Unique Holiday Gifts for the Tech Enthusiast in Your Life

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To say that holiday shopping is stressful is about as obvious as the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field being approximately 3,720 to 1. But if you’ve got a tech enthusiast on that list, the odds are great that this gift guide will have a cool, unique piece of tech they’ll love to unwrap this holiday season. We tech types usually have a wide gamut of interests, and here you’ll find options that cover everything from music to robotics. Sit back, grab a hot beverage, and get ready to cross another name off that list.

Bose® Frames

Marrying fashion with function, the Bose® Frames™ are a 2-for-1 deal when it comes to gift-giving. From all outward appearances they’re a stylish pair of tinted black shades, but in reality, they’re also a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. Bose® used some engineering voodoo to incorporate acoustic chambers in the ear stems themselves. They direct audio right into your ear for a personal experience that doesn’t distract others.

Bose Frames Alto Audio Sunglasses

They come in two styles, the angular Alto and the rounded Rondo. The Alto also has two sizes, a small/medium and medium/large. They come with a pair of non-polarized lenses that give 99% UVA/UVB protection. Additional lenses are available, including a mirrored option that’s polarized.

Bose Lenses Alto

ASUS ZenFone 6

Your tech enthusiast will flip out over the ZenFone 6 and its unique technological upgrades that set it apart from most other phones. Let’s start with the huge 6.4" NanoEdge LCD screen. It’s called “NanoEdge” because the bezel is nearly imperceptible. It’s all display from top to bottom with no camera notch, giving you a seamless video and gaming experience.

ASUS ZenFone Smartphone

If it’s seamless, how do you take selfies? ASUS solved this problem by motorizing the dual rear 48MP wide/13MP ultrawide cameras. When you activate the front camera mode in the app, the back cameras flip around to face you. The custom stepper motor can smoothly go from 0 to 180-degrees or anywhere in between—and it can take pictures and video while doing it. This ability lets you film at odd angles and snap automatic panoramas.

Sega Genesis Mini

In the 4th generation of video game consoles, Sega released the Genesis as its 16-bit entry. It was a huge success that spawned the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and solidified itself as one of the most popular consoles ever made. Today, you can give your tech friend the nostalgia feels with the Sega Genesis Mini. Pre-loaded inside its retro shell are 40 classic titles. The plug-and-play console is styled to look like a miniature version of the classic system and comes with two 3-button controllers that also mimic the retro design. Play iconic games like Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2, Altered Beast, ToeJam & Earl, Golden Axe, and more. It plugs directly into your TV via an included HDMI cable.

Sega Genesis Mini

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro

More than just a streaming media player, the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro can be the core of your enthusiast’s entertainment experience. When it comes to TV, the Shield supports 4K HDR content, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and AI upscaling that makes 1080p content look clear and sharp on your 4K display. With the Shield TV Pro, your geek will be more than ready to enjoy Disney’s The Mandalorian, Netflix’s Stranger Things, HBO’s Watchmen, and dozens of other streaming services.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro HDR 4K UHD Streaming Media Player

In addition to TV, the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is a gaming console. With an (optional) controller, you can enjoy AAA titles from Google Play Games or GeForce NOW—NVIDIA’s cloud-based gaming service. The Shield TV Pro can play Fortnite, Fallout 76, Lego Marvel Avengers, and more. It even includes a cool motion-activated, backlit, Bluetooth remote control. With Google Assistant built-in, you can control all this and more by simply using your voice.

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller

DJI RoboMaster S1

What tech enthusiast wouldn’t love a smartphone-controlled robot tank with a cannon that fires real projectiles?! The RoboMaster S1 is a beefy tank that features a 2-axis gimbal blaster and camera. The blaster fires safe, non-toxic gel beads or infrared beams. You can play a variety of fun games or go head-to-head with other RoboMasters. Intelligent sensing armor with LEDs can detect hits in head-to-head play.

DJI RoboMaster S1 Educational Robot

The RoboMaster runs on a high-performance M3508I motor and mecanum wheels. The wheels each have 12 rollers, giving the tank the ability to strafe, hug corners, and zip along an up to 8 mph. In addition to the pure visceral fun of owning a tank, the RoboMaster S1 lets you flex your programming muscles. It supports simpler block-based Scratch programming, as well as the more robust Python language. The S1 can respond to sounds, recognize gestures, follow people, and more.

We’re sure that the special tech person in your life will love any one of these cool gifts. Which one do you most look forward to having him or her unwrap this year? Is there something you hoped we’d cover but didn’t? Feel free to leave your comments and questions below. Everything in this gift guide can be conveniently ordered right now at B&H.

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