25 gifts your tech friends really want in 2022

Hannah Stryker / How-To Geek

It can be difficult to shop for tech enthusiasts. They tend to enjoy the process of finding the perfect product on their own. If you are trying to buy an art gift for a tech person, you better do it right.

The trick to tech-lover shopping is to rely on things of general appeal. Don’t try to pick something specific like a smartphone or a fancy pair of headphones. People who are interested in technology usually search for and buy these products for themselves. You have to think outside the box a little.

Related: 7 tech products you shouldn’t skimp on

Smart speaker or display

Google Home Nest Mini
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There is a good chance that the tech lover in your life has already invested in some smart speakers or smart displays. There’s also a good chance they won’t mind adding more to the mix. However – and this is very important – make sure you know what smart home ecosystem they are using!

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Gen

The humble Echo Dot is an easy add-on for anyone who already uses Amazon Alexa. There is always room for someone else.

Amazon Echo Show 8 second generation

The Echo Show 8 features a 13MP wide-angle camera and AI-powered zoom and pan features for video calls.

Google Nest Hub 2nd generation

The Nest Hub has a 7-inch screen, 3 microphones to hear you clearly, and it’s Chromecast compatible for streaming video and music.

Gift cards for their favorite services

Netflix gift card.
Netflix

Gift cards for certain services can be a great gift. You’re giving someone an excuse to try out a new streaming service or buy the iPhone app they’ve been looking forward to. Even if they already signed up for the service, who wouldn’t want a few free months?

touch gloves

Person using Moshi Digits gloves
moshi

There is no doubt that the tech lover in your life has a smartphone. If they live in a cold climate, they are probably trying to use this smartphone with gloves on in the winter. You can make this experience even better with a good pair of touchscreen gloves.

Moshi Numbers Touch Screen Gloves

Moshi Digits are non-absorbent touchscreen gloves. In addition to making it easier to touch your phone with gloves, they also add grip.

Mini Photo Printer

Person holding Instax Mini Photo Printer
instax

Lots of people – not just techies – have loads of photos on their phones or saved to cloud storage, but that’s where they reside. Pictures are not up to the real world. The instant photo printer is a fun and useful tool to solve this problem.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2

The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 is an instant printer that can be easily recharged and taken with you wherever you go. It prints photos that are approximately 2 x 3 inches in size.

Fujifilm Instax Link Wide

The Fujifilm Instax Link Wide is essentially the same as the Mini, but it prints larger 3″ x 4″ photos.

Canon Selphy CP1300 Printer

For larger photos, the Canon Selphy prints up to 4 x 6 inches (with or without borders). It is still small enough to be easily portable.

standby backup power

Amazon Basics UPS next to the computer
Amazon

Do you know what is annoying? When the power goes out for a brief period and you have to restart your computer again, losing anything unsaved in the process. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can solve this problem by automatically detecting outages and switching to battery power – giving you enough time to save your work and shut down properly.

Amazon Basics Standby UPS

Compact UPS with unbeatable dimensions for power. Plus, it has all the essentials and more ports than you know what to do with.

APC UPS BE425M

UPS is inexpensive with a small footprint. Provides enough power to keep small appliances running after a power outage.

Saber Power CP800AVR

450 Watts provide enough juice to keep routers running for a really long time. In addition, there is surge protection and AVR at low cost.

APC BR1500G

Premium battery backup with AVR and surge protection. It allows for easy cell replacement and the ability to add external backups.

Cyber ​​Power PR1500LCD

This 1500W monster is ideal for high power draw equipment such as gaming systems. Additionally, it has AVR and surge protection and provides pure sine wave output.

Upgrade to GaN . Charger

Anker Nano II 65W
Langerhans

A charger may not sound exciting, but GaN (gallium nitride) chargers are an exciting new technology. These chargers are more efficient than older portable chargers, allowing them to offer the same features in smaller packages.

Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim 63W

The Anker charger features one 45W USB-C port, one 20W USB-C port, and two USB-A ports. Despite its small size, it is powerful enough to charge a laptop.

Nekteck 60W GaN . Charger

At the footprint of a typical AC adapter, the Nekteck 60W GaN Charger is powerful enough to charge a 13-inch laptop in under two hours.

Anker Nano II 45W

The 45W Nano II is one of the smallest GaN chargers, yet can charge laptops and tablets. When paired with a Samsung Galaxy phone, it can take advantage of fast charging from Samsung.

Anker Nano II 100W

The Anker Nano II 100W has two USB-C ports and one USB-A port. USB-C ports are capable of 100 watts, while USB-A is 22.5 watts.


The key to shopping for an expert person is to look for typical electronic gadgets and devices. Don’t buy a smartphone or tablet for someone unless you know exactly which one they want. Think about the things they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.


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