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20 gadget stocking fillers for under £20

All the best Christmas stocking-stuffers and Secret Santa gifts for any gadget lover.

Stuck for a gift for the office round-robin of gift-giving? Want a little something extra to give alongside your nearest and dearest's 'main present'? Let our Secret Santa-friendly round-up of stocking-fillers lead the way.

Prices were correct at the time of writing.

Looking for a show-stopping, de-luxe gadget gift instead? We've got you covered here.

1 Retro handheld games console: (Amazon price: £15.99)

Retro handheld games console

This 8-Bit classic portable games console comes with an impressive 162 games already preloaded on it.

This includes classic games, such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Pacman along with newer hits, like Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies.

Find it here: Retro handheld games console

2 Emoji portable phone charger: (Amazon price: £12.95)

Emoji phone charger

Pretty much anyone with a smartphone will be all too familiar with the dreaded low battery warning. Luckily, this external battery back will give your phone a much-needed boost when you’re out and about. And it’s small enough to fit in your bag or pocket too.

Best of all it comes in a range of cute emoji designs. My favourite is the unicorn, just in case Santa’s reading this.

Find it here: Emoji portable phone charger

3 Google Cardboard (Amazon price: £5.95)

Google Cardboard

Virtual Reality headsets are all the rage at the moment. But, if you don’t have the budget for a top of the range one, the Google Cardboard is an excellent alternative.

As both the name and the price would suggest, this headpiece is actually made out of cardboard. Still, don’t be fooled by its slightly flimsy appearance.

Simply download a VR app from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store, slot your smartphone into the Cardboard and immerse yourself in a virtual world.

Find it here: Google Cardboard

4 Star Wars R2-D2 VR Viewer (Amazon price: £17.99)

R2-D2 virtual reality viewer

Although it’s just the standard Google Cardboard viewer dressed in R2-DR livery, this is a serious object de desir for the uSwitch Tech team.

Not only does it look great. It’s also the perfect way to experience the official Star VR Jakku Spy app that takes you inside George Lucas’ flyblown, lived-in universe and casts you as a Resistance secret agent.

The Star Wars viewer is also available in Stormtrooper, BB-8 and Kylo Ren varieties.

Find it here: R2-D2 VR Viewer.

5 Jack Rabbit headphone splitters (Amazon price: £7.50)

Jackrabbit headphone splitter

In our opinion, music should definitely be a shared experience. These headphone splitters let you plug two different pairs of headphones into your device at the same time.

So, you can both listen to the same song or watch the same film or TV clip without having to do that very inconvenient (and slightly gross) thing of sharing one pair of earbuds with your friend.

This is a great little gadget to keep in your pocket. After all, you never know when you’re going to hear a song that you just have to share with the person next to you.

Find it here: Jack Rabbit headphone splitters

6 Jooyle bluetooth mini animal speaker: £14.99

Animal mini speaker

This cutesy little speaker is perfect for anyone who’s both an animal lover and a music lover.

Surprisingly loud for its dinky dimensions it’s definitely a present that’s cool for cats.

Find it here: Jooyle bluetooth mini animal speaker

7 Darth Vader light-up keyring (Amazon price: £5.99)

Darth Vader keyring light

Neat Sith Lord keyring-torch mash-up. Mirrors the Dark and Light sides of Vader’s personality too.

Find it here: Darth Vader light-up keyring.

8 Thumbs Up Retro Games Controller (Amazon price: £9.38)

Thumbs up retro games controller

Plug-and-play console-in-joystick that includes 200 arcade games. We’re awarding extra points for the design that nods to Competition Pro joysticks for the Commodore 64.

Find it here: Thumbs Up Games Controller

9 Desktop arcade game (Amazon price: £15.71)

Mini arcade machine

You could be forgiven for thinking this is yet another gimmicky gift that will be gathering dust from Boxing Day onwards. But this desktop toy actually comes preloaded with 240 classic arcade games to keep any retro gamer amused way past the festive season.

It looks exactly like a retro arcade machine and is controlled by two tiny buttons and a miniature joystick. It’s also small enough to get away with having on your desk, so it makes a great Secret Santa gift for a colleague.

Find it here: Desktop arcade game

10 Smartphone projector (Amazon price: £14.97)

Smartphone projector

This is another really fun retro gift that’s actually far smarter than the cardboard exterior would lead you to believe.

You can use this nifty little device to project films and photos from your phone onto a wall. So, you can essentially recreate your own authentic cinematic experience for you and your friends.

Perfect for themed movie nights and retro parties, you can project films and TV shows pretty much anywhere.

Find it here: Smartphone projector

11 Bluetooth shower speaker (Amazon price: £14.99)

Bluetooth shower speaker

If you’re stuck for present ideas, this water-resistant, Bluetooth speaker is the perfect gift for pretty much anyone with a smartphone.

After all, most of us sing in the shower and even those who don’t would definitely appreciate the option of listening to their favourite tunes while showering.

The wireless speaker will let you listen to your music from your phone while you’re in the shower and your handset will remain safe and dry.

Find it here: Bluetooth shower speaker

12 RC submarine (Amazon price: £16.99)

RC submarine

When I was a kid, magic flannels and colour-changing bubble bath were the dizzy heights of excitement. These days, bath-time technology has moved on somewhat.

This remote controlled mini submarine can dive and resurface and move forward and back at the touch of a button.

It even has a mini LED searchlight to help you explore the deep depths of the bathtub or swimming pool.

Find it here: RC submarine

13 Touchscreen gloves (Amazon price: £7.99)

Touchscreen gloves

A modern twist on a classic Christmas gift, these gloves are so much more useful than the usual mittens from Grandma.

They have silver-coated micro-fibre tips so you can use your touchscreen phone while wearing them. So you can keep on scrolling while you’re waiting for the train on those cold January mornings without getting frozen fingers.

Find it here: Touchscreen gloves

14 Wireless Bluetooth headphone hat (Amazon price: £10.99)

Bluetooth headphone hat

This knitted beanie is aimed at keeping you warm when you’re out and about without having to compromise on using your smartphone.

It'll play music from your device via Bluetooth so you won’t get tangled up in wires when you're trying to listen to your music in the wind and rain.

The discreet buttons on the side look like part of the design, but they’re actually controls for the speakers, so you can adjust the volume, change songs and even answer calls all by pressing your hat.

Find it here: Wireless Bluetooth headphone hat

15 Phone holder for bikes (Amazon price: £8.99)

bike phone holder

Anyone who’s planning on getting back on their bike in the New Year will definitely need one of these.

The holder will securely attach your smartphone to the handlebars, so you can use your device hands-free while keeping your eyes on the road ahead.

It’s particularly helpful if you like listening to music or want to use your phone’s GPS without having to stop.

Find it here: Phone holder for bikes

16 USB mug warmer (Amazon price: £8.95)

usb mug warmer

Plug this Oreo-styled knick-knack into your computer or plug point and slip it under your drink and it’ll keep your beverage toasty. Natch, it’s a coaster too.

Find it here: USB mug warmer

17 Super Roller Circuit for cats (Amazon price: £11.99)

Tap the ball with a paw and it lights up and moves around the track. Tap it again and it’ll move some more.

We can’t confirm the Super Roller Circuit captivates toddlers as much as the kittens it’s intended for, but we imagine it’ll be a hit with young humans too.

Find it here: Super roller circuit for cats

18 Chocolate iPhone (Amazon price: £8.95)

chocolate iphone

About as much use as a chocolate iPhone.

Find it here: Chocolate iPhone

19 iPhone fan (Amazon price: £1.92)

iphone fan

By their very definition, smartphones are do-it-all, Swiss Army Knife-style devices. But they couldn’t keep you cool in the hot weather. Now they can.

Find it here: iPhone fan

20. Sega handheld console (Argos price: £19.99)

sega blaze

Even in adulthood it’s hard to shake the loyalties you felt towards consoles you owned as a nipper.

If your ongoing steadfastness to ‘90s gaming kingpins Sega means there’s no way on God’s green earth that you’re going near the much hyped Nintendo NES Mini, this Game Gear and Master System emulator is just the ticket.

This retro wonder comes with 30 games built-in, including the key Sonic the Hedgehog and Alex Kidd titles, cartoony shooters Fantasy Zone and Fantasy Zone II and the UR hack-and-slasher Golden Axe.

Find it here: Sega handheld console

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