For most of us, technology is a convenience, a hobby, and sometimes a job. But there are those for whom it is a passion and a lifestyle. They are the gadgeteers of the world who own every flashy new thing that comes out, love anything with a circuit board, and are hard to buy gifts for because they’re the ones who spend days in line whenever a new blinking gizmo gets released. We had to search high and low, but eventually we found plenty of presents that will overclock any tech-lover with holiday joy.
In selecting the 20 best gifts for the technophile, we started with a few basics that they might not have, then built in a lot of items that will support their habit, but that they often won’t think to get themselves. There’s a bleep and bloop for every stripe of die-hard tech geek out there.
SanDisk Ultra Fit Low-Profile Flash Drive
Forget flash drives that stick out from the USB port like a sore thumb. This drive is so tiny that it’s easy to forget it’s there. With up to 128 GB of storage, there’s plenty of space for work, pictures, or portable software, all in a package that is smaller than a fingernail.
No matter how much security there is on a computer, if it’s online, it’s still vulnerable. Give the gift of safety, security, and privacy to the Internet experience with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Express is one of the best in the business and will protect the person, the computer, and their identity from hackers or the nosy NSA.
Bluelounge Jimi USB Port Extension
Some computers – yes, we mean you, iMac – don’t put their USB ports in convenient places. With this simple extender, there’s no more fumbling around under a desk or behind a box. It extends the connector to an easy-to-reach location for quick plugging and playing.
Probably the only cable box that won’t overcharge you, this is an easy, classy way to hide away all the various cords that litter the home of your average technophile – or really any modern person. It will even hide an unsightly surge suppressor.
Cut the cable and give the gift of affordable streaming with the Chromecast. Upgraded and updated for the new year, this adds intelligence to the idiot box with loads of features and smart, easy viewing for all.
Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard
On-screen keyboards for smartphones and tablets are fine, but they’re not going to let you do any serious typing. With a special place to stand up any electronics for use, a large keyboard for typing, and a comfortable build that won’t cause carpal tunnel, this is the portable Bluetooth keyboard for everyone.
Raspberry Pi 2
Yes, it’s a full computer complete with 1 gig of RAM for less than $50. It doesn’t matter if your favorite technophile already has one, because there’s always another new project they can be completing with a second, third, or eightieth Raspberry Pi. For extra points, you can build it into something yourself, like a server robot.
Just Mobile HeadStand
Headphones too easily take up work space or get tangled or broken when not in use. To keep them both safe and out of the way with style and grace, just use the HeadStand. It’s the elegant solution.
Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Messenger Bag
The more technology a person has, the more they need a well-organized, stylish, resilient bag in which to carry it all around. For the person who has everything, give them a way to take everything with them in a beautiful, professional way.
The fully wired and remote controlled home is the dream of the future. While more new technology is making a truly connected household, there’s still items that are too old school and archaic to work with a high-tech lifestyle. For them, there’s the WeMo Maker. It connects almost anything to your smartphone or tablet and offers basic commands and untethered control.
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Headphones
Laptop speakers are never good. They don’t have the space necessary to give you a really immersive experience when viewing multimedia on a computer. The only way to get quality sound is to use the right set of headphones, and make no mistake: These are it.
Samsung Gear VR
Mobile virtual reality is not only here, it’s affordable. Lightweight, simple to use, and loads of enjoyment, this is the next step in immersion that’s comfortable to wear and will excite even the most technologically backwards person you know.
There just doesn’t ever seem to be enough battery life for all the stuff out there. Which is why carrying a battery backup is essential. The PowerPlant is stylish walnut wood complete with a 12,000 mAh payload that delivers a glut of portable energy anywhere.
Grovemade Walnut Laptop Stand
Ideal for the home office, this is a comfortable laptop stand that creates a healthier working environment without sacrificing utility. Save someone who spends too much time hunched over their computer from becoming Quasimodo.
ASUS Wireless-AC1900 Router
There is nothing a technophile loves more than connectivity. Make sure they are always able to get the bandwidth they need to keep their internet addiction humming along. If they’ve let their router get out of date, this will keep them hip deep in ones and zeroes for years to come.
As close as you’re going to come to having a meaningful conversation with your computer, the Echo is the ideal way to create a house that can actually talk back. It’s the personal assistant for the person who hates people and the digital friend we’ve all been waiting for.
Star Wars BB-8 by Sphero
From the people who brought us one of the most innovative new toys for grown-ups comes a new version, featuring the breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8. There’s no other way to say it: This is the droid you’re looking for.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Few things are as troublesome as a bad thermostat. Save your friends and loved ones from the fiddling with a Nest. It learns about the temperature preferences of the people it lives with and adjusts the whole house accordingly. It doesn’t matter what the weather is; inside it’s always sunny.
It began with a lot of hype, but after several software and firmware updates, the Apple Watch has actually become a piece of technology worthy of the money. It’s an all-in-one fitness tracker, phone interface, and digital caretaker that looks damn good on a wrist.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
Drones have become the new tool and toy for anyone interested in mobile technology. The Phantom is on the forefront of affordable, heavy-duty drones that can carry a camera, perform tricks, and offer an eye in the sky to anyone who wants it.