Programmers and techies can be difficult to shop for. I have created a handpicked list of 25 gifts and gadgets that are both fun and useful for a techie that you know or for yourself. Most products are under $100 but there are a few more expensive toys. Products are listed by lowest to highest in price.
Coding Stickers ? $6.99
Awesome stickers for laptops or anywhere else. These stickers include languages like PHP & C# as well as JS frameworks like React and Angular. Extremely cheap and really cool
Eat, Sleep, Code, Repeat Coffee Mug ? $11.99
Perfect for the Java drinker and coder. This is a thoughtful gift that will be used and appreciated for years. It is also a great motivation booster.
USB Cup Warmer ? $11.99
This PU heat-resistant electric insulated coaster goes great with the last gift. Programmers can plug this right into any USB port on their Macbook and keep their coffee, tea or hot chocolate warm for hours while they build the next huge mobile app.
Gimars Memory Foam Wrist Pads ? $11.99
These mouse and keyboard wrist pads made of comfortable memory foam are durable and ergonomic and prevent issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a great gift for programmers or anyone who spends long hours on a computer
Rhodia Black Dot Pad ? $12
This is a 8.3 x 12.5 sleek looking dotted notepad to jot down anything from ideas to pieces of code to mockups and diagrams. Great to have sitting on the desk in case any great ideas come up
Keep Calm and Code On Poster ? $14.98
Matrix style ?Keep Calm And Code On? poster for any programmers office or bedroom.
Memory Foam Chair Pillow ? $14.99
Another product that can help with the spine health of programmers or anyone that is sitting all day. This memory foam pillow conforms to the shape of your back. This gift goes well with the memory foam wrist pads.
Eat, Cleep, Code Repeat T-Shirt ? $15.97
This is for proud programmers that want to let the world know what they do. They come in 5 different colors and are 100% cotton and all different sizes.
Amazon Basics Footrest ? $16.10
This adjustable footrest offers enhanced comfort when hacking away for hours on end. Its free floating platform tilts back and forth for leg stretches and increased circulation
Clean Code by Robert C. Martin ? $26.21
Clean code is a well respected book written by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob)that will help any programmer write better code regardless of the language they use or their skill level.
ANRRI Computer Glasses ? $26.95
Staring at a computer screen all day is not the best thing for your eyes. These computer glasses by ANRRI cut out 90% of the blue light and relieve eye fatigue, dry eyes and vision falling. They even promote better sleep.
OrgaNice Hourglass Sand Timer ? $27.99
Prevent programmer burnout by setting these timers to 30 minutes or 5 minutes. Work in increments to be more productive and keep a clear mind staying focused on the task at hand.
WSQIWNI Laptop Backpack ? $28.69
Looking for a more stylish way to carry your laptop? This multi-compartment pack has comfortable shoulder straps, a hook for your phone and cards and an anti-theft pocket. Perfect for coding on the go.
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) ? $29.99
Home automation and AI is awesome for anyone, but when programming, you may not want to get up or stop what you are doing to turn lights on and off, play and stop music, etc. Just speak and you shall receive. If it is in your budget, maybe look into Phillips Hue and other home automation
Arduino Starter Kit ? $35
This affordable kit is perfect for building and programming cool stuff with Arduino micro controllers. It comes with PDF tutorials so this is a great gift for anyone, even if they have no experience with Arduino programming. There are more intricate kits as well that cost a bit more.
Verilux HappyLight Energy Lamp ? $39.95
Energy lights can provide a calm and happy atmosphere while your coding. They also give you a safe, natural and comfortable source of light that is very compact at just 1.5 pounds.
Coding For Kids With Minecraft ? $49
Have or know a techie kid? They can learn how to code and have fun by programming mods for Minecraft using Java. This course software bundle is for ages 8 and up.
ENACFIRE Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones ? $49.99
Whether its music, tutorials or systems sounds, these awesome looking Bluetooth 5.0 headphones sound great and are easy to pair and use. They charge on the go and give you 18 hours of play. A much cheaper alternative to Beats and Bose headphones.
DETOMASO Binary Watch ? $75
Ok, this is for the true geek. This is a futuristic looking watch that tells time in binary. It uses colored LEDs embedded in fine carbon. It?s definitely a conversation starter.
Das Keyboard Model S Mechanical Keyboard ? $89
This is one of my top keyboards for programming. Das is well respected in the mechanical keyboard industry. The Model S has clicky MX Blue switches that are a dream to write code with. You could also step it up to the Das Keyboard 4 for $139 which has a more sleek look and soft tactile blue or brown switches
Keurig K475 Single Serve Coffee Maker ? $99.99
The Keurig is fantastic for a quick caffeine fix. Programmers don?t have the time to change filters, scoop coffee and sit and wait for coffee to brew. They can put this right in their office and spit out single cups anytime they want to keep them going.
eufy Boost IQ RoboVac ? $169
Keep coding while the room or house gets cleaned. This eufy Robovac is slim, super quiet with strong suction to clean up any messes programmers make while snacking at their desks.
VIVO Sit/Stand Riser ? $189.99
This sit/stand riser by VIVO is cheaper than buying a whole sit/stand desk, it looks fantastic and it is great for programming as it comfortably fits dual monitors or a laptop with an extra monitor. You can get the electric version for a bit more.
Synology DS418 NAS Diskstation ? $196.28
The Synology Diskstation is a NAS (Network Attached Storage) that is fast easy to setup. Not only is it great for storag but it comes bundled with the DSM software which comes with addons including software for web development like Apache, PHP, Node.js and much more. Use it as your own personal web server.
That is my list of suggestions for gift ideas for that special programmer in your life. One last idea is to buy them one of my programming I hope you could find this useful. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!