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:
- 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
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
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:
Of course, Amazon’s Echo family and Google Home can play your favorite tunes too.
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:
- NETGEAR – $40 and up – NETGEAR has a wide variety of extenders from travel and outlet varieties to more robust extenders for full home coverage.
- LINKSYS RE6500 AC1200 Dual-Band – $99.99 – Coverage up to 10,000 feet. Other options are available for smaller areas.
- D-Link DAP-1650 Wireless AC1200 Dual Band – $99.99 – Has impressive coverage, but looks more like a smart speaker.
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:
- Creative Sound Blaster JAM – $49.99 – Comfort and sound come together nicely in a budget-friendly package
- B&O Play Beoplay H4 – $299 – High-quality sound with soft, lambskin headphones
- Marshall Major II – $149 – Get over 30 hours of play time with the quality sound of Marshall
The Newest Tablets
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 Fire– Starts 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 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 chargers– Give 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
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:
- Cord Tacos – $29.95 for five – Leather, taco-shaped pouches to wind up cables for all types of devices
- iGotTech Cable Clips – $15.97 – Simple clips for organizing cable clutter
- MICRORANGE Travel Cable Organizer – $15.99 – Serves as an organizer and carrying case for cords and small devices
- JOTO Electronics Organizer – $19.99 – Uses elastic straps to store cables, USB drives, accessories, and more
- Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll – $19.99 – Organize cords in a neat roll
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.