Pencil ($50)
Just tell your friend or loved one it’s a walnut stylus for the iPad. Then have his or her load the drawing app Paper and be amazed as that stylus invisibly juggles Bluetooth and capacitive algorithms to make it one of the best digital creation tools of all time. [Link]

UE Boom ($200)
The term “Bluetooth speaker” is a snoozer, but the Ultimate Ears Boom is designed first and foremost to be a lasting heirloom. This little chunk of cloth and rubber is durable enough to be stuffed into a bag without a case, but eye-catching enough to sit on a table almost anywhere. And like an old leather jacket, its wear and tear will only add to the UE Boom's personality. [Link]

GE Spotter ($50)
Look, nobody really understands what the whole “Internet of things” will mean for humanity. But anyone can understand the Spotter, a collaboration between GE and Quirky that’s no harder to use than an iPod, but sticks to a door to text you any time it opens, or lives on a dryer to send a message when a load is done. Neat, right? [Link]

Nikon DF ($3,000)
In an era when most of us take photos on touchscreens, Nikon brought back a camera body from the 1950s. Unabashedly mechanical, you’ll enjoy cranking the Nikon DF’s real metal dials, while retaining the convenience of a 3.5-inch LCD screen and the power of a 16MP full-frame sensor. (That’s professional grade guts in a retro body.) As a bonus, that silver/black body will be totally matchy-matchy with your Macbook. [Link]

JBL Synchros S700 ($350)
It’s possible that someone you know just wants a pair of flashy Beats. And that’s fine! But our resident audiophile--Tyler Gray--swears by the acoustic science his own field testing. “They're ‘good enough’ visually...but the sound is out of this world,” he assures us. [Link]

Lapka BAM ($199)
What will our gadgets look like in a post-Apple era? That’s a question asked--or maybe answered--by the Lapka BAM (blood alcohol monitor). The device appears to be a simple black tube that disappears within your hand. But take a deep breath, exhale, and a connected iPhone app tells you whether or not you’ve had one too many. [Link]

Toymail ($50)
"We didn't want to create another toy that puts a kid in front of a screen,” said the creators of Toymail, a charming line of animals that work as a messaging service for children. Connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi, the animals will oink or grunt before delivering a voice message to a child--maybe from a grandparent? [Link]

7 Gift Ideas For Technophiles Who Don't Get Technology

With well-designed products, you don’t need to be a coder to love technology. Here are some of our favorite techie gifts for people who never majored in computer science.

Technology used to be a niche interest, a hobby for geeks. Now, in an era when we all want to send texts on smartphones, everyone is a geek. But just because we like those magical moments that technology can offer, like beaming your music wirelessly to speakers or receiving a notification when your laundry is done, doesn't mean we have any clue how to make them happen.

So consider this a gift guide for the average geeky human, the people who think 3-D printing is neat but would have no idea what to do with a 3-D printer. Maybe that's you. Maybe that's a loved one. Either way, enjoy our picks in the slide show.

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  • Jennifer Coyle

    Had to click through on this post - very intriguing and funny title. Love the gifts you presented. I am very interested in the Spotter device but unfortunately it's gotten some really horrible reviews (namely that it doesn't work). I hope they make strides in improving it soon!