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True techies are some of the hardest people to shop for at Christmas time. Much like trying to buy a new camera for an experienced photographer, the chances are they know exactly which piece of kit they want, and wouldn’t be truly satisfied if you got them a different brand or model.

But, that’s not to say that it’s impossible to buy for them, or that you should just leave them off your Christmas shopping list altogether – we’ve some great ideas to try and help you out.

Here’s our list of the nine best gifts for true techies.

Google OnHub

Google and TP-LINK have joined forces to try and reimagine the traditional home router Google Announces New OnHub Multi-Protocol Wireless Router Google Announces New OnHub Multi-Protocol Wireless Router Google unveiled its answer to the Smart Home market in the form of a Smart Home hub called OnHub, a standard wireless router also capable of the most popular smart home network protocols. Read More , making it more relevant to the way that most people use their home Wi-Fi networks.

For example, it uses smart software to find the best Wi-Fi connection available, it lets users prioritize devices to ensure the fastest Wi-Fi is supplied to the activities that need it most, it has an accompanying smartphone app that allows the network to be controlled from anywhere in the world, and receives regular updates that frequently add extra functionality.

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TP-LINK Wireless N Nano Router

This is another router, but with an entirely different purpose.

We’ve all been there – you check into your hotel or hostel and collapse into bed, hoping to drift off while watching something on Netflix This Simple Hack Helps You Find the Best Films on Netflix This Simple Hack Helps You Find the Best Films on Netflix There are so many movies that finding the right one can take hours. Let GoodMovies help you narrow it down. Read More , only to discover that that the sole Internet connection available is an Ethernet port on the wall.

The Wireless-N Nano Router aims to solve this problem. It plugs into the Ethernet point to create a secure Wi-Fi hotspot that can be shared with any fellow travelers or roommates. It supports AP, client, router, repeater, and bridge modes, and can provide speeds of up to 150Mbps.

It’s a perfect gift for a travelling techie.

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MMT Monitor2Go

It’s safe to say that you can never have enough screens in your house. Whether you want to make your smartphone screen larger for gaming purposes, you need a second monitor for your laptop How To Use Your iPad (or iPhone!) As A Second Monitor [iOS] How To Use Your iPad (or iPhone!) As A Second Monitor [iOS] Productivity pros swear by multiple monitors, but we don't all have the luxury of carrying around huge screens and endless wallets. On the other hand, the iPad has become pretty ubiquitous, and it can really... Read More , or you’re trying to watch two sports matches at the same time, it’s always a case of more-is-better.

The MMT Monitor2Go is primarily aimed at iDevice owners. It can support the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4, all recent iPhones, iPad minis, and Apple TV, and can also connect to any laptop or desktop via either USB or HDMI.

Weighing in at just 1.5 kilograms, it’s highly portable, and it also comes complete with a stand to securely hold it in place while in use.

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Arduino Starter Kit

The techie in your life might already have loads of computer-orientated gadgets, but will they have a DIY Arduino Getting Started With Arduino: A Beginner's Guide Getting Started With Arduino: A Beginner's Guide Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Read More set?

For those who don’t know, Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that allows its users to create interactive electronic objects. In practical terms, this means you can create anything from a home alarm system to a tree-climbing robot and from a retro video game to self-tying shoelace – in fact, we’ve covered lots of cool Arduino projects 10 Great Arduino Projects for Beginners 10 Great Arduino Projects for Beginners Completing an Arduino project gives you a sense of satisfaction like no other. Most beginners aren't sure where to start though, and even beginner's projects can seem rather daunting. Read More here at MakeUseOf.

The starter kit comes with enough components for 15 projects, 200 electronic parts, a 170-page manual, and an Uno R3 (the main microcontroller).

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Sticking with the theme of non-traditional tech gifts, have you considered a Nest Learning Thermostat? Like the aforementioned Arduino, it’s guaranteed to give any techie hours of fiddly enjoyment.

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It costs $249 on Amazon.

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POWER A MOGA Hero Power

Being a techie and being a gamer are often two sides of the same coin, so why not appeal to both parts of their personality and buy them a POWER A MOGA Hero Power?

You clip your phone into the controller and instantly have a Nintendo DS-esque set-up, with the phone becoming the gaming screen.

Several games on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store are now being MOGA-optimized, and recent updates also allow users to map the keys of the controller to emulators that they have installed on their phones.

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Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard

Who needs a real keyboard when you can be the envy of all your friends by using a laser-projected virtual keyboard?!

It will pair with any smartphone, laptop, or tablet via Bluetooth and will work on any flat surface. The projector itself is battery-powered, with a single charge lasting for about two hours of solid typing.

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick

Every techie knows they need to carry round a wealth of files, data, and programs with them at any given time.

USB flash drives have traditionally been the most common way to do this, but technology is now moving forward and the next generation of USB sticks will connect wirelessly to your device.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick will let you stream content to three devices at the same time over the local network, and comes in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB versions.

The prices on Amazon are $24.99, $39.99, and $99.99 respectively.

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USB Finger Mouse

This is the perfect stocking filler for any techie.

The Finger Mouse is exactly how it sounds – you strap the device to one of your digits and control the on-screen cursor by pointing instead of moving a traditional mouse. It’ll help the user cut back on computer usage-associated injuries 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy Working on the computer may sound like the most relaxed job in the world, but it's quite the contrary. It's very tough on your body, which is not used to this modern type of work.... Read More such as repetitive strain syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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What Are You Buying?

What nifty gadgets and devices will you being giving to the tech lover in your life this holiday season?

Have you been inspired by our ideas or do you think you can do better? We’d love to know – you can leave your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in the comments box below.

  1. Jagdesh Singh Jjsd
    December 8, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    The Sandisk Connect wireless stick is like wow.Defiantly need it soon.Thanks for the list

  2. Kyle Sylvester
    December 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    No tech in his right mind should get a OnHub, just had one for 3 days and couldn't take it. Port forwarding options are terrible. no DDNS options or if there is good job google on hiding it. It was anything but an easy set up with it trying to default to a static IP instead of DHCP to connect to my Modem. The set up requires you to have and iPhone or Android so WP users beware you CAN'T and I Mean CAN NOT IN ANY WAY, set this up from your computer unless you are running an android emulator of some kind to download the ridiculous OnHub app. Then to top it of it WOULD NOT set up from an ANDROID phone. kept freeze, had to use my company iPhone to get it to work. It also ONLY HAS 2 ETHERNET ports. on for intertnet and one for something else. The only thing you are paying so much money for is the 13 antennas and its channel switching, which oh by the way, when it does channel switch, IT DROPS YOUR DAMN NETWORK! failed product by any standards even its app interface is bad, pretty... but very bad! -1/5 stars.

    No tech should get this nor want this.

  3. Al Christopher
    December 5, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Not much on this list to say that I want any of the items. Maybe that's just me.

  4. likefun butnot
    December 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Techies don't want a Google OnHub. That's basically giving Google open access to all your network traffic, instead of just what you're doing on Android and Chrome. Not good. Not wise.

    Similarly, a decent techie will know how to make a mobile device talk to a file server without the shortcut of a weird wireless disk drive

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