There’s only a few days left before we share in the happiness that Christmas brings. (This of course includes the enthusiasm Christmas lunch brings and the gluttonous guilt thereafter.) But if – like a significant amount of the world’s Christmas celebrating popular – you’ve not finished your festive shopping, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of last minute gifts under R500.

 

20 last minute gifts under R500

 

1. Marco Camping Chair and Cooler Bag

Marco Camping Chair and Cooler Bag

It’s a chair with a cooler built in! It the perfect gift for parents who spend long hours next to the sports field, sports enthusiasts, beach goers and anyone who enjoys to sit with a cold drink.

Price: R190
Available at: Takealot

2. UltraTEC Waterproof Solar Lantern Bottle

UltraTEC Waterproof Solar Lantern Bottle

This waterproof solar lantern from UltraTEC is incredibly useful. The lantern is fitted with a bright LED light and can run for up to 25 hours. The unit is waterproof and is suitable for storing keys, phones etc. This lantern is great for camping, hiking, cycling and many more outdoor activities.

Price: Between R149* and R200*
Available at: Outdoor Warehouse, The Gadget Shop

3. JAM Jamoji Bluetooth speaker

JAM Jamoji Bluetooth speaker

Available in a range of emoji’s – including chocolate swirl (possibly poop), love eyes and sunglasses – this quirky little gift is ideal for all your music projection needs.

Price: R299*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

4. Recent Toys Ghost Cube

Recent Toys Ghost Cube

If the traditional Rubik’s Cube didn’t put up much of a challenge, then this sure will! The Ghost Cube by Recent Toys is a six-sided puzzle cube in only one colour. Besides the lack of colour, its odd shape will definitely add to the challenge!

Price: R299*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

5. Recent Toys Skewb Ultimate

Recent Toys Skewb

The Skewb puts an interesting spin on the Rubik’s Cube with its odd shape. Said to be the ultimate in puzzle chalenge thanks to its 12 faces, the Skewb is sure to keep anyone entertained.

Price: R299*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

6. UltraTec Outdoor Necessities Rechargeable 60L Chameleon Headlamp

UltraTec Outdoor Necessities Rechargeable 60L Chameleon Headlamp

It’s the season for braaing, camping and late nights spent outside. The UltraTec rechargeable headlamp is a great investment. The light is capable of an output of up to 60 lumens and has both warm and cold white LED’s for different lighting needs.

Price: R299*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

7. YoYoFactory Velocity Yo-Yo

YoYoFactory Velocity Yo-Yo

The yo-yo, first popularised in 1920, is has been a firm favourite of many generations. Now whether you’re looking for a 90’s throwback toy or a siple, but durable stocking filler, this is still a great toy. The Velocity Yo-Yo can be set to either regular or long-spin for all those fun yo-yo tricks.

Price: R329*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

8. Revell RC Audi R8

Revell RC Audi R8

This is a 1:24 scale licensed replica of the Audi R8 sports car. It’s a great purchase for any aspiring RC racer or car enthusiast.

Price: R349*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

9. Chipolo item finder

Chipolo item finder

This is a handy little device for anyone who manages to misplace their smartphone car keys or wallet more often than not. Chipolo works in two ways. You can shake the device to ring your smartphone, even if it’s on silent. The second way is to use the Chipolo app on your phone to activate the device.

Price: R399*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

10. 3-in-1 Jaffle maker

3-in-1 Jaffle maker

Remember Jaffles? Those pockets of toasted goodness filled with more filling varieties than your local vetkoek shop’s menu. And what’s better than a single Jaffle maker? A 3-in-1 Jaffle maker!

Price: R350*
Available at: Outdoor Warehouse

11. Smart-E Speaker Lamp 388

Smart-E Speaker Lamp 388

Here’s an interesting little multi-purpose gadget. It’s a rechargeable speaker that also doubles as a lamp. The battery is estimated to last for up to 3 hours. It’s a great gadget for outdoor evenings spent listening to sport or music.

Price:R350*
Available at: Outdoor Warehouse

12. Oregon Projection Clock with thermometer

Oregon Projection Clock with thermometer

Want to know the time without moving? Or check the weather without getting out of bed to check your phone? Well regardless of the level enthusiasm you have in the morning, this clock is quite convenient. The clock shows the day, time and temperature and even has an LED projector that projects the time onto the roof.

Price: R449*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

13. Fizz Creations Batman Bat Signal projection light

Fizz Creations Batman Bat Signal projection light

Whether you’re just a Batman fan or an aspiring winged-vigilante, the Bat Signal projetion light is sure to class up your geek cave. It can also serve as a great night-light for kids but we can’t guarantee it will aid the search for Santa. (Rememer vigilantism is illegal.)

Price: R499*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

14. Hubsan H111 Nano Q4 Drone

Hubsan H111 Nano Q4 Drone

This is the world’s smallest quadcopter, but a fun drone nevertheless. Its compact and lighteight size makes it easy to fly and great for tricks. It also comes with spare rotors – just in case.

Price: R499*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

15. Revell Nano Quad

Revell Nano Quad

We included the Revell Nano Quad in our list of 10 drones under R2000 (check it out here). This tiny drone measures 45 by 45 millimetres, but makes for a fun amatuer drone. It also comes with a spare rotor set, in case of damage.

Price: R499*
Available at: The Gadget Shop

 

If any of the above items from The Gadget Shop catches your fancy, be sure to check out the January issue of Popular Mechanics. It comes with a FREE discount voucher from The Gadget Shop. The magazine goes on sale on 19 December. Terms and conditions apply.

 

*Note that all prices are approximations and were accurate at the time of publishing. All items on this list of 20 last minute gifts under R500 list are subject to availability at the mentioned retailer’s discretion.