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Nine Perfect Gifts to Get the App Developer in Your Life

Fun Tech Gifts

Buying gifts for anyone is a struggle, but buying gifts for someone who loves technology can be even more of a challenge. As connected homes, vehicles and Smart gadgets take the world by storm – there are many options at a variety of price points. This year, go for gold and get something they will really enjoy. We have just the list to get you started.

Without further delay, from the outrageous to the useful, here are nine gifts that any app developer will enjoy!

Intel Compute Stick

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Gunnar Computer Glasses

Work, emails, social media, or games consume a lot of our time. Studies show that it only takes a few hours in front of a screen to cause computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. Engineered to eliminate eye strain and block blue light because people, on average, are spending 8-10 hours a day on their digital devices. Gunnar is the only patented computer eyewear recommended by doctors to protect and enhance your vision – the perfect option for the practical gift giver.

Pixelated Hand Shaped Mouse

http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Pixel-Mouse-80x80.jpg 80w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Pixel-Mouse-500x500.jpg 500w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Pixel-Mouse-65x65.jpg 65w" height="150" width="150" src="http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Pixel-Mouse-150x150.jpg" class="wp-image-3921 size-thumbnail alignleft" />Looking for something a little less serious? This gift is sure to make a splash at the office! This quirky pixel mouse replicated the ‘pointer’ cursor type most commonly seen when you hover over a link on a web page.



Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food

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IROLLER: A Reusable Liquid Free Touchscreen Cleaner for Smartphones and Tablets

http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/I-Roller-80x80.jpg 80w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/I-Roller-65x65.jpg 65w" height="150" width="150" src="http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/I-Roller-150x150.jpg" class="wp-image-3923 size-thumbnail alignleft" />We are SURE every developer has this problem and, no surprise, we have the low-cost answer. Just roll this little stick over the touchscreen of your smartphone or tablet and instantly remove fingerprints, smudges, and smears. Your screen will look better, and you can stop spending money on wipes and sprays.


LED Fiber Optic Men’s Jacket

http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Fiber-Optic-Jacket-300x300.jpg 300w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Fiber-Optic-Jacket-80x80.jpg 80w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Fiber-Optic-Jacket.jpg 500w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Fiber-Optic-Jacket-65x65.jpg 65w" height="150" width="150" src="http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Fiber-Optic-Jacket-150x150.jpg" class="wp-image-3924 size-thumbnail alignleft" />Yes, it’s incredible: This lightweight jacket includes 3/4 miles of fiber optic cables and LEDs! It’s the coolest jacket we’ve ever seen, and if your developer has to go to a conference or company party, this will be the must-pack item. Switch between four colors and keep it on for eight hours on a single charge!


Solar Phone Charger

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http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Paper-clip-80x80.png 80w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Paper-clip-500x500.png 500w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Paper-clip-65x65.png 65w" height="150" width="150" src="http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Paper-clip-150x150.png" class="wp-image-3926 size-thumbnail alignleft" />http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Floppy-coaster-80x80.png 80w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Floppy-coaster-500x500.png 500w, http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Floppy-coaster-65x65.png 65w" height="150" width="150" src="http://www.freewave.com/wp-content/uploads/Floppy-coaster-150x150.png" class="wp-image-3927 size-thumbnail alignleft" />All of these gifts are fantastic but if you want to get your special app developer something a little more meaningful, and by meaningful we mean home-made, try hitting up a thrift store or a yard sale for any spare computer parts. Making Items like floppy disk coasters or keyboard key paper clips/push-pins are sure to be a hit but not to your wallet.


No matter the size of your budget, we hope this gives you some fun and useful ideas for the app developer or techie in your life!

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