How to Personalize Tech Gifts for That Special Someone

How to Personalize Tech Gifts for That Special Someone

Range Govindan
Nov 3, 2010

The holidays are almost upon us, and it's often the time when tech addicts begin feeling the itch of "upgrade-itis". While there are many people who love receiving the latest tech item as a holiday gift, it's not always a safe bet. If you do, what are the things that you'd love to give away?

Many of the most desired tech gifts this year are going to be quite expensive. As an example, take the latest Apple products that have been released in the past year. You've got the MacBook Air starting at $999, the 27" Apple LED LCD monitor for the same price, and the iPad offered at $499. The iPhone 4 is seemingly more reasonable, since it starts at $199 and goes up to $299 with 2-year contracts (one does have to consider the notable annual costs that come along with ownership though). Other popular holiday tech items like gaming consoles, video games, music devices, and media delivery boxes like the new Google TV can quickly add up to one big after-holiday bill.

From personal experience, I've learned not to give tech to my significant other. It just hasn't worked well for me. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't give out some tech, especially if you know your better half has something particular in mind. One of the most reasonably priced and gender and age neutral tech device is the Amazon Kindle. The Kindle costs between $139-$379; while the $379 Kindle DX is nearly the same price as an iPad, the smaller $139 models is much more wallet-friendly. You can easily find older models on eBay for even cheaper if the latest and greatest isn't a requirement.

If you do purchase an eBook reader, then a considerate way to personalize the gift is to include a nice selection of books. Before you gift them an iPad, Kindle, Nook or any other eBook, consider surprising them further by purchasing and preloading them a small library of books they might enjoy (now may be a good time to sneak peek at their Amazon wishlist). There are also many free books available for download, which makes the task even easier. The trick when giving tech, or any gift for that matter, is to personalize it to their tastes. When purchasing a small laptop, tablet, or mobile device, this can be done by accessorizing with laptop skins, cases, or even an engraving.

Etsy is a great place to find personalizing touches for tech gear. The Snow White's Revenge decal is a personal favorite and is still available for $10 here.

(Image: Flickr member Ken Yee licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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