If you have an IT professional in your life, the chances are they spend most of the year opening boxes containing computers and other gadgets.
But this doesn’t mean they won’t want to find some shiny electronics of their own under the Christmas tree.
Here are five gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on the face of your favourite techie.
Nintendo’s Wii U console was actually released in time for the last festive season, but suffered from a rather uninspiring line up of launch games.
Now, however, the console boasts a number of impressive exclusive titles, not least the new Super Mario 3D World, which Nintendo will be releasing just in time for Christmas. The console has also had a price cut, which makes it more of a compelling proposition.
Yes, the console has serious competition, with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One also both out in time for Christmas, but it would make good sense to wait for their inevitable price cuts in the months and years to come.
Apple’s new iPad Air has been well reviewed almost everywhere. It is slim and lightweight, and boasts a super-fast 64-bit processor.
It’s arguably the most desirable tablet device out there, and while Apple-haters will champion competing Android devices, it’s unlikely anyone would complain about finding this state-of-the-art technology in their stocking.
For those who’d prefer something a little smaller, the new Retina display iPad Mini is equally desirable and is almost as impressive in terms of specification.
Techies no longer need to go down the Apple route in order to find eye-catching and stylish equipment.
There’s currently quite a trend for “convertible” Windows devices, and the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a great example. The manufacturer describes is as “a tablet, notebook and more,” and its clever design makes it ideal for sharing presentations. It’s a great example of a device that’s suitable for both hard work and leisure time – and it’s priced more keenly than similar devices from other manufacturers.
Smartwatches are another trend this year, and the Pebble watch is particularly desirable thanks to its compatibility with both Apple and Android devices.
It’s highly customizable, with lots of different accessories and straps available, and there are apps for it covering everything from fitness to sports scores.
If you’re after a tech gift that falls more into the “stocking filler” price category, the Google Chromecast is a great choice.
It’s essentially Google’s take on the Apple TV device. It’s rather more straightforward, simply allowing you to fire what’s on your device at a TV input, but it’s still extremely useful for sharing catch-up TV broadcasts and showing presentations.