11 Better Gifts for the Tech-Lover on Your List
Need to do some shopping for a loved one who always has the most cutting-edge gadgets and tech? Don’t be intimidated—here’s everything you need to wow them this year.
1. Zolt Laptop Charger, $99
A device that can charge a laptop, tablet, and smartphone simultaneously and fits in the pocket of your jeans sounds impossible, but the Zolt Laptop Charger Plus is real and comes highly recommended by those who have tested it. The compact 70-watt charger replaces bulky power bricks and allows for the charging of multiple USB devices at once, so when you’re on the go, you don’t have to make the tough decision as to which device deserves a juice boost.
Find it: Zolt
2. Narrative Clip 2, $149
Wearable tech isn’t reserved for the face and wrist anymore. The Narrative Clip 2 is a camera designed to go on one’s clothing for hands-free photo and video moment capturing. At 0.7 ounces, the light device has 8 GBs of storage capacity, a 5 megapixel camera, built-in GPS, accelerometer, magnetometer, and Omnivision image sensor, and the rechargeable battery lasts about 30 hours.
Find it: Get Narrative
3. NASA Sleep Promoting LED Light Bulb, $59.99
Developed for astronauts on the International Space Station to help “regulate their bodies’ own natural circadian rhythm,” the light emitted from the bulb stimulates melatonin production, which helps us get to sleep after a long day of adulting.
Find it: Sharper Image
4. Lander Neve Cables, $19.95-29.95
Until we live in a world where everything uses wireless connectivity, cables are a necessity. Lander makes various Neve cables (micro USB, lightning, auxiliary, and splitter) with reflective technology so you can find them in the dark, and the cables themselves are made of flat nylon that prevents them from tangling in your bag or pocket.
Find it: Lander
5. Audeze EL-8 Closed Back Headphones, $699
The Audeze EL-8 Closed Back Headphones are the best sound experience you will find for under $1000. The company received glowing reviews when it debuted the model this year thanks to planar magnetic technology that lets wearers experience sound quality and comfort that rival professional headphones that are nearly twice as expensive. If the tech-lover in your life is also an audiophile, they should definitely give these a listen.
Find it: Audeze
6. Razer OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, $299.99
The virtual reality market is still very new, so now’s the time to get in at the ground floor before it really takes off. The Open Source Virtual Reality Headmounted Display allows the tech savvy to build, customize, and reprogram the experience as they see fit.
Find it: Razerzone
7. Ninebot One Wheel, $818.85
Personal transporters are at the top of a lot of wish lists this holiday season, but from a design standpoint, the Ninebot One Wheel is among the coolest. With a top speed around 14 mph, the self-balancing scooter makes getting to work (or zipping down the block) look way more impressive than walking or taking public transportation.
Find it: Ninebot
8. Google Chromecast 2.0, $35
Google redesigned its popular media streaming device to be faster and more attractive than the original, with a range of colors and the same dirt cheap price. All you need is a television with an HDMI port and a smartphone or tablet, and you’re good to go. It’s one of the easiest, no-regrets tech gift decisions anyone could make.
Find it: Google
9. Powercurl Mini, $5
If you’re looking for a quick, handy stocking stuffer, the Powercurl Mini may be the perfect buy. This little guy has been on the market for a while but is still very useful, keeping your USB cable neatly wrapped and out of sight when it’s not in use.
Find it: Amazon
10. Soloshot 2, $399
Sometimes taking a selfie is less about narcissism, and more about capturing and sharing a really cool moment. The Soloshot 2 robotic camera system allows the photographer to follow and record a subject in motion from up to 2000 feet away using a wireless transmitter.
Find it: B&H
11. Seagate 7 Portable Drive, $95.99
This incredibly thin 500GB device supports USB 3.0 and is an impressive 7mm thick. There is no external power supply needed, which makes it quick and easy to take files on the go.
Find it: Amazon