20 great geeky gifts under $50
Wintercheck Factory Consoliwallet
Constructed of two aluminum panels held together by a cloth-bound rubber shock cord, the US-made Wintercheck is way tougher than leather and way easier than a binder clip for slipping into the pocket of your skinniest jeans.
$25, Wintercheck Factory Consoliwallet
Death Star Tea Infuser
That's no moon. It's a stainless steel orb modeled after the onetime pride and joy of the Imperial fleet. We're still looking for the thermal exhaust port.
$20, Death Star Tea Infuser
Craftsman Bottle Opener Celebrate the completion of your latest project by cracking a cold one using a utensil with a classic tool handle.
$8, Craftsman Bottle Opener
Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin
Notes on the morning tracking sheet. Notes on desktop stickies. Notes in a Google doc. Notes in my notebook. I'm drowning in notes! That's why I want this new notebook. I'll jot down my deep thoughts, add "smart stickers" that become searchable electronic tags, snap a shot with the app, and poof! Everything captured, ferociously organized, and available in the cloud and on paper—data management bliss.
$25 (for pocket edition, with a three-month Evernote Premium subscription), Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin
One Up Pencil Sets
"The dude abides" and other unforgettable phrases, song titles, and pop-culture icons make these No. 2s from One Up Designs the hipster stocking stuffer of the year.
$6, One Up Pencil Sets
OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray
It stands on its side. No kidding. Fill it with water, lay the silicone lid flat to remove excess liquid, then slide it in vertically between the Ben & Jerry's and frozen peas in your overstuffed, apocalypse-ready icebox. Bonus: no more cubes that smell like last week's leftovers.
$10, OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray
Craftsman Figure Eight Wrench
Because this hydra-headed wrench can handle fasteners in eight sizes, you can jump between jobs without making a toolbox pit stop.
$25, Craftsman Figure Eight Wrench
OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set
For Alton Brown types who see the kitchen as their personal chem lab, these nested measuring cups are designed to pour very, very small amounts of liquid—like 0.75 ounces of food coloring—that you really don't want to spill.
$10, OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set
Obsessive-Chef Cutting Board
For those with an inner German design director, this 9 x 12-inch board's grid shows you where to bring down the blade for a medium or small dice, a julienne, and even a fine julienne (for the truly OCD chef). Wash it as many times as you want—we won't tell.
$25, Obsessive-Chef Cutting Board
The love child of Lego and origami, these punch-and-build kits let you create desk or tree ornaments, sans scissors and glue.
$10-19, Paper Punk