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Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for the Techies in Your Life

If you’re still looking for a Christmas gift for techies, you’ve still got time to impress the techies in your life– but not much.That’s why we’re here to help make things just a little bit easier by giving you this list of our favorite stocking stuffers for the digitally-connected companion in your life. 

From small to large, entertaining to practical, these gifts for techies will be sure to please!


Amazon Echo Show – $150

Gift for Techies: Amazon-Echo-ShowThe Amazon Echo Show with Alexa voice command. Credit: Amazon.

This newest addition to the Amazon Echo line combines the best of both worlds – a hands-free assistant with the ability to show as well as tell you answers. Whether it’s a song lyric, a recipe, or a live security camera feed, the new Echo Show can augment all the functions of the regular Echo with a visual aid.

It can also help you avoid the need for using another device like your phone. Speaking of which – the Echo Show allows you to video chat with almost anyone, all through the power of voice command.


Amazon Echo 2nd Generation – $100

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The Amazon Echo Second Generation in Walnut. Credit: Amazon.

The perfect home assistant for the minimalist, the new Echo 2nd Generation comes in a sleek, understated design with elegant finishes in fabric, chrome metal, and natural wood.

But as far as features go, this assistant is anything but minimal. It can play music, connect you with family or friends without lifting a finger, answer questions, and control your smart home.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $950

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in Midnight Black. Credit: Samsung.


If you’d like to communicate more with your beloved techie, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is by far the best way to go. With its 10nm processor, 6GB of RAM and Vulkan API-supported graphics, this phone sprints ahead of the competition.

The brilliant infinity display makes the phone seem even bigger than it really is – much like the sticker price, which can be brought down to a manageable $39/month.


iPhone X – $999

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The iPhone X in all its glory. Credit: Apple.

If anything can compete with the Galaxy Note 8, it’s the iPhone X. Like King Kong and Godzilla, these two natural enemies will forever be locked in a head-to-head battle for superiority.

And like the chicken and the egg, is it possible to know which one’s no-bezel display was conceived first? With its super high definition display, streamlined Apple Pay with facial recognition, and wireless charging, the iPhone X is certainly focused on being a luxury device.


Ecobee4 Alexa-Enabled Thermostat with Sensor – $199

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The Ecobee4 Alexa-enabled thermostat. Credit: Amazon.

Another great gift for techies, this smart thermostat is more than just compatible with Alexa – it is Alexa. Now, in addition to adjusting your thermostat, you can ask your ecobee4 questions, have it read you the news, set a timer, and more.

With sensitive microphones that can hear you across the room and a powerful speaker, the ecobee4 can complete over 10,000 skills and counting. And that’s not even including the smart thermostat functions.

Smart sensors around your home help you target hot and cold spots, and a whole range of functions can be controlled on the go right from your smartphone. And even though it’s Alexa-enabled, the ecobee4 also is compatible with Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple HomeKit.


Ring Video Doorbell 2 – $198

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 for home security. Credit: Amazon.

Another great smart home gift for techies, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is as fun as it is functional. While it’s a major security benefit to be able to see who’s at the front door via your smartphone, even if you’re across the globe, there’s also the undeniable coolness factor!

Speak and listen to whoever is at the door, view them in brilliant 1080p, and take advantage of the advanced motion sensors for additional security. And, paired with a smart lock, you can open the door to admit friends or family if you’re not around.


Apple iPad – $318 - $398 

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The Apple iPad in silver. Credit: Sam's Club.

There’s no better tablet than the one that led the pack – and set the standard – right from the beginning. The iPad boasts a 9.7" Retina display, A9 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 8MP camera with 1080p video, 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, up to 10 hours of battery life , and two-speaker audio.

Whether you want to control your smart home devices and apps, shop online, or simply watch a movie, the light and thin tablet makes it easy, while accompanying you anywhere around the house or on the road--not to mention, a fantastic gift for techies.

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Jake S.
Jake S.
Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

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