Teens can be notoriously challenging to shop for, especially when you’re talking about nerdy teens. We’ve put together a list of tech gifts that are cool enough to please even the nerdiest teen on your gift-giving list this year.
These small gadgets are great for playing videos and games on nontraditional surfaces. The projector can be plugged into any media player and then aimed onto a flat, large surface, making it possible to project a movie or video game onto the ceiling or wall. The small size of this device means teens can easily take it with them wherever they would like.
With TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Z Nation” becoming so popular, geeky teens are sure to love anything that has to do with zombies. Think about such items as books, clothing, DVDs, board games, action figures, etc. If you wanted to get really creative, you could even put together a survival kit for the teen on your list to help him or her survive a zombie apocalypse. Include such items as zombie survival guides and toy weapons. True zombie fans will be sure to get a kick out of this gift.
Right now, racing drones are extremely popular, so you can be sure if you gift a teen on your list with one of these fun, trendy items, he or she will be thrilled. An added bonus is that these popular gifts can help to keep even angsty teens occupied for hours while they play around with the controls, settings, and speeds of their new gadget. Teens who are technologically inclined can even customize these drones. These drones have become so much the rage that local competitions are now popping up around the country, offering massive reward awards as prizes.
With more teens relying on their tablets and smartphones rather than a PC, the printer has become less common. Although many teens are still likely to share their digital images on social media sites, like Instagram and Facebook, most don’t have a physical copy of their photos. Portable printers offer the opportunity to print photos directly from their smartphone, giving teens the ability to pin up their favorite selfies. Since it’s portable, this printer can be easily taken anywhere a teen wants to go.
Minecraft just continues to grow more popular, so if you’re looking for the perfect tech gift for that nerdy teen, think block-shaped presents. Most fans already have the game itself, but there are plenty of accessories and Minecraft-related gifts that any teen would love, such as Minecraft: Story Mode. This five-part episodic game series takes players on a story that they can control with their own decisions. Other great options include Minecraft books and handbooks that help players master combat, construction, and more. These books make great stocking stuffers. If you’re looking for something a little different, consider a touch-activated Minecraft lamp that provides three levels of illumination. It is perfect for the bedroom of any Minecraft fan. Another great option would be an officially licensed Minecraft torch; this is not only brilliant but also practical and fun.
With the Apple TV Reboot, teens have access to TV show rentals on an a-la-carte basis for just 99 cents. Also included is access to Netflix’s almost unlimited catalog of movies and shows. In addition, the Apple TV reboot offers teens the chance to download movies, music, and photos from iTunes.
Virtual Reality Gear
If you really want to please the tech-loving teen on your list this year, give the gift of virtual reality. Gifts such as the Samsung Gear VR are always a good option. With this gear, you can slip in a compatible smartphone and play games or watch movies on Netflix to create your own private theater.
Smartphone Lens Set
Do you know a teen who is passionate about taking photos on his or her smartphone? If so, a lens set will be sure to please. Stick-on lenses combined with telephoto and wide-angle lenses are a great way to help photography enthusiasts step up their game. These lenses can be purchased either as a set or individually.
Cute and full of personality, this little robot is certain to be a welcome gift for any tech-loving teen. Cozmo is powered by artificial intelligence and is completely self-aware, which means he can recognize his owner and even express feelings. In addition, Cozmo is always ready to play games for built-in entertainment. There’s even a developer platform available for those who want to add more features to Cozmo.
These trendy little earbuds are a great gift for any active and tech-minded teen. The long-lasting battery on these earbuds is capable of delivering hours of playback on a single charge. If you’re planning to travel during the holidays, these earbuds could be a welcome way to preserve sanity in the family by ensuring there is no arguing over what you listen to on the way.
Do you know a teen who is obsessed with gaming? If so, why not help him or her take gaming to the next level with a gaming headset, such as SteelSeries Arctis gaming headset? This headset delivers supreme comfort, excellent sound quality, and an ultra-sensitive microphone. Along with in-game conversation, it’s also a great choice for making Skype calls.
Small and easy to travel with, portable Bluetooth speakers are sure to be appreciated by any teen who loves both tech and music. Consider such options as the UE BOOM 2, which offers 360-degree sound and is rated for water resistance. The inclusion of clever gesture controls makes this Bluetooth speaker even more fun to use.
As challenging as it might seem to find the right tech gift for that nerdy teen on your gift-buying list, with a little thought, you can come up with something that he or she will be certain to love.