For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to buy that special hacker in your life. That's why we've taken the guesswork and curated a list of the top.
For more ideas, make sure to check out our holiday hacker gift guide from last year, as well as Distortion's excellent post for gear every hacker should try out.
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Stocking Stuffers Under $ 50
We'll start with the most affordable items. Option 1: USB Rubber Ducky
Since its introduction in 2010,
Option 1: USB Rubber Ducky the USB Rubber Ducky has become almost ubiquitous among hackers, penetration testers, and other IT professionals. It's a small looking flash drive, but hiding under the shell is a powerful keystroke injection tool. We love the $ 44.99 USB Rubber Ducky for its simplicity and versatility as a hacking, automation, and education tool.
If your favorite hacker does not have one, they need one, so grab them one while you can. Ducky Script, automating hacking functions on a Kali Raspberry Pi, and even the Ducky Script we wrote to steal macOS files.
- USB Rubber Ducky – MSPR $ 44.99 (Hak5)
Option 2: Raspberry Pi Model 3 A +
The Raspberry Pi is an extremely popular single board computer. Thus, any hacker, maker, or computer science enthusiast in your life is likely to have one … except for the brand new model A + that is.
The 3 A + was only recently released, and very few people have their hands on one yet, which makes it an excellent gift for any pi enthusiast. The 3 A + strikes a great balance between the Raspberry Pi Zero and the full Raspberry Pi 3 B +. It has the same processor and wireless connectivity as the 3 B + but in a much smaller and slimmer form factor;  $ 25 Buyer's Guide: Top 20 Hackers Holiday Gifts of 2018
Gifts from $ 51- $ 100
Since some of the items above are cheaper, there's a decent chance that the hacker in your life already has a few of them. Thus, if you can afford a little bit more for the holidays, these are some of the best options.
Virtual private networks are damn useful as they provide the privacy and anonymity that many security-conscious people expect. No one wants your service provider Private Internet Access, IVPN, and Gate Guard give you the ability to keep your traffic open and shared. Wi-Fi networks .
Prices range from $ 3.33 a month for PIA to $ 9.99 for Tor Guard (for an annual subscription). 60% off, so for the budget-conscious, be sure to check all three when you're purchasing. Kali box.
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Option 9: Raspberry Pi Model 3 B + Starter Kit
If you really like your hacker friends, you will not make them run around buying accessories CanaKit's 32GB Raspberry Pi 3 B + Starter Kit for $ 79.99. It has everything a hacker needs to get started with the Raspberry Pi platform, including the Biggest and Baddest Pi, the Model 3 B +, a 32GB microSD card, and the wires and adapters needed.
- With power supply, case, 32GB SD card, etc. – MSRP $ 79.95 (Amazon)
CanaKit also has other kits available for the Raspberry Pi 3 B + with power supply – MSRP $ 47.95 (Amazon)
The Dope Scope is a nifty $ 60 directional Wi-Fi scanner that is amazingly useful for doing quick wireless reconnaissance. VR glasses except they are showing all their Wi-Fi networks with their corresponding signal strength.
A tool like the Dope Scope makes it incredibly useful for determining where to access point is in the physical environment around you. It's also super useful helpful when you're trying to set up directional antennas like a Yagi for attacking a network. You can even play some fun games, like the Fox Hunt; Hope down the fox.