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“The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming.” So says a commercial for a popular carbonated beverage due to begin airing on television any day now. They’re right too, the holidays ARE coming, which means we all need to start compiling our Christmas lists.
We’re here to help, with a list of 20 gadgets that geeks of all kinds would love to receive at this special time of year. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or have a birthday coming up soon, you should find something of interest here. After all, geeks love gadgets 365 days a year.
Geeky Gadget Gifts
Geeks are easy to buy for. Virtually anything that requires plugging in is an appropriate gift for a geek, but there is a sliding scale of desirability. We have tried to compile a list of the best gadgets to buy for geeks right now.
Unfortunately, it still requires you to know the geek in your life enough to choose wisely. Unless you’re wealthy enough to be able to afford all of the gadgets on the list. In which case, can you buy me one of everything too? Please?
A 3D Printer
3D printers are very much in vogue, meaning anyone who owns one can rightfully claim to be an early-adopting uber geek.
The OnePlus One Smartphone
There are plenty of brilliant smartphones on the market, such as the iPhone 6, Moto X, and Nexus 6. However, the OnePlus One is brilliant, inexpensive, and in short supply; a killer combination.
A Media Streaming Device
There are plenty to choose from, including the Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. All of which do a fine job.
There is a huge difference between bad headphones and good headphones. Thankfully, the good headphones don’t have to be prohibitively expensive.
A USB Turntable
If you know a geek old enough to own a collection of vinyl records, then release their inner geek with a USB turntable capable of turning old vinyl into digital files.
An External Hard Drive
Geeks will generally hoard digital content, which means they never have enough storage, and can never have too many backups in place.
A PS4 Or Xbox One With a Copy of GTA V
Make the jump to the next-gen consoles by playing a new version of the genuinely brilliant Grand Theft Auto V.
The Surface Pro 3
There are too many viable tablets to list here, but the Surface Pro 3 is a surprisingly solid option. Avoid buying this for any Apple fanboys lurking in your family.
Despite the fact that most of our readers would shoot a drone down, owning one of these versatile unmanned aerial vehicles is still desirable to geeks.
A WiFi Extender
Losing access to the Internet is a geek’s biggest nightmare. Buying them a WiFi extender to increase coverage is a simple, affordable solution.
New PC Components
More RAM, a solid-state drive (SSD), a new motherboard. All of these will bring joy to that computer-building geek in your life.
The Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker which has a Siri-like personal assistant built into it. Which is all kinds of awesome. Sadly, Amazon is only inviting certain people to buy one, making it even more desirable.
Moto 360 Smartwatch
There are several good smartwatches to choose from, but the Moto 360 is hard to beat. At least until the Apple Watch launches early next year.
An Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which persuaded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to spend $2 billion acquiring its parent company, Oculus VR. Geek credentials don’t come much higher than that.
A Bluetooth Speaker
There are literally hundreds of Bluetooth speakers to choose from, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. Choose one that best suits the geek in your life.
An All-In-One PC
An all-in-one PC is hard to beat for everyday computing needs. The only caveat being a recommendation to wait until Windows 10 is released.
A USB to HDMI Adapter
This tiny device is used to connect multiple monitors to a single computer. Which means this is an affordable way of living the dream.
A Kindle eBook Reader
What better way to persuade book-loving geeks who still read real books as opposed to eBooks that printing is old-fashioned than to buy them a Kindle pre-loaded with free books.
A Subscription To A Streaming Service
From three months of Netflix to one year of Amazon Unlimited, from six months of Spotify to a Plex Pass for life. A subscription to a streaming media service could change someone’s life.
Insurance For Your Valuables
Last but not least, you could buy the geek in your life an extended warranty for their valuables.
Continue The Conversation
This list of 20 geeky gadgets to give as gifts this year is far from complete. There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other gadgets that you or the geek in your life would love to own.
This means we would love you to carry on the conversation in the comments section below. Simply tell us either what gadget(s) you want right now or what gadget(s) you’re planing on buying family and friends this holiday season.
A Debt Of Gratitude
In order to compile this list of 20 gadget gift ideas for geeks, we received a lot of great comments from the MakeUseOf readership. As ever, they proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.
These readers took the time to answer the question, What Gadgets Are On Your Christmas List?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from likefunbutnot, ranny, pete, and ed. Who are all great at answering questions but suck at capitalizing their names.