Have Yourself a Very Techie Christmas

Need to find some Secret Santa gifts for techies? Looking for the best gifts for geeks? Or maybe you’re trying to figure out what are the best tech gifts for mom, parents or coworkers. Well, look no further! You’ve found the ultimate guide to The Best Tech Gifts 2018:

37 Top Tech Presents for the Geek, Nerd, Techie, Laptop Warrior or Coworker in Your Life

I don’t know about you, but most of my family has never really understood my job. As a freelance Video Editor for a long time (and now with Writing Ninja) sure, they see me at my computer in my home office or lugging my laptop around to coffee shops or bookstores or to Groundwork.

But somehow I get the idea that my fam doesn’t think I’m really “Working with a Capital W.” They seem to think I’m just kind of… playing at working. At least that’s the way it feels when they react with incredulity (or disdain) when I answer, “A Staples gift card!” or “Oooo! Printer ink!!” in response to the perennial question “What would you like for Christmas?” (I mean, seriously, I would *love* either of those things, yet I never get ’em!)

So if you’re looking to give your self-employed, freelance, or remote-working friends or family some good tech for Christmas, here’s a big fat cheatsheet of all the fab finds techies like me *really* want: Top Tech Gifts for Christmas 2018.

On-the-Go Power Supplies

Laptop warriors are always on the lookout for places to charge our phones, laptops, and tablets. And yet invariably we all wind up out in the world with a dead battery and no way to recharge. YIKES!

Nimble: Portable chargers made with sustainable materials

You know the scenario: you’re on deadline, furiously pounding the keys trying to make the clients 5th revision happen, when your laptop shoots you the “ah-hem..! You have ten percent battery remaining” warning. You type furiously, eyeing the battery life tick down, and get the slightly chiding “Hey! Only 5 percent left..!” A low, cold panic starts to kick in. Not only could you miss the deadline, but also how will you check email? Texts? Slack!?! Out in the world, without a tether to your digital life. Gasp! No… say it ain’t so!

Well, with the right battery backup in their Techie Toolkit, they’ll never be caught out in a cold, disconnected void again. Here are four awesome options, each with their own bennies:

Power/Battery/Charger Gifts——
1. Nimble: sustainably made chargers
2. Omni Ultimate: Real 120W AC power with four plugs!
3. RAVPower Quick Charge: phones from 0 to 80% in 60 minutes
4. Anker PowerCore: Can charge phones 7x, tablets 2x, or a full laptop

Computer… Gloves?!

Who knew this was a thing? I sure didn’t until a friend gave me a pair. If someone told me a couple of years ago that I’d be sitting here typing in hand-knit, fingerless “computer” gloves, I’d have said they were crazy. Yet, low and behold, here I am wearing one of my three pairs. And I love ’em. LOVE! I don’t know what it is — if it’s science (keeps the joints warm as you furiously type… cushions/supports wrists against desk…) or just a state of mind — but I’m a Computer Glove convert.

And now you can convert your tech gift recipients too! While not a “usual” tech gift, Typing Gloves or Computer Gloves will be appreciated by anyone who types for a living, especially during a cold (New England) Winter!

There are special heated gloves, support gloves, compression gloves. Or you can buy any regular ole fingerless gloves at any retailer that sells gloves (as long as they don’t have fabric at the ends of the fingers, so you can feel the keys).

Here are a few places you can get gloves and have fun with ’em, get serious/medical about it or simply support independent artists:

Computer/Typing Gloves——
5. Etsy Computer Gloves: Handmade knit gloves
6. Amazon List o’ Gloves: A whole lot to choose from
7. Panda Hand Warmers: Because… well… heated pandas! ‘Nuff said. 

Fun with food: Lunch at Work

Going out for lunch every day just isn’t practical (or economical… even though it’s fun!). So most days I bring food from home and work through lunch, eating at my desk as I type away. Over the years friends have given me a bunch of food gadgets and containers, some good, some great and a lot useless. Here are the things I most consistently use and a couple that I want (which will hopefully be under my tree this year).

Lunch Containers——
8. Prepd Pack: Handcrafted bamboo case with modular containers
9. Thermo Pot: Sturdy, stylish vacuum food flask
10. Box Appetit: Modern, BPA-free lunchbox/food container
11. Dual Compartment Bag: The hot stays hot, the cold stays cold
12. Planet Box: Eco-friendly, stainless steel compartmented bento

Sticker Billboards — I mean, H2O Bottles!

We’ve all heard the advice “Drink 8 glasses of water a day,” right? But did you know that the Mayo Clinic recommends that men drink 3.7 liters (15.5 cups) and women drink 2.7 liters (11.5 cups) of water daily? Think about that: one GALLON of water for men and 3.4 of a gallon for women. Every day! So what better way to both up your daily water intake AND display your techie pride with stickers all over a great, healthy, BPA-free bottle:

Water Bottles——
13. Hydro Flask: The ULTIMATE insulated stainless water flask!!
14. Autoseal Chill: Stainless steel water bottle with spill-proof Autoseal
15. Nalgene Tritan: Wide Mouth BPA-free bottle with screw off top

And — even though it’s kinda cheating (because most coders believe these should be “earned”) — here some stickers for the bottles:

Sticker Starter Packs—— 
16. Developer Stickers
17. Programmer Stickers

Lugging your life: Computer Bags

A great alternative to full computer cases or bags are laptop Sleeves, Envelopes or Clutches. These slender options offer some protection without adding bulk to lug around. It’s a great option for protecting your laptop while hopping between meetings or when you just need to slip your laptop into another bag (like I do with my Dwell Studio sleeve into my Writing Ninja tote bag). Just like headphones, laptop warriors can always use multiple ways to carry their primary weapon, their laptop.

Laptop Sleeves——
18. Plemo Leather Envelope: Water-resistant leather laptop sleeve
19. DwellStudio Laptop Clutch: Sleek padded sleeve for laptop or tablet

But if you’re looking for a great new full laptop bag, look no further. With a commitment to fair business practices and quality design, these bags from NutSac rock! They’ve created some amazingly high quality, American made bags and proclaim they’re “leading the man-bag revolution” with everything from the “20. Man-Bag, Damnit” (“You carry lots of crap…. What you really need is a right-sized bag for your everyday carry.”) to the “21, Mag-Satch” (“Mag-Satch is a unique option among satchels for men today. Go ahead, look around, you won’t find anything quite like it.”).

Computer Bags——
22. NutSac: Handmade computer messenger bags and  other “man bags”
23. Everki Atlas: Checkpoint friendly water-resistant laptop backpack

But hum… I’m a girl. Woman. Female. Yet I lust after the 24. Muy Grande laptop bag. Maybe I’ll just have to get it “for my hubby” for Xmas… coz he already has a computer bag he loves, so I can inherit it. Or…! I can just own my guy-like taste and buy it for myself.  (Perhaps I should create a “Tech Gifts for Her 2018” list and show those NutSac guys that girls like ’em too!!)

Treat Your Ears: HEadphones

Whether you’re flying or coworking, great headphones are a necessity in the out-and-about techie life. Sure, some people simply use the in-ear headphones that come with their phones. But most tech folks have multiple headphones, often one set for each type of use: noise canceling options for flying and coworking… noise-reduction microphones for taking calls on the go… over-the-ear comfort for marathon work sessions (Oi. How much do those in-ear things hurt after 10 hours?!). And how often are headphones left under hotel desks or between bookstore chair cushions?! An amazing pair of headphones will always be welcome.
25. Sony WH1000XM3: Noise canceling over-ear wireless headphones
26. Microsoft Surface: Lightweight, smart headphones with built-in assistant
27. Soundcore Liberty Light: Small, light sport fit earbuds
28. Steelseries Arctis Pro: Gaming headset with chat/game audio controls

Fun Stocking Stuffers:  Small Nerdy Gifts

Cord keepers, monitor cleansers, lint-free cloths, cleaning wipes, compressed air… anything that can keep our tech life in order, or get rid of greasy fingerprints and keyboard crumbs will all be appreciated if Santa leaves them in a stocking. (Oh! If you’re eco-conscious, skip the “canned air” and get something like the CompuCleaner — link below.)
29. Jelly Comb Organizer: case to manage/store all electronics accessories
30. MagicFiber Cloths: The microfiber cleaning cloths pros trust
31. Useful Thingy Screen Clean Kit: Clean any phone, tablet, or monitor
32. EasyGo CompuCleaner: Make your own Compressed Air!
33. Avantree Cord Organizer: Reusable cable ties

And now… something a little different!

Ostrich Pillow great for hammock coworking naps!

And last but not least, here are a few of my favorite total geek ideas:
34. Tile Pro: Your techie tend to lose things? Help ’em find it with a rechargeable Tile.
35. Ostrich Napping Pillow: Sneak in a nap anywhere!!

36. Whiteboard Paper: Turn any wall into a whiteboard.

 

No matter what you choose off this tech Christmas list, always get a gift receipt (in case you don’t know what specs or prefs match their needs). Even if they have to exchange your gift, your tech lover will still really appreciate that you waded into geeky waters for them.

And remember, while they’re not terribly sexy or on the official list of “Top Tech Gifts 2018,” 37. Office Supply Gift Cards are a great addition to any list of 2018 tech gifts. :)

Happy Tech-mas!

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