Gifts for Techies
Finding the right gift for friends and co-workers can be a daunting task, especially if they're tech lovers or even more discerning technology professionals. To help you find the perfect item, we've rounded up fun gift ideas that make techies and non-techies alike smile. Check out our top picks for everyone on your list, from gamers to creatives.
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.
Let your favorite techie take their love for gaming on the go with this portable controller. Featuring left and right thumbsticks, a directional pad, two trigger buttons, and four face buttons, the Gamevice turns smartphones into mobile entertainment centers. Go retro with arcade games like "Ms. Pac-Man" or on an epic adventure with "Call of Duty" without experiencing any lag time. The $124.35 Gamevice also controls drones and robots, is compatible with 1,000 games, and folds to fit in a pocket or bag.
iRobot Roomba 980 Wi-Fi
Tech professionals are keen on things being clean and tidy – websites, storage and, of course, personal spaces. Controlled via a smartphone app or the built-in power button, the simple-setup Roomba 980 Wi-Fi vacuum robot can help keep their office and home floor areas free from pesky dust. Cleaning can be scheduled via the app or started instantaneously from any location. Techies will probably get a kick out of watching the robot's real-time cleaning progress status on their smartphone screen and reviewing the cleaning report after each session. The iRobot Roomba 980 Wi-Fi is $799.
Sitting at a desk all day is hard work for even the fittest coder. Get them up and moving with the Mozi spinner. The fun interconnected rings slide up and down your arms in a rolling, hypnotic fashion, which is a great way to get the blood flowing during a quick break in a small office space. Available in three colors, the Mozi is $15.99.
River Mobile Power Station
Carrying around separate backup battery packs for specific devices is a pain for anyone, but especially for tech professionals. Help them ditch bloat with this lightweight mobile power station. Able to power two laptops, two iPhones, a flatscreen TV and an iPad simultaneously without any lag (we checked), the River can keep you charged on the go or in emergency situations. Featuring a total of 11 inputs including USB, DC, AC and 12V, the portable battery holds a charge in -4-degree weather. Available in three colors, the River Mobile Power Station is $699.
Hardcore gamers know lag time just isn't cool. This high-resolution gaming headset will ease their worries about missing a beat during play. The Roccat Khan Pro features noise cancellation and high-speed drivers that eliminate muddiness and provide clear sound in loud surroundings. It's lightweight and can be worn comfortably for extended periods. The mic can also be muted quickly by flipping it up. The Roccat Khan Pro is available for $99.99.
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.
Save your friend hours of lost time searching for their keys and wallet with a gift that keeps track of everything. The TrackR Pixel is a Bluetooth-enabled, coin-sized location device that attaches to – or can be hidden inside of – easily misplaced items. Hard-to-find items can be located using a smartphone app that sets off an alarm. If the item was left behind somewhere out of range, the app shows its last known location on a map. The $20 TrackR Pixel is available in multiple colors.
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.
Kmashi Power Bank
You should never let yourself feel powerless, and having the $13.99 Kmashi Portable Power Bank in your pocket can stop that. Its 10,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery can charge smartphones, tablets and other small devices. It features two USB 3.1 ports and an 2A input.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The hardcover version of this 25th anniversary edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a must-have for sci-fi fans, even for those who've made the jump to e-books. This $13.09 best seller spun out a radio series, a television series and a movie. It tells the story of earth-man Arthur Dent who discovers we're not alone in the universe seconds after hitching a ride on a passing Vogon ship. Luckily, there's no reason to panic because he brought his towel.
Binary Code Color Changing Mug
When you fill this $18.99 11-ounce mug with hot coffee, the plain black exterior will reveal its binary code. The best part is you'll be the only one that can read it. After all, there are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.
Being a SysAdmin T-Shirt
You can choose between black, green, brown, blue and gray for this $19.99 shirt any Systems Administrator will love. It's available in sizes for men, women and kids and up to a Male 3X-large.
iFixIt Pro Tech Toolkit
No IT professional worth their salt doesn't have a great set of tools. The $64.99 iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit puts them all in one place. It's got it all, from a 64-bit driver kit to an anti-static wrist strap and an iFixit Jimmy opening knife. With all these parts you can safely take apart everything from an Apple Watch to a Nintendo gaming console.