2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Techie

I’ll say this: the Holiday Gift Guide for The Techie was probably my favorite of the gift guides to create for you guys. It’s pretty obvious if you know me, that I’m a bit of a techie, not to be confused with trekie, of which I am most definitely not. So finding every day items that have been re-invented for the tech lover was right in my wheel house. These are perfect for your ‘rents, your boyfriend or even your best friend!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Techie

 

1. Sony QX30 Smartphone Attachable Lens Style Camera
Yes, this is exactly what it looks/sounds like…a lens from Sony that is compatible with your iPhone. And I don’t necessarily say “attachable” because it doesn’t have to be attached, it uses NFC  (Near Field Communication, same technology that Apple Pay uses) to communicate with your phone, which means you can hold the lens in your hand and use the phone as the shutter. It’s a bit pricy but would make a friggin awesome gift for a snap-happy friend!

2. Tile
We’ve all got that person in our lives who for the life of them cannot keep track of their belongings, no matter how hard they try. So when my mom told me about Tile, I knew I had to share. These little tiles can be stuck to your phone, thrown in your purse, secured on your keychain and then when said things are lost or “misplaced”, you can turn to your Tile App on your phone or computer to find them. It’s actually a lot cooler than what I’m making it out to be, so make sure to visit their site to learn about how great it really is.

3. Skinnydip London Earbud
These super cute headphones aren’t necessarily cutting edge technology-wise, but they sure are fun to look at and apparently engineered to give you a great audio experience. For a $22 pricetag, these babies are sure to please your music loving secret santa.

4. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Yes, this is a toothbrush. Yes, it costs $220. No, I have not tried it. BUT I have seen it getting phenomenal reviews. I’d probably be careful who you buy this for though, as there is a specific setting for “Whiten”, though I did hear on the radio that people are not offended when they’re gifted teeth whitening sessions, so who knows!

5. Apple TV
I couldn’t think of a more expertly thought out gift for you Apple fanboy friends than an AppleTV. For $99, you’re basically gifting them the world. I swear by AppleTV, we actually have one in the bedroom and the living room. Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and more are constantly being added and you can mirror your desktop too.

6. NomadKey
Giving this gadget will surely bump you up to “angel” status  because it’s a total life saver.  A phone charger that is small enough to fit on a keychain, and cheap enough to gift to all those friends whose phones are always dying at the worst possible moments.

7. OlloClip 4-in-1 Lens
If the Sony lens was a little bit (or a lot bit) too expensive for your budget, maybe this little guy can take its place. This 4-in-1 phone lens includes a Fisheye, Wide Angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro that clips right over the phone camera lens and voila! I have a feeling whoever you give this to is going to be getting a lot more Instagram followers. Maybe eve  buy one for yourself while you’re at it?

8. CrockPot Slow Cooker with WeMo
I’d just like to say that I actually thought of this idea about two years ago, a slow cooker that I could control with my phone so that I could start it in the morning and then switch it to over to a “warming” setting once I knew it had cooked long enough. After a bit of research, I saw that Belkin was developing their own and it’s finally arrived in time for this Christmas.

9. Mini Jambox
It feels like there are just more and more bluetooth speakers on the market every month, but this pretty little diddy is a great choice and comes in plenty of colors to suit everyones taste. I got one for Max for his birthday and he takes it out on the golf course all the time, so I know it’s a winner. Plus it’s on sale right now, so act fast!

10. Mighty Mug
This mug. It doesn’t spill. Like literally, it cannot spill. You can’t knock it over. I know this makes no sense to you, but trust me, it doesn’t. There’s a great video on their website to help you understand this madness. I got one for Max for Christmas this year because he spills at least once a day on average, so I felt like this would be a great gift. Lucky for him, the mug he was using broke on Sunday night so I gave it to him early, so far only good things to report, like no spills!

11. Cashmere Lined Tech Gloves
These babies from J.Crew are a godsend. And I can speak from experience, Max’s mom got me a pair last Christmas. Some of the tech touch gloves on the market that are supposed to allow you to text in the frigid temperatures suck. Like, really suck. But these ones actually touch the letters you’re trying to touch, not every other letter around it. They’re a bit pricey, but that comes with the territory of cashmere…and J.Crew. But believe me when I say whoever unwraps these will be very pleased!

12. Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet
Last but not least, this collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit leaves all the fashion forward, step-countin’ ladies giddy with excitement. This gorgeous bracelet that snaps onto your tracker come in gold, rose gold and silver and every time your friend looks at her wrist or meets her steps goal she’ll think of you. Bonus points!

Hopefully this gift guide proved to be helpful in finding something for your gadget guy or your tech-loving teacher, but if not, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another handy guide. And don’t forget to share these with your own friends so that maybe they’ll buy YOU something! Never hurts to try!

L