Toys for techies: Holiday season gift ideas for tech lovers

Check out our list to find the perfect gifts for tech lovers…even those who are hard to shop for. Photo: Wikimedia

HARRISBURG, Pa., December 13, 2013 –The holiday season has arrived. That means it’s time for decking the halls, caroling, tacky sweaters, and of course… shopping for presents. For those hoping to find the perfect gift for the techies in their lives this year, here is a guide to the season’s hottest gifts that even those hard-to-shop-for techiest of the techies are sure to love: 

Desk-Tidy and iPad Stand from Blue Lounge
Lined in cheerfully bright rubber, this supports and protects iPads in addition to serving as a storage space for keys, a phone, loose change, etc. Get it for $15 from 

Swimming Mask with Video Capability
Know someone taking a tropical cruise over the holidays? Make their trip extra special with these cutting edge goggles that can go under water to record videos and snap photographs during time spent splashing around and hanging out with the fishies. Get a pair for $100 from 

Lenses for Smart Phone Cameras
Snap top-notch pictures with these tiny lenses you can attach to the camera of a smartphone. Thanks to the clear, high quality glass in these lenses, they assure that your photos come out remarkably well. A wide variety of lenses, which are individually sold, are available for purchase. Get one for $49 from 

Landmade Cork Laptop Sleeve
This water-resistant, zippered laptop sleeve is great for tech lovers and eco-friendly folks. Cork is a great way to protect a laptop, and the site also carries a tablet case and notebooks as well. Get the laptop sleeve for $80 on 

Automatic Labs Automatic
This gadget for cars, which has been dubbed a “smart driving assistant,” plugs right into the diagnostics port of a car and keeps track of driving behaviors and how efficiently fuel is used. It features a smooth interface that instantly develops driving assessments, gives tips to boost fuel economy, and, if an accident were to occur, it gives an instant emergency collision response. The “smart driving assistant” can be easily installed and used, and the voice alerts give drivers guidance without serving as a distraction. Get it for $99.95 from 

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New iPad Mini with Retina Display
This new iPad features a more compact design than the original, a less expensive price tag, and all the capability of its predecessors. Because its screen is much smaller in size, the density of the pixels is remarkably high compared to other tablets on the market. With its well-developed media environment and amazing options for apps, many consider this not only the best iPad model to date, but also the best of all the smaller sized tablets in general. Get it for $399 from 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
When it comes to the Kindle, this year’s edition is not only quicker. It also comes with a screen that’s brighter and designed for better response as well. It features a light that illuminates the screen in a more even way than previous versions of the Kindle. Another plus: the pages don’t have to be refreshed as often, which means not as much flashing. Get it for $119 from 

Samsung Galaxy S4
This is the smartphone that’s virtually guaranteed to make any techie’s Christmas merry and bright. It comes with a robust processor, a brightly lit screen that’s five inches in length, and a camera with 13 megapixels that never fails to deliver high quality photos. Get it for $99.99 from 

Ballistic Shell Gel SG Series
This is the smartphone case designed with those who always drop their phones in mind. These unfortunate folks can rest easier with this product cradling their expensive phones, thanks to the superior level of protection it offers. It also accommodates a wide range of devices, among them the iPhone 5/5s, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and even more of the hottest smartphones on the market. Get it for $34.99 from

Lepai LP-2020 A+
This tiny amplifier might be small in size. But hook it up to a set of speakers, and it’s big on sound. It boasts 20 watts output for each channel, control over the treble and bass, and two different inputs. Add to the mix the extremely low price, and what’s not to love? Get it for $20 from


While this list is a start, it barely begins to skim the surface of the many options that are available for tech lovers this year. With so many ideas that are so innovative (and downright awesome!), shopping for techies has never been more easy and enjoyable.

Merry Christmas, indeed!


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Katie Elizabeth is a freelance blogger, content coordinator and communications grad student. She’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest social media and tech tactics and thinking about the creative ways in which professionals can actually USE them. 

She’s worked in several different industries, including real estate, sustainability and career development. When she’s not writing or studying, she’s probably on her way to a concert or exploring flea markets and antique stores.


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