The task of buying gifts for gadget aficionados can seem very daunting. They have seemingly every gadget under the sun and they know about all the newest gadgets. The goal of this guide is to help you avoid the pitfalls and get the ultimate geek gadget for your loved ones. Gadget obsessed geeks are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. They either have it or they have a better version of it already.
“Uh, thanks granddad! An All-in-one phone-MP3 player-address book-internet-camera. Its uh.. fine, I mean great. What? Yeah I love gadgets. Thanks..” If your buying a gift for one of these types, every family has one, this guide will help you find the ultimate geek gadget!
What makes a great Geek Gadget?
First you have to understand the psychology behind technology enthusiasts. They are, at heart, big kids and gadgets are the acceptable face of the adult toy industry. With that in mind lets take a look at what factors go into making a great geek gadget.
- New. If the gadget has been out long enough that you have heard of it they will not want it. It has to be cutting edge. If it was available last Christmas chances are it is already too old to set your beloved gadget lovers heart on fire.
- Practical. Well not so much practical but it has to fulfill a need. Preferably one that they did not even know that had. Like metal detecting flip flops.
- Advanced. As a rule of thumb it needs to impractically overpowered for what it needs to do. If your buying a secure USB Flash Drive it needs to have better encryption than the CIA uses.
- Uncommon. Every gadget geek wants to show off to their friends. They all have a need to be the first one in their group of friends to have something, so they can casually pull it out at the pub and start tinkering with it.
Mens gadgets are always popular, look at one of the more successful brands of shaving razors on the market today and you will see the the rules mentioned in this article playing out. Whether it be the number of blades, the frequency they release new models or if it needs batteries you will never look at gadgets in the same way again.
Please bare in mind that gadgets do not have to cost the earth in fact some of the best ones are weird gadgets and they are more often than not cheap gadgets. Good luck finding your gift gadgets. If you need inspiration in finding the latest gadgets take a look at the latest geek gadget blogs on the internet.
Tate Fontaine is a blogger and technology enthusiast. Currently working for a large gadget focused magazine in the US.