Let’s face it: Sometimes finding gifts for your favorite people can be a head-scratcher. But for those of you who drew the coder for this year’s Secret Santa, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled some of the best gifts that any coder probably might like, if they’re in the holiday spirit.


Scroogled Gear: For those who are against Google, Microsoft has launched a campaign called Scroogled. They are selling shirts, coffee mugs, hats, etc. with sayings like “Keep Calm while We Steal Your Data.”

tablet socks

Tablet Socks: Bundle your tablet up for the winter with these cute knitted tablet socks from Denmark, made from 100% Egyptian cotton. For the user who wants their tablet to feel festive too, in a soft, snuggly sleeve of tiny… well they kind of look like Pac-Man ghosts.

Minecraft torch

Minecraft Light-Up Torch: Who needs a flashlight when you can illuminate dark corridors with an authentic Minecraft wall torch? You don’t even have to dig for the wood and charcoal to make it. Don’t actually try to light it though; it runs on AAAs.

8-bit wreath

8-Bit LED Holiday Wreath: Deck the halls in old-school gaming icons. Light up your house with a gloriously pixelated array of Super Nintendo controllers, 1-Up mushrooms, Pac-Man fruit, Tetris blocks and more. Evergreen and holly ain’t got nothin’ on this.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift: Okay, so maybe only the developer kit is currently available to order, but an IOU to preorder the groundbreaking virtual reality headset is by far one of the best gifts to get a coder this holiday season. It’s 360 degrees of pure, immersive awesome.

Hollow Core Connect IT

The Hollow-Core Connect IT Tablet Desk: This gadget-charging compartmental desk is a marvel of modern ergonomics. It has charging compartments for tablets, phones and laptops, plus USB, phone and Internet ports. If you’re willing to spend a little extra, this workstation takes the term “plugged in” to a whole new level.


Google Chromecast: A streaming dongle that leaves cheap video adapters and HDMI cables in the dust. This device is gaining more apps and compatibility by the day, with Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and HBO GO already supported. It’s a bargain at only $35.

iPad foosball