Shopping for the technology fanatics in your life can be difficult, especially if you aren’t up-to-date with advances or you don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on electronics for every birthday and holiday.
However, there are tech devices, peripherals, and other gift options to suit every price range. So here are just a few gift ideas that are sure to please the tech geeks in your life.
- iPhone 5
The announcement of this smartphone has been a long time coming, and despite the fits and starts associated with Apple’s upgraded cell, the tight-lipped tech giant has finally released some official details pertaining to the long-awaited product.
With the addition of iOS 6, the A6 chip, 4G connectivity, and a larger display (4 inches to the former 3.7) that will allow for an additional row of icons on the screen, the company seems ready to deliver a product worthy of the wait.
And for the preeminent tech geek, nabbing Apple’s latest gadget is a must.
- Solar backpack
Tech hounds on the go are often in search of a charge for their many devices, and if you happen to live in a sunny area a solar backpack or messenger bag is a unique and useful gift.
Voltaic offers a wide selection of products to choose from, including those that are designed to charge small devices like smartphones and MP3 players as well as those that are rated for larger items like tablets and even laptops.
The best part about this brand, though, is that the solar panels are detachable, so users can easily move them from one bag to another depending on what they feel like carrying.
- Padintosh Case for the iPad
If you don’t have the cash on hand to spring for the latest gadgetry to wow your techy friends, opt instead for some cool accessories for the devices they already own.
For those that hold a special place in their hearts for old-school tech like the Atari or Commodore 64, you couldn’t do better than the iPad case that mimics the appearance of an antiquated Macintosh computer (complete with a slot for floppy discs).
This will also appeal to Apple fanatics for far less cost than purchasing actual Apple products. And their slogan, “Party like it’s 1984”? Priceless.
This cool line of coats and vests was made with tech-loving consumers in mind. Each garment features a dozen or more pockets meant to house electronic devices, complete with padding, closures, and even useful functionality like holes for headphone wires and clear, plastic pockets so that users can tap a touchscreen without taking out the device.
And all you have to do is lay it on the moving belt at the airport to scan all of your devices in one fell swoop.
- Convention tix
Although you’ve already missed most of the major tech conventions this year, tickets to these events sell out pretty fast, so you should start looking now for tix to popular tech conventions like CES (Consumer Electronics Show), SXSW (South by Southwest), PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), TechCrunch Disrupt NYC (complete with hackathon), and of course, the San Diego ComicCon (it’s not super techy, but it’s still a little slice of geek heaven).
Just like gift bags for retail displays provide a riot of color for the average store shelf, the gifts you give your geeky friends should offer variety.
So shy away from actual gadgets this year and give the gift of experience instead.