Gifts for Tech Lovers in 2017

gifts for tech lovers

It’s that time of year again, but finding gifts for tech lovers doesn’t have to be difficult. The hardest part is just choosing just one of these amazing gifts. From new smartphones to cable tacos (you read that correctly), there’s something perfect for every tech enthusiast on your list.

The Latest Smartphone

Who couldn’t use a new smartphone? Give the gift of the latest and greatest with one of the incredible new smartphones released in 2017. A few options to choose from include:

gifts for tech lovers iPhone X
The all-glass front and back on iPhone X feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in two beautiful colors, silver and space grey.
  • iPhone X – $999 – More durable and intelligent than ever before
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $950 – Enjoy drawing with the S Pen on a massive 6.3 inch screen
  • Google Pixel 2 – Starting at $649 – Know more with the highly informative Google Lens

Of course, don’t forget that with new smartphones coming out, older models are cheaper than ever. If you want a more budget friendly option, consider previous models for deep discounts.

A Helpful Intelligent Assistant

gifts for tech lovers Amazon Echo
All-new Echo (2nd Generation) with improved sound, powered by Dolby, and a new design – Charcoal Fabric

One of the best gifts for tech lovers is an intelligent assistant. All someone has to do is say a command to control their smart devices, order something, play different music, and a wide variety of other things. A few highly useful possibilities include:

  • Amazon Echo – $99-$149 – Enjoy the friendly voice of Alexa
  • Google Home – $129 – Google’s own personal assistant
  • Mycroft – $179 – An open source intelligent assistant perfect for the tech lover who loves tinkering around with and personalizing their devices

Smart Sound With Smart Speakers

gifts for tech lovers Sonos One
Sonos One – Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built In (White)

Music makes everything better, but having the right speakers helps make your music sound amazing. Instead of just a regular speaker, surprise the tech lover on your list with a smart speaker. These speakers respond to your voice and even link together for whole home sound. Some great gift ideas include:

  • Sonos One – $199 – Has Amazon Alexa built in
  • HomePod – $349 – Apple’s Siri-enabled smart speaker

Of course, Amazon’s Echo family and Google Home can play your favorite tunes too.

Better Wi-Fi

gifts for tech lovers NETGEAR
NETGEAR AC1200 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (EX6200)

Sometimes Wi-Fi doesn’t always extend throughout a home or into the backyard. That’s why one of the more thoughtful gifts for tech lovers is a Wi-Fi extender. These take the signal from your router and help extend the signal in weaker areas of the home. Some of the more impressive options include:

Depending on the coverage needed, you can find Wi-Fi extenders for as little as $20, making them an affordable gift option.

Wireless Tunes Anywhere

No one wants to deal with pesky cords and cables, especially when it comes to listening to music. That’s why wireless headphones make the perfect gifts for tech lovers. While we’ve covered some of the best options before, you should also check out:

gifts for tech lovers Marshall Major II
Marshall Major II in Black – The double-ended coil cord with mic and remote is completely detachable so you can decide which side you prefer to wear it.

The Newest Tablets

gifts for tech lovers Kindle FIre
All-New Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB in Black

Sometimes smartphone screens just aren’t big enough. Instead of a phone, consider giving tablets as gifts. With all the major brands releasing shiny new models in 2017, you’re going to have a hard time choosing which one to give. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 – $1,499 and up – Both 13.5 and 15 inch models available with up to 17 hours battery life
  • Microsoft Surface Pro – $799 and up – The more budget-friendly option without sacrificing quality and performance
  • Google Pixel C – $599 – A 10.2 inch screen and lightweight design make this an affordable option for Android lovers
  • iPad Pro – $649 and up – Offers larger screen sizes and is designed to be more powerful than desktop and laptop PCs
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 – $599 – Features the S Pen, incredible sound, and a 9.7 inch screen
  • Amazon Kindle FireStarts at $49.99 – Multiple versions with differing screen sizes, Alexa-enabled, and even a kid-friendly option

Power On The Go

gifts for tech lovers Anker power bank
Anker PowerCore 10000

Gifts for tech lovers don’t always have to cost several hundred dollars. Maybe you just want a stocking stuffer or a low cost option for a co-worker. The one thing every tech lover needs is power on the go. Power banks make a great gift and most cost anywhere from $15 to $50. Some great ideas include:

  • Anker – Offers some of the most popular power banks, with prices starting at $17.99
  • Solar chargers – Great for tech enthusiasts who also love being outdoors
  • Novelty portable chargersGive the gift of power and show family and friends how well you know them with power banks shaped like animals, video game characters, pop culture characters, and more

Get Your Charge On

Durable and flexible nylon braided USB cables in Blue for iPhone and Rose Gold for Android.

The cables that come with your devices are kind of bland. A simple, yet affordable gift for the tech lover on your list is a fancy charging cable. See the DC Shop for iPhone and Android cables that anyone would be proud to use in public, while being the envy of everyone around.

Organize Those Cables

No matter how many wireless devices there are, cables are still a problem. When you carry around a charging cable or wired headphones, the wires get tangled and mangled easily. One of the best gifts for tech lovers is a way to organize those cables quickly and easily. Some effective gadgets to handle the job include:

gifts for tech lovers cord roll
Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll in Red

There are always plenty of great gifts for tech lovers. Just don’t be surprised if you end up picking up a few things for yourself, too.

Related Read: 2016 Ultimate Gift Guide 

Contribution by Crystal Crowder

About the Author

Crystal lives and breathes tech. She’s spent over a decade writing tutorials, reviews, and more on tech, business, and lifestyle sites. Her idea of fun is settling down with the latest tech and gadget news.