ISO Stocking Stuffers: USB edition
November 1, 2019 7:54 AM   Subscribe

My daughter has a USB hub on her nightstand for her IKEA reading light. We also got her a small USB fan. She has two USB slots left! I would love recommendations for other cute/useful kid-friendly USB-powered gadgets.
posted by nkknkk to Technology (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, one thing I discovered last year in my attempt to cope with dry air is that there are many adorable USB mini-humidifiers. The one I have cycles pretty LED colors in the water cup, shoots up a cool puff of air that's fun to put my hand through, and is shaped like the cutest round shape with stag horns. They seem to pretty consistently operate on a timer and use tap water.
posted by past unusual at 8:17 AM on November 1, 2019 [2 favorites]

I like this moon light.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 9:16 AM on November 1, 2019

Perhaps a tiny little raspberry pi zero w or something similar? This would entail figuring out what task a tiny little computer might be useful for, playing music to a bluetooth speaker, displaying time, weather, etc, dedicated button to send you a text message that she needs a glass of water -- and then together programming it to do so.
posted by turkeybrain at 9:17 AM on November 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

I forgot it was supposed to be a stocking stuffer. Apologies.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 9:29 AM on November 1, 2019

Doesn't need to literally fit in a stocking though - Moon Light is a fine suggestion. Please keep them coming.
posted by nkknkk at 10:56 AM on November 1, 2019

Christmas tree, more
String lights
posted by theora55 at 11:00 AM on November 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

General advice: I would avoid anything with a heating element, such as the diffuser, mug warmer, or heated gloves. Most such gadgets will come from companies that have never heard of Underwriter's Laboratories, and vice versa.
posted by Sunburnt at 4:51 PM on November 1, 2019 [3 favorites]

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