We at Unplggd love discovering neat items made from recycled and upcycled tech. Since it's the holiday season there is no better time for a roundup of 10 gift ideas made from old tech.
Whether it's shopping for the geek who loves anything tech related or the eco-conscious friend who appreciates creative upcycling, we hope that you will find this roundup helpful.
Circuit Board Wall Clock, ScreaminMonkeyCircus, $30
ScreamingMonkeyCircus has created this clock by a circuit board from an old amplifier.
Business Card Case, Motherboard Gifts & More, $28.95
Since 1991 Motherboard Gifts & More has specialized in gifts such as business card cases, luggage tags, coasters, Christmas ornaments, pictures frames, and even jewelry using reclaimed circuit boards.
Silver Robot Pendant Roger Robot, Squishy Sushi, $75
Etsy seller Squishy Sushi has created this pendant using art clay silver, a mixture of pure silver powder, binders and water. Silver Art clay is a recycled product and uses reclaimed silver from products like film negatives.
Smiling Printer Cartridge Cap Earrings, Decoradiem, $8.50
These earrings are made from the snap-off parts to inkjet printer cartridges.
Aluminum Mac Power Button Earrings, PowerBookMedic, $14.95
PowerBookMedic fixes Mac computers, iPhones, and iPods, the jewelery they sell is made from a stock pile of non working parts from these items.
Vintage Silver Typewriter Key Ring, 19 Moons, $45
These custom rings are created with a 1940's antique typewriter key in set in silver on a vintage silver plated ring. This eco-friendly piece is made with nearly 100% vintage & recycled materials.
Antique Elgin Steampunk Cuff Links, dustDesignCo, $48
These silver cuff links are made of movements from matching vintage Elgin watches. One dating from 1945 the other 1950.
Gray with a Red strand IDE Ribbon Cable belt, DigiBling, $14
This belt is made from gray ribbon cable. Ribbon cable is a bunch of strands of wire, each coated in insulation, running in parallel in a flat strip. It is used to connect components in many electronic devices, such as computers.
Command Flash Drive 4GB, Robotbaby, $28
Etsy seller Robotbaby has created this flash drive from one up-cycled keyboard key.
Recycled Computer Disk Notebook, Refresh, $5
Upcycled from an old school computer disk, this notebook comes with blank white 100% recycled paper pages. Recycled computers disks are the front and back covers.
Will you be making or purchasing any gifts from old tech this year?