10 Holiday Gifts for the Techie-Nerdy-Gadget Fiend in Your Life

Gone are the days when Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season—it has already begun.holiday-gifts-for-techies It seems like just about every store, from niche retailers selling locally made, eco-friendly socks to the behemoths, such as Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy, are offering up holiday savings.

While a large majority of the population may not have noticed the pre-Black Friday sales and may not have tapped into some of these savings yet, many tech-savvy nerd-types have (and are) buying up things on sale to ensure they get them, save some money, or both. It makes shopping for the techies we love even more difficult.

Here’s a list with 10 of top tech ideas to watch out for—either for that special someone on your list or yourself (let’s be honest).

1 Jawbone UP3 

holiday gifts for techies: Jawbone UP3

Jawbone UP3

One of the originals to the fitness tracking craze is back this holiday season with a new product sure to excite its customer base: the Jawbone UP3.  They claim it’s “the most advanced activity tracker known to man” and seems to have, well, advanced everything from heart rate monitors (no band around your chest required!) to improved sleep and fitness tracking along with a one week battery life (nice!). Currently available for pre-orders that are slated to ship December 23, with rush shipping, you could have it just in time to put under the tree this holiday season. Priced at just $179.99.

2 BioLite Camp Stove

holiday gifts for techies: BioLite Camp Stove

BioLite Camp Stove

Yes, a camp stove makes the list of awesome techie-nerdy-wondergifts this holiday season. But this isn’t just any camp stove. BioLite converts heat from the fire into usable electricity via a thermoelectric generator. This not only powers an internal fan for better combustion, but the surplus electricity is sent to a USB port for charging devices. That’s right—this pint-sized beauty has a USB port and acts as a charger for the additional appendages that are your phones and tablets. So you can rest easy while you construct the perfect Instagram-worthy s’mores knowing you’ll have the juice in your iPhone 6 to take those photos and share the ooey-gooey-goodness, or even make a phone call. Only $129.

3 Ozobot

holiday gifts for techies: Ozobot


Grab your markers and program your robot! Wait? What? For the techie who has everything, there’s the Ozobot. The miniature robot whose only way be programmed is through markers on paper, or with your tablet or smartphone. Ozobot works with color and contrast to take instruction. From following a straight line to taking in commands, it’s all done with color and contrast. Want your little Ozobot to turn around, roll over a sequence of blue, red, and blue? Speed up? Start planning those combinations. Have some fun with blue, red, blue, blue, red, blue, blue, green, blue and more for under $50!

4 3D Doodler

holiday gifts for techies: 3D Doodler

3D Doodler

Two dimensional doodles are so 2013. Thankfully, there’s the 3D Doodler to the rescue. It delivers what its name implies: 3D doodles. It’s pretty amazing to see in action and promises much fun for anyone lucky enough to get one this holiday season. With a variety of different colored plastic refill “ink” available, anyone with the smallest smidgen of a creative streak can express themselves visually and easily by drawing into the air. From only $99, it’s sort of a steal. Don’t forget extra plastic ink so the fun doesn’t stop!

5 HP Stream Laptop

holiday gifts for techies: HP Stream Laptop

HP Stream Laptop

HP has hit it out of the park with this little 11” laptop—not a netbook—that’s just perfect for use as a funtop on lazy Saturday mornings in bed. It comes loaded with an Office 365 subscription and 1 TB of cloud storage with Microsoft OneDrive. The best part, aside from the fun color choices of indigo blue or magenta, is the price. It’s only $199.99. For a laptop! And it ships free with Amazon Prime. It’s the perfect little tuck-behind-the-sofa, keep-it-on-the-kitchen counter-for-email-and-recipes, or give-one-to-the-mother-in-law laptop.

6 Razer DeathAdder

holiday gifts for techies: Razer DeathAdder

Razer DeathAdder

The mouse to beat all mouses, or mice. The Razer DeathAdder comes in a variety of iterations, including left-handed and a Chroma edition that allows you to decide what the color accent is. With a 10,000dpi optical sensor, ergonomic grip, fast response and accelerations—the list goes on and on—but basically, what the folks at Razer are trying to tell you is, “You don’t have any excuse for missing that shot!”

7 Tile

holiday gifts for techies: Tile


Never lose your stuff again. In case you, or the techies on your list, missed the early Tile Kickstarter campaign, the company is now shipping within 30 days. What is it? A tiny, find-it-anywhere, water-resistant, Bluetooth-enabled tracking device you attach to things you don’t want to lose. How does it work? Just pair your Tiles with any iOS device (Android coming soon) and you can track things. Imagine never hearing, “Have you seen my car keys?” each and every morning ever again? Only $25 with bulk discounts available.

8 Photojojo Lenses

holiday gifts for techies: Photojojo Lenses

Photojojo Lenses

For the phone photographer on your list, Photojojo offers a variety of fun lenses: wide angle, macro, fish eye and more for your iPhone or Android phone.  They’re tiny enough to throw into a purse or laptop bag for always-ready access. I have a few, not the full set (yet), and lurrrve them and how wonderfully portable they are. I keep mine in a coin purse—they’re that small!

9 Marshall Stanmore Speaker

holiday gifts for techies: Marshall Stanmore Speaker

Marshall Stanmore Speaker

That’s right? Marshall. When the Jambox isn’t enough sound, or maybe you’re tired of how ordinary it looks with it’s brightly colored plastic, Marshall has you covered with this new interpretation of a classic Marshall amplifier. Whether you choose brown, cream, or black leather-like vinyl, it has the classical styling of traditional Marshall amps, but the modern features we all love. This Bluetooth speaker also has a 3.5mm jack that can plug into any smartphone or you can use the RCA jack and plug it into a record player. Your hip points just went up by a factor of eight with this!

10 A Magic, Fancy Moleskine!

holiday gifts for techies: A Magic, Fancy Moleskine!

A Magic, Fancy Moleskine!

That’s right. Moleskine, the journal, has made a top ten tech list. They’ve got some great tech-friendly moleskins that interact with Livescribe pens, Evernote, and Adobe Creative Cloud. Now your notes can sync to Evernote as you write or your sketches to Adobe cloud as vector graphics. Pretty amazing. So, whether shopping for a prolific note-taker or an artist who knows Photoshop better than anyone, Moleskine has you covered from $25. Sadly the Adobe edition isn’t shipping before the holidays anymore, but you could always give them a pencil by Paper 53 to tide the creative people over.

So there you have it—10 fun tech gifts for the techies on your list.

Now, if you’re the type who prefers to give a more personal handmade gift, you can still please your tech-loving recipients. Don’t resign yourself to knitting another scarf or mittens. Save your fingertips and let someone else get creative for you on Etsy. There are a lot of great crafters out there who will make you anything from custom, handmade sleeves for MacBook Pros to nerdy wallets to knitted hats with mohawks and everything in between.

They even have ideas for the tech lover in their own Gift Ideas section. I personally am hoping Santa delivers one of these amazing decal sets for me! (In case Santa is reading this, I have a 15” Macbook Pro with Retina, model A1398.)

About the Author

Kim McReynolds

Kim’s been an internet addict since Yahoo! was at Stanford. From website design to creating banner ads featuring fast-moving monkeys to project management she’s done it all - and much of it at Adknowledge or its predecessors. Today she helps lead the corporate marketing team. When she’s not throwing a party at Alcatraz or the Empire State Building she’s engrossed in event planning, brand management and corporate messaging.

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