Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which technical gift to buy for a non-techie. This is what you need to know.
Best practices and etiquette to buy your boss a holiday gift
Buying a gift for your boss can be a nice gesture, but it involves a number of risks. Teena Maddox from TechRepublic explains what is and what is not about office gifts.
It can be difficult to find the right gift to buy if you are looking for a technically focused gift for someone who is not particularly technically skilled. Whether the recipient of the gift is your neighbor, your mother or your brother who loves the phone, there are a few gift ideas that you can consider.
Photos: technical gift guide for non-techies
Think about their interests. Do they like music? Then a pair of wired earplugs are an idea. You don’t have to choose wireless, because that might be a bit too technical for them and they will probably just lose them. Consider the Puresonic earbuds from Fender. They are a solid choice and they are on sale for the holidays for $ 49.99. If you just want to give them a way to listen to music at their desk, there’s the Fender Newport speaker. It has a classic look and feel, yet offers all the features of a wireless speaker for $ 149. And if they always run to the gym or if they like to walk, try the JBL Clip 3. It’s an ultra-portable, ultra-robust and waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It is waterproof and has a fully integrated carabiner that can be clipped onto clothing, a belt loop or a backpack for outdoor adventures. It costs $ 69.99 via T-Mobile.
SEE: Gift guides for technicians (TechRepublic on Flipboard)
If the non-techie in your life is an animal lover, check out the Fi smart collar. It follows their dog, whether they are around or not, via GPS. They will never have a lost dog again. The best part? It is easy to use for non-techies and the app sends a warning when the dog leaves the house or garden, even when they are working. The collar is $ 149, with GPS plans starting at $ 1.89 a week.
There is also the second generation of the PetSafe Smart Feed automatic dog and cat food. It is an easy way to use technology to feed a pet from far. It works with an Amazon Echo device so that Alexa can give their dog or cat a snack. It alerts them when the food bowl is nearly empty or empty and gives them the option to automatically re-order their pet’s food through Amazon Dash Replenishment. It is affordable for $ 194.99.
And then Casetify has everything from the artist-designed laptop scales to smartphone bags, Apple Watch bands and AirPod skins. If the non-techie on your holiday gift list has stood up for a new iPhone Pro Max, they are trying to test the limits of their technical skills and they definitely want a new phone case. Casetify has a cool range of cases with styles that suit everyone’s preferences and needs, no matter how fall proof they should be. The range of Apple Watch bands from Casetify is compatible with the new Apple Watch 5 or the original Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4, and are available for the Apple Watch sizes 38 mm, 40 mm, 42 mm and 44 mm with prices from $ 40.
Your own creativity is the limit when it comes to finding a great technical gift for a non-techie. Think of smart devices for the home, cool gadgets, fun technical games and more.
Technical news that you can use Newsletter
We deliver the best business tech news stories about the companies, people and products that are revolutionizing the planet.
Image: Getty Images / iStockphoto