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    Geeks are notoriously difficult to shop for, and programmers are some of the biggest geeks around. Below are a few options that a typical code slinger might enjoy unwrapping this holiday season.

    I’m not basing this list on anything scientific. It’s just what I like and what a few programmers I know might like. If you’ve got any ideas of your own, please share them with the rest of us.

    BORN TO CODE – BAMBOO WOOD NOTEBOOK

    BORN TO CODE - BAMBOO WOOD NOTEBOOK
    BORN TO CODE – BAMBOO WOOD NOTEBOOK

    Programmable drone

    Programmable drone
    Programmable drone

    The different models of drones are available to gift any programmer.

    Programming Books

    Price: $25-$50

    book

    Most programmers are constantly out to find their next favorite language. I tend to like the O’Reilly set of books, however, the Unleashed series is also very good. The examples below represent some of the more popular languages right now.

     Safari Books Online

    Price: $22.99/mo – $42.99/mo

    safari

    Don’t want to limit yourself to just one book? Grab your programmer a subscription to Safari Books Online.Here, you can download almost any programming book ever written whenever you want. It’s a very valuable resource, although a little expensive since it’s a monthly subscription.

     Keyboard or Mouse

    Price: $50-$200

    keyboard

    Let’s face it, as programmers we’re attached to these peripherals almost the entire day, and it pays to have a high quality set. Be careful though, I’ve heard stories about people becoming emotionally attached to their keyboard, so make sure they won’t throw a fit when you try to replace it. If you’ve got the money, you can even spring for one of those Optimus Maximus keyboards.

    Headphones or Earbuds

    Price: $75-$500

    headphone

    All we do is sit in a chair and stare at a screen, all day, every day. Having a high-quality set of headphones or earbuds is imperative to our survival. When it comes to these, however, quality is the utmost importance. Don’t look for a bargain and definitely don’t go cheap. Sennheiser makes some of the best equipment around, so check them out.

     Desk Toys

    Price: $1-$100

    desk gadgets

    Having distractions, like toys, is another way for a programmer to pass the time. I like having a few things around that I can pick up and enjoy for a few minutes before getting back to work. Think Geek has a nice collection of what they call “Geek Toys” that I’m sure any programmer would like.

     Storage

    Price: $50 and up

    storage

    Most people that work with computers are really good at collecting data that they never seem to have enough storage for. External hard drives, flash drives, and even blank DVDs make great storage solutions that any geek can use. If you go with a hard drive or flash drive, go big. A minimum HD size of 500GB and a minimum of 8GB for a flash drive is what will last a programmer a little while.

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