The Wishlist: Technophile’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s rare that we encounter an issue these days that can’t be solved, mitigated, or at least eased with a little tech assistance. And those of us who aren’t exactly sure how to get the most out of our prized pieces of tech often consult the digitally-savvy individual in our lives who understands and speaks the language. They’re the technophile, and if there’s anything these tech-based souls can’t stand its outdated gadgets.

From phones to computers; gaming to serious wireless routers that work to ensure everything is speedy, streamlined and reliable, the following list of ideal gifts this year for the technophile certainly won’t disappoint. No matter what they’re hobby, occupation, or preference may be, we’re confident you’ll find an option here that will sure their particular needs, and keep them ahead of the curve in the world of gear and gadgets.

Nomad Ultra Rugged Lightning Battery Cable

If your technophile is looking for a sturdier option when it comes to keeping their iPhone changed, then Nomad’s lightning battery cable could very well fit the bill here. The exterior is crafted with military-grade 1000D ballistic nylon and each cable is individually tested to withstand 10,000 flexions.

Purchase: $40

Tesla Powerbank

Any fan of the Tesla brand will surely love this nifty little power bank modeled after the Supercharger Monument located at the Tesla Design Studio. It boasts an integrated USB, a high-efficiency circuity to maximum performance, and a 5V output.

Purchase: $45

Amazon Echo 2nd Gen

Help the technophile in your life embrace this modern age of convenience with a little help from Amazon’s Alexa. The 2nd Gen here comes complete with a new speaker, design, styles in addition to enhanced tech that allows them to make calls, play music, set timers, ask questions, etc. with more precise results.

Purchase: $80

Apple AirPods

To go along with your iPhone, Apple recently released their AirPods that are suitable for both taking calls and listening to your favorite playlists without having to deal with cumbersome and unwanted wires in the mix.

Purchase: $159

Neo Smartpen 2

Whether they’re putting pen to paper in a more analog fashion or using a tablet to take notes, the Neo Smartpen 2 is a fantastic ergonomic tool for bridging both worlds together. It’s slim, light and durable construction also ensures easy transport and years of continued use.

Purchase: $159

Sonos One

Life without music isn’t a life at all. So, give the gift of great audio this year with the help of the new Sonos One – complete with Alexa built right into the device. Available in both black or white based on their design preferences as well.

Purchase: $174

Oculus Go

With so many VR headsets flooding the market these days, it’s important to conduct sufficient research before making any sort of purchase. However, here’s an option that certainly won’t disappoint. No PC or wires are needed, it boasts breathable fabrics for enhanced comfort, and feel free to enjoy a variety of experiences wherever and whenever you please.

Purchase: $199

Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard

For the technophile who’s also a bit artistically inclined, there’s the graphic-designer-friendly Logitech Craft Keyboard. Besides a sleek appearance, this wireless keyboard offers a premium typing experience and a universal input dial the automatically adapts to what’s being built on the digital canvas.

Purchase: $200

The North Face Access Pack

For when they need a backpack in which to carry all this tech from place to place, The North Face does a fine job of building this tech-friendly 22-liter backpack made with 500D nylon, the capacity to housing a 15-inch laptop, along with a myriad of pockets and sleeves for their convenience.

Purchase: $235

Bose SoundSport Ear Buds

No wires, no discomfort, premier water and sweat resistance. That’s what you’re gifting the more athletically savvy technophile in your life thanks to Bose’s SoundSport headphones. They boast clear, powerful sound and are engineered to stay in place and stay comfortable.

Purchase: $250

Gnarbox Camera Assistant

Whether your technophile is out on assignment in remote regions of the world for work or simply someone who likes to document the journey, the Gnarbox is a fantastic portable backup and editing system for just about any camera. Edit and share 4K videos and RAW photos from mobile phones and tablets as well as enjoy up to 128GB of internal flash storage thanks to their proprietary tech and design.

Purchase: $270

Asus AC5300 Wireless Router

All this wireless tech is completely useless unless there’s a high-quality router controlling the show. Here, we have a Tri-band option with the latest 802.11ac 4×4 technology for up to 5334 Mbps of throughput and 5,000 sq. ft of coverage.

Purchase: $300

Apple Watch Series 3

Keep up to date with the happenings on your iPhone while mobile and on the go thanks to the Apple Watch Series 3. Here, answer messages, emails, take phone calls and stay fit all in a sleek and reliable manner. There’s a version that suits basically everyone’s needs.

Purchase: $329+

DJI Spark Drone

Outfitted as the miniature member of the DJI family, the Spark features all of DJI’s signature technologies but in a smaller, more affordable package. Specs include a flight time of 16 minutes, a top speed of 31 mph, 2-axis gimbal, 12 MP camera, a range of up to 1.2 miles.

Purchase: $399

Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones

A first from Shinola, their all-new Canfield Over-Ear Headphones are unlike other audio equipment currently on the market. Not only are they acoustically tuned by Shinola’s very own sound engineers, but they feature stainless steel components, interchangeable lambskin earpads, and a Top Grain leather headband.

Purchase: $595

GoPro Fusion

Boasting both a 5.2k/30fps camera that shoots 360-degree panoramic video, now you can truly relive the adventurous experience in a way never before offered by GoPro. There’s also a handful of viewing modes depending on your style.

Purchase: $700

Apple iPhone X

Both serving as an anniversary tribute and the newest iteration of the iPhone lineup, Apple’s iPhone X is truly a marvel of both form and function. An ideal gift for any fan of the brand.

Purchase: $999

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Back with a new iteration of the Surface Book, Microsoft has positioned this multipurpose notebook with quad-core Intel processors and the best graphics performance yet – making it the most powerful Surface ever. Can’t beat that.

Purchase: $1,500

Sony Alpha A7R III

Purposed as a more affordable but just as reliable and quality version of the Sony A9 camera, the A7R III comes equipped with a 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with a gapless on-chip lens design and an all-new LSI and upgraded Bionz x-processing engine.

Purchase: $3,200

iMac Pro

The most powerful Mac ever built, the all-new iMac Pro comes equipped with up to 18-core processors, 22 teraflops of GPU performance, fast storage and advanced I/O. It’s the ultimate desktop computer for the avid gamer, designer or developer. Hands down.

Purchase: $5,000

45 Must Have Gadgets for Men

Looking for some additional options? Be sure to check out this list of the 45 best gadgets for men before the holiday shopping season draws to a close.