Gifting the Geek Who Has Everything

There are still plenty of gift ideas, even for the techie that has everything

A woman and man opening Christmas presents
Even a tech enthusiast who has everything can still be surprised on Christmas morning. Mike Kemp / Blend Images

While staying up-to-date with all of the latest tech can be cool, it can also make buying a gift for that person an arduous task. They already have everything you were thinking of getting them!

All is not lost though as there are still some gems to be found that even the biggest tech geek will appreciate getting and may even be surprised by. Here are our top five recommendations.

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A Custom Xbox One Controller

A Custom Xbox One Controller
A Custom Xbox One Controller. Microsoft

Launched back in 2016, Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab lets anyone fully customize the design of a new Xbox One controller for themselves or as a gift for a friend or family member. You can even add custom text to the top of the controller that could be the person's name or a special message.

What's particularly cool is that these controllers work with Windows 10 PCs in addition to the entire Xbox One family of consoles so even if the recipient isn't a console gamer, they can still use it with their computer.

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Sphero R2-D2

Sphero's R2-D2
Sphero's R2-D2. Sphero

Sphero made waves with the launch of their BB-8 toy based on the Star Wars droid of the same name back in 2016. While it was a very cool concept, it was a shame that the character used was a new one and not an iconic droid from the older films. The company has remedied this in 2017 with the release of their R2-D2 version which is just as functional as BB-8 but also appeals to fans of the original Star Wars trilogy, the prequels, and the new sequels due to the character appearing in all three sagas.

Sphero's R2-D2 features LED lights and sounds and can be controlled via a smartphone app or left to explore on its own unattended. Something that's especially cool is that R2-D2 can also interact with the BB-8 and BB-9E droids and will react to certain scenes in the Star Wars movies if you happen to be watching them together.

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Super NES Classic Edition

Super NES Classic Edition
Super NES Classic Edition. NIntendo

One of the coolest gadgets to be released in recent times is the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) Classic Edition. This mini console is a super-fun (and functional!) re-release of the original 80's classic and includes two Super Nintendo controllers plus 21 classic games all of which come pre-installed.

In addition to popular titles like Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter II Turbo, and Secret of Mana, the Super NES Classic Edition also comes with Star Fox 2, a Super Nintendo video game that has been unreleased until now. This makes the console not only a cool collectible but a must-have for any self-respecting gamer.

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Philips Hue Lights Starter Kit

Philips Hue Lights
Philips Hue Lights. Philips

Philips Hue Lights are a fantastic gift idea for anyone interested in smart bulbs, smart home gadgets in general, music, movies, or gaming. Once set up, owners can change the brightness and color of each light via the official Philips Hue smartphone app to create a variety of moods in an otherwise ordinary room. The lights can also react to the sound made by music, movies, or video games to create a truly dynamic experience.

Several different Philips Hue Lights Starter Kits are available at a variety of price points though it's important to invest in one that comes with the Philips Hue Bridge. This device is integral to making the lights programmable and function.

The great thing about Philips Hue Lights is that you can never have too many. If you know someone who already has a Bridge, why not add to their collection by buying them some individual bulbs or even some trendy LightStrips? These would really make an impression.

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ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
ecobee4 Smart Thermostat. ecobee4

Smart thermostats have been a thing for a while now but none have taken the concept as far as the ecobee4. This trendy home device not only reads the temperature in different rooms and adjusts your thermostat accordingly but it also features support for Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa.

This Alexa functionality allows the ecobee4 to start timers, set reminders, play music, edit shopping lists, and perform web searches for recipes all through simple voice commands. It can even control Philips Hue lights which gives it even more value for those investing in a modern home setup. An exciting all-in-one device that's bound to impress.