Gift Guide for Developers

Around the Office Development
Angie Carson

Still searching for a good gift idea for the developer in your life?

We asked Scott, our staff developer, to chime in on a few items from his wishlist.

  • A mechanical keyboard, because everyone wishes their office sounded more like a newsroom in the 1960s. I’m personally a fan of the CODE keyboard.
  • Pocket developer. It’s like having a dev-centric Magic 8-Ball in your pocket!
  • Development education site subscription to help them keep their skills sharp and learn new things. We recommend Execute Program or Codecademy.
  • Nerdy mugs, shirts, and stickers from KVLLY to confuse their family and friends even *more* about what they do all day.
  • Noise-canceling headphones to help them drown out distracting noises and get $#!* done. These and these are office favorites.
  • Gift cards! Try REI for the outdoorsy dev in your life, or Steam if they’re more…indoorsy.
  • Make a donation in their name to a tech-related nonprofit, like One Laptop Per Child or Girls Who Code
  • Contribute to one of their favorite open source projects/tools. The list of open source projects our developers use every day is too long to include here, but some of our favorites are Lando and Apache.
  • And last, but not least, this wildly impractical, but drool-worthy beast of a monitor.

Need gift ideas for project managers, creatives or people who work in an open office? View all of the gift guides here.