USB Holiday Madness

Christmastime isn’t just a time to string lights all over the outside of your house and create fire hazards in your living room. It’s also a time for expressing your holiday cheer by attaching odd devices to the side of your PC. To get your holiday cheer cranked up and ready to go, enjoy this little USB holiday gizmo roundup.

The USB Christmas Tree has been a longtime holiday favorite for geeks everywhere, and seems like the perfect kick-off for this list. However, let’s not forget the happy little USB Snowman. Sure, he only cycles through four colors compared with the Christmas tree’s six, but he comes with a little knit hat and a scarf, which ought to count for something.

If you’re looking for something a little more formal, this USB Christmas Tree Snow Globe might be just the ticket. It blows little styrofoam snowballs around inside its container, so you don’t even have to shake it up. And it plays four different cheerful holiday songs, so you’ll be sure to have smashed it by the time Christmas actually rolls around.

Don’t forget jolly old Santa Claus. Actually, this little drummer santa won’t let you forget. He don’t wanna work. He just wants to bang on his drums all day, hammering out five holiday favorites, including Jingle Bells, Silent Night, The First Noel, and Joy to the World. Set one of these up on your desk and just count the seconds until you’re fired.

For a more practical USB expression of holiday cheer and good will toward your fellow workers, try this USB optical mouse with a santa in it. St. Nick floats in a tiny sea of liquid as you work, so whenever you get a little stressed out, you can imagine him drowning to return the smile to your face.

I looked all over for fun USB Hanukkah toys, but came up empty. However, if you’re up for a little home project, you can make your own. This homegrown USB menorah project can automatically calculate the dates for Hanukkuh for the next thousand years, as well as automatically light the “candles” for you at sunset, based on your geographic location.

Happy holidays, everybody!

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