Great Digital Gifts for Tech-Geeks in the Holiday Season
This creative techie e-gift guide brings you the best from the digital world and puts the presents that’ll go down in history right on your radar.
How do you even make a tech-themed gift guide? Tech people are so diverse. Unlike popular stereotypes, gadgets and devices are not the only thing they are enthusiastic about. In fact, techies are creative minds always open to new things and their spectrum of interests is quite wide. Coming up with the best gifts for a tech person is nearly an impossible task! That said, keeping things digital is always one safe path to a tech geek’s heart.
So, embracing the thoughtful, the inspiring and the downright unusual, I’ve attempted to make a list of smart gifts that are something other than tech gear, experiences to be more precise.
Rather than purchasing another pair of headset or going as predictive as an iPhone XS, you could go as creative as gifting an interactive postcard, a useful app subscription or even a virtual adventure they will never forget.
Besides being off the beaten path, such gifts have several other advantages: they don’t take up much space (except for some megabytes, of course) and will hardly get dusty if sat unused. What’s more, these presents are usually delivered instantly making them an ideal choice for last-minute holiday shopping.
Gaming Experiences with Nintendo eShop Card
Is your beloved one a console game lover? They will appreciate your keen sense of observation when you present them joyful experiences in the form of free plays. With a pre-loaded Nintendo card of $10, $20, $35, or $50 you can choose from a range of over 1000 classic and indie games, which will be delivered instantly and directly to their Nintendo Switch, Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems.
ARLOOPA Augmented Reality Greeting Card
Interactive and immersive greeting cards are a great way to present joy and make your giftees go wow. Besides the beautiful words of your best wishes, AR greeting cards contain hidden content, which appears once recipients scan them with their mobile device.
The pictures can come alive, there can be music, dancing, or an entire show. With the AR giant, ARLOOPA, the cost of such a pleasure starts from as little as 49$ per a month of activation.
Virtual Reality Trip to Heavenly Place with ARLOOPA VR
Heaven on earth can certainly vary depending on your giftee’s perceptions, ranging from their small native town they’ve been missing for years to the Blue Lagoon. A virtual tour can transport the recipient to the desired place instantly and give tons of emotions: no trip planning, no packing, just pleasure.
To start the adventure users will only need to wear Oculus Go VR glasses with the proper content. The cost of such a bizarre experience, however, strongly varies depending on the complexity of content. Check out the futuristic technology on ARLOOPA.
App Store & iTunes Gift Cards
A gift that gives and gives, as Apple puts it. Anyone on your gift list with an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac would be pleased to receive an App Store & iTunes gift card. One card will give them access to over 45 million songs from Apple Music, millions of apps from the App Store, books from Apple Books, and the latest TV shows and movies from the iTunes Store.
This type of credit usage is an easy pay-per-click process. The credit you e-give them stays in their account almost indefinitely until it has all been used. Prices range from $10 to $200 and the gift is delivered instantly on your recipient’s inbox.
Know an app that you believe is perfect for a tech-geek in your life? You can go ahead and make them a digital present whether they are an iOS or Android user.
The idea is the same, the procedure is different: iOS has a special gifting function, so once you make your purchase, the recipient receives a link that redirects to the particular app you chose for them. You can arrange to send this gift immediately or schedule it to arrive at a specific time.
On your mobile device, find the app you want in the App Store, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the page, and choose Gift App. On the web version, find the app’s page in iTunes, click the down-arrow next to its price, and select Gift This. Follow the instructions to enter your giftee’s email address and make payment. The cost depends on the price of the particular app.
In the case of Android, however, apps are not intended to be gifted on their own. You will need to purchase a Google Play Store gift card from online sources like Paypal, Amazon, or Walmart with a minimum spend of 10$, which can be just enough for several apps. You can then specify the app you had in mind in your gift message, while the recipient will be free to spend the amount the way they like.
It can be a great idea to e-give them a personalized TV experience with Hulu. Hulu gift cards can be easy to purchase online and fun to redeem.
They are conveniently delivered via e-mail to anywhere in the world and cost 25$ or 50$ for a month’s subscription.
Steam Gift Cards
Do you have a gamer in your life? Treat them with some free plays and make their day. Steam is one of the best platforms to purchase and play video games. Steam Gift Cards work just like gift certificates, which can be redeemed on Steam for the purchase of games, software, hardware, and any other item you can purchase on Steam.
You can choose between 5$, 10$, 25$, 50$ and 100$ gift cards to weigh the amount of joy you are going to bring.