By Mihir Patkar
It is difficult to pick the right gift for people, but it’s even more difficult when you don’t know anything about their interests. If you’re perplexed about what gift to buy for a geeky loved one, try one of these.
Streaming Sticks or Media Players as Tech Gifts?
The new Roku Express is an incredible deal if you’re looking for a budget buy. It’s super easy to set up, is an independent streamer (unlike the Chromecast) and supports all the major streaming services.
If, and only if, your geek is an Apple fan, then skip the Rokus for an Apple TV. Chances are, your loved one has bought movies and songs from iTunes, which they can redeem and even upgrade to the new Apple TV. The 32GB version is the best bang for the buck.
A good e-reader is a game-changer in how many books you’ll start reading again. If you want to encourage someone to read (or know that they already like it), get them an e-reader.
The Best Tech Gift: A Tablet
While tablets are not as sought after as they once were, they can still be pretty useful in the right circumstances. At this point, it seems to be two choices only: Amazon’s new slate, or the good old Apple iPad.
Video games have been, are, and always will be something every geek loves. Don’t listen to their protests. Even if they are older now and have left their gamer days behind, a dose of nostalgia is all it takes for a merry Christmas.
It’s a toss-up between the two other major consoles. There isn’t much to separate Sony’s PlayStation 4 Slim from Microsoft’s Xbox One S, the budget versions of both. The PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X make fine gifts too, of course, but those are seriously expensive presents.
Smart Home Assistants
The big tech item on Christmas wishlists this season is a smart home assistant. Amazon’s Alexa Echo line-up leads the way, while Google Home Mini is catching up. So which one should you pick?
Here is the best choice for anyone on a budget. You get to give the gift of a smart home assistant without breaking the bank for it. The Echo Dot is as good as the Echo or Echo Tap, except there’s no built-in Bluetooth speaker. But that’s fine, your geek probably has one already anyway.
More Tech Gift Ideas: Headphones
If you’re going wireless, it’s time to go truly wire-free. The Apple AirPods are unnecessarily expensive, but a new cost-effective entrant is getting rave reviews. Meet Anker’s Zolo Liberty, sweatproof earbuds with no wires, and over three hours of playback on a single charge. And that can go until 24 hours with the included charging case.
Cool Tech Gift Ideas: Fitness Trackers
The Flex 2 is the ideal budget buy for a beginner in the world of fitness trackers. Apart from heart-rate monitoring, it has everything you would need. And it’s water-resistant too, so feel free to take it swimming.
The best overall fitness tracker today, the Garmin Vivosport is the last purchase you’ll make for a long time. It does everything from monitoring your heart rate and sleep to accurate location tracking with its built-in GPS.
Power Banks or Battery Backup Packs
What’s the point of having a power bank if you forget the cable? Jackery Bolt ensures that never happens with its built-in cables for Micro-USB and Apple Lightning ports. So go charge an Android or an iPhone easily, with a slim power bank that you can always carry with you.
What’s the Best Geek Gift in 2017?
All right geeks, weigh in here. If someone you knew was browsing this page, what would you wish they picked for you? What’s the best geek gift in 2017?