LAST MINUTE TECH GIFTS A Gift Guide for the Manly Techie in Your Life
We’ve all got a tech buddy. Most of us have quite a few. Here are six great gift options you won’t want to overlook this holiday season.
Walnut Laptop Stand
Considering how much time we all spend in front of our computers, it’s shocking how little we factor in the necessity of quality ergonomic design. This angled laptop stand is crafted from walnut and features a precision cut stainless steel stop lined with premium vegetable tanned leather for holding your laptop or tablet—all in a single piece with a slight mid-century modern vibe. Any tech nut who’s worth their weight in code will appreciate this laptop stand as it literally elevates their work.
Core Lens Set [for iPhone 8/7 & 8/7 Plus]
We all live with incredibly precise cameras in our pockets every day, but many of us would love a little more control over the range of our photographic capabilities. The brand new Core Lens Set boasts unrivaled image quality and an intuitive interface for whatever you’re looking to photograph. With Fisheye, Super-Wide, and Macro 15x lenses to pick from, you’ll really be able to choose the exact perspective and mood you’re looking for with each new shot.
An Old Nintendo 64
In an era when the most cutting-edge technology is increasingly made obsolete within a few years, there’s something nostalgic and comforting about hunkering down with an archaic piece of equipment and enjoying yourself for a couple of hours. Buying your techie friend an old Nintendo 64 (assuming he doesn’t still have his) is a great way gift your buddy a blast from the past, while ensuring you’ll still get to enjoy some nostalgia yourself. Goldeneye, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Super Smash Bros—the list goes on and on.
Amazon Echo 2.0
I once saw an A-list celebrity mistake a normal speaker system for a device with Alexa. I was the only one in the vicinity as he spoke to the speakers, seemingly dumbfounded, and I had to break it to him that we didn’t have that here. Which I guess is just to say something about how once you get a device like the Amazon Echo, you really don’t go back. With the ability to set alarms, answer questions, place orders, change the thermostat, play music (and much more), you’ve just got to be careful you don’t take it too much for granted.
Google Pixel Buds
As a tried and true Apple product devotee, I have to say Google has been making truly enormous strides in the past decade, and the Google Pixel Buds are no exception. With up to 5 hours of listening time with just one charge, on top of a charging case that holds multiple charges, these bad boys can give you up to 24 hours of listening time when you’re on the go. They offer excellent audio quality (so you’ll never have to skimp in that department) but also sport one of the coolest features I’ve ever heard of: real-time language translation. That’s right, in addition to using the Google Assistant to check your messages and email, you can ask it for real-time translation of up to 40 languages. The buds also come in three color variations: Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue for those of you feeling adventurous (or just feeling like Miles Davis).
Kano began just a few years ago with the mission to bring coding to the world in a fun and user friendly way. This Kano kit is trusted worldwide by educators who use them with kids as young as six years old to build their own computers and then start learning how to code. The fact that kids that young can use them isn’t because they’re strictly for kids, rather it's a testament to the manufacturing and interface that these build-your-own-computer kits are seriously fun and engaging.