2M-Retail/dp/B018L60WPC

    Thermaltake Dr. Power II

    Dr. Power II is a fully automated diagnostic tool that allows full testing of the power supply and the output voltages of all of the rails and connectors to assist with diagnosis and troubleshooting of stability or non-posting issues due to faulty or unstable power supply. Support all ATX power supplies and all applicable connectors (Main 24Pin, Aux 4/8pin, Molex, 6/8Pin PCI-E, SATA) to ensure the whole power supply is running within specification. Large OCD readout shows all voltages actively within 1/10th of a volt and allows for easy diagnosis of trouble connectors or power supply units. Alarm system will notify user of abnormal behavior by the power supply to assist with easier troubleshooting of stability problems.


    specs: http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001777
    price: $31.99
    amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Automated-Supply-Oversized-Supplies/dp/B005F778JO


    Eyecandy
    Silverstone FG121 and FG141

    To meet the rising demand from enthusiasts with keen sense of style and expressive personality, SilverStone created the FG121, a 120mm fan grille with 24 integrated RGB LEDs. This brilliant kit can be controlled by hardware or software that can manipulate +12V, G, R, B, signals such as RGB LED control box or motherboard. With the FG121, any 120mm fan or fan mount can be turned into an RGB display source so users can freely choose the exact fan they want to use without being constrained by the limited number of RGB fan models.

    Note: compatible with Asus Aura Sync.


    specs 120mm: http://silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=740&area=en
    specs 140mm: http://silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=741&area=en
    price: $15.53
    amazon 120mm: https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technology-Mystic-BIOSTAR-FG121/dp/B06XGS6V7J
    amazon 140mm: https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technology-Mystic-BIOSTAR-FG141/dp/B06XGVNJP7
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  2. @Aeacus, those EVGA power management things have limitations. They only work with cards where the connectors face the PCB.



    That power splitter from Phanteks also has some requirements... The user needs to understand the limits of his/her power supply because that could possibly be used to severely overload a power supply.
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  3. weberdarren97 said:
    @Aeacus, those EVGA power management things have limitations. They only work with cards where the connectors face the PCB.

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    That power splitter from Phanteks also has some requirements... The user needs to understand the limits of his/her power supply because that could possibly be used to severely overload a power supply.

    There's a list of all compatible GPUs on EVGA site which work with EVGA PowerLink. And so is with Phanteks Power Splitter where at least 600W PSU is suggested on Phanteks site when using it.

    It's no fault of mine when user damages his/hers PC due to disregard where user failed to read product requirements from the conveniently placed product specifications links that i added with each item.
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  4. Aeacus said:
    weberdarren97 said:
    @Aeacus, those EVGA power management things have limitations. They only work with cards where the connectors face the PCB.

    video cut

    That power splitter from Phanteks also has some requirements... The user needs to understand the limits of his/her power supply because that could possibly be used to severely overload a power supply.

    There's a list of all compatible GPUs on EVGA site which work with EVGA PowerLink. And so is with Phanteks Power Splitter where at least 600W PSU is suggested on Phanteks site when using it.

    It's no fault of mine when user damages his/hers PC due to disregard where user failed to read product requirements from the conveniently placed product specifications links that i added with each item.


    That is a fair point that I'm not going to argue. Instead, I'd like to ask the staff to put a note next to power delivery items that users should be familiar with their electrical setups and understand the limits of said items before purchasing.
    Reply to weberdarren97
  5. Have your friend's Coffee Lake / Kaby Lake CPU professionally delided for about $40 plus shipping.
    Include Binning for about $20 more.
    https://siliconlottery.com/collections/all/products/delid
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  6. Turn your TV, old stereo or any other soundsystem with a 3.5mm connector into a wireless soundsystem with Google Chromecast Audio: https://express.google.com/u/0/product/4634594623146443257_9366747107456136107_6136318?mall=Rockies2&directCheckout=1&utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=product_ads&utm_campaign=gsx&dclid=CPmAnqnKjtcCFcejswodYaYNTQ

    Warning, I have not tried this product and do not know anyone who has. There will likely be limitations that I'm not aware of.
    Reply to weberdarren97
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