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Great Gifts For Tech Lovers

Gifts for technologists don't have to be boring. Our tech gift guide offers fun and thoughtful options for your geeky friends and relations.
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On your marks, get set, go! The 2015 holiday shopping season is upon us, and most Americans will be parting with some cash in an effort to please and surprise the loved ones on their lists. If you are shopping for technologists, the options are almost limitless, thanks to all the gadgets and gizmos on the market.

Electronics will make up 60% of all holiday shopping this season, according to Adobe Digital Index. And because technology has become a common gift for virtually anyone, you'll have to think harder to find a gift that's truly worth giving. Really, an iWatch or the $49 Amazon Fire -- while sure to be popular gifts for the masses -- show no creativity on your part.

So get thinking, and get shopping. You don't even need to leave your sofa to get the best prices. Although retail experts often advocate waiting until the last minute to score the best deal on your purchases, that may be changing as customer habits evolve. In fact, Adobe predicts that online prices should hit rock bottom on Thanksgiving Day, rewarding shoppers with an average discount of 27%.

Even those of us who shop on Thanksgiving Day may be starting late in the game. The National Retail Federation reported that 60% of Americans began checking items off their lists in mid-November. In addition, it expects 135.8 million consumers to shop on Thanksgiving weekend, with another 50 million joining in the fun on Cyber Monday.

So warm up your laptop and settle in with a piece of pumpkin pie for some serious tech-centric shopping. On the following pages you're sure to find the perfect gift for the special geeks in your life.

(Image: gpointstudio/iStockphoto)

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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11/30/2015 | 11:56:05 AM
Re: Training/ certification Vouchers
Those training coupons sound intriguing @virsingh, but not very fun!
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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11/29/2015 | 3:29:05 AM
Training/ certification Vouchers
My company is planning to give Training/ Certification voucher which seems to be somekind of Sudexo coupons and can be redeemed at different centers. Although this is very new concept and sounds good to me.
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Brian.Dean,
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11/28/2015 | 7:10:56 PM
Re: mini drone
@Marcia, great point and these mini drones also have the potential to revolutionize many industries. For instance, the construction and maintenance industry -- a mini drone with sensors could be deployed to inspect the spacing between walls or the space between the roof and ceiling, etc. 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
11/27/2015 | 11:23:46 PM
Re: Don't forget VR
I feel like a lot of tech-heads like us are wary of VR stuff because of promises of VR for the past couple of decades and the continuing disappointments with equipment that has purported to offer VR.

We'll see.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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11/26/2015 | 8:02:45 AM
Re: Hipster tees
I agree you @joe, enough of T-shirts, i would prefer to gift shopping coupons rather than some stuff and accept too.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/25/2015 | 11:19:40 PM
Hipster tees
The t-shirts, quite frankly, seem like a waste of money that only a hipster would deign to expend.  Real nerds wear the free t-shirts (usually gawdy and oversized) they got as swag at tech conferences.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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11/25/2015 | 1:27:18 PM
mini drone
I generally don't like drones, but that tiny Pico Drone is pretty cute!
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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11/25/2015 | 12:41:59 PM
Re: Don't forget VR
I feel that initially it will be difficult to find the content that can take full advantage of a VR device. 3D video is readily available but, 3D plus 360 degree video might be harder to locate. COD would be great to play on a VR device and zombie apocalypse games would be great as well. However, these games would require that video is streamed from a PC. 
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Whoopty,
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11/25/2015 | 7:27:29 AM
Don't forget VR
As much as I want that Bondic plastic welder for modelling purposes, I feel like this list is missing out on virtual reality products. The Samsung Gear VR is now available for order in some territories, and Oculus and HTC are expected to make their VR headsets available for pre-order before the end of the year. 
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