2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Techies

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Techies

 

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re putting on your list for all of those special people in your life. If you’re out of ideas for the techies on your list, here are some great gadgets you can add to your shopping list to ensure that you’re going to be the favorite gift-giver this holiday season.

1. Multi-Device Wireless Charger — $150 at Bespoke Post

Wireless charging is fantastically convenient, but it becomes a pain if you’ve only got a single charging pad and have to alternate devices on the charging pad. This device from Bespoke Post might be a little pricy, but you can charge multiple items at once.  Plus it looks neat and smooth sitting on your desktop or bedside table.

2. Echo Buds — $129.99 at Amazon

For the techie in your life that’s best friends with Alexa, there’s the Echo Buds — wireless earbuds that link directly to Alexa and your Amazon apps. They use Bose technology to provide clear, crisp audio and noise-canceling to limit background noise while you’re trying to listen to Amazon Music or an audiobook on Audible.

3. VicTsing SoundHot Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker — $19.99 at Amazon

Whether you’re singing in the shower or heading to the beach, you always want to have your tunes with you.  Of course, no one wants to risk losing their phone or iPod in the water, which is where a waterproof Bluetooth speaker comes in. Connect to any Bluetooth enabled device within 33 feet, and stick to a wall with the suction cup or hang them from your belt with the attached d-clip.

4. Oculus Quest All-in-one Virtual Reality Headset — $399.00 at Oculus

Previously, you needed a high-powered computer to support a virtual reality headset.  This year, Oculus released an Android-powered all-in-one headset that gives you the option to choose 64 or 128 GB of onboard memory and you can add games to the Oculus Quest with a synced smartphone. If you’ve got a techie who wants to get into virtual reality but doesn’t have the computer to support it, putting this under the Christmas tree will make you a holiday hero. They can even use it to stream Christmas movies this holiday season!

5. Canvas Light Panels Kit — $199.99 at Nordstrom

For the interior decorating techie in your life, these Canvas Light Panels are a gorgeous addition to any room.  Each set includes nine wall-mounted LED panels that you can customize with any color and light level you want all from the comfort of your smartphone. Use them to create your own customizable wall art or just to light up your favorite space.

6. iPhone 11 Pro — $999.00 from Apple

Everyone wants the newest iPhone this holiday season, with its triple main camera, high-quality speakers, and fantastic features. you can even get them in all sorts of color, from classics like gold and silver to midnight green. Keep in mind before you buy someone a new phone to make sure it’s something that will work with their phone plan, and that it’s something they actually want — you wouldn’t want to buy the new iPhone for a die-hard Android fan!

Start Shopping!

You’re quickly running out of time to get your holiday shopping done, with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas fast approaching.  If you’re having trouble checking off all the boxes on your checklist, consider downloading an app or two to help you keep track of everything you need to do before Old Saint Nick makes his rounds.

Have a happy and safe holiday season and keep your eyes out for the best gifts for the techies in your life.

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Kayla Matthews is a technology writer and the editor of Productivity Bytes. Her work has been featured on Digital Trends, MakeUseOf, VICE, VentureBeat, The Daily Dot and WIRED, among others. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.

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