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Gifts for your tech-driven friends and family can sometimes complicate the shopping list and put a significant dent in your budget.
If you’ve got a few extra rands to splurge on your loved ones, however, here a few great items under R500 worth considering.
For tech gifts at other price points, visit our other Gearburn Gift Guides here.
With load shedding hanging over South Africa this December, there’s no going wrong with a reliable power bank to make sure your friends and family can stay connected when the lights go out.
For example, over on Loot, you can get the Adata P20000D Power Bank for a neat R315 and charge two devices at once thanks to its dual USB ports.
With 20000mAh worth of capacity, the Adata P20000D will make a powerful companion in dark times.
Even though true wireless earphones are the in thing in 2019, wireless earphones and headphones still make for great gifts.
I personally love my JBL T110 Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones, so much so that I waited several months until I found the exact same pair to replace ones I had lost.
The sound is clear and the bass is decent, what more could you need from a casual pair of earphones? They’re affordable too, and you can bag them for R399 on Takealot.
Retro-style wireless keyboard
Something that’s been sitting on my wishlist for a while now is a retro-style keyboard. The problem? They’re pretty expensive, especially if you want to go wireless.
Luckily for me, however, I found the Astrum Wireless Deskset on Takealot for a fair R379. Though its not as fancy as most hipster type-writer keyboards, the device does features retro round keys and a smooth finish, plus it also comes with a wireless mouse.
Previous buyers gave the Astrum keyboard 5-star reviews too, so I’m pretty sure the writers you’re shopping for will appreciate this one.
Phone lens kit
If you’re shopping for a tech enthusiast who enjoys smartphone photography, a lens kit might just make the perfect gift.
Sure, phone lenses won’t produce professional-level stuff, but they’re still fun to experiment with during the holidays, especially if the recipient of this gift has a good camera on their smartphone.
Though phone lens kits can get quite expensive, the Ax Lens Kit featuring both wide and macro lenses is one option that’ll cost you R397 on Takealot.
Its compatible with Apple, Samsung and Huawei devices, and has a healthy list of positive reviews too.
Wireless fast charger
Once again, in the midst of load shedding, we’re all striving to keep our devices charged and ready. That’s why a wireless fast charger makes for another great gift this festive season.
For R495, you can get the Romoss 10W Qi Compliant Wireless Charging Pad on Takealot.
The 4-star rated device is compatible with all Qi enabled smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro.
Mini air conditioner
Summertime’s hot and air conditioning is expensive, so what better solution than a quirky but practical mini air cooler?
In fact, you can get the USB powered and energy efficient Alva Air Cool Cube for R394.
According to reviews, the little device is great for personal cooling in small spaces.
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