2012 Green Tech Holiday Shopping Guide: 8 Gadgets For Eco-Geeks

The holidays are upon us! We’ve got lots to be thankful for this year, including plenty of new gadgets that help us live cleaner, greener lives. If you’re looking for something special for that green tech enthusiast on your list, our 2012 holiday shopping guide is here to help.

We’ve selected eight clever devices that cut way back on consumption while dialing up the cool. Because everyone’s looking for gift ideas that conserve money as well as resources, all eight of these green tech gift ideas can be yours for $100 or less.

Voltaic DIY Solar Kits

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We’ve featured lots of cool solar charging products from Voltaic Systems in the past, but these kits are perfect for those who reject the one-size-fits-all mentality. These DIY solar charging kits are allow users to create custom solar chargers based on their own power, cost and form factor requirements. Each DIY solar charging kit includes waterproof solar panels, connectors, and a universal battery. Kits range in size from 2 Watts of solar power for basic smartphone and small device charging, to 16 Watts for laptop, tablet and digital camera charging. Small kits start at $25.

Hand Powered Electric Shaver

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Don’t you hate when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a 5 o’clock shadow? OK maybe not. But anytime you can reduce the number of gadgets sucking energy out of the wall, that’s a good thing, right? This hand-crank electric shaver is perfect for the well-groomed man on your list. To use, simple crank the dynamo charging system until the battery is charged, and then start shaving. It also comes with back-up home and car power adapters, and travel accessories. $33.99 on Amazon.com

SoL Hybrid Power Pack for iPhone

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By now, you’ve probably heard about lots of solar chargers, and lots of eco-friendly iPhone cases, but who wants to buy two accessories when one will do? Perfect for the Apple fan on your list, the Sol power pack for iPhone is a resilient protective case that provides freedom from the electrical outlet. The case has an internal extra-large battery that triples your iPhone life and its integrated solar panel also allows you to charge with sunlight or indoor light. The designers claim it charges three times faster than a wall charger, and the case also has a built-in flashlight and comes with three free screen protectors. Available for $49.99.

Hand Crank Espresso Maker

Who doesn’t love coffee?! OK, there are some people who prefer tea, but we think even they’ll be excited about this portable, human-powered espresso machine. Made by the aptly named Handspresso company, the Wild Hybrid guarantees java lovers will never again have to sacrifice quality for convenience. Simply crank the machine to until it has 16 bars of power, add hot water from a kettle or a thermo insulated bottle, then put in an E.S.E. pod or ground espresso. Push the button, and within seconds you’ll have great-tasting espresso with a fine and smooth créma. Normally $129, on sale here for $89.99.

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Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog