It’s that time of year again. The time of goodwill, cheer and all your excess mental energy being devoted to thinking up perfect, one-of-a-kind gift ideas. We all have a geek, or two, in our lives and finding a great gift for them can prove to be a challenge.
After all, how can you surprise someone who’s already a know it all when it comes to cool technology and quirky innovations?
We have the gift guide that will help. Here are our best gift picks for every type of geek in your life.
Every professional geek needs the Apple pencil for the iPad Pro. This pencil is designed with precision that has the potential new unleash incredible creative possibilities. More than just a stylus, the Apple Pencil can replicate the finest of details that can be created with conventional artist’s pencils. From feathery soft touches to dark shading, the pencil does it all with pixeled perfection.
This laser projected Bluetooth wireless keyboard is a must-have for the mobile professional geek. Compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones, this keyboard is also equipped with voice reporting. Add to it that this handy little gadget also plays music and we can’t see a reason to ever carry around a cumbersome keyboard again.
How many times have you put your phone down, only to spend hours, if not days trying to find it. For the professional Geek in your life, losing a work phone, even for a few minutes can have serious consequences. The Tile Anything Finder will make their phone ring, even when on silent. Plus, they can easily track down their phone on a map if it gets left behind.
So, this is an upper-end gift, but how surprised would your geek be to see this sitting under the tree, or in the driveway? The OjO Commuter Scooter is cool looking, bike lane friendly and can go 25 miles on a single charge. Perfect for the geek on the go that cares about their image.
Do you know a geek that loves to grill? This automated grill cleaner is a gift they will love. Just set it and forget about it, the Grillbot does the rest of the work and is programmable in 10, 20 and 30-minute cleaning cycles.
Is there anything that Google isn’t capable of? The Google Home Activated Voice Speaker is a personal assistant for the home. Want to listen to some music? Just say so. Want to play a game? Why didn’t you say something? Have a toddler with a million questions? Let Google take over for a bit. Plus, it recognizes up to 6 Google accounts based on voice signature alone.
For the white-teethed, Bluetooth geek. This rechargeable toothbrush comes with all the quality features you expect from Oral-B, plus the technology that monitors your brushing habits, gives you feedback and dental health suggestions and even has sensors to tell you when you are brushing too hard.
Want to impress the gaming geek on your list? This gaming laptop is the sure way to do it with features like:
Your gamer needs this powerplay mouse that looks as cool as it feels and performs. Precision handling, comfort design and advanced button tensioning make this the sought-after gaming mouse this holiday season.
This gaming headset has the distinction of being PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for best gaming headset.
This set provides studio quality audio, low distortion and background noise cancellation. Plus, it has features that make it comfortable to wear for even the longest gaming sessions, like AirWeave ear cushions and ski goggle suspension. Compatible with PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Android and iOS.
Not specifically related to gaming, but what gaming geek could resist? Or any Star Wars geek for that matter. R2-D2 becomes a real-life companion with authentic movement, including trigger emotive waddles, plus holographic simulation. The best part? R2-D2 becomes interactive when you watch movies from the Star Wars Saga!
Children are natural Geeks at heart, so this is probably why one of the hottest toys this holiday season is an emotive interactive animal that hangs from your finger. Fingerlings, like this monkey, blow kisses, respond to touch, babble and monkey around. Good luck finding one though, since they have reached cult status, but the mini geek on your list would be geeked out to find one under the tree.
Know a mini geek who doesn’t like to get out of bed in the morning? Clocky, the Alarm Clock will get them moving. This little guy jumps off the nightstand or dresser and runs around until someone grabs him and turns him off. A sure way to get little geeks excited about waking up, plus he looks really cool.
Mini Geeks love Minecraft. Mini Geeks love Fidget spinners. This is the best of both worlds. Enough said.
This high-tech luggage will turn into command central for your traveling geek. Constructed from class A Makrolon polycarbonate shell, there isn’t anything that can touch the NoviConnected roller. It has an integrated TSA approved lock, app-controlled bank to charge USB and USB-C devices, and an extra super roomy main compartment for geek essentials.
Sometimes practical gifts are the best gifts. This candy bar sized charger has the battery power to charge most phones twice, plus some to spare. PowerIQ Technology recognizes devices to charge them at the fastest possible speed. Practical just got geeky.
Every traveling geek deserves some of the comforts of home. What better than this new Mac 2.0 candle? This soy-based candle features notes of lemon, tarragon, bergamot, and hints of amber. The perfect accessory to for uninspiring hotel rooms.
With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can find the perfect gift for any geek on your list this year. This list is a great starting point. Happy holidays to you and the geeks in your life.
Also published on Medium.