What do you get a podcaster who has everything?
The following list might give you some ideas for less than $30.
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1. A Power Surge Protector
Every podcaster loves gear.
Here's an inexpensive way to protect equipment from power surges.
2. Portable External Hard Drive
As a podcaster producer, I have learned the hard lesson of backing up and having certain files with me at all times.
Sure, I could store everything in DropBox or Google Drive, but it's really nice to have a super-slim external hard drive for those times when I'm traveling and not able to connect to the internet.
3. Mic Flag
NOW you're talkin! What podcaster wouldn't want to display their show logo on their microphone?
There are services out there that will print your logo permanently on a mic flag, but I found it easy to stick my business cards on these very inexpensive items.
They also come in square shapes and different colors:
4. Boom Arm
While you are looking at the above mic flag, why not consider a boom arm?
The shock mount in this model will hold mics with up to a 2″ diameter (like the ATR2100).
5. “ON AIR” Neon Sign
These are SUPER COOL!
Now you can let people know when they should be quiet and leave you alone in your “studio”.
6. Soundproofing Acoustic Panels
One of the BIGGEST problems indie podcasters have is keeping noise and reverb out of the recording.
Some people record in their walk-in closets because all the shirts absorb sound.
But walk-in closets don't have very good ventilation, and hanging moving blankets just isn't attractive.
Soundproofing panels help absorb reverb and keep background noise down.
They also come in a variety of colors, so you can get creative.
One of my clients wraps every other square with a t-shirt, making his wall come to life with images!
7. Podcast t-shirts
I have seen a number of people custom-print their podcast logo on a t-shirt for under $30.
But what if you want to surprise your podcasting spouse or partner?
…and this one is cool: “Podcasts: Bacon for Your Ears”
8. Bluetooth Shower Head Speaker
Just go see for yourself:
9. My Podcast Reviews subscription
Feed your podcaster's vanity by having podcast reviews from any country emailed directly to him/her.
MyPodcastReviews.com does offer a free service, but if your podcasting friend has two shows – or wants to be notified whenever there's a review on Stitcher, then go with the $5 a month plan.
MyPodcastReviews.com is a gift that will keep on giving (so long as you keep paying the $5 a month)
10. iPad/Table wall mount or table stand
Mount your iPad or tablet to free up your cluttered desktop.
The iKross is an adjustable stand that can easily be moved to a wall or under-counter mount.
Check this out:
This almost makes me want to buy another iPad!
Under $30 Gifts for Podcasters
So what are you getting your favorite podcaster that's under $30?
I'd love to read your ideas in the comments below.