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Everyone has someone they call when their PC throws up a strange error message or when they need their new printer installed How To Pick The Best Printer For Your Budget & Workload How To Pick The Best Printer For Your Budget & Workload So much for the paperless office! The integration of information technology has seemingly increased the amount of paper printing we have to do. So pretty much everyone with a computer needs a printer at some... Read More  — and there’s no better time to thank them than the holiday season.

Whether they do it as a day job or are just interested in computers as a hobby, this list of gift ideas includes things that your favorite IT support person will find useful, exciting, and fun, and we’ve covered prices for all budgets.

Practical Presents

If you want to help someone in their job — or to help them fix your computer — check out these practical gifts.

1. Rosewill 45-piece PC Toolkit

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Sometimes fixing a PC involves more than turning it off and turning it on again. Sometimes you have to open up the case and get hands-on with what’s inside. PC geeks love doing this sort of stuff, and they’d love it even more with the right tools for the job.

This set of 45 tools from Rosewill includes all of the essentials, from screwdrivers to an anti-static bracelet and even a soldering iron. If you’d prefer a different size, there are 15-, 90-, and 145-piece sets, too.

2. Make Your Own Tech Support Gift Basket

Here’s a different type of toolkit. There are so many different items that come in useful when working with PCs. Some can make great stocking fillers, or why not put a few together to make your own Tech Support Gift Basket?

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The Streamlight Mini LED Flashlight will light up the insides of a PC case, while a can of compressed air will blow away all the dust that has built up within it.

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A 4-in-1 charging cable enables four different types of device to be connected to a PC via the USB port. The Joy Fish 8” Cable ties will tidy up some of the clutter from newly installed peripherals. And a couple of USB Rechargeable AA batteries mean that power will always be on hand when it is most needed.

3. SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive

SanDisk SDWS2-064G-E57 Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for Smartphones and Tablets SanDisk SDWS2-064G-E57 Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for Smartphones and Tablets Instantly increase mobile device storage up to 64 GB for more videos, photos, music and documents Buy Now At Amazon

A USB flash drive remains one of the most useful gadgets for a PC user Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015? Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015? USB flash drives are great for storage, but they have so many other uses. Here's how they're worth their weight in gold. Read More . You can never have too many of them, and the Connect Wireless drive from SanDisk isn’t any normal flash drive either.

It supports wireless connectivity so you can use it with a tablet or smartphone, and you can even stream the movies and music you’ve got stored on it to any of your devices.

4. Gunnar Optiks Computer Glasses

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Modern PC monitors — as well as laptop, tablet, and smartphone screens — emit a large amount of bright blue light Fact or Fiction? 6 Myths About Screens & Monitors (With Verdicts) Fact or Fiction? 6 Myths About Screens & Monitors (With Verdicts) How many of these screen-related myths have you heard? How many do you believe? You might be surprised at which ones are true and which ones aren't. Read More that isn’t particularly good for us. It can cause eye strain, headaches, and disrupt our sleep. The longer we spend staring at screens, the worse the effects can be.

These computer glasses from Gunnar Optiks tackle the problem in a flash. They have amber-tinted lenses that reduce glare and filter out blue light to protect the wearer’s eyes.

5. Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

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It isn’t ideal to spend a large amount of time hunched over a computer. This laptop stand has versatility beyond its bargain basement price tag and brings real ergonomic improvements to any laptop.

It can be tilted between 12 and 35 degrees, reducing the risk of repetitive stress injury and helping the user improve their posture Sitting Up Straight Is Bad: The Right Way to Sit at a Desk Sitting Up Straight Is Bad: The Right Way to Sit at a Desk If you think sitting up straight is the answer to back pain, think again. It actually puts more stress on your back. Read More at the same time. It’s also ventilated, so there’s no danger of the laptop overheating.

6. Innogie Portable Charger

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There’s nothing more annoying than a phone battery that runs out before the end of the day. That will be a thing of the past with the Innogie portable charger.

It’s smaller than a can of Coke, yet holds enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 6 This One Trick Can Make Your iPhone Battery Last for Days This One Trick Can Make Your iPhone Battery Last for Days When you find yourself without a charger, you can use this quick tip to squeeze a few more hours out of your battery. Read More  four and a half times (and a Galaxy S5 nearly three times) per charge. It works with any phone or tablet — just plug in your charging cable and you’re away.

7. Android Smart Watch

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Smart watches are practical and desirable, so they make awesome gifts for anyone who is into technology, and there’re a huge number to choose from.

The Android Wear-powered Moto 360 is good looking and now quite affordable. The Pebble Steel plays nicely with both iPhone and Android phones. And the Samsung Gear S2 is a well-liked and more high-end watch that works with most Android devices.

8. Android TV Box

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Your PC support giftee will love an Android TV box for two reasons. First, it’s something cool and techie to play with. Second, it’s a really great way to stream TV and movies Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? It has been years since we've compared heavy-hitting streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And with changes in pricing, content, quality, and interface, we thought it was time to revisit the topic. Read More from services like Netflix or Amazon Prime to your big-screen TV.

The Beelink i68 is set up for all this right from the off. It runs an up to date version of the Android operating system, has the popular streaming app Kodi pre-installed, and can even play 4K videos, if your TV supports them.

If you want to really push the boat out, take a look at the Nvidia Shield, which does all the same and is great for gaming, too.

9. Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo is a hugely popular and cutting edge speaker system for the home. It works with all popular music streaming services, either directly or over Bluetooth, and has great sound quality.

Better yet, it’s internet connected and voice controlled. You can cue up tracks, set alarms, ask for the latest traffic and weather conditions, and even control your wireless lighting system How Amazon Echo Can Make Your Home A Smart Home How Amazon Echo Can Make Your Home A Smart Home Smart home tech is still in its early days, but a new product from Amazon called "Echo" may help bring it into the mainstream. Read More all without even needing to get up from your armchair.

With constant updates adding new features all the time, Echo is a small slice of the future right there in the corner of your living room.

Fun Stocking Fillers

These stocking fillers combine quirkiness and usefulness in equal measure.

10. Neon Mini Red USB Fridge

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Ideal for a desk or office, this mini fridge keeps a single can of Coke or Pepsi cool to around 10 degrees, and can also keep a mug of tea and coffee warm at around 65 degrees. Best of all, it’s powered by the standard USB port found on every laptop and PC.

11. R2-D2 USB Car Charger

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Is this the charger you’re looking for? For an in-car battery boost, who could resist a miniature R2-D2 that pumps out enough power to charge two phones or tablets at the same time? It’s a great gift for any tech fan that loves Star Wars Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Which Is More Technologically Advanced? Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Which Is More Technologically Advanced? There are three topics that should never be discussed at the dinner table: religion, politics, and the relative merits of Star Trek and Star Wars. Luckily for us, MakeUseOf isn't a dinner table. Read More (i.e., all of them).

12. Tile Phone and Key Finder

Know someone who is forever losing their keys? They need Tile. Tile is a neat gadget that you attach to your key ring, and which then connects over Bluetooth to an app on your phone.

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Whenever the keys are misplaced, a simple tap on the app will cause the Tile to play a tune, or you can see its last known position on a map so you can track it down. It works the other way, too. Pressing a button on the Tile causes your phone to sound, so there’s no chance of losing that either.

13. Witty T-Shirt

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The uniform of the tech support person is the T-Shirt containing a sardonic slogan. From “Have you turned it off and on again” to the Blue Screen of Death to “I’m only here because you broke something”, there’s something here for everyone.

Your Favorite Gifts

These are our suggestions for gifts for the PC support person in your life. But what are your choices, or what would you love to receive? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credits: Open gift box by Air0ne via Shutterstock, Tile via thetileapp.com

  1. likefun butnot
    November 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    As an actual IT support person, the things I need most are large and fast storage devices, even larger storage devices and relatively tiny storage devices I can give away because I'm constantly asked to hand off a few gigabytes of files.

    Other stuff?

    Subscriptions to support-related services like Ninite Pro, Logmein Pro or GoToAssist.

    Udemy, Train Signal, or Lynda IT Training courses.

    Vouchers for certification Exams. CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, CIW et al.

    And if you're a support customer: Don't buy shitty stuff your support person doesn't want to support. Being tempted but choosing not to buy a $199 laptop, $50 Android tablet or any iOS device might be appreciated more by your support person than anything else you could do.

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