2013 Top Holiday Gift Ideas from Matrix Group

Technology giftsIt’s a tradition on this blog for me to poll my staff and then post our top holiday gift ideas. Remember that we’re a bunch of geeks, misfits and nerds but boy do we know how to shop! Here are our favorites:

  • If he or she doesn’t already have one, the techie in your life will LOVE a 3D printer, which will let them make their own gifts in the future! My hubby got a PrintrBot Plus, which arrived today. Alas, if you order today, you probably won’t get it until after the holidays. Uber cool.
  • Gamers will love the PS4 or the XBox One. Both are amazing game consoles for gaming you can’t get from a PC or tablet.
  • Love this next idea. The folks at DL Art Prints will create a customized poster of all your Instagram photos on canvas. Great for remembering an important event!
  • The Google Chromebook is a great laptop for the person who just needs to browse and do email. If you need an office suite, you’ll automatically get Google apps.
  • Speaking of Google, for $35, Chromecast will connect to your tablets and phones and let you watch Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc. on your large-screen TV. No more huddling around a little screen!
  • Dianne at Matrix Group likes sriracha sauce. A lot. So she got herself a six-pack of Sriracha. You, too, can get a six-pack of Sriracha for the hot sauce fan in your life.
  • We recommend a Snap Circuit kit for the budding engineer in your life.
  • For the person who has everything, how about tickets to a show like Cirque du Soleil?
  • How about Star Trek pajamas this winter for the trekkie in your life?
  • Looking for something retro? How about some floppy disk notepads?!
  • Yes, USB sticks have been around for a while, but these Avengers USB sticks are pretty slick.
  • I bought a bunch of Star Wars molds for my annual holiday party! I’m going to make Darth Vader, stormtrooper and Boba Fett ice cubes! Next, I’ll try making Star War chocolate!
  • Maki loves the classic Moleskin notebook with graph paper. Engineers love drawing on this paper!
  • Have a kid who loves Lego AND Minecraft? This cool Minecraft Lego kit is guaranteed to be a huge hit!
  • My son loves littleBits, which lets him play with light, sound, sensing and buttons without wiring, soldering or programming.
  • The HMDX Jam Plus Portable Speakers will connect to your laptop, tablet or phone and give you great sound! And it even comes in purple!

How about you? What are you getting the techie in your life? What are your favorite holiday gifts this season? Please share!