Sleigh bells ring, are you listening… actually that is the jingling of money leaving your wallet this Christmas.
Some money cannot be saved, such as the money you need to spend on your significant other during Christmas. But we also know that not everyone has a lot to spare for presents, so here is our list of gift ideas for your TECHIE other half, with prices ranging from <$10 to >$250. Feel free to pick and choose depending on what your budget is!
1. Steel retractable lanyard clip – $9 from Black Tactical
Because the ones that come with your free office lanyard are not retractable, and the colourful plastic ones from Popular Bookstore can be quite obiang. This one comes with a 2cm-wide steel face plate and a nylon cable that extends up to 36cm. Sleek, functional and affordable, what’s not to like?
2. 32GB USB thumbdrive with leather keychain – $12.42 on Lazada
Everybody needs thumbdrives. Differentiate yours from other freebie USB drives by getting one with a simple leather sheath. Comes with keyring for your keys or to hook onto your bag/lanyard.
3. Anker PowerDrive+ 4 (48W/8.4A) – $34.98 from Qoo10
For the other half who drives. Precious time spent stuck in that terrible traffic jam on the CTE can be used to ensure your iPhone, battery pack are fully topped up so you don’t have to worry about Pokemon draining your battery and preventing you from taking that epic selfie.
4. TrackR Bravo GPS Tracker – $41.65 per tracker, $75.65 for 2-pack, or $135.15 for a 4-pack from Hachi.tech
Clip this onto your keys, wallet, bicycle, whatever and never misplace them again. Lost your keys somewhere in your house? Use the smartphone app to make your tracker ring. Don’t want to leave your phone behind when you get up? If you’re carrying TrackR, it can alert you when you are a specified distance away from your phone.
TrackR also uses crowd GPS to help you track misplaced items that are out of range of your phone. If another TrackR user is within range, you’ll get a GPS update. Expert evel: Put it on your dog or cat’s collar so you don’t have to worry about it straying from you.
5. Google Chromecast – $65 from Google SG store
If you’re big on watching movies and TV series but don’t have a big screen hooked up to your computer, the Chromecast could be your next best option. Plug this palm-sized device into your TV and it streams media from your mobile device. Just download the Chromecast app and you can ‘cast’ media directly to your TV without connecting your iPad to your TV. Kind of like Apple TV but at a fraction of the price.
If you want to up your game, consider the Chomecast Ultra, which streams 4K video. This will set you back about $150 – $169 from Qoo10 or Lazada, or about US$80 if you buy from US sellers like the US Google store or Ebay.
6. Logitech K780 multi-device wireless keyboard – $129 from Logitech SG (or US$79.99 on Amazon with free shipping to Singapore for orders over US$125)
This multi-device wireless keyboard connects to up to 3 devices via Bluetooth. Switch easily between the devices with dedicated switch buttons. The keyboard is designed by Feiz Design Studio, which won a Red Dot award in 2016 for the smaller K380. Super useful if you have to work with more than one device at your desk – laptop, mobile phone, tablet. Bonus points if you manage to connect it to a co-worker’s device so that you can mess around with them…
7. Fitbit Alta – $178.29 from Hachi.tech
A minimalistic fitness tracker that can pass off as jewellery for either men or women. Track activities as well as get call, text, calendar notifications on the slim OLED display from your phone. You can also customise the clock face if you’re into that sort of thing. Comes in 4 colours – navy blue, black, plum and teal.
8. Ringly smart notification ring – from US195 (approx. S$273)
If you like it, put a ring on it. Crafted from 18k matte gold and set with stones like onyx, emerald and moonstone, this ring syncs with your phone and notifies the wearer of calls, texts, emails and calendar alerts via an app. They also have a bracelet version if you’re not ready to commit yet.
Mai tu liao. Happy wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend, happy life.