2019 Tech Geek Gift Giving Guide

Posted in: Business Insights, Technical Track

It’s that time of year again!  Each year around the holidays, we offer gift ideas for the tech geek on your list — any data lover, IT pro, or fan of cool technology. And this year is no exception. The 2019 Tech Geek Gift Giving Guide offers a range of ideas and inspiration to help you decide what to get that special tech nerd on your list — from useful tools to help them in their jobs, to things to wear, to things that are totally just for fun. 

So here are just a few creative gift suggestions for that hard-to-buy-for tech geek on your list:


For the Big Data developer

Spark: The Definitive Guide: Big Data Processing Made SimpleGet a better understanding of how to use, deploy, and maintain Apache Spark with this comprehensive guide, written by the creators of the open-source cluster-computing framework.


For super busy geeks

Like so many of us, our techie friends are always juggling multiple projects and keeping their technical knowledge up to date, all while trying to keep work and life in balance. So you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can’t relate to this mug’s message.


For the art lover

This Playstation PS1 Video Game Controller Patent Print is the perfect gift for retro video game enthusiasts who are also into unique decor.


For anyone who loves technology, but loses their stuff

Like so many of us, our technology-loving friends can be forgetful. Tile helps you find stuff you’ve misplaced.  Many of us like it simply because we can find our phone from our keys or vice versa.

For the data visualization developer

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is a classic by American statistician Edward Tufte, covering the theory and practice in the design of data graphics, and includes 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics.


For the techie who’s a fan of really old tech

This Academy da Vinci Clock is as retro as it gets — a reproduction based on a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci. It can be assembled in either a wall-mounted or standing configuration, and uses the pendulum’s weight as the power source.


Relieve the stress of a long day of coding

At Pythian, the occasional Nerf war has been known to help relieve the stress of a hard day of building and maintaining business-critical IT systems. This Fortnite Sneaky Springer Nerf Gun is a fun gift for both Nerf and Fortnite fans.


Taking the paper airplane to the next level

Smartphone-controlled paper airplane: Just fold your paper airplane, attach the Bluetooth device, download the app, and let the fun begin.


For the data pro who appreciates the beauty of data

Let them show the world how much they love data science with a  Pythian Data Science T-Shirt

Or say it with socks! Nothing says “I love data” more than a pair of Pythian Love Your Data Socks. These socks provide both comfort and style, offering thick ribbing for a secure fit. And they come in bold, crisp colors! 

** Note: This blog post is not intended to promote any particular product, and we are not affiliated in any way with third-party vendors.



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About the Author

Lynda Partner is a self-professed data addict and experiences the power of data every day as Pythian’s Vice President of Analytics-as-a-Service. The author of Pythian’s Love Your Data mantra, Lynda understands very well how data can transform companies into competitive winners and she was the driving force in adding an analytics practice to Pythian’s database focus. Lynda works with companies around the world and across industries to turn data into insights, predictions and products, and is the co-author of Designing Cloud Platforms.

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