30+ Best Gifts For Programmers And Coders
Are you buying a gift for your favorite computer programmer, software engineer or coder?
You came to the right place!
It is well-known that IT people love the latest tech gadget or any tool that increases their coding productivity!
But what do you give to someone who has way more IT-knowledge than yourself?
That’s right! You look for some help. We’re convinced that this top 32 gift list will boost your knowledge on the matter and give you some great inspiration!
As IT-related gifts can get pricy, we’ve highlighted all gift ideas under $50 with 1 $-sign and gifts under $100 with two $-signs.
Ready to find the perfect gift for programmers and coders? Let’s go!
Is this a gift idea for a coder or programmer? YES! and it is actually a really good one.
A rubber duck is an essential companion of every coder. Why? There is a method when programming called the “rubber ducky method”, which help the programmer to debug their code by forcing themselves to explain their code, line-by-line, to the duck.
If you get him or her this cute set of ducks, it might be a joke at first, but it will be a very legitimately help later.
Wait, give a programming course to a programmer?
Absolutely! In the world of programming, things tend to change fast so continuous learning is a must.
The best coders, programmers and software engineers always use a second screen, especially when they need to use a lot of reference docs.
But what if the person you are buying for already has an external monitor? Then you should consider giving him this super light-weight Lepow portable monitor! He will be delighted with this great gift, as he will now even have a simple setup on-the-go dual-monitor!
This portable monitor delivers a stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution visuals with awesome color reproduction and it is compatible with laptops, PCs, phones, and gaming consoles.
The Lepow monitor arrives in a nice looking white gift box. Moreover, you can count on a 3-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee clause.
Consistently rated as the best mouse for programmers! That is why the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse deserves its spot in this gift list.
This mouse will increase your favorite coder’s productivity! Logitec flagship mouse has five buttons with stealth-thumb controls for switching between various applications, zooming and performing more actions.
Combined with other advanced features and a stunning design, MX Master 2S offers a new level of comfort, control, precision, and customization.
What do you get an Anti-Windows computer building, coding geek? A super funny grumpy Linux mug!
It’s a solid choice for your favorite Linux user, no matter what the occasion is. Any coder will think you finally understand them!
The mug is very solid and can be placed in the dishwasher and the microwave!
The next gift idea for programmers is linked to something all computers use: Binary Code! Programmers tend to like things simple and that is why this elegant binary watch will be a big hit among this community!
It must be said, your favorite coder must be really good at reading binary numbers in order for this gift to be useful, but which coder doesn’t like a little challenge?
Anyone in IT will love this watch!
Next up is this large size decorative tempered glass cutting and serving board with futuristic matrix display. If your favorite programmer also loves to cook, this might be the present you are looking for!
This 15.5″ X 11.5″ inch cutting board is not only scratch and stain-resistant, but it is also doesn’t absorb any odors and it is very easy to clean.
Next in the list is one of the more practical gifts for developers: A BeagleBone Black!
Never heard of BeagleBone? It is a low-cost, community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists and their Beagleboard is by far the best-supported board on the market, both by manufacturer documentation and by a large community.
This beagle bone will be a great little package for your favorite developer, as it can boot Linux in under 10 seconds and you can start developing in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.
You can add a good memory card to this gift, but it’s not required.
Anyone who is working in IT will love this mug, especially if they are answering a help desk phone. The ‘switching it off/on’ is oh-so recognizable and will make them laugh a lot!
The mug is extra-large and can even hold a generous 13 oz of his or her favorite beverage and is made from the highest-standard clear glass for outstanding durability.
When receiving this mug as a gift, chances are high he or she will also buy it for some other colleagues.
Coding with 2 screens beats the hell out of one. That why giving your favorite programmer an extra monitor will be such a great idea.
But does size matter? Yes, some coders prefer to look at an extra-wide screen while programming.
These screens can easily cost over 500 dollars, so this is why we included this LG UltraWide 21:9 Full HD IPS Monitor from 2018 on the list, as it sells around $200.
It’s great value for money and the person you are buying for will love the on-screen control with screen split option!
The next gift is a killer for the right audience! If you are buying a gift for a computer geek in the family or somebody who works in IT, this hilarious Windows error message T-shirt will be a hit!
It’s will be a nice conversation starter in any IT department, especially for those who remember the 90s computers.
Unlike other novelty T-shirts, this one is made in the US from organic cotton and feels very soft.
Programmers can are never to old too improve their skills. The Book Grokking Algorithms is a fully illustrated, friendly guide that teaches coders on how to apply common algorithms to the practical problems programmers face every day.
This gift is an excellent graduation gift idea for programmers as it will complement verything he or she might have learned in college. It will build up his or her skills in thinking algorithmically, data compression and artificial intelligence.
Are you looking for a gift for a software engineer or a computer programmer who just became a father? Then this hilarious baby bodysuit with coding might be the perfect present!
The bodysuit is available in various sizes (up till 24 months) and is available in 4 different colors including pink and blue as well as more gender-neutral colors.
This high-quality onesie is perfect for any coding father. He’ll love it!
Next up is a great gift for coders who can appreciate a good book!
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Nobel Prize winner Richard P. Feynman.
Programmers like to create new things and love to understand the power of curiosity. This book will help them to accomplish both!
It will give an insight into how one of the smartest people on the face of the earth approached innovation, creativity and deep thinking!
If you ask a bunch of programmers and coders what they would like to have as a gift, almost will admit you can’t go wrong with a decent mechanical keyboard!
Small side note: buying a keyboard for a coder is NOT an easy task! Coders are extremely demanding about their keyboard. This is why we would recommend you to buy either the best keyboard or no keyboard at all!
There are many good keyboards for coders, like DAS keyboard, but the one that stands out the most is the Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 This high-quality keyboard with backlit keys is very solidly, is super quiet in use and is a pleasure to type on. It will for sure impress any keyboard geek!
Programmers and coders are known for staring hours and hours at their screens. By gifting them a solid glass sand timer, you can help them break down their work into efficient intervals of 30 minutes!
This elegant sand timer is available in various colors and will create some extra elegance to his or her office desk.
The best of all? This sand timer will be delivered in a beautiful gift box, so it can be given as a gift directly.
The next gift idea for programmers is linked to the fact that most coders spend most of their time inside and therefore face a lack of sun exposure.
It has been documented that this could occasionally lead to a burnout or depression.
The answer? A light therapy box. It will blend seamlessly into any office space and perfectly mimics sunlight. Like this, your favorite programmer will reap the benefits while at sitting at his or her desk.
We shared said already twice that programmers solve extra monitors! Next up in the list is another monitor, but this time a precious ultrasharp one!
This Dell 24″ is relatively large monitor and can be mounted on the wall and serve for everyday computer use as well as for viewing movies. It has a 16:10 aspect ratio makes it excellent for coding and watching movies!
It is no secret that most computer programmers and software engineers are also into gaming! If so, he or she will love the Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Headset!
Probably one of the most exciting technological innovations of the last 3 years, Virtual Reality Headsets let you look around a virtual space as if you are actually there!
After the tremendous success of the Oculus Rift, this brand new Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Headset is the very latest and highly anticipated successor which offers a superior experience. It is a tethered device (vs cheaper basic VR glasses where you insert your smartphone) which delivers an unbeatable 1280×1440 resolution…per eye!
Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
This book is a great gift idea for both aspiring and experienced coders and it has the power to profoundly change the way they code!
Software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Create small, cohesive codes with a specific purpose and without unnecessary parts.
Does the programmer or coder you are buying a gift for also likes to work on his own projects or apps? Well, then any Arduino product will make a great gift!
Arduino is open-source hardware, software, and content platform with a worldwide community of over 30 million active users.
From all Arduino products, the hottest gift right now is the Arduino Duo! This board is great for learning the basics of how sensors and actuators work, and an essential tool for your rapid prototyping needs. It is also way more powerful than the Arduino Uno.
Computer programmers and software developers sit at their desks most of the day, and that is why good seating is very important.
Uncomfortable office chairs can damage productivity, morale, and health, and can even cause back pain, circulation problems, carpal tunnels, and other injuries.
If you care for the well-being and efficiency of your favorite coder, gifting this breathable ergonomic chair with lumbar support is an excellent idea! It is a very comfortable, well-ventilated chair that will urge him or her to sit straight.
Bonus: this model is very easy to assemble and has 1 year of warranty!
The next gift idea is either for junior coders or for coders with teenage kids, who would like to pass on their wisdom.
The ELEGOO UNO starter kit is Arduino compatible and can be used as the brains behind almost any electronics project.
With this starter kit, you can control objects in the physical and digital world as the board can interact with buttons, LEDs, motors, speakers, GPS units, cameras, the internet, and even a smart-phone or TV!
It makes such a great ‘family’ gift for coders as the starter kit comes with a 24-lesson tutorial. Every coder will be amazed by how many amazing different parts you got for the price you paid!
Hours at the computer can leave a hand aching and it can even result in carpal tunnel syndrome. So it might be a great idea to give your favorite programmer the gift of comfort and style with this thoughtfully designed ergonomic vertical mouse!
Created with power-users in mind, the precision shaping will relieve his or her wrist of pains and cramping. Moreover, it’s a quiet click high-precision mouse with side grips, thumb rest and strategically placed buttons.
With this gift, you will upgrade their computing performance and comfort level, without breaking the bank!
Next up, another useful gift that will not break the bank: A Grid Dot Notebook
It is the perfect gift for any developer, as they can use this notepad to mockup UIs or create flowcharts of their program’s logic.
The iconic Rhodia notepad with dots ruled paper has a coated card cover for strength, cardboard backed for support, micro-perforated sheets for ease and 80 g exceptionally smooth extra white paper for pleasure.
Another great gift to increase the comfort level of your favorite programmer is a mouse pad with wrist support.
The soft gel-filled cushion keeps the wrist in a neutral position for ergonomic comfort. Like this, his or her wrist will never feel stiff or tired anymore.
Moreover, this mouse pad has a great non-slip bottom to ensure that the mouse pad will stay put while in use.
All in all, excellent value for money gift!
The next gift idea will transform your favorite coder’s workspace into something truly unique!
This affordable adjustable computer workstation will allow your favorite programmer to sit or stand on demand.
It’s by far the best desk riser on the market and the size is perfect for a docking station, small monitor, and external storage.
We’ve said before that one of the best gifts you can give to a programmer or coder is an extra screen. The reason for this is because coding is so much easier on two screens compared to one.
However, a big problem for most gift-givers is the budget. Quality monitors can easily cost $500 or more and this is way more than what most people want to spend on a gift.
Solution? The HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor! It’s a sleek monitor with smooth height adjustments and an efficient footprint. But the best of all? You can buy it already for $100.
Good headphones are really important in the professional world for any coder. It helps them to concentrate while coding and it also signals in a subtle way ‘do not disturb’ to colleagues.
There are many good noise-canceling headphones on the market, but for some reason, programmers seem to prefer the MX50. It is the model you see in every IT department.
The sound quality of these headphones is stellar and they are also one of the best headphones for PC gaming. Maybe, this explains why so many programmers love this headphone.
Next up, an awesome gift idea for any tech geek! An entire computer, complete with Windows 10… on a stick. You just plug this thing into a TV or monitor and you have a computer.
The mini PC stick has the form of an Amazon fire stick but so much more powerful!
Obviously, this stick doesn’t have the same processing power as a desktop, but it’s excellent for streaming or playing games that do not require a lot of graphics like Fortnite.
But the best of all? It fits in a pocket!
As runner up, we have a gift idea that is very closely linked to the number 1 gift on this list. A Case for the Raspberry Pi 4 with the cooling fan. This gift idea is both affordable and useful!
Many coders love this box as the quiet cooling fan and heatsinks are excellent for heat dissipation of a Raspberry Pi board, while you still have very easy access to all ports.
Moreover, the case is made of acrylic, so it case won’t block the Raspberry Pi’s Wifi or Bluetooth signal.
Ask any computer programmer, software developer or coder to describe their ideal gift and they will all give you the same answer: a Raspberry Pi 4!
Raspberry Pi has long been the gold standard for inexpensive single-board computing, powering everything from robots to smart home devices to gaming.
The long-anticipated Raspberry Pi 4 takes Pi to another level, with a performance that’s good enough to use in a pinch as a desktop PC, plus the ability to output 4K video at 60 Hz or power dual monitors.
You can be reassured that this is the best gift, you only have to worry, whether your favorite programmer already has the model 4 or not!
What is a practical gift for a programmer or coder?
In essence, all a coder need is a laptop. So the most practical gift would be a decent entry-level programming laptop like the Macbook Pro or Dell XPS 15.
However, assuming the price range of this gift idea and the fact a programmer most probably has already a solid laptop, an external monitor is most probably the most practical gift. You can either go for a portable screen, an extra-wide model or a high-definition version. All 3 features are well appreciated by programmers.
Other practical gifts for programmers are a mechanical keyboard, a vertical mouse, a mousepad with wrist support, a dot notepad to create flow charts, noise-canceling headphones, an adjustable computer workstation or a good ergonomic office chair.
What is a good gift idea for aspiring programmers?
The best gift for future programmers is without a Raspberry Pi starter kit. They’re pretty easy to get into and you can use them for lots of things. These single-board starter kits are relatively inexpensive and can power everything from robotics to gaming.
What to give a programmer that also loves gaming?
The ultimate gift which is both useful for programming and gaming is the ATH MX-50 noise-canceling headset. During work hours it will signal very clearly do not disturb and for PC gaming the difference with his previous headphones will be mindblowing. He will discover sounds in games that he didn’t even know existed in these games.
On the other hand, if he is very much into gaming, you should consider buying a VR Headset. The Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Headset is probably exciting release of the last 3 years and will definitely be a big hit!
If you are looking for great gaming gifts, you should also check our post on gifts for gamer boyfriends.
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