If there is any gift category I most enjoy receiving, it’s tech gifts. In this day and age, there’s tech for almost every type of person: gamers, workaholics, foodies, photographers, artists, etc. Today, we dedicate our gift guide specifically to PC gamers, home office workers, and everyone who spends a lot of time on the computer.
In order to maximize this, however, you need to watch out for all the deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales.
Because the list we have today is going to make you want to get these gifts for your loved ones or even yourself.
**Note: Prices listed here are retail prices and are not reflective of current sales and deals at the time of this post. Make sure to click on the links to see if they are on sale!
3 Tips on Choosing Tech Gifts
The biggest thing you need to look out for when buying tech gifts for Christmas is quality. Being aware of this will not only ensure a happy gift recipient in the long run, but also making sure you’re not wasting your money on a mediocre item. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t scam yourself when purchasing tech gifts:
1. Use an OG brand’s pricing for price point comparison
Whether you’re shopping on Amazon or Wish, there are a number of off-brand products that are cheaper and perform as well (sometimes better) as name brands. Although a lower price point is often desirable, you may get what you pay for.
The first tip to ensure good decision making is to compare a name brand’s pricing with the off-brand pricing (that is if you are for sure not going to buy the name brand).
Why? Because pricing is usually an indication of quality. So although you might find a $2 version of a $40 name brand, you may quite literally buy a piece of junk just for the sake of saving money.
TLDR: Compare off-brand prices with name brands as the first form of quality check.
2. Look at the 3.5-4 star average with 1000+ reviews not just the 5 star average with 20 reviews
If you want to get the most honest reviews for a product, look for products that do not have a perfect rating and have a large number of reviews.
In my personal experience, I find that honest reviews are often 1) in depth, 2) done by customers who truly care about the type of product they are buying, 3) more likely to include photos, and/or 4) written after testing out the product a few times.
I also find that most 5 star reviews are 1) short, 2) were looking for a product to do a good enough job and 3) written after using the product once or just unboxed.
Which reviewer would you rather trust?
TLDR: Products with average ratings below 5 with many reviews are more honest and accurate.
3. Get tech from a seller that has an product ecosystem when possible
Not every brand is like Apple. You know… Like how you need a pair of AirPods, Apple Dongle, Apple Watch, etc. in order to fully maximize the use of your iPhone.
Nowadays, however, more affordable brands are following Apple’s lead by building a product ecosystem. A couple of good examples are Anker or Jelly Comb, which we will feature below.
So if you are able to find an affordable brand that has an ecosystem, I’d say you’ve hit a gold mine.
TDLR: If an affordable brand has built a product ecosystem, you’re in luck.
10 Tech Gifts for PC Gamers, Home Office Works, and Everyone on the Computer
For the ones who have big ol’ headphones
1. Chic Headphone Stand
A chic headphone stand that is practical and aesthetic is perfect for those who love a minimal workspace.
Get the Wooden Omega Headphones on Amazon for $26.96.
2. No room for a stand? Try a headphone hanger
Sometimes, there is just no room for a headphone stand. Sometimes, people prefer nothing on their desk. Instead of a headphone stand, opt for a headphone hanger to minimize the clutter.
Get a Foldable Headphone Hanger on Amazon for $12.99.
For the ones who need ergonomics ASAP
3. Vertical Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse
I own this mouse and it changed my life.
After sitting at the computer all day, I get the most pain in my upper trap. I already had an ergonomic mouse, but was still experiencing immense pain. As a result, I decided to give a vertical mouse a try.
It requires a slight learning curve since you’re changing your hand’s orientation. Because of that, I thought this was a hoax and was about to return it. Then I realized that I am no longer experiencing pain in my upper traps. So after using it for over a month, I can confidently say this makes a huge difference.
Get Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse for $28.99 on Amazon.
4. Cool Gel Wrist Rest
If you hear your loved one talking about wrist pain from working on the computer or playing games all day, consider a wrist rest not only for the mouse, but also keyboard.
Get the HyperX Wrist Rest for $19.99 on Amazon.
For the one who needs to unwind after working from home all day
5. Back and Neck Massager
As someone who works from home and games, I know for a fact that most if not all the day’s tension is built up in my shoulders and neck. If you are like me and find that chair yoga does not suffice, try unwinding with a back and neck massager.
Get a Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager from on Amazon for $55.99.
6. Lower Back Massager
The second place I experience the most pain from using the computer all day is my lower back. Heck, I get pain in my lower back caused by non-computer things and I’m sure others do.
I mean, imagine pairing this with the neck and back massager – that’s unwind paradise, baby.
Get a Shiatsu Lower Back Massager for $59.95 on Amazon.
For the ones who get migraines from staring at their screen
7. Blue Light Blocking Glasses
If your loved one needs prescriptions, skip this gift recommendation. If not, carry on.
Blue light blocking glasses are accessible and affordable everywhere. I mean, remember the days when only a few brands offered it, but were expensive? Not anymore!
Gift the gift of less migraines with blue light blocking glasses on Amazon for $20.99.
8. Head Massager
Yes, we are adding another item to our unwind tech gifts – a head massager! I don’t know what it is about these, but these feel amazing after a long day or during the day. However, it looks like a giant spider or insect of some sort…
Get a Head Massager on Amazon for $11.99.
For the ones who have too many files
9. External SSD Hard Drive
If you are thinking of a gift like this, I recommend only going for notable brands. Going off-brand does not guarantee services such as data recovery and we don’t want that hunny. The catch, of course, is that these do not come cheap and for good reason! SSDs are fast, incredibly portable, and durable.
Speaking as a photographer and video editor, please don’t think that this gift is lame or does not seem thoughtful. External SSD Hard Drives literally save our lives!
For the ones who need elevation and organization
10. Acrylic Monitor Stand with Storage
Have a friend who does not have a lot of desk space or has a lot of clutter? Get this to kill two birds with one stone!
Get an Acrylic Monitor Stand with Storage on Amazon for $46.99.
HyperX Cloud II Headphones
One of the best if not the best pair of over-the-ear headphones for people who wear glasses.
At the time of this post, these HyperX Cloud II Headphones are going for $79 on Amazon ($20.99 off).
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