6 Gift Ideas For Your Significant Developer

Giving gifts to developers can be tricky, but we have your back here at Code School! After talking with some of our own developers, we compiled a list of six things you can gift your significant developer this holiday season.

1. Mechanical keyboard

Razer Blackwidow Series (source)

Mechanical keyboards provide great feedback when typing, giving programmers confidence that each key press really counts. This gift will be even more appropriate if your recipient is also into computer gaming — mechanical keyboards are known for being durable and predictable, which allows for a better gaming experience.

Mechanical keyboards also have easily replaceable keys, so you don’t have to buy a whole new keyboard if a single key breaks. It’s not uncommon for computer gamers to replace the frequently used WASD keys. A couple popular brands are Razer Blackwidows and Das Keyboard, but most results of an Amazon search will work out great as well. Extra brownie points if the mechanical keyboard has a backlight you can control!

By the way, some mechanical keyboards can be a little loud, so you might want to consider our next suggestion for yourself as well.

2. Noise-canceling headphones

A normal day at the Code School office (source)

Quiet, uninterrupted time is key to getting things done around our Code School offices. For some of us introverts, every now and again some quiet alone time makes for an awesome gift in itself, but there’s nothing wrong with adding a little accessory to that. Noise-canceling headphones are very popular amongst coders as it allows them to focus and be productive without getting distracted by outside noise.

We have an open office plan here at Code School, and it’s pretty common to see people rocking noise-canceling headphones while getting work done. Bose QC25s are popular around our office.

3. Programmable drone

Parrot Bebop (source)

There are few things that give me more satisfaction than turning a few lines of code into something that moves in real life. That’s exactly how I felt the first time I made a drone fly with code I had written.

I personally own a couple of different models of drones made by Parrot, and they all have a programmable interface that’s pretty easy to interact with. This is the JavaScript library I used to make my drone fly for the first time.

As a side note, Parrot drones also have official apps out for both iPhone and Android so you can control them with your phone, making them a fun toy for developers and non-developers alike.

4. Rubber duck

Rubber Duck Debugging

This one is half joke and half not. You see, early on in their careers, programmers are taught that they should try and explain their code’s logic to someone else if they ever get stuck while solving a problem — even if that someone else is, well, a rubber duck.

The theory behind it is that getting one’s thoughts outside of their head will help them organize their ideas better and quickly come up with a more logical solution. This is commonly known as rubber duck debugging.

There are no rules about what kind of rubber duck to get, but this Spock-looking rubber duck looks pretty boss… just saying!

5. Computer glasses

Gunnar Computer Glasses (source)

Developers spend lots of time staring at a computer screen — and as it turns out, that’s not very good for their eyes. That’s why companies like Gunnar started making computer glasses that have yellow-tinted lenses, designed to block out some of the harmful blue lights emitted by computer screens.

In theory, after wearing these glasses for a while, your significant dev will feel much better at the end of each day — all while avoiding excessive damage to their vision. Be sure to pick up a pair that matches their style!

6. Give the Gift of Code

Code School’s Gift of Code

One of the most challenging things about being a modern developer is staying fresh with your skills. That’s why Code School is offering discounted subscriptions through this holiday season!

Give your significant dev the Gift of Code. And if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to do what they do, Code School offers great introductory content and allows you to gift a subscription to yourself. After all that gift giving, it’s time to treat yourself too!

Have I missed anything obvious? If so, feel free to add your suggestions to the comment section below. I hope you all enjoyed it, and feel empowered to make your beloved geek a little happier this holiday season.