With the holidays approaching, surprise your techie family and friends with these awesome gifts that they will love. The list is sorted in ascending order based on price. The price reflects how much each item was during the time of writing and may be subject to change.
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1. Circuit Coasters — $9.46
These adorable coasters make a practical desk accessory for your drinks. I love the computer chip aesthetic and you can even choose between different colors. The best part is that it is handmade using recycled computer parts (yay for being eco-friendly)! You can get these on Etsy.
2. Programming Decals — $10
Decals are always fun items to add to your laptop, water bottle, or notebook. I am obsessed with these hand-drawn decals by techadditions. The design above is from their shop and it is based on a Python HTML/XML parser. Depending on how many decals you get, the price may be greater or less than $10. Check out their entire inventory on Etsy here.
3. Buy a Domain — $12
You can register a domain as a gag gift or use it to create a fun landing page. For example, you can add images and add a personalized message on the site. On the other hand, my friend pranked his brother by registering sadengineers.com to redirect to his personal website. You can get a domain for as little as $12, but sometimes it may cost more — it depends on the popularity of the name and domain. You can buy a domain on Google Domains, GoDaddy, or Domain.com.
4. Gift an Online Course — $15
An online course is a great way to learn about a new subject at an affordable price. There are several online websites, like Udemy and Coursera, that offer courses for as little as $15 — sometimes, courses can even be free! These courses don’t have to be super technical. You can learn anything, from deploying AWS systems to brewing Kombucha!
5. Programming Shirts — $15.99
These funny shirts are a great asset to any techie’s wardrobe! There’s no such thing as too many t-shirts. In addition to being cute and funny, these shirts are also super soft and comfortable! Both of these shirt designs are on Amazon, you can find the one on the left here and the one on the right here.
6. Smart Lights — $16.99
Change the ambiance of the room with these Smart Lights! You can change the color or dimness of the light with Alexa or your phone. In addition, you can also schedule these lights to turn off /on at whatever time you’d like. The bulbs reduce energy consumption and you can track the usage in real-time! You can get these here.
7. Coding Mugs — $17.99
Hydration is important for everyone, making this mug a super practical gift that can be used multiple times throughout the day! For those of you who are unfamiliar with code, this mug essentially says that while alive, you should eat and code without sleeping. You can find this mug on Etsy here.
8. Blue Light Screen Protector — $18.45
This blue light screen protector can be placed over the computer screen to reduce your exposure to blue light. For some background, electronics emit blue light which has been linked to eye strain, headaches, and sleep disorders. As a bonus, this screen protector is also anti-glare, making it easier to use outside. You can get these on Amazon for all types of devices. Since I have a MacBook, I got this one here.
9. LED Lights — $18.69
I love using these strips on my TVs! I put them behind the screen and when I watch movies it feels so much more ambient. The installation is quick and easy — I was able to add it within 10 minutes. The lights can be activated with your voice using Alexa or through the app on your phone. You can get these on Amazon here.
10. Reusable Notebook — $21.10
This gift is not only great for organizing your notes, but also eco-friendly. It comes with 36 pages that you can reuse by writing with a special pen. After you write your notes, you can take a picture using the app which automatically identifies the edges of the page to take a perfect snapshot. This notebook also uses AI to make your notes organized and easily searchable. You can get yours on Amazon here.
11. Dry Erase Screen — $21.79
A dry-erase screen is great for quick sketches or fast notes to yourself. Also, it will not take up as much space as a traditional whiteboard. You can adhere this to a wall or to your desk. You can even cut it into whatever shape you’d like! I love that this product comes with markers and is super easy to clean up. You can get this on Amazon here.
12. Solar Portable Charger — $23.99
This is a must-have car accessory for me — it has come in handy countless times and I don’t have to worry about charging it because it charges itself! This also comes with a compass and flashlight, so it would also be useful when traveling outdoors. You can find this item on Amazon here.
13. Books — $24.49
Books are great gifts for techies who love learning. This book, Cracking the Coding Interview, was very helpful for me when preparing for a Software Developer career. Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, this book still contains valuable information that will be useful later on. There are so many great books to choose from, but if you’d like to read this one you can get it on Amazon here.
14. Echo Dot Holder — $24.95
If you have Amazon Echo Dot, consider getting this beautiful holder for your desk, kitchen, or bedroom. It really makes your space look more inviting and organized because it holds all of the wires while also amplifying the sound of your echo. Though it comes with a fake succulent, you can replace it with whatever you’d like. Get yours on Amazon here.
15. Amazon Firestick — $24.99
I use the Amazon Firestick on all my TVs. It just makes it so easy to connect to all my streaming services. I love how slim and minimal the remote looks. This took me less than 5 minutes to set up and is so easy to use. The Bluetooth functionality is also fantastic, making it easy for me to navigate and find movies to watch. You can get yours on Amazon here.
16. Ergonomic Foot Stool — $25.16
Sitting at a desk all day can be uncomfortable or even painful. You can add this ergonomic footstool underneath your desk to help with prompting up your legs. It is made from memory foam, so it is super soft. It also comes with a base, so you can adjust it based on your height. You can get this on Amazon here.
17. Ergonomic Mouse — $27.99
The structure of this wireless mouse is based on your body’s natural grip, making it more comfortable to use for gaming or everyday use. It also looks very unique and it has 5 additional buttons for maximum productivity. Check it out on Amazon here.
18. Speaker — $27.99
This speaker is great for wirelessly playing songs or ambient music! You can use it to play your favorite music or you can use it to play ambient music to help you concentrate on your work or studies. It is small, waterproof, and battery efficient, making it perfect to take on the go. You can get yours on Amazon here.
19. Desk Lamp — $29.97
I love how this lamp is multifunctional: it provides light, displays the time and date, and charges your phone. You can easily change the angle and intensity of the light and temperature. Beyond displaying time and date, you can also schedule alarms and manage your calendar. Lastly, it can charge two devices at once through wireless charging and through the USB port. You can find this on Amazon here.
20. Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard — $29.99
This wireless keyboard is not only aesthetically pleasing but also ergonomic and comfortable. A mechanical keyboard means you can hear the keys clicking, which is great auditory feedback, especially when playing games. You can use this keyboard for everyday use or for gaming online with friends! Check it out on Amazon here.
21. Cable Management Boxes — $29.99
This is a great gift for messy desks with lots of cables. You can hide your wires or outlets in the boxes and it even comes with cable holders so you can keep track of your everyday wires. The boxes are different sizes making it easy to sort your larger cables from your smaller cables. Check it out on Amazon here.
22. Spotify Premium Gift Card — $30
Spotify is a popular audio streaming service that can be used to play all types of music. I use Spotify almost every day, for both work and for fun — I find that the music helps me concentrate better. Spotify has a free version with ads, but you can purchase the premium version for $9.99. If you want to gift someone a premium version, you can use these Amazon gift cards.
23. Power Strip Tower — $32.99
This is a great gift for homes with many wires and plugs. I love how it comes with a regular plug and USB ports. To save energy, you can turn off the row of outlets by pressing the power button. This is especially useful as a charging station for multiple devices. It is also convenient that the extension cord is extra long (3 meters). You can find this on Amazon here.
24. Ball Chair — $34.99
As an alternative to a normal desk chair, this ball chair is great for improving your posture and relieving back pain. In addition, you can also use the ball for yoga and stretching. You can get one of these at Amazon using this link.
25. Smart Plugs(4) — $35.99
You can use these smart plugs to make any device a smart device! With a single voice command, these plugs enable me to turn my lights and TV on and off without leaving the bed. I also use these to schedule lights to turn off and on at certain times — a useful deterrent for when you’re on vacation and want to make it look like people are still home. These are a must-have for me and you can get them here.
26. 3-in-1 Charger Stand — $35.99
This charger stand can support charging 3 of your devices at once! I love how the charger is wireless and cable-free, it also saves a lot of space on my desk. After your device is done charging, there will be a LED indicator to let you know when it is done. Get yours on Amazon here.
27. Self Cleaning Water Bottle — $40
When you’re coding, you can sometimes forget to hydrate yourself. A self-cleaning insulated water bottle is a great reminder to take a break and drink up once in a while. This stainless steel bottle has a unique feature where it uses UV light to sterilize and clean the water. Check it out on Amazon here.
28. Raspberry Pi Zero — $44.99
A Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer (about the size of a credit card) that can be used to program almost anything! It is a great gift for someone who likes to tinker with hardware. Raspberry Pis can be configured to do a variety of things, such as capture time-lapses, block ads, or even mine bitcoin! You can get the one pictured above here.
29. Wall Art — $45.50
This circuit chip wall art would make a great addition to an office space, especially if you’re working from home. I love the computer chip design and you can even order it as a panel of 3 pieces. This wall art is from Etsy and you can find it here.
30. Laser keyboard — $45.99
This keyboard is more of a novelty item; it projects a functional keyboard on any flat surface. This could be useful on the go if you ever forget to bring a keyboard. You can connect this product to your phone, tablet, or computer. Check it out on Amazon here.
31. Air Purifier — $49.99
If you’re working from home or spend a lot of time in a certain room, then you should invest in an air purifier. Air purifiers helper with allergies, pet dander, dust, and smoke allergies. You can also add your favorite essential oils for stress relief. You can get it on Amazon through this link.
32. Floating Pot — $54.97
This gravity-defying pot is a fun item to keep on your desk. You can put anything in the pot, but if you’re a star wars fan, you should try putting this baby Yoda speaker ($16) inside (it’s so adorable, trust me). The pot also spins slightly, giving it a super cool effect! Check it out on Amazon here.
33. Air Humidifier — $54.99
An air humidifier is great for making the air less dry, which is beneficial for the skin. If you’re in a dry climate, this is a must-have. I’ve had a few humidifiers and it is great that this one has such a large capacity and will not need to be constantly refilled. You can also add essential oils to the water to make the room smell nicer. You can get this on Amazon here.
34. Connected Rubik’s Cube — $59.95
This product puts a fun spin on the traditional Rubik’s Cube. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and you can time your progress, compete with other people, and even learn how to improve your solving skills. Check it out on Amazon here.
35. Digital Picture Frame — $59.99
A digital picture frame is a perfect desk accessory for your home or work office. This product can be personalized to display several pictures and videos of your choosing. In addition, it also plays music, displays your calendar, and doubles as an alarm clock! Get yours on Amazon here.
36. LED Light Bar — $64.99
This LED light can be used to make your movie or gaming nights more ambient. You can control them through Alexa or through the app and it also syncs with your music! Check out this awesome desk accessory on Amazon here.
37. Portable Photo Printer — $69.99
This mobile photo printer lets you print out pictures wirelessly from your phone. Using a special app, you can also edit the photos before printing them. The great part is, you do not need to pay for ink! It uses heat to print your images in color using special paper (which is also a sticker). Get this product on Amazon here.
38. Portable Projector — $69.99
A portable projector is a perfect device for a fun movie night! As long as there is a blank surface, you can use this to project a movie for everyone to watch. You can stream from almost any device, including your phone, tablet, computer, or game console. Check it out on Amazon here.
39. Drone — $79.98
This drone comes with a 1080p HD camera so you can see and record aerial views in real-time. In addition, this drone can perform flips and rolls, which is not only fun to watch but also great for capturing unique shots. Check it out on Amazon here.
40. Ekster: Parliament Slim Wallet — $89
My friend has this wallet and it has saved so much space in his pockets. It is also fun to click the button and make all the cards come out. The strap in the middle can be used to hold cash and it is very secure! My friend would put his house key in the strap and it would never fall out. I highly recommend getting this if you have a bulky waller. Check it out on Amazon here.
41. Apple AirTags(4) — $97.62
Apple AirTags are small portable devices that can be used for tracking personal objects. I would recommend putting them with your valuables, such as a laptop, your keys, or your wallet. Each one is quite small making it very convenient to put anywhere. Get yours on Amazon here.
42. Ember Mug — $99.99
Whenever I‘m working, I’m always drinking something and it usually always gets cold before I can finish it. This mug is a gamechanger for me because I can take my time drinking and I don’t have to worry about my drink cooling down. You can customize what temperature you want to keep your drink at on your phone. Check it out on Amazon here.
43. Smart Garden — $118.95
Greenery and nature can be very therapeutic to look at and with this device, you can grow plants at home indoors! It brightens up any desk space and you can also choose to grow plants that are edible. Growing your own produce is not only good for your health but also good for the environment! Get yours on Amazon here.
44. Smart Watch — $119
This smartwatch has Alexa built-in, which means you can get the news, check the weather, and control your alarms using only your voice! An additional benefit of this watch is that it can be used to monitor your sleeping habits to better understand your sleep quality. It has several other features that you can learn more about on Amazon here.
45. Robotic Vacuum Cleaner — $137.98
A robotic vacuum has been a gamechanger in automating chores that used to require lots of manual work. With this device you don’t need to worry about constantly having to vacuum your floors, it can clean up any surface including carpets or hard floors. This vacuum is also quite thin, enabling it to maneuver underneath your furniture. Check it out on Amazon here.
46. Chair Massager — $139.99
Spending long hours at a desk can be uncomfortable; luckily, this product can help with that! This massager can be easily looped onto your chair and provides heat and massages to your neck and body. If you want to change it up, you can choose between a Shiatsu massage or a rolling back massage. Check it out on Amazon here.
47. Smart Dash Camera — $149.99
Dashcams give me a huge peace of mind when I am driving. There are so many horror stories of insurance scams and having a dashcam is a great way to protect yourself in those situations. Think about it, spending $150 now is better than potentially spending thousands later on. This dashcam is also larger than a regular mirror, which reduces your blind spots and can help you better see the road. You can get this one here at Amazon.
48. 3D Printer— $159
It is so satisfying to watch a 3D printer make something out of nothing. The possibilities are endless and there are so many free and unique designs out there for you to choose from. For example, you can print a vase, a keychain, or even a cell phone case! These printables also make great gifts for your family and friends. Check it out on Amazon here.
49. Bean Bag Chair — $164.87
When I am coding, I sometimes like to move around and sit in a more comfortable position and this bean bag chair is great for that. Also, I love the versatility of this item because it also doubles as a bed! This would make a great addition to any home or office. Check it out on Amazon here.
50. Beats Solo3 Headphone — $165
Beats headphones are so useful for concentrating because they have a noise filter system that makes everything quieter. I use these every day when I work and they greatly improve my focus. I love how I do not have to charge them frequently and they are also very comfortable. I would highly recommend getting one of these and you can check it out on Amazon here.
51. Coffee Machine — $169.99
Getting up in the morning can be a pain, but coffee makes everything better. I love how this Keurig machine is multifunction. With on touch of a button, it can make your coffee, froth your milk, or make you a latte. Take a look at all of its features on Amazon here.
52. Portable Monitor — $179.99
This product is great when you need a larger screen on the go. If you’re using a Nintendo Switch or mobile device, this can provide you with more visual real estate. You can also connect it to your tablet or desktop to use as a dual display or as an extension of your screen. The possibilities are endless and you can learn more here.
53. Smart Goggles — $199
These smart goggles allow you to monitor your workouts! They even have an app where you can review your previous data and compare your fitness growth over time (which costs extra). These goggles are also chemical and fog-resistant, which helps with underwater visibility. Check it out here.
54. Air Pods Pro — $199
Air Pods Pro have a fantastic noise cancellation feature that can help you immerse yourself in your music or work. I love how compact and portable these are and I can always take them on the go. The quality is also great and I would highly recommend getting these. Check it out on Amazon here.
55. Smart Mirror — $199.99
This product not only functions as a mirror, but can also display the weather forecast, the temperature, and the date and time. There is also an anti-fog ability which is useful when the room gets too steamy. This is bound to make any room look extra cool and fancy. Check out all of the features here.
56. Hot Water Machine — $219.99
Especially for tea drinkers, this product is super useful in ensuring you always have hot water. You simply fill the container, and it will boil and warm the water for you to use at any time. You can even choose what temperature you’d like the water to be. Get yours on Amazon here.
57. Curved Monitor — $243.67
This 30-inch curved 1080p monitor can be a great productivity or gaming tool. I love how clean the bezel-less design looks. This monitor also has a blue light shift feature which reduces blue light emissions so you can stay online for extended periods of time. Check it out on Amazon here.
58. Under the Desk Treadmill — $265.99
This is especially useful if you have a standing desk because then you can walk around while taking a meeting at your desk! It is a great way to stay active and move around without ever leaving your office. You can customize the speed and the display will show the distance you walked and how long your workout was. It is also very thin, allowing for easy storage when you want to put it away. Get yours on Amazon here.
59. Standing Desk — $269.99
A standing desk is a great way to change up your position while working. They say that standing regularly has several health benefits, including lowering the risk of weight gain and lowering blood sugar levels. This comes with 4 programmable buttons so you can conveniently switch between sitting and standing positions. Check it out on Amazon here.
60. Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset — $299
VR, or virtual reality, is the ability for us to interact with a 3-dimensional simulated environment. When you put on the headset, you will be immersed in a virtual world where you can play games or engage in fun experiences. You can quickly set this up in 5 minutes and begin downloading different games and apps. Learn more about it on Amazon here.