Fortunately, they don’t actually have everything, or I wouldn’t know what to tell you. Maybe draw them a certificate of achievement on Paint? It’d be tough sledding. But, even the most diligent techie can’t be on top of everything all the time. From the newest gadgets to the obscure goodies that even they may have not heard of, we’ve got the perfect guide to help you navigate the most troubled of holiday waters. Better yet, you might get out of here with a freebie — we’re giving away these Doctor Who TARDIS Headphones, which just so happen to be on this guide anyway.
Yes, the View-Master — the plastic thing you used to look at pictures on those discs when you were a kid. Well, the View-Master looks a little different now. Mattel has gotten in on the virtual reality craze and made the View-Master into a VR headset powered by a smartphone. Using markers on familiar-looking discs, viewers can now be whisked away to other parts of the world or beyond, thanks to Experience Packs like space, destinations, and wildlife. Starter packs are available on Amazon for $25 and include the headset, a preview reel, and a Lightning adapter for iPhones. The preview reel includes bits from all three Experience Packs, which you can buy separately if your geek already has a smartphone-based VR headset like Google Cardboard.
Hedgren Connect Series Backpack
It takes a lot to impress us when it comes to backpacks. Yet Hedgren has managed to do so with their Hedgren Connect series Framework backpack. This backpack houses a battery pack for charging your gadgets on the go. But that isn’t the only thing that makes it stand out! It also has a special RFID blocking pocket to keep your credit cards and passport safe, along with a guard pocket where you can store items like a camera or headphones – without worrying that they’ll get crushed. We dare say it, this is one of the smartest backpacks you’ll find, and the geek in your life is sure to appreciate it.
The Gameband looks like an invaluable gift for the dedicated Minecrafter. It’s a wearable band that stores Minecraft Worlds for use on any other device, because worlds are saved both on the band and on Gameband’s servers. If you’re thinking that sounds suspiciously like a mashup of a USB flash drive and a cloud storage service, yeah, it pretty much is that. But! There’s a cool pixelated USB cap on the band and the display can be personalized using the PixelFurnace app, so it might hit the sweet spot for Minecraft fans. You can get the Gameband in diamond or redstone for $80 direct or $50 from Amazon.
SMART Multi-Device Charging Station with USB+AC Power Hub
They might have all the gadgets, but they also might be pretty hopeless when it comes to organization. This organizer is one of the most clever we’ve seen — instead of making space for tablets and smartphones, it actually slips a modular USB+AC power hub into the base. All that’s needed is to plug the power hub into a wall outlet — the power hub is paired with space in the base for cable management, so your geek can get everything charged up without the unsightly cable mess. You can get this charging station in bamboo, black leatherette, high gloss cherry or white leatherette from Great Useful Stuff for $90.
A sneaky good gift — the gift of more family members to get gifts from! AncestryDNA has grown into a massive database containing information about the genealogy of who knows how many people. Their DNA test can not only reveal a person’s ethnic background, but all of the extended family they never knew they had scattered across the globe. It’s $99 for the DNA kit, which can then be sent back to Ancestry.com for analysis.
Shure’s SE112m+ Sound Isolating Earphones
When it comes to audio, it’s really difficult to impress a geek. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune doing so. Shure’s SE112m+ Sound Isolating Earphones with Remote + Mic sound great and they cost just $59.
Doctor Who TARDIS Headphones
As promised! These Doctor Who TARDIS headphones from Massive Audio are officially licensed and come in both wired and wireless Bluetooth models. Besides the Doctor Who details (Police Box on the headband, TARDIS on the earcups), the 57 mm drivers guarantee booming, bass-heavy audio. The Doctor Who TARDIS headphones can be purchased directly from Massive Audio at $80 for the wired or $120 for the wireless — or, you can win a pair here!
Jam Platinum Wireless Pocket Speaker
Looks can be deceiving — this pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker packs a punch. With two drivers and two passive bass radiators, the Jam Platinum Wireless Pocket Speaker can produce big sound over its eight-hour battery life, and can be used as a speakerphone thanks to a built-in mic. This tiny speaker can be purchased for $80 directly from Jam Audio.