What Will You Buy for Your Geek Friend This Christmas
It can be tough knowing what to get the technophile in your life. If you're tired of trying to guess what he or she wants and don't want to resort to another generic Visa gift card, check out these tech-friendly gift ideas and increase your geek-cred.
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End the remote wars forever. The Voo Mote Zapper takes the universal remote concept to the next level, turning any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a super-remote for the whole house. That's right, this handy converter can control virtually every electronic you own. Its super-slim size allows you to switch from device to device with ease, so moving from the family room to the bedroom is no biggie. The Zapper retails for around $70 and the app that installs it is free.
We're not talking about spitting out little plastic strips to label all your gear, we're talking about getting the techie guy in your life a nifty tee that lets his geek flag fly. This "geek" T-shirt is sure to elicit a chuckle or two, and just to make sure he knows it's all in fun, throw in an "I love my geek" tee for his sweetie.
Even hipsters can be harboring an inner tech geek. If you know a hipster techie, how about a DIY Guitar Pick Punch so that no matter how unprepared he might be, he can pick up the nearest guitar and serenade the crowd at the local dive bar or coffee shop. Or how about this USB typewriter for the techie with a poet's soul? This gadget lets you click on those keys as you write the Great American Novel in true style without sacrificing technology.
There's no need to be without easy access to your phone even while getting in some cardio on your bike. The iPhone bike mount lets you check the GPS when you get lost or even take that last-minute conference call without having to leave the open road. For just $40, this is the perfect gift for the guy who loves his iPhone and his exercise.
The biggest enemy of any techie is an empty battery. With a portable charging station you can charge a number devices with only one outlet. Forget carrying around tangles of cables, this is the slick solution to all those on-the-go charging needs.
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A Little Tool
Any tech lover worth his salt can be relied on to fix that thingamajig that's been giving you trouble. To thank him for his repairman powers, why not give him a Swiss Army Knife? What could be better for your gadget lover than an all-in-one super-gadget? The Swiss Army Knife Cyber Tool is perfect for the 21st century fella and trades in those traditional outdoorsy tools for technology-friendly ones that will let him save the day no matter where he is.
An Extra Hand
Tablets and eReaders are awesome, except for one thing – you have to hold on to them. Free up your tech lover's hands with a super-sleek tablet stand. Make sure that it's compatible with most tablets and e-readers and that it is lightweight and portable so your tech geek can use it wherever he needs an extra hand.
For the techie who loves to capture the moment literally in the moment, the Polaroid Z2300 is a dream come true. Harkening back to the days of those original Polaroid instant photos, this latest incarnation can produce 2×3-inch prints in under a minute.
Man's Best Friend
If your tech lover is also an animal lover, he can rest assured knowing where Fido is every minute with this GPS pet tracker by Tagg. With the master kit, he can make track his pet 24/7 on his computer or mobile device.
For the guy who doesn't like to go anywhere (and I mean anywhere) without his smartphone or iPod, these gadget-friendly boxers are the perfect gift. Why should anyone have to be without easy access to their phone unless they're totally naked? These boxers allow the co-dependent tech lover to keep his gadgets close whether in his jammies or the little boys' room.