It’s that time of year again. If you’ve already taken care of the bigger ticket items on your shopping list, the next step is to get down to the smaller, stocking-sized gifts to add a little extra delight to your Christmas, belated-Chanukah, or Festivus. You may be wondering what to give the computer geek in your life, but no need to fret. Grab a stocking and stuff it with these five gifts that will surely please the techie in your family.
What computer geek wouldn’t love a fun flash drive in their stocking? After all, you can never have too much data storage, right? We’re especially fond of the MIMOBOT designer USB flash drives. These whimsical devices are designed in the likeness of characters from Star Wars, DC Universe, Hello Kitty, Transformers, and more. That said, a MIMOBOT drive is more than “just looks.” These high-quality USB flash drives range in size from 8GB to 32GB, and come with unique content such as screensavers and wallpaper. Drives range from $20 to $70, depending on the capacity.
Of note, if you’re on the West Coast, it’s a bit too late to receive these on time for Christmas, but those on the East Coast can still order by today to receive it in time for Christmas. Check out the shipping dates for more info.
Handy computer mouse
A mouse is always a welcome gift for hardcore computer users. After all, even if the mouse is not needed right away, it’s always nice to have a spare on hand in the dreaded event that one stops working. Not sure which mouse to get for your loved one? Try the Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse ($45 at Best Buy), the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse ($30 at Amazon), or if you want something with a unique design, check out the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series Artist Edition ($25 at Amazon).
High-Quality Compact Speakers
Want to really make the recipient of your gift happy? Consider buying them a set of compact computer speakers. After all, let’s face it; the ones that come pre-packaged with computers are often woefully inadequate when it comes to sound quality. One great option is the Edifier MP250 Sound To Go All-in-One Micro Speaker ($51 at Amazon). If you are on a smaller budget, the Sony SRS-A3 External PC Speakers offer excellent audio sound for just $30 (and free shipping).
Fashionable Key Caps
If you want to really wow that computer geek on your list, you should definitely consider buying key caps that instantly jazz up laptop keyboards. One notable product is the classy-looking cherry wood keypads from Lazerwood. Cut precisely to fit upon your keys without inhibiting their function, the wood pieces are lined with a thin adhesive back that firmly holds to the keys. Easy to apply and to remove, these key caps add a unique and sophisticated look to any MacBook Pro. The keys are compatible with any MacBook Pro model after 2008.
iTunes gift card
Looking for a stocking stuffer that will certainly please any technophile? Buy an iTunes Gift Card. Available in a variety of amounts, from $15 to $100, iTunes gift cards can be used to download apps, music, movies, TV shows, and more. Truly something for everyone!
Do you have a favorite stocking stuffer for the computer geek in your life? Let us know in the comments below.