Gifts for techies: Gift guide for Christmas 2020

November 25, 2020
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Gifts for techies: Gift guide for Christmas 2020
by
Thomas Limbüchler

Are you looking for a suitable gift for your favorite geek? Or for yourself? Christmas is approaching fast and once again the question arises how to please your loved ones – or yourself. To make the selection a little easier for you, we have already looked around a bit. We have selected gift ideas in all price ranges for you.

Gifts for techies 2020

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Christmas gifts for less than 50 euros

The Design of Everyday Things

Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics. Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. An absolute must-have for product fans. Learn more about UX.

Shell Coding Hoodie
Coding hoodie

Stock up your wardrobe, of course, for home office. The hoodie is mandatory. Pants are actually optional. Dress up.

Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

In “Working in Public”, former GitHub employee Nadia Eghbal looks at how open source development works today and what has changed over the past two decades. Eghbal asked hundreds of developers about this – her book is likely to be the first anthropological study of the open-source community. Read more about the book.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it does not have to be that way. Robert C. Martin presents in his classic a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship.

Christmas gifts for 50 to 100 euros

Raspberry Pi 400
Raspberry Pi 400

It’s a computer. Neat. Raspberry Pi 400 is your complete personal computer, built into a compact keyboard. Featuring a quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, wireless networking, dual-display output, and 4K video playback, as well as a 40-pin GPIO header, it's the most powerful and easy-to-use Raspberry Pi computer yet.

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

Hardware manufacturers make it more and more difficult to replace defective components yourself. But it's not impossible, at least if you have the right tools for it. The toolkit offers you pretty much all the tools you need to repair your smartphone or notebook. You can find instructions for repairing various devices on the iFixit website. Read more and get the repair toolkit.

Sphero Mini Activity Kit

Edtech player Sphero sells learning wares for schools and home focused on its spherical, remote-controlled robot. This version of its programmable gizmo takes the form of a mini golf ball – encouraging kids to devise their own mini golf courses to remote-control the bot around. They can also turn the connected orb into a gaming remote control, making use of the embedded gyroscope and accelerometer. The companion Sphero Edu app is where the coding gets done. Start learn coding – and learning.

Christmas gifts for 100 to 200 euros

Robo Wunderkind
Robo Wunderkind

In 2020, parents and guardians are super spoilt for choice in the STEM toys gift department – which is great news in the midst of a pandemic that is supercharging homeschooling needs. Austrian STEM toy maker Robo Wunderkind has updated its programmable robotics kits for 2020 with new sensor modules, including an LED display block that can show designs or display scrolling text; a line-follower block so the bots can detect and follow lines; and an accelerometer block to give them spacial awareness. Start learning with your kids.

LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V Space Rocket
LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V Space Rocket

Between 1967 and 1973, NASA used the Saturn V space rocket 13 times for travel into space. This included the first moon landing in July 1969. Taking inflation into account, NASA paid about $ 35 billion for the project. If you want to recreate the rocket with Lego bricks, you can of course get away much cheaper. Build your own space rocket.

Standing Desk Converter

Due to the corona pandemic, many people had to switch to the home office in 2020. Thus, there is often a lack of decent work equipment at home. While height-adjustable desks can be found in many offices today, very few people are likely to have something like this at home. The standing desk converter helps out and can be used on any standard desk. Read more and do something for your posture.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

With Mario Kart Live, Nintendo's colorful racing game leaves the limits of your television and lets Mario and Luigi cruise around your living room. This is made possible by a remote-controlled car into which a camera has been integrated. The vehicle is controlled with Nintendo's Switch console, and the race track is placed directly over the video images using augmented reality technology. Read more.

Christmas gifts for more than 200 euros

Bose Sleepbuds II
Bose Sleepbuds II

We could recommend you a number of noise-cancelling headphones for help relaxing. The Bose  Sleepbuds II aren't that. These little Bluetooth buds are built for one purpose only: sleep. They are comfortable, they get good battery life and they will stay in place while you sleep. They are built for noisy environments – whether you are trying to sneak in a midday nap or sleep next to a snorer. They are a bit pricy and not very versatile, only designed to play back Bose's preloaded sleep sounds. But if someone in your life is having trouble falling or staying asleep, they are a solid investment. Read more and get some sleep.

Happy Hacking Keyboard Hybrid

The Happy Hacking Keyboard Hybrid is the latest edition of the Japanese cult keyboard and combines the key layout based on old Unix keyboards. The keyboard is powered by two AA batteries but can be connected to the computer via USB-C if required. Read more and happy hacking.

Loupedeck Live

The Loupedeck Live serves as the control center for video streamers. The device has a touchscreen that you can use to control streaming tools such as OBS Studio or Streamlabs. It is also suitable for controlling graphic applications such as Lightroom, Photoshop, or After Effects. You can also use the supplied software to store macros for other programs and thus integrate other tools into the Loupedeck Live. Read more and start streaming.

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