Let’s face it: tech pros can be intimidating to buy for. Technology changes fast and it seems impossible to keep up. How are you supposed to buy your tech pro a gift they’ll love when simply walking into an electronics store increases your heart rate and makes you sweat?
To give you the upper hand when shopping this season, we’ve researched some of the top tech gifts and gadgets and even gathered some advice from tech pros themselves. So instead of wandering aimlessly throughout an electronics store, check out this list of gifts any tech pro would love to unwrap this holiday.
11 gift ideas for tech pros
1. Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is one of the most coveted smart devices currently on the market. Wirelessly connecting to an iPhone, an Apple Watch offers an incredible array of features and apps, all conveniently located on your wrist. Connecting with friends, checking the weather or playing music are just a small taste of what this smart device is capable of. Owning an Apple Watch will remove some of their reliance on a bulky smart phone.
2. Roku 4
If you thought that Netflix was big, the next big thing in streaming channels and movies is the Roku 4, which combines dozens of features like HBO GO, Hulu, Netflix and other platforms such as Pandora or Spotify into one convenient location that is controlled through your TV. Your tech pro needs something more advanced than ordinary television. The Roku 4 will provide him or her with a greater selection and many more programs and features from which to choose – all in one convenient location!
The Nest Thermostat has created a revolution in home heating and cooling control. The Nest conforms to its users’ patterns over time, reducing energy and decreasing monthly bills. And of course, your techie will love that it can all be controlled from their smart device.
4. Cooking for Geeks
For books to be great gifts, they have to really suit the reader, which is why Jeff Porter’s Cooking for Geeks is ideal for any tech pro interested in the science behind cooking. Let’s be honest, a regular old cookbook would never cut it for your favorite techie, so one of these cookbooks for nerds is sure to do the trick.
5. Zuli Smartplugs
Smartplugs have emerged as another component of a smart home. Simply plug the smartplug into an outlet and insert the plug from an appliance (like your lights or coffee maker) into the device. This will allow the user to control the appliance through a smartphone app. It can even adapt to the user’s presence, meaning appliances can be turned on and off simply by entering or leaving the room.
6. Apple iPad Air 2
It couldn’t be a holiday gift guide for tech pros without mentioning one of the best tablets on the market today. The Apple iPad Air 2 tops the charts with its sleek display and power capabilities. TechRadar calls it the perfect tablet that competitors have failed to match, though there are others out there that tech pros would certainly enjoy.
7. A wireless stereo system
You may be surprised that some tech pros haven’t found the time to replace their wired and cabled music system for a completely wireless stereo system. If that’s the case, then now is the best time to upgrade them to something like the “Devialet Phantom Wireless Sound System.” Besides being completely wireless, this system boasts omnidirectional speakers, something your tech pro will definitely admire. Not to mention it resembles a small model of the Death Star from Star Wars.
8. Mogo Pro Power
The Mogo Pro Power is a console-style game controller that can be connected to Android devices to enhance the gaming experience on any smartphone. Your tech pro likely misses the days they could sit down at their PlayStation or Xbox and play video games for hours. Now they can relive that gaming experience conveniently with their smart phone, and without the hassle of expensive consoles and games.
9. DJI Phantom 3 Drone
Now this is one big-kid toy that will surely top the wish list of any tech pro. The DJI Phantom 3 is a top-of-the-line drone featuring a high-resolution video camera that rotates on a 3-axis gimbal. You may not understand what any of that means but trust us – your tech whiz will be impressed!
10. VHS to DVD converter
This gift might seem a little old-school, but there isn’t a tech pro who wouldn’t appreciate the technology. The Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 is a converter cord that can connect a VCR to a computer (or any other USB device) which can then capture the video and burn it onto a DVD. While some tech pros might cringe at the sight of a VHS tape or VCR, they’ll be grateful they can finally ditch the old tapes after digitizing their old videos onto a hard drive or DVD.
11. Duet by Protag
Make 2016 the year that tech pros never lose their keys again with this small keychain sensor. If their keys are misplaced, the mobile app can sound the keychain alarm to help locate them. Because the Duet keychain is inexpensive and infinitely useful, it makes for a perfect stocking stuffer for any tech pro.
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We did the hard part. All that’s left is wrapping up one of these fantastic gifts and wowing the tech pro on your list!
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