Looking for a last minute gift for a tech geek friend or family member? Here are some gift ideas:
1. Educational training subscription
Techies are always looking to expand their skills. Online training subscription services offer tutorials for tech projects, web design, web development, and much more! They are priced at a reasonable $15-25/month
Give them access to 72 Smashing Magazine ebooks for just $99/year (US), as well as all of the new ebooks they release. Their books cover everything related to web design, web development, responsive design, mobile design, working with clients, WordPress, UX design, and more.
3. A great book relevant to their industry
Have a designer friend? Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro covers the business side of design, working with clients, contracts, selling, and other relevant topics. There are also plenty of graphic design books and some top tech-related books available that are great stocking stuffers. Be sure to check out A Book Apart books which are popular and cover a variety of topics. Other great books worth a look: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsk, Maximize Your Potential by Jocelyn K. Glei, Manage Your Day-to-Day (variety of contributors).
4. A planner notebook
Staying organized is important for techies, and creative techies are always coming up with ideas they need to jot down. There are a variety of planner notebooks to help them organize their week, stay focused, jot down ideas, and reach their goals. Examples: The Volt Planner and the Passion Planner.
5. Just about anything from ThinkGeek
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6. NES Classic
The NES Classic is one of the hottest items for Christmas this year! It’s a small replica system that resembles the classic Nintendo Entertainment System and contains 30 of the best retro Nintendo games including Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Kirby and more!
7. The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog card game
TextExpander is a great piece of software for anyone that types a lot of the same type of things on a regular basis. It allows your techie friend to save ‘snippets’ of text that they type often, and create a shortcut so that by typing the shortcut word, TextExpander will automatically type out the rest of the text. Works great for things like e-mails or code snippets if your techie is a web developer.
When in doubt, a giftcard lets your techie friend pick out what they want! An iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon giftcard is a safe bet. Want to pamper them? Get a massage therapist or some yoga class giftcard! Is he/she a coffee drinker? Get him/her a giftcard to their favourite coffee shop – especially if your techie friend is at coffee shops a lot using their Wi-Fi! 😉
If you’re looking for a very cool gift for techies of all ages, get them a Raspberry Pi! It’s a DIY computer that has lots of opportunity for customizability and expansion.
11. Ergonomic seat cushion
When you’re spending most of your day sitting in a chair, having an ergonomic cushion can help a lot. There are all different types, including seat, lumbar, and back support cushions that you can buy.
12. Walnut Laptop Stand
Upgrade his/her work space with the Walnut Laptop Stand ($139 US). Perfect for anyone who regularly uses their computer at home.
13. Samsung Gear VR
If your techie has a newer Samsung smartphone, then the Gear VR headset is a fun gift to get them! Powered by Oculus, it works with compatible Samsung phones to bring you an incredibly immersive mobile virtual reality experience free from distractions from the outside world. A 101-degree field of view surrounds you with 2D and 360-degree videos, photos, and games. Currently on sale for $99 at Bestbuy.
14. A streaming music subscription
Who doesn’t like to listen to music while they work? Give your techie ad-free music with a music subscription on their desktop, laptop, and smartphone on the go! The most popular is Spotify.
15. Subscription to a tech magazine
16. Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription
Adobe’s Creative Cloud is an essential tool for all creative techies. The subscription gives him/her access to software essentials like Photoshop.