Gifts for Techies
Shopping for friends and co-workers can be tough, especially with so many choices out there. Techies and technology professionals can be particularly picky and hard to please. We rounded up 13 cool gifts ideas that techies – and even some non-techies – will love. Check out our top picks for everyone on your list, from coffee lovers to gamers to shutterbugs.
Njoy Circuit Glasses
Who says you need to keep liquids away from your tech devices, as long as you're careful? Mix yourself a cold cocktail in these $18 Njoy circuit glasses, and let the day melt away. Dishwasher-safe and lead-free, the drinkware set includes two, 9-ounce glasses carefully detailed with a neat circuit pattern in green. Not every gift for a tech-minded professional need to be electronic.
United by Blue Bison Sport Jacket
Looking good while staying warm is a must whether you're working or playing outdoors. Made from sustainably sourced bison fibers, this $111 men's winterproof sports jacket will keep tech pros warm on the go. Designed with seven pockets to stash tech devices, a microfiber cloth connected to a bungee cord to wipe down smartphone screens and a slit to run your headphone cord through, the United by Blue Bison Snap Jacket keeps your tech toasty. Plus, the company removes a pound of trash from the world's oceans and waterways for every item purchased, so this is a gift that gives back.
Is there a worse feeling than burning your tongue on hot coffee? Put an end to those moments with the $149 Ember Temperature Control Mug. It's so smart that it allows you to rapidly raise or lower the temperature of your beverage to a specific temperature setting that you set (the temperature dial is located on bottom of the mug). Once you dial in the temperature, the waterproof mug will maintain your desired temperature for up to two hours. Ember is a connected device that can be used on its own or remotely with an app.
Your favorite techies can take gaming and movie entertainment to the next level with these video headphones. Featuring dual high-definition displays and shockingly crisp audio, the $199.99 Vuzix iWear Video Headphones is like having a 125-foot home theater that you take anywhere. It's lightweight, displays 2D and 3D videos, and uses a HDMI to connect to your 3D Blu-ray player, console systems and tablets.
Wynd Personal Air Purifier
Sometimes you need a breath of fresh air, as anyone who's pulled an all-nighter coding would agree. Enter Wynd, a smart personal purifier that monitors the air quality around you and filters out harmful particles. The $199 portable purifier is about size of a large to-go coffee cup. It features a built-in battery that lasts eight hours between charges. Available in black or white, it also sports a desktop kickstand.
Furbo Dog Camera
Help the pet owner on your team keep more than just an eye on their furry family members during the workday. The $249 Furbo Doc Camera features a wide-angle HD smart camera that allows pet moms and dads to talk to their pups and keep track of them. A iOS/Android smartphone app notifies you when your dog is barking, so you can calm them with your voice. Plus, you can toss your pet a real-life doggy treat that shoots out of the base of the unit with the press a button, also on Furbo's app.
Sharper Image 4K Follow-Me Live Feed Drone
Capture a bird's-eye view of the world with this $699 4K camera drone. Once airborne, the Sharper Image 4K Follow-Me Live Feed Drone can follow and record a person. Drone operators can watch what the drone sees in real time on a smartphone via its recon app. You can take 16MP images or 1080p high-definition videos, and it has a range of more than 500 feet.
Nikon D5600 With Lens
Sure, you can take good pictures with your phone, but sometimes you want capture more. This 24.2-MP DSLR camera lets you do just that. The $746 Nikon D5600 captures up to five frames per second and shoots HD video. Plus, using the Nikon D5600 SnapBridge feature, you can transfer shots to your iOS smartphone instantly.
Glion Dolly Foldable Electric Scooter
Get from point A to B without breaking a sweat. The $799 Glion Dolly foldable electric scooter allows your techie friend to travel up to 15 mph with a range of 15 miles per charge. It's foldable and weighs 28 pounds, so you ride it to the office and then stash it under your desk until the end of the workday. It also comes with a bell to warn pedestrians as well as a headlight and rear reflector.
Alienware 17 R4
All work and no play makes life, well, dull. Elevate the gaming experience of your tech-minded friends with the $1,699 Alienware 17 R4, a VR-ready laptop with a 17-inch screen. Packed with a 7th generation Intel Core Processor, a 1TB hard drive, 16GB memory, 1920 X 1080p display, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Alienware 17 R4 has all their gameplay needs covered.
Bamboo Folio Smartpad
Alleviate brainstorming distractions and let your creativity soar. This $179 deceptively smart Smartpad allows you to sync your handwritten notes or drawings to your tablet, phone or computer with the touch of a button. It saves up to 100 pages of notes so you can sync at your convenience, and it converts notes to text, saving you a ton of transcribing time.
ZTE Axon M Dual-Screen Smartphone
Knock out tasks faster and stay entertained on the go with the $725 ZTE Axon M dual-screen smartphone. The multi-mode folding screen lets you double the size of your viewing area to 6.75 inches, so you can watch movies or scan through Excel sheets easily. You can also mirror the same content on both screen sides or view different apps and programs at the same time. Plus, the Axon M boosts a 20MP camera with 4K video recording and built-in dual speakers.
Westinghouse Amazon Fire TV Edition 55-inch
Make binge watching as easy as saying the name of your favorite show with this 4K smart TV . Enabled with Amazon Fire TV, this 55-inch, 8 million-plus pixel Westinghouse lets you stream more than 15,000 channels, 300,000 movies and apps, including HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime video. An Alexa voice-enabled remote control makes searching through the tons of options a breeze, and the built-in Wi-Fi makes setup a snap.