December 11, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Techie in Your Life

Similar to designers, techies can be some of the hardest people to shop for. Why? Well, for one thing, the most widely coveted tech gadgets (think Apple Watch, Google Glass and pretty much any iteration of the iPhone) tend to be out-of-reach expensive. If you aren’t a techie yourself, it can be tough to know which new products will stand the test of time and which ones will be obsolete garbage in a month. So throwing down a serious wad of cash on something that might be outdated soon after is a risk most non-millionaires aren’t willing to take.

If you’re struggling to find a fun (yet affordable!) gift for the techie in your life, we’ve got a few ideas to get you started:

For the cold-climate techie: Touch Tonic

It seems that anymore, most everyone is tethered to their phones, techies included. If you live in a cold climate, taking off your gloves to text can be a pretty unpleasant experience. Save your techie’s fingers from frostbite this season with a bottle of Touch Tonic. Painting a small coat of Touch Tonic onto the tips of your gloves allows you to use the touchscreen of your phone without removing your mitts.

For the health-minded techie: Misfit Flash Link

Health-related wearables are all the rage right now and the FitBit is at the top of the class. Unfortunately, it’s also at the top of the price point. If you want to get your health-conscious techie an exercise-tracking wearable, the Misfit Flash Link is a great option. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a FitBit, the Misfit covers the basics without breaking the bank.

For the nostalgic techie: Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

Techies may be all about the latest and greatest technology, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the classics. This Tetris desk lamp puts a modern spin on a beloved retro game. Nostalgic, stylish, practical and cheap–what’s not to like?

For the gamer techie: Nano Arcade

Speaking of retro, the Nano Arcade mini-arcade console is the perfect gift for your gaming techie. Xbox and Playstation are great and all, but sometimes you just want something simple and straightforward. With hundreds of classic games like Frogger and Pac-Man available to download, this little box packs a lot of play into its six-inch frame.

For the forgetful techie: Tile

Who among us can say they’ve never spent a harried half hour rushing around the house desperately seeking our keys or wallet (or both)? Enter Tile. A little gadget that helps you track down your missing items, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for techies and non-techies alike.


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