Trendy Techie’s Geeky Gift Guide & Giveaway 2017

It’s that time of year again! The snow has started to fall and Starbucks is serving drinks in holiday cups and my inbox is filling with invitations to festive parties. I’m excited to bring to you my recommendations for the perfect geeky gifts for your adorkable loved ones. Whether you’re shopping for the developer, designer, coder kid, scientist, or digital nomad in your life, I’ve got suggestions for you! And this year I’m excited to be teaming up with some of these wonderful companies to bring some these gifts to you as giveaways! Read the rules and enter on my giveaway post on Instagram.

FOR THE DEVELOPER: Felix Gray’s Computer Glasses

I swear by Felix Gray’s light-filtering computer eyewear. With blue light filters and an optional +0.25 magnification, FGs make computing way easier on the eyes. They retail at $95 USD and are wonderfully durable. I’ve been a Felix Gray fan since they launched two years ago (if you’re a long-time reader you’ll know I rave about these guys all the time), and I wear one of my two pairs whenever I use a screen for an extended period of time. Felix Gray has generously offered a pair of Roeblings in Sazerac Crystal (the same shape as my frames) for giveaway! (Open to Canadian entries only)

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FOR THE CODER KID: Code Car by Let’s Start Coding

Code Car is a circuit board that has 4 programmable LED lights, a speaker, and 4 buttons built-in. All you need to do is plug it in, download our free software, and get started learning to code! This is the perfect gift for coder kids who want to graduate from Scratch or Hour of Code and jump into coding and hardware. Let’s Start Coding has generously offered a Code Car for giveaway to one US or Canadian winner!

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FOR THE GEEK GIRL: Smarty Girl Clothes for Kids

Mom and entrepreneur Emilee Palomino was frustrated by the lack of STEM inspired clothes for girls. “I didn’t know anything about starting a clothing line,” she says, “but I did know that young girls deserve more options than hearts and flowers.” Her line of cute clothing, which comes in sizes 12 months to 5T and retail for just $18 US, features adorable designs like dinosaurs and chemistry kits (coming soon), and is perfect for encouraging girls that STEM is for them! Smarty Girl is giving away a pair of toddler girl dinosaur leggings to one US winner!

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FOR THE TRAVELING PRESENTER: Brookstone Mini Projector

Brookstone’s family of miniature projectors is a presenter’s dream! My mini projector has saved me many a time when local equipment failed or was unavailable. Ranging in price from $379.99 to $499.99, these mini projectors are a great gift for the presenter or teacher in your life.

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FOR THE PUNNY NERD: Chemistry-Inspired Gifts by The Chemist Tree

Scientist Rovena Tey created The Chemist Tree as a creative outlet for her scientific endeavors. Her assortment of chemistry-themed art, houseware, and clothing is enough to make any geek swoon – I personally have a collection of her titillating notebooks and my bedroom is peppered with her drawings of chemical compounds. As an added bonus, The Chemist Tree is homegrown in Toronto, Canada. Rovena has generously offered a pair of mini math notebooks to one lucky Canadian winner!

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FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA LOVER: HP Sprocket Pocket Photo Printer

This tiny, lightweight printer fits in your bag and prints directly from your phone camera and social media accounts. You can customize your photos with digital stickers, text, and drawing in the app before printing them out on sticker paper to be used right away. It retails for $159.99 and is available in a number of stores including Staples Canada, Best Buy Canada, Walmart, Amazon, and more. I personally love the rose gold and white version (shown below), but it also comes in black with silver accents, red, and blue. HP Canada is generously giving away a Sprocket printer to one Canadian winner!

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FOR THE GAMER: Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung have released their Windows Mixed Reality headsets, which use spatial mapping to create stunning immersive experiences. Ranging in price from $299.99 to $499.99, these headsets are among the most affordable in the market today.

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FOR THE DESIGNER: Surface Studio

If you *really* want to treat the creative in your life, the Surface Studio is my top pick! This all-in-one PC stands upright and folds down like a drafting table to the perfect height for sketching. It retails at $3999.99 CAD, and is available for purchase at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and more. For bonus points (or for someone who already has a surface!), get them the Surface Dial for $129.99.

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Please note: giveaway prizes were donated by the brands. All products included in this post were curated for quality and were not paid endorsements. The thoughts in this post do not reflect the opinions of my employer or any company or organization other than Trendy Techie.

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