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Gift Ideas for Your Geeky Husband

If you’re out of time to figure out what to buy your partner for that special day, don’t panic. I’ve got a few ideas that could help save your universe…

I admit it can be a challenge buying a gift for a geeky partner. Unless you’re nerding out with him on the exact gear he’s coveting, it’s probably too big a gamble to blindly choose an expensive piece of tech.
(“You bought me which model?!!”)

So, I recommend you look at accessories to support his existing gear…

It’s not the amount you spend… it’s the thoughtfulness, right?
(Besides, tech accessories are not always so inexpensive.)

I should probably admit at this point that I’m not writing this post for entirely altruistic reasons. You see, I might have a birthday coming up. So, yes, I’m targeting these suggestions to a certain family member…

Let’s begin…

Tame His Earphone’s Chaotic Jumble
If your husband is still living in a wired earphone world, he really needs an “easy wrap” solution. Otherwise the cable becomes a tangled mess, especially if it’s traveling along with his smartphone. One solution:

This little pocket organizer is a tiny, squeezable snapspring-closing pouch made out of canvas and cotton. It’s perfect for a pair of ‘EarPods’ or earbuds on the go…

Yes, this may be a bit too basic a choice as a gift, but it does say, “I understand your quirky, geeky needs.”

Create a New Look for His Apple Watch
I’ve been slowly warming to the idea that my Space Gray Aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 is designed to easily handle an endless supply of different watch bands. Apple essentially created a new product market to accessorize its watch, and thousands of third-party choices have also materialized over the past few years.

I’ve been happily wearing the original Black Sport Band that came with my Apple Watch, but I also feel that I should probably also own a leather strap that’s a little less sporty….

You can find any number of inexpensive leather choices on Amazon for not much more than ten bucks.

Alternately, Apple sells its leather bands for $149.
Beyond the sticker shock, Apple’s color choices are a little radical.
(I was thinking about a more traditional brown or black…)

I then came upon the ‘Nomad’ brand, which is known for its quality leather products…

Nomad’s ‘Traditional’ strap has a little more heft than Nomad’s other strap designs.

While I like this bulkier ‘Traditional’ look, that also makes it a little more expensive.

Alternately, there’s the flatter Nomad ‘Modern’ Strap.

Amazon has the brown leather version for $59.97.

As one of only a few accessories that men typically switch up, I think splurging occasionally on a great watch band is well within normal parameters.

And I don’t think there’s anything inconsistent with being both geeky and a little fashionable at the same time.

Feed His Never-ending Need for Portable Storage
If you’re still finding yourself stuck in your quest for the perfect gift, you can always go with the tech equivalent of “buying him a tie.”

But I guarantee he’ll like this option much better…
(And who wears ties anymore?)

What not buy him a stylish portable hard drive?

Look, everyone who carries the ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’ identity card needs more storage for their files. And if they don’t now, they will soon enough…

You really can’t go wrong here…

I’m a big fan of portable drives made by G-Technology, which are targeted at Mac users.

No, buying your partner a portable hard drive isn’t the most creative or romantic choice, but in a pinch, it will get the job done.

You can get more inspired next time…

Decode His List of Geeky Gift Ideas
I know this is hardly an expansive list, but you’ve got to start somewhere. I hope it’s a useful beginning to your own decision-making process.
(Any other gift ideas out there for geeky husbands? Please share!)

And on the opposite side of this equation, there’s nothing wrong with leaving a few bread crumbs that lead to your own gift preferences…

Guilty as charged.
(Happy birthday to me.)

Why Forwarding Photos May Not Be a Welcome Gift

You should think twice before sharing lots of digital photos with your peeps. Sure, it may be fun for the recipient to take a quick look. But guess what happens after that…?

All of this time, I thought I was doing my family and friends a favor by emailing downloadable Dropbox links of photos I’ve snapped at group settings. I’ve been doing this for years. What’s not to like?

I know that people generally love to participate in digital photo sharing.
It’s immediate.
It’s free.
It’s easy.

It’s also a quick and simple gift.

But you’ve got to admit, it’s something of a sloppy art.

Even so, I figure that folks can be responsible for what they do with the pictures they receive.
Right?

Well, yes.
And… no.

I think the problem is many people today just don’t have the time to do anything with your photos once they take a quick look at them.

That requires organization.
And good organization takes time.
Organization that even I have a hard time maintaining.
In fact, I’m still years in the rear at creating those ‘annual’ family photo albums to proudly live on our book shelves.

Some Assembly Required
I suppose emailing one or two photos shouldn’t really be a problem to handle. Even several… if they’re good pics.
But when you just throw twenty or thirty photos at someone, because you just don’t have time to do anything else, that just shifts the burden of organization onto the recipient.

You might think that you’re still doing them a favor, because once they go through everything, they’ll certainly separate the creative wheat from the chaff.

But you’re essentially sending someone more work to do.
That’s not such a great gift, is it?

Now, this is not a universal declaration. Take me for example…
If family and friends want to send me lots of unfiltered pics… I feel that’s better than not receiving anything at all.
(But I readily admit… I probably don’t represent the norm.)

The bottom line is you should always know your audience before you click on ‘send.’

The Analog Advantage
If you want to give the true gift of photo sharing that doesn’t require anything else to do, then you may have to suck it up and put in a little more effort…

And do you know what that looks like?
(I think you do.)

It’s a physical photo album or a photo book that’s completely done!
(How analog)

Will that take more time than you’re willing to commit?
Well, of course… there’s the rub.

Case in Point…
I’m always appreciative when someone hands me a little photo book celebrating an event or activity.
Sure, I might think… “Huh… I might have done that a little differently.”
But the reality is… I probably would never have gotten around to doing it at all!

And there’s your opportunity…

So recently, when a family friend scoffed at receiving a bunch of photos I emailed over, I didn’t take it personally.
Instead of a “Thank you,” I got a “When am I going to have the time to do anything with these?”
(And I had even gone through the batch to pick out the best ones!)

It was clearly time to create a tangible photo book…
Not to mention that I also received a direct request for one of these as a birthday gift.
(Isn’t clarity a wonderful thing?)

The Inner Truth
And for those of you digital geeks out there who don’t own a printer or know what a piece of paper is anymore (let alone a physical photo album)…
Guess what?
Deep down…
…You know you’re craving the same thing.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone made you a physical photo album or book?

It’s okay.
Your secret is safe with me.

What’s Old is New Again
It’s not so old school.
People love photo books.

And there are lots of companies out there serving that need… like Shutterfly.
Since I’m doing my photo management in Adobe Lightroom, there’s an integrated process to work with Blurb.

It’s time to stop taking the easy way out by throwing your photos to the digital wind and hoping for the best.
Roll up your sleeves and create a physical photo collection that’s actually complete upon arrival.

Now, I’d better take a bit of my own advice and get to work on the birthday gift… The party is next week!

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