10 Best Christmas Ideas For Web Developers and Designers (2017 Edition)
Stuck for Christmas gift ideas for your favourite technology lover?
It can be tough to know the perfect Christmas gifts to get the technology lovers in our lives. Thankfully, with our team of web designers and web developers, we’ve become a bit of an expert on the subject. Check out these great Christmas gift ideas to find your next stocking stuffer:
High Refresh Rate Monitor
It’s easy to see that a big monitor has its advantages for developers. After all, more size means more room to clutter your desktop with obscurely named icons. However, did you know that a high refresh rate is also important? Monitors with a high refresh rate reduce eye strain and offer faster responsiveness, essential for late night coding sessions.
The mind of a digital developer is always racing at a mile a minute, so an old-school lava lamp can be the perfect antidote to a brain that won’t stop. Plug in, chill out, and let your subconscious figure out that pesky bug in the meantime.
The Venn diagram of those who love technology and those who love Star Wars is close to being a circle, and so it’s no surprise to see that this X-Wing-styled Drone is already a big hit. Even the most cynical will have to admit the idea of pretending to be Luke Skywalker flying in the Battle of Yavin is pretty cool. You’ll have to provide your own Death Star, though.
Sitting in front of the keyboard for long stretches might look easy for a digital designer but it can place the unwanted strain on the feeble human body. There’s a wide range of dedicated computer chairs out on the market, but we prefer the ones that let you code in comfort and style.
Solar Panel Charger for Smartphones
Even your phone needs sunlight sometimes. This handy, and very eco-friendly, solar-powered phone charging station is powered by sunlight, turning the sun’s cosmic rays into power for your beloved smartphone.
Having a house full of gadgets is great, but what if we had a house full of gadgets we could talk to? Google Home is the perfect Christmas gift as it integrates with all the other Google-powered devices in your home such as Chromecast or your Android phone, and is operated with voice commands. It’s particularly handy as a way to set reminders to sleep every now and then. Pro-tip: Ask it what Vegemite is made of.
Streaming Music Subscription
Long design sessions are made all the easier with quality music to create to, so get the audiophile in your life a subscription to their favourite music streaming service to make sure the beats never stop. Spotify and Apple Music are the two clear favourites in this market, both delivering their own blend of the latest hits and smart technology to learn about your taste and change playlists accordingly.
You can’t shoot bugs in your code, but you can shoot a ridiculous amount of nerf darts at any project manager who walks by with this oversized monstrosity of a Nerf blaster. It’s so patently stupid that you can’t help but love this present, and your project manager will think twice before they wander over to ask if those bugs are fixed yet.
High-quality pencils and paper
Bear with us here – yes, this is a not very techy idea, but a high-quality set of old-school tools is a fantastic way to let your design imagination flow without having to deal with technology. Using pencils and paper allows a different part of your brain to solve problems, and perhaps come up with a solution that would never have occurred to you in front of a keyboard.
In many ways this is the ultimate tech gadget – with a 3D printer, an enterprising designer or developer can turn their ideas into physical reality as easily as they make amazing things exist on our screens. The cost of these devices has come down considerably over the last few years, and they’re easier than ever to use, so what’s stopping anyone from making their own unique gadgets?
We hope you’ve found the perfect Christmas gift idea for the web designer or developer in your life. Whether it’s holiday shopping or application design and development, our talented team of digital designers can come up with the right idea for you. Contact iFactory today to discuss your next web project.