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In our experience, no persona is harder to shop for—or harder to please—than the tech aficionado. A brand new gadget may seem like the perfect gift, but there’s always the chance that your chosen device will have a bigger, badder counterpart waiting at home. Our solution? Skip the gadgets altogether, and go with an ingenious accessory instead. Here are 10 of our favorites.
For the techie who revels in clever design, you can’t do much better than this ingenious iPad case. Its ultraslim form features an origami-inspired smart cover, which can be folded into six different viewing and typing stands. When it comes to hardworking accessories, one-trick cases simply don’t compare.
Whether on the train or at the gym, these gold-dipped earbuds will elevate you above the pack. And they don’t just look pretty—these headphones boast superior sound quality design and a three-button mic for fielding calls.
You never know when you’re going to need one of these multipurpose cords—whether to blast tunes in a rental car or DJ an impromptu shindig. Stash one in your carryall—its multicolored design will help find it in a rush.
iPhone cases are as much a necessity as they are an accessory, and this heart-covered carrier is sure to melt any techie’s heart. Most importantly, it keeps precious devices safe and sound with a protective thick plastic barrier.
Not your high school science teacher’s laptop bag, Topo’s sleek and utilitarian case makes carting your Powerbook both simple and stylish. Even better, ample padding and water-repellant fabric join forces to safeguard your machine.
You know that friend who’s always running around with their phone battery in the red? Ease their energy-inefficiency with the gift of this portable power source. Not limited to igadgets, this powerhouse can recharge anything that connects via USB.
What do you buy someone who has every device imaginable? Not another gadget—heavens no—but a stand to show them off. This docking station features a 2-amp power source that can charge two smartphones and a tablet, which might make it more tech-obsessed than its potential owner. And that’s saying something.
No matter how fast your fingers fly across a touchscreen, winter weather can turn texting and tapping into a frigid endurance sport. These simple, stylish gloves come with conductive fingertips, allowing smartphone addicts to stay connected without freezing off their digits. Seven festive options (ranging from grey to plum wine) help you pick the right color to match their aura.
Countless revelers have used a cup as a makeshift iPhone amp, but that doesn’t mean it’s an elegant solution. This whimsical accessory makes the most of an iPhone 5 speaker, enhancing its volume with good old-fashioned acoustics (and no shortage of flair). Perfect for barbecues, camping trips, and lazy beachside tunes.
When it comes to a teched-out workspace, more devices means more wires, which means more opportunities to crawl behind your desk searching for fallen cords. This desktop essential keeps cables right where they’re needed, with a sleek aluminum finish that will satisfy even the most avid Apple-holic.
It’s not easy checking each person off your holiday gift list, which is why we’d like to direct your attention to Birchbox Gift Subscription. While we may be a little—okay a lot—biased, a monthly delivery of surprise and delight sounds pretty darn nifty to us.
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