2020 Tech Geek Gift-Giving Guide
Here at Pythian we love being helpful, and that desire to help extends to the holidays. It's become a tradition for us to offer a round-up of gifts for lovers of all things techie, and this year is no exception. Whether you're looking for a big gift, or something to finish stuffing a stocking, we hope these ideas are useful for you. Note: All prices are approximate and all items were available at the time of publication.
Techie Toys & ToolsTile stickers to remotes and other electronic devices, outdoor recreational equipment and travel gear, or any other smaller item you want to be able to track and locate. ($40)
This extra-bass speaker is wireless, waterproof and dustproof and offers up to 16 hours of battery life. Weighing just over 300 grams, and measuring 8.61 x 8.61 x 10.8 cm, it will fit in a small bag or cup holder. ($50) Tractive LTE GPS Dog TrackerIf you've always wanted to track your furry friend in real time without any distance limit — or if you've never thought of doing it before, but suddenly it sounds like fun — this lightweight, waterproof tracker lets you access your pet's location history on your smartphone. ($60)
Routine is important, especially these days. If you're trying to wake up at a consistent time, this lamp is supposed to be scientifically proven to be an effective way of waking up; leaving you more energized and in a better mood upon awakening. Happier, more energetic people are probably a gift for everybody! ($70)
Given everything happening in the world today, we probably don't have to spell out why this might be a super-handy gift. It cleans and charges all phones. Sounds good to us! ($120)
Sticks and twigs found around your campsite provide the fuel to drive this portable camping stove. It cooks meals and boils water in minutes while charging your devices. ($170)
BooksA gift guide isn't a gift guide without some good reading (or browsing) recommendations. Here's a mix of the fun and the serious for the tech-lover on your list.
The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One; the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. ($25)
This book celebrates early home computers, with specially commissioned new photographs of 100 vintage computers and a generous selection of print advertising, product packaging, and instruction manuals. ($28)
From mechanical looms, to the combustion engine, to the first computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. Daniel Susskind writes about breakthroughs in artificial intelligence in this perceptive, pragmatic, and ultimately hopeful book. ($30)The Ultimate History of Video Games: from Pong to Pokemon and Beyond ..., by Steven L. Kent
Revealing everything you ever wanted to know about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them and the fanatics who played them, this book is a must-have for anyone who's ever touched a joystick. ($35)
Get behind-the-scenes details on how dozens of games featured within were conceived of, illustrated, approved (or rejected), and brought to life. This book offers the most complete collection of ATARI artwork ever produced! ($38)
Craft Meets TechYou could definitely argue we're saving the best for last with this fun group of crafty-techie gifts that stand out from the rest.
The Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) and Electronic Numeral Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) are the two earliest electronic programmable computers ever built. These patents are printed on heavyweight matte paper using archival pigment and reactive dye inks for high color quality and durability. ($20.50)
Each book is made from two blank discs in your choice of color and is filled with 72 blank pages which will lay flat when open. Books measure approximately 3.5 inches wide by 3.75 inches tall and 0.75 inches thick. ($21)
This geeky keychain is made of recycled circuit board cut and shaped into a circle. The clear resin cover provides a beautiful and protective finish. ($29)
An updated version of the old-fashioned message in a bottle — this time with an 8GB USB to store your photos, memories or love notes! ($55)We hope some of the above ideas work for the tech-lover in your life ... or maybe for yourself! Either way, we wish you the happiest of holidays, and a great 2021! Note: This post is not intended to promote any particular product, and we are not affiliated in any way with third-party vendors.