Whether you love it or hate it, the holiday season is officially here. Your inbox is clogged with holiday offers, you’ve heard Michael Buble’s “Jingle Bells” one too many times, and you’re scrambling to finish your shopping so as not to endure one more mind-numbing line at your local mall.
We can’t help with the holiday music overkill or the tacky decorations, but knowing what gadgets your developers want this year, we’ve got that one in the bag. When looking for holiday gifts for your team of developers, you know how hard it can be to get them gifts they’ll not only pretend to enjoy — but will actually enjoy.
If you are having a tough time thinking of that perfect gift for your developers, then this list is for you. We understand that developers are not always the easiest people to shop for as they tend to be super picky when it comes to their workplace and their tech. We promise to avoid the Apple vs Android wars altogether so as to avoid losing teeth.
So to make your life easier and less stressful, we are presenting you with our TOP 5 gifts every developer would go bonkers for this holiday season.
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WD My Passport Wireless
When it comes to your team of developers, there isn’t anything scarier than losing months’ worth of precious data. As every developer knows the biggest mistake that can occur is not backing up your work. While saving on the cloud is crucial, it never hurts to have a physical backup.
In searching for the best external hard drive on the market, don’t look further than WD My Passport Wireless.
This external drive has a built-in SD card slot and supports faster a Wi-Fi standard than competing devices. The device is versatile, easy to use, and provides up to 4TB of mobile storage space.
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Everyone will tell you sometimes the perfect solution to a more productive day at work is a short break from your desk every few hours.
While some might say that a short walk or longer coffee break might be the fix, I suggest a quick game of Spikeball to do the trick.
Spikeball is a unique game that is most comparable to volleyball. You play with two players to a team, and two teams play at once. Similar to having three hits per team in volleyball, you and your partner have three hits to get the ball to the other team. The difference is that you aren’t hitting the ball over a net. You’re hitting the ball directly into the net.
To play, you spike your ball into the net, then wait for the opposing team to return it off the bounce. The craziest part is that after the initial serve, the game is played in 360-degrees, meaning anyone from any team can go anywhere at any point. Yeah, that’s right. It makes our heads swirl too, and you will love taking a short break from work to play Spikeball with your teammates to clear your heads.
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Raspberry Pi 3
Sometimes the size of the perfect holiday gift doesn’t really matter. Over the past few years when it comes to smartphones and laptops, people keep talking about going big. But when it comes versatile machines that let you explore innovation, I say go smaller.
The Raspberry Pi is an affordable, credit card sized computer that plugs into your TV and keyboard, and can be programmed to do any number of things that your PC can do, such as word-processing and spreadsheets.
It’s a crowd favorite to help young people learn to program, but it’s also just a really fun toy for your team of developers. Another great feature of the Raspberry, it provides the opportunity for developers to dip their toes into the world of IoT.
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Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda, why do these sound familiar?
These are some of the classics we used to play when we were kids. Nowadays, everyone is gaming with an XBox or Playstation which provide such a realistic gaming experience.
Go back twenty years ago and if you were one of the lucky friends who had a Nintendo and their games didn’t need blowing therapy every day, you were blessed. Oh nostalgia.
Now back to 2017, Nintendo is selling NES classic, its tiny retro Nintendo Entertainment System gadget with built-in games. The NES Classic has 30 classic titles pre-installed, and ships with a controller that pretty much exactly replicates the original NES controller, albeit with a much shorter cord. The game system takes up about the size of a large hand, and weighs next to nothing, with HDMI-out and USB power for max portability and convenience.
This nostalgic gift is the perfect gift for your R&D rock stars who will always be grateful to you for years to come. Heads up, they are selling out quickly so get them while you can.
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Bose QuietComfort 35
Any experienced developer will tell you that to achieve the perfect work environment while coding is one of the most fulfilling professional experiences you can hope to have. When your developers become engrossed in their work, their coding flows effortlessly.
Unfortunately, many developers find it hard to achieve the working environment zen that they crave, one of the biggest culprits is outside distractions. In a world of open office plans and chatty coworkers, your best bet for distraction-free work is through the use of one of noise cancellation headphones.
BOSE is a leader in the field of excellent ear-wear, rolling out plenty of crowd favorites for rocking out to. While most people will tell you Beats are the best headphones, I disagree. Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless Bluetooth headphones are the perfect touch to make your daily work day just a little more pleasant.
Despite the price more on the expensive side, the sound quality and the battery life are the best on the market. Enhanced acoustics and a comfortable fit for long hours of tunes, this is the perfect accessory to get some last minute work done fast.
Give your developers the greatest gift of all
Toys are always nice, but respect and a work environment that pushes your team to innovate daily are two gifts that are worth many times over.
Your developers show up every day looking to solve problems and build something awesome. Be good to them, throw them some fun toys here and there, and they’ll be sure to surprise you with new features for the coming year.