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 & Tools
By now many people are familiar with Tile’s Bluetooth-enabled devices and the tracking app that helps you find things that go missing. Attach these Tile 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 Tracker
If 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)
In today’s work-from-home, learn-from-home environment, with devices in use all day long, it’s hard to think of anything more useful than this charging station with six USB fast ports. ($65)
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)
Low-tech meets high-tech in this kitchen holder. With a convenient notch specially designed to fit your tablet, the holder keeps the screen in view and your counter clutter-free. The dock / holder is slip cast from white stoneware finished with a subtle speckled glaze. ($85)
This easy-to-use projector has simple one-touch controls and near-universal device compatibility with support for USB, microSD, and HDMI inputs. With no remote, no external speakers and a play time of up to two hours, it will display videos up to 1080p on a screen up to 100″. It even comes with threading for a standard tripod mount on the bottom, so you can enjoy steady viewing wherever you go. ($260)
A 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.
Often compared to 1984 and Brave New World, Gibson’s tale of a hired-gun hacker caught the spirit of the coming networked world and laid the groundwork for everything from Neal Stephenson to The Matrix. This Canadian novel is the first shot in a science fiction revolution. ($12)
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)
Craft Meets Tech
You could definitely argue we’re saving the best for last with this fun group of crafty-techie gifts that stand out from the rest.
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.