Dec. 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM ET
By Alex Porter, Techlicious.com
Looking for little gifts your kids will love but don't want to spend a bundle? Here are compact geeky goodies under $50 that will brighten the holidays of the kids on your list.
Hexbugs Nano Christmas Ornament ($5.99 on Hexbug.com)
For the uninitiated, Hexbugs are essentially mechanical cockroaches — and kids love them. They skitter across surfaces with remarkable speed and can be used on elaborate tracks (or really anywhere that’s flat and smooth). They come in a test tube-shaped package, but for the holidays, they’ve wrapped a special edition in a spherical ornament box and even put tiny antlers on the ‘BUG.
Griffin Helo TC Helicopter ($49.99 on GriffinTechnology.com)
You can control this little wonder by touchscreen using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Use a virtual joystick to maneuver and tilt to move the helicopter forward, backward and side to side. The remote transmitter plugs into the headphone jack of any iOS device and the Helo TC helicopter is ready to fly.
Ten One Design Fling Game Controller for iPad ($19.99 on Amazon.com)
Some games, shooters and classic arcade titles for instance, feel awkward on a tablet. This handy iPad accessory sticks to the display with suction cups and provides stable, reliable thumbstick control. It works and elevates tablet gaming to near console-level quality.
LunaTik TikTok iPod Nano Watch Band ($39.95 on LunaTik.com)
These “wrist docks” for the 6th generation iPod Nano are a great way to turn the Nano into a multifunction timepiece. The Nano snaps in easily and stays securely in the TikTok, which is made of tough, silicone rubber. Comes in cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white.
LaCie Key-shaped 8GB USB Flash Drive ($22.80 on Amazon.com)
Solid, metal construction, cool design and a super handy form factor make for a winner in storage. It’s also water and scratch-resistant, so you can throw it on your keychain and toss in your backpack without worrying too much about your precious data getting damaged. Also comes in 4GB and 16GB models.
Hot Wheels RC Nitro Speeders Mustang Car ($19.49 on Amazon.com)
These tiny remote control cars are the first micro RC vehicles that go fast enough to complete a full 360-degree loop. The Nitro Speeders come with a carry case that also serves as the remote control and charger. Choose from one of five vehicles: Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Hammer Head Vehicle, Ken Block Ford Fiesta Rally Car, and Team Hot Wheels Mustang.
Marvel Comics Headphones ($39.00 on Coloud.com)
These padded, old-school ‘phones have a nice comfy feel and decent sound quality (they're not rated as kid-safe headphones). But the real appeal is the eye-catching design with cool Marvel styles. Should your gift recipient be into pink, Coloud has an impressive line-up of Hello Kitty headphones, too.
Simon Flash ($9.99 on Amazon.com)
Simon has gone high-tech in this re-released version of the classic game, but still tests your memory, speed and logic skills like never before. Instead of the round version, Simon is now four differently colored cubes that can be shuffled around to solve puzzles. Simon comes with four games: Simon Lights Off, Simon Shuffle, Simon Secret Color, and Simon Classic.
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