The Holiday season is rapidly approaching and if you are like many around the globe that means its time to buy some gifts. If you know a tech person you may know that they have everything they could possibly need and are some of the most notoriously hard people to shop for. We (as tech people ourselves) want to help and have curated a list of some affordable tech gifts for that cyber lover that you know.
In the world of tech products, revolutions come very fast. If you were to look at something that was popular a year ago chances are it would be out of date by today. We decided to stay away from quickly changing products like TVs and Phones, and decided to showcase some products we believe will be great for many years to come. this guide should give you some great ideas on what you could gift that person in your life.
AirPods (3rd Generation) – $179
Starting off this list is the most expensive item. Every tech and cyber lover needs a good set of wireless earbuds. I was very hesitant about AirPods when they came out. This product seemed like more of a gimmicky ‘flex’ than anything else. However, once I got them for myself, I was hooked. Say what you will about Apple, but this product does EVERYTHING that you want it to do and makes it as easy as possible. The third generation makes some improvements on the original AirPods, but if you want a slightly cheaper option, you can still pick up the originals for a bit less money.
With a price tag of $179 Apple Airpods are up there on price but show their value time and time again for those on the go. To learn more about how the Apple Airpods stand up to other brands check out this study done by TechRadar.
Amazon Firestick & the Roku – $29
Smart TVs are rapidly becoming the only kind of tv to use. And for good reason. With so many different streaming platforms, and many people moving away from traditional cable, you would be crazy not to use a smart tv. There are several different plugins for TVs, but Roku is a great option. It is one of the most affordable options in this class of products. It is also ‘neutral’ in terms of what it offers. Some smart tv plugins limit the access you have to certain streaming platforms. Roku can do it all.
Another great option is the Amazon Firestick. This product goes for the price of 24.99 and has a lot of similar features to the Roku devices. To learn more about these products check out this article on the pros and cons of each by popular mechanics. This is one of those tech gifts that everyone could use, and is a great stocking stuffer for those who love TV.
Wyze Smart lightbulbs – 2 pack $20
If you were born before 2000 you probably know about the amazing invention that is the clapper. This product let their users control their lights by simply clapping their hands. Today technology has gone a step ahead, and consumers can control their lighting anywhere in the world. WYZE is one of the companies that are at the forefront of this and has created some stellar products that are like nothing we have seen.
These lights work with almost all smart devices including Google nests and Amazon dots allowing users to control the lights with their voice. The best part about all of this is the life of the product. WYZE states that their bulbs last 25,000 hours! You can pick up a 2 pack of these awesome bulbs via their website located above.
Drop Mechanical Keyboard – $90
What cyber lover isn’t also a fan of mechanical keyboards? I have yet to find one. The Drop ENTR is one of the best compact mechanical keyboards on the market. This keyboard was recently ranked as the best mechanical keyboard on a budget by PC Magazine. It is heavily customizable in terms of keycaps and compact enough to travel with you in a backpack. For typing on the go, it’s tough to beat this incredible option.
The Drop ENTR brings back the old-school feel of typing and offers a nostalgic feeling for anyone that had to take a keyboard class. Don’t be turned away by its simple look at $89 the Drop ENTR is one of the most powerful keyboards you can find for the price. Learn more about this keyboard by clicking on their website located here:
Larq Water Bottle – $99
Okay, you’re going to have to hear me out on this one. Generally, you wouldn’t find a water bottle on a tech gifts list. However, this is no ordinary water bottle. The Larq is a self-cleaning and self-purifying water bottle. What does that mean? When you leave water in the same bottle for a long time, it often starts to taste gross. Also, we should also definitely be cleaning our water bottles a lot more than we are. This water bottle uses built in UV technology to clean both the bottle and the water inside in as little as 30 seconds. But wait there’s more. This bottle can purify water that would otherwise be unsafe to drink. It has a longer, 3-minute, cleaning cycle that will purify water that you could find in a stream on a hike. This water bottle does it all. Besides, who wouldn’t benefit from a little more water in their diet?
Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse – $99
Last, but certainly not least, is an incredible wireless mouse. No tech gifts idea list would be complete without a wireless mouse recommendation, and this list is no different. The MX Master 3 is as good as it gets in terms of wireless mice for general productivity. We all know that Logitech makes great products in this space, so this mouse is no exception. The product speaks for itself. What cyber-loving, tech guru doesn’t love to check out a new mouse every once in a while??
This wraps up our top 6 tech gifts list. If you are ever in need of any cyber security help, Aspis Consulting is at your service. Aspis is a cybersecurity consulting firm based out of Kansas City, MO. We also have offices in Duluth, MN, and Washington D.C. When it comes to cybersecurity, our business is securing your business. If you would like to learn more, you can head to our website or check out our other blogs. Don’t be afraid to reach out or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.