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What the Tech? Stocking stuffers

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Everyone goes for the gifts under the tree but some of us are intrigued by what's in our Christmas stocking. Growing up I always found chocolate, an orange and maybe some candy. Then one Christmas Santa put a cool astronaut pen that wrote upside down in my imitation velvet stocking near the chimney. Now, I don't skip it.

See there are lots of small gadgets and tech devices that are small enough to fit in the toe of a stocking and these gadgets may be the best thing you get or give all Christmas. They'll fit in one hand and change part of your tech world for the next year.

Here's a short list of stocking stuffers for the techie person on your list:

1. A Google Chromecast. I love this connected device and it's great for wanna-be cord cutters. It connects to any tv with an hdmi port (if your tv is less than 5 years old it has one) and allows you to stream tv shows, channels and movies without a cable or satellite connection. The Chromecast comes with built in apps for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube and a few other services. To stream you control the Chromecast from your smartphone or computer. It does require an internet connection either through your computer's wi-fi or through your smartphone.

2. Bluetooth Adapter. There are several to choose from and I have the Havit transmitter/receiver. It's for people who want to listen to music from their smartphone on any device with a mini-plug (the kind that connects to the phone's earphone jack). You connect the transmitter to a stereo, television or car audio system, speakers that don't have bluetooth capability. Then connect over bluetooth to a smartphone to listen without wires. It's especially good for anyone who wants to listen to their iPhone or Android device music in their non-bluetooth car stereo. The Havit adapter receives or transmits a bluetooth signal so you can also listen to music or audio from a television over bluetooth headphones.

3. Selfie remote. These gadgets connect to a smartphone over bluetooth and allow you to take a photo or start recording video with a tiny button on the remote. It's helpful for people who like taking a lot of selfies since you don't have to try and hit the phone's shutter button. The remote from Aduro comes with a mini-tripod to attach a phone for $10.

4. Nowadays you just about have to have a portable charger for a smartphone or tablet. The RavPower charging stick is a lipstick type style that's small enough to fit in a purse or pocket. This model also has a flashlight for those early winter afternoon/nights.

5. The Ventev power charger is a slim portable device that charges a smartphone in a short amount of time. I like this one because of its slim credit card shape. The power cable is built right into the charger so you won't have to carry one of those cables around. It's small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. All of these small gadgets can be found online for $50 or less. Sure beats the orange and chocolate I'll probably get again. Just don't let your friend toss the stocking aside. They're small enough to be missed in the Christmas morning excitement.

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