Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and we’re entering that time of year when we’re starting to panic about gifts. This time last year, you were all ready and wrapped. But, no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to get on top of things this time. Most importantly, you’re having real issues deciding what to buy the tech-lover in your life.
Most years, you settle for asking them what they want. It’s the easiest way to ensure you don’t get them repeats, after all. Doing things that way also means you know you’re getting them something they need. But, this year, you wanted to do things differently. Way back at the start of the festive period, you vowed to surprise them this time around. The trouble is, you haven’t stopped looking since, and you’re no closer to finding the perfect thing.
It’s no surprise you’re struggling. Settling on tech gift ideas can be incredibly tricky, even for those who have some knowledge of what’s on the market. Luckily, you’re just in time to finish your Christmas shopping before the real madness begins. Most online retailers are still offering last delivery dates. Your local town shouldn’t even be too mad until next week. With that in mind, consider the following options for finding the gift which has eluded you until now.
Steer clear of the tech itself
This may seem a little out of the water, but it’s a good place to start. If technology itself is leaving you with nothing to buy, you would do well to steer clear of actual tech. That way, you free yourself to explore the non-techy tech lovers gifts on offer. Yes; you did read that right. There are plenty of tech-themed options which you can bet anyone with a passion in this area will love. Even better, this removes the risk of buying a technology they already have. It also saves you having to know anything about the tech itself. Instead, search for things like t-shirts based around their favorite console games. Look out for mugs which look like computer controllers. You could even invest in something like a framed picture of their favorite characters. Why not buy the phone lover in your life some cufflink recreations of their much-loved iPhone? These are fun things they might not buy for themselves but are sure to go down a treat on Christmas morning.
Do your own research
There’s no denying that the tech world can seem like madness if you aren’t in it. Even just the jargon used in your local computer store overwhelms you. But, if you can’t get over the idea of buying something tech-based, you’re going to need to learn some basics. Luckily, this doesn’t need to be as complicated as you might think. There are plenty of resources out there which can tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Something like this buyer’s guide for the best gaming monitors could see you stocking up on a monitor even your game-obsessed son would appreciate. Signing up for the latest tech news could even see you buying the newest release which you know your husband doesn’t have yet. All you need to do is take the initiative. Who knows; you might even start to understand those techy terms. If that happens, you’ll find this whole thing much easier next time it comes to buying something.
Focus on additions to things you know they have
If neither of the above feels right, why not invest in additions for the things you know they already have? The iPhone addict in your life is sure to appreciate a new case for their beloved belonging. Why not buy the person who never gets off their laptop a lap desk to make their life easier? You could even invest in things like add-ons for the game your friend never seems to put down. Even something like a gift card for the app store could work wonders here. This removes most of the risk factor, as you’ll be buying things you know for a fact they would use. It also saves you having to lay the groundwork of research. All you need to do to get this right is think hard about the things you know they love. If you can’t remember off the top of your head, arrange to meet them. Pay close attention to every piece of kit they bring with them. Just like that, you can ensure they have a very merry Christmas indeed.